Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Ten

1 - "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.  I know they are cheesy, and young, but I kinda love them and their hit song! The just won a Brit award for this song as #1 single, and they have a cool story of how they all came together - hand-picked by Simon Cowell.  I love them and I love this song!

2 -  Invincible Summer quote... (and even the way the picture looks):

3 - Pneumonia Pronunciation. I laughed SO hard when I watched this... and the many other videos on this guys station. He is HILARIOUS and his pronunciations are CLASSIC. Enjoy the best 0:08 seconds ever - and then, enjoy again!

4 - J.K. Rowling's future adult novel!  I am SO stoked to read more of her writing and can not wait to see what she has up her sleeve! :)  Click on the link above to see the announcement on her website about it!

5 - Sophie Grace and Rosie go to the Grammys! I am in love with these two little girls and am enjoying watching Rosie get more talkative. Sophie Grace is insane talented for an eight year old, and I have no doubt will do big things as she gets older. I know that Sophie is a bit annoying at times, but she's a LOT like me at her age - just FULL of energy and song! I love these girls and all their Ellen videos.

6 - Modern-day Shakespeare Sayings!  We say a LOT of stuff in our common, everyday language.  You probably didn't even know that half of the things on the poster below... check it out and I'm willing to bet you'll be surprised.  Sidenote:  I want this for my future classroom!!!

7 - Clumsy Thumbsy! Ellen has started this new segment every once and a while on her show where she reads "auto-correct" text mess-ups... I LOVE text mess-ups... a lot. "Did you write that on your 'smart phone?'" I'm posting two of these vids because they are THAT good....

8 - 
"Dear optimist, pessimist and realist,
While you argued about how much water was in the glass, I drank it.  
Sincerely, the opportunist"

9 - Drew Ryniewicz's cover of "Bound to You" (originally by Christina Aguilera). This girl has a great voice and mad talent for a fifteen year old... or any age for that matter. I'm a huge fan since her X-Factor debut and am kinda shocked she has yet to be signed after. I love her... just press play and listen while you search the web or lay back and chill.

10 - So You Think You Can Dance - SLC Style!  I was able to go with a large group of friends to watch the SYTYCD Auditions that were taking place on Saturday in SLC.  It was SO much fun!  I freaked out a little bit when Nigel Lythgoe got out of his car, and even more so when Adam Shankman got out of his.  Haha!  I did the "woot woot" train noise when Mary Murphy walked out and cheered my lungs for all the dancers.  There were some AMAZING dancers there today!  One bigger guy started breakin' and we all thought, "He's really good," until his did a back hand-spring onto his elbows and a power slide.  After that we thought, "This guy is freaking amazing!"  Haha... There were a handful of really great guys (Charlie and Adrian to name a few) and two or three girls (Merrisa? Was that the red-haired girl's name?) I really liked... It was just cool to see it all go down and get the unedited version.  LOVED IT!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Ten: Another Wonderous Week!

This week was a crazy one with my computer to the point where mad Trojans attacked it and it was in major need of being FRIED.  Thus, I come to you from virtually a brand-new feeling computer.  Haha!  It's back to having NOTHING on it and being free of any virus - thank goodness...

Now, with that info behind us, I bring you the Tuesday Ten for this week!

1 - Mick & Sugar -En Krije Sil Ik Dy! Haha... Yes, it's what you are thinking. I bring you "You're The One That I Want" from Grease in Dutch! Hahaha... No, I'm not crazy. This video is a bit famous over there and quite HILARIOUS, but also, by a Struiksma!!! I love my family.

2 -  New Boots!!!!  I got these boots ysterday for $15 at JCPenny's on clearance and was SO excited about it!!! I've been looking for cheap priced, well-made, brown, mid-high boots and finally found them today.  I am VERY pleased with my purchase!

3 -  Olivia Binfield and her poetry!  This little girl is AMAZING!  She has a unique passion for animals and wants to help save endangered species, partially through the use of her poetry.  Watch her audition (really starts at 2 minutes in!) on Britain's Got Talent and how incredible she is because it is worth your time!  It is the cutest thing, funny, and SO creative!

4 - Sheryl Garner.  I love this video of an urban school teacher talking about the importance of friends, family, education, and being LDS.  I'd like to think I've got a little of her zest for life, teaching, and the gospel as well.  It's fabulous!  Go to mormon.org to find out more about what Sheryl and I believe!

5 - England.  I know, I know... this is an obvious one.  However, this week I was/am REALLY missing it!  I miss how many amazing places are close by and how many things there are to do in England alone.  I miss the theaters and London in general.  I miss the culture, the people, the cheap baguettes, the red buses and phone booths.  I miss the amazing museums and the history there... I really wouldn't mind moving back someday. 

6 -This Means War.  I went and saw this movie with my friends, Amy and Andrea yesterday and LOVED it!  I know that there are a few parts where some friends might be offended by topics for a very, very brief moment, but overall, the film was funny, cute, and action packed in many ways.  I loved it! :)  Plus, it has Reese Witherspoon (whom I love!) and two ridiculously good looking men - Chris Pine and Tom Hardy... Yes, please.

7 - "Anywhere Anything" by Gabe Bondoc. I found this guy a few months back thanks to a friend's facebook page - haha! This is on of his original songs and I think it's great... I would buy his album and play it regularly in my car. He's 100% my style!

8 - Netflix.  I know that I'm behind the times, but these past few weeks I've had it, I've grown slightly obsessed.  I can watch many of my American shows AND British shows - what an amazing invention!

9 - Two AMAZING Dancing Kids!  These children are incredible dancers/acrobats (from Russia's Got Talent, I think?) and I was memorized watching them.  Believe me, you'll want to see this video!

10 - "Safe and Sound" by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars.  I love this song, and not because it's from The Hunger Games movie soundtrack... though that's a plus.  Haha!  I love this song and it's so overwhelmingly my style right now.  I'm in the "winter-curl-up-under-a-blanket" mood.... :)


Monday, February 20, 2012

Tears & Blessings

Patience is a virtue.  Patience is a virtue that 90% of the time, I am right on board with... and 10% of the time I struggle immensely.  According to Elder Uchtdorf (a leader in my church), patience is, "far more than simply waiting for something to happen—patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn’t appear instantly or without effort... Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"

Faith is a virtue that I believe goes right along with patience.  I have always been one to "go on faith alone," with hard concepts.  However, when it comes to the Lord's timing in my own life I struggle.  I think that the theme of my year is going to be trusting in the Lord's timing and being patient with Him.  I have goals and ambitions... I have things that I want out of life personally, spiritually, professionally.  However, I must remember that the Lord's plan for me is ultimately better than the plan I have mapped out for myself.

"If only we could look beyond the horizon of mortality into what awaits us beyond this life. Is it possible to imagine a more glorious future than the one prepared for us by our Heavenly Father?" - Elder Uchtdorf

Right now, that's where I struggle.

For so long, I felt as though I was receiving no real spiritual guidance and was just lost.  Then, I felt the distinct impression that what I really needed to do was ACT.  I needed only to make my OWN decisions, take control of my life and forge forward in personal goals and desires.  I have done so in the past year and felt SO blessed for it.  I have seen how in those personal decisions, I was still guided and I know that I am exactly where I need to be with school, my ward and friendships, my job... Things fell into place in almost a divine way as I made the first move.  I just needed to actively go after things.

However, now I'm back to that place in my life where I feel a bit lost and alone.  I feel like I'm not sure what step to take next in certain aspects of my life.  I don't want to be left behind... This is a time where I can't really "take the next step" and forge forward.  I am forced to somewhat play a "waiting game" and put faith in my Heavenly Father in that He knows what's best for me and where I need to be.  This time around, my patience is waning.  I could get a hundred and one pep-talks about "just holding in there," but it's easy to say that I know that, and hard to put that faith into constant practice.  

"The way we act towards adversity is a major factor to how happy and successful we can be in life." - Elder Wirthlin

I intend to make every effort possible to look at tough times and adversity with a grateful heart.  However, I have to say that it's okay to break down and be upset a little too.  I think it's okay to just let the flood-gates open and wash out all the negative emotion.  If you know me, you know I am NOT a crier... but a really good cry a few select times really can be therapeutic and calming... in a weird way.  Haha!  So, my advice to anyone going through trials, frustration, or the anxious and trying "waiting place" in their life is to break down a bit... THEN, pull it all together and face the trial with gratitude and a "can-do" spirit.  For me, I think that the break-down is realistic and healthy... It's staying in the funk that's negative.

So, now I face the challenge myself of pulling myself out of the funk and being grateful for the blessings that I DO have... because I have a gillion.  Yep - a gillion.  To name a few:
 - Parents that love me and tell me they love me.  They even allow me to live with them while going to Grad School so I can save money and be close by... literally - upstairs.  Haha...
 - Music.  I can sing and have my voice to bring me relief and happiness.
 - A great job that I love and a program in Grad School that is AMAZING and right where I need to be!
 - Moisture.  I'm not a fan of snow because I hate driving in it... even though it IS pretty.  Plus, I really like the warmth.  However, we need the moisture, and I have 4-wheel drive, so it's a positive. 
 - Technology.  I have working computer access for communication and work, television programs and movies that I love, and a humidifier.  Haha...
 - Great friends.... really great friends and examples for me to emulate.
 - My health.  I can play sports and work-out, and I feel good about my health.  Plus, my cold is mostly gone!
 - Fabulous siblings that I learn a lot from and can call friends.
 - Cute clothes.... I have a pretty huge and fun wardrobe, with more scarves than shoes.  I also have hair that I love... Haha!
 - The gospel.  I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, as well as a Savior who died for my sins and trials.  Knowing that They are looking out for me makes me know  that everything is going to be okay.  Really.

The Lord gives us the trials we need to grow to be the best we can be... Our experiences, negative or positive, will be for our benefit, as well as the benefit of others.  We will never have anything given to us that we can not handle - especially with the Lord's help.  I am a blessed woman because this hard time means that Heavenly Father has faith in me, and believes that I can grow even more.  

Song of the Day:  This is a bonus song on Ed Sheeran's album that I've listened to a million times and just realized that was a bonus track.  Haha... I'm in love with it.  Check out different versions of "The Parting Glass," an old, traditional Irish Pub Song by Ed Sheeran, The High Kings, and Cara Dillon.  Which do you like best?! Enjoy!

Ed Sheeran

The High Kings

Cara Dillon

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Gym is for Working It Out!

Dear Women at Gold's Gym (or any other gym) -

I will say this twice.  I don't mind looking like hell at the gym so that I can give em' all hell outside of the gym.

Ladies, why do we look at each other and judge or talk negatively about each other because of the way we might look, especially when we are working out and trying to better ourselves personally?  I have never understood why girls are so catty that they need to tear other down, whether verbally or internally. I'm astounded that this happens even as women get older, and I would hope, have grown more confident.

I saw this in two forms tonight.  The first was when I heard some other women pointing out how misshapen another woman's thighs and butt were, and how she was "never going to be thin anyway."  Sad.  The second thing I saw was a handful of women there dressed in "cute, little workout outfits," constantly looking around themselves and checking who was checking them and not even working out.

Why are you there?  Are you there to be more healthy and happy?  If you are there to judge other women or even to pick-up a guy, there are other places for that to happen (though I think judging others is lame no matter your location).  The gym is NOT a place to go looking for a significant other.  If it happen, so be it... but it's not a place to "man (or woman)-hunt." So, if you choose the gym for these things, I feel sorry for you... It should not be your focus.

Ladies, I hope that learn to take your mind off others and set some goals for yourself.  I hope that those who are "getting ready" for the gym will learn that is mildly highly pathetic. I said it once, and here is time number two... I don't mind looking like hell at the gym so that I can give em' all hell outside of the gym... because that's the place for it. 


Song of the Day:  I discovered this boy via YouTube (what else?!).  He was on Australia's Got Talent in 2010 and went pretty far in the competition - 3rd place with 2nd being his father!  This is a song he wrote and though he might seem a bit generic in some ways, I REALLY like him... Here's Taylor Henderson with "What Goes Around."  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Ten: More to Love!

You know the drill...

1 - Zamzar.com - I am in love with this site because it allows you take a PDF file and convert it to a jpg. (picture) with the press of a button, without downloading anything else onto your computer.  It's great!  It emails you the file and you just download the link and have the jpg.  LOVE it!

2 - Lindsey and Adam's "Remember When it Rained", SYTYCD Canada.  This is an AMAZING dance piece that I discovered via YouTube.  I wish I had known how amazing So You Think You Can Dance Canada has been!  I know that America's is pretty rad too, but Canada really has some superb dancers and choreographers.  Not to mention, some of our choreographers have gone over to their show to lend a hand too, which is awesome.  This was one of the MANY videos that I found, which was AMAZING dancing!

3 -When In Rome.  I watched this movie this past weekend and have to say, I'm shocked at how adorable it was!  I feel in love with this cute tale (feat. Kristin Bell and Josh Duhamel) and am already craving to watch it again... Good thing my parents own it, and that I happen to live in the loft above them. :)  I also LOVED the soundtrack!

4 - Lost in Motion.  I guess I'm really into dance this week...  This is immensely cool.

5 - Dorothy Perkins.  I am obsessed with this UK clothing line/store and browse her site often.  I have yet to buy something off the website, though I've come close a few times.  I simply don't NEED anything... but when I do, I'll be checkin' back!  I do have stuff from the store because of my 2010 travels over there.  I love this store.

6 - Operation Beautiful. This is a website where people strive to let others know that they are beautiful.  People are encouraged to leave notes on random mirrors in different locations saying "You are Beautiful!" or "You are perfect just the way you are!"  I think that young girls especially (thought everyone does) are constantly battling with self-image issues and seeing these little pick-me-up-notes could do wonders... You never know, but it's worth a shot to help someone's self-esteem! 

7 -Adele.  I KNOW there is a lot of hype about her and right now I am actually NOT going to talk about her music - though that is for SURE amazing... I want to touch on something else.  I love her quiet confidence and beauty.  She talks about making music for the ears, and not the eyes.  She's NOT about the industry.  Here are two quotes from her that I adore:

"I like having my hair and face done, but I'm not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy."

I could do well remembering that... Not that I have ever wanted to be on Playboy - Um, NEVER.  However, I get caught up and sometimes blame things on my size or don't try because of my size.  That's rubbish - and it's ending.  I've said it a million times and I'll probably say it more.  It comes in waves... Right now, this wave is more like a tsunami.  That's a good thing in the case.

"The focus on my appearance has really surprised me. I've always been a size 14 to 16... " 

Me too.... always.  I'm not ashamed.  It is what it is... Adele is hot, and you know what?  SO AM I. :)  Get ready, world... It's time for Linze to flaunt it. 

8 - Keeper of His Light.  I am in love with this song... I learned it a long time ago and had forgotten about it, but it went perfect with FY 2008.  Ah, memories... Haha!  I'm thankful that I know "He is reaching out to guide us," and can put my trust in Him - Him, being my Savior, and friend. 

9 - Dad's Pork Chili.  OH MY WORD.  My dad made this AMAZING batch of pork chili - a HUGE batch - and the recipe trashed any recipe of before, any salsa of before, any 7 layer-dip of before... Yep, it was that good.  I add a bit of cheese, warm it up, and eat it with tortilla chips, on burritos or eggs... Mmm.  It's one of this week's favorite things!

10 -SMASH!  I am a HUGE fan of this new show Smash, and am stoked to see how it develops... It's all about Broadway and New York and the theater!  Here is the AMAZING song from the pilot, "Let Me Be Your Star."  I'm in LOVE! 


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Places I Should Never Be Seen...

I am a fairly present person in the world around me.  I mean to say that I am rather outgoing and often my leadership positions, personality, theatrical roles, or loud voice tend to put me in the spotlight.  Sometimes, like when I am on the stage, this attention is what I'm aiming for... I want to share my talents and be seen.  However, sometimes I'm simply overly loud or a current position puts me in the spotlight and I draw attention to myself without trying - or, wanting.

One place that I should NEVER be seen is when I am playing basketball.  I am beyond awkward.  I mean, I often get fairly awkward while speaking, but this is times ten to the awkward power.  I should not be seen playing basketball by any human eye... or by dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys... No one should have to see me play. 

I don't mean shoot-out games like knock-out.  I can hold my own in those and usually do fairly well.  There's no pressure and not a lot of crazy, continual running.  Basketball games though... I am so terrible.  Every once in awhile I'll get a good shot off, but usually I'm just out of breath, terrible at dibbling when I have pressure put on me, carrying an angry face, and just look pathetic.  I'm not looking for, "I'm sure you're great, Linze," or, "You look fine!" comments.  I am speaking TRUTH, and I embrace it.  Haha!  I am one awesomely, awkward player on that court, and though I suck... I'm still cheerin' for my team and having fun.  I am not good at basketball... I will never BE good at basketball....

... but at least I try.  Right?

I have also determined that I'm an awkward runner. 

At least I'm not as bad as these guys:

(I'm almost a mix of #4 and #5... oops.)

I think I'll stick to volleyball and football come sports time.

P.S.  I think I legitimately need to me checked for asthma... Does anyone have it?  Since HS it's been bad, but it's gotten way worse these past few years.  When I run I get pressure in my chest and it tightens - I have trouble breathing, and after I've run for awhile I spend the next hour with a croup cough if I breathe too deeply.  It's just when I run... Thoughts?  I know I don't have the ideal body, but I just can't imagine I'm THAT out of shape when I lift weights, work the elliptical, and do dance classes almost every day.  Hm.

Tuesday Ten: It's Already February!?

I feel like every week I barely have time to fit in school, work, and a little bit of socialization... but I MAKE time to blog a little bit and at least do my weekly Tuesday Ten.  It's a nice little break for me and I really enjoy leaving a bookmark for my favorite videos or sites, discussing favorite things with my friends/family, and just writing things that keep me going throughout the week... which is kinda funny when I'm sometimes talking about eyeliner of videos of 6 year-old science experts.  Eh!

So, with out further adieu, here are my week's Top Ten things!

1 - Little Kid's Inspirational Speech About Bike Riding. This video if a past favorite that has been recently rediscovered.  THEN, they showed a short excerpt from the video after the Superbowl and I had to laugh because it was already on my "top ten" list for the week.  I am just so in-sync with the media... Wait, is that a good thing, or...?

2 - The Voice.  The show is back and I am ECSTATIC!  I love this show... I love the judges and the concept.  I am ready for it to be back... What would I love more?  If I was on it.  Haha!  No, but really.

3 - Aerial Views.  There's a blog that I found that has a bunch of random aerial view shots that I LOVE.  There's one example below, but click on the words "Aerial Views" above for a link to the blog and to see all the other shots in the entry.  There are MANY other ones across the internet, but there are a few that I love on this blog.

4 - "Today Was a Fairytale" (By: Taylor Swift) Fan-Made Video.  This is ELIZA'S favorite thing of the past TWO weeks... If she had a choice, she would watch it everyday, all day... I'm not exaggerating.  She just BEAMS when she hears the song, and more so when she sees the video.  She gets all blushy and giggly when the little boy turns into a prince... Cutest thing EVER.  So, this video is kind of a favorite, but more so it's E's reaction.

5 - "I Miss You" Cover by Alex Lambert, Andrew Garcia, and Josh... something.  This cover is better than the original in my opinion... I am in love with it and LOVE Alex Lambert.  It's too bad he hasn't used his connection to Idol as a real platform... He has SO much potential to me... I REALLY like his voice and chill style. This cover = GORGEOUS.

6 - Hunger Games T-Shirts!  In preparation for the Hunger Games premier (I'm going a day early!), I have been checking out where I can get the proper attire for the occasion.  That's right, ladies and gents... I need a HG T-shirt!  Haha... Here are a few I like - thoughts?  Which one should I get?

7 - 1988 Crystal Light Aerobics Competition.  Oh my word... this video is THAT good.  Haha!  During last weekend's "girl's night in," we were looking up funny videos and THIS one was presented to me.  I was DYING laughing... The outfits, the cheesy moves and grins, the tacky music... Oh - I love the 80s.

8 - Brittney Snyder.  I found this girl's music a few months back, but have recently really listened to all of it and love her.  I think she has a lot of talent and potential... I would buy her album!  Haha... Check out her music and site by clicking on her name (or listen to the link below) - it all loads fast, so check out a few songs. Below is her most recent, but check out her first song - a duet with JB Ahfua from Am. Idol.   

9- Play, Create, Explore.  This website gives a million and one ideas for parents, babysitters, siblings, or nannies (hint, hint) to use for entertaining their kids and helping them learn to create projects, be innovative, explore ideas, and have fun with experimentation - which Eliza loves!  Thus, I adore this site.  Click on the words to check it out.

10 -  "Break Again" by Charlie and Emily.  My friend, Kate, posted about these guys she found on YouTube that did an amazing cover of "Someone Like You," by Adele.  However, I love THIS song - "Break Again," which is an original piece.  They blend well together and the girl's voice really is out of this world. Check out Charlie Puth and Emily Luther! 


Sunday, February 5, 2012

We All Need Saving

I am so grateful for so much in my life.  In Sunday School today, our Bishop (church congregation leader) asked us to list the positive and negative things in our life and guaranteed the good would outweigh the negative.  Some may be skeptical, but think about it... We have eyesight - well, I'm assuming you do if you're reading this.  If not, right on.  Haha... I can walk.  I can drive, and I have a car.  I can sing... I can sing!  That gets about fifty points in my book.  Almost nothing in the entire world makes me as happy as when I sing. 

There is SO much to be grateful for, even if there are sucky things in our life as well... We have a LOT to outweigh the negative. 

Now, I'm not going to list ALL my positives, but here are a few:
- I can dance.
- I have a warm home to live in and a car.
- I have two loving parents and great siblings.
- I have a job and one that I really love and enjoy!
- I have the means to further my eduction (even if that is through loans).
- I have a working computer, camera, Ipod, TV, DVD player, radio, printer, etc.
- I have amazing friends, and a good amount of them at that... I have wonderful people around me!
- I have a functioning, healthy body with a working brain, heart, nose, eyes, hands, feet, ears, fingers, etc.
- I have traveled a LOT around the world - 16 different countries!  I have lived in three different countries and have had amazing experiences for a girl my age.
- I can sing and make music.  I can listen to music and talk about it with others... I love music.
- I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it is the right thing for me... I feel so guided by the spirit I have learned to recognize through the gospel. 
- I am happy!

Now, of the negative things in my life, there are a few of those... There are five or six things I could list right now that make my life exceptionally harder.  However, I know my positives outweigh my negatives and that my negatives are just a storm I'm braving in order to learn more about myself, others, the world, or the gospel. 

There's a video I want to share as the "Song of the Day," but also for you to really listen to and take in the words and meaning.  It's called "We All Need Saving," by Jon McLaughlin.  Now, Jon here is one of my favorite artists of all time... I'm not kidding.  This guy is amazingly talented and I could listen to his album on repeat and be happy.  This song, however, is more than that...

I was at the Vocal Point concert on Saturday (I love them!) and this was one of the songs they chose to sing.  I've heard them perform it before, but I loved the song in its original form.  However, this time something hit me differently... I took in the words and remembered the original impact it had on me. I was riding my bike in Germany and having an amazingly tough, exhausting day.  I was homesick and upset with a friend... This song came on during shuffle mode on my IPod and I felt a calming feeling blanket me.  I think that we sometimes think that only "churchy songs" can do that, but that's not the case...  This song came on, I took in the meaning, really listened to the lyrics, and something just clicked.  I heard the following:

"When the cloud in the sky starts to pour
And your life is just a storm you're braving
Don't tell yourself you can't lean on someone else
Cause we all need saving sometimes"

THIS time when I was listening to the song, I heard the following more clearly:

"Come on, come on
You have got to move on
This is not the you i know
This isn't real
It's just all you can feel
And that's the way that feelings go
And whether or not it's right or wrong you'll do what you will do"

Last time, I realized that we HAVE to learn to turn to others and allow them to help, and that we have to allow the Savior to help us.  This time, I realized that people get stuck in their ruts, their addictions, their lonliness... They just get stuck.  I thought of the Savior saying, "Come on - You've got to move on.  This is not the you I know..."  He knows the real us and all we can and will become.  We are more than the "stuck self."  He reassures us that, "This isn't real.  It's just all you can feel," because we're stuck... He knows we'll "do what [we] will do," but He knows that Heavenly Father has a better plan for us than we have for ourselves. 

Take a listen to the song below and read along to the lyrics if you want... It's sincerely so powerful to me.  My hope is that it helps someone the way it helped me.  It's amazing the power that music has for change.

My favorite lines of the song? 

"You make me what I'm worth" - We can apply this to the Savior making you what your worth, OR that as we accept the Atonement, we make Christ's gift and life what it is meant to be worth for each of us.

Also, "Please believe that someone has felt this before" - You are not alone in ANY feelings you have.  Open up and you'll be amazed at how many others truly understand... not the least of these, your Savior.

I'm thankful for the knowledge that I have a Savior and that he took the time, and His life, to save me... cause we ALL need saving.