Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Loving every second of it...

So it's been a while since I have last updated, mostly because I literally have no life anymore. I started school at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene about a month ago, and it has taken over my life! Not that it's a bad thing necessarily, but I was never a scholar, or found joy in schoolwork. I do it because I have to. So not really having much of a social life has taken a toll on me! But I can't sit here and complain about my blessings. I love that I have the oppurtunity to attend school where I do, and that in about a year and a half I will be DONE forever. It's totally worth losing a little sleep and playtime for the time being. I have been so overwhelmed lately and feeling incapable for this task, and my dad gave me some great advice that has totally helped me a TON. He told me to not think about the test next week, or the project due next monday, don't even think about TOMORROW. Think about and plan for TODAY, instead of wasting worries and stress on tomorrow or whatever lies around the corner. Instead, worry about TODAY. That way you will never be disappointed with what you accomplished, and every day you accomplish SOMETHING. Great advice that I will use the rest of my life whenever I am feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, or unfit for a challenge.

It's amazing how God has a plan for each of His children. His plan for me has unraveled beautifully before me and I can't believe how blessed I am to be living it. Sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve such a wonderful life, a supportive family, born into the gospel, etc... but then I think about the fact that maybe it's not what I DID to DESERVE this life, maybe it's what I should be DOING to live up to it, and to show my gratitude for all that God has given to me so freely. I can honestly say that I am the luckiest girl in the world. I am so grateful for the chance to live this life, and to try and live it RIGHT.

With everything going on in my life right now, I can still say that I am loving every second of it. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

live, love, change

Fun fact about Alexis Tuttle. I am irrevocably, hopelessly, shamefully, and whole-heartedly in love.......... with CHANGE. It's something I need and crave in my life when I get stuck in a rut. A change of scenery, change of relationships, change of weather, change of style, change of hair color, change of home. Change is a constant in my life, and I can't stand to be in one place or state of being for too long. I guess I'm just a mover and a shaker for lack of better terms. I like to be meeting NEW people, seeing NEW things, experiencing NEW feelings. To give you an idea of how serious I am about loving change, here was my last year or so in a nutshell:
Graduated High School early (in CA)
Worked full time as a receptionist for my Dad's CPA firm
Moved to Utah
Moved to Hawaii and attended BYU Hawaii for a semester
Moved back to Utah and enjoyed a Summer break
Moved to Idaho and attended BYU Idaho
Now at the end of this semester, I will be moving (yet again) back to Utah and attending the Utah College of Dental Hygiene.... where I will be for the next ... DUN DUN DUN... year and a half!! That will be the longest period of time that I have spent in one place in over a year. I'm not too nervous about that though, because I will be surrounded by my family, the people I love most. That's one thing in my life that I never EVER want to change: my family and the wonderful relationships I possess with each member of it. One thing I always tell myself is that I will know I have found my future husband when I choose him over my family.
Change is a big, and necessary part of my life. But that doesn't mean that I am not happy with where I am. I think that often, people assume that I move on really fast and get so eager to replace old with new that I'm never content with where I am in life.... which is true to an extent. I am always wanting to grow as a person and expand my horizons, but that doesn't mean that I'm not happy. I believe that I am as happy now as I have ever been, butttttt, I'm also more eager for change than I have ever been. Growing and changing is a part of life... a part that some people struggle with and some people thrive with. But it happens regardless of whether we want it to or not, so I guess I just learned at a young age to roll with the punches life throws at me, and make every experience with change a positive experience.
To quote Rosanne Cash,The key to change... is to let go of fear.
Accepting change is like riding a bike for the first time, it's new, and scary, but it's exhilarating. :)
 Live, love, CHANGE.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fairytale? Not yet...

I have recently found that I need to be more careful with who I let hold my heart. Right now it's pretty tattered, torn and broken...... but I guess that I can't blame anybody other than myself for lacking good judgement and common sense. Like I said in a previous post, sometimes you just gotta jump. But sometimes it's more wise and safe not to. I guess that's where good judgement comes in, something I obviously lack. I jumped and fell for someone who was too scared to jump for me. I could be angry and bitter, but I have to say that I wish I would have been too scared....instead I overlooked all the would-be fears and hold backs.  I've been looking for and expecting a fairytale. Sure, call me naive and a romantic fantasist but I am still looking for and expecting my very own fairytale. Out of trials come growth and expansion, and I know that from these experiences, I am just being more refined and prepared for my very own Prince Charming. :) My life may not be fairytale.... not yet at least. :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Truth in Reality

What is truth? Is it what we personally believe, or what we are told? How do we distinguish between what is true and what is false? Some people believe that there is no truth at all, only perception and different opinions. Others would argue that there is a distinct difference between true and false. Personally, I think that human nature is to believe in the world that you are born into.  Human nature is to cling to the truth with which we have been presented. Repeatedly and unfortunately in today’s world, people have become comfortable in their own personal lifestyles and traditions that they have blindly followed all their lives. Realistically, this behavior is human nature. Being naturally afraid to venture outside of our habits and personal cultures is common in our world and throughout history.  So what is truth? From human behavior and personal experience, we tend to cling to the truth with which we have been presented.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Roller coaster

Life is a roller coaster, there is no denying that. It's interesting, the older I get and the more I progress through life, it seems as if the highs are higher, and lows are lower. This is the time in my life where I am making the most important decisions I will ever make. I feel like every little decision I make right now affects my forever. It tends to be a little overwhelming at times but I just have to keep in mind that my life is whatever I make of it. My decisions determine my future, it's simple. Recently I have done a lot of reflecting on my life so far and it's so interesting because I have had a lot of ups and downs, and the ups are what stand out in my mind throughout my life, but the downs are my moments of growth, strength and refinement. I can only imagine the hills and valleys of marriage life, and then as a mother. Although they are never "fun," I have learned to appreciate the lows in my life. Without the lows I would never appreciate and love the highs. Life is a crazy ride, and I am just loving every single one of it's twists and turns.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Slow Down

I feel like I am constantly eager for the next phase in my life. I can never just be satisfied in one place. I graduated high school early, and went to my first semester of college in Hawaii. 
Near the end of that first semester, I had decided I would stay there for my college career, but the closer it got to the time I would be going home, the more unsure and confused I felt about my decision to stay in Paradise. I prayed a lot about it and eventually decided that I was not meant to stay. So I came to BYU Idaho....quite the transission let me tell ya! I am now in the middle of my second semester here, and already am ready to move on to the next chapter of my life....The Utah College of Dental Hygiene. I found out I got accepted a month ago and now I am just sitting around waiting anxiously for this next part of my life. Personally, I just don't particularly like the feeling of being content in one place, and one state of being. I am constantly wanting to grow, to move, to change. It's those times that I am just waiting and waiting though, that I find things in life, simple, small things that make me happy. A conversation with a friend, a smile from a stranger, a good grade on a test, a date, a heart to heart. These little things are the very things that I forget to acknowledge when I am going 100 miles an hour through life. It's when I slow down for a moment and just enjoy life that I realize that there is so much more to it that I often don't take the time to appreciate and love.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.

How do you distinguish between what you want and what is right? It's hard, that's for sure. And even if what you want is a good and uplifting desire, sometimes it still just isn't RIGHT. Plain and simple. Today I realized that my heart and my head have very different opinions. Sometimes you have to listen to reason and logic and sometimes you just have to throw that out and follow your heart. It's easy to choose what you want in life, and out of life but it's difficult to determine if what you want is what you're supposed to want. So what do you do? It's a hard question that I wish I knew the perfect answer to. What did I do? Well I chose to follow my heart, which was a hard decision for me because I am the type of person to always obey what my head tells me makes sense. But regardless, I put myself out there.

 Sometimes something isn't right for certain reasons; unrighteous desires, selfishness, one-sidedness, TIMING. This time it was timing, which is kind of a big deal. I believe that things happen for a reason, and there is a time and place for everything. And this time my wants and plans weren't in agreeance with timing. So even though the answer isn't what I would ideally want in any way, shape, or form, it's what's RIGHT. And I am confident that it will be for the best even though it's not easy. Often in life, and definitely in this case, the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.