Friday, October 29, 2010

It's Already Friday??

Dang this week went by fast. I just got home from the basketball game (we kicked the Canadian's butts) and realized that I had hardly done any homework! Ah well. The things I did this week were much more important.

Tuesday I went to the Ingrid Michaelson concert with Shirley and Madeleine. It was SO good. Ingrid is amazingly talented and really down to earth. She's hilarious - I feel like we could be friends. My favorite part of the concert was the end, where she laid it straight to us before playing us her "last" song - "Yeah guys, so this is the part where I'm supposed to tell you I'm gonna play my last song and then we leave and everybody screams for us to come back and we go 'oh what a surprise!' and play two more songs. But that's really stupid. It's cold outside and it would only take about a minute for us to get back on stage. So instead, we're going to hide behind the piano and pretend we had no idea you wanted us to come back."

So she sang "Toxic" by Brittany Spears as her "last song" and then her and her band totally hid behind the piano, under this canvas. Funniest thing I've ever seen. So of course we all scream as loud as we can and they get back on stage and play "Be OK" and a hardcore rock version of "The Way I Am." Oh yes.

After we got out of the concert there seriously was like two inches of snow on the ground! I can't believe it's starting to snow already. I hate winter. I think I have seasonal depression disorder or something because I get sad for no reason during the winter months. I need my sunshine. The snow was pretty though and we had fun scraping off the car haha.

Yesterday I went shopping with Brittany for my Halloween costume! I'm gonna be a gypsy. It'll be a little thrown together but I think it'll still be awesome. We'll see. Anyway, I've gotta go for now, but here are some pictures and a video of that awesome concert. If this video ever decides it wants to upload, that is...






Monday, October 25, 2010

Hey Pompkin

So after an incredible weekend, the new week is off to a great start. On Friday, I went bowling with Kailee, Kelly, Hollie, Miranda, and my roommate Rachelle. I love bowling so much and it was SO much fun to bowl with these girls. Hollie killed us all, of course :) We then went to JDawgs (best hotdogs in the world) and back to my apartment where Kelly's boy Ben joined us for some 27 Dresses movie pleasure. We then went to a $1 Haunted House that was only about a block away. These guys literally turn their house into a haunted house and have actors and everything. It was pretty legit - I'll admit that I screamed in terror more than a few times.

On Saturday I went to Salt Lake with my Vanguard groupies to see Waiting for Superman, an AMAZING documentary about the awful educational system here in America. It's a movie EVERYONE should see - especially if you're thinking about becoming a teacher. It's so sad what the majority of the children in America have to go through to get a decent education. The movie was an excellent piece of filmmaking, as well - even though it's a documentary I was totally engrossed throughout the whole film. Here's a great review of the film, much more eloquently expressed than I could ever do: http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/movies/24waiting.html

Today I went to work (I got another 100% on a secret shopper!), went to class, sped through a test I didn't want to take, went grocery shopping for the first time this month, and carved pumpkins for FHE! The pumpkin's pretty awesome - it's an owl in the hollow of a tree, in case you couldn't tell.






Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday Lovin'

I should be doing homework right now. But Marx's Communist Manifesto and whatever stupid chapter Dr. Crandall wrote does not sound really interesting right now. I think I'm becoming addicted to blogging. I blame it on the challenge :)

Today was a good day. Thursdays are always insane. I had Bradley meetings from 10-12, and worked at the Voices of Courage booth at the Wilk from 12-1. (Stop by there tomorrow and say hi! I'll be there again from 11-1) Shirley then took me back (through a mind-blowing shortcut, I might add) to the ghetto Office of IT where I returned my janky Dell, DeQuan. (I miss you, DeQuan...) THEN I had Elang class, where I was on Facebook all of class (Quote from Madeleine - "I would rather slide down a slide of razors...than go to this class." haha) Then I mentored my girl Triniti, where we took pictures and played some tennis. We're definitely not going to be pros anytime soon, but it was still way fun. (May I also add that I was Triniti's first contact on her new gmail account? I feel pretty special. (Also, what's up with all these parentheses, anyway?)) After that, I studied New Testament with Mackenzie, came home and watched NBC Thursday, and started blogging after a failed attempt at studying.

Also, I went to my first ever opera yesterday! It was a BYU performance of The Magic Flute, and it was pretty good. I also wore my BEAUTIFUL t-shirt today, and took a picture with another girl who was wearing hers as well. I think she said she was taking one with everyone she saw wearing it, so that was pretty cool. Yay for body image confidence :)


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Days 9 and 10!

Today was the final challenge of the Women's Service Center 10 Day Body Image Challenge! Yesterday was all about treating yourself - I got Thai Food, watched a chick flick while eating ice cream, and took an awesome nap. Felt wonderful, even though my anthropology paper wasn't too happy about it :)

Today was the final challenge in the Wilk - where I received this awesome t-shirt. We did an activity where we had to literally label all the negative things we used to think about ourselves and one by one removed the negative labels, showcasing the beauty underneath. The speaker also read You Are Special by Max Lucado, which really brought out the main point of the whole challenge - that everyone is beautiful, because our Maker made us the way we are supposed to be.

When we came to this earth, we were so excited to receive the bodies that Heavenly Father had specially created for us. Why is it that we always forget that, and constantly see nothing but flaws in our bodies? I may not be "beautiful" the way Us Weekly or Victoria's Secret sees beauty, but I love my body for what it is and what it can do for me. And I thank God every minute for it.

My name is Chelsey Saatkamp. I have pale skin, a freckled face, blue eyes, long blonde hair, a love for film and culture, a wicked sense of humor, a knack for seeing the best in people, and a fairly intelligent mind. So therefore,

I.AM.BEAUTIFUL.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 8

Pay attention to your thoughts today. Practice challenging your negative thoughts and replacing them with more truthful ones.

Some negative thoughts I had today and how I turned my frowns upside down:
  • People probably think I'm annoying - I have this thought every now and then when I talk to my friends and get a curt reply back. I don't think I'm an annoying person - more likely they were just busy or having a bad day.
  • (Upon seeing a baby) Yeah I'll never have one of those, as it kind of requires meeting someone who's attracted to you, dating them, and then getting married, all of which will never happen to me. - I can't predict what's in the future. Besides, I'm only 19. Babies aren't on the menu for another 6 years at least.
  • My life is not that exciting - it so is. What happens matters, right?
So that's that. No more Negative Nancy for me :)

On a more fun note, my good friend Kailee tagged me in this little note. She asked me 8 questions, of which I'm supposed to answer and then tag more people. So see if you're on the list!

1. If you could only listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Probably Snow Patrol. I don't know why, I just love them and never get sick of them like I do some artists. I think it's because they have a good mix of upbeat and slow. And Gary Lightbody has an ahmazing voice. Everyone knows Chasing Cars but also listen to: Run, You're All I Have, Set the Fire to the Third Bar, and Chocolate. And if I ever DO get married, my future husband better propose with 'Just Say Yes' in the background. I'm just sayin'

2. Do you/did you sleep with a stuffed animal and what is it?
I used to sleep with this giant white bear I got when I was born. I don't really have any stuffed animals now (except the hippogriff I got from HP world haha) and I certainly don't sleep with them. They kinda creep me out now, actually. Must be Toy Story 3.

3. What is your favorite Disney movie?
Beauty and the Beast. Hands down. Lion King is a close second, but the music, animation, and storyline of Beauty and the Beast is just superb. She's also one of the few "princesses" that isn't completely spineless and lame.

4. What is one thing in your life you regret doing or not doing?
I regret not getting involved as much in stuff last year. I also wish I hadn't discovered Hulu. Procrastinator's nightmare.

5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Just getting to write about whatever I want, whatever I think will inspire people. Not to say I'm inspiring, but it's a nice outlet for my thoughts.

6. What is your most embarrassing moment?
When I threw up all over my Arthur books on Arthur Day in 1st grade. I never lived it down. I was forever known as the girl who hurled all over Buster.

7. If you could change your name to something else, what would it be?
Laquisha. Because it's an awesome name, and it would also mean I was black. Which I wish I was :)

8. What is one of your greatest accomplishments in life?
Getting into BYU and it's PR program!!

I tag:
  • Lyse
  • Miranda
  • Shirley
  • BrittanyHeather
  • Mckenna

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 7

Tune out the media - no movies, magazines, internet surfing, etc.

Today was really hard. It's a well known fact that my life is pretty much centered around media. I'm a self-proclaimed TV, movie, and Internet addict. And I had just received my new issues of Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly today, and I didn't even get to read them. But that's probably a good thing because Us Weekly always has a story about "25 Diet Secrets to Help You Look Like Celebrity X," or something along those lines. Definitely the opposite of what this challenge is about. So today, instead of being bombarded with images of skinny, airbrushed, unrealistic looking celebrities, I took the time to do more substantial things. I read my scriptures, read a book, cleaned my room, called up some friends, got some homework done, and actually cooked a nice meal. I felt so productive today - something I don't normally feel when I spend half my day watching television.

And as promised - here are some pictures of my adventures at Fork Fest yesterday!




Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 6

Woo it's been a long day. I'm gonna keep this post short because I'm exhausted. But today was so great. I saw The Social Network, which was amazing and highly interesting. (Oh Mark Zuckerburg. You're a cad but I still use your website anyway). I also went to Fork Fest, where I listened to some amazing bands and distributed The Vanguard! It was so cool seeing people scattered around, reading our paper. So legit, man. I'll put up pictures tomorrow.

Day 6 - Refrain from telling fat jokes or talking about weight in general.

This is usually never a problem for me because I abhor people who tell these types of jokes or make these types of statements. And I certainly have no room to tell them. But I do sometimes have a tendency to self-deprecate myself, like I almost did when putting on my Vanguard Tshirt today. But I didn't. Who cares what people think, really? I am beautiful. Night all.

Day 5

Let me just start by saying that TODAY WAS AN AMAZING DAY!!! First of all, I GOT ACCEPTED INTO THE PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM!!! (Sorry for the all-caps. I'm just that stoked.) Today I also went to Humor U, which is always a good time. (But let's be honest - I just go for Stephen Jones.) And finally, tonight was the release party of The Vanguard!! The paper looks so good - I can't believe it actually happened. I'm a legitimate journalist now, folks. It's real. All of the articles are awesome and everyone we've talked to is really excited about it so I really hope it'll become big. We're trying to create a paper that discusses real, intellectual issues and local scenes that Provo/Orem students actually care about, so I hope you tell all your friends about it. And ask me for a copy come Monday! Or come to Fork Fest tomorrow - we're distributing some early copies there.

In other news, here's the challenge for Day 5!

Exercise for fun - choose a form of exercise you enjoy, one you wouldn't normally choose because it calls attention to your body.

I'll be the first to admit
it. I hate exercise. It definitely does not equate to fun in my book. But it's necessary - unfortunately. So today, my exercising was dancing. Sure, it was a party and some don't even consider it real exercise, but dancing definitely burns some calories and it's not exactly something I'm comfortable doing. One reason I don't really like going to dances is because it calls attention to my body and my atrocious dance moves. No one really wants to see it. But today - I let them see it. And I had a lot of fun in the process. Everyone was acting ridiculous, so my dancing fit right in :)

Here are some pics of my day:
1) my acceptance letter!
2) Me and Brit getting pumped for Humor U
3) The Vanguard Ladies
4) The Vanguard! I'm so proud! :)




Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 4

How much time do you spend getting ready each day? Today, use that same amount of time to get ready on the inside. Meditate, write in your journal, or perform an act of service.

Well, to be honest, I only spend about 15-30 minutes getting ready each day. (The snooze button is my best friend). So I feel that over-stressing about how I look in the morning isn't really a problem I struggle with. But I spent about a half hour today just laying on my bed, listening to music, and thinking about what I really want in life. I came to the conclusion that I need to stop stressing and over-planning like I always do. Hardly anything goes according to my plans, anyway. Life is much more fun and interesting when you're more spontaneous.

Another thing I really thought hard about are my insecurities. I thought about why I'm insecure about certain things, and realized it was because I kept comparing my experiences to the experiences of other people. And I really need to stop doing that. Just because I don't have a boyfriend, or an internship, or a million other things that other people seem to have doesn't mean my life isn't just as exciting or interesting. In fact, I am involved in a lot of interesting things right now. I just need to stop coveting.

"We just get the one life, you know. Just one. You can't live someone else's or think it's more important just because it's more dramatic. What happens matters. Maybe only to us, but it matters." ~ Gwen, Ghost Town

In other news, I find out about PR tomorrow! I'm just trying not to think about it until that (acceptance) letter is in my hands!

Also, you should check out Imagine Dragons. I'm really getting into their music. Listen to All Eyes and Hear Me. They'll be performing at Fork Fest along with Joshua James, Fictionist, Shark Speed, Isaac Russell, and many others. I'm way excited!!



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day 2 and 3

So sorry for being late on these journal entries, but my whole day yesterday was spent writing an 8 page paper and today was pretty busy as well. But I have some time now! Hope you enjoy.

Day 2: Study what beauty is from a gospel perspective.

1 Corinthians 3:16 - "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

1 Samuel 16:7 - "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

These scriptures really mean so much to me. Often we judge ourselves based on what the world sees as beautiful, which is ridiculous because the world's judge of beauty is completely wrong. We should be focused on what Heavenly Father sees as beauty, because His opinion is what matters most in the grand scheme of things. The Lord cares not so much for our outward appearance, although we should take the best care of it that we can because our bodies are god given temples. By best care, however, I mean not so much makeup and ornamenting ourselves but instead keeping ourselves healthy and free from things that would harm our body. The Lord cares more about what is in our hearts than what is on our bodies.

I also really enjoyed Lynn G. Roberts talk titled, "True Beauty." He states that "it isn’t just about cosmetics or clothing. What makes a young woman truly attractive comes from her heart," and that "happiness is the most attractive accessory a woman can have." How true. Think about it, men - a woman's face might attract you at first, but if she's always a downer, has no confidence in herself, and hates the world around her, then that attraction's gonna dwindle pretty fast. I truly believe that a smile can make a person 10,000 times more beautiful. So smile, girls, and be thankful for everything you've got.

Day 3 - Make a list of 10 positive things you like about yourself that have nothing to with your appearance and 10 positive things that have to do with your appearance.

Things I love about myself:
  1. I'm a good listener and love being the girl anyone can talk to about anything at all.
  2. I never make first judgments about people and always give someone the benefit of the doubt.
  3. I can see both sides of almost every issue pretty easily.
  4. I'm loyal and trustworthy - I don't tell people's secrets and will stand by my friends no matter what.
  5. I'm fairly intelligent. A 3.9 GPA is not too shabby.
  6. I make a mean guacamole.
  7. I'm not a picky eater.
  8. I may not be too talented in the arts or music departments, but that's ok because I'm the amazing audience that everyone needs. I'm able to fully appreciate other people's talents.
  9. I'm really chill about things and never have drama directly in my life.
  10. I'm a hard worker and have always received positive reviews at any job I've had - and I've worked in many various industries, so I know I can learn to do almost anything.

Things I love about my appearance:
  1. The color of my eyes
  2. My freckles.
  3. My long blonde hair
  4. My ears to hear
  5. My hands to feel
  6. My tongue to taste delicious things
  7. My mouth to talk
  8. My huge feet. Really.
  9. My height
  10. How my second toe is longer than my big toe.
Wow, it was hard to stop at 10, especially with the first list :) I encourage you all to make lists of your own, it really does help you realize that you've got a lot more going on than you first thought.

“Pretty is something you're born with. But beautiful, that's an equal opportunity adjective.”

Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 1

Today is Day 1 of the 10 Day Body Image Challenge that the Women's Service Center is throwing. i signed up for this challenge for a couple of reasons. One, because I really want that Beautiful T-shirt you get at the end, and two, because I have quite a lot to work on self-confidence wise. It's no big secret that I've always been insecure about my body and weight, and over time I have come to embrace it little by little, but I definitely still have a lot to work on in that department. I need to reassure myself that I am beautiful, no matter what the world may think.

We're technically supposed to write our thoughts about each challenge in our journal, but since I don't really have a journal (this blog basically counts as it) and since I don't mind sharing my thoughts with you guys, I thought I'd just write it on here. So here goes:

Day 1: write a list of things that you are grateful your body can do
  • I'm grateful that my body is not crippled and that I am able to move freely, and run, jump, swim, or whatever else I choose to do
  • My body allows me to think and utilize my brain to the best of its ability
  • I can write my thoughts, pick up things, use tools, and do many other things with my wonderful hands
  • I'm glad I'm tall and able to reach things
  • I love my freckles and my fair skin
  • My blue eyes allow me to see the beauties of the world and my ears allow me to hear
  • My awesome tongue lets me enjoy chocolate. and cheese.
  • My mouth allows me to say what's on my mind, laugh, and tell rad jokes
  • I can breathe. That's pretty necessary.
  • I'm glad I've never done drugs and alcohol and that my body is free from those addictive and harmful substances
  • I'm thankful for my heartbeats, my lungs, and my nervous system, and all those things that keep me alive and let me enjoy life
Wow, that was easier than I thought :) I'm really excited for the rest of this challenge.

In other news, I had my birthday party with Kailee and Kelly this past weekend! It was a lot of fun, especially seeing Kelly's um, friends. Haha. But I'm glad I could just celebrate with some awesome people and enjoy a nice break from school and work and everything else. (Ugh Anthropology...) Here are some pics from the party. Oh, and I'm still waiting for my presents, mother.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I Like Life

Hey guys! Sorry I have A LOT to update about, but can I just say that my life is pretty awesome right now? I mean, I have a million things going on that it sometimes stresses me out how to find time for it all, but I believe that everything I'm doing is pretty fulfilling and meaningful. I know the Lord will help me find a way to balance it all.

So anyway, here's the rundown!
  • I am now 19! I basically just spent my birthday watching Conference and not much else, but it was nice to relax and enjoy some me time (and wear nothing but pajamas). I'm also throwing a party with my fellow birthday / awesome girls Kailee and Kelly this Friday. I'm really excited for it, it should be a lot of fun and I hope you all can make it!
  • I'm finally getting the hang of my job and really starting to enjoy it. I got paid to watch the Homecoming Opening Ceremony today, so that was pretty awesome. Just pick up your sports pass please!
  • Joined the Voices of Courage board, under the great leadership of President Shirley :) This campaign is all about stopping abuse, being a voice for girls who are afraid to speak up, and letting campus know that we're not gonna skirt around the important issues anymore when it comes to disrespecting anyone, whether male or female. I'm so excited about this cause, and I really think you all should check it out. Just ask me if you have any questions; we'd love more members! Click here for the link to their website. Also, you girls should really think about participating in the 10-day body image challenge the Women's Service Center is holding. It's something I think every girl should do, and something I definitely need to work on as well. Plus, you get a free T-shirt at the end.
  • Joined The Vanguard, a Provo/Orem student run newspaper about intellectual issues and local news you probably won't hear from anywhere else. The first issue should be out in two weeks. I only wrote a restaurant review for this issue (finally living my dream of being a food critic!) but you should definitely check it out because it will be full of GREAT content. My awesome friend Lyse is writing some great articles about Fork Fest and the History of the Honor Code - should be really interesting!
  • Getting more involved in PRSSA and the Bradley lab. The account I'm on is for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, and we're even trying to get a Cabinet member to be a keynote speaker for their conference in D.C. It's so exciting to work with real clients when I'm only a sophomore in college. And not even in the program yet...
  • I went iceblocking for the first time the other day! was not as scary as I thought it would be :)
  • Fall TV is back! Shows you need to watch: Community, Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Office, and Glee. All I gotta say is, Thursday nights are one of my favorites :)
Things that aren't so great:
  • I got sick from the middle school girl I'm mentoring. Triniti is super sweet and I love her to death, but I don't think she should have been so proud when she exclaimed, "I've been sick for a week!"
  • I have about 4 tests coming up. fun.
  • I have no money.
I think that's about all! I just hope that I can continue to balance it all, because I really love where my life is right now.

And now, here's a video that should brighten your day. I know you've all seen it a million and a half times, but it never gets old. Enjoy