You know that thing on Facebook that “reminds” you of all your memories of your FB life? Well Facebook keeps “reminding” me of all these memories from Oakcrest 5 (and 6) years ago and it has me reminiscing! Now I try really hard not to be one of those people who get stuck in the past and try to live and enjoy the present. But sometimes I think that it’s also good to look back and reflect on the good things that happened and the things I learned.
For those of you that don’t know I spent two summers working at Oakcrest, an LDS girls camp in Kamas for 7th & 8th graders from the Salt Lake Valley. The first year I was a first aid specialist and the second year I was a counselor. We taught the gospel, relied on God, played outside, made “best friends forever”, didn’t have ANY phones or technology, and I remember just laughing, laughing, laughing. There were so many times (especially that second summer) that I would just yell at the top of my lungs “I LOVE MY LIFE!!!”. I got to be myself and all aspects of myself. It was a liberating and amazing experience. I LOVED Oakcrest. It was one of those places where I grew like crazy. The friendships that I developed there continue to bless my life. The blessings and lessons that I learned there helped shape who I am and where I want to go.
About two weeks ago Brandon and I were up in the mountains on a little camping trip/vacation. For the record, life has been a bit of an uphill battle lately for me with figuring out some of the next steps in our life. But as we were hiking about and I was thinking about what on earth I was going to do with my MPA degree, do without personally running (because this body of mine is not really functioning well lately), I found myself thinking a lot about Oakcrest and my time there. Now this is just AN IDEA and may NOT even happen…. but I think that I might want to use this MPA degree to open up a summer camp. The details don’t really matter but it’s definitely something I’ve been considering more seriously over the last month. I want to help people and I love camps. I’ve been holding back because it doesn’t seem “practical” and I don’t know if I can do it. But…. why not try? It’s become something I might look at pursuing. So if any of you have a million dollars (literally, ha ha) to donate for me to open up a camp… let me know! 😉
Anyways, overall….to all my Oakies out there, my friends, girls, and mentors…. I wanted to thank you for changing my life for the better! I love you so much! I think of you often and wish the very, very best for all of you wherever you are. I am SO grateful that Heavenly Father gave me those summers. I often think back on that and think of Heavenly Father’s hand in bringing all of those amazing people together, the lessons He taught me, and the MANY miracles I saw up there and I think if He did it then, He is doing it now. I love you ladies!!! Thanks for changing my life.