Tuesday I cleaned a school bus, that was gross, went to the dentist, and was finally able to go to institute. It's been a few weeks since I'd been able to go so I was glad for that. It's funny but now that I'm not able to go as often, I want to a lot more than I did before, but I guess that's how it always works.
Friday my parents and siblings left for the Oregon cost so I've been hanging out here by myself for the past few days alone. It's been alright I suppose, a little quiet though. I've actually never been somewhere all by myself for more than a few days because I've always had siblings, parents, roommates, friends, etc. there. It was also weird to go to the store and get food for the week and not have to bring a backpack with me to carry it all back in. Friday also I went home from work early since a kid threw up in the pool. That's the second time that's happened this summer. So I spent the rest of the afternoon reading The Hunger Games. Now I'm about a third of the way through the second book.
Saturday I usually don't work but since we lost a staff member I got called in for a few (aka 6) hours. It was actually a really nice day to be out there because even though it was raining like crazy in was really humid and so the rain felt awesome. Oh, Friday night it was also raining a bunch at night and was humid as well but I was able to just open all of the windows and fall asleep to the sound of the rain. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Today since it was Fast Sunday we had a potluck as usual and I wasn't a slacker this month and actually brought some food! Also, the ward is planning a camping trip for later this month so I'll be able to check off my goal of going camping at least once this summer, although I'd definitely be up for going more than once. We had a really good lesson today about choosing to be happy in any situation.
So, last thing before I leave you all, for my advertising portfolio I need to write I personal manifesto in 200 words or less.It's a little more difficult than I originally imagined. I've got a draft here that's ok but it's still a work in progress, and about 20 words too long (I'm lucky that's all considering how wordy I can get). Anyway, look over it if you would and tell me what you think.
I, April VeNae Baker, am a child of God, the daughter of a king. With such a heavenly heritage resting on my shoulders, it is essential to recognize my divine potential. Through self-mastery and guidance by those I respect and admire, I strive to achieve this divine nature by patterning my life after these four values:
Integrity is the scale on which all other values are weighed; it is doing the right thing when no one, someone, or everyone, is watching.
True love promotes action, and in moments of doubt and despair, it becomes the bootstraps by which we find the strength pull ourselves up again.
Faith is what gives anything its value; it is accepting an imperfect knowledge and still having the trust to continue forward with assurance.
A determined soul has the wisdom to know that some courses of action will never be successful, but never forgets that perseverance is essential for any dream to succeed.
As these values guide my life, I will, as Nephi, be able to say that I “live after the manner of happiness,” and will find and retain the niche in life where I truly belong. These standards will prepare me for whatever awaits, and provide me with my greatest fulfillment of joy.