new beginnings and a teacup list


* I planned to post this January 1st, but LIFE HAPPENS

With every new year there comes new beginnings. New aspirations. A fresh start. Change. Teacup lists. The possibilities are endless!
On New Years day, I suddenly realized how old I'm getting. (I will be nineteen in April) Time is passing me by and there's no way to stop it. Before I know it, I will be heading off to college soon. After summer.
 There are so many things that I want to do and accomplish in my life, and I feel as though there is never enough time.
Time is probably one of the many precious gifts that God has given us. And He hopes that we will use it wisely.
I exceedingly regret all of the moments that I have squandered. Watching needless television, just sitting around feeling sorry for myself, wishing that I had what other people had, putting myself down, thinking about petty, little things that will never, ever matter. There is so much more to life than what I have been seeing. I have resolved to CHANGE this year. Not only for my benefit, but also for the benefit of others around me.
I aspire to be kinder. To show love to my family with my whole heart. To make complete strangers feel happy. To turn my thoughts outward rather than inward. I aspire to be more grateful. To never raise my voice. To spend more time with each of my siblings. Show my mother my gratitude for all that she's done for me. To treat myself with kindness. I aspire to bake more this year and try out new recipes. And hopefully share my kitchen creations with others. To gain more confidence in myself and my talents. To inspire others. To help others. To become involved with other people and focus less on myself.
My mom and I had a conversation in the car the other day. (Car conversations with Mom are always great) My mom seems to have this interesting way of inspiring me and pulling me out of my depressed pit of despair. I usually always feel better after talking with her.
 She told me, "Everything that you want will be yours. Maybe not today. Or tomorrow. Or this year. But in time, you will have everything you desire."
I can't quite remember what she said word for word, but I do remember the words in my heart.
 And it wasn't a terribly lengthy conversation, but it made me really think deeply about how pathetic I have been.
Anyway, I just really  need  want to change my way of thinking and my outlook on life.
This year is going to be different.

You are probably wondering by now, "what in the heck is a teacup list?"
Well, it is slightly like a bucket list, only smaller. I invented it last year. It's a list of all of the things that I aspire to accomplish or do within the year. 
Teacup list

Make macarons (not to be confused with macaroons)

Get a job

Learn to play the guitar

Walk down on the UP escalator

Obtain my license

Make homemade candy

Milk a cow

Blow bubbles at the beach

Write to J.K Rowling

Read: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Emma, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Grimm's Fairytales

 ~ What are YOUR aspirations for the new year? ~


  1. This post is lovely. It's so easy to sit around feeling sorry for yourself, trust me I know. It's something I"m trying to work on as well.
    Your list is wonderful, I wish you the best!

  2. Loved this post, you spoke my heart many times. I am aspiring to change in many of the same ways. Luck to both of us!
    And your list is awesome!! :D

  3. Kate, as always i love your comments on my blog. thank you.

    To answer your questions about BYU, i absolutely adore BYU. It's where i became a real adult, it's where i first lived on my own and where i found my passion, i've built my life here. When i was applying to schools my senior year i was actually being recruited for track by many smaller schools. I had torn my ACL so i was kinda broken goods but i was confident i could heal and become an even greater pole vaulter, so i was all about college athletics. I had applied to a school in Oregon and BYU Provo. I had convinced myself that i didn't have the grades to get into BYU and was pretty much set on going to Oregon. But then I got into BYU. (i actually only applied to Provo, and i couldn't tell ya why. i just never felt like rexburg was for me). anyway getting in changed everything. i had to choose between developing this talent that i felt God had given me by going to Oregon, or listening to the little voice pushing me to surround myself with people of my own faith. As you know, i chose BYU and i haven't looked back since. Once i made my decision i just simply felt happy, it wasn't some grandiose experience..just happy. In making that choice i had decided to be a little fish in a big pond rather than the other way around. There are a lot of students here but I have never felt like BYU was overwhelming. I feel like i'm consistently pushed to be my best here.

    Sometimes We're given two choices that are both the right choice, and thats hard because we want so badly to follow Gods will that we fail to recognize that often times either choice is going to be great for us.

    Sorry for this novel of a comment. I just want to end by telling you that i have cherished my every day here at BYU. I love the campus, i love the people, i love the unique social circle i have here. I'm sure you can find many of those things in rexburg (though we have yet to experience -18 degree weather here) but it sounds like the choice is truly entirely up to you and i'm sure you'll make the best one for you.

  4. Haha, I love that you hope to milk a cow! I should add that to my list :)

    1. I know! For some reason, I've just always wanted to milk a cow.

  5. This inspired me! I feel the same way, no time to waste on getting things done and doing awesome stuff! :)

  6. I love the idea of a teacup list! Its not as overwhelming as a bucket list and it makes long/short term goals seem achievable! Great idea!

    Thank you so much for commenting!
    James 4:8

  7. Ahh! I love this idea. As someone else said - its totally less overwhelming than a bucketlist. My favorite one of your list items is to milk a cow. Thats such a cool and original one (or maybe it just feels that was since I was raised in the city).

    Also, you think you're getting old?! In April, I will be TWENTY! Mama mia. I really want to be in a good place when I turn twenty, so perhaps a small list like this can help me get there. Thanks for the great idea! (:

  8. These are great resolutions! also, the jane austen books are wonderful, even if the writing is very dense and they take a long time to get through, but Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorites. Also, I'm a new follower and wanted to say hi!

  9. Walking down the UP escalator is cool indeed :) I've done it a few times.


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