As I sit in my living reflecting on the past year, after taking my last final, I can’t help but think that 2017 is the year that I’ve experience the most growth. It was by far the most interesting year for me. I’ve thought about for a few weeks about how I wanted to write a post about this year as it was the year that I’ve been the quietest in the realms of social media. I found myself with a bad reputation and some interesting rumors that came with it. While sitting on a bike in the Grand Tetons, I came to conclusion to disappear. I deleted all social media from my phone and chose to limit on who would get to see me or hear from me. I stopped writing on my blog, I stopped posting on Facebook, I made a few posts on Instagram, and I got rid of SnapChat completely. I took one out of the page of Jay Gatsby, my favorite character in a book. Instead, I choose that I would put all my efforts to work, school, and church and I shut my blinds. The parties and music stopped and I disappeared from the world.
Around this decision, I read a book entitled Wonder. A book about a boy with an ugly face. This book truly changed my life. It teaches to be kind; and to see people for who they truly are inside and not their outward appearance. I started implementing the teaching of this book in my life. I looked for how I could have a “Wonder” moment each day to brighten the life of those that I encounter. I used this to stretch me and to hopefully change the way the world would see me. At one point of this book, the boy is given a standing ovation for being a true wonder to world. He feels that everyone that is a wonder in life deserves a standing ovation. Tonight, I am reminded of the wonders in my life in 2017. I feel that writing this post about those people would be the best way to reflect on this year. So buckle in and see the wonders of my life.
The Cordons, my best friend and his adorable family deserve a standing ovation. Josh and I have really grown as best friends and continue to be there for each other. This year, his family got bigger with the addition of Todd. Todd is the best baby ever and being his manny has been a true gift. Josh and Kensey are always there to encourage me to go after anything and everything. The listen to me and give me the best advice needed. They have taught me the aspect of true love and what it is. They never judge me, but rather see me for who I really am. They allow them to serve them and they serve me back. They are the most wondrous people I know. I hit the lottery with having them in my life.
Jackson Chandler, my fearless roommate deserves a standing ovation. As roommates, we’ve been through a lot. We’ve both changed and have helped each other to do so. He reminds me to seek after the things that we want the most in life. To go after the big goals and have no regrets in life. He’s there for the late-night chats and to encourage me to not quit when it gets hard. He has brought a lot of laughter in my life and forever grateful for that. He puts up with all my craziness and loud laughter. He marches to his own beat and does things his own way. He’s fearless and lives an extreme/ adventurous life. He knows what he wants and goes after it. He also has my back when needed the most.
Hayley Harned, my longtime friend deserves a lot of standing ovations. Hayley and I’s friendship grew in rather a spiritual way this year. It was beautiful to teach Hayley about the Gospel that I cherish so much. She gets the rant texts and the frustration texts! She’s truly a saint to put up so much. She hears me out and makes me feel validated in many ways. She helps to calm me down in angry moments of life. She gets more than she ever bargained for. She inspires me to do more in life. I don’t know how she has time for everything that she does. She also reminds me to go above and beyond what I can do for others. She takes time out of her busy schedule for so many people and never asks anything in return. It’s an inspiring. She’s a wonder of her own!!
Dillon Kunz, my amazing leader and neighbor deserves a huge standing ovation. This man is truly the greatest person!! He is so kind and loves everyone. He has the biggest heart of anyone that I have ever seen. This man serves everyone without even speaking. He teaches me daily to look for ways to serve those around me. I am beyond a better person for having him in my life. He loves God with all his heart and wants to do all that he can to please him. His spiritual strength motivates me to be better in all aspects of life. Being able to serve in a presidency with him this year has taught me so much. I often don’t think that I deserve his friendship. Truly the greatest person on this planet is Dillon Kunz.
Tiffany Elias, my motivator and coach needs a standing ovation for every time she has pushed me. Tiffany has always been there to help me achieve lofty goals when it comes to exercise. She has never given up on me and rather finds ways to motivate me in the difficult times. In February, I called her and asked her to help me gain 40 pounds of muscle and she found a way to make that happen. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help. She encourages me to know that I can still obtain all sorts of goals in life. This year, I got to see a new side of my dear friend with her situation changing when Mitch joined the military. It was amazing to witness the strength that this woman has to do hard things. She single handed supported her husband and took care of her two kids by herself. She is an amazing person and one that pushes me to new limits.
Kinsie Paterson, my loud neighbor and dear friend deserves a loud standing ovation. Kinisie is a woman that takes life by storm and is not stopping. Get out of her way because there is nothing that can stop her from doing anything. I admire how dedicated she is to make the most out of this world. She sets goals and then obtains them. This woman is going to conquer the world and be the most successful person ever. She’s a breath of fresh air because she teaches me that I need to constantly be bettering myself. She reminds me that hard things can be accomplished. I’m amazed by how uncreditable she is and how strong she is. There is nothing that won’t stop this woman from doing anything. She also found herself in the midst of rumors and her example to me was exactly what I needed. I’ve learned so much from who she is in 2017.
Tyler Vonhatten, my crazy school mate and good friend deserves a standing ovation. This man is going to do everything with an amazing mustache. Tyler teaches me to stop and smell the roses. The connections that he makes are life time and, though he blazes a path of success, he stops to make everyone feel important. He takes life to the next level and never stops. This man is a joy and delight to work with. It’s an honor to call him my friend and classmate. I prayed for a friend and Tyler was an answer to that prayer. Honestly, he choose to be my friend and I’m so grateful that he did. He lifts my spirits on the hard days and the days that I want to quit school he reminds to stick with it. I’m a perfectionist and he reminds me that life isn’t perfect, rather its messy. He has helped me to not take life so serious but to have fun in the process.
Lastly, my family deserves the loudest standing ovation. Hailey is there to make me laugh and encourage me to continue through all things. My step father Rafael continues to remind me to work hard and never give up. My mother is always my sounding board. She seems to call me every time that I am about to cry or have a mental break down. My mom is my main motivation for so much in this world. The lessons that I have learned from her can’t be counted. My family is always there for me and encourages me each day. They have made sacrifices and it reminds me all the time to work hard. My life wouldn’t be what it is without them. I couldn’t be more grateful to have the family that I do. I am so blessed to call them my eternal family. The standing ovation that they need couldn’t be loud enough!!
These people have shaped me and molded me to the person I am today. I couldn’t be more grateful to have them in my life. They’ve lifted me higher than I could ever imagine. 2017 taught me more about life than I could ever think. What a year it’s been. Heres to the a better 2018. At this point, will everyone reading this please stand up with me and give to these amazing people a standing ovation. I hope you can hear the claps I am giving you now! Thank you is not efficient for all they have done for me.