Writing has become a bigger part of my life than it was before

I know, it’s hard to believe, but writing has now become even more of my life than it was before.

When I think of my past history with writing, I think of NaNoWriMo and all of my little short stories and poems on the side. When I think of my future? Now I think of all of that with the addition of Odyssey.

I was given the opportunity 2 months ago to take part in this wonderful organization. It has given me the chance to get my voice further out there than I had before. I have grown from this experience and since becoming a Content Creator for Odyssey, I have learned what it means to say what you want to say. I had been a Content Creator for 4 weeks when my Managing Editor offered me the role of Editor in Chief. Since then I have taken on the responsibility of maintaining an Odyssey Team and helping them be the best they can be, all while working hard to get my voice out there as well. We are a team, we strive to work together, and I am astounded by this organization. Odyssey is more than just an online editorial, it is a life experience. If you haven’t experienced getting your voice out there like this, then you are definitely missing out. With all of these responsibilities, it’s no wonder writing has become more of my life, than just a hobby. I am prepping for my future as an editor, what are you doing to prep for your future?

This is my article this week, it is about Suicide Squad: 11 Reasons Why Suicide Squad Is The Best

Fare thee well,

Karen Alyse

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those days when you can only smile

The status I posted on FaceBook two nights ago:

“Those days when you can just smile through everything and nothing goes wrong and everything just keeps getting better and better? Those are the best. Cherish those days.

I just had one of those days.”

Now, this day was actually two days ago, but essentially I am still on a high from it.

I woke up and while I was definitely tired, I was glad to be awake. It was beautiful outside, I was working in my favorite department that day at work, and I got to talk to someone important to me.

Prior to work, I had a conversation with a good friend, we just talked about what was going on that day and then I went to work. As I was working I ended up being the Theater/Presentation Checker and I got to only do that all day. I helped out with organizing the box offices for the majority of the day and finally for the last 2 hours of my 8-9 hour shift I got to actually check theaters.

When I started checking theaters I went and had another conversation with my friend because they were at the theater. I found out how long they would be there and planned to come back later. We talked for like half an hour at that time and then both figured we needed to get back to work so we did.

I got off of work and went home, took a shower, and my brother asked me to come see a movie with him and our little brother. Of course, I agreed. On the way to the theater, I convinced my brother to stop at Kroger so I could get a Mexican Coke for my friend at the theater. He agreed to let me do that so we stopped there, I bought the coke, and we were back on the road to the theater.

When we arrived there we got our tickets and headed to concessions. While my brothers were at concessions I told them I would see them in a bit and headed over to where my friend was so I could give him his Coke (which was for his birthday).

I walked up to him and he was very involved in what he was doing right then so I jjust stood there and waited for him to notice me and finally when he did I was like “Here. This is for you.” and I held the Coke out to him. He got really excited and was genuinely happy and then he threw me off when he asked “Can I give you a hug?”

Of course, I said yes, I wasn’t about to turn down a hug. Then we stood there and started talking and before we both knew it we had been talking for like an hour and a half. It didn’t feel like it had been that long, but it was. I really enjoy his company, he’s a great friend and I’m positive we’ll still be friends for a while.

After that, I went and finished watching Star Wars with my brothers and finally we left and hung out at home. The day was literal perfection. I am not sure how much better you can get.

Like I said, I am still on a high from all that occurred that day.

If you have the opportunity to have a day like this, take advantage of it. They don’t come along all the time and may surprise you when they do or even disrupt your plans when they do. But they are so worth it.

As always, fare thee well!!

Karen Alyse

C’est la vie!

Alright guys… I got super busy after July this summer so that’s why I haven’t posted anything in what? 3 months? And now you get 3 posts and a re-blog from me? I hope you all forgive me!

Let’s recap each month… shall we?

July:

– I was working at the theater constantly

– The people I babysit for were out of town

– I went swimming a few times with friends

But mainly for July I just worked and watched the Big Bang Theory.

August:

– I had a goodbye picnic with some of my really good friends

– I worked at the theater a lot and got to train my friend Evan in concessions

– I also worked at CAbi about 2-3 days a week for like 6 hours each

– I didn’t have any babysitting jobs 😦

– I basically slept and worked until the 12th rolled around, that was when I visited my best friend Joann in California for a whole week (for her birthday)

– After that I worked for about a week in between the California trip and then the New York trip

– After the New York trip (towards the very end of August, last 3 days) my boyfriend came to visit me and he stayed for 5 days at my house

– We got to go to Six Flags twice (my family got season passes)

That is basically August in a nutshell. It was rather busy. I hope y’all remember that I did post about how there would be a lot of travel in my future.

September:

– I was no longer working at Cinemark or CAbi (I went seasonal with both)

– I had to say goodbye to my boyfriend on the 2nd day of this month (also the day we broke up)

– I hung out with my twin, Sara, as often as possible before I had to leave for college

– I was pretty depressed. Gonna be honest here

– I had my birthday on a Sunday so I had a “birthday party” on Monday morning and then I had a few friends come over later that night because they couldn’t make it earlier

– My mom and I shopped for stuff for college

– My family went to Six Flags with our friends Michaella, Keaton, and Kallee

– I had to pack up my room so that I could leave for college (this literally took forever!!! And I didn’t even bring a lot of stuff to college, I packed most of it up and put it in bins or my closet)

– I drove with my parents up to Idaho (3 day journey)

– We got my stuff moved into my dorm and I went shopping for some more college stuff

– I attended the BYU-I Get Connected activities and hung out with my roommates Michaella and Hanna

– I started class on the 15th (my sister’s birthday)

– My roommates and I started watching movies every Friday and Saturday night

Friday: Scary movies (usually)

Saturday: Any kind of movies

– I met my FHE brothers and sisters

So that is September. Some of what is to follow/or what is above may accidentally be placed in the wrong month

October:

– I got a calling in the Rexburg 42nd Ward (Visiting Teaching Coordinator for my Relief Society)

– Went to a college dance (The Masquerade Ball) Hanna and I only stayed for 15 minutes

– Threw a birthday party for our roommate Kaitlyn

– Went through some roommate drama

– Continued watching shows and movies with Hanna

– I started going to the Temple every Friday (the first time: before my classes with my ward, every time after: after my classes with Hanna)

– I have to deep clean the apartment every week since October 1st with my roommates

– Had to explain about my anxiety to someone and they STILL don’t understand it

– Wrote my first college essay and got a 94 on it

That brings you up to date with today. I also got to go shopping today (after going to the Temple) at DownEast and I got to get 2 dresses,  a skirt, and a scarf for $19 dollars. 😀

Well that’s my life!!

C’est la vie!

Fare thee well!!

Karen Alyse ❤

So… Homecoming?

I know, I know. I didn’t want to have a date to anything. But then something came up. It’s my senior year. My friends all want me to have a date. The only problem was that up until a week ago, the only person I wanted to go with was out of the country, in Spain.

Last Friday, I got off of work at the same time as my friend Jared. We left together and just talked the whole way to our cars. Then I didn’t think I’d get to talk to him for a while and my friend Katie was setting up a group date (ladies choice) for today. I figured I probably wouldn’t be able to find anyone to go with me because I get my work schedule on Wednesdays when I’m not there on Monday nights. That would only be 3 days warning and I hate it when people do that to me, so I wasn’t going to do that to them.

So then Jared messaged me on Sunday and we were talking and I thought “Hey! Maybe he could come with me!” So, I asked him and he said he wants to, but he wasn’t sure because he would have to check his work schedule which was totally acceptable.

He checked it, and he was working that day. So last night while we were working, he and I were talking and I asked him about today and he said that he hasn’t had any luck and so I asked him if he wanted to come to my school’s homecoming game and he said that he would be down for that. So I got off of work and he was on his break and I just talked to him and talked to him until he had to work again and I went home.

I got home and told my mom and she was so excited. It’s my 3rd date since I turned 16 (dating age for Mormons). the 2nd one that I’ve asked a guy on, And I’m CRAZY excited. Jared and I are so alike. 🙂 This is gonna be so much fun!!!! Plus, he’s a cutie ;D

Fare thee well!!!

Karen Alyse

Last week.

So, last week was great! CRAZY busy, though. I got Alexis (this inactive Laurel in my ward) to come see Wolverine with me and Rachel Colman which was HUGE because she hasn’t really wanted to do anything with us and so this was new and we invited her to mutual and she said she’d come. Yay for Monday!
Tuesday I took Cassidy (the girl I told you about earlier) to see Despicable Me 2 because it was what she really wanted to do and we got to hang out and talk and not have to worry about bratty beehives being rude to her. Good stuff.
Wednesday, Alexis texted me and told me that she had gotten food poisoning which was very disappointing because that meant she wouldn’t be able to come to mutual ): Sadness.
Thursday, I went the the dentist’s office for the first cleaning I have had since 2011. I had NO CAVITIES, however my dentist told me I need to get my wisdom teeth out… D: #terrified
My mom called them and scheduled it for this coming Wednesday. 😮 I got to go to the lake after that though, so that was fun!
Friday, I got to work… and Saturday I got to watch two little girls that I babysit get baptized and confirmed. It was awesome! I also went to my friend, Nicki’s, birthday party and gave her a Dalek plushie toy that says “Exterminate! Exterminate!”, “You are an enemy of the Daleks. You must be destroyed!” and my favorite one, “You would make a good Dalek!”
I have had a busy week, but that is how life is. Busy. I’m just super terrified of getting my wisdom teeth out… I really hope that it isn’t as bad as people make it out to be…. :/
Also, I just found out the 12th Doctor will be Peter Capaldi and even though he is older than the others, he will definitely be a great Doctor. Apparently he played the W.H.O Doctor in World War Z so this was ever coming xD Hahaha!
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Fare thee well!!!
Karen Alyse