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11 June 2015

Reminiscing



Mr. Schroeder and I have been married for about 3 1/2 years. Though it really hasn't been THAT long, I do feel like there are so many moments, memories, and amazing things that have been forgotten. This past weekend, Mr. Schroeder and I went up to Logan for a family reunion. We spent a little bit of time on the Utah State University campus, right by where we met. It was a really cool experience reminiscing. 


I still remember being so shaky and nervous prior to meeting Trevor, yet calm at the same time. My room mates helped me pick out an outfit, curl my hair, and look super cute. I distinctively remembering Mr. Schroeder pulling around the roundabout with a big smile on his face. I get in the car, my heart beating fast, and we begin talking. Before we got to dinner at Olive Garden, I told him that I liked his eye balls. That made him laugh. 


At our family reunion, we spent time at first dam. At second dam, that's where I told Trevor I loved him. He didn't say it back though, not yet, that little punk. I hugged him tight, he kissed my forehead, and I was the happiest that a girl could be. 

Though I don't think I could ever live in Logan again, it was a lot of fun to think back to all of the good and bad times I had. Unfortunately, I think about a year out of two of my time at Utah State was pretty rough. The second year was one of the best, though! I met amazing room mates and married the love of my life. 
10 June 2015

Dusty Keys

There's something that intrigues me about dusty keys of a piano. I'm sure if my mom heard me say that, she'd think, "Oh. Is that why you always refused to dust the piano growing up?" The piano at my house is an antique. It's extremely old and the ivory has scratches and marks. I've lived in my house for almost an entire year now, yet I have never dusted the piano. I tried explaining it to Mr. Schroeder just the other day. It went a little somethin like this..

You know when there is something you're extremely passionate about and you haven't driven it, experienced it, played with it, spent time with it....for awhile? Then when you finally get the chance to be with this thing you're passionate about, you never want to stop? You never want to quit riding, you never want to quit playing, and you feel like you could just do it for hours because you missed it so much? I'm pretty sure Mr. Schroeder likened this with his dirt bike. He never rides the thing, yet he loves his bike like a child. This is the explanation of my dusty keys analogy. Though I play the piano more than not, the idea of dusty keys gets me feeling like I never need to stop simply because 'it's been a little while.' 


09 June 2015

Diamond Fork

I posted something on social media a little while back about convincing Mr. Schroeder to love Utah. He always stated that he would never marry a Utah girl, let alone live in Utah, yet here we are. I've been trying to scope out the prettiest places, hikes, and secret attractions to convince him how much beautiful Utah really has to offer. 


A little while ago after work, we hiked up to Diamond Fork hot springs. It was about a 2.5 mile hike one way, yet super easy. We spent a little while soaking it up in the hot springs and taking in all the beauty around us. The water was literally glowing. It was gorgeous. I think I'm getting there with the convincing! 


If you're in Utah and want to go on this hike, follow the directions. Google Maps takes you to the incorrect place (if you simply enter "Diamond Fork Hot Springs") and you probably don't want to drive around looking for the right location. Instead, enter these coordinates into your GPS and it should take you straight to the trailhead with no problems! 

40°05'05.6"N 111°21'16.6"W
05 June 2015

The Perfect Man

I'm probably going to spare you the long drawn out repetitive story of my love story. Prior to meeting Trevor, let's just say I got kicked around once or twice, and really lost my self esteem. I will always remember, as a child, a teenager, and even young adult, writing a list of what my perfect man would be. The lists always consisted of something like: tall, dark, handsome, great testimony, great with kids, sense of humor, loves God more than me, yada yada yada. 

Firstly, I'd love to stress how important it is to have a list. It's a bit crucial to know what kind of person will stand as your missing puzzle piece. On the other hand, I can't help but push how important it is to take a step back. Every single day, when I log onto social media (everybody logs on every day, right?), I see something like...."Guys need to learn to be more romantic!" or... "Guys should really stop looking at their phones on dates and paying more attention to me." Both single and married women are constantly posting about romantic love novels, cute stories, and what their man should be doing for them. Has society really become this selfish? 

Shortly after breaking up with my high school and college boyfriend, I quickly realized that I didn't want to date until I figured myself out. I wanted to work on me. (Clearly, God had other plans, because Mr. Schroeder married a pretty selfish woman!) Instead of focusing on what qualities men should possess, perhaps we could turn the camera around and focus it in on ourselves. Are we as close to God as we'd like our husband to be? Are we selfless, caring, and loving? I've had this experience multiple times in my life. I find myself becoming selfish and wishing something was one way, when it just wasn't. We can blame 50 shades of grey or all of the Nicholas Sparks books we want. But the fact of the matter is...it all comes from YOU. If you're posting an article about how your man (or future man) needs to become more selfless, perhaps you do too. 


I'm all about serving others and becoming a better person. But I sort of think it's deeper than that. I think we all need to constantly work on bettering ourselves, rather than waiting for that perfect person to come around, or for that person to become perfect. Life is way too short to have impossible expectations for somebody. Especially when that somebody is not ourselves.
03 June 2015

Resisting Change

I often wonder if many individuals experience the same lightbulb moment as I do when it comes to school and learning. I spent two years at Utah State. I did well in my classes; however, I didn't embrace every second of my schooling and try to soak everything in while learning everything I could to better myself. I took a two year break (which I am rather grateful for to grow up for a second), and now I am back. It's rather interesting because now, I am really enjoying my classes. There was a lesson a few weeks ago about resisting to change, and how many individuals refuse to accept these changes. 


If you haven't figured it out by now, change is inevitable. It's going to happen throughout your life. Constantly. This is why I thought this lesson was incredible. There are 5 reasons that individuals might resist change. The final result is simple. Identify the reason(s) that you currently possess, and change them. 

1. Habit 
Life can be extremely difficult. We have to make countless decisions every single day. We constantly rely on our habits or our programmed responses. Joe's employees can work without thinking about it simply because they've done it for a long time. Their way of doing things has become a habit. 

2. Security
If you have a high need for security, you're most likely resisting change because it threatens those feelings you possess for safety. Some of Joe's employees are professionals in their field because they know how to compute certain situations. Once a computer system is in place, they might not be as important. 

3. Economical factors
Sometimes, change can result in a decrease in individuals pay. Judy interpreted Joe's comment about efficiency as a threat to his job. New technology could eventually replace him and completely take away his income. 

4. Fear of the unknown
*ding ding ding* This is my biggest problem. It's too easy to feel comfortable. Changes substitute ambiguity and uncertainty. 

5. Selective information processing
Individuals will shape their world through their perceptions. Once they've created that type of world, it resists change.

Not to go all 'school teacher' on you, but I promise if you identify one or more of these factors that are making you resist change, and work on changing that, you will learn to embrace change, love  it, and look forward to the future. 
11 June 2015

Reminiscing



Mr. Schroeder and I have been married for about 3 1/2 years. Though it really hasn't been THAT long, I do feel like there are so many moments, memories, and amazing things that have been forgotten. This past weekend, Mr. Schroeder and I went up to Logan for a family reunion. We spent a little bit of time on the Utah State University campus, right by where we met. It was a really cool experience reminiscing. 


I still remember being so shaky and nervous prior to meeting Trevor, yet calm at the same time. My room mates helped me pick out an outfit, curl my hair, and look super cute. I distinctively remembering Mr. Schroeder pulling around the roundabout with a big smile on his face. I get in the car, my heart beating fast, and we begin talking. Before we got to dinner at Olive Garden, I told him that I liked his eye balls. That made him laugh. 


At our family reunion, we spent time at first dam. At second dam, that's where I told Trevor I loved him. He didn't say it back though, not yet, that little punk. I hugged him tight, he kissed my forehead, and I was the happiest that a girl could be. 

Though I don't think I could ever live in Logan again, it was a lot of fun to think back to all of the good and bad times I had. Unfortunately, I think about a year out of two of my time at Utah State was pretty rough. The second year was one of the best, though! I met amazing room mates and married the love of my life. 
10 June 2015

Dusty Keys

There's something that intrigues me about dusty keys of a piano. I'm sure if my mom heard me say that, she'd think, "Oh. Is that why you always refused to dust the piano growing up?" The piano at my house is an antique. It's extremely old and the ivory has scratches and marks. I've lived in my house for almost an entire year now, yet I have never dusted the piano. I tried explaining it to Mr. Schroeder just the other day. It went a little somethin like this..

You know when there is something you're extremely passionate about and you haven't driven it, experienced it, played with it, spent time with it....for awhile? Then when you finally get the chance to be with this thing you're passionate about, you never want to stop? You never want to quit riding, you never want to quit playing, and you feel like you could just do it for hours because you missed it so much? I'm pretty sure Mr. Schroeder likened this with his dirt bike. He never rides the thing, yet he loves his bike like a child. This is the explanation of my dusty keys analogy. Though I play the piano more than not, the idea of dusty keys gets me feeling like I never need to stop simply because 'it's been a little while.' 


09 June 2015

Diamond Fork

I posted something on social media a little while back about convincing Mr. Schroeder to love Utah. He always stated that he would never marry a Utah girl, let alone live in Utah, yet here we are. I've been trying to scope out the prettiest places, hikes, and secret attractions to convince him how much beautiful Utah really has to offer. 


A little while ago after work, we hiked up to Diamond Fork hot springs. It was about a 2.5 mile hike one way, yet super easy. We spent a little while soaking it up in the hot springs and taking in all the beauty around us. The water was literally glowing. It was gorgeous. I think I'm getting there with the convincing! 


If you're in Utah and want to go on this hike, follow the directions. Google Maps takes you to the incorrect place (if you simply enter "Diamond Fork Hot Springs") and you probably don't want to drive around looking for the right location. Instead, enter these coordinates into your GPS and it should take you straight to the trailhead with no problems! 

40°05'05.6"N 111°21'16.6"W
05 June 2015

The Perfect Man

I'm probably going to spare you the long drawn out repetitive story of my love story. Prior to meeting Trevor, let's just say I got kicked around once or twice, and really lost my self esteem. I will always remember, as a child, a teenager, and even young adult, writing a list of what my perfect man would be. The lists always consisted of something like: tall, dark, handsome, great testimony, great with kids, sense of humor, loves God more than me, yada yada yada. 

Firstly, I'd love to stress how important it is to have a list. It's a bit crucial to know what kind of person will stand as your missing puzzle piece. On the other hand, I can't help but push how important it is to take a step back. Every single day, when I log onto social media (everybody logs on every day, right?), I see something like...."Guys need to learn to be more romantic!" or... "Guys should really stop looking at their phones on dates and paying more attention to me." Both single and married women are constantly posting about romantic love novels, cute stories, and what their man should be doing for them. Has society really become this selfish? 

Shortly after breaking up with my high school and college boyfriend, I quickly realized that I didn't want to date until I figured myself out. I wanted to work on me. (Clearly, God had other plans, because Mr. Schroeder married a pretty selfish woman!) Instead of focusing on what qualities men should possess, perhaps we could turn the camera around and focus it in on ourselves. Are we as close to God as we'd like our husband to be? Are we selfless, caring, and loving? I've had this experience multiple times in my life. I find myself becoming selfish and wishing something was one way, when it just wasn't. We can blame 50 shades of grey or all of the Nicholas Sparks books we want. But the fact of the matter is...it all comes from YOU. If you're posting an article about how your man (or future man) needs to become more selfless, perhaps you do too. 


I'm all about serving others and becoming a better person. But I sort of think it's deeper than that. I think we all need to constantly work on bettering ourselves, rather than waiting for that perfect person to come around, or for that person to become perfect. Life is way too short to have impossible expectations for somebody. Especially when that somebody is not ourselves.
03 June 2015

Resisting Change

I often wonder if many individuals experience the same lightbulb moment as I do when it comes to school and learning. I spent two years at Utah State. I did well in my classes; however, I didn't embrace every second of my schooling and try to soak everything in while learning everything I could to better myself. I took a two year break (which I am rather grateful for to grow up for a second), and now I am back. It's rather interesting because now, I am really enjoying my classes. There was a lesson a few weeks ago about resisting to change, and how many individuals refuse to accept these changes. 


If you haven't figured it out by now, change is inevitable. It's going to happen throughout your life. Constantly. This is why I thought this lesson was incredible. There are 5 reasons that individuals might resist change. The final result is simple. Identify the reason(s) that you currently possess, and change them. 

1. Habit 
Life can be extremely difficult. We have to make countless decisions every single day. We constantly rely on our habits or our programmed responses. Joe's employees can work without thinking about it simply because they've done it for a long time. Their way of doing things has become a habit. 

2. Security
If you have a high need for security, you're most likely resisting change because it threatens those feelings you possess for safety. Some of Joe's employees are professionals in their field because they know how to compute certain situations. Once a computer system is in place, they might not be as important. 

3. Economical factors
Sometimes, change can result in a decrease in individuals pay. Judy interpreted Joe's comment about efficiency as a threat to his job. New technology could eventually replace him and completely take away his income. 

4. Fear of the unknown
*ding ding ding* This is my biggest problem. It's too easy to feel comfortable. Changes substitute ambiguity and uncertainty. 

5. Selective information processing
Individuals will shape their world through their perceptions. Once they've created that type of world, it resists change.

Not to go all 'school teacher' on you, but I promise if you identify one or more of these factors that are making you resist change, and work on changing that, you will learn to embrace change, love  it, and look forward to the future.