A Better Me & A Movie

austin_autumnThis year I have thought, and worked towards, my New Years resolutions more than ever in my life. I’ve concluded that there are two reasons for this:
1. I’ve finally come to the realization in my life that true happiness comes from personal growth.
2. I set uncomplicated, attainable goals (as if I hadn’t been told that this was the way for like, my whole life. doh)
I don’t really want to talk about all of the goals I’ve worked on, but I do want to talk about how I want to continue to move forward with 2013, and things that inspire me to be a better me.
When I’m working towards bettering myself in this way and that way, I’m usually focused on how being a better person will give me a happier day to day life. However I LOVE LOVE this talk by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, which I’ve read at least five times now, which talks about bettering ourselves more with the purpose of not regretting anything at the end of our life.
“The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness, the less likely we will be on a path to regrets.”
Having regrets is painful. I for one do not want to be in the next life, watching the “Movie of Ariel’s Life” and be just totally disappointed that it is such a lame movie. Some things from his talk I especially love that I think will bring everyone greater happiness:
  • Let ourselves relax, play, take it slow, with no excuses…
“Isn’t it true that we often get so busy? And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life.”
“When it comes to living the gospel, we should not be like the boy who dipped his toe in the water and then claimed he went swimming. As sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, we are capable of so much more. For that, good intentions are not enough. We must do. Even more important, we must become what Heavenly Father wants us to be.”
“As we do so, Heavenly Father will reveal to us things we never knew about ourselves. He will illuminate the path ahead and open our eyes to see our unknown and perhaps unimagined talents.”
  • Be happy NOW, no matter what goal is just out of reach…
“So often we get caught up in the illusion that there is something just beyond our reach that would bring us happiness: a better family situation, a better financial situation, or the end of a challenging trial.
The older we get, the more we look back and realize that external circumstances don’t really matter or determine our happiness.
We do matter. We determine our happiness.
You and I are ultimately in charge of our own happiness.
“…it’s not a race; it’s a journey. Enjoy the moment.”

I thought it was SO perfect that Mike and I stumbled upon one of our new favorite movies right after we moved to Austin, where we moved for the purpose of having a better, fuller, more relaxing life, where we would have more time to love our loved ones, and spend more time on things that matter.austin_park

So we moved for a better life, watched the movie Defending Your Life, then heard this talk by Pres. Uchtdorf. Coincidence? I think not.

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but go and watch this movie! I also don’t want to talk it up, because then you will be disappointed because I made it sound like the next Star Wars…... So it’s a totally lame movie…BOOORING…..meaningless….

Now go watch Defending Your Life, read this talk by pres. Uchtdorf again and again, and look at life differently. Go about life with meaning and pursue excellence.



  1. I love this! You already have a beautiful movie started, one I love to be on the sidelines watching. Thanks for sharing your blog and the pictures! What a sweet family you have! Hope to see you soon!

  2. This post reminded me of a book I read a while ago, an airport find..."The Happiness Project." Great book. Talks a lot about how happiness is a decision & about seizing the moment, being happy NOW, etc. I'd highly recommend it :) looks like you guys are settling into life in Austin!