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CODY AUSTIN PIKE

I'm LDS and a lover of everything pop culture, concerts, camping and spending time with family and friends.
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I’ve reached Onderland!

Two months down. This post is to report where I’m at with the goals I set for 2018 as well as highlight what I’ve been up to in the month of February.

Attend church. Get a temple recommend. Receive the Melchizedek priesthood. Go through the temple. Date. Read The Book of Mormon, The Bible, Doctrine & Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. 

100% attendance for all four Sundays this month. It was so hard getting myself to go the last two weeks. There were days where I wanted to just stay in bed and catch up on all of my shows. Why didn’t I just do that? Because I needed to hear something from someone’s talk or lesson. I needed to feel the spirit so I could make it through the work week. I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone said that it wasn’t easy for Christ, so it will not be easy for us. However, that’s a good thing! We all struggle, but we have to have an eternal perspective on our trials. I definitely struggled with some personal things this month, but I took comfort in the following quote: “You have not failed until you’ve quit trying.” -Gordon B. Hinckley

For my 2018 LDS Reading Challenge, I am currently in 2 Nephi 17, Numbers 1, Mark 7, D&C 28 and on the first Article of Faith.

Read at least one book a month. 

The book for book club this month was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. “It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.”

I wanted to read this because… well, Oprah is in the upcoming movie. It was a weird book, but I’m excited to see how it plays out on the big screen.

Pay off my student loan. 

Because of some car repairs, I was only able to pay $449.65 toward my loan this month. However, with the tax return that should be coming in mid-March, I will be able to pay it off mid-August instead of October!

Eat healthy (less eating out.) Exercise (at least three times a week). 

The competition ends on Sunday, March 4th. Going into this last week, I am in first place, 0.44% above my dad. I haven’t had any soda this month and I haven’t gone to any fast food restaurants.

I hit my step goal of 11,000 steps a day 24 of the 28 days this month. The four days I missed were on Sunday’s. I worked out 21 of the 28 days this month.

My weight on February 1st was 215.4. I lost 15.9 pounds and now weigh 199.5. Ladies and gentleman… I’ve reached ONDERLAND! 4 more days left of the challenge. I am continuing with the challenge on my own after until I’ve reached my goal weight.

January 1st: 

February 1st (don’t mind the after the shower, hair isn’t done, shirtless pic): 

February 28th: 

Work – 

  • Making progress with local initiatives
    • Went on my first business trip to a vendor in Southern California.
  • Played a ton of Egyptian Rat Screw and learned a new card game called Ripple.
  • Kallie, Matt and I would go into a room and do a wall sit for a whole song. I hit a personal record of five minutes!

Shows I’m watching(ed)-

9-1-1, The Good Doctor, L.A. to Vegas, American Crime Story: Assassination of Versace, Roseanne (the revival comes out in March and I have a ton of episodes left to watch), This Is Us (sobbed when Jack died and the episode after, and well, just about every episode), The Amazing Race, The Four, Celebrity Big Brother (ok, so I’ve never watched Big Brother and I’m obsessed), Glee (because, duh), The Bachelor, Riverdale and Bachelor: Winter Games (yay Clare and Ashley I.)

Movies I watched – 

Matilda, Armageddon, Dante’s Peak (twice, once with Danielle, it celebrated its 21st Birthday!), Black Panther with Shinah, Irie and Amanda

Podcasts I’m listening to – 

Ted Talks Daily, Up First, The Daily, Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, Below the Fold, Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Required Listening, Scrubbing in with Becca Tilley, So Random with Corinne Olympios, Stuff You Should Know, The Ben & Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast, The Dave Ramsey Show, The Minimalists, Your Favorite Thing Podcast with Wells & Brandi

Lindsay Lohan – 

Lindsay posted some photos from her shoot with W magazine on her Instagram. “It takes time to find yourself. But when you know your truth and have confidence…. everything is possible. This is our future. Live it. Karma is #EVERYTHING”

I have also created a fan account on Instagram if you’d like to give it a follow.

Niall Horan – 

Flicker World Tour 2018 is beginning in mid-March. On The Loose is the next single off Flicker.

2/1: Candace’s last day. Cubby’s for lunch with the team.

2/3: Games and hot tubbing in Bluffdale with the cousins.

2/4: Super Bowl! Hard not eating tons of junk food.

2/6: The Killers with Kylie. Amanda Brown and Albert Hammond Jr. were the opening acts.

2/8: Hair cut!

2/9: Brittany and I waited on the waiting page to buy Hamilton tickets for 5 hours and didn’t get any. Grrr! Jazz vs. Hornets game, 7th row and got to eat in the Toyota Club.

2/10: Car repairs, blah.

2/12: My friend Jenna’s first day at corporate in a new position! Had Jacqueline’s bridal shower in the library.

2/14: My supervisor got me healthy popcorn and thumb war tattoos, haha. His twin girls came in and gave everyone a Valentine’s too.

2/15: First business trip with Cole and Jacob. Knott’s Berry Farm. Wood roller coaster was my fave. Panned for gold. Dinner at the Montage in Laguna Beach with our vendor. Hot tubbed it up back at the hotel. (P.S. I don’t think the artist did a good job on my caricature face)

2/16: Met with our vendor. Tried mussels for the first time.

2/20: Team lunch at Sakura

2/24: Dinner and game night at Becca and Ben’s

2/25: Chuck-a-Rama with my grandma, grandpa, Amanda, Dustin and Kira

2/26: Filed my taxes!

2/28/18: Hit my best mile time at 8:06!

Concerts I have tickets to for the upcoming year … so far – 

March 2-4: Demi Lovato & DJ Khaled in Las Vegas

May 9: P!nk

June 16: The Adventures of Kesha & Macklemore

July 30: Niall Horan

September 29: Taylor Swift in Houston, Texas

“If you are on the right path, it will be uphill.” -Henry B. Eyring