Last night I watched "The Secret." For anyone that has not seen the movie or read the book, I HIGHLY recommend it. It has changed my life. I could sit and recount story after story of how I have seen the secret work in my life and the lives of others. So often we function from a place of scarcity (there isn't enough to go around). When you change your way of thinking and start functioning from a place of abundance (there is plenty to go around) your world changes. What you focus on gets bigger. I believe this! As I was watching the movie with my parents I started to re-evaluate what I want in my life. What are my dreams? Where do I see myself ten years from now? What is my plan for my future?
So I have decided to give you a brief glimpse of where I would like to be in ten years. I will have graduated with my Masters degree in Community Leadership (non-profit). I would like to start a home for abused children in Montana. I knew abuse was a problem several years ago when I decided this was the path I wanted to take. However, since serving my mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I became so much more aware of the problem abuse has become in our society. I would venture to say that about one in every three people had a history of being abused or knew someone that did. They told me of the challenges they faced as they tried to forgive their abusers for the trauma they had caused. The abuse caused life time effects. It affected the way they functioned; the way their brain worked. Getting over abuse was not a one time ordeal, but rather a lifetime of processing what happened. As I worked with these people who had been to hell and back, it reaffirmed my decision to dedicate my life trying to change this problem.
In ten years I would like to open a home for abused children. I see this home as a place where abused children can come and live. I would like to get them counseling, introduce them to religion. There is hope that only comes through our Savior. He is the only one that can heal these deep penetrating wounds. Through His grace, they can rid themselves of the burden that has been placed on them. They can feel pure and clean again. I saw it over and over again. I know the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. He can heal what others would say is beyond repair. He went through all so that He could understand us. He knows exactly what they are going through, because He went there himself. I want to introduce these children to the Gospel of Jesus Christ because it is the only thing that can help them. I would like to get them into school and when they are old enough to go to college, I would like to help them get scholarships. In a very real way I plan to make them my family. They deserve better than the cards they were dealt. I want them to realize they can rise above their current circumstances and they can be whatever they want to be. There are no limitations to their potential!
I plan to be married sometime in the next ten years in the temple to the man of my dreams. We will be madly in love and he will be my other half. If I learned anything on my mission, it would be that I will NOT settle when it comes to finding the man I want to marry. I know where I want my life to go. I plan to dedicate my life to the Lord and I need a man who plans to do the same. My husband will be a self-motivated man. He will be funny and full of charity. He will put the Lord first always and he will be full of integrity. I think trust in HUGE in a marriage. If you don't have trust you don't have anything. That trust doesn't come over night. It comes from a lifetime of living what you believe. It comes from having integrity. Somewhere along the line the virtue of integrity dropped to the bottom of peoples priority list. I will not settle down until I have met a man I KNOW I can trust no matter what. Life is hard enough as it is, we don't need to make it more complicated than needs be.
I plan to help start charities all around the world. I want to travel and visit all of them. I want to take my family with me. I will teach my children the importance of service and the joy that comes when you focus on helping other people. My mum always taught me "you were born to privilege and with that comes specific obligations." I was blessed with an incredible family who loves the Savior more than anything else. I never went without anything growing up. My Heavenly Father blessed me with more than I can describe. I was raised in a home where love was at the center. We were taught about Christ and we knew what was expected from us. We knew the Gospel and we were taught to make the right choices. I would not be where I am today without my parents and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We studied the scriptures, especially The Book of Mormon, on a daily basis. We prayed together as a family often. We ate dinner together. We spent time as a family. When one person was hurting the whole family felt it. We are close! I will raise my own family the same way.
I would love to spend some time in England. I wanted to do a study abroad in Europe, however I think I will wait until I graduate from college to do that. I can do more good when I have my degree and I start working. I want to live in a place where the Church is not huge. That way I can continue to do missionary work. However, most importantly, I want to do what the Lord wants me to do. I will let him guide me and my decisions. He always has a better plan than I have for myself. I KNOW that without a doubt.
So that is a very brief overview of where I would like to be in ten years. Here are a few things I learned from watching "The Secret":
-"What you think about, you bring about."
-"We sculpt our lives with our thoughts."
-"An affirmative thought is 100 times more powerful than a negative one."
-"All that we are is the result of what we have thought."
-"Always and ONLY dwell upon the end result."
-"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."
-"When you have an inspired thought you have to trust it and you have to act on it."
-"Do you treat yourself the way you want others to treat you?"
-"We need to love ourselves! There is something magnificent about YOU!"
-"We create our own happiness. Don't give others the opportunity to create your happiness. No one has control to create our own happiness except for us."
-"A man becomes what he thinks about."
-"What you resist persists."
-"Energy flows where attention goes."
-"All power is from within and is therefore under our control."
-"When you focus on what you want, what you don't want falls away."
-"Whether you think you can or think you can't you are right!"
Honestly I know that is true! Thoughts become our reality. Everything starts with a thought. Change the way you think and you will change you life!! Try it! I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope we can take time this season to stop and reflect on ALL that our Savior did for us. Try to find something you can give to him. He gave us LIFE and the opportunity to return to live with Him again. The least we can do is try to share that hope with those around us. Look around, I guarantee we will find an opportunity to serve those in need. Christmas is a time of hope. A time to reflect on who we are and who we can be. It is never too late to change. We can feel of the Savior's love for us and for all mankind as we take time to ponder on all that he did for us. Don't let the hustle and bustle of the season detract from the true meaning of Christmas. May God bless you and your family throughout this upcoming year!