Sounds a little harsh, right? 
I don't mean for it to be.  I just feel the need to share some personal insights I gained over the two years Hunter was on his mission in Brazil.

By the way, here is a link to a few tips I posted before Hunter got home. Now that it's been over half a year since he's been back, some of my perspectives have changed. The biggest difference in my life since then has been my decision to get baptized. I got baptized on May 16th, 2015. I have yet to blog about it because I just can't seem to get my thoughts and feelings on paper my computer. (That post has been sitting in draft status for months now.)

Anyways, it's been an amazing few months. I've learned soooo much and have a new appreciation for most things in my life. One of them being those sweet missionaries serving all over the world. Looking back, I wish I could've just smacked myself around a bit and said, "STOP BEING SO SELFISH ERICA!!"

"Waiting" for a missionary is TOUGH. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but want to know something that's even more diffcult? SERVING A MISSION. I can't even believe half of the things that Hunter went through while he served in Brazil. I can't imagine being away from home AND family AND friends AND a girlfriend AND anything and everything familiar. While he was over there serving his heart out, I was over here crying because I didn't get a flippin' letter/email! Are you kidding?? It seems so silly to compare them now. 

So you're waiting for a missionary? GREAT! That's wonderful. He will grow and change and learn so much. All I'm sayin' is that it's easy to get caught up in it all. Cute packages, and letters, and Skype calls, and homecoming videos. But does any of that realllllly matter? The answer is NO. But the people he's serving matter so much. His willingness to serve matters. And your spiritual journey should be of utmost importance to YOU for those two years. 

The truth is, life won't be "perfect" when he gets home. Things might not work out. But either way,  you're going to have to adjust. You might have to re-get to know each other. I don't care how close you were before the mission, things will be different, maybe not too many things, but some things will. And that's totally okay! Embrace that change. Have patience as your missionary readjusts to normal life. 

But while you're on that two year journey, put away the "woe is me" attitude, and learn to love the gospel and scriptures and the Lord with all your heart and soul. Focus on those investigators and the souls he's trying to save. Forget about whether he wrote you back a sentence or three pages on P-day. Forget about whether or not he can send you packages. Forget about trying to confirm wedding plans over email. 
 Basically, forget about YOURSELF.

Focus on the work.
Focus on supporting him.
Focus on being the best disciple of Christ YOU can be.

If you do this, I promise that you'll be so much happier!




ASU started yesterday and I can't even tell you how HAPPY I am.
(Did I really just write that?!)
WELL, Hunter and I have institute together  twice a week now,
 and I almost got teary eyed in our classroom!
I just can't believe where we are right now.

We met FIVE years ago, and what a joy those years have been.
We've had our share of ups and downs, but this love... it's just too good:)
Five years ago, I never thought I would be where I am.
I'm so happy to be so in love with my best friend, and the person that completes me!
Being at school and walking with his hand in mine is seriously the best. 
I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!
I've been waiting to go to school with Hunt again for the past 3 years.
I've dreamed about sitting in a classroom together and looking over at his sweet face smiling back at me.
All of this finally happened yesterday. He randomly squeezed my hand in the middle of class and told me I was beautiful. 
Could I be any luckier?

Seriously. All of my dreams are coming true because of this sweet boy.

I love where we are right now. I am so grateful that I fell for him five years ago
& I can't wait to see where we are headed.




Sooo, I'm definitely not a risk taker.
I'm pretty much as cautious as a person could be.
I think about pretty much every decision I make &
I don't like not knowing something. 

That being said, I made a risky decision when I left my old job for an internship at Verizon Wireless. It was a summer internship program for 3 months, with no chance of an extension. After August 14th, I would have to find a new job, and going back to my old job wasn't really an option. The internship was in Human Resources, which is actually something I was interested in versus the over the phone tech support I had been doing for over a year. I had fun with my coworkers  at my previous company, and even worked with my older brother and sister, but I still wanted to move on and try something else.

I decided to put my two weeks in, after I accepted the internship. 
It was extra scary because I pay all of my own bills... if I couldn't find a job in August, what the heck would I do? I could risk losing everything! But I decided to accept the job because an internship could help me with future job opportunities.

I absolutely love my job.
It's so perfect and right for me.

I do a lot of different things, but I mostly do interviews for the business to business channel, and help out our HR consultants. I do assistant work like filing and phone calls, but I also get to be part of a campus strategy plan. Our goal is to provide more jobs for college students in the Southwest region. I also got to help plan and organize a Women's Retail Leadership Summit. We brought 30 amazing women in from retail stores across the Southwest and had a two day workshop. We heard from successful women in the company, had resume and interviewing workshops, and had some amazing food. I've also gone to some amazing training sessions with Verizon leaders. I've networked and met many wonderful people! I've learned so much about the back end of businesses. This company truly cares about it's employees too! I can't say enough about this job and the experiences I've had thus far.

 I am compensated well, have freedom + autonomy, 
and my job actually matters.
3 keys to job satisfaction (as I learned from my management classes).

BUT that's not even the best part.

The risk was completely worth it. After December, they will evaluate me again,and hopefully offer me another extension, or a full time position. 

I'm so glad I took the risk and accepted this internship.
I'm truly blessed, and just wanted to keep a record of this opportunity.

I apologize for my rambling, but I am just so happy!
I think I'll take risks more often though ;)

2 weeks

Oh goodness.
How is it August already?!
School starts in two weeks.

AHH. I'm dreading it because that means Hunter and I are 10X's busier.
I'm loving this laid-back summer with my best friend.
BUT this semester shouldn't be too bad, I'm 20 credits from graduating (WHATT!)
so I'm taking some easy classes. 
2 management classes + Elvis/Beatles + sign language.

It will be grand. 

We will be ending our amazing summer together in Cali, on the beach!
We'll also be doing baptisms in the SD temple, woo, so pretty!
We leave Thursday and I'm too excited.