Saturday, December 25, 2010

Get Well Soon...

Anyone that has ever heard me go on and on about how much I dislike relationships and all the jazz that comes with them probably knows how much I dislike receiving flowers. Now the funny part is this, I always have that deep hope and desire that some Valentines day some guy will send me flowers to my house or even cooler my job, well I haven't found that guy yet and of course I still act like I HATE flowers.

Well, as you all know from my last post, I have influenza over Christmas and I am also not able to be in Dallas with my beautiful family sharing in the Christmas joy. So I have been rather bah humbug the past week and well the flu just topped it all off with disdain for everything. Let me just tell you how much my family rocks! Most of my friends here in Utah have steered clear of me since I am contagious still and well I don't blame them as it is Christmas and they all have little nephews and such to be around, well I am minding my own business yesterday watching a movie and someone rang the doorbell. This came as a complete shock because not many people know where I actually live, so I got up and covered my mouth with the awesome blue mask (as seen in the previous post) and answered the door to find no one there but a box of flowers.

Here they are, the wonderful Christmas Tulips sent by this awesome family:

Its amazing how something like this can bring the biggest smile to someones face. I lit up like a star at night when I saw the box and even more when I read the card that was sent with it. I can now say my little hate for flowers seems to be over. I just love how they look on my counter and to know that they were sent out of Love from my family to help me get through this Christmas just makes me feel so good inside! From now on I will not bash flowers or the idea of receiving them because now I know what it feels like to receive them in pure surprise! Again, I want to say I love my family and I am so thankful that Heavenly Father blessed me with them. Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas time...

Generally very happy thoughts come to mind when the word Christmas is mentioned. Well, this year tends to ring a bit different to me as for 1. this is the year that all my siblings make the journey home to spend it with my parents and well family in general. I have a new niece and brother in law that I have never met so this year was the year of all years in my mind, however since I am a big kid with real responsibilities I could not afford the flight from SLC to Dallas. So I finally made that okay in my mind and was at peace knowing I will see everyone in April for my sisters church wedding!

I finally made other plans to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day with the Gundersen's who have taken me in for Thanksgiving the past 2 years. Just as I am dead set to go and have a heck of a good time I start feeling sick. So I finally go the doctor fearing I have pneumonia, well I go and the verdict is well Influenza. What does that mean? That means that until my 102 degree fever breaks I am considered contagious, oh and for 6 days after. So they gave me a perscription and blue mask to wear in case I need to leave my house. I can't work the rest of the week and well, just have to spend it alone really.
My awesome blue mask that says "I have the plague" that I must wear around others for 6 days AFTER my fever breaks

Man oh man do I love Christmas this time of year, not. I guess its time for me to remember the real reason for Christmas and forget about what we have made it in our heads. I need to remember that Christ is the center of this "holiday" and without him living his perfect life I would not even have a life to live. Without his Atonement I would be nothing. So from now on I am choosing to remember him and forget about my "problems" and I will try my very hardest to put Christ in Christmas and have a great one no matter how bad I may be feeling!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Orem Park 9th talent show - Jessica Zink stand up

I did a little stand up at my ward talent show. Let me know what you think...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Vote for my Niece...Please

Hey Everyone out there in blogger land. My niece Lena that is 3 months old (going on 4) was entered into the casting call for Gap kids competition. Please take a moment and vote for her as much as you can on a daily basis if you have the time...thanks

Here is the 3 month photo we submitted! Please again go vote!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Temple Square

What else is there to do with parents when visiting, well of course take them to the big City and show them some of the sites. So on Saturday we ventured to Salt Lake City to hit up the Gateway which is an outside shopping mall and then Temple Square.

I took them to an awesome place called Tucano's for lunch and had them feast upon "Brazillian" food, it was amazing and they loved it!

Here are the pictures!

Dad, myself, and my Mom! I love you all very much

Dad, me, Mom, and Tracy Robbins. Thanks for coming down Tracy and playing with us on Temple Square.

Bridal Veil Falls

While my parents were in Utah I tried to show them the sites that I love and thought they would enjoy. So naturally I had to take them up Provo Canyon to show them Bridal Veil Falls and then drove up to Sundance and looked around as my Mom LOVES Robert Redford!

Mom and Pops at the Falls

I just love them so much! Beautiful parents and beautiful scenery!

Provo River

black and white

Graduation - October 15, 2010

Well folks I finally did it. 12 months of hard work and dedication and I was finally able to walk across the stage with my fellow classmates and receive that beloved piece of paper that says I am officially done!

My Mother and Father made the 14 hour drive (one direction) to see me graduate. I love you very much. Thank you for always supporting me and being loving parents!

Char K. and myself!
This is my instructor Char K., I owe her a lot as she was the one who may not have always wanted to smile at me as I was a pain and well not professional in most her classes. But she took her own personal time to pull me a side and talk to me and show me how much I can affect others with my behavior and how much I could lead the class through a tough situation. So from that day on, Char and I had a special bond and she kept me going strong for 12 months.

 Nicolle and I.
 Nicolle, I just want to say how awesome you are. I know you probably don't read my blog. But I must say how much you changed my life and my opinion of people. I no longer look at a body and judge it for its size, shape or color, but I see it as a true body worker must. I see their structure and I look to see how it is I can help them. You do amazing work and have one of the most amazing personalities I have ever come across in my 25 years of life. Again, you are amazing and thanks for putting up with me for 12 months, oh and thanks for getting me off caffeine!
Jeannette (my TA) and I. She was fabulous and taught me bunches.

my classmate Kim and myself. I will miss you kid. Good luck out there!

Last day of class...

So, it was our last day of class and we all were bbq'ing and just having a good time together. I will miss my classmates more then anyone will ever realize. They helped shape me into who I am today and helped to keep me going strong.

Clairise, Ashely, Chelsi, and Jade

Clairise, Tavez, and Nicole just chilling after a final

Mary vacuuming after our Hydro Salt Scrub final

Trying to get the grill started

Kelly holding Char back, shes a feisty one

Clairise and myself

Clairise, Annabelle and myself!

Nicolle (my teacher) and of course me!

Just a few of us girls from the class with 3 teachers!

Ashley and I

Lacey, Janae, and Ashley

Jesus and Daniel, they cracked me up!

Keisha (clinic director) and Steve (TA) (they are husband and wife and amazing)

Char (teacher) and her favorite Bieber! (they call me Justin Bieber b/c my hair)

Devon and I in class...

The Barrington's playing us one of their songs

Char and her AWESOME hand writing!

C-0137 for life. I will miss you all very very much. thanks for all of your support and love the past 12 months.

Eliane, Tavez, and Nicole doing the pose!

Chelsie and I.

yep, that's my whole fist in my mouth.

more of the Tavez pose!

Ashley and Annabelle, she was angry?
 So, this next picture is of me giving my final "presentation" in Professional Development. It was worth 100 points and was half of our grade. We had 4 questions we had to answer.

1. What are my plans directly after graduation: Spend the weekend with my parents. Since I had at this point taken my licensing exam, I knew all I had to do was get the $100 saved up and go up and apply for my license. I also am setting up my own business to do out call massage around Orem area to friends I have met and well of course clients that hear about me by word of mouth. 

2. What are your plans in 1 year: To be on a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been planning on this for a while and it never worked out, but now it is in the books and I am hoping to achieve it by this coming summer!

3. 5 year plan: To be home from my mission, hopefully married with maybe one kid. I for sure want to be back in school at BYU (Brigham Young University, in Provo Utah) to finish my bachelors degree in Athletic Training (new major I picked). All of this while of course running my own private practice called Peaceful Elements Massage. Then after my bachelors, I am going to apply to PA (Physicians Assistant) school and go from there. 

4. What is the most valuable thing I have learned from UCMT: I have learned who I am as a person and how to accept myself on all levels especially a physical level. I was not comfortable with people and had a huge personal bubble, that protected me from "harm" and heartbreak as I would keep people away from the "me" that only few got to see. But throughout the time, I learned to let go and let people in as I knew they wouldn't hurt me and if they did I could learn and grow from it. I now can hug people and be myself no matter who I am with! Also, I was taught how to be a professional when the time called for it, to speak Massage in an elegant way. I too was able to learn how smart I really am and was able to receive a 4.0 GPA for the first time in my life, and I kept it even in times of high stress. I learned how to truly succeed in life!
giving my final presentation:

right before our final exercise, which I might add was a complete water fest, as we all cried and laughed and got to hug each other before it was all said and done.

UCMT - 12 months of my life!

Well for the past 12 months I have spent 3.5 hours a night for 4 nights a week at this place, then I started spending 5.5 hours there on Saturdays for clinic. It is very dear to my heart and it has given me everything in life that I need to be successful and professional and what not.

I owe the students and staff for all they have shown me and the very valuable knowledge I was able to obtain at my time there. I am going to miss this place and the people oh so much. I already do and have only been gone a week.

Working on a runner at a half marathon (volunteer work)

Again, working on a runner, amazing experience

some of the walkers for the 5K, July 2010

Kiley, Annabelle and Kelly after the 5k run/walk, July 2010