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Woulda Coulda Shoulda

WOULDA-COULDA-SHOULDA All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas Layin in the sun, Talkin’ bout the things They woulda-coulda-shoulda done… But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas All ran away and hid From one little Did.                                                                -Shel Silverstein I LOVE that poem! I never want to be the woulda-coulda-shoulda done person. I always want to be the one that DID! Maybe that’s why […]

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The Good OCD: Organization and Cleanliness equals a peaceful Disposition

For the last five months my husband and I have been helping redo a house for my son and his wife to move into before their next baby is due to arrive. Going into the project we didn’t think there would be that much to redo, but the further we dug in, the more we […]

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Be The One To Provide Encouragement

To illustrate the message of today’s blog I have to first share a story someone sent to me years ago that goes like this: “Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from […]

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ADD, OCD, or TBD? Which Disorder Do You Have?

“Our attention span is shot. We’ve all got Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD or OCD or one of these disorders with three letters because we don’t have the time or patience to pronounce the entire disorder. That should be a disorder right there, TBD ‘Too Busy Disorder.’ ” – Ellen DeGeneres ADD and TBD…those are […]

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We Are Ultimately In Charge Of Our Own Happiness

“So often we get caught up in the illusion that there is something just beyond our reach that would bring us happiness: a better family situation, a better financial situation, or the end of a challenging trial.The older we get, the more we look back and realize that external circumstances don’t really matter or determine […]

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The Immortal Regiment March and A Reminder That What We All Share Something In Common

I’d never heard of the Immortal Regiment March before my trip to Russia last week. It was May 8th and we were driving in our private tour bus with our guide through the streets of Saint Petersburg Russia. Our guide was telling us about each of the buildings and the history surrounding them as we […]

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We Can’t Change The Media, But We CAN Change Not Allowing What We Hear In The Media To Form Our Views

Before we’ve seen something for ourselves we have this picture in our mind of what something will be like. Most of the time that picture comes from things we’ve heard and seen in the media.  Whether we’ve seen things on the news or in the movies or whether we’ve read things on social media, when […]

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Photos From My Trip To Russia!

I just returned from spending over a week in Moscow and Saint Petersburg Russia with the Woodbury School of Business National Advisory Board I Chair at Utah Valley University. We visited the Kremlin in Moscow, we spent time with US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Jr. and his wife Mary Kaye (dear friends) in their […]

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The Toughest CEO Position in The World

I was a CEO of a high-growth technology company for many years and so believe me when I say that I don’t make this next statement lightly: There is no tougher CEO position in the world than that of the CEO of a home. As CEO of a home you are not just the Chief […]

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Gift Ideas For Mothers’ Day That Show Appreciation

Nothing can choke people up faster than talk about their love for their Mothers. That’s because its really overwhelming to consider the tremendous sacrifice that our Mothers make for us. They bring us into this world at a huge cost to their physical bodies and then they literally care for our every need in life […]

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Schedule Some Life Experiences

We are all busy. Life is BUSY!  And if we are not careful we will find that our time is no longer our own, rather it gets taken over by this meeting or that meeting and those emails and these people to call.  Even if you don’t plan a single thing on your calendar and […]

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The Day That Changed My Life Forever

I can’t believe that it has already been 26 years…26 years ago I was at work when my water broke. It took me a minute to figure out that’s what was going on because, let’s face it, wetting yourself isn’t that unheard of when you are nine months pregnant with a baby kicking your bladder. […]

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All You Can Do Is Your Best

I’ve always been someone who pushes myself. I set big goals and I go after them. I don’t let myself settle for mediocrity because nothing about the word mediocre appeals to me. I believe if you are going to do something you ought to do it 100% and do it the very best you can. […]

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Nothing Good Happens Until You Let It

Nothing good happens until you let it. That’s the thought that came into my head today. The reason? Well, I was about to embark on a bit of an adventure and I was feeling all kinds of nervous about it. To put it more bluntly, I was downright afraid…afraid of the unknown…afraid of the what […]

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Those Who Inspire Us To Greatness

Nothing serves as better motivation than seeing others you admire doing great things. I was blessed to grow up in a home with a Mother and Father who both did great things on a regular basis. My Mother had ten children and was a devoted full-time Mom who had one of the hardest jobs in […]

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The Pedigree Of Your Spirit Can Be Written On A Single Line

“However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!”   -Boyd K. Packer That quote is so powerful! It’s like every time I read it a little voice in my head whispers, […]

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IF WE ONLY UNDERSTOOD

Could we but draw back the curtains That surround each other’s lives, See the naked heart and spirit, Know what spur the action gives, Often we should find it better, Purer than we judged we should, We should love each other better, If we only understood. Could we judge all deeds by motives, See the […]

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Twenty Seconds Of Insane Courage Or Recognize That In Standing Still We Can Lose The Most

”You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” – Benjamin Mee in movie We Bought A Zoo I was taking the long five hour flight back from New York City to Salt Lake […]

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It’s Not The Places We Go, It’s The People We Are With

My husband and I spent most of last week in New York City with the Hale Center Theater Founders Board. The Hale Center Theater is an incredible community theater in Utah that has plays of the caliber of any Broadway show I’ve seen. Each year this board takes a trip together to go and see […]

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Focus On Those Ones

For the last several months my husband and I have been working round the clock to help our son and his wife to redo a home they recently bought so they can hurry and get moved in before their next baby (my second grandbaby) is born this summer. We’ve poured our hearts and soul into […]

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May You Stay Forever Young

Thirty years…that’s how long ago I graduated from High School. THIRTY YEARS!…. I can hardly believe its been that long. I can hardly believe how much life I have lived since that graduation day. I can still remember so much about that day. I remember the royal blue dress I wore. I remember the royal […]

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What Will You Do With Your Platform?

Monday night this week I was asked to speak at The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University to honor the graduating students. This group included female students in the Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs Program at USU as well. When I was asked if I would come and speak at Monday’s event […]

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Performing an In-Air Refueling of F35s with the Utah National Guard

I have THE COOLEST EXPERIENCE to share with you today! This morning, I was invited by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to join him and the First Lady for a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a flight on Utah Air National Guard KC-135 refueling tanker and to observe (from a window in the belly […]

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Lessons Learned From The Easter Bunny

I hope everyone had a marvelous Easter weekend. I don’t know about you all, but I ate far too many jellybeans over the weekend – I’m about as sugar-rushed as a person can be as I head into this week ahead, which may prove to be a good thing because I’ve got all kinds of […]

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#BecauseOfHim We Can Rewrite Our Story

I’m so excited to celebrate Easter with my family this weekend.  Frankly, I’m excited for any excuse to get to spend time with my family. When I look at everything that goes on in my life, all the experiences I’ve gotten to have, all the amazing people I’ve gotten to interact with, all the places […]

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How Lucky Can You Be?

Tonight I came across an audio file of a talk given back in 1964 by one of the greatest men I have ever known to walk this earth. When he passed away back in 2008 I was incredibly sad, but his influence in my life continues on to this very day. His name was Gordon […]

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Happiness Is A Choice. Make It!

The driver had picked me and my friend Sarah up from our downtown San Francisco meeting and was trying to get through the heavy downtown traffic so he could get us onto the freeway so my friend could make it to the airport in time for her to make her flight. Traffic was a bear […]

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Go Into The World And Do Well. But More Importantly, Go into The World And Do Good

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” – Minor Myers Jr. Waking up this morning was downright brutal. I was so tired after only getting a few hours after flying home late the night after having gone to speak at the conference in Orlando and […]

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Customer Service Isn’t About A Product Or Service, It’s About A Feeling

I’m writing tonight’s blog as I’m sitting on an airplane flying home from Orlando, Florida where I’ve just spent the last several days at a Business Leaders’ conference where I had been asked to speak. It was a great conference to be a part of and it was fun to spend time with some truly […]

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Key Elements That Led To My Success

Today I spoke at a business leaders conference where I was asked to speak on how my values helped me succeed in business. The fact is that my values didn’t just help me succeed, they are the very reason FOR my success. Because when you know who you are, and what you are going to […]

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