Choose to Achieve

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My alarm went off this morning at 6:15 like it always does.....and the usual thought ran through my head, "Here we go again."

The thought of working out in addition to the soreness I felt from yesterday's plank jacks and military push ups was enough to make me pull the sheets over my head again. But no......I get up, pull on the nike's, and hit the mat. Why?? Because today's pain, by tomorrow will make me strong.

Choices. There's a lot to be said about those.....not the big where to go to school, who to marry, what job to take, or where to move.....but the small choices we face every day that determine who we become and ultimately, what we achieve. 

Jillian Michaels, my fitness IDOL, always says during that last 15 seconds of mountain climbers when my heart's about to burst and sweat is dripping like rain, "Transformation is NOT a future event, it is a present activity."

And then, of course, dropping to my knees panting is no longer an option.

Well played, Jillian.

But she has a point. All of tomorrow's achievements, all of your future goals, aspirations, dreams, and hopes.....will NEVER be accomplished unless you start TODAY. 

I'm a firm believer in that. 

So why wait?? You know the quote that's used SO often in General Conference  from The Music Man......ok so there's many of them, but here's the one I'm talking about: "You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays."


And favorite quote from the man himself, President Thomas S Monson, "There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today.It has been said by one, years ago, that history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. Our lives will depend upon the decisions which we make—for decisions determine destiny."

Determine your destiny.

Do it now. 

Don't wait.

The choices you make today will effect what you achieve tomorrow.

What will you choose to achieve??

Ask Anna

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Notice the new gadget in the sidebar???

Yep. Just for you:) 

Over the past year, I've been getting emails, messages, and letters from you beautiful blog readers all across the globe, and your questions for me range from 

"How do I share the gospel with my friends?" 
"What advice do you have for a soon-to-leave missionary?" 
"Why did you decide to serve?"

I decided to add a gadget to the blog to make it easier for you to ask me questions!! (and hopefully I can keep up with responses:)!!  Just click on the "Ask Anna" gadget to send me your questions!

I don't claim to know the answer to every doctrinal stumper, or how to share the gospel with anyone anywhere, or even everything you need to know before, during, and (heaven knows) after the mission.....BUT...that being said, I absolutely LOVE sharing what I've picked up and learned along the way and let's be honest.....

missionary work is one of my all time f.a.v.o.r.i.t.e. hobbies:) 

Hearing from you girls (and guys;) and getting the chance to help you out with your missionary work and prep is a HIGHLIGHT of my mission experience!!

So if you've got questions....SEND THEM MY WAY!!

We're all in this together
so keep shining, lovelies! 

Onward and upward,

Sister Anna Parker 

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