Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elder Perry: Laying Down the Law

I'm getting so excited for General Conference next weekend! It's so amazing that we can hear living prophets' counsel and cautions, wisdom and promises. In preparation, and just in general, I love watching Mormon Messages. Today I watched the newest one about the Ten Commandments. Elder Perry talks about how our world still values some of the commandments but many are ignored and seen as less important. I thought they were things that really went along with our media discussions. For example, no graven images seems to be perpetuated by media portrayals and focus on celebrities and icons putting them on pedestals and seeking to be like them, instead of striving to be more like our Savior. I love Elder Perry's promise that we will find true happiness as we are obedient.

Running Songs

Yesterday I went on a run and had my ipod on, enjoying the weather. I had a good run on Monday, but yesterday was a struggle. I was lucky I brought my ipod because my only motivation was good music. I had Pandora on some of the time and I didn't want to waste a good song on walking, so I would tell myself I'd keep running for that song then walk a block. It totally worked. The ratio of run to walk would have been much lower if I had decided to run without music. So it was a total blessing yesterday, despite my goal to use my runs more as a time to think without distractions! Yay for technology!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Save the Bros

The fact that this is a real product made this video so much funnier. Props to the creativity of this company. Although it swears once (bleeped), I think it's funny that they can use satire to sell a product. Funny funny stuff.

Nie Nie

I went to a stake fireside on Sunday and Stephanie Nielson was the speaker, with her husband, Christian. She is one of the most inspirational people to me. She has turned her trauma into something that blesses other people. I have some chronic health issues and hearing her story has reminded me what's really important. Her perspective on what it means to be beautiful and how to appreciate the little things has helped me so much. Listening to her speak in person was SO amazing, but I first heard her story through the Mormon Message and then reading her book. Her blog is also awesome. It's so cool how social media can make our lives better through sharing stories and experiences!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Youtube home videos

So as we were talking about people posting home videos on youtube, I caught myself thinking, "Why do people do that?" I think one of the main reasons is entertainment value. I have posted one video, and one video only, that's probably considered a home video, in the sense that it was impromptu and filmed at home.

I lived at home last semester and I learned something about my dad. I already knew he is a complete goof, but he has some of the best (funny) dance moves. It kills me. He is the best. My sister came home and I told her to put on some music and see if he would start dancing. He has this thing with "the young people's music" haha. So in this video he has no idea what the song but tries to be cool. I apologize for the hilarious "gangster" attempts. Maybe you won't think it's as funny, but here it is.


I loved our discussion about gender and the media the other day in class. I am continually shocked by how skewed the media is on body image and stereotypes of both men and women. I've been looking for it more and watching commercials yesterday for a show made me so frustrated! One campaign that I love is Dove. I'm sure most people have seen it, but when it came out it had a huge impact and got a lot of attention. Step one is for us to be AWARE of the ways the media twist and manipulate images and portrayals of people!

Just as a bonus, I love pretty much all of their videos. They are so real and so inspiring. I'm a cryer so I confess I sometimes get teary-eyed when I watch them. Let's all be more loving and accepting of ourselves!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ellen is a Champ

I love Ellen. She is one of the nicest, giving people on tv. I love all of her service acts. There is so much trash on talk shows so it's refreshing to have this kind of content. This is one that I just saw recently. It's my love for Ellen + Extreme Home Makeover. Good stuff.

She is just great. These things make me want to be more giving and service-minded. I love what she says at the end of every show:

"Be kind to one another."

You rock, Ellen!

The Dress

SOO the media is funny because even though everyone can be talking about something, you can still be totally oblivious. I just found out about this whole blue/black/gold/ivory dress thing. I realize now that I've been scrolling on Facebook and seeing posts, but I thought it was just some random post. BUT apparently it blew up social media the other day. If the apocalypse is coming, I'm sure I won't get to a safe house in time. Tell my family I love them.

The original image is in the middle. At left, white-balanced as if the dress is white-gold. At right, white-balanced to blue-black.

The other funny thing is all the backlash. Here's one of lots of FB posts I saw when I followed a # link.