Wednesday, March 6, 2013

finding joy in the journey

one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite people...

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” 
 Marjorie Pay Hinckley

since i have moved to galveston, i often think about my "past life" in utah. i think about all of the great memories i had with my family and friends and everything i love about growing up on mount springs road. i am often humbled when i realize just how fortunate i have been to have such a dreamy childhood and life. mostly when i think about these memories i don't feel sad...i just feel blessed. i also think about the last two years in college. i think about the people i dated and friends i hung out with. i think about the classes i took and new people i met. those years were kind of hard and stressful to me, but now looking back, i realize that they were some of the best times.

sorry, i tend to overdo it on pictures sometimes, i have just documented so many good days.  i am having a hard time articulating exactly what i am feeling right now.

i often hear people say...the best is yet to come. and i think, "really? i have had so many wonderful days and have such sweet memories. could things really get better than they have been?"

sometimes when i think of my life here in galveston i think that some of my best times are put behind me. but NO. i am living here with my sweetie and we are building such sweet memories together. even when i look back on memories from just last month i think, "wow, we had some really great things happen to us." so my question is, why is it so much easier for me to see how beautiful my life is when i am looking in retrospect? why is it a little harder for me to realize in each moment how special and wonderful life is? there have been times in my life where i have challenged myself to record specific, simple highlights of each day in my journal and by doing so, i am humbled and realize how terrific my life is. when it all boils down to it, life is filled with tender mercies and wonderful people, it is just a matter of us opening our eyes and hearts to realizing the beauty that surrounds us.

we have a wonderful life here and i know that there is more beauty that awaits. 

look and live. 


  1. You are so beautiful, inside and out. Love you!

  2. I love you. I am happy for your joy. You are wise to see the glass half full. xox

  3. I love this so much Lizzie. I so agree with you, "The best is yet to come" is a nice thought but it can rob us of the RIGHT NOW just like you said. The best is today. And tomorrow. And yesterday. Life is simply, beautiful. I'm glad you wrote this, it was a good reminder for me. I miss you. And love you.