Sunday, May 4, 2014


Well… another semester has come and gone and i could NOT be happier. Holy crap, school is such a doozy. Not to mention a major downer. And really hard. But it's great because you learn and get smarter and can get a degree and basically change the whole frickin' world. You can do that without a degree… but hey, a degree might help. ANYWAYS. School is over and that means it is SUMMER! Summer is my FAVORITE season in Provo. Wowowow the weather is beautiful and there are so many fun things to do and outdoorsy activities and its just down right great.

Since it is summer and I am not in school this semester, I decided to make a SUMMER 2014 BUCKET LIST! (It just seems more fun and more exciting in all caps.)

SO without further ado, I formally introduce my Summer Bucket List to all you beautiful people:

* Go to Europe… We're talking Norway for sure, possibly France, Greece, or Italy.. maybe Spain. Ah the possibilities are endless
*Work a lot and save some monies
*Go to San Francisco. Never been there. This is happening in June. Seriously
* Read a book… a really good, inspiring, uplifting book. Any ideas, anyone?
* Go to concerts in the park/rooftops of Provo
* Be tan
* Go to a Farmers Market
* Go to the Food Truck Roundup
* Redo the ole bedroom
* Go to Boston (read in Boston accent)
* See "The Fault in our Stars"while displaying my ugliest crying face.
* Try new food places. Yum.
* Send more mail
* Go to Arizona and see my sister Graduate. WOO!
* Go to the zoo with all those wild animals.
*Clean out my closet and get rid of ugly crapppppp/cute crap i don't wear
* Do at least a few DIY projects.
* Meet new people
* Go to the aquarium
* Hike the 'Y'
* Start a new TV series on netflix aka my bff
* Rope swing into a lake/swim/go to lake
*Eat healthy…sometimes
* Spend more time outdoors
*Document my summer

K… i realize this is a long list. And most of the stuff is CHEESY…like REALLY cheesy. But, I want to do them all.  I'll keep you posted on how they go with pictures and stuff on the bloggity blog.

I have a feeling this summer is going to be a good one.

OH! In other news, I thought I had one year left 'til I graduate. WRONG. It's two.. I cried and was THIS close to sending in my discontinuance letter. Pray for me at this rough time. I don't know how i'll make it through..

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

You Are Here

This morning, I had to get up extra early to print off a really pointless paper for a slightly pointless class.

I went to school early because I live in a place where my printer isn't set up because I don't have a desk to put it on cause my apartment is slightly ghetto ( but i love it anyways, i wish everyone could see it in  its blue-and-white-striped-wall-paper and all blue furniture glory). So i am on campus and the printer/computer isn't working. And i'm talking on the phone with my mom. And I'm annoyed cause its snowing outside (me and snow just don't get along, we're working on creating a mutual understanding and cordial relationship….I'll keep you posted) and parking was horrific and I was cold and wet and the printer wouldn't print my paper that was due in less than 10 minutes! 

So.. i blurt out in all my frustration, "Why am i even here?! Why are we paying $3000 a semester to go to a school where the printers and computers don't even work?!" 

I sometimes like to be dramatic. You know, its a 21 year old girl thing.

Of course, right after I said this me and my mom laughed and all was well and I really wasn't questioning the value of my education on one broken electronic device in the entire BYU campus.

But this got me thinking.. why am I here?? Why am I living in Provo?

And let me tell you, after two plus years of being a Provo resident I still don't know the exact answer to that question. When i moved here, I had this picturesque outlook on Provo. It would be oh, so fun. I would love school and learning and BYU would be the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I would date lots and I would have so many friends. I would love the snow and it would be pretty and i could wear cute coats and boots and scarves and beanies and my car would never slide or swerve on the ice. I would know my purpose here and KNOW that this is where I am supposed to be at this time in my life.

And honestly, almost all of those things my young, naive self pictured, haven't happened. At least, they haven't happened in the way I expected or hoped they would.

I have seriously contemplated switching schools and moving home multiple times. I have experienced some of my loneliest moments, some of my biggest mistakes, and some of my hardest, most trying experiences.

But i have also experienced some of the greatest opportunities, met some of the most influence people I know. I've grown to know and love myself better despite all my mistakes and insecurities and down right stupid things that I do. I've learned about myself better. What i like and don't like. I've learned how i respond to certain situations. I've learned about three (yes three) different majors. I've learned that in certain aspects of life, I'm not as strong as I thought I was. But also, in other situations that I am stronger than I imagined. I learned that I can do hard things. That I can be courageous and brave.

A few semesters ago, when I was going through a hard time, I put my contract up for sell so I could move home. A few long weeks later, I got a phone call and someone wanted to buy my contract! I was overjoyed! Then, i sat there in my extra small room on my floor and had a knot in my stomach. I couldn't move home. I was so confused because it was all that I wanted, but not what i needed. I called her back and told her it was no longer for sale and that I was staying. I couldn't believe what I was saying. It felt like such an out of body experience. Looking back on that day, I am so grateful the Lord wanted me to stay here. I sure had (and still have) so much to learn.

I learned that ultimately, it's my choice. I CHOOSE how I react to this quaint little place called Provo.

I still don't know the exact reasons I am here.  And I still don't know exactly what I want with my life and how I should be spending my time. That's life though, isn't it? That's what makes it so exciting and so great and such an adventure.

And you know, Provo has been oh, so good to me. So so good to me. I'll always and forever love this place. I've found me here. And despite all of it's un-met expectations and lack of Chipotles (like seriously, what is life without Chipotle?) it's been one of the absolute greatest things to ever happen to me.

I love you Provo, I really do.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hello there 2014!

So... that gratitude project was a complete and total bust… lets just chalk it up to an 'i tried' moment and everyone know that I really am grateful for oh so many things. With that out of the way….


New years is such a happy happy time! Seriously. It makes me feel so rejuvenated and like i can conquer anything. To me, its a fresh, clean slate that symbolizes the opportunity to become something new, something better, The chance to have new experiences, new outlooks on everything thrown at you, new purpose. So grateful that 2014 is now upon us! I have really high hopes for you, 2014 and know you won't disappoint. Heck, you already proved to be great on the eve of your existence.. its always been such a downer to me, New Years Eve. Such high hopes and expectations, never to be met. But I'll give it to you, new years eve 2014 was the exception! Such a great night.

The night started out on a date with the one and only Jeremy! He's the best and he does plans things that he knows I would like… He sure makes me feel special.

Two words: WELCOME DINER. Two more words: SO GOOD. Its this little place in the heart of downtown phoenix. Outdoors, lights, and mexican glass coke bottles. I give it to giant thumbs up. I mean, look at that meal… a homemade biscuit sandwich with fried chicken and cheese with gravy on the top. HEAVENLY.

After Welcome Diner, we headed over to the cutest little ice cream shop, also in Phoenix and got ourselves the S'more Sundae. HOLY HEAVEN. The marshmallows are homemade and they scorch them with a flame right before your eyes. 

 What's a party without the Duce and your best lady friends? Then following that with a trip to the casino to watch all the crazy gamblers and a trip to waffle house at 2 am?! Such a good night.

As with any and all new years, i try and make goals that would better me and make me a happier person. I try and keep it simple and pick a spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic goal. I won't bore you, non existent readers with my personal goals for the year. Mostly, i just want to be adverterous and fearless. Just, right? Way easier said than done… fear and comfort zones are two of the biggest describing words of the life of Kaley. But i can do this. I'm ready! Which….is why I am applying for a month long study abroad to take place in beautiful Greece and Turkey

Just look for yourselves….

Breathtaking, right? It'd be the adventure of a lifetime, thats for sure. 

Til next time, little bloggy blog. Xoxo.