Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rockin' Out

Power outages: 2
Calls from angry students: 3
Fire drills: 1
CAPS "family" deaths: 3
Lunch invitations: 7
Visits from frustrated marketers: 6
Earthquake evacuations: 1
Good talks about God: 10
Experiences on the job: PRICELESS

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Today there was a 5.4 earthquake while I was at work. At first I felt a jolt and just thought it was men walking on the ceiling above, because that happens almost daily. However, once the swaying started I knew it was an earthquake. Every safety lesson taught in elementary school came back to me and I jumped under my co-workers desk and suggested she do the same. It probably only lasted for about 30 seconds, but it felt longer. Then we were told to evacuate, which confused me at first because I figured more harm could be done outside, but then I realized away from tall buildings and trees is probably the safest place to be.
As an emotional and imaginative person I immediately panicked, but because I was at work I wanted to seem calm and in control, so I kept it together until we got back inside and I was safe and my cell phone wouldn’t work. When I finally got through to my Dad I cried when I heard his voice. Then I talked to my mom and cried even more. When the quake first hit I wasn’t sure where the center of it was, so I had no way of knowing if it had hit San Diego hard and we were feeling the result of that shock, or if we were at the center in LA. Obviously, we were the center and San Diego merely felt it, but then I wanted to be able to get through to my family to make sure they knew I was okay.
It was one of those moments where you prioritize and realize who the most important people in your world are because you want to call them first. My family were my first priority and then I wanted to make sure my roommates were safe, so much so that I debated driving to our apartment when I couldn’t reach them on their cell phones! Natural disasters, no matter how small or insignificant, have a way of putting a person’s life and time into perspective.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Thoughts on Love...

I’ve been thinking about love and relationships lately (okay, not just lately), blame it on the weddings and engagements that keep popping up.
I think the best kind of love is the kind that makes you a better person. The kind that makes you so happy with who you are that you glow. The kind that makes you the best version of yourself. The kind that changes you for the better. The kind that causes the people around you to want to be with you and your significant other. The kind where selflessness, purity, honesty, and Godliness blossom out of the relationship in a very obvious way. The kind of love that makes you grow and mature and deepen as a person individually, relationally, and spiritually.
Even I have experienced the feeling you get when you are with a certain person and you know you have become the best version of yourself. The most natural, beautiful, and genuine version of yourself. And you know when the moment is over that very few other people can bring that side out of you. That is the person to stay with, and that version of you is the person you need to become, even if the one you were with is no longer by your side.
It is what Elizabeth Barrett Browning describes when she says: “I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.”

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Glimpse Into My Life

Okay, it has been over a week and I promised myself I would blog every week, I just don’t seem to have anything to say (shocking, I know). So, I guess I’ll just say what I’ve been up to lately…
Work has been going really well lately! It has been crazy busy, which is better than the alternative of painfully slow, but it does feel a bit like I’m drowning in piles of evaluations with no end in sight. I am loving my co-workers and feeling more blessed by the day. I just really feel like I am beginning to make friends and prove to people outside of my Registrar department that I can be a good worker and team player. It is nice to begin to feel settled and at home in my job.
Other than work I’ve been hanging at my newly painted apartment, talking with my roomies, going to the gym (this week anyway), and stalking people online (my guilty pleasure). I’m also finishing up an application for grad school at APU that I had hoped to submit by tomorrow, but I think it will be Monday or Tuesday when I actually finish.
At this very moment I just finished watching So You Think You Can Dance, which is my favorite TV show right now (Click here to see my favorite piece of the season so far: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n17HrL66iFU)! I am writing this blog, looking at wedding photography blogs, sipping a lovely little blue blended drink that my roommate made for us out of left over wine coolers (from when we watched The Bachelorette season finale – I miss Graham!) and the last of a bottle of Malibu, and listening to Amy Winehouse.
Nothing too exciting, but great at the same time because none of it involves chores or homework! Sometimes being an adult and a college graduate has its perks!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Top 10 Things...I Love About Angelina Jolie



1. Badass; flies planes, loves doing stunts, tattoos, single mom, etc.
2. Activist; not only does she claim to care about poverty, refugees, and orphans; she proves it by the way she lives her life.
3. Business woman; she uses her celebrity to bring attention to what needs it.
4. Genuine; she is raw and real.
5. Confident; she knows who she is, what she wants, and how to get it.
6. Homemaker; she is committed to giving her children the best environment for family stability to cultivate more full human beings.
7. Beautiful; you can’t argue with that.
8. Resilient; has proven a person is more than the mistakes they’ve made.
9. Actress; pure talent, see “A Mighty Heart” if you don’t believe me.
10. Challenging; her activism forces people to reflect on what mark they are making on the world (read this article: http://www.radiantmag.com/article.php?ID=325).