On: the Soul, Peppermint Tea, & Tanya Davis

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” 
― C.S. Lewis

No pictures again this time. I’m going to post pictures the next time it snows, promise. It’s melty and yucky right now…

I have been loving it here in Rexburg. The environment on campus is so peaceful. It’s been snowing here (finally!) and even walking across campus amid the giant, falling flakes… I am happy. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am in the exact right place, doing the exact right thing, surrounded by the exact right people.

Today, I want to tell you about some things I am thankful for. I feel like I have been neglecting my SELF lately. My self, my spirit, my soul. I’ve been eating yucky foods, and staying up too late, and worrying too much about things I can’t control, and procrastinating, and not exercising… most of these things are also related to physical unhealthiness, but they are manifestations of what happens when I forget to nourish my soul with the things it needs.

In recognition of that, this week I’ve been trying my hardest to eat right (including abstaining from soda for a whole month to detox my addiction to Diet Dr. Pepper), to get enough rest, to drink peppermint tea every night to help me sleep, and to let my SOUL and the body that houses it know that I care about them. That I love them and I want to take care of them.

AND that I am listening to my soul. And let me tell you, my soul is bursting with gratitude today.

Once I start (or re-start) habits of eating right, and exercising, and doing my homework ahead of time, and catching up with phone calls and emails and texts that I’ve missed… I start to relax and realize how great life is.

In the spirit of gratitude and happiness and healthy habits of any kind:

I am thankful for friends who share scriptures with me!

I am thankful Christian introduced me to the most wonderful cure-all that is peppermint herbal tea!

I am thankful for P90X helping my body feel healthy and get back in the shape I like to be!

I am thankful for Jonathan… for always playing “Risk” with me, for always listening to me when I’m sad, and for being my favorite 18 year-old punk!

I am thankful that Kirsten also likes to watch hopeless romantic movies (someone in this apartment has to besides me)!

I am thankful for my tribe… the Johnson descendants who are so incredibly true and genuine and amazing I don’t know what I’d do without them!

I am thankful for the Brave Girls Club and their Daily Truths. (You really should check them out… the Daily Truths really will speak to your soul.)

I am thankful to be a hopeless romantic — I feel like it’s a form of optimism that too many people discard!

I am thankful for asparagus and apples and tuna and carrots and cucumbers for replacing my steady diet of pudding, popsicles, popcorn and OCPs!

I am thankful for water to drink instead of Diet Dr. Pepper!

On that note, I’m thankful to live in a country with clean drinking water readily available!

I am thankful that my grandma taught me everything she did (more to come on that in another post… soon)!

I am thankful for $0.80 44 oz. drinks (lemonade) at Horkley’s!

I am thankful Roosevelt has snow tires!

I am thankful for Scott and Ida Butigan, for everything they’ve done to help me since I moved to Rexburg!

I am thankful for you. :)

Something else I have been thinking a lot about is that being alone is… well… lonely. Being single, being alone in your room, walking to class alone, doing whatever it is that you do and doing it alone… it can get pretty lonesome sometimes. But I’ve learned that being alone allows for nourishment of the soul, for reflection,

I’ve also learned that I love Tanya Davis’ poetry. I definitely recommend this video called, “How to Be Alone.” It really is beautiful and if you’re feeling down about the singularity of yourself, maybe it will help you find the beauty in spending time alone. :)


Thanks for reading today.

Love,
Jeri Lynn

Ice, Ice, Burgia (+ Queen Bassline)

It has been one week since my landing in Rexburg, and I am quite happy to report it snowed today!

I know. Who am I, and what have they done with the real Jeri Lynn?

I’ll be the first to admit that the sight of those pristine little flakes falling from the grey sky brought back all the fears and insecurities I felt in my last post before Rexburg…. and I complained a lot…. and after complaining some more and almost having a breakdown walking home from Devotional with Nena and Lizzie…. I ate some delicious granola + yogurt + raisins…. I saw a perfect little snowflake resting on my sleeve. Seriously, it was the most perfect snowflake I have EVER seen. It had all the little arms it’s supposed to have and it was just so so so so beautiful… which made me realize that we can find beauty everywhere, even in the freezing cold snow…. and THEN I fully embraced the snow. I’m choosing to make snow an exciting, slippery, beautiful part of my adventures in Rexburg.

Especially the slippery part. No worries, though…. Roosevelt (my darling Saturn Vue) is handling it quite well so far.

I’ve been learning a lot in the week since I’ve been in Rexburg.

1. Bright orange-and-turquoise coats do two things: protect you from getting hit by cars at night (seriously), and provide an excellent way to meet people.

2. Having a bottle of hand lotion on your desk, a giant box of OCPs handy, and excellent music on your computer really, really helps with the frigid tundra that is Eastern Idaho.

3. Printing is not free. (College of Idaho… I miss your big, free, malfunctioning printer.)

4. No one understands the name “Jeri Lynn” the first time. I noticed this a little at College of Idaho… but here, where almost everyone shakes your hand and looks you in the eye to ask your name…. Jeri Lynn is a hard one.Example:in my social dance class the man asks you to dance and tells you his name, then you respond with yours… my response is “Hi _____, my name is Jeerrriiii Lyyynnnn.” (a little slow so maybe they’ll catch it)…. and their response is a slightly confused look followed by “Hi… what was that again? Jerry… Juh…. Jeralyn?” When the TA pulled me out to use me as an example, he said, “What’s your name again?” And I said, “I’m the girl with the weird name.” What was his response? “Oh, Jeri Lynn! The girl with the ‘creative’ parents.” [Insert my laughter here.]

5. Hilarious roommates = awesome fun happy time. I wish all of you could read our quote wall, and hear Lizzie’s robot voice, and hear Nena talk about psychology…. because it is seriously hilarious.

6. Prayer can help any fear or insecurity we have. I have already gained so much faith since I’ve been here; faith in the power of prayer to help us through anything we are going through. Anything. All my fears are just melting away with each second I keep a prayer in my heart and hope in my mind. I hope I’m not getting too religious up in here, I just want to encourage you to pray if you haven’t in a while…. it really brings peace to the soul and comfort to a troubled heart.

7. Not everyone is as marriage-crazed as I thought, or as was rumored… it’s definitely a different atmosphere here with regard to relationships and marriage… but I pictured some sort of starved, zombie-eyed group of people just wandering around campus latching themselves on to anyone with a bare left hand. Not true…. mostly.

8. Cooking isn’t so bad. I’m still no chef… but I’m still alive, which is much further (farther?) than I thought I would get!!!

9. My grandma Madge is the coolest lady ever. I really, really miss seeing her every day!!!

I feel like those sounded pretty negative…. but I’m really, really, really  ridiculously happy about all of them! I’m realizing a ton of new things about myself and my family and Rexburg that I never even knew… and it’s only been one week! It’s all part of a really different experience that I’m having in my life right now… one that I’m fully intending on enjoying to the very last second.

Rexburg has been so beneficial to me already. I feel like my whole spirit is being uplifted and strengthened and stretched and expanded. The crisp winter air and the long walks up the hill are allowing me plenty of time to meditate on how great this place really is. I’ve spent this whole week just laughing and learning and loving my life and laughing even more.

THE POINT:

I have no idea what will happen to me tomorrow, or in a week, or in a month, or in a year, or two years or ten years… but I know that right now I’m reflecting on how happy we can choose to be. We can choose every single day to just enjoy the adventure we’re in! And that’s what I’m trying my best to do…. and guess what?!

IT ROCKS.

Yours Truly,
Jerry… Juh… Jeralyn? (JERI LYNN)