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Talents In You Just Waiting To Be Discovered

There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” – Orison Swett Marden Deep within each of us lies talents, abilities, and powers that go so far beyond anything we could begin to imagine. Too often in life we

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Put Yourself In The Running

If there is something you want badly enough, my advice is this: put yourself in the running. Even if you don’t get chosen, you will get noticed. I was constantly looking for great people to fill management positions within the company. Even though growth is a huge blessing for a company, it can also be

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“I Like Myself…I Like Myself…”

We all tend to be our own worst critics in life. And for those of us who are women, we are our own worst critic times ten! I have always been a fan of motivation speaker Brian Tracy. In one of his talk series that is a personal favorite of mine called The Psychology of

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Admitting You Were Wrong Doesn’t Make You Weak – It Makes You Awesome

It takes tremendous fortitude to utter the words “I was wrong, and I am sorry.” I love that word: fortitude. I could list the dictionary definition, but why go to that trouble when there’s Microsoft Word’s handy one-click synonym function, which in fortitude’s case gives us: strength, courage, resilience, grit, determination, endurance, guts, and staying

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We Must Make Peace With Our Past To Truly Grow

“You must make peace with your past at some point in your life to truly grow.”  – unknown Sometimes we go through things in life that are so traumatic emotionally that we bury them or file things away, we tell ourselves to forget about them, and we put all our focus on the future.  In

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Come What May And Love It

Joseph B. Worthlin shared the following story that has had a huge impact on my life: “When I was young I loved playing sports, and I have many fond memories of those days. But not all of them are pleasant. I remember one day after my football team lost a tough game, I came home

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Wish Flower Or Weed?

One day my husband and I were walking along a riverbank when I looked over and saw an awesome Wish Flower. I used to see them all the time when I was a little girl living in Puyallup, Washington. They were all over our backyard and as kids we would go out and pick the

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Just Keep Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other

“As You Travel Through Life“ As you travel through life there are always those times When decisions just have to be made, When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce, And the rain seems to soak your parade. There are some situations where all you can do Is simply let go and move on,

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How COVID Has Helped Me

As COVID hits closer to home with more and more friends of ours coming down with it, it’s caused me to more and more realize and appreciate how precious each day we are given truly is…each day of health our family has is a day to be treasured and appreciated to the fullest.  As much

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Diversity Is Required To Make A Company Strong, But Unity Is Required To Make A Company Successful.

Diversity seems to be a goal that every company is out to achieve these days. Yet as companies begin to broaden their hiring practices in order to achieve diversity, they often find that in solving one problem they have also opened up an entirely new one – creating unity amongst diversity. As diversity enters into

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Enjoy The Scenery On Life’s Detours Because You’ll Probably Take A Few

“It’s worth recognizing that there is no such thing as an overnight success. You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure. The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. At that time, we turn around and say, yes,

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You Never Know How Boring Your Life Is Until…

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in construction meetings all day today about our new office space…well, all day and all night actually given its 11:30pm and I’m just now getting home to boot up my laptop for the first time today.  I honestly feel like my brain has turned to mush tonight after so

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Focus On What You Can Control

All of us have a life filled with a ridiculous number of unexpected twists and turns this year. Between handling all that “unexpected” and still having to face a sea of “uncertain” ahead it really starts to feel disconcerting. And the only way I’ve found to help myself feel better at times like this is

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Be Humble Be Hungry. And Always Be The Hardest Worker In The Room.

Moving out of our building the last two weeks has been SO much work! Thank heavens for The Other Side Movers! The Other Side Movers is a training school for The Other Side Academy, a non-profit that helps former felons learn how to live productive, successful lives. The ex-convicts in the program are given a

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Such Is The Value Of Music

I planned to write a blog today with fun details of our moving offices but when I woke up to an alert on my phone reminding me today was tax day everything else went out the window while I got that taken care of. Then I had an important project to get done for my

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That’s Life…Rarely Convenient And Full Of Curve Balls

Since late 2012 we’ve been leasing a building that we renovated from the former restaurant it had been to gorgeous office space that was unlike any other.  I poured my heart into making it spectacular and I’ve loved our office space so much. But after leasing it for nearly 8 years we’d decided it was

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Why We All Need To Become Linguists!

I’ve thought a lot the last few days about the just how important it is that we try and understand the people we love’s love language. If your not familiar with what I mean by the term ‘love language’ it stems from a book titled “The Five Love Languages” written by Gary Chapman in which

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We Will Never Regret The Time We Spent, Only That We Didn’t Spend More

Tonight we said goodbye to our nephew and his wife as the two of them are moving back east to start a new job.  My nephew’s been living out here in Utah since 2012 when he first moved out to attend college and because his parents lived back East my husband and I became his

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It’s Time To Go in Search Of New Cheese!

Where to begin….back in March when the entire world changed in what seemed like an instant it caused all of us to relook at everything we had going on in our lives and really question what things we should keep in our lives, what things should be gotten rid of, what changes ought to be

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What’s Left Unsaid

You know its been a long day when its after midnight and you are still at your office working…which is why my son Dalton agreed to pinch hit for me tonight by writing today’s blog post: What’s Left Unsaid (written by Dalton Anderson) This year has been one for the history books. Probably the understatement

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Life Happens. Chocolate Helps.

Today happened to be National Chocolate Day – which means you could eat all the chocolate you wanted and not feel guilty about it!  Truth is my husband is the one addicted to  chocolate at our house and I’m more of a caramel fan myself, but with it being a National holiday of chocolate I

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These Days The Little Moments Mean A Whole Lot More

Fourth of July has always been one of our family’s favorite holidays. And one of our favorite family traditions for Fourth of July is attending the Stadium of Fire celebration held in Utah.  Stadium of Fire boasts a huge headline musical performer each year (past years have included Carrie Underwood, One Republic, Keith Urban, Journey,

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Remember What It Stands For

My Great Uncle Mel Dalton was a WWII veteran who served in the US Marine Corps on the USS California. My Uncle was a truly great man who served his country at great personal sacrifice to himself and his family. He loved America with his whole soul and he understood firsthand those sacrifices made by

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If We Can Just Get Through This Month

My older sister in California and I were talking on the phone tonight about how frustrating it is not to know how or what we can plan for the rest of our summer given all the COVID madness. She and her family are hoping to come out to Utah to stay with us for a

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Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

If you can’t be a pine on top of the hill,Be a scrub in the valley — but beThe best little scrub by the side of the rill;Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,And some highway happier make;If you can’t be

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“Are YOU livin’ a 10!?”

I’ve had a really long night tonight and getting home at 2:30am I knew I’d struggle to write a blog as tired as I am so thankfully my daughter Ashley was willing to write tonight’s blog post: Awhile back my husband Alex and I set out on a 6 hour drive to Lake Powell. While

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Feeling Better Inward Takes Turning More Outward

Last week I spent a few days doing both speaking and mentoring session via video conferencing on Zoom with groups of students from multiple Universities across the country.   During that time I was serving those students I wasn’t worrying about the pandemic we are facing, or the riots still going on, or the wildfires, or

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“Be brave enough to suck at something new”

Today I spent hours speaking to students of BYU at their StartUp LaunchPad program. I gave my talk over Zoom Video Conference so I could do some Q&A with students after my talk. I asked my Daughter if she would cover my blog for me tonight and thankfully she said YES! So here’s a post

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Every Dumb Mistake I Ever Made

There are two types of mistakes in life – those we make innocently because we didn’t know better yet and are learning, and there are those we make despite the fact we knew better but made them anyway. Its the latter type that I refer to as “dumb” mistakes. Every “dumb” mistake I EVER made

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The Fear Of Childishness and The Desire To Be Very Grown Up

Having been sucked into an endless hole all day of gathering receipts so my accountant can get my tax return prepared in time for the upcoming tax deadline, I asked my son Dalton if he’d write tonight’s blog post for me. Here’s Dalton’s post: “When I became a man I put away childish things, including

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