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To A Footstool A Chair Is Everything

Every Sunday our family has a tradition that as we sit around the kitchen table for dinner together we always go around the table and each take a turn sharing something that touched us in church that day. Then we discuss the thoughts shared.  This tradition is something we value tremendously because it’s a time

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Time Flies When You’re Doing Things You Love

I swear the day goes by so ridiculously fast when you are working on things you love to do.  The days I spend my time trying to help others and give back in meaningful ways literally fly by so fast that I’m always blown away to look at the clock and realize the day is

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Don’t Be Cutoff

Last week my family and I went and stayed at a cabin in Kamas, Utah for some much needed family bonding time. I planned several fun activities for us such as attending a Queen Nation concert (a cover band that performs music from Queen), boating on the lake, watching a small town parade, playing card

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7 UP-Lifting ways to start your week of right

7 UP-lifting Ways To Start This Week off right: 1. Wake UP – and Decide to have a good day. 2. Dress UP – The best way to dress up is to put on a smile! 3. Cheer UP – say nice things and have a positive attitude. 4. Stand UP – For what you

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Remember – You’re On The Same Team

A few years ago we were playing games with several couples. One of the people playing the game got really frustrated when someone on their same team did something that caused them to lose their points.  In a fit of frustration this person yelled a reminder to the other player, “We are on the SAME

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Feeling Stuck?

Have you ever had a time when, for lack of a better description, you just feel stuck?  Unsure of how to go forward, but aware you can’t stand still?  Feeling stuck is actually a clear indication that something in our lives needs to change. Whenever I find myself feeling stuck it’s because I have a

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Celebrating Pioneer Day And A Legacy Of Faith

July 24th may be just a regular day for most of the world, but here in Utah it’s a State holiday called Pioneer Day when we celebrate the fact that on July 24, 1847, the Pioneers first arrived to settle the State of Utah.  If you are not familiar with the story of what these

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Bring The Vacation To You

We all love going on vacation – Why? Because vacations are our opportunity to throw normal routines out the window and give ourselves permission to venture out and do new things without feeling weighed down by any day-to-day expectations, and without feeling the tremendous guilt of forgoing them. We allow ourselves to ignore the cell

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Choose Your Perspective

My Mother is a woman of many talents. She writes poetry, she’s written song lyrics, she’s published a book, she draws, she does beautiful sculptures, and the list of her talents goes on and on, but at the top of that list has to be raising ten children. Having raised two children myself I can

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Enjoy The Moment With Your Full Focus

I’m one of those people that when I know I have something coming due in the future, that I haven’t had time to do yet, it weighs on me like a big ball of stress just waiting to smack me in the gut.  I find I have a hard time relaxing and enjoying anything if

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It Only Takes Three Words To Strengthen Any Relationship

Years ago someone shared an article with me titled “Only 3 Words” that reads as follows: “There are many things that you can do to strengthen your relationships. Often the most effective thing you can do involves saying just three words…The following three-word phrases can be tools to help develop every relationship. 1.Let me help

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A Day In One Another’s Shoes

Last night my I went and saw the musical Freaky Friday with my daughter. I would guess all of you are familiar with the storyline from the Disney movie Freaky Friday already, but just in case your not, it’s about a mother and her teenage daughter who have been struggling to get along (as many

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We Are Connected – What You Do Affects The Whole World

“One day, a western anthropologist went to Africa to study the social behavior of an indigenous tribe. He proposed a game to the children and they willingly agreed to be part of it. He put a basket filled with fruits underneath a tree and told the children that whoever would reach the basket first would

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The Rule Against Why Or When

I moved every few years as a kid. My father’s work took us from Oregon, to Washington, Michigan, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, California and then Utah. Every time we moved and I had to say goodbye to my friends it was hard. That gave me a special appreciation for the fact that from the time my

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Paying It Forward With A Reminder That Today is #FreeSlurpeeDay!

I decided to post tonight’s blog early today because I want to make sure everyone is aware that because today 7/11 it is FREE SLURPEE DAY at 7-Eleven. But to get your free Slurpee but you’ve got to get in there by 7pm today so I wanted to post today’s blog in plenty of time

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The Greatest Forces In The World Are Babies

“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way.  He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts.  Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home of some obscure mother.  And then God puts

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Stand Together To Greater Your Good

Last weekend my husband and I were with our friends Charles and Liz Koch along with 700 other truly amazing philanthropists, business leaders, and leading advocates who all share a common desire to help others to excel.  As a philanthropic community, this group known as Stand Together works collectively to: 1. Empower everyone to find

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Commitment Is The Stuff Character Is Made Of

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions, and the actions that speak louder than words. It is making time when there is none; coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of—the

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Get Back Into The Swing Of Things – Tip Toe If You Must

It’s never easy getting back into the swing of things after being away for a period of time.  These last several weeks I traveled down to St. George to speak at a business conference, then I went immediately down to Lake Powell to host a group on our houseboat for over a week, and then

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Let The Celebration Begin!

As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday this week may we remember to “pledge ourselves to each other, and to the cause of human freedom, the cause that has given light to this land and hope to the world” as described by President Ronald Reagan in his speech given July 4, 1986:

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Give Your Mental Health A Fighting Chance

Tonight I’m flying back from two back to back trips I’ve been on the last few weeks. I had some awesome experiences on my trip that I’m super excited to share with all of you, but given that my plane won’t get me back home until long after midnight tonight I think I’ll postpone sharing

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Do More Than…

“Do more than belong: participate.  Do more than care: help.  Do more than believe: practice.  Do more than be fair: be kind.  Do more than forgive: forget.  Do more than dream: work.”      -William Arthur Ward That quote highlights the difference between good and GREAT!  Great takes being proactive and getting involved. It takes

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Some Words Of Advice Are Timeless

Some words of advice are timeless…the words in this poem qualify as such… Wear Sunscreen  -by Mary Schmich Wear sunscreen.  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than

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The Fastest Way To Turn A Bad Day Around

Have you ever noticed that no matter how tired you are or how worn out you feel, the instant someone puts on great dance music you can’t help yourself from starting to bop your head and tap your feet to the beat. Nothing can lift your spirits faster than an impromptu dance party. For those

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Forgiveness Day

June 26th is Forgiveness Day – a day to forgive others who have wronged you and a day for seeking forgiveness from those you have wronged…finally, it’s a day to forgive yourself. Forgiving others is hard to do when you are hurting, but it is also the most therapeutic. When you forgive someone you are

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Question Your Way Of Thinking To Broaden Your Perspective

I was reading unopened emails in my inbox when I came across one from my daughter-in-law Alexis where she had written a guest blog post for me to be able to use on a day I was busy and needed help. Given that she’d sent the unopened email to me clear back on June 6th

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Bring On Those Two Virgin Pina Coladas!

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for summer to arrive this year.  The weather has been cold and rainy, the flowers were late coming in, and life just seemed to get nutso every since 2019 began. I think I’ve officially spent more time in hospitals in 2019 than any other year in my life.

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We All Scream For Ice Cream As We Begin Summer 2019!

Guess what??  Today is National Vanilla Milkshake Day! YEEE HAWWW 🙂 Why am I so excited about that, you ask?  Because I LOVE ice cream!  That’s why. So when I heard that today was National Milkshake Day I thought, “What could be better than that?!” You see, I growing up in the Rees Family, ice

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If You Have Purpose You Don’t Have To Be Pushed, Your Passion Will Drive You There

“If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” – Roy Bennett I’d only been asleep for three hours when my alarm went off at 4am this morning. I had an early morning flight I needed to get up and ready for so I

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Work hard at your job you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.

“Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.” — Jim Rohn As a CEO, whenever I saw a hard worker I instantly noticed them. They always stood out from the rest. And knowing they were a hard worker made me comfortable to assign them

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