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Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Here is my thought for the day. A simple quote by a Christian pastor named Chip Ingram about Daily Bread really got me thinking some deeper thoughts than “what’s for dinner?” and “I gotta get this project done for my boss by 5!” So, I created a photo quote out of it to hang next to my computer – which also happens to be perfectly sized for … Continue reading

What Just Happened?

What Just Happened?

A lifetime of change can happen in a day, or a week. I’ve been processing a lot of change the past few days and weeks, and any time I’ve had a moment to sit down and share something here on the blog, another change happens… so I go back to “processing” mode. Here’s a recap on what … Continue reading

Is This Real Life?

Is This Real Life?

It’s been one of “those” days, and one of those weeks, and it’s pretty much turning into one of those lives… For one thing, I left my purse home this morning. I know. First world problems, right? I was carrying several other bags plus a lunch sack so I didn’t notice I was not actually carrying the … Continue reading

What Is Really Important To You?

What Is Really Important To You?

Recently I’ve been going through the job seek & find process. This hasn’t been what I would call a “fun” activity (does anyone find this fun?!). It has taken me out of my comfort zone. It’s reminded me how rusty I am on answering those infamous “tell me about a time when…” and “what is your greatest … Continue reading

Remember Courage

Remember Courage

What does it mean to have courage? There are many wonderful examples all around us of people being courageous. I bet you can think of someone right now in your life who is exercising courage. In fact, I bet you’ve had to find and use courage, too. Continue reading

What Makes A Woman? – An Empowering New Song

What Makes A Woman? – An Empowering New Song

Excited to share a new music video today that features some of my very best friends (who didn’t even tell me they were doing this amazing thing)! The song What Makes a Woman? is from a new musical comedy called The Best Medicine written by the brilliantly talented writer, author, speaker, playwright, “YouTube Mom“, CEO entrepreneur Joni Hilton. [yes, and a Mormon].  The musical scoring … Continue reading

Opening The Windows Of Heaven

Opening The Windows Of Heaven

Last Friday I got a group email from members in my ward (congregation) spreading the word that our Stake President (spiritual leader over a group of wards) was requesting that all of us include as part of our fasting and prayers this weekend a specific request to heaven for “more moisture“, and to spread the word to others to do … Continue reading

Home The Movie And Life

Home The Movie And Life

Some days are great. Today was an exceptionally great day! Emotionally, physically, spiritually. Everything seemed to just align together in perfect harmony. The weather, the body, the people, the food, and the sweet little cherry on top [a movie called HOME]! Continue reading

Finding Easter

Finding Easter

I should be sleeping. If I went to bed right this moment I might be lucky enough to get four three two solid hours of sleep. But, I’m not in bed and I’m not sleeping. Instead I’m sitting here worrying. I’m worrying about my in-laws who are both very seriously ill. I’m praying over them and wondering how … Continue reading

The Dust of Eternity

The Dust of Eternity

I have a remarkable story to share with you today. I hope that it inspires you as much as it inspired me. Since Joey’s death on Monday I’ve been particularly reflective about both the transitory and eternal nature of life. I’ve spent some extra time pondering heavenly things. You could say my heart has been turned a little more “outward and upward.” Continue reading

It’s About Time

It’s About Time

Here we go again! The annual “Spring Forward” happened Sunday night. That always seems like a lovely euphemism for “Say goodbye to another hour of critical sleep, sucka!” Doesn’t it? *sigh* My body hasn’t adjusted yet. I could rant some more about this antiquated fall-back spring-forward practice. But, that’s not what I want to blog about today. Today I … Continue reading

Hi Neighbor! Will You Be Mine?

Hi Neighbor! Will You Be Mine?

Happy Valentine’s Day! A day dedicated to thinking and talking just a little more than usual about love. I recently watched a new public service video [posted below] and it made me think of a Mr. Rogers song. Were you lucky enough to know Mr. Rogers? Everyone of a certain age – at least if you’re an American – will remember … Continue reading

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Prepare to be inspired. Life-long friends Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray shared an amazing journey last summer, and now they have a powerful message to share with the world about what they learned. I’m excited to share their new TED-x Talk which released last night! This is a message about love, courage, self-less service, friendship, and above all, … Continue reading

50 Things About Me: Random TMI

50 Things About Me: Random TMI

Here is a random list of things about me that you probably never wanted to know, as encouraged by my new young friend over at InspiredByABook – because since I read her Q&A, she says it’s now my turn (and also because I’m declaring it “Fun Friday” at the blog – and this was fun). 1: What are you wearing? Clothes … Continue reading

Making Death A Part Of Life

Making Death A Part Of Life

The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die.” (Eccl. 3:1-2) I’m sharing more thoughts today in my ongoing fascination and exploration of the topic of death. Our Life – including our death – can … Continue reading

Happy 2015: Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

Happy 2015: Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

Howdy, friends! I took an unplanned but much needed hiatus from blogging this past week. I hope that all of you had a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Years Eve celebration. My family and I had a most excellent adventure visiting and celebrating with my parents who are currently serving as missionaries in northern … Continue reading

Give Thanks! Song For A Special Day

Give Thanks! Song For A Special Day

It’s November 10th, which means it’s a special day at our house which deserves a special song! Today you’re being treated to an original video I put together of LDS folk singer-songwriter Cori Connors “Give Thanks”. I love this song, and it is perfect  for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist! It’s also a perfect way to wish a Happy Birthday … Continue reading

We Need A Little Thanksgiving

We Need A Little Thanksgiving

It’s the day after Halloween and my morning radio alarm woke me to the song “We Need A Little Christmas”. I quickly pushed the snooze button, sure it was some weird dream. The next alarm startled me with children belting out “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. I groaned and hit Snooze again. The third alarm brought me Johnny Mathis crooning “O Holy … Continue reading

Getting Personal About Preventing Suicide

Getting Personal About Preventing Suicide

All of us have been touched in some way by the crushing effect of emotional illness and the devastation of suicide. I’ve experienced it personally, and via loved ones, all of my life. For too many years this subject has been “taboo”, which only makes it worse. A beautiful and powerful new video just posted quietly … Continue reading

Give Us This Day

Give Us This Day

Only two more days until the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! In preparation, today’s “countdown message” is about life, challenges, and bread. Continue reading

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

This week I’ve been blessed to think a lot about life and death and the meaning of things. I’ve been reminded we all have so much more potential than we really know, and there’s no better example of that than my cousin Mark. Everyone needs to know Mark! Today I’m going to share him with you, so that your life can be blessed and inspired too. Continue reading

Good Things To Share!

Good Things To Share!

There’s so many good things to share! This past week’s theme has been about exercising my body, mind, and soul. Sometimes we just need to focus on doing small good things each day. It all adds up. Suddenly, we are looking at our lives and realizing there’s so much to celebrate! Continue reading

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

The first time I can remember contemplating the idea of ending my life, I was eleven years old. I didn’t have a detailed exit plan. It was simply a strong feeling that the world would be a much better place if I wasn’t in it. The idea was shocking, terrifying and sad. “Why did I think that?” As the year progressed, more foreign little … Continue reading