Is This Real Life?

A few weeks ago when I uploaded the Share Goodness video I knew that it would get an amazing turn out. And thanks to so many wonderful youth in my ward & supportive friends to help pass it along, we were able to share it with so many people. However, I never expected that we would get this kind of reaction. 
I received an email from Sarah (a writer for deseretnews.com who is just about the most amazing lady in the entire world) saying that she came across the video and wanted to talk to us about how we got the idea, the process of making it, our reactions to the reactions, etc. I was overjoyed at the possibility of this and without hesitation agreed to set up a time for her to call us. 
I'll never forget how excited Sydney & I were while we sat in my car after school as my phone started to ring. 
^^ the faces of two girls who just got interviewed by Deseret News

I feel so blessed to have been able to make this little video and even more blessed to watch it spread so far. I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father has a grand plan. There is a specific reason why he put the technology and social media we have today on the Earth. What a privilege it is to play a small part in the incredible work that is going on in these days. 

Read the full article on the video here
watch the video here
learn more here


Mix No. 9

Track List:
1. like real people do // hozier
2. daylight // matt and kim
3. all those days are gone // jump little children
4. little bird // brooke white
5. you are the best thing // ray lamontagne
6. diane young // vampire weekend
7. harlem // new politics
8. dear future husband // meghan trainor
9. every little thing she does is magic // sleeping at last
10. come on eileen // dexy's midnight runners
11. the heart of life // john mayer
12. what i wouldn't do // a fine frenzy
13. fallin' for you (acoustic) // R5
14. quiet // jason mraz
15. things are looking up // R5



 Life lately has really been happening… I don't know how else to even put it. And I contemplated even posting this because of the randomness/spontaneity of it all, but eventually I decided that I don't ever want to forget this week. The past 7 days have been exciting beyond what words can even express. Below are a few hilights that I was fortunate enough to get some sort of picture of...
above is one of the most basic pictures you probably will ever see. But that's ok because it captures one of the first places that I drove myself… Starbucks with Hannah & Syd. We couldn't help but marvel over the fact that ALL of us now have keys.
 I passed. Enough said.
 Annual free Krispy Kreme day. If you come dressed as a pirate you get a dozen free of charge :)
 please take note of all the lovely couples in this picture ^^ and then me. (it's ok though because Eliza let me hold her giant flower)
& this is happening so get excited for October 11th.



This past weekend was the San Gennaro feast. In order to kick off and spread the word for Hannah's family's + their close friend's new restaurant a little booth was set up where people could sample the best barbecue the'll ever taste. I may or may not have invited myself to go help out on Friday & Saturday to make a little video for them. Making a video for their Facebook page was the best excuse to  haul my camera along to an event like this. Plus I got free food all night so it was just a win-win for everything (even though working the sample booth was often full of painful rejections & my legs felt like I had just been to Disneyland or something by the end of the night). 
*video at the bottom of this post*
You've got to try this brisket. It tastes like the spirit feels.



What an incredible opportunity I had in making this little video- it is without a doubt my favorite that I have put together so far. Our young women's presidency decided to accept Elder Bednar's challenge to share goodness by spreading our beliefs, to literally "sweep the Earth as with a flood". It was so wonderful today finally showing the finished product to all of the youth and our leaders. The feeling of seeing everybody's reactions to this thing that I played a part in was indescribable. I am so grateful for my Savior and his atoning sacrifice, for the restored priesthood on the Earth today, for temples and the blessings that come from them, and for the knowledge of Heavenly Father's unconditional love for me and all of His children.



Even though most days it is still a million degrees outside, today it finally felt a little bit like autumn. It is no secret that in Las Vegas rain and wet days are scarce but today the sun never seemed to come out. After school on the walk to Hannah's car our wet shoes and flat hair couldn't help but agree that a cup of hot vanilla was absolutely necessary. This video is the product of my camera happening to be in the car (for a different project that I am seriously so excited about) at the same time we decided to go. I can't help but be so excited for this fall when I watch it- the upcoming freezing football games, homecoming, and everything else good that comes with autumn. The thought makes me content.



 "so… we don't usually do this… but happy birthday!" -our Serendipity waiter as he handed me this delicious plate of chocolate covered something
For me, the buildup to turn sixteen has been huge. Being the youngest (by a LOT) of my entire friend group it is a combination of jealousy and longing watching all of your friends experience this grand day. It is so surreal to think that it has actually come and gone. My 16th consisted of surprise room decorations, a failed drivers test, birthday pizzas, chocolate waffles in bed, first dates, a whole lot of strawberry sour belts + sour gummy worms, and a little bit of sweet, sweet, serendipity 3 the day after my birthday.  So thank you to everyone who helped in making my 5,840th day of life one I'll never forget.
 love my Syd.
 and who wouldn't want to come home to this on their birthday? I have the most wonderful family in the world.
and I'll never forget the night I turned sixteen (Friday) and celebrated with a "birthday pizza". Thank you everyone who took part in making my birthday so spectacular. I am so blessed to have the most wonderful friends + family in the world who make me feel so loved on this special day.