Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Top 10 Olympic Moments

I love sports, its in my blood. Nothing gets me going quite like a sporting event.  The excitement, the drama, the athletes, all of it.  I also love this country! Combine sports and the USA and I'm in heaven!!  So it shouldn't be a surprise that I thoroughly love the Olympics! I love everything about them.  I love seeing the host nation and learning more about their culture and country. I love the Opening Ceremonies.  Seeing each country walk in and feeling the unity gives me goosebumps. I love hearing the back stories and yes most of the time they make me cry. And I love seeing the athletes perform on such a grand stage.  Watching someone strive to reach their dream is INSPIRING!! I've watched the Olympics for as long as I can remember and each Olympics have provided some amazing moments.  And as someone who loves hearing back stories I've watched many moments from Olympics I wasn't alive to watch.  So after all that and since the 2012 London Olympics are going on right now I decided to list my top 10 Olympic moments.  Please take the time to watch the video clips.  It may take up some of your time but I promise it will be worth it!

10. Kerri Strug- At the 1996 games in Atlanta the "Magnificent 7" won the gold medal in the Women’s Team Competition for the first time. It was an epic win for the United States, considering the former Soviet Union had won the event in every Olympics it had entered since the 1950s. The team was packed with all-stars, and the competition full of dramatic moments. The most dramatic moment came when Kerri Strug, despite injuring her ankle on her first vault attempt, stuck the landing on her second go.

9.  Dan Jansen- Ten years after his Olympics debut, speed skater Dan Jansen finally won the gold he had fought so hard for. After falling short in Sarajevo, Calgary (racing the afternoon after his sister’s death), and Albertville, Jansen finally struck gold.

8.  Jamacian Bobsled Team- Who doesn't remember the movie 'Cool Runnings'?!  In the country’s first ever appearance at the winter Olympics, they may have come out medal-less, but certainly won the hearts of Olympic viewers (and the media) at the 1988 Calgary games.

7.  Mary Lou Retton- In 1984 Mary Lou Retton became the first American — male or female — to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She was only 16 at the time, and had only minimal experience competing internationally, but she received perfect 10s for her stunning performance on the vault.

6.  Nadia Comaneci: the first 10- Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci won three gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and became the first female gymnast ever to be awarded a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event.

5.  Derek Redmond- A British runner specializing in the 400 meters. He tore his hamstring halfway through a semi-final race in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. He refused to give up and rose to finish the race despite his intense pain. But what gets me and makes this one of the most memorable moments came next, when his father leapt over the railing from the stands and helped his son complete the race. Steps from the finish line and with the crowd cheering them on, he let go of Derek, so his son could cross the finish line by himself. The video below isn't the greatest quality but it is so touching. This moment is why I love the Olympics.

4.  The 1992 Dream Team- Jordan. Johnson. Bird. Barkley. Malone. Pippen. Ewing. The 1992 U.S. men’s basketball team featured what was arguably the greatest assemblage of athletic talent in Olympic team history. The all-star American squad put up triple-digit scores in all 7 rounds, sometimes blowing away teams by as much as 60 points. Even the gold medal match against Croatia, with a final score of 117-85 U.S., was a slaughter. In 2010 the team was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, one of only eight squads to ever earn the honor.

3.  Jesse Owens-  So obviously I wasn't alive for this moment but it is one that has touched me and made me so proud. Jesse Owens wasn’t “supposed” to win. He was black and he was competing in track and field in 1936 Berlin. But in one of the greatest demonstrations of actions speaking louder than words, African American sprinter Jesse Owens shocked his Nazi hosts by winning four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and the long jump. This grandson of slaves won with conviction and with grace!

2.  Michael Phelps-  So it was a hard decision not to put him as number 1 seeing as I'm kind of in love with him!  But my feelings aside, his performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics was amazing!  He took home 8 gold medals, beating Mark Spitz's record of 7 gold medals in one Olympics. Of all his races none was more exciting then the men’s 4x100m medley relay. The French were supposed to win, in fact one of the French swimmers, Alain Bernard, said they would "smash" the Americans in this event. But oh how wrong he was.  The last seconds of the race were so intense.  Jason Lezak was behind Bernard and it looked liked Phelp's 8 gold medals dream was over.  But in the last seconds Lezak gained on Bernard and when thrust his right arm for the wall, desperation and determination met perfect timing. The lunge beat Bernard by an eye blink.  A finish that could earn its own spot in my greatest moments!  Michael Phelps 8 gold medals and Lezak's comeback finish were nothing short of miraculous! 

1.  Miracle on Ice- In 2004 I sat in a theater next to my dad and with the rest of my family to watch a movie called 'Miracle'.  It would be the last movie I would attend with my father.  As I sat watching I asked myself how I had never heard of this story.  I sat on the edge of my seat and when the lights came up in the auditorium I was changed.  The story of the 1980 USA hockey team is truly miraculous.    The U.S. team was made up of mostly collegiate players and they were not expected to advance past group play. The Soviet Union was consider the greatest team having won the gold medal in 1956 and every year since 1964.  The Rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet team only mirrored the political and military tension that existed between them at the time because of the Cold War.  The met each other in a game that the Russians were supposed to dominate.  And according to the media the day before the match, unless a miracle happened, the Russians were expected to win not only that game but the Gold medal too.  Little did they know a miracle was indeed going to happen!  But the more I think about it, it wasn't just a miracle.  It was a coach that used strange but effective coaching tactics.  It was a team that came together and formed a bond and a family.  It was the belief that they could win and that belief affected every minute of the game.  They never gave up and at the end of 20 minutes the came out on top.  So whenever I think that something is impossible I think of this moment, pop in the 'Miracle' dvd and watch the impossible happen!  

Here is one of my favorite scenes form the movie.  Herb Brooks pushes the team nearly to the breaking point after a lack luster performance against Norway.  He makes them skate after the game.  Before this moment each player had identified themselves as an individual and as a player of their college.  What Mike Eruzione says not only stops the drill but is the start of them uniting as a team!

And the pre-game speech by coach Herb Brooks.  Very inspiring!

I hope you enjoyed these moments.  They are truly inspiring and help us remember to never give up and that with enough dedication, determination, and motivation your dreams can come true! 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 28

"To let go isn’t to forget, not to think about, or ignore. It doesn’t leave feelings of anger, jealousy, or regret. Letting go isn’t winning, and it isn’t losing. It’s not about pride, and it’s not about how you appear, and it’s not obsessing or dwelling on the past. Letting go isn’t blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and doesn’t leave emptiness, hurt, or sadness. It’s not giving in or giving up. Letting go isn’t about loss and it’s not defeat. To let go is to cherish memories, and overcome and move on. It’s having an open mind and confidence in the future. Letting go is accepting. It’s learning and experiencing and growing. To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and made you grow. It’s about all that you have, all that you had, and all that you will have soon again. Letting go is having the courage to accept change, and the strength to keep moving. Letting go is growing up. It’s realizing that the heart can sometimes be the most potent remedy. To let go is to open a door, and to clear a path, and to set you free.”

Wow its been 28 days! I didn't really know what to expect when I started this cleanse. I had hit rock bottom, I was in a very dark crazy place and I knew I wanted & needed to change. I was determined to see this cleanse through no matter what. My intention at first was never to get over my friend or move on from our friendship. It was to move on from the crazy place I was in, get over my inappropriate feelings for my friend and to learn to love myself. And I accomplished all those goals thankfully. Well I'm still working on the loving myself and staying out of the crazy dark place. But I've come so far!

The last few days I have realized that my friendship is over. I'm done fighting for something that the other person doesn't want. I hate feeling unwanted and like I don't matter. I feel like this is so hard for me and so easy for him. I think one of the worst feelings is feeling like you don't matter or aren't wanted. It's so hard. I've driven myself crazy thinking about it but I have to let it go. I know I matter. I know i am and was a good friend. I know I'm a kind, caring person. I know that his life without me is missing something special. But again I have to let it all go.

Im also beginning to realize that the healthier I get the less I need the relationship. For most of my life and for all of my relationship with him I've been someone that needs to be taken care of. I needed love, attention, time etc. And if I didn't get it I was devastated and would self destruct. Well no more. I'm taking care of myself. I'm no ones charity case or project. I'm so done with that. And my friend played the caretaker role so well. Thats what our friendship was about. I needed him, he took care of me and in the process he escaped things in his life he didn't want to deal with. We were the definition of co-dependent!! With the help of my therapist I see this and I see how relationships like that can never work.

One thing I loved about our friendship and I miss the most is being accepted completely just the way I was. But again my therapist pointed out that with complete acceptance and no expectations there is no responsibility or motivation to be better or do good things. And he's right. I started becoming a person with no responsibility with no desire to do the things I knew I should be doing. I'm not blaming anyone but myself. I make my own choices. But its easy to just let everything go when no one expects anything from you. I cant have relationships like that.

No one knows what the future holds. I will always love and care for my friend. I want nothing but happiness for him. And I do hope that one day we can have a conversation. And honest real conversation. I would love to have closure and I think I deserve it. But for now I'm doing my best to let go.

I've worked really hard these last 28 days but this is just the beginning. I have so much work to do. Life is a continual process. But I am SO proud of myself. I really really am! I am in such a deferent place then I was 28 days ago. Here's a little list of some things that have changed:

I haven't had a drink in 7 weeks.
I haven't taken any prescription medications in 7 weeks.
I'm back in school.
I'm going to institute.
I'm going back to church.
I'm more active and have lost some weight.
I'm more social.

Again can I say that I'm really proud of myself?! I'm so thankful for this cleanse and the help its given me. I'm thankful for my family and friends who have been there every step. Those that didn't leave and that have been supportive and loving. To those who have listened to me or read my many texts, thank you. I'm also thankful to my loving Heavenly Father. I truly know that I couldn't have done this without Him and His help. I truly am blessed with so many great people in my life. I couldn't have done this without all of them.

I have a long road ahead of me but I know I can do it. I did these 28 days! And I can't wait for each new day and the progress I'll make!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 27

“Sometimes it happens in an instance. We step up, we see a path forward. We see a path and we take it. Even when we have no idea where we’re going.”

The last couple days have been hard emotionally. While I'm proud of myself for coming this far with the cleanse and the progress I've made, some things are still really hard. I get to the point where I'm confused and don't know what to do. So it was great that I had therapy today. I have an amazing therapist. He is truly the greatest. He is so helpful and he gets me to see and understand things I've never gotten before. Today was no different. I was able to realize some things that helped me feel better. I also realized that I still have some work to do. But I'm willing to do it and I'm in a good place to take on all the crap.

One of the things I realized is the type of person I want to be and the type of people I want in my life. I think I'm a pretty non judgmental person and I don't intend to change that but I am going to be more selective about who I let in my life and who I let become important to me. I need honesty, communication, loyalty, trust, and understanding in my life and in my relationships. I also expect that from myself. I love the changes I've made in my life this last month but I still have a long ways to go. But I know I can do it. I'm stronger then I ever knew and tougher then I look! :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 26

Today was a hard long day. I had 10 hours of school and I was super emotional all day for some reason. So when 9pm rolled around I was ready for a distraction in the form of movies!

Me, my mom and some friends first went and saw Brave. It was pretty good although I felt like it was Brother Bear 3 at times. But the main girl was really inspiring and I even got teary eyed at the end.

Then we went to the midnight showing of Magic Mike!! I've been waiting for this movie for a long time. It was so good!! There's nothing that cheers me up like half naked men! And the audience was so fun. Best midnight audience ever! Thank goodness for distractions! :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 25

So tonight after a long day at school me, my mom and my sister all watched Bridesmaids.  One of my daily activities was to watch a comedy and laugh out loud so it worked perfectly.  I seriously love that movie.  It is so funny.  But I also got some good inspiring things out of it.  The first is the quote "You are your problem but you are also your solution."  I love it!  And it so fitting!  The second thing is the song Hold On.  When I was young I loved Wilson Phillips and would listen to their songs over and over.  So I know the song by heart but the lyrics are especially fitting right now.  So I included a video with the lyrics of the song.  Listen to it.  Its a cheesy song but its good.  :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day 24

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me"

I'm not sure how or why my mind does what it does. If I could seriously figure out how to master my own mind/thoughts or if I had on on/off switch it would make my life so much easier. Seriously!

So today was another family day. It was a good day and I had a lot of fun BUT I was bombarded all day with memories of my friend and the fun things we did. It seemed like everything I did, every song that came on the radio, everything someone said, everywhere we went triggered a memory. And while I was a little sad because It reminded me that those times are over and aren't going to happen again I was also happy. Happy because those were such good times. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him.

Now I know our friendship wasn't always the healthiest and at the end I was really crazy and not in a good place. But the good times were really good and I had a friend that loved me, believed in me and accepted me just the way I was. That kind of love is rare. And even though I turned it into something weird, and twisted, and went to a very dark crazy place I'm thankful for it. Because without this friendship I wouldn't be where I am today. I wouldn't be on this journey.

So while today was a weird intense day it made me realize just how thankful I am for the friendship. And that I'm finally to a place where memories make me happy and not devastated. This is progress!! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 23

I had another fun day with my family.  My sister and brother in law are in Park City so my mom and I are taking care of my niece.  I spent the night last night so I could be here in the morning to help get her ready for the day and to spend some time with her.  Her parents ended up missing her a lot so we decided to make a trip up to Park City so they could spend some time with her.  I think the highlight of the trip for me was playing in the big bathtub with Mckenzi.  After we went swimming in the pool we went back to their suite and Mckenzi and I (in our bathing suits) got into the big bathtub.  We filled it up with warm water and turned the jets on.  We had so much fun splashing and playing.  We didn't want to get out but we had to so we could get ready for dinner. Seriously my niece brings me so much joy as does the rest of my family.  I just wish my other niece and nephew lived closer.  Because nothing cheers me up like seeing their bright shinning faces.  I love them more then I can say.

I'm really enjoying family time but sadly it will come to an end as I go back to school Wednesday but I do have other fun things planned for this week that I am excited about!  :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day 22

Three weeks down one more to go!  For week four the focus is MOVING ON! Its time to get rid of the rest of the physical and psychological reminders once and for all. You do this by filling your calendar with fun activities that will make you laugh and have fun!

I'm going to be honest and say I'm still struggling with completely letting go and moving on.  Its no secret that I always thought I'd have my friendship at the end of this.  I just thought it would be a better healthier friendship.  I never thought that I would be trying to completely let go of any hope of any kind of a relationship.  And I still struggle with that.  There are days where I'm not totally onboard with letting go completely.  But I'm doing my best.

Now doing fun things this week should not be a problem.  I like having fun and today was no exception.  I spent the day at the Jacksons. I went to church with them in the morning.  And I had one of the most incredible spiritual experiences I've had in a long time.  I'm talking life changing.  And all from a 20 min talk, but it was incredible. Then after church we all had tacos. I LOVE tacos at the Jacksons!  After dinner we all just hung out, talked and napped.  As we were all sitting on the couch and ground I thought to myself this must be what true happiness is.  Your family all together talking and laughing. It really made my desire to get married and start a family even stronger.  I really want that.  Lazy Sunday afternoons with my family. I think that would be heaven on earth.  I know it feels that way when I'm at the Jacksons.  :) Later my mom came and got me and we drove back home to Provo.  I got to help her take care of my niece as my sister and brother in law are out of town.  I love my time with Mckenzi.  She makes me so happy.  All in all it has been a great day!

I'm really looking forward to week 4.  I hope that I can continue to learn and grow.  I'm truly amazed I've made it this far.  And the things I have learned and how far I've come these last 3 weeks is crazy!  And this time I mean crazy good!!  I'm truly proud of myself.  I can feel a change inside of me.  A real change.  Not a change for someone else or a temporary one but a real one!  And I know that when day 28 comes I won't be magically cured and all the hard work won't be over.  I'm just looking forward to continuing this process.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day 21

Today was a pretty great day! I spent time hanging out with my family this morning. Then we drove down to Manti for the pageant. Coach Jackson joined us for the pageant which was really nice. The best part was all of my nieces comments about Jesus during the pageant, hilarious! I'm spending the night at the Jackson's tonight which is always a good time!

I'm so thankful for time with family and friends. Not only is it so fun it's a great distraction! I'm very blessed to have great people in my life who I love so much!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 20

I love music. It can evoke such emotion inside of me. And sometimes one song can sum up everything I'm thinking and feeling at that moment.

At the beginning of this cleanse I was only able to listen to church music because most every song on my ipad/ipod/iphone brought a reminder of memories and with those memories a pit in my stomach, tightness in my chest, and a flood of tears. But week 2 helped with that and thankfully now I can listen to my music without a sudden emotional breakdown!

Although some songs still get to me like We Are Young by Fun or Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye. When I became obsessed when that song I never thought I would be able to relate to it so well. There is something so painful about someone you loved so much becoming somebody you used to know and that song captures that pain and hurt so well. Tears well up in my eyes every time I hear it.

Anyways yesterday I heard Katy Perry's new song Wide Awake and I fell in love with the lyrics. It had a positive message but it came from a painful place. So for tonight's post I thought I'd share the lyrics to the song. As it sums up what I'm feeling at this moment.

"Wide Awake"

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake

Yeah, I was in the dark
I was falling hard
With an open heart
I'm wide awake
How did I read the stars so wrong?
I'm wide awake
And now it's clear to me
That everything you see
Ain't always what it seems
I'm wide awake
Yeah, I was dreaming for so long

I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn't dive in
Wouldn't bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
'Til I woke up on
On the concrete
Falling from cloud 9
Crashing from the high
I'm letting go tonight
Yeah, I'm falling from cloud 9
I'm wide awake

Not losing any sleep
I picked up every piece
And landed on my feet
I'm wide awake
Need nothing to complete myself, no
I'm wide awake
Yeah, I am born again
Outta the lion's den
I don't have to pretend
And it's too late
The story's over now, the end

I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn't dive in
Wouldn't bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
'Til I woke up on
On the concrete
Falling from cloud 9 (it was out of the blue)
I'm crashing from the high
I'm letting go tonight (yeah, I'm letting you go)
I'm falling from cloud 9
I'm wide awake

Thunder rumbling
Castles crumbling
I'm wide awake
I am trying to hold on
I'm wide awake
God knows that I tried
Seeing the bright side
I'm wide awake
But I'm not blind anymore...
I'm wide awake

I'm wide awake
Yeah, I'm falling from cloud 9 (it was out of the blue)
I'm crashing from the high
You know I'm letting go tonight (yeah, I'm letting you go)
I'm falling from cloud 9

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 19

I saw this quote this morning in the book and I loved it! It's so perfect for me. Ive always looked at the closed doors in my life and it makes me wonder what I've missed out on. Well no more. I'm through wishing and hoping for something that is at the mercy of someone else. I control my happiness and I control my future. Yet even as I write this there is still a hint of sadness and confusion.

I really truly don't know how to let go of this friendship. More importantly I don't know how to let go of hope. Hope that one day it will be different. But I'm done torturing myself. I will find a way to let go. I have to.

So today was a better day. School was good. My mom came to town for awhile! I got to play with my niece. I saw a midnight showing of a movie with friends. And while my mind still wandered to the ever present topic I'm ok. I'm actually better then ok. :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 18

Day two of this migraine. Day two of feeling confused & emotional. And day two of more realizations and hitting walls. But I'm still fighting. And with every wall I hit I'm determined to find a way around, over or through it. I may get tired, discouraged, and frustrated but I won't give up.

I deserve to find the light at the end of the tunnel. I deserve to be happy. Because I'm a good person. I'm a good friend. I'm a great aunt. I have a big heart. I love completely and with my whole heart. I'm passionate and loyal. I have a lot to offer. And I won't allow the mistakes I've made or any person make me feel otherwise.

Now if I could just find a way to completely let go and not care I'd be great! If anyone has any suggestions on how to do either. I would love to hear them. :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 17

I'm going to be honest I don't really know what to say tonight. Ive had an intense migraine all day and it still hurts so blogging is the last thing I want to do. I'm beginning to think there's a direct connection between my emotional stress and my migraines and stomach issues.

I've just been thinking a lot today and doing my best to stay positive and trust the process. I've mostly been thinking about how to completely let go. I'm just so confused and emotionally exhausted.

I'm sorry this isn't the most positive post but it's where I'm at. The one good thing is I'm not internalizing this stress or frustration. I'm not making it about me being a horrible person who is undeserving of love. So that is a HUGE accomplishment! Yay me!

Hopefully tomorrow will be a little better. :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 16

“It’s one of those things that people say, you can’t move on until you’ve let go of the past. Letting go is the easy part, it’s the moving on that’s painful. So sometimes we fight it, try and keep things the same. Things can’t stay the same though. At some point, you just have to let go. Move on. Because no matter how painful it is, it’s the only way we grow.”

Do you ever have one of those days that starts out normal but ends up being one of the most emotional days ever? Ever since I've started this cleanse I'll randomly get these realizations I call them. They usually come out of the blue and are really helpful. But they challenge my thinking and cause my emotions to go crazy.

Well today I had one of those realizations. Its the hardest one I've had so far. And as I write this I'm sad and upset but I'm doing my best to stay strong. I've done so much work so far and this is just another thing to face. And while there are tears and sadness I'm facing it with love for myself and no fear.

“Sometimes you have to let go completely to see if there was anything worth holding on to.”

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 15

Week 3 is designed to captivate and retrain your imagination. You do this with what the book calls mental scripting.

Mental scripting consists of acting out your new behavior in situations where you would normally respond in self-destructive ways. Your imagination is where all the pain and agony live. So according to the cleanse it is time to do some spring cleaning and CHOOSE what you entertain in your imagination. So first you do the work internally. Practice in your mind first. Once you've played out scenes in your mind it's time to play them out in real life.

SO today I got a feeling or what I consider a prompting to make amends for a few things with a couple of people. I had been going over in my mind what I would say to them for weeks. So I thought I had taken care of the internal part. And I really felt like it was time to take responsibility and try to apologize. So i was sure things things were going to work out.

But in all my mental practicing I never considered I wouldn't get a reply from the person or the opportunity to apologize in person. So it kind of threw me and I started to experience some of my old thoughts and patterns. Maybe this is why the book says not to start with something so tough or important.

Anyways I just remembered how much progress I've made and that other peoples choices do not affect how I feel about myself or my emotional well being. I literary had to say that out loud to myself multiple times throughout the day. And it was hard. I was really sad. But I got through it and that's what's it's all about! Reacting differently then before. Not letting things like this destroy me emotionally. Having control over my emotions and feelings!

I really do hope I get the chance to apologize one day soon. I pray every day that I will continue to change for the better, that the hurt I've caused this other person will heal and that they will truly know how sorry I am for everything. But I've done everything I can for now. It's out of my hands.

Just a little while ago my friend Josh Mezin posted a quote on his Facebook that I absolutely loved and I wanted to share.
"We are a product of action. Our current position is not yielded from another's actions alone. Our own actions are the most telling about ourselves. One can choose to let a situation or happenstance bring them down and make them break. But a person that gets back up again no matter how many times they've been down, and continues to work hard to make something of themselves is a person who can achieve anything. You alone set your own boundaries. Anything is achievable if you truly believe in yourself and let nothing or no one stop you. Don't be your own largest obstacle."

So wise Josh! I do my best every day not to be my biggest obstacle! :)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 14

Today is the halfway mark! And I made it through week two. Not only did I make it through but I didn't have an emotional breakdown and I didn't do anything crazy or dumb. Even better, I learned a lot and I broke the connection between negative feelings and memories. Yay!!

However all of week two's exercises have really made me miss my friend and our friendship. I don't miss the craziness, the fighting, the lies, the intensity, and all the drama. But I really miss the great fun we had. I miss my movie partner. I miss just laughing at nothing and everything. I miss having someone that understood my weirdness that I could talk to about anything. I miss having someone I could text random stuff to. Basically I miss my best friend. And I wish I had the friendship but my life doesn't depend on it. I can survive without it. I have other friends who I love. I enjoy my life. I'm doing good.

And while this process is to help me get over the craziness and intensity that I had I don't think I'll ever be over wanting my friend back. But if that never happens I'll be ok. So we will see what the next two weeks bring. Im just really proud of myself for making it these 14 days! :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Day 13

“Sometimes the past is something you can’t let go of. And sometimes the past is something we’ll do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present.”

I think one of the hardest yet most liberating parts of this process is having honest realizations about my actions in my past and realizing exactly my role is the demise of my friendship.

The biggest realization was that I could not and would not accept love. I didn't love myself. In fact i hated myself. So i thought no one else could love me. I had someone who loved me the best they could. Who didn't have to. And who kept loving me despite so many reasons not to. And all I did was push to hard, expect to much, be to needy and I destroyed the love and friendship. I wanted so much to be loved and accepted and I had that but I couldn't let it in. I also couldn't just accept it for what it was. I had to want more. I had to twist it into something awful and painful. And when it went away i thought it was just more proof I was unlovable.

Realizing how wonderful I had it and that I made it go away was SO hard. But it changed me. And it continues to be motivation to keep changing. I'm truly starting to love myself and that in turn is helping let others love me.

There's definitely parts of my past I can't let go of or rather I don't want to. They were amazing and great. There are parts I'd do anything to forget. So much pain and drama to last a lifetime. But Im most thankful for those new things I learn about my past that continue to change my future.

The nicest thing to happen me today was hanging out with my niece. :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 12

This is one of my all time favorite quotes. I love it! I think of it often. Mostly because I have a lot of "rock bottoms" or times when I think my world is over. 5 weeks ago I literally thought just that. But thankfully I was wrong. This cleanse has helped me transform into a butterfly. Yes I realize how cheesy that sounds but I don't care! Transformation is a beautiful thing and I'm thankful I get the opportunity to do it.

So if anyone is at rock bottom or finding that they feel their life is over just think of the caterpillar. It's not over it's just beginning!

And I want to say a big thank you to my family and friends for their love and support. And to all of you that read my blog, who give me words of encouragement, who ask me how I'm doing, and who send me texts. I really appreciate it. I couldn't do it without all of you. I'm a very lucky girl!

The nicest thing to happen to me today was getting to play with my niece, talking with my sister, and hanging out with friends from work! :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 11

So today the daily exercises resulted in me writing a poem about a relationship. Well kind of a poem. Is it a poem if it doesn't rhyme? I've gone back and forth between deciding wether or not I should share it on here and I decided I will. I am in no way a poet. But here it is:

Quick Friendship
Intense Feelings
Playful Banter
Passionate Jealousy
Lively Conversation
Multiple Fights
Gentle Happiness
Bitter Coldness
Unconditional Love
Unrequited Love
Infectious Laughter
Floods of Tears
Blissful Acceptance
Patronizing Agony
Unspoken Understanding
Confusing Emotions
Exhilarating Memories
Harsh Reality
Wanted Honesty
Stinging Honesty
Anger, Hurt, & Lots of Words
Excruciating Falling Out
Consuming Obsession
Debilitating Desperation
Exhausting Lies
Liberating Rock-Bottom
Intense Self Reflection
Forgiveness, Hope, & Love
Promising Future

As with all the exercises this week I wasn't looking forward to doing it but it was very therapeutic.

The nicest thing to happen to me today was watching The Godfather with Wes, Katie and Andrew. My favorite movie ever!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 10

"It was a mistake…but I don’t want to be judged for the rest of my life by my biggest mistake. People change, okay? They grow."

I saw this quote this morning online and I spent all day thinking about it. I've done a lot of things in my life I'm not proud of but I've pretty much accepted my mistakes and even been grateful for them because I felt they've made me who I am today. But the last few weeks, actually the last few months I've done things I've just flat out regretted. And about 3 weeks ago I made the worst choice ever. I was in a bad place. I wasn't thinking clearly. I was desperate. I was literally crazy and I did something I can never take back. What I did set in motion consequences I'm still dealing with.

Ive spent the last 10 days thinking about what I've done and working on forgiving myself. I am extremely sorry for what I did. It's been so hard. I hurt people I care about and I broke people's trust. But I've gotten to a place where I've forgiven myself. However I still need to apologize to the one person I hurt the most. But right now I don't think my apologies hold much weight with them. I don't think they would listen to me or believe me. So I'm going to continue to do this process & work on myself and hopefully at the end of the 28 days I'll get the chance to apologize and make it right. I really hope this person won't judge me by my worst mistake for the rest of my life. But if they do that's their choice. I'm choosing to forgive myself and let it go.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Day 9

So the more I looked at week 2 the more I was scared and apprehensive. All the daily exercises are set up to stimulate the brain and cause me to think about past stuff. It's supposed to break the association between the certain person and negative emotions by over exposing my brain to stimulus. So after I've spent 4 weeks suppressing my feelings and trying to forget I'm now supposed to spend each day welcoming my emotions. So you can see why I wasn't super excited. I'm also scared at the possibility of me going back to the crazy place. But I have faith in myself and I trust the process.

Todays activities weren't easy and they brought up some intense emotions but I got through it. I can't necessarily say I'm looking forward to tomorrows activities but I am looking forward to where I will be after this week. So bring it on!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day 8

Week 2 is about habituation. And the characteristic I'm working on is humility. This week is going to be difficult. It's all about tiring out my brain and bringing up emotions. It reminds me of the quote "The only way out is through!" But I know that I will be much better after this week.

The nicest thing to happen to me today was watching The Tony's and Alien with Katie and Wes. It was was so much fun.

"No matter how thick-skinned we try to be, there’s millions of electrified nerve endings in there, open and exposed and feeling way too much. Try as we might to keep from feeling pain, sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Sometimes that’s the only thing left - just feeling.”

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day 7

It's been a week. To some that may seem like a short amount of time but to me it's been the longest yet best week of my life. I've done things i never thought I would. I've felt things I never thought I would. And for the first time maybe ever I'm starting to actually like me. It's an amazing feeling. Spending time with myself has been great. Its always hard and a little weird at first but I'm learning to enjoy it and even look forward to it.

Now there's still pain. At this point in the cleanse I'm supposed to evaluate my pain level on a scale from 1-10. And honestly it fluctuates between a 6-7. I still have hard moments and sometimes those moments turn into hours. But it is way better then it was a week ago. And whats better is my crazy level is way down. I haven't had the urge to do anything crazy or turn my life into a Lifetime movie. And that is such an accomplishment!

This week I was also working on forgiveness. I read a lot of talks by general authorities, studied the scriptures and even found mention of forgiveness in my Patriarchal Blessing. I really wanted to work on forgiving myself as I believe this was the first step to loving myself. I really feel I did some work in this area. I'm going to continue to work on it even as I move onto my next characteristic tomorrow.

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you"

I'm really looking forward to this coming week. I've glanced over the exercises and they get a little harder emotionally. So while this will be difficult it will be so helpful. I'm so thankful I found this cleanse and that I was ready to really do it. I'm thankful for the love and support of my friends and family. Im thankful for my Heavenly Father and Savior. I couldn't do this without them. I would be completely lost. I'm a very lucky girl.

The nicest thing to happen to me today was watching fireworks with my family, especially my niece!

"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 6

One of the ways I know this cleanse is working is that I'm willing to do things I normally hate or that are out of my comfort zone. Today one of my daily exercises was to go swimming. So I did. I swam by myself for 20 mins. At first I wasn't very excited but it was quite relaxing and nice. I also saw a movie with Wes, met up with Karrie at Starbucks, and worked. All in all a very nice day.

I still have hard moments. My mind has trouble shutting off especially at night. And I miss my friend so much. I miss having someone that I can rely on, always text, hang out with, laugh with and just be with. But I'm learning to do those things with myself. Except maybe text. I don't text myself. Haha! And I'm finding I'm kind of a cool person. Anyways its only day 6 and I have a ways to go but I'm so thankful vie stuck with it this far and for the difference I can already feel.

The nicest thing to happen to me today was hanging out with my friend Karrie. She's a great friend and I've missed her! :)

"They take pictures of the mountain climbers at the top of the mountain. They are smiling, ecstatic, triumphant. They don’t take pictures along the way cause who wants to remember the rest of it? We push ourselves because we have to not because we like it. The relentless climb, the pain and anguish of taking it to the next level – nobody takes pictures of that, nobody wants to remember, we just want to remember the view from the top, the breathtaking moment at the edge of the world. That’s what keeps us climbing and it’s worth the pain, that’s the crazy part. It’s worth anything."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day 5

This is something I was thinking about today. I'm slowly becoming less concerned with what others think about me and my choices. It's no secret I've done some crazy stuff but instead of caring how others are going to react or judge me, I care what I think of me. And also what my Heavenly Father thinks. I am sorry I've hurt others and let them down. And I'm working hard to make amends and to change my behavior patterns. But right now my main concern is me. And while that may sound selfish it feels nice to finally genuinely care about me.

So day 5 was a good day. I went to therapy which I love. I was able to talk on the phone with Lisa. She always helps me get things straight in my head. And also see things from a different perspective. I did my daily exercises which made me think about some stuff. I went to my school to fill out paperwork so I could end my leave. I will be going back to school on the 16th. It will be nice to go back and have an added distraction. I've missed school. Then later tonight I went and saw the midnight showing of Prometheus. A pretty good day.

The nicest thing that happened me today was seeing my classmates. They told me they had missed me and couldn't wait till I came back to school. :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 4

Today started out great. I did my daily exercises including a 30 min walk. I spent some time with my sister and niece. I wrote a letter to my friend Trevor on a mission. And I went to work. I was feeling better and having a good day. But then like always when I start to feel things are going great something happens. I found out some information that really threw me. I felt betrayed and hurt. Which of course I expressed first as anger. I still haven't completely processed everything but I'm doing ok. These last few weeks I've been to the depths of crazy and I've done a lot of horrible things but I'm doing my best to get better. And more importantly forgive myself and move on. Im looking forward to the next 24 days.

So everyday I have to journal what was the nicest thing that happened to me that day and I decided I'm going to share it on here each day. Today it was spending time with my niece and my 30 min walk.

"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day 3

Today was a hard day. My mind would not shut off. It kept replaying memories and conversations. And the pain was so strong. But I stuck to the plan. I went to work and did my daily exercises. I also studied my Patriarchal Blessing and some talks on forgiveness. I found this great quote from Elder Uchtdorf,
"When the Lord requires that we forgive all men, that includes forgiving ourselves. Sometimes, of all the people in the world, the one who is the hardest to forgive-as well as perhaps the one who is most in need of our forgiveness- is the person looking back at us in the mirror."

I'm still working really hard on forgiving myself. Its a long process.

I really hope I can get some sleep and tomorrow is a better day. No matter how hard each day is I know I'm working towards my end goal and it will all be worth it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Day 2

I love this quote by J.K. Rowling. It provides me hope that with this new rock bottom I hit I too can rebuild my life. And while it's only day 2 I think I have begun to do that.

Today was a pretty good day. I will be honest and say that I did not do all 5 exercises listed. That's not to say I didn't have a busy day filled with distractions. But I'm learning and I will do better tomorrow. I did however get my hair done today! I've been needing a root touch up for so long and I finally decided enough was enough and I needed to take care of how I looked. And I am so happy I did. I feel amazing! :)

I had some pretty strong emotions come up today. Emotions that made me question some things. Things I thought I knew. I was feeling hurt, sad, angry, confused, disappointed. And i felt like giving up on something and someone i believed so strongly in. But later tonight I was watching a movie and like always I had some realizations.

What I'm searching for and want most in my life is true love and acceptance. And if I'm searching for it others must be too. So that is what I have to be willing to give to myself. That is what I have to be willing to give to my family. And that is what I have to be willing to give to my friends. Which means I have to forgive myself and move one. I have to allow myself this time to heal and then let the past be the past. And I have to accept my friends and family for who they are. I cannot set unrealistic expectations. I cannot secretly and not so secretly try to change or manipulate them. For that is not true acceptance or love. And everyone deserves that. So I WILL be a better friend.

I know it's only day 2 but I can already feel a change inside me. Its not easy but for the first time in a long time I feel hope!

"Change happens when the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of changing."

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 1

Week 1: Taking the edge off the pain.

Today didn't start out so well. I woke up with a blinding migraine. But I was still determined to stick to the plan. Every day there is an intention that you say out loud 3 times in the am, midday and before bed. Then there are 5 daily exercises that you are to complete. Then every night you journal about your experiences, a daily quote, any feelings that come up and the nicest thing that happened to you today. You also write yourself a letter. I know this all sounds really cheesy but i can already feel it working.

The daily exercise I wasn't looking forward to was taking an hour walk without your iPod. I'm not a fan of being alone with my own thoughts but that's what I needed to do. It was actually a good experience even though some tough emotions came up.

During this process I'm also concentrating each week on a spiritual characteristic or quality I don't have that I would like to have. I study the characteristic/quality in the scriptures and in talks. Then I make goals for the week that will help me work on it. This week I'm working on forgiveness. Mostly forgiving myself. I believe that forgiving myself is the first step to loving myself and in turn accepting love from others. Today I made a list of the things I'm mad at myself for. It was not a fun list to make and it was quite long. But it's a place to start.

"God's forgiveness is often nullified because the sinner does not forgive himself. What good does it do for God to blot our evil from his mind, if we continue to let it dominate our thinking by rerunning it in our own."
Sterling W. Sill What Doth It Profit

Today was a good day. Like I said before I can already feel it working. If nothing else my brain is distracted. And a distracted brain keeps me from going and doing anything crazy! ;)


I haven't blogged in a really long time. I really don't think I'm that great of a writer and I don't think people care all that much about what I have to say. Also for awhile not a whole lot has happened to me. But 3 weeks ago something happened to me that has really affected me and I decided I wanted to write about it. I went back and forth because it's pretty personal but in the end I decided I wanted to share. So here it goes.

About a year ago I started the job I'm currently at and I met someone there that I instantly knew was an amazing person and someone I was meant to be friends with. Well we did become friends, best friends in fact. For the last 9 months he was a big if not the biggest part of my life. We did almost everything together. We would text all day every day. Which my therapist told me is more then he texts his own wife or children. We didn't go more then a few days without seeing each other and most of my plans included him or were made around him. He was an incredible friend. But because I'm me and I turn good things bad I turned our relationship into something twisted and weird. I even fell in love with him.

Now anyone that knows me knows I have some mental health problems. I've been diagnosed with some sort of depression since I was 15. So its something I've struggled with most of my life. Something that comes along with my problems is I get pretty obsessive about things and people, especially men, in my life. Now I could devote a whole blog post as to why which would include my childhood, father, etc but I'll save you the boredom. I've always done this. I've always made someone my world. I've expected too much. Pushed too hard. Wanted too much. And in the end most of them have left. Well 3 weeks ago that happened. My best friend decided to walk away. And I was, well I am, devastated. I don't blame him really but it doesn't change the fact that with him leaving my world fell apart. Now I get how dramatic that statement is. But its the truth.

So for the last 3 weeks I have literally been crazy! Now I use the word crazy a lot but this time I mean it. Something snapped. I wont go into details about everything I've thought and done mostly because it's embarrassing but trust me when I say it was a whole new level of crazy for me. Besides crazy I was feeling alone, lost, suicidal, numb, hurt, angry, etc... I turned to my therapist for answers and realized this was bigger then losing a best friend. That I had spent my while life using bandaids to cover up pain and wounds from my childhood. Those bandaids include alcohol, self medicating, shopping, movies, sleeping, lying, and people. Therapy had helped me remove most of those bandaids and my friendship was the last bandaid I removed, and it hurt! Not only did it hurt but it left me vulnerable and raw. I really didn't know what to do.

Throughout this I always remembered what I had been taught since I was a child. That no matter what my Heavenly Father and Savior would always be there for me when I was ready to come back. So I knew that getting back on the right path was one thing I needed to do. But I couldn't stop the crazy and the hurt. I kept telling my therapist I wish there was rehab for getting over someone. Because every time I thought I had hit rock bottom there was a whole other rock bottom I never knew about.

So after I hit rock bottom (again) on Thursday I decided the crazy had to stop. Well I was searching on the Internet and I came across this book called The Breakup Cleanse. It's a 28 day mind, body, and heart cleanse. Now I know how cheesy that sounds. So I did a lot of research and I found multiple great reviews. And I was able to read the first 20 pages before I bought the book. I just felt this was an answer for me.

So I'm going to do this 28 day cleanse and I'm hoping for the best. I also decided I'm going to blog each day about it. I'm also going to be working each week on a spiritual characteristic to help me become the person want to be. So I'll be including that.

I'm so thankful for the handful of people that have stayed by my side throughout the last 3 weeks. I love you more then I can say!

And thanks to all of you for reading my blog.

Here's a link to the book if you want to check it out:
The Breakup Cleanse