Today I welcomed in the sunshine with open arms and a smiling face.
As I took a stroll around temple square, I marveled at the beauty all around me.
For two years I have spent the majority of my time living up here in the dazzling city called Salt Lake.
There's a certain comfort that comes with the knowledge of ones path for the future. I have always been 5 or more steps ahead with my plans.
Not today my friends, not today.
As startling as it may sound, I have no idea where I will be for the next year and a half of my life.
GOOD NEWS though, the understanding will come in the next 10 days or so, and will come in the form of a big white envelope with my name printed on it!
Today I submitted my papers to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
When that envelope comes in the mail, it will contain a call to serve and a location of where the service will take place.
How comforting it is to know that my destination for the next 18 months is completely in Gods hands. I know that He will send me where he needs me most. I know that He is preparing certain people that will change my life, and I know that He is preparing me to change theirs.
I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. Why else would I have such a strong desire to testify of it? I know that God loves all of his children, and I cannot wait to declare Gods plan for happiness to some wonderful people in some location in the world.
My life has been truly incredible up to this point, I couldn't have asked for anything more. How exciting it is to know though, that I have even better things to come. We ALL have so much to look forward to. Every day has the potential of becoming our best day so far, and I know already that the next 18 (or so) months of my life will be my best ones yet.
Stay tuned for a video of me opening and reading my call in the next few weeks.
Can I just say that this last little stretch of my journey has been quite a difficult one? It has been pretty wild. I have forged my way through the forest of doubt, trudged through the muddy river of failure, and have even climbed the mountain of insane temptation. [Paints a beautiful picture, I know.]
Needless to say - I've made it through and am ready to keep going.
You see, I am half way through my journey. I have lost TWENTY-Something pounds... I have made it half way up that mountain, and now have the opportunity to make 1 of 2 choices. I can keep moving forward up the mountain, assured that it will not be easy... but regardless will be worth it once I reach the top. OR I can make the dumb decision of going right back down the mountain, ending in the exact spot where I started.
Right here and now, there is only one obvious thing to do...
I'm headed back down the mountain.
HAH Just kidding.
I'VE GOTTA KEEP CLIMBING OF COURSE!
Now, the old and slightly tired version of me would probably have made the same decision (that is to keep heading up the mountain) The difference between the OLD Sydney and the NEW Sydney is this:
I thought of this quote the other day... I think I made it up, but if you know the originator of the quote... then don't tell me because I would prefer to consider myself a genius.
Here is the final message I want to leave with you today:
"Change your mentality to change your reality..."
[just give me a fist pump... because we both know that I am smart.]
Our minds have an insane power to change the way we feel about things. Our mentality will change the actual outcomes of our lives if we believe in the power of our attitude. Think good things about yourself and good things will come of it.
"Success doesn't bring happiness, HAPPINESS brings success." - from the book The Happiness Advantage
Think positive and you will be able to make it to the top of your mountain with much more ease.
'tis the season for fresh starts & new beginnings!
It is a time spent with family, friends, the ones you love.
The season for me has been all of the above.
I've had a lot of time to sit back and think about the incredible things this last year has brought me. I've had so many opportunities to go out and accomplish many of my greatest life-long goals. It truly was a year filled with "Action" for me. I am grateful that I can look back now and say that I feel I have been successful with my theme for the year - which was "Just do it!"
As I continue on into the new year I think I will feel a heightened level of accomplishment and an added desire to continue on with the patterns I set in the year 2011. I know now that I can do anything I set my mind to with the Lord at my side. I am so grateful for the wonderful people who have helped keep me going this year. Including Family, Friends, and those who double as blog readers.
One of my greatest accomplishments of 2011 was setting a goal to learn to live a healthier lifestyle which in return would help me to lose the weight that I have been holding onto for years. Today as I weighed in I smiled to myself as I looked down to read a weight that was 20 pounds lighter then when I began around 15 weeks ago. Here is a picture of the before and after. The Journey is 15 weeks in progress but is only the beginning of a life-long challenge to live healthy!
Now, as I said before, this season has been one of fresh starts and new beginnings for me.
One of the new beginnings being a new theme for the new year. This year, my focus will be on LOVE.
This year I want love, gratitute, and optimism to be big parts of my everyday life. I will try to love everything I am involved in. Doing so will bring greater happiness to my life. I will explain more later.
For now, I wish you all a happy new year! I hope that yours will be filled with happiness and that you will be able to love everything around you. I pray that we can all find joy in our journey this year.