Reflections on 2018 // Celebrating Life

by - 3:55 PM

What an eventful year it has been, friends. 2018 did me pretty well, but it had its moments where I wanted to punch it in the face. Life is all about balance right?

2018 was the worst year because I lost my Dad.

2018 was the best year because I married my best friend.

All of the stuff in between and around just filled in empty space.

This year was like the day that you wake up late because the battery in your alarm clock died, so you don't eat breakfast, throw your hair up in an easy ponytail, find a simple outfit to wear, and run out the door with a piece of gum in your mouth because you didn't have time to brush your teeth. Traffic is ridiculous, you're already late for work, and on top of it all, you just remembered you didn't pack a dang thing for lunch. You finally get to work (your stomach begging for food), get chewed out by your boss for a brief moment, and rush off to your cubicle.

As you sit down at your desk, you notice a bagel next to your keyboard. Your co-worker peeks up from over the short wall and tells you how the bagel shop mixed up her order and so she scored a few extra goodies, and thought you might like one.

You turn on your computer. Well, you pushed the button, but nothing happens. You push it again. Nothing. Again. Zip. One more time, and the screen turns on. Except it's blue--the blue screen of death. All of your files you've stored on your hard drive are gone forever.

Lunch time comes and you begrudgingly head to the closest drive-thru for a quick bite. You order a meal (slightly hating yourself because you're on a tight budget and had plenty of food at home that you could have brought to the office with you), pull up to the window, and take out your card. As the guy operating the drive-thru opens the window, he informs you that the person in front of you paid for your meal, and you owe nothing.

Back at work, your boss comes by and asks if he can speak with you.You sheepishly enter his office, and he asks you to have a seat. He apologizes for the way he yelled at you in front of everyone--he says that his morning was rough as well and he took it out on you. He goes on to explain that his right-hand man quit. He tells you that he has seen your hard work and diligence and asks if you would please accept the position. You get a raise, benefits, PTO, and so much more freedom.

On your way home, you puncture your tire while driving through a construction zone. You pull over to change it, and just as you're taking the jack out of your trunk, a car pulls up behind you. Surprisingly, it's a friend you haven't seen in years, and he offers to change the tire for you. You had a nice time catching up and talking about old times.

You make it home in one piece. You're later than you planned to be because of the tire situation and feel bad because your husband will be home any minute and dinner hasn't even been started. As you pull open the front door, you smell food! Your husband finished his work early, bought you flowers, and made your favorite meal. All just to put a smile on your face. And it worked.

Maybe that scenario was a little bit dramatized, but you get the idea.

We've all had roller-coaster days; those days that start off really bad so you just want to be left alone so you can wallow in your own self-pity. But then you can't stay mad for long because you have people looking out for you, that want you to be happy. That's been this whole year for me.

But really, isn't that how every year is for everyone? Isn't that just life? In the words of Frank Sinatra, "'That's life', that's what all the people say; you're riding high in April, shot down in May."

Life is just that way. Ya win some, ya lose some. It was designed that way.

There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that describes this subject perfectly, in my opinion: "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so... righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad..." (2 Nephi 2:11)

We cannot have happiness without experiencing sadness. We can't appreciate health without sickness. We don't understand a full belly without hunger.

So although there were some terrible "downs" this year, I'm grateful to have experienced them, because without them, I wouldn't know what the "ups" even are.

Enjoy my highlight reel of 2018:

 Married a major hottie for time & all Eternity

 Honeymoon Cruise through the Caribbean

Visited my mission

Started my blog back up!

Graduated from College

Made a new BFF

Learned how to wake surf (kinda)

Hiked the Y with my boo and my bro-in-law

My baby sister moved to Utah

Learned how to long board & spent many summer nights boarding in the UVU parking lot

Kayaked down Provo River

 Moved out of our first home

 Road trip to California (not pictured: learned to surf)

Started teaching at a new studio

Hayden bought his first motorcycle

Hayden surprised me with another cruise!

Swam with stingrays

Explored Mexico by scooter

 Improved my Flowrider skills

Visited my mission, again!

Met my precious niece!

Convinced Hayden to decorate sugar cookies with me

Our first Christmas

2018 was filled with so many good things, but one of my favorites was deciding to start my blog back up. I am so grateful to you, my readers (although there may be few), for reading my stories. I hope to share many more with you in 2019. 


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  1. Mission...where'd you serve? Is Hayden an RM too?

    1. I served in Orlando, FL! Hayden served in Charleston, WV!

  2. Spent Thanksgiving with all your family in Texas. Hmmm. I see, didn't even make the list. ;-)


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