My Life According to Instagram

Before I had an iPhone I was fairly bothered by instagram. I tried to put it on my iPod touch, but it wouldn't work. Then my favorite bloggers started having all of these long streams of photos that I loved. Once I got an iPhone, I definitely jumped on the band wagon and now I post on instragram almost everyday. It's pretty neat. And now looking back at the 480 photos I have taken in the past 7 months I am realizing how much has happened to me in such a short amount of time.

I am on my second roommate, and I have lived here long enough to have 3 great friends move away.

Here is the first, Stephanie.
Stephanie and I signed a contract on our apartment before I even saw it. But she seemed cool, so we went for it. She is a texture artist and was working at an effects studio. It was so great to have a fellow friend who was new to the area. I loved having someone to go to all the activities with and she was always up for exploring our new city. She went home to Utah for a break in between contracts and quite a bit happened. Her contract in Dallas fell through, she found a new opportunity in LA and got engaged! So alas, she came back and packed up her things. But she was a fun roommate while it lasted.

Trying on hats at Charmin Charlie's

Meeting up at our favorite grocery store, Central Market. 

Birthday cake and flowers

Having pizza and sushi at Whole Foods

Miss Phylicia Norris. This dear gal was the housing coordinator when I was moving in and matched me up with Steph. She was away on vacation but she still called both of us to make sure we knew about one another. Phylicia and I had some great shopping trips and she taught me all about fashion (she's a total fashionista). Sadly, she moved away to the great state of Idaho. She has been gone for a mere 2 months but has already found a husband. So awesome!

Next up, Kamera. Darling Kamera was so sweet to me on my first day visiting my ward. She made a special effort to chat it up and make sure I knew where all the classes were, etc. She has moved away to Logan for the summer. But hopefully she'll be back soon. 

P.S. Thank you for all the kind comments on the last post! Y'all are too sweet. 


My Better Half

Have I mentioned how much I love Google Reader? All of my blog subscriptions in one place, without all those annoying advertisements = pure bliss. Plus I can tag posts and categorize them just the way I like. EZPZ

One of the random blogs I follow is this one: Amanda Jane Jones. I don't really know who she is but she posts little stories called "My Better Half" which are pretty cute. Then she tells little snippets of their love story. Check out this one.

THEIR STORY (as told by Erin Jane)
I actually fell in love with Conor before I ever really met him in person. A good friend of mine gave me his number because she thought we would get along well. He was living in San Diego at the time and I was in Portland. On a whim I sent him a text. My friend was right. He quickly (and wittily) replied and we started a 2 month long text only relationship. We never spoke on the phone or met in person. It was really exciting to have a secret love interest and always receive these quirky little messages from a stranger. I told my family I was going to marry this guy I was texting. They thought I was nuts. I decided I should probably call him. The conversation was seriously awkward because we were both really nervous. We decided to meet. He flew up one day out of the blue about a week later and presented himself to me on my doorstep. I acted like a complete fool, jumping up and down and shaking my hands like a crazy person. I kissed him and we instantly became friends. We got married in 2010 and moved to Hawaii the next day. We just had our first baby a few months ago—a boy named Henry. He is beautiful!

Sounds pretty great, right? 

And as it turns out, I am not getting any younger and am most definitely single. 

So to you my readers and potential future matchmakers, feel free to dig through your contacts and find the perfect man for me. I definitely accept set-ups... just sayin. 


Church & Design

Hey folks. Let me tell you a story. When I was in primary as a wee little gal, there was a lady on my street who was in the primary presidency. Sis. Bradshaw always made the best handouts, fliers, and invitations. Whenever she wrote a note to my mom or wrote on anything, my sisters and I would gaze at her handwriting and analyze her perfect penmanship. 

One Sunday when I was in senior primary, she gave a lesson about the love of God. I can't remember the specifics but I remember really enjoying the lesson and feeling good. During the lesson, she gave every child in the primary a heart. It had a cute scrapbook piece of paper with a little heart pattern and then a smaller red piece of cardstock on top of it in the shape of a heart. On the top she had written, "Rebecca, somebody loves you." I was thrilled. I love handouts and I think it was the first time I really appreciated good design and something so custom and personal. She had taken the time to use really nice paper and her fabulous penmanship to write every person's name. I took it home and put it on my bulletin board, where it remains to this day. Now I am the type of person who changes the decor of my bulletin board quite regularly, but I never wanted to take the heart down. I loved the message and the reminder of God's love but I also loved the reminder that she had taken the time and effort to make something so special. 

Fast forward a few years, and I am a laurel in Young Women's. Sis. Owen is teaching the lesson about honesty. At the end of the lesson, she gave us a piece of paper that had a lovely little butterfly and floral pattern around the edges and then this quote by President Faust was center-aligned on the inside. "Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving." 
I loved it. I put it on my wall, where it also remains to this day. I think of that quote whenever I hear the word "honest" and I can repeat it without the reminder. 

When I went to college and had to decide what I wanted to study I made a big list of options. Graphic design was on the list but I didn't know if it was realistic. I never expected to get accepted into the art program, but I did. I knew it was a great fit for me and a lot of that decision was based on the graphic design I had already seen in my young life. I knew it was powerful, not just to sell a product, but to show people that something is important and it's worth putting a little extra time to make that thing look special too. A big part of my decision was based on my future ability to use my skills for the church. Not necessarily the work happening on Temple Square but more like the work in ward council. Or the smile of a relief society president who is really happy with the publicity of her event. I knew that majoring in graphic design would help me be able to serve in a unique way. 

My duties at work don't involve the process of designing something from scratch. Thus I am much more excited about my design work when I get home. In college I never had time or energy to put effort into anything design-related because I got enough of that in my school work and at my campus job. But lately I have tried to really embrace my church assignments and use my abilities to make fun things. It is great to have no critiques or reviews. They aren't amazing but I hope that the people who see them appreciate the extra effort.