Tuesday, June 28, 2011

daily creed...

And so it seems that every time I am in need of a little spice in my life, a pick me up... the right little message is sent to me when I least expect it. I received an e-mail from my Aunt Marty the other day, sent to recap the family reunion I'd missed in Utah this past weekend. My grandfather who is a legend, a hero, and the most optimistic person I'd ever met, used to have this on His refrigerator, and would repeat it, out loud,  daily. I feel inclined to follow his tradition.

“This is the day I will live a happy, serene, and useful

 life, repelling promptly any thought of antagonism,

 discontent, anxiety, discouragement, and self-seeking.

       I will cultivate a spirit of tolerance, cheerfulness,

 magnanimity, charity, and a love of serving others.  I will

 set aside some time each day to read some uplifting

literature, and for the practice of quiet meditation.

       I will practice generosity in giving, economy in

expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in

assigned duties, faithfulness in every trust, and a childlike

faith in God.

       In particular, I will be faithful in those daily habits of

prayer, work, study of the scriptures, physical exercise,

eating, and sleeping, which I believe, the Holy Spirit has

shown me to be right.”                    

                                                                   John Heidenreich

Monday, June 27, 2011

another thing to check off of my bucket list...

I have been wanting to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge ever since I moved to New York for the first time...TEN YEARS ago. I love bridges, and I love cities. Finally, and with much satisfaction I did it. Now, this is not a huge accomplishment, not like climbing Kilimanjaro or Skydiving (which are also on the bucket list just by the way), but this bridge is something extraordinary. The views of Manhattan were incredible. I got to share this journey with some very special people. Return campers from Camp Rising Sun joined me from Spain, Colorado, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Poland. A true symbol that no matter where we are in the world, love and tolerance builds bridges. So for today, I am thankful for this experience. And thankful for this incredible, simple day. Carpe Diem!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

loving boston

I am a little late on this post, but I recently moved to Boston for a job and I wanted to say that I am loving it here! This city is amazing. It is full of culture, history, water, cool people, and delicious food. I landed a job at a High School just outside of Boston teaching Child Development, Fashion Design, and Cooking. I am very excited about the opportunity but also feel like I have a lot of work to do and a long way to go before I feel completely comfortable in my classroom. There are some skills I will need to polish before I start teaching including sewing. I haven't sewn in years and now I need to somehow teach 25 students how to sew from scratch. This is my challenge I guess At the end of it at the very least I will have obtained a good domestic skill.

In the meantime, there are so many great things about living in Boston. I am lucky because I have the summer off. I have been spending my time developing curriculum, cooking, riding my new bike, swimming, eading on the beach, watching Boston sports team kick bum, and playing piano. I feel like after the last semester of my master's degree and student teaching where it was chaos 24/7, I am finally feeling like Holly again. Just by the way, anyone is welcome to visit and I will gladly host you!

Thank you for reading, I will do my best to update more often.

congratulations boston

 It was so fun to arrive in Boston in time for the Stanley Cup Hockey Finals. I admittedly don't know as much about this sport as I want to, but it was a nice welcome to Boston anyway. Yesterday we ventured down to the parade and we happened to get a prime spot where the players and said Cup were 15 miles away. It was a great celebration to a stellar Hockey Team. The Red Socks are playing great as well after a rocky start and I must say that although I love my Salt Lake City roots, it is so much fun to live in a city with major sports teams that happen to be doing very well. More later on the move.