Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Things for the New Year

So…the fun and exciting night of New Year’s quickly came and quickly left. I got my very first New Year’s kiss right at the stroke of midnight! I tell you something, I was resolved to never having to make New Year’s goals again….I got the kiss (something I secretly wished for when I blew my candles out at every birthday). I was content! But, after thinking about it, I knew something that silly shouldn’t leave me as resolved for 2008. So, I made a rough-cut plan in my head of what I wanted to accomplish. So far, I have been doing great keeping up with my plan. Though most of my goals are set up to reflect my religious beliefs and how I can be a better person th
rough my faith, I also have some other goals that I want to share….that are a little less reflective, but fun to read about!

Water: That’s right…water. I love water more than any other drink. In fact, it wasn’t until this past year that I realized that when someone offers me a bold beverage, I always ask for water. Crystal light, what’s that? Milk….though proven to do a body good, I will take the water.

My life is water. I was raised as a fish…always swimming, running through the sprinklers, chasing waterfalls, taking long showers, jumping in ditches, ocean surfing, lake hoppi
ng…good ole water fun.

This year, I decided to take water to a whole new level!! I decided to drink so much of it, that I would cleanse the insides of my body and feel more energetic and lose weight! That is right, lose w
eight. You see, the wonderful thing about drinking huge amounts of water is that your stomach is so full, you don’t snack as much, which I am very prone to do. Yes, it means more trips to the bathroom, but since I started drinking at least 80 ounces of water a day, I have lost 10 pounds! Oh, how I believe in the power of water!

This link leads to an article so you can see how water can do your body good!

Landmark Forum: Most of the owners of Two Little Hands have gone to this incredible seminar
called the Landmark Forum. I have been contemplating attending these courses for a couple months and am finally going to do it. After much prayer about how this can help me in my life, I have come to discover that I am ready to really start making changes that will help me improve the quality of my life. At first I thought…well, I understand the gospel of Jesus Christ, why do I need some kind of ‘self-help’ workshop to tell me how to live my life!? After much contemplation, I realized that I could use this class as a stepping-stone on my little trail of progression. Of course Jesus Christ is the foundation of what I believe and talks by the modern-day prophets will most certainly provide the guidance I need, but I fully support programs dedicated to helping people think in order to move ahead. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” The class lasts for 3-days from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. I am excited about this journey that I am about to take.

A New Couc
h: So, I have needed a couch forever. I have had my current couch since I was a freshman in college. Imagine, 7 years….ah. As you can imagine, the couch has become a little gross, but not gross enough for me to get another one. I am perfectly content with it. It doesn’t really look that dirty. Every time my mom comes to visit, she always says....why don't you get a new couch and then talks for hours on end about how gross my couch is. I suggested that she just buy me one....but she wasn't too down with that. So, I just kept putting it off.

One day, my greasy brother sat on it (greasy describing that he works as a mechanic at Sears and therefore will always have greasy fingernails and body). One day, he sat on the couch putting oil grease stains all over one of the pillows. I used shout and other Scotchguard products trying to get it out. Needless to say there is now this large white spot on the pillow…revealing how gross my couch really is. Saddened that my mom was actually spot-on about this, I decided it was time to say goodbye to my college couch. I bit the bullet and bought a couch this weekend! I am so super excited! It has this dark brown vinyl (that looks like leather) as the base, with tan cushions, and then has several pillows that are all different shades of brown. It totally matches my African motif that I have going on. It is a sectional that has a 3-cushion regular sofa with an l-shaped extension that we can make long or short. Because of the confines of my apartment, it is just going to have to be short and I will take the leftover couch and stick it in my room. I am so excited. It is coming on Saturday.

These are just a couple of new things going on in my life for 2008. Stay tuned, I am sure there will be more things to come!


A Bunch of Paynes said...

Way to go Brendan! I love the new couch. I've never even been to your apartment, but I can imagine it fitting in perfectly there. And I need to drink more water too. I have this nice "little" cooler/jug that I used to fill up all the time, but since we haven't had an ice maker (hence no ice), I haven't used it. Maybe with the new fridge I'll be able to reform. :) love you chica!

The Fish Bowl said...

You crack me up! I miss you!

BrettnJana said...

Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey!
Great goals! I like the water..it does do a body good. :0)
Who is Trudi?
We need to get together. I'm just busy with the little girl...let me know the time and date, and I'll be there...with Jovie...if you don't mind. :0)