Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy March

                                                                                                                THIS IS SO GOOD

Although it has been a very stressful and busy month, it has just flown by and at the end of it all I am happier than I have ever been in months.  I have learned that I can do anything that I set my mind to.  I have motivated myself to do things that I didn't wanna do.  I am loving a missionary and so glad he is well in Mankato, Minnesota.  I love spending time at home with my family and our great dog Nala.  I am so excited to be going to Cole Harbour tomorrow to spend the Easter long weekend with the Pinsent family.  I am also excited to announce that I will be going to the Dominican Republic on April 17th with Casey, Cody and Jocelyn.  We are super excited and looking forward to the much needed break.  I am taking book recommendations for the trip and for the summer, have you read any good books lately?  Let me know what ones!  More than anything, I love the feeling of almost being done or school.  I have one more paper to pass in before April 17th.  This stress-free feeling can stay for as long as it wants.  It makes it even better to be sitting here with my sister watching re-runs of her favorite show, Friends.  Her laugh at the jokes she has heard countless times is actually the cutest.  I love my sister, I love my life, I Love.
XO, Lyssa

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I just presented my business plan. The project that I have been stressing about all semester. AND I FEEL GREAT :) Just goes to show you can do anything when you put your mind to it ;)

Thursday, March 21, 2013


My DAD!!!
My dad served a mission shortly after he joined the church and he served in a mission in Salt Lake City.  I am so so happy that he did.
This photo is also up here today because it is my dad's BIRTHDAY today.  He is working out west in Alberta right now and I miss him.  He will be home in time next week to see me before I go off to spend the weekend in Halifax.  Luckily he will also be home for another week or so when I get back from Halifax.  
Sometimes it is weird to not have you around dad.  The house seems quiet and I know I get mad at you for little things, but it is only because you are so good at bugging me and I know you are doing it on purpose.  I love your love for the little things, especially music and how you want to continue to learn all the time.  You have a motivation in you that I strive to have.  You have desire, you work hard to get what you want and what you need to provide for your family.  I am so happy that you are my dad and that you have been such an amazing example in my life.

Happy Birthday Dad, I love you forever
-your little alyssa

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Valuing MY Education

Sarah from wearing it on my sleeves inspired me to write this post with her recent post about The Beauty of Learning. 

Sarah Says:
" I was so caught up in what everyone else was doing and comparing myself that I missed out on seeing the beauty in what I had accomplished for myself.  I'm so proud of my very first design, and that I'm doing hard things.
It can be so hard to learn new things, you feel vulnerable, and lacking ALL OF THE STINKING TIME. I can't tell you the amount of times that I call my teacher over to ask her some ridiculous question.   But it's such a great lesson to learn, that when you work hard and throw yourself into your work, beautiful things can happen. I've learned that it's through the process of being vulnerable and mold-able that you learn who you really are."

This is how I have been feeling recently.  With some news of some a close friend deciding not to attend a post secondary institution I became really bummed out.  I started to have second thoughts.  University is so expensive and time consuming.  What if I am wasting my money and my time?  What if I am getting stressed out for no reason at all when I could probably just go find a job and work instead?

I have also been torn down recently for my choice of a major in Sociology.  Some people think it is a joke and that really hurts.  It hurts to think that people think their education is of higher value to your own.  I love my choice of major because I love learning about people and I love that I get to learn something about it everyday.  

I'll tell you why--- because I want an education.  I want a University degree.  I don't care if that takes me longer than 4 years, but I would like one.  I have known that for a long time now and nothing has stopped me yet. 

This semester was hard though I must say.  Actually who are we kidding, this whole school year was quite a different experience.  I had to say goodbye to my best friend at the very beginning of it which did not make the year easy but I must say it did help me get a lot done.  It was like a punch to my chest but it also helped me to press forward and work harder to complete assignments, study for tests and research for papers. 

Russell M. Nelson Says: In the Church, obtaining an education and getting knowledge are a religious responsibility.  We educate our minds so that one day we can render service of worth to somebody else.  Being educated is the difference between wishing you could do some good and being able to do some good.  

Dieter F. Uchtdorf Says:  For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea--it's a commandment. 

I am still not 100% sure what I will do with a University degree but I do believe that I have been counseled to get one so that I can have it someday if I need it.  I want to be happy that I am a woman with an education.  I want to be happy that I stand out from other women.

In the past year through my education I was able to do things I didn't think were possible. I got a great mark in an accounting course--- the girl who hated math all through High School and did anything she could to avoid it.  I finished a business plan!  I wrote a 15 page paper about elderly in Italy.  I know some nights I sat at the table and just wanted to quit, but I didn't and I am happy that I was able to make it through.  I am proud of me.  I want this bad enough to work as hard as I can for it.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17th 1987

Tonight my sister, mom and I sat on my momma's bed and went through some old photo albums, high school yearbooks and some of my mom's personal journals.  She let my sister and I read her journal from when she started dating my dad and her conversion story to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She is such a beautiful writer and I hid my emotions as my sister and I skimmed and read through some of the entries.  She expressed her love for my Father and her soon to be Husband.  She talked about coming unto Christ and the enabling power of His Atonement.  She talked about work and life and dates that her and my dad went on.  I am so glad she kept a journal during that time and I hope to go back to read it again when I come to that stage in my life.  She also had an entry talking about March 17th 1987.  This is when it hit me that this is the day that my parents were sealed in the Washington Temple for time and all Eternity.  This enables my family to be together forever even after this life.  It has made me extremely happy throughout the course of my life to have this.  So tonight, I am happy that I belong to a forever family and that I will someday be part of my very own.  I love my parents and all of the good decisions they have made.  I love my mother for being an example to me and for all she does for me.

sappy post

Not Actually Irish...

but perhaps Asian because I can't keep my eyes open in most pictures.  Or the Sun was actually being AWESOME today and Shining on this lovely St. Paddy's Day Sunday.  
But yeah, we are not actually Irish.  Scottish Roots all the way and proud of it.  
But kiss me anyways ;)
XO, Lyssa

Friday, March 15, 2013


Just here to enrich my blog (and future blog books) with some March photos.  It has been over a week since I blogged, and I am feeling a lot better than last week.  That was a mess, but I am happy that it is out of my system and hopefully it won't be coming back.  My Prof let me present my project first this past Wednesday night which was super nice of her.  She admitted that it was her way of 'paying it forward' after something similar happened to her before.  I just love that!  So that is over with and now I am on the homestretch finishing up some other paper and projects for school.  I will am 'unofficially' done of school on March 26th, the day I present and pass in my business plan and finish up two other papers.  After that I have one more paper to pass in around April 10th.  I will be one happy girl when March 28th rolls around and I will be off to visit the Pinsent family in Cole Harbour!  Easter weekend with them is bound to be good, visits with other friends and a wedding reception for a great girl that I know, Nova Scotia I'm coming for yah!

But here are some other photos of lately;

amanda G is home & jocelyn, casey and I at a business society luncheon

photo from Kayla at school one day.  Can't believe she is almost done Grade 12... weird!

playing around with the rebel one afternoon, mother is somewhat not impressed. 

Business Luncheon Attire ;) #takingcareofbusiness

and.. This is what happens to a University Student after sitting at the table for a couple hours working on final projects and papers and there happens to be a camera close by..

And what is up with this March weather? One day it is nice and sunny and the next it is cold and snowing.  Seriously March, stop having so many mood swings!!
XO, Lyssa

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Again... this happens to me.

Why exactly?
As I walked in the door last night I said to my mom, "Why do the weirdest things happen to me".

I didn't eat much yesterday and I also worked with some kids on Tuesday morning and really should have washed my hands more than I did.  I started to get a little nervous yesterday afternoon because I would be presenting my semester project  and it was suppose to be half an hour long.  I thought to myself, I should not be getting this nervous.  I know most of the people in my small class and I was excited to present my topic that I have researched, so why do I feel so gross like this?  My brother came home pretty late with some dinner, so I ate pretty quick before heading off to school.  I got into class a little late with two presenters before me. I sipped on some water to what I was hoping would calm my nerves.  And, then I knew it was coming.  During a presentation I got up and walked out of the room into the bathroom right across the hall (thank goodness I didn't have to go walking around for it).  And there was dinner.  And lunch, and some water that I had drank.  It was NOT fun.  I have not been sick in awhile, I don't really consider what came up during the shaving incident to really be getting sick.  I mean, no one likes to upchuck.  It is such a gross feeling.  You getting too much information?  Too bad, my story is going on.  I started to feel very light headed and just sat on the floor in the bathroom stall for a bit.  One girl came in but I knew she was not from my class.  After she left, I got out of the stall to walk around a bit.  It didn't help.  The faint feeling came over me and I was in the stall again.  I cleaned myself up a bit and then returned and just sat on the toilet seat thinking, why is this happening to me.  A lady from my class came in and I knew the first presentation must have been over.  When she went out to wash her hands, I sheepishly opened the door and asked her if she could get our professor.  My professor came in and took one look at me and said "What happened?".  I am sure I was as pale as a ghost and  my lips were lilac purple.  She told me what my presentation would be rescheduled and to go home and rest up.

The night still goes downhill from here.  I got home and I had chills for the longest time.  My feet were so cold I thought they would fall off.  After some time in bed, I went out to the living room and drank some water and ginger ale   And it all started again.  I could not hold anything down.  I slept on the couch and then moved to my mom's bed (closer to the bathroom).  Last night was probably one of the worst nights of my life.  One of the worst parts about it too was missing my best friend and just wishing that he could have made me feel better.  It also makes me grateful for my Momma who puts up with everything that I go through.

Today has not been much better, but there has not been anymore sickness since about 1:30am this morning, so I guess I can try and deal with the grogginess and aches for the next day or so.  I do have a busy weekend ahead so I would love some prayers sent my way that I can get through it!

Urgh, seriously though?  I did not need this right now.
XO, Lyssa

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Uniquely Alyssa

My life
My style
colors, happiness, sadness 
flowers, cozy knits, yummy drinks and food
to minnesota with love
laughter, shoes, good times, stressful school work & late night movie watching

and I wouldn't change it for anything

march 5th 2013, 1/4 of the way done! yay for team Elder Pinsent

i really do love my life
xo, lyssa

mini catch up

I am still trying not to blog too much, but for the sake of my blog books, I gotta throw some photos on here every now and then.  Also, because I take pretty freaking awesome photos and my life is a pretty good time when I am not stressing out hard core about my business plan.  I hates it.  Cannot wait to be done of this semester!

eating cookies with my sister on Valentines Day <3

writing Minnesota

sometimes I feel like a single girl problem.  writing letters and eating from the bucket of ice cream

I bought my first 'band' t-shirt.  yay for two hours traffic

i heart cody & casey, tap dat a$# 2013

an actual cute selfie at school, i have no shame

other single girl problem---more eating while watching SMASH

a lonely afternoon that required some cuddles

that night that i stopped doing school work to learn the cups song from pitch perfect with these two lovelies

the day i found out i needed glasses.  these arent them, but i wore them that night anyways

took a sellfie while sleeping in, no big deal

i have not seen this on a tv screen in awhile, weird eh?

ahh, my favorite new dress found on sale at Zellers.  my sister and I were not on good terms this Sunday, so nicer pictures of the dress will come soon.

How is March treating everyone else so far?

XO, Lyssa

Worth A Post


This means that he is 1/4 of the way done, with 18 Months to go.

I love you Elder Pinsent!
don't count the days, make them count.  
xo, your little miss