Sunday, October 17, 2010

"...and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces..."

Sundays are my favorite. I love everything about them. And this Sunday (and weekend) I learned some very important things that I'd like to share.

1. When you buy new dishes, wash them before you use them. You don't know who's nasty crack hands have been touching those things in the store!

2. If you decide to sit in the front row of church, you should not pick your nose. [No, it wasn't me. Gross. It was someone else that I saw.]

3. Boys are such...boys. [A boy fell asleep in church and his friend sitting next to him reached over and stuck his finger in the sleeping guy's mouth...]

4.Nothing beats a great day with your best friends.


5. Sometimes, we get caught up in the speed and pressure of this day and age. Life isn't something you can always be looking at for the long run. The majority of life is one day at a time. Yes, you probably have 2 million and one things to get done this week, but what about what you have to do today: read your scriptures, say a prayer of thanks, take a deep breath, and finish what needs to be done TODAY. Don't worry about what needs to be done tomorrow or in the next 5 days. It's about now. Life is simple; that doesn't make it easy.

6. There are people in this world who have it much worse than I do. I read an article today of women in China who are forced into abortions. Perhaps, it's just been an emotional day, but I teared up. And that says a lot when you understand my stance on crying. But, there is something we can do. Go to this website www.allgirlsallowed.org and sign the pledge to help stop this atrocity. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, this isn't right because it ISN'T a choice these women get to make on their own. The power of one is great.

7. You aren't alone in your trials. Everyone has their own demons in life. Even if you aren't going through the exact same thing, someone else is struggling. And our Heavenly Father is there with an open heart to listen to our soul's complaint. Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord God hath spoken it."
Today, in Relief Society we discussed that verse. I immediately thought of this picture. The girl teaching had us do something and I think you should really try it when you get the chance. Sit down, close your eyes, and think of the last time someone wiped a tear from your face. What did it feel like? What did their face look like as the looked at you? What did they say to comfort you? Anything? Did you feel peace and love? Jesus Christ is there and more than willing to wipe the tears from our faces. As much as I personally despise crying, it's almost a necessary evil. But someone is always there to wipe them away. It won't magically heal anything, this life is a trial, but it is a comfort, a way through.

8. "We become what we want to be by being what we want to become." Elder Richard G. Scott
Dreams are wonderful. Aspirations, goals and plans: they are our lives. But how do you achieve them? Actions. In this life, we are given 3 things that work in conjunction with each other like a stool: Agency, Stewardship, and Accountability. Agency here means the ability to make actions of our own free will. We are in total control of our decisions. A stewardship is something that we have been given charge of; to care for something that isn't ours. Accountability means we are held responsible for how we treat our stewardships through our agency. We cannot expect to wake up and suddenly be what we have always wanted to be. It's a day by day thing. Each day, we need to be the person we want to become because one day you'll wake up and realize you are that person. You are as wonderful, fantastic, special, spiritual, athletic, charming, funny, and anything YOU want to be, by being just that person. 

9. People make mistakes. They mess up. A lot. You are a person. I am a person. You make mistakes and I make mistakes. But it's part of being human. We are not responsible for holding other people's mistakes against them. We are responsible for our own mistakes and making sure we correct them. 

10. Nothing can replace the sense of peace that is available to us through making good choices. You know when you are doing something right and that when you follow through with good actions you are truly happy. There is a lot of things and people in this world with a false happiness. True, peaceful, serene happiness doesn't come from a box, from a store shelf, in the form of food or a beverage or drug. It comes from the smile of a stranger, the sticky kiss from a child's precious lips, the sound of leaves blowing across the street and realizing that at that moment, you are paying attention to the greatness of this earth. When you help someone carry their groceries or pick up something they've dropped. Or bend to help a child tie their shoe. The smile of gratitude and the feeling of true success will envelope you. Realizing that God's hand is in all of these things, that is where peace comes from. To know that you are a part of this great and wondrous plan and an IMPORTANT part. Especially in that moment when you have been granted to opportunity to help someone else.


What did you learn this weekend?


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chelsea Elizabeth Eversole.

This is a post about...Me. [Exciting, right!?]

You have the privilege of reading a bunch of random, useless junk about me. 


  • I have 3 major fears: Things IN the dark [like rapists, and monsters.], that mirrors are 2 way [imagine someone just watching your every move...creepy.], and somersaults [they give me panic attacks in my more recent years and I have never actually done one. Ever. See inserted video. Also, my beloved younger brother, Kyle, tried to teach me before I went to my freshman year of college and I freaked out so bad I started crying.].
video

  • I love to brush my teeth. Clean teeth are the best feeling ever. And I don't care how good your meal was, the leftover taste will not be good in 15 minutes.

  • Fall is my favorite season. I want to be married in October. I think it is the perfect time to have a wedding. And then I can have cute colors, too. [No, I don't have my whole wedding planned, I just know when I want to have it. So far, no luck. But someday.]

  • I like to collect 3 things: coffee mugs, jellybeans [as in I have a ton of packages of them and then eat them alllllll the time. In fact, I could probably identify any of the Jelly Belly flavors with my eyes closed.], and socks [See next bullet]. 

  • I love socks. I have all sorts of colors and I love that they keep my feet warm. When it comes to socks, the only requirement is that they be the same height. [Sorry, Dad. I don't fold my socks; it takes too much time!...and I just pull two out of my drawer to wear.]

  • I am very much attracted to feet in socks. It's strange, I know. Especially guys' feet. I think guys have mostly ugly feet unless they have socks on. Girls tend to have cuter feet when bare. [But if a guy showed up at my house in socks, holding a coffee mug full of jelly beans...He would most definitely steal my heart. As long as I know them...if some creepy guy just showed up....I would probably take the coffee mug and shut the door.]

  • When I was younger, my family moved to Arizona from Colorado. I introduced myself to everyone as follows, "Hi, I'm Chelsea Bizzy-Butt Eversole and we from the hills." Yes. I truly did. [My parents still call my Bizzy-Butt and it rings true with the type of life I lead!]

  • I am the clumsiest person on the face of the earth. I once had a kid point out that I have more scars than he is old. And by kid I mean someone in their 30's. [When I was 7 I tripped and broke my nose, I trip up stairs on a daily basis, and once I fell down an entire flight of stairs and my dad informed me I was going to be late and to stop messing around. It was just a common occurrence. And I wasn't allowed to have anything that had color to it whilst inside the house....All of my childhood pictures have me covered in 1. dirt, 2. colored juice, 3. some sort of food.]

  • I love food. Always have. My parents used to call me Miss Piggy. Adding to that was the fact that every once in a while I snort when I laugh. It happens. [That's my life motto. Embarrassing things follow me. Once, I was racing my best friend to the bathrooms at Wal-Mart and went in the wrong one. It was during Christmas time and there was a huge line at the Customer Service desk. A Chinese man chased us out yelling in Chinese.]
Those are a select few things that make me, ME. And it was actually really long. Sorry. I tend to talk about myself a lot but only on days that end in Y.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The smell of the woods & horses. :)

I miss home. A lot. 

So, to help curb my homesickness, I went for a Sunday drive today and found my absolute favorite place in all of Utah. It's where I want to get my bridal pictures taken (when I finally decide to settle down)

[Which, I saw all these adorable couples all over the place today and I remember thinking, "Awwww, look at all these happy people. Why don't I have that yet??" And then I saw one of the couples and noticed the boy was wearing crocs. Then I remembered it's because I'm picky. And would definitely not be able to date someone in crocs. Shallow? uhmmmmm.....maybe, but really, crocs?? The least I can ask for is someone who knows better than to wear those.]

and I would love to be proposed to here. I drove up all around Sundance and Aspen Grove. Unfortunately, I lost my camera forever ago so I only had my phone to take pictures with. BUT, I have convinced my wonderful friend, Ethan, to come up with me sometime within the next week to take pictures up there! He is AMAZING. (click on his name to take you to his website! He rocks!)

Anyway, here are some pictures. They are terrible because they are from off my phone.




This last one is a bunch of little seeds that attached themselves to me! Plants are so clever.
[and as my Living with Plants professor would say, that is when she realized she was a plant person]

I also didn't get any pictures but I fell in love with the Sundance Stables. They are wonderful. The smell of horses. MMMMMM. I loved it. I met the guy that works there, Justin!, and it was great. He said he would give me a discount on riding. YAY!

I walked away after an hour of chatting and I smelled like horses. It was like going home. :)
While I was out driving though, I was surprised at how many people were out and about (kind of) but mostly that they were driving SO fast. I know, I know, people in Utah always drive fast. 
[I think it's the whole "Mormon Standard Time" and they are just trying to make up for lost time]
I wanted to hold up a sign that said, slow down and enjoy the scenery! Look how gorgeous it is outside! 
At one point I even pulled over and let about 10 cars pass me. 
I am always so sad to see people who aren't taking time to enjoy the wonderful blessings we have been given in life. I miss being able to walk out into nature. And breathe fresh air.

But MOSTLY why I am missing home: My parents.
Yep, I miss them terribly. And I would say don't tell them that but they know already. 
I am, in fact, one of those people that calls her parents at least 5 or 6 days out of the week. Multiple times.
I just always have so much to share with them. And my mom always has the best stories to tell me.
[we were all looking at mom's camera except Kyle]

I love my family. And today, is my parents 23rd Wedding Anniversary!! 
I can't express how grateful I am that they decided to be married 23 years ago. And that we were sealed for time and all eternity as a family a few short years later. 
Mom, Dad, you guys are the best. You have always supported me in whatever I choose to do.
[Except dad won't let me live in the apartment above the garage once it's built. What!?] 
I love that I can still call you whenever I want, and you take the time to answer.
[Even when I forget the time difference and the fact that I tend to stay up later than you...or when you are having your anniversary dinner....]
So, here's to you. You have raised 3 fantastic children, numerous pets, and instilled in me an understanding of what a marriage and family should be. 
I love you more than words can describe. 
Thank you for everything and I hope you had a great day!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Balance

The word of the day is balance. 
For those of you who have read Eat Pray Love, you should know what I'm talking about. In the book, this woman leaves everything she has behind in search of balance. A balance between the physical world and the spiritual aspect of life. I finished reading the book last night and was so saddened that it ended. 

Usually, I power through books--especially if I enjoy them but this book took me much longer than usual to finish it. However, I feel it was best for me. I found a lot of things in that book that helped me personally at different times when I really needed to hear them but didn't want to listen to other people. I have always had this great desire to travel and find myself but am just too freaking poor! 

So, I lived vicariously through Elizabeth Gilbert. That being said, I also had to return to reality. And reality brought me a big fat bowl of "figure yourself out, Chelsea" for breakfast. So far today, I have seen 3 books that talk about balancing yourself and 2 of my professors discussed balance and it's importance in the here and now and in the eternities. I feel like this is my flashing sign of a hint from Heavenly Father that I need to figure some things out
 [that and I walked out of the house with two different colored moccasins on this afternoon. 
I'm always on top of these things. ]

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rainy Fall Days.

I have decided I like blogging more than I like Facebook
Which kind of says a lot but also nothing.
I'm always on Facebook but I absolutely despise it.
[who doesn't love going through other people's pictures!? That's all I do. I've probably done it to you. How does that make you feel?]
Anyway, I feel like it's super late in the day but it's barely 3 pm. I didn't wake up until 11...
[I've been sick! Give me a break.]
I woke up because my friend Dan was calling and texting me.
[No worries, Dan. I remember my promise to blog about you.]
I was supposed to have gone to an 8 am class and at 11, I was supposed to go to a seminar with Dan! Oops.
Well, I got up and got dressed in about 15 minutes and made it to the seminar. But it was packed and I stood in the corner of the room the whole time.
And then I got to make THIS:


This is my cube arrangement for floral design! I couldn't decide if I liked it or not at first. But I do.
I'm going to give it away. I think to the office where I had Physical Therapy because I have to go in there anyway to see if I am released to play sports yet. 
[It's been 6 months for heaven's sake! I better be able to!]
Is it acceptable to make more than one blog post a day? I hope so because I probably will.
It's wonderful outside. My favorite kind of weather. I get to wear long sleeves and scarves. And cute hats. 
It has inspired me to take a nap, though. Or curl up in my bed and finish reading Eat, Pray, Love. 
[for those who have read it, I still can't decide on MY word. hurumph.(that's a disgruntled noise)] 
I've been thinking a lot about that book lately. I would love to pack a change of clothes and just leave. Right this second. But my responsibilities are making me stay. 
I guess I'll just have to disappear in someone else's adventures for the day.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday.


My first official blog post.
[I feel so cool.]
I have wanted a blog for so long! I just have never gotten around to it because I was worried I would do it wrong. But then I realized it's mine and anyone who thinks I am doing it wrong can shove it!
Or just not ever read my blog.
The title of my blog was inspired today by my first ever trip to Cocoa Bean (http://thecocoabeancupcakecafe.blogspot.com/)
Needless to say, I had a cupcake for dinner.
And only a cupcake.
[As my mom pointed out: "Chocolate-vegetable, it comes from a bean. Flour-grain. Egg-protein. Yep, have a cup of juice and it's a meal."] Mother's know best.
A red velvet cupcake that completely rocked my world.
Not only did I have a life altering cupcake, but I was able to enjoy it with two of my favorite people in the entire world!
Christine & Albert.
Who didn't know each other until tonight. But they are both completely awesome.
[Christine and I met our freshmen year of college because my mother wanted me to make new friends and grabbed the closest person: Christine. It's been fabulous ever since! Thanks, Mom!]
[Albert. I love this guy! We were RA's together. And totally rocked at it. We bonded over late night runs to Beto's for fantastic and fantastically cheap Mexican food...Our relationship is based off of food mostly. Which I am totally ok with.]
Anyway, back to the reason behind my blog title. Cupcakes are...heavenly.
They are such a fantastic break. So, since eating one everyday would make me...pleasantly plump with a little extra loving, I have decided to make a blog called cupcake break so I can take one everyday.
All in all, my day was a success. Minus the 67 I got in my Living with Plants class. And my cold. But a cupcake totally makes up for that.
Right?