Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Grad School Update!

BIG news!

About 2 days before beginning my roadtrip back to GA I got an email from the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Valdosta State. She told me that they wanted to schedule an interview with me. When I spoke with them, I was told that I could either do a phone interview or an in-person interview. The Director of the program explained that they were very interested in interviewing me as soon as possible. So, I set up a phone interview for that Friday (yes, the very day I was beginning my roadtrip).

At 10:15 am that Friday morning, Spencer and I pulled over and I had my interview on the side of the road in southern Utah. It went REALLY well! So well in fact that I was told at the end of the interview that I had been accepted. I got my official letter a week before Christmas!

Now we just wait for info on the assistantship situation AND admissions decisions from UGA and GA State. Keep those fingers crossed! Prayers are also welcome! :D

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


On Thursday afternoon, I'll be picking up this lovely boy at the SLC Airport!

And then on Friday morning (early!) we're going to begin a pretty dang fun road trip. The first leg of our trip will take us to Albuquerque to visit this lovely family:

The Griffins have been family friends for as long as I can remember. They moved to Albuquerque several years ago and Spencer and I are pretty dang excited to see them! We'll spend Saturday with them, and go to Sacrament meeting with them on Sunday!

After Sacrament meeting, Spencer and I are gonna get on the road and plan to go all the way to Arkansas by that night. Then Monday we'll go the rest of the way to Columbus. It'll be a fun trip! We'll be sure to take lots of pictures for you, blogworld. The next post coming your way will likely be from the great state of Georgia! Until then...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Master of Blogging?

How is it that the one of us who is so bad about blogging just spent an hour helping Rachel set up her blog?

Who knew?

But I am excited that Rachey's joining in on the blogging fun...or failure (in my case)! :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 30!!

Day 30 - My favorite song...

"Desperado" by The Eagles

My Daddy raised me right.

And with that...the 30 day challenge is done! :)

Days 28 & 29

Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed?

Christmas 2009.

Well. Anyone brave enough to venture back to the entries on my blog from 2008 will find something really interesting. Without going too much into details (because, really...who wants the details in summary when you can go back here and here and read the details), I thought I was going to follow one career and life path...and it changed. Suddenly. And it left one of the most important relationships in my life damaged. Anyway. The year to year and a half that followed August 2008 was...trying. It involved a lot of soul searching. A lot of discomfort. A lot of prayers. By Christmas 2009, I was starting to feel a bit more direction in my life, but still felt unsettled and I was unsure why. I enrolled in graduate courses at Columbus State to get a MA in Teaching. Through Spring semester 2010 I was led back to a thought and a career that I (through to the beginning of High School) had previously considered. Thoughts of changing programs and schools began to fill my head. It was exciting. And at the same time completely overwhelming. I wasn't sure about the practicality of the decision and wanted to talk to my parents, but because I was feeling conflicted...I didn't. Initially.

Summer 2010.

This picture was literally taken like, a week after I finally talked to my parents about the idea of changing my program and pursuing a career as a Counselor (specifically a Marriage and Family Therapist). As soon as I started talking, my mom cut me off and said..."I think it's an excellent choice for you. Not that I doubt your ability to be a wonderful teacher, but I think this is more in line with your interests and natural abilities". Could I have asked for a better response? I left a couple of days later to work a session of EFY in Massachusetts and made the whole idea (as well as moving to Utah for a little while) a matter of fasting and prayer. I had 2 incredible co-counselors (who did a good bit of counseling ME that week). By the middle of the week I felt a peace about my long-term plans and goals that I hadn't felt before. So after a couple of years of frustration at not knowing...and floating...I'm making progress. And it feels great. :)

Day 29 - In the past month, what have you learned?

Well, if this topic doesn't flow right along with what I was saying right ^ there! In case you missed the memo, I moved to Orem, Utah at the end of August. I was excited about the idea of a change of scenery and even entertaining the idea of going to BYU for graduate school (and if you know me...you know that's a BIG deal!). But mostly, I was learning to be free and not feel like everything always had to be planned and detailed. I don't know when I got to the point where I felt like I needed to have a plan that I was following, but somewhere along the lines it happened. Anyway. I didn't have anything keeping me in Columbus. I wouldn't be able to start grad school until Fall 2011. AND I had a couple of friends who were talking about moving out to Utah in January. So, why not?

Things since I've been in Utah haven't really gone the way I planned. I was going to come out here, get graduate school applications in, find a job and be out here until the Summer at least. Wellllll...the job thing hasn't really panned out the way I had hoped. I'm still unemployed. But more than that...the school options in GA started looking really, really good. There are some pretty amazing assistantships that would have me making money to go to school! Long story short, I'm packing back up the Aveo and heading back east on December 10th.

So, the point of all of that (and the actual question of the entry)...what have I learned? No matter what my plan is, as long as I'm on the right path...doing the things that keep me in tune with the spirit that I'll be ok. Humility. Patience. Trust. All those attributes we talk about all the time, but are ever-so-hard to put in to practice.

Super relevant scripture coming..............................now:

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path." -Proverbs 3: 5-6

And THAT is what it's about. With the Lord directing my path, I can't go wrong.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Days 25 - 27: Bag, Friends and Why??

Day 25 - What would be found in my bag

Unfortunately blog followers...it's pretty boring. Let's see...probably sunglasses, chapstick, lots of pens, wallet and because it was Sunday...my scriptures. :)

Day 26 - What I think about my friends

Well, if that's not a broad question, I don't know what is. I feel like everyone always says "I have the best friends in the world". I wanna put a bit of a different spin on that. I have the best friends for me! I've been consistently amazed with how I always seem to encounter the most amazing people and that along with them come incredible lessons. I've been blessed with awesome, stable friends who have hung in there with me for years. I also have new friends who have blessed my life incredibly in a short period of time. Then I have people who helped mold and shape me, and then life moved us in different directions.

The truth is that I'm so very grateful for all of them. We are the sum of our experiences. That being the case, the people who were a part of those experiences are also a part of us. Good or bad. Long term or new. My friends have changed me. And I'm lucky.

Day 27 - Why I'm doing the 30 day challenge

I've had this blog for years. I think I started it in 2008. And I've completely failed with updating it. I've had HUGE amounts of time pass where it was completely abandoned. I found where my friend Kaycie was doing this challenge. I thought it would be the perfect thing to get me in the swing of regularly posting. I've done better. But clearly still failed at posting everyday...I get points for trying, right?

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I know there have been people who have been doing entries everyday for one thing they're grateful for. I saved it all for today (mostly because I had already started the 30 day blog challenge). But it's Thanksgiving today and it's entirely appropriate that I mention the things that I'm thankful for. My list (in no particular order, well...other than the first few :) )...

1. My Savior.

What can you say about the person who loves you more than anyone else? There aren't words for how grateful I am to Him. He provided the way for me to be forgiven of my sins and live with Him, Heavenly Father and my family for eternity. If that weren't enough, the way that he did it was by paying for the sins that I commit. He felt the pains, sadness, hurt, anxiety, fear...all of it. For each of us. He's real. What He did is real. It happened. And because of Him, I can be better.

2. The Gospel.

I know, I know. #1 and #2 go together, but I felt that they were deserving of individual numbers. I'm grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has made me who I am. Being a member of His church factors in to every choice I make. Having the teachings of true and living prophets helps guide me daily. Knowing there are inspired priesthood leaders who can provide direct assistance to me is incredible. Having access to another record which testifies of Jesus Christ, his ministry and divinity is an incredible blessing. I'm grateful that my parents were people who recognized truth when they heard it.

3. My Family.

Though we're all far from perfect, we're a lot of fun.

I'm grateful to know that if I ever needed them, I know they'd be there. I can count on them. They are stable forces. One of the few things that is unchanging in this life. I can't think of any other people I'd rather be with forever. :)

P.S. Look at their tender, young faces!

4. Friends.

I've been extremely blessed over the years with good, reliable friends. That's not to say that I've always been the best at picking good friends. But it's through the struggle that you learn to appreciate what you have. I did go through a really rough patch where I learned a lot about myself and my friends...and what is important in a friendship. Through that I have found the people who are truly good friends. I've learned what a good friend is...and how to be one to others.

I'm grateful to Heavenly Father for sending me good people. People who are good examples to me. People who are honest and kind. It's so very appreciated.

(Sorry for no pictures here...see other blogs of friends. It's wayyyyyy too many pictures to post!)

5. Living in the USA.

I am increasingly grateful to live in the United States of America. I think as a younger person, it was very much taken for granted. But everyday I'm reminded of blessings I enjoy simply by living here. I can go to church without worrying that someone will injure me. I can hold a job, live by myself and own property. I can vote for individuals who want to hold public office. I go to bed at night and sleep without fear for my safety. This land is a special place. And I am immensely grateful to live here.

6. EFY.

EFY changed my life as a participant when I was a youth. Now as an adult I've had the blessing of going back and working as a counselor. It's changed my life again. I get to spend a few weeks each summer working with amazing youth and incredible co-workers.

(My first group EVER! EFY 2009)

I've worked 2 summers and 6 sessions. Total 4 sessions in GA, 1 in FL and 1 in MA. With limited distractions, we focus on the gospel...and miracles happen.

(My most recent group. EFY 2010 Amherst, MA)

I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to work with this program. It's a lot of work. A lot of sleepless nights. Lots of prayers and (sometimes) tears. But I'm so lucky. Many thanks to the counselors and youth when I was a kid, the youth I've had the blessing of working with the past 2 summers (you are all amazing!) and the other counselors who have become incredible friends and examples to me.

(A few of those incredible friends I've made)

7. Health.

While working at AFLAC from 2008-2010 I was reminded how blessed I am to be healthy. As wonderful a gift as our mortal bodies are...because they're moral, they're not perfect. They get sick or injured. I've been so lucky to avoid major illness or injury. For that I am very grateful as I know many people who have many physical struggles.

8. Servicemen and women.

Growing up near Ft. Benning, GA I've had the opportunity to meet and become friends with many of the wonderful people serving our nation in the Armed Forces. The sacrifices these people make, all the way up to giving their lives are amazing. I currently have 2 friends serving in Afghanistan and 1 who just recently completed a tour of duty. I'm grateful to know that men like them exist and are protecting the freedoms I enjoy. I'm particularly mindful of them today as they aren't able to be with their loved ones. MANY thanks to Jordan Cross, Jesse Holmes and Domonique Anderson. I'm grateful for you, your service and glad to call you my friends.




8. Being from the South.

Growing up in GA is something I'm very proud of. I know the south sometimes gets a bad rep for. But I tell you what, some of the best people I know are from there! And there are a lot of great things that can be said for that area. I love that people are still respectful. "Ma'am" and "Sir" are still frequently used words. Your friend's parents are Mr. Steve and Ms. Jennifer. It's beautiful (see the picture below). People will say hello to you when you're walking down the street. But mostly, I'm grateful to have lived in a place that required me to decide at a young age if I was a believer or not. It's the best place.

(The Riverwalk in Columbus, GA)

9. My former Primary class.

Man, I love these kids. They have the sweetest spirits and would blow me away with the things they would say and the concepts they would understand. They taught me so much and I miss them!

11. My Missionary Brothers (and Friends!)

I still think it's such an amazing thing that we send 19 year old boys and 21 year old young women out to teach the gospel. I also think it's amazing that those young people so willingly leave their families and lives behind and devote 1.5 - 2 years of their lives to the Lord and doing his work. I'm super proud of my brother, Matt who is currently serving in the Idaho, Boise mission.

(Elder James Matthew Harrell!)

I'm also proud to be able to say that my only other brother eligible (so far!) to have served also went!

(Elder Jonathan Harrell. California, San Bernardino Mission 2006-2008)

And to have had amazing friends who also devoted time to serving the Lord.

(Elder Joseph Pate)

(Sister Corley Griffin.)

(Elder Elijah Hall)

And there are many, many others.

I've been blessed more than I can say.

Day 24 - A letter to the Parentals

Mom and Dad,

Thank you. I don't really know how often I say it, but regardless I should probably say it more. You have been incredible parents to me (experimental child included and all :) ). You've done a lot for me...

You've provided me with all the necessities and many of the extras. You showed me what kind of person I want to be when I grow up (because even though I'm an "adult", let's face it...I'm not "grown up" yet). You've given me a great example of what I want my future marriage to look like. You've been wonderful examples and shown me great patience. You set boundaries and requirements, and you enforced consequences when I broke rules. Even though I didn't appreciate it at the time, I see the importance of it now. You said "no" and didn't give me everything I wanted. What a great life lesson! Like a Sister said at church a few weeks ago, "There were times when I got what I wanted and it was good. And there were times when I didn't get what I wanted, and it was better". You both found the gospel, and because you did the searching, I didn't have to. I'll forever be grateful to you for that. You taught me what it meant to be a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You taught me what was sacred and special and how to treat those things.

In short, everything I am and hope to be is because of you. You are wonderful. And I love you both.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Why I'm Special and Cravings

Day 22 - What makes me different from others

This one is a bit of a hard one just because it's such a broad statement. I mean, really? What makes me different from EVERYONE else? Intimidating much?

I think it's the total of all your qualities and experiences that make you unique and different from everyone else. No two people have the exact same life experiences. So, truly it's everything about me...all together...me as a complete unit that's different from everyone else.

That wasn't a cop out, I promise.

But if you really, really want me to say something specific that I think STANDS OUT about me in comparison to others it's that I have a desire to help people. It might be part of the whole oldest child complex. It might be a need to control something. It might be a million other things. But the simple truth is that I get great joy from helping someone. Putting a smile on someone's face when they've had a rough day. Giving someone a note/small gift just because. Listening while someone talks. I can honestly say that I love it. And I guess I do think that's special. :)

Day 23 - Cravings

I feel like the only thing I crave is Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana soup. But the best thing EVER is that I found the recipe for the soup online a few weeks ago. So whenever I really want it...I can just make it at home! Winner, winner!

Ok...so, I'm gonna knock out one more entry tonight (because it's after midnight I'm gonna do day 24 so I can write a special Thanksgiving entry tomorrow!)...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 21 - Something that makes me happy

This topic is fun, so we'll do a few!!!

Look at that face! I mean, really. How can you look at that and NOT be happy?

Mean Girls.

SUCH a guilty pleasure, but such an awesome movie! I mean, think about it. It's BEFORE Lindsey went crazy! It's what first made me LOVE Rachel! And how awesome was Amanda? Add Tina Fey and an incredible script? It's genius. Admit it. You know it's true.

The Stars.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I really love the stars. How can you look at that and think that everything is just a big BANG of an accident? No, no. It was all the workings of the Master Artist. And what an artist He is.


I love going out to the mailbox and seeing an envelope HANDWRITTEN to me. Super exciting!


It might sound crazy, but being from the south, I really love thunderstorms. It's something I've missed the past few months while I've been in UT.

Wint-O-Green Lifesavers.These guys are my FAVORITE candy! SO yummmm!

That was just a few, maybe I'll do more later? We'll see...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Procrastination is B-A-D.

Good grief. Do I really have FOUR entries to do? Well I suppose we should just dive right in...

Day 17 - Life switching

Truthfully, I don't know that there's anyone I would want to switch lives with. Someone else might seem to have things more together than you do, but underneath that they've got problems too. At least with me, I know what most of my problems are. :)

Day 18 - Dreams, Hopes, Wishes...

I think the biggest thing for right now is that I want to get in to a good counseling program AND last a solid assistantship. It would be awesome to not have to pay tuition (and with some of them, not pay room and board either).

Beyond that I can't wait to be licensed as a therapist and start helping people! Having a job I love going to! It's gonna be awesome!

Then also, of course I dream, hope and wish that I'll meet some wonderful man and get to spend eternity with him! I love the gospel and I love the concept of eternal families and can't wait to have my own! Now we just need the man...

Day 19 - Nicknameage

Oh dear. This could get embarrassing real quick. Let's see.

Well, first I don't think you should be reading this if you didn't know that Kate IS a nickname of mine. The real (on the birth certificate) name is Kathryn. You're special if you know the middle name. :)

An EFY friend of mine started calling me Kater Tot, and that has stuck with a few kids from home (who were in her group).

Katers and Katish were around back in the YW days. Oh, girls camp.

My darling brother, Spencer calls me Katee (said like Katie). He does this mostly to annoy me.

Rachel and Ashley have taken to calling me Sister Harrell. This is because I shared with them several stories from my primary kids who can't say Sister Harrell, it comes out SISTA HAWWO. So that's stuck, too.

Kate-dizzle happened in college. I truly don't remember how it came about, but I do remember that it was Adrienne who first started using it. I think I'm still in her phone that way, too.

Day 20 - Potential Husbands? Whaaa?

Ummm...the sad truth here is that I haven't dated many guys that I could actually see myself marrying. This is why I haven't dated any of them for a very long time (oh, the stories I could tell here...). There has been ONE who I think matched most closely the qualities I'm looking for. And I know that may sound like I'm being super selective or that I'm really very picky. It's not that at all. I'm looking for a kind, happy, worthy priesthood holder. From there, the rest is gravy (not that there aren't other things that I like or find attractive). Education is a major plus. Liking/being good with kids probably should be a requirement. Easy-going attitude. Fun. Good sense of humor.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 16 - Another recent picture of me

Me and Ashley Kay.

If it weren't for this girl, I wouldn't have half the pictures that I do. She loves taking some pictures! :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 15 - Ipod songs!

Ok first 10 songs to play with the ipod on shuffle...GO!

1. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" -Aerosmith

2. "Stop This Train" -John Mayer

3. "Acorn Factory" -The Dodos

4. "Love On The Rocks" -Sara Bareilles

5. "Room On the 3rd Floor" -McFly

6. "Talking To The Moon" -Bruno Mars

7. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" -James Taylor

8. "Toxic" - Glee Cast Version

9. "Big Blue Sea" -Bob Schneider

10. "December" -Norah Jones

Monday, November 15, 2010

Days 13 and 14 - Letter to someone who's hurt me AND a picture of my family

Day 13 - Letter to someone who's hurt me recently...

I think I'm going to politely decline to write such a letter in such a public forum. Not really the way I want to address things. So sorry, blog fans. :)

Day 14 - Picture of the fam...

The Parentals.

These are the 2 folks we have to thank for my existence. Really, how good looking are they?

The siblings (minus Jon).

We're at that time in our family where we're going to be missing someone (at least 1) at any given moment for the next few years. This picture was taken a couple of years ago while Jon was on his mission. It's still one of my favs. Hot stuff, huh?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

YIKES! Days 10-12: Songs, Picture and Blogger

Wowww! This week got kinda crazy with working out details for the "plan" that was mentioned in the previous entry. I got behind. Sorry. We'll catch it up now!

Day 10- Songs I listen to when I'm:

Bored- I don't know that I have a specific type of music that I listen to when I'm bored. I just open itunes and let it shuffle. Which means there's a chance of almost anything coming on. I've got soundtracks (Glee, Wicked, RENT, Chicago...), Country, Hip Hop, Top 40, Blues...you name it.

Happy- Hmmm...John Mayer, Glee, Ingrid Michaelson...

Sad- Depends, on what I'm sad about really. My favorite things to listen to when I'm sad is EFY music though. You can't beat songs like "I Am His Daughter" and "Let It Begin" to lift you when you're down.

Day 11- Another picture of my friends. I think I'll have to go with pictureS again! :)

The EFY crew at Mormon Night (2010).

Nina and I had literally JUST arrived in Atlanta a matter of minutes before this picture was taken. We were traveling back from our excursion to Massachusetts for EFY at Amherst. We pulled up at Ashley's house, dragged ourselves out of the car, changed, and went to the game! Crazy, huh? But OH SO FUN!! (pictured L to R: Rachel, Nina, Me, Ashley...not pictured, Kaycie. She was there in spirit!)

EFY Buddies dancing it out (Summer 2010).

There are seriously SO many of these pictures floating around out there! They're rarely ever cute...AT ALL...but I still love them major. Such fun memories doing crazy EFY line/orientation dances. Most recognizable in this one is me, Ashley and Dennis. :)

Me and Joseph (Halloween 2009).

Joseph Pate is one of my oldest and dearest friends. He's been around for nearly as long as I can remember. He's super fun, honest, trustworthy and a great person to talk to. Countless times I've gone to Joseph for some insight on the men-folk. He's a good boy. And I'm lucky to have him as a friend.

Nat, Tristan and I (New Years Eve 2007).

While Natalia needs no introduction on my blog, also pictured here is Tristan. Young Tristan first became friends with us when he was just a tender Freshman at CHS back in 2003. We were Seniors and Tristan was lucky enough to hang with us. Juuuuuuuust kidding. Tristan's brought a lot to our high school crew over the years. Many jokes and life conversations have been had with that kid. As my Dad would say, he's good people. :)

Day 12- How I found out about blogger...

I found out about blogger because many of my friends (mostly the married ones, as mentioned in one of the earlier blogs) had one. I decided to try it for myself. As you can see...I've not been very successful. I'm trying though! That counts for something, right? :)

Whew. Ok, we're caught up now. That was intense. Hope someone enjoyed all that...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 9 - Something I'm proud of in the past few days

The thing that comes to mind immediately is the plan that I'm creating for the next several months.

The crazy thing is that I went in to this fall knowing I had a year off to kinda do what I wanted. Just float. Go places. Try things. It all sounded super exciting. Yet somehow it's all been very, very stressful for me. I didn't realize how much I like having a plan, knowing (at least in a general way) which direction I'm going in. My dear friend SirMichael told me just a few days ago that he thought it would be hard for me to be ok "floating". Man is he right! I'm going crazy.

There's not much I can do planning-wise where school is concerned until I start getting admission decisions back from the schools. But what I'm doing until next fall has been stressing me out majorly. Especially since things have not been all that easy of late.

Anyway. I've spent the past couple of weeks feeling my way through a bit of an intense time. A blessing from my incredible Bishop helped in a big way. But just today I bounced the basics of the plan off the mom (whose opinion carries great weight), dad and the bestie. All sound super happy, proud and excited about it.

Before you ask, no. I'm not unveiling said plan yet. It'll be about another week and a half-ish before it's finalized. So, stay tuned... :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 8 - Short term goals


1. Grad school applications complete. (this one is a bit of cheater one because everything I can do has been done...all that's lacking now are letters of recommendation.) Will be complete by 12/1/10.

2. Get a job. ASAP.

3. Apply for assistantships (Depending on what schools I get in to)

4. Make a plan. (Depending on where I get in to school, I may be headed back to GA...)

More to come I'm sure...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 6 and 7 - Favorite Superhero and Someone who has a big impact on my life

My favorite superhero...hmm. I do love Superman! BUT...I didn't want to go with an answer that would be one that everyone else might say. That being said, the 2nd fav is....

The Green Lantern! He's freakin' awesome! AND Ryan Reynolds is playing him in the movie! Who's excited?? It's me!

As for someone who's had the biggest impact on me...

It'd have to be my mom. She's a wonderful example to me and she embodies so many qualities that I hope to have. She's patient and kind. She's thoughtful. She's made countless sacrifices for me and my siblings. She's a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has a strong testimony. AND boy can she sing!

I would do well to be half the woman that she is.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 5 - Somewhere I've Been

So, I've been to some pretty cool places (all state-side so far). But for this entry I picked one of my favorite places...NEW YORK CITY.

I first visited NYC during Spring Break my Sophomore year of college when I went to visit Natalia. I've taken several pictures on my trips there. A few of the highlights:

Is there really an explanation needed for this one? 'Nuff said.

The Brooklyn Bridge.

Some park we went to.

Subway station at Times Square.

It's kinda bad quality, but that's the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. Natalia and I actually went skating there for her birthday one year!

Fun times in NY! I miss it and can't wait to go visit again soon!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 4 - Habits

Let's see...a habit I wish I didn't have.

Ok, this isn't all that shocking, but I bite my nails. I have for as long as I can remember. I'd gotten better about it for a while and then this summer when contemplating moving, worrying about school/a job, stressing about not having a plan...I've started being bad about it again. Perhaps having talked about it here will be a motivator to change that....

Day 3 - Picture time!

Sooooooo I know the post said a picture. But I couldn't choose just one. I did get it narrowed down to 3 though. :)

This is the bestie.

Natalia and I met in high school. We had the same friends and had a lot of the same interests, but didn't really hit it off on an individual level until Senior year (that's what having class together ALL year will do for you!). A couple of years (and a few tough experiences) later, we realized just what an awesome friend we had in each other and the rest, as they say, is history. Natalia's one of those friends that you can literally talk to about anything. Often she knows what I'm thinking/how I'm feeling/how I will react before I even do. She's been around for some really tough times and some really incredible ones. I really appreciate her and the fact that Heavenly Father saw fit to put us in each other's paths.

The college crew (not pictured: Smitty, Agata and Rachel).
These fools were there and pulled me through some of the most stressful times at school. Adrienne (2nd from the left) and I linked up early on after declaring Communication as our major, so we had several classes together and graduated together in May of 2008. Nancy (in the purple) was a bit younger than us, but declared her major earlier in her college career and shared several classes and MANY laughs with us. The crew also included our wanna-be pirate, Smitty (many laughs were had during late night study sessions at her apartment), our foreign exchange student, Agata (tennis-pro extraordinaire! Adrienne had a lot of fun with the language barrier...Agata is from Poland) and our ring-leader (at least until she ditched us), Rachel. I'm SO lucky to have linked up with these ladies. We sure had some good times!

The EFY besties.
There really aren't words for how grateful I am for these girls (clockwise from the top: Nina, Rachel, Ashley and Kaycie). They remind me of what is truly important and constantly uplift me with the strength of their testimonies. They are proof in my life of how well Heavenly Father knows us, particularly knows our needs even when we don't. I needed some friends who were strong in the gospel...and I couldn't have asked for better ones. The example they set, the happiness they radiate, the strength of character and faith that they show make me SO LUCKY to call them my friends.

Summary: I'm pretty dang lucky in the friends department.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 2 -The meaning behind my blog

This is a pretty easy explanation. I was first made aware of blogs by my married friends. Reading those blogs led me to other blogs, also owned by married friends. It didn't take long before I associated blogging with married couples. Thus, when I decided to get my own I titled it "...Just Kate" because as of now...it's just me. :)

And there you have it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 1 - 15 facts about me and a recent picture!

1. When I was little, I wanted to be a clown when I grew up.
2. My first name is Kathryn, because my parents liked it. My middle name is Esther, for my Grandmother. I think Kate suits me best. :)
3. I love me some Atlanta Braves! I get that from my Grandfather.
4. I've broken the 2nd toe on my right foot and (pretty sure) at least 1 other bone in that same foot.
5. "Pretty sure" from above because I never went to the Doctor. Yikes!
6. I want to visit Italy and Greece ASAP!
7. I can quote the Canterbury Tales prologue in Middle English (thanks 11th grade British Lit and Mrs. Portwood).
8. I was at Bobby Cox's LAST win as a manager! Ding!
9. I LOVE Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana soup...but I won't be going there and buying it anymore. I know how to make it :)
10. My favorite candy is Wint-o-green Lifesavers. Weird, I know.
11. Music is one of my favorite things. I play the guitar, uke, trombone and (a little) piano.
12. I really do love singing...even though I don't think I'm very good at it.
13. I have an ex-step-grandpa. Pretty cool, huh?
14. Back in the day when kids used to play outside, my brothers and I created a fictional city that we ran in our (nearly 1 acre) yard (complete with a mayor, elections, currency, bank and other businesses). We were super creative so we called it...Harrelltown.
15. My brother Jon and I also had a particular interest in culture and languages. We created our own...called ChineseAfghan. Yes, it can be spoken and written.

30 blogs entries in 30 days!

Sooooooo it's a well established fact that I'm really bad at blogging. I don't know if it's that I think my life isn't exciting enough for a blog or what. But for whatever reason, I just don't post on here very frequently. The crazy thing is that I'll read my friend's blogs though! Anyway, I was checking out the blogs today and I came across a pretty cool post by Kaycie...and I decided to steal it. It's the 30 day blog challenge.

Each day of the month, write a blog post according to these guidelines below:

Day 1-Recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 2-The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 3-A picture of you and your friends
Day 4-A habit that you wish you didn't have
Day 5-A picture of somewhere you've been to
Day 6-Favorite super hero and why
Day 7-A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 8-Short term goals for this month and when you'll accomplish them
Day 9-Something you're proud of in the past few days
Day 10-Songs you listen to when you're bored, happy, sad, mad, hyped
Day 11-Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12-How you found out about blogger and why you have one
Day 13-A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14-'A picture of you and your family
Day 15-Put your ipod or shuffle on-first 10 songs that play
Day 16-Another picture of yourself
Day 17-Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18-Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19-Nicknames you have and why you have them
Day 20-Someone you see yourself marrying or being with in the future
Day 21-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22-What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23-Something you crave for a lot
Day 24-A letter to your parents
Day 25-What I would find in your bag
Day 26-What do you think about your friends
Day 27-Why you are doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28-A picture of you from last year and now-how have you changed?
Day 29-In this past month, what have you learned?
Day 30-Your favorite song

And awayyyyyyyyy we go....

Thursday, July 15, 2010

blogging fail.

I'm really bad at this. I don't know why, but I am. I'm bad at twitter and blogging. What gives? Anyway, I'm not going to offer excuses this time...or promises to do better, we'll just see how it goes.

Let's see...last post was April? Sheesh.

Welllllllllllll....I'm unemployed! It's exciting and scary at the same time. Exciting because I'm back in school full time which means I'm on a path toward doing something I like during the work week. It's also exciting because call center work was just NOT right for me. SUPER scary because those paychecks were wayyyyyy nicer than I can even say. But you know what? I feel good. Finally thing seem to be making sense and I feel like I'm headed in the right direction. And at this point, it just feels good to feel like I'm making progress again.

I got home on Tuesday night after working 3 weeks of EFY. Amazing. I feel like I may have to dedicate an entire post to EFY tomorrow because a short wrap up wouldn't do it justice.

So here's what we'll do. Sleep, run some errands and then catch things up with an EFY entry. Sound good? Good.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


I've said it before, but this time I'm really going to try to be better about this whole blogging deal. I used to think that my life wasn't interesting enough for one of these. Now it's too interesting...well, maybe not interesting, just busy.

Since we were last together:

1. I started grad school. Yes, finally. Things have been busy as I'm still employed full time at AFLAC and still currently have three church callings (TWO stake!) but it's really awesome to have direction and feel like I'm progressing.

2. I moved up with my Sunbeams! I love those kids so much and I guess the Primary Presidency could see that. So I'm with the same kids only now they're CTR 4s. They're too cute and way amazing. I learn a lot from them. Things are so simple and so clear in their minds. It's refreshing.

3. I bought a car. If a Chevy Aveo actually counts as a car. I dunno, it might be a car when it grows up. On the real though, it's mine. And it's cute. And I do love it. But it's still nameless. Any suggestions?

4. I got hired for EFY again!! Are there even words for how excited I am about this? I don't think so. Last summer was such a wonderful experience. I'm pretty much counting down to spending 3 weeks with amazing counselors and incredible youth.

5. I decided to move on. I don't know how much detail I want to go into on this one. Mostly to protect the (not so) innocent. But what it really comes down to is realizing a bad situation and making the hard decision to remove yourself from it. It's sad and hard, but necessary and I think will be better for me in the long run. (This will make more sense to some than others, sorry if you don't get it.)

That's about it for now, I think. But really, I'll be back soon. I promise. For real this time. :)