Tag Archives: happiness

Jesus Will Make It Grow Back

When my son Dalton was a little boy, for some reason he could not grow bangs.  His hair would grow on top and on the sides and in the back, but it just wouldn’t grow in the front.  So for the first few years of his life I kept him in baseball caps to disguise […]

How Will You Use Your Opportunity To Influence Others?

Each of us will have an opportunity to influence an untold number of people during our lifetime. So the question we must ask ourselves is, “When we have opportunities to influence others how are we going to use them?  What will we do when we are given a moment in the sun?  What impact do […]

Insanely Exciting News – Bust out the pink bling and sparkles!

Several months ago the day after we’d spent time together as a family (with my two kids and their spouses and our grandbaby) my husband said, “I think we are going to be grandparents again.”  “Of course we will be” I replied with certainty given all the incentives I’ve thrown out to bribe my children […]

Brains, Heart, and Courage

Tonight I went to see our friend Lexi Walker ( http://lexiwalker.net/ )  perform as Dorothy in the play The Wizard of Oz at the amazing Hale Center Theater in Utah (www.hct.org ) . Lexi is an incredibly talented young woman who is also an absolute sweetheart. Lexi first came into the spotlight at the age […]

Welcome to 2019 And The First Day of the Rest Of Your Life!

2019…can you believe it?!?!  It’s 2019! And today is the first day of the rest of your life and it’s going to be AWESOME!!! Happy New Year everyone! My family rang in the new year by busting out a bottle of sparkling grape juice only to find it was fermented, which caused my son and […]

My Merry Christmas Card To All Of You

I have never been able to plan ahead early enough to get family photos taken and printed out, gather updated addresses for everyone, and then send the photos out to everyone with a nice letter.  Yet I love it when I receive other people’s cards because it’s so fun to see their families grow and […]

I Double Dog Dare You

If you’ve ever watched the movie A Christmas Story then you know exactly what the term ‘double dog dare you’ means. If you haven’t watched the movie A Christmas Story then what in the heck is wrong with you?!?!  I mean, you gotta watch it!  It’s a holiday classic that needs to be watched every […]

Kindness Is Free. Sprinkle That Stuff Everywhere

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” -Oscar Wilde I was in the airport when I saw her – a young mother with her small baby strapped to her chest in a carrier and her little two year old boy by her side with a car seat in one hand […]

Thank You For Your Service

November 11th is US holiday dedicated to honoring military veterans and celebrating their service. And I believe its also a day we should honor and celebrate the families of the veterans who are as much the heroes as those who serve. I am so grateful to veterans and their families for affording me a great nation of freedom […]

You Can Control Your Effort Even If You Can’t Control The Outcome

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs […]

Prioritizing Your Life

It’s an object lesson most everyone has heard of, but I was reminded of it today and having the visual image that this object lesson provides was something I really needed right now in my life. It’s the object lesson of the rocks, pebbles and sand: “A professor of philosophy stood before his class with […]

Sick? Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

Welcome to cold and flu season  **sigh**  In all my excitement for winter holiday season I somehow failed to remember that its also cold and flu season…that was until Saturday night when a sinus cold hit both me and my husband like a ten ton truck and the two of us had to get Nyquil’d […]

Silly Arguments Between Couples

What makes this stand up comedy video clip so funny is that every married man who watches this video will totally relate to it and laugh in that “man I totally feel his pain” kind of way…and every married woman who watches it will relate to it in that “yeah, we know we do that, […]

Don’t Let Your Fear Stop You – TRY!

I’ve been known to be the first girl out on the dance floor, the girl who can’t sit still if she’s bored, a leader, an entrepreneur, a public speaker, a writer, and a philanthropist. What I am not known to be is a girl who does anything that requires walking long distances, running even short […]

Why This Weekend Is One Of My Favorite Weekends Of The Year!

Twice a year, every year, over the course of a weekend, there is a conference held in which around 35 amazingly inspiring speakers give talks on everything from integrity, to attitude, to finding balance, enduring trials, education, forgiving, service, gratitude, family, hope, happiness, and a myriad of other important and inspiring topics.  I get so […]

For A Seed To Achieve Greatness It Must Come Completely Undone

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ―Cynthia Occelli When I look back at the last few years it is amazing to me to see some of […]

Being An Adult Is Like Folding A Fitted Sheet

“Being an adult is like folding a fitted sheet. No one really knows how.” -unknown That is SO TRUE!  I still remember being a little kid and looking at the adults thinking “They are so lucky to be a grown up.” Then I became and adult and I was like, “Wait…what the?!?!…Well, this isn’t at […]

If It Feels Like Work You Are Doing It Wrong

“If it feels like work you are doing it wrong.” – unknown Today I must be doing it wrong because it has definitely felt like work. Those feelings reminded me of an article I once read that was written by Jenna Goudreau for Forbes called Seven Steps To Happiness At Work, she shares seven tips from a […]

Connecting The Dots

“One of the great innovators of our time, Steve Jobs of Apple, had this insight: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward,” he said. “You can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” What did he mean by that? Perhaps an illustration will […]

Attributes Of Empathy

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato This video clip below is awesome! It is a perfect illustration of why we ought to have a little more empathy for other people. We shouldn’t assume we know what someone is feeling or what they might be dealing with. We can’t […]

You’re Not Going To Master The Rest Of Your Life In One Day

“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.” – unknown I needed that quote today. I actually need that quote pretty much every day. I have a hard time feeling like I’ve ever gotten enough done in a day […]

Another Look Unlimited Day

The day after a holiday is always a little rough. But guess what?! I just found out that the day after Labor Day is actually yet another holiday! Apparently its “Another Look Unlimited Day”, which frankly I’d never heard of before until today, but yeah…apparently it’s really a thing… What is it you ask? Okay, […]

#TheMeaningOfLifeIn4Words

When my twitter feed revealed #TheMeaningOfLifeIn4Words  as the top trend hashtag of the moment it totally killed my focus tonight. The truth is I don’t usually pay attention to things that are trending but for some reason this one caught my eye. Perhaps that’s because I’ve spent days on end doing nothing but writing word […]

Reframing How We View Social Media

“The opposite of depression is purpose.”  –(a blog post from Ashley, daughter of Amy Rees Anderson) There was a book I read as a child called “You Are Special” by Max Lucado that I think perfectly teaches this principle. It’s about a wooden doll named Punchinello, who lives in a town full of Wemmicks (other […]

Give A Man A Task. Preferably In As Few Words As Possible.

On a recent road trip I took with my husband down to our houseboat at Lake Powell I found myself getting incredibly bored during the portion of the drive where we lose cell phone and internet coverage. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my husband but his idea of an exciting road […]

It’s BOTH National Bacon Lovers Day AND Cupcake Day! It’s Clearly Going To Be A Ridiculously Awesome Day!

Bacon and Cupcakes – celebrating either one of those delicious delicacies in a day would make it an awesome day, but celebrating both of them on the SAME DAY?! That is the very description of Ridiculously Awesome! When I discovered that National Bacon Lovers Day (August 20th each year) and Cupcake Day (the third Monday […]

Ten Rules For The Good

Starting off any new week,  it’s always good to have a really good motivational poem or quote that can help put things into perspective and motivate you to want to be better.  A perfect example of one that works well for any given week is these ten rules written by Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson’s Ten […]

When We’ll Know That We Knew What Love Was

My daughter Ashley wrote a great guest blog for me last week about how her definition of love is growing as she comes to understand more about what love and marriage are all about. Reading her post I couldn’t help but thing about how my own definition of love has grown tremendously over the years […]

You Can Only Be Young Once. But You Can Always Be Immature

“You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.” -Dave Berry My sister Jen and my niece Rachel came into town this week to visit from California. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to spend time with the two of them but 17 years ago my niece Rachel actually lived with […]