I just want to say that I absolutely love the temples that the Mormon church has. I love being a Mormon, and I love being able to visit the temples and worship inside of them. Justin and I live in Provo, near the Provo Temple and we had the opportunity to serve in it today. In the LDS church, we believe that we can help those who have already passed away without the opportunity to receive saving covenants and ordinances, we can do it for them by proxy. We also believe that by marrying in the temple, we are sealed to each other for all time and eternity. To know that I will be with my husband forever is an amazingly comforting feeling. When we went to the temple today, we served as proxy for marriage sealings. To hear the covenants and promises again was truly uplifting.
And I do so love answering questions about myself!
1) If you could do one thing differently in your life, what would it be?
I’ve thought this through for the past 5 years, and honestly, I think it would have changed the course of my life here at BYU. My high school was an International Baccalaureate School
. In short, it is like the AP program, but for all your classes, and has a more world-wide perspective. Credits received on the IB tests can count towards international universities as well. You can choose to go for the full IB diploma, or get certificates according to the different classes you took. I decided to just do IB History and IB English. The main reason being, I was just plain scared to do IB Physics and IB Math. No way. I wasn’t confident in my abilities. However, I truly believe that if I had stuck with it and pushed through it, knowing how stubborn and determined I am, I would have succeeded. Then, I would have been more determined to stay with BYU’s Honor’s Program and would have completed an Honor’s Thesis and graduated with Honors. But nope, I gave up before I began.
2) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
That is easy: I am a stay-at-home mom. My husband is an actuary making big bucks. We live somewhere east of the Mississippi. I am a professional blogger with 1000s of viewers and many sponsors. I have also barely published my first fantasy novel and am slowly, one-class-at-a-time, working on a Medieval History masters/doctorate.
3) Do I honestly want kids?
Do I honestly want kids? Do I honestly want kids? I have never not wanted kids. I have wanted kids more than I have wanted a husband. And now that I do have a husband, my biological clock is going cuckoo! I am so ready to be a mother!
4) What has been the best moment of my life ever?
There are two that are tied. First was my celestial, eternal marriage to my husband, Justin in the Jordan River Temple on August 3, 2012.
The second would have to be covering 2 months: my trip to Wales. Its been 3 years this summer, and I still yearn to return almost every day. I felt so free, so at home there.
|Rhaglan Castle with Liz (archaeology major) an Dawn (social studies teacher). I didn’t have the right converters for my straightener, and my contacts weren’t working with me that day.
5) What is your life theme song?
Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten.” I’ve always been a little different: a little too weird, a little too geeky, a little too smart, a little too distant, a little too quiet, a little too goody-two-shoes, a little too much to really belong in any group. Writing has always been an integral part of my life, allowing to expand my horizons and explain how I feel better than I ever could speaking.
6) What is one thing you have yet to accomplish before you die?
Become a published fantasy/historical fiction author. Dream of my life!
7) If you could choose one thing to be known for, what would it be?
My writings, whether it be my blog, or the books that young adults everywhere flock to read.
8) If you could do anything right this very moment (no consequences, no fear, etc), what would it be?
I would love to not have to worry about end of semester grading/lesson planning or money, and go sky diving. Go skydiving with my husband, then out to eat a super fancy restaurant. And definitely order appetizers AND dessert.
9) What has been the most challenging moment of your life?
It’s not really a moment in time, but more of this entire school year. I have always wanted to be a teacher, and even through this entire year, I know that teaching is still my call. But, being an intern (so a full-time teacher), trying to do my best with many, many observations, completing a Teacher Work Sample, supporting my husband (a full-time student), and trying to be a perfect, newly-wed wife, was excruciatingly challenging. I was almost overcome by the physical, emotional, and mental stress of first-year teaching. But, I now know that is what makes me an excellent teacher–because I care for my students. I cry over them, I yearn for their success, I plead with them and their parents, I pray for them. I want the best for my students, and so I give my heart and soul into teaching. If I lose a few tears, hours of sleep, and pounds of fat, then so be it.
10) Summarize yourself in one word.
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