Dalai Lama's 19 Instructions for Life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Ten Minutes with Ali

30 Day Photo Challenge = complete! Now what to do with my blog....

So, I'm sitting at my table, listening to Ali just talk. She is one of the funniest girls I know. So, I figure as she talks, I'm just gonna sit here and document some funny things that she says. They might not make any sense to you, but they were enough to get me to laugh out loud and I found them good enough to add to my blog.

"I can't get my cookie out."
"Surprise, I am a thief."
Amy: "What would you do if you caught your husband stealing?" Ali: "I'd kiss him."
"Don't you just love the banjo?"
Me: "I won't stay long. Boys stink." Ali: "Not when they take showers!"

Sadly, this was only in a ten minute time span because I had to leave the room. But still, funny girl, that Ali.

Day 30

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

I couldn't choose just one person who I miss, so I picked one picture with two people. This is a picture of my mother and father when I was about 7 years old. I miss them both terribly. My mother passed away when I was 10 and I lost my father not long after that. I love them both dearly.

Day 29

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile

This picture is entitled "The Kiss" taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and I have always loved this picture. Not sure exactly why, but it is an all time classic favorite. As you will notice, it is even displayed in my blog title.
I especially like in "Night at the Museum 2" when the two kissing in the picture are just going at it.

Day 28

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of

Spiders, bugs, moths, butterflies, worms, maggots, etc. Absolutely terrified. I can't even look at this picture for too long or I get goosebumps and the chills.

Also scared of needles, shots, IVs, etc. I don't like things poking through my skin. Freaks me out.

Day 27

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member

Me and my mother

Me and my father

Day 26

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you

Maybe I'm psychotic, but I really thought I already did this one...oh well...

My family means more to me than anything else. Hands down.
(PS: There is a brother missing out of this photo. Sorry Michael)

Day 25

Day 25 - A picture of your day

Despite my leg injury, I'm still planning on participating in the USU Relay for Life tonight. I've been looking forward to this for weeks and I told Steve that the only thing that would keep me from it was broken bones and death, so I have to abide by that statement.

Day 24

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change

In gymnastics yesterday, I threw my ROBHS for the first time on the ground with no spotter. I threw it not once, but twice! I was super excited! I went in to throw number 3....

....but I buckled and landed wrong on my leg. I sprained my MCL and overextended my ACL. I have to wear this brace for several weeks.
If I could change something, I wouldn't have attempted number 3.

Day 23

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book

Day 22

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at

I wish I was a better person. I wish that I was better at helping other people rather than being so worried about myself. I wish I were better at comforting others. One of the goals I have for my life is to help mankind and to touch someone's heart. Hopefully, by working on these wishes, I can accomplish that goal.

Day 21

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget

One thing I wish I could forget is when I crashed my car. Ahh! I'm still so bitter!

Day 20

Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

I want to go to Europe SO BAD!!!!

Day 19

Day 19 - A picture and a letter

Dear Pooh Bear:

I adore you! What is it about you that makes me love you so dang much?! Is it perhaps the fact that you are stuffed with fluff and I long to give you a nice long squeeze? Is it because you are so forgetful but never seem forget the important things? Is it because of your kind, gentle heart? Your love for honey? Your silly little giggle? Your exercise song? Perhaps, but I'm sure its more than just those mere facts. You are a great example and the best kind of person, even if you are a bear...and fictional.
Thanks a million,
Allie :)

Day 18

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

Holy cow, I am pretty much terrified to post to the world my biggest insecurity. Once I point it out, people will notice it more and....ugh. Oh well. Its not called the 30 Day Challenge for nothing apparently. Here goes, I guess...

No, my biggest insecurity is not Toothless or Hiccup! Its the fact that my body, for some reason, thinks it needs to hiccup 500 times a day! I'm pretty much serious here. I counted how many times I hiccuped in one hour once and I got up to 33. Sheesh! Sometimes, they are super loud and I just cannot control them. It happens all the time, everywhere. Ugh, so embarrassing. But its all good because sometimes, when I'm among friends, its just silly and I can just laugh it off. Other times though, I'm mortified. Yikes!

My second big insecurity is my laugh. Like my hiccups, sometimes I simply can't control it! The problem is that its just a big booming laugh and I'm pretty sure people in Europe can hear it sometimes! Sigh.

Day 17

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Recently, as in the last 3 months of so, I have gotten to be really good friends with some amazing people! Each of them have impacted me in their own way and I love and value each of them dearly. I am so blessed to have had them enter my life and to be taught by all of their spirits. They are all such great people and I am a better person just by knowing them!

Special thanks to Morgan, John, Amber, Trevor, Ben, Emilee, and Steve.

Day 16

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

Emma Smith inspires me to keep pushing forward. She went through so much in her life and stayed so strong. I can only wish to be as steadfast as Emma.

Julie Andrews inspires me because (this is going to sound so stupid) she is such a great musician. Nobody else has a wider range than her and she is always pitch perfect. I also love how classy Julie is.

And last but certainly not least, Jesus Christ inspires me beyond anyone or anything else. He is the reason I am here. He loves me regardless to how stupid I can be. He knows my weaknesses and helps me get through them. He is amazing and I cannot wait until the day I can thank Him for everything He did for me and to wrap my arms around Him.

Day 15

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

I thought it was interesting that this was the challenge of the day because it just so happens that I created a new page on my blog last night entitled "Allie's Bucket List". So, to know what else I'd like to do before I die, check that page out!

One of the most important goals I have for my life is to not only go through the temple, but to go there with my best friend and be married and sealed there for time and all eternity. It is so important to me and I simply cannot accept anything less than that.

The picture above is of the Draper Temple, which is my favorite of all the LDS temples.

Day 14

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

(Side note: Of course it would be my family members, but for the sake of variety, I'll choose someone else.)

I could not imagine my life without my bestest friend Chelsey Wakefield Taylor. We met when we were like 7 in St. Peters, MO and have just been BFFs ever since! She has ALWAYS been there for me. I know she doesn't judge me and wants the best for me. She asked me to be her Maid of Honor and I felt so special. Ahh, she's pretty much the most amazing person ever! People, I freaking adore this girl!

Day 13

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist

It is just too hard for me to choose just one! So, forgive me, but I choose two! :)

My first choice is a not-so-common band named Metric. They made a big debut with the film "Eclipse", but I've known about these guys for a few years. Although some of their songs are somewhat emo, I love their sound so much! If I were to suggest a song by them that I think you should listen to, I'd say to look up "All Yours" from Eclipse. Its a great song! Definitely. But they have some other great stuff as well.

If you don't recognize these boys, I dunno if we can remain friends....Just kidding! I have always been in love with the Backstreet Boys! I was so sad when they kinda crumbled apart (which happened to be the same time the Spice Girls broke up as well. What gives?!) But I was so happy when they made a great comeback, even if Kevin decided to not rejoin them. But nonetheless, I still love them!

Day 12

Day 12 - A picture of something you love

My first thought was my family, obviously, but since they occupy like every other post with this challenge, I think I'll choose something else for now. Just know that they really were my first choice.

Not only do I love sunsets, but I love the beach. I especially love sunsets at the beach.