Monday, January 09, 2012


I had a very profound experience while I was driving today. I am not sure if I will be able to convey it the way I would like, but I am sure going to try!

I have been thinking a lot about my goals for the year and what I want my focus to be. I love choosing a word for the year that represents me and my life at that time. When I read my friend, Rebecca's blog, I loved the word she chose, "Embrace." A lot of the things that she said really resonated with me. I know that I want to be more accepting of my weaknesses and stop trying to change everything about me.

As I was driving, the thought occurred to me that I am here to love. One of my gifts (as we talked about in church yesterday) is to love others and see them through the eyes of the Savior. I recognize that I have this ability and I am extremely grateful for it. However, sometimes I feel like I want more. I want to be able to sing or do art or organize or decorate or be naturally athletic. Today, I decided that I am going to go with the gift I have.

My focus for the year is love. When I try to decide how to spend my time, I will ask myself, "Is this showing love to myself, to others, or to Heavenly Father? " If it is, then I will do it. :-) If it isn't, then I will not do it. I think that sounds pretty simple and I am very excited about it. No complications, just love. I am ready to contribute to my family and the world in the way that I can. I am grateful for good examples in my life of love and kindness.


Emily Foley said...

What a sweet thought. I don't know you well but that is a characteristic I would describe for you immediately: you love everybody you meet and you treat them that way. It's so nice.

Leah Marie said...

In my head, I kind of envision you has one big heart with a happy face one it.

And I love you for it.

Stephanie said...

Love this!

rlmquest said...

I love your word for the year. You are such an example to me! I always think of you as one of the most loving and kind people that I know. You are a true friend to everyone whether you know them real well or not. I have always felt loved and accepted by you just for being me. I never felt like I had to be someone else around you to feel of your friendship. I am going to ask myself those same questions this year...Love for myself? love for others? love for my Heavenly Father? nothing else really matters!

Kelly(M&M) said...

Emily- I feel like I know you even though we have only met in person a few times! Your blog is so real and open and I think that is why I feel like I know you so well. (Plus you are one of my regular commenters and I appreciate that!)
Leah Marie- You know I feel a special bond with you. You helped me through a rough time in the dorms and I love our connection! It was great being in the apartments with you. Thanks for your comment. It means a lot.
Steph- You are awesome and I love your blog! I feel like I have gotten to know you better through it and through girls camp! Glad we are neighbors now.
Rebecca- Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot to me! I am enjoying getting to know you better!

M said...

This IS your gift. You are so full of love. It's really amazing. I hope you never again wish for "more." I'd guess most people (me) are wishing we could be more like you and so quick to be-friend and love people.

Mrs JP Chaos said...

Love this. Love YOU.

Kelly(M&M) said...

M- Thanks for visiting my blog! And you are way too kind. It cracks me up how quickly Emily took to you! I think it's great! :-)
JP- Love you too!! It's been too long!

amydear said...

You have a great gift! I'm glad that you've recognized it. I admire this quality in you and I hope to develop it more. Thanks so much for sharing.