Monday, February 25, 2013

Because I love econ:)

I love Econ 110. I really really do. As irrational as this is, given the horrible rumors surrounding this class, it's my absolute favorite. I love supply and demand. I love total and marginal and variable and fixed costs. Dr. Pope is a fantastic professor! He does this thing with his hands when he teaches, where it looks like he's about to punch someone in the face...with economics. He kind of reminds me of Mrs. Ingersoll from Lehi. He's straightforward, which is up there with the most wonderful character traits that anyone could ever have. I love how he let us watch Fiddler on the Roof in class. I love his stories about wall hanging things and utility gained from eating pizza. Econ 110 really is my favorite class, and probably the best one I've taken at BYU thus far.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Strategy??? And other updates.

I got roses for Valentine's Day:) That was very unexpected. And tomorrow is my 4th date of the semester! Which has GOT to be a record. Seriously. I remember my Dad telling me that guys can just tell when a girl is ready to go on dates. So I guess I am? Which leads to my next update...

He's gone. It's a little surreal. I feel like things are right back to where they were three years ago: strangers. It's probably better this way. I didn't have friends in 10th grade, but I knew who I was. I feel like I'm getting back to that. (Except now I have friends too.) I'm happy with the way things worked out. I've learned a lot that I couldn't have learned otherwise. 

My mission papers have yet to be submitted. They were supposed to go in yesterday, but my stake president advised getting one more doctor's evaluation first. He said this will ensure that they'll go through the first time with out any issues. I was a little disappointed, but I know that this will streamline the process. Now I won't need to worry about them coming back. Fingers crossed for next week??

New semester, new goals. I realize I'm a little late...but you can see them on my "goals" page:) Hold me accountable, okay?

AND NOW, strategy.

I'm a "pre-management" major right now, meaning that I hope to be accepted into the business school. I apply in June. Once accepted, I have to select an emphasis. The plan is to do organizational behavior and human resources. However, another emphasis has caught my eye: strategy. It's a very elite program. In order to study business strategy, I'll have to apply to the business school, be accepted, and then apply again to the strategy program. They take applications for strategy every October. Only 50 people are accepted each year! It's based on GPA and high school ACT. And since I fried the ACT, I'll definitely have an advantage. The business strategy program has the highest job placement rate in the Marriott School! Even higher than accounting! That and the average starting salary for a strategy major is about $30,000 more than OB/HR. Soooo my plan is to apply to business management OB/HR in June, defer, serve a mission, then apply to strategy in October of 2015. 

Wish me luck:)

Love you all.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Things you probably didn't know about me.

I love love love the South, especially Texas
One of my nicknames is Maggie and I'm still not sure why
I'm a county delegate for the Republican party
I super overuse the word "super"
Besides scriptures, I don't like re-reading books
I really miss grocery shopping with Mom
I was born three weeks early
My major is Mgmt. OB/HR, but I want to apply to the Strategy program
My eyes are gray, blue, and gold...not even kidding
I've seen every "That's So Raven" episode except for one
My dream honeymoon location is New Zealand
I always wear my hair down because I'm insecure about my ears
I'm an official member of the NFL--National Forensics League
Black, gray, and navy are my favorite colors
A copy of the Declaration of Independence is hanging on my wall
I love rollercoasters like crazy
My hair is half as long as I want it to be
I'm pretty good at flirting except for with a guy I'm interested in
I could eat rice with just about any meal
I think Darci is the prettiest out of my sisters and me
My socks rarely match
I own three copies of Machiavelli's "The Prince"
If my Bishop doesn't ask me to speak in church soon, I think I'll offer because...
I love public speaking!!!
Joseph is my boy name--I was a surprise gender baby
Obtaining a graduate degree is one of my biggest dreams
I considered going to Yale
I've started praying in Spanish every night

I love you all.
Happy Saturday!:)


This past week, the power of God's love was manifested to me. I felt it when I talked with both of my grandmas on Valentine's Day. I felt it when talking with my parents and sisters. I felt it when I called my dear friend Jenna. I felt His love and aid while I prepared and took and scored well on two important tests.

Come Friday night, I could think of nothing better to do than show my appreciation for Him through temple worship. The temple is a beautifully sacred place. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be in the company of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit while in His home. 

I try to attend once a week. I had the thought last night that I might be there only four more times before I am able to enter the rest of the temple and be endowed with power! Every day I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve a full time mission at the age of 19. 

That's all for now, loves. As my dear friend Elder Nicoll would say, "Have a happy week! You better, because I will be!"

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I had the most perfect weekend! 

I've sort of been dreading this day, because it's the day of his farewell. And I didn't attend. It was heart breaking, but I know I made the right decision. As such, God blessed me with wonderful experiences to soften and warm my heart. The pain is hardly there anymore. The Atonement is real. People love me and care about me. Life is excellent, and anything that tries to convince you otherwise is wrong.

Dance. Hula practice. Nap. Temple. Homework. Second nap. Spontaneous date. 25 new satisfied customers. Service. Church. Mission interview. Asian food. Mulan. Lots of new friends. Ward prayer. Smoothies night.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

remarkably blessed.

There were about three months last semester where I felt like I was drowning. When I think back to it, I can hardly remember what it felt like to be so low. I have gone through many wonderful changes. I have learned so much about myself, the Atonement, and grace. Today, I feel like telling you about the remarkable, sunny things of my life:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sunny D and vanilla hot chocolate
Squeezing way too overripe bananas out of their peels like toothpaste with Clarissa
"Risk it for the biscuit!" --Sam
Ten satisfied customers from our "FREE HUGS" business
6 am hula practice every Saturday
Chinese New Year is this week--egg rolls, wontons, masman, kalua pork, rice, noodles
Being able to pray and bear my testimony en espanol
Watching devotional with Darci each week
Decorating my apartment for Valentines Day
"Am I wearing enough black? Is my hair big enough? Are my eyelashes long enough?"
Not doing homework on Sundays
Alma 26 and 2 Nephi 31
Reading "New Ideas from Dead Economists"
Teasing Amanda all day every day because we love her too much
Occasionally sleeping in
My Mommy purchased plane tickets for DC--I finally get my senior trip!
13 days until my mission papers are submitted

That's all for now.
My heart is overwhelmed with love for you.
Thank you for the prayers and friendship.