Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Maybe I'll Be a Teacher", and other life musings

Maybe I'll be a teacher. Maybe that's actually what I want to do with my life. There, I said it.
Ever since I started working at the school, I've started thinking about getting a teaching certificate. I want to do something truly beautiful with my life. Something that I don't have reservations about, something uplifting and enobling. Maybe teaching is that something. Until this point, I never really thought I would enjoy teaching in a school. I guess now I get to find out. I'm so blessed with the chance to teach at my current job. I think it will be very enlightening, and show me if teaching is really the path that I want to pursue. I love working with the kids. I love it when they tell me stories and ask me funny questions. I love it when they ask me for "two tiny band-aids" and draw me pictures. I love it when they try to guess how old I am. I love it when they show me their art projects and ask me to edit their essays. I love that job. So, maybe I want to be a teacher. I guess I kind of already am.
In other news, I want to start blogging about food. I LOVE cooking. Tonight I made a mixed green salad with walnuts, goat cheese, grilled nectarines and a balsamic reduction. It was amazing, if I say so myself. Shouldn't I be documenting these things? I think so. Expect some sweet (literally) posts in the future. Until then, dream of crisp salad and warm nectarine goodness.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I'm back!

Surprise!!!! How long has it been since I've written on this thing? Haha. Three and a half years have passed since I last attempted some kind of digital record of my life. How do I even sum up? Here are some highlights. I served a mission in the Alpine German-Speaking mission (Austria and Southern Germany) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from June 2010 to November 2011. That experience has been the greatest privilege of my life thus far. You can read about it here: mission.carlidowns.com. I met unbelievably strong and wonderful people, learned German, lived in the Alps, and came closer to my God. It was a very sacred time in my life, and one that I intend to build the rest of my life upon.
Today was big. I attended the last class of my undergraduate career. Next week I will graduate with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from BYU. This was my dream. When I was a freshman, I would beg the Lord every night to please let me get into the vocal performance program. I had no idea how amazing the coming years would be. I had no concept of how breathtakingly beautiful and artistically fulfilling my study abroad would be. We just had a reunion. 4 years have passed, and we are all still great friends. Who could have known? Who could have guessed that my time in Vienna would lead me to missionary service? I first felt prompted to serve a mission while sitting alone in the Strassenbahn headed to church on a rainy Sunday in Wien. I won't write the details here. It's an extremely sacred part of my life, but if you ask, I'll tell you about it. Since my mission, I have had amazing musical experiences. I played the role of Pitti-Sing in The Mikado last June. I also played Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte last October. I loved every minute of it. I loved the challenge of that role, getting into Dorabella's heart and head, exploration through acting, the costumes, the wigs, the makeup, all of it. Now I'm graduating. I gave my senior recital on April 5th. I loved giving that performance. I felt very connected to the pieces I sang. I told some stories of my life, though the audience surely only picked up on a few. I sang about darkness, light, love, loss, and Vienna, of course. I'm so grateful for my experiences, and look forward to whatever the future holds.