Sunday, February 22, 2015


[excuse the many posts with my favorite boots.. i'm wearing them while i still can!]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

sumo syd

a little throwback thursday...


My aunts and uncle called me "Sumo Syd"...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015



i have to drive 45 minutes

to an open field

to be alone with the mountains and the air.

because sometimes I begin to think that my life is defined by

       my job
         how many people I hung out with this week
how many college credits I have
        how many likes my Facebook or Twitter or Instagram photo has gotten
             the places I've traveled
how many views my blog has
                   what I'm wearing today

Sometimes I need to be alone
in an open field
away from the world

to remember that all of those things are simply things.
They aren't me.

Alone in an open field I can't hide.
Alone in an open field without my cell phone is when I truly feel free from the pushing and pressure of society and culture and expectations and people.

Alone in an open field is where I remember who I truly am.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

a folder i found called "artsyithink"

While searching through my over-crowded harddrive, 

I found an old folder filled with photos




I'll let those photos speak for themselves...

((warning: photo overload))

Thursday, February 12, 2015


I feel like this...


I start in 11 days!

Oh, how I missed the Emergency Department...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

creative ways to remember your mission

1. a picture frame with your missionary name tag

  • Use a picture frame with a mat border. Your name tag will fit perfectly.
  • Use a photo from your mission to personalize it.
  • This is a pin name tag. I removed the the pin with pliers.

2. photo album

I'm not patient enough to scrapbook, so I just bought a simple album and filled it with my favorite pictures. It was super easy, super cheap and it didn't take long to do.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Mini Love Lock Bridge in Russia

There is a small bridge

in Lipetsk, Russia

with a sweet tradition...

A newlywed couple writes their initials on a lock..

and places it on the bridge to hold fast

for all the world to see

for its paint to fade
rust to creep itself around
for the weather to test its strength

but to always remain strong and holding fast to that bridge, through all of it.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

5 Reasons I Would Retake My "Bridge Year" to Ecuador in a Heartbeat

I have been home from my bridge year in Ecuador for almost two years. I am still absolutely convinced that being a Global Citizen Year fellow was the most impactful experience in my life to date.

Five reasons I would retake my bridge year over and over again:

1.  I had the chance to learn another language, through hands-on experience.
(A skill that served me through my mission, my career and in my personal life.)

2. I got to know students (fellows) my age with the same passion and love for life & adventure

I have made lifetime friends,
and when all of these people are famous/successful, future career connections ( ;) ).

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