January 24, 2014

t w e n t y f i v e

Adam Kay Jacobs
27 January 1989
names : son, brother, uncle, friend, husband
words : passionate, loyal, understanding, honest, ambitious, spiritual
heros : abraham lincoln, indiana jones, peyton manning, tiger woods, brad pitt
dreams : ambassador, teacher, businessman,  NFL player, father
pet peeves : loud chewing, crumbs falling, bad driving
obsessions : the news, golf, football, breaking bad
tastes : mountain dew, gummy candies, seafood, cheese, olives, rice pudding
countries : the middle east, netherlands/belgium, europe
fears : fearless
h a p p y  t w e n t y  f i v e
my love
i am extremely blessed to have you.

January 17, 2014

Do Hard Things.

+Sometimes life isn't just sunshine & daisies.
+You have to do hard things.
+You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
+You have to give more than you get in return.
+You have to make the call you're afraid to make.
+You have to care more about others than they care about you.
+You have to invest yourself even though no one else is.
+You have to keep fighting, even when your already injured.
+You have to tell the truth, even when making up something is easier.
+You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
+You have to stand up for your beliefs ; even though they aren't popular trends in the world.
+You have to run faster even when you're out of breath.
+You have to try & fail & try again.
+You have to be accountable for your actions, even when things go wrong.
+You have understand there is power in vulnerability.
+You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable.
+You have to be kind to people who are cruel to you.
+You have to make mistakes & look like an idiot.
+You have to forgive ; even when they hurt you.
+You have to feel unsure & insecure ; when playing it safe seems smarter.
+You have to keep moving forward to where you want to be ; no matter what's in front of you.
You have to do hard things.
The things that no one else is doing.
Do the things that scare you.
The things that keep you wondering how much longer you are going to hold.
The things that challenge your heart & your mind.
Those are the things that build you, strengthen you, define you.
. . . d  o    h  a  r  d   t  h  i  n  g  s  . . .
You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.


January 9, 2014

Bringing in the New Year ; better late than never

[Alexandria, VA]
Slowly but surely I am posting about our Christmas/New Years festivities which consisted of traveling back to the lovely state of Utah to be with Adam's family. Arriving on Christmas Eve night (one of the benefits of Adam working for the government...not) put us in just in time for the extravagant buffet of cheeses, dips, meatballs & sparkling cider that was prepared by my lovely mother & sister-in-laws. I loved seeing their excitement as they kept pulling out dish after dish & explaining the intricate ingredients used to make them. It sure felt & smelt like home.
Now that we are married & live so far away, it is difficult to now how to spilt our time off between both families. I wish I could just hold on to an object & suddenly be along the streets of Trabuco Canyon, CA...but unfortunately I am not Harry Potter...(whom I have currently been admiring by rereading the series/watching all the movies all of the days. Gosh I love them so much!) There were moments of downtime when I just sat & reflected upon how much I truly love each one of my siblings & parents. & how grateful I am for their love, support & understanding. I thought about their courage, strength & grit in raising their little ones. I admire & look up to their commitment to one another after these past few years, which have really rattled our worlds.
It stirred my thoughts of my New Years resolutions & how I could better myself this year in order to become like them. Man I didn't realize how many ideas came to mind. 2013 has been a year of just pure growth - marriage, graduated BYU, moved to DC - that I thought about how much more growth there is to come.
In 2014 I want to
1. go somewhere I have never been before
2. read at least 1 book a month
3. learn how to sew
4. be more passionate
5. cut my hair short &/or dye it another color
6. push myself with my camera
7. go sailing on the Potomac
8. smile more
9. cut out the negativity
10. make friends/be a better one
 11. encourage myself that I can do it
12. ride a horse again
13. make my phone an accessory ; not a priority
14. pray for my children
15. grow closer to Adam & the Lord
Growth demands a temporary
s u r r e n d e r
of  security