Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I don't know if I've ever shared this video message before....if not - check it out.  I LOVE everything about this video.  The message, the music, the images - most of all, the feeling that my heart feels.  I know that our Heavenly Father wants us to create - whether it be works of art, families, beautiful living spaces, friendships, love.....So don't listen to the critics that might keep you down.  Rely on the spirit and your capacity to create will grow!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Happy birthday to my sweetie Cory.  Cory is amazing and I am so lucky to have him as my partner and best friend.  One of Cory's greatest qualities is that he is so optomistic.  You never hear Cory say "I can't" - it's always "We'll figure it out" or "It will all workout somehow".  He's so amazing at seeing possibility and not focusing on the negative.  He's also determined to make things work for the people he loves.  He takes care of us and wants nothing more than for our family to have what they need - and what they want - in life. 

I love you sweetheart, and I am grateful to have you to wake up to every day.  You bless my life more than you'll ever know!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Lifting Burdens: The Atonement of Jesus Christ

What a beautiful reminder of the gift of the Atonement. Through our Heavenly Father and Savior we can find the peace of God that will surpass all of our earthly understanding. He can - and WILL make us whole and complete. What a blessing that is to me in my life, and I hope anyone reading this can feel of His love through this message.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

I am.....

Last week I took a yoga class from a teacher I hadn't taken from before.  She was a little....different....a little too "new-age-like" for my taste.  At first I thought she was a bit kooky and figured at least it would be a relaxing hour, and possibly somewhat humorous....

At one point she started talking (that was one of the problems - she talked a lot!) about how we needed to stop focusing on what we wanted, and focus on putting what we wanted into acutalized statments.  Like saying, "I am happy" instead of "I want to feel happy".  The idea was really strong - the idea that we are what we think about most of the time.  And by thinking exclusively of what we want - we're living in a state of feeling unfulfilled - instead of starting things in a different way - so that we felt somewhat accomplished, which helps us to achieve these things.  (Think of the philosophy of the book "The Secret".)  Anyway - as she got talking about this she encouraged us to all think of something that we were working towards and come up with some statements that were worded like "I am______". 

Now, let me rewind a bit to say that before I had left for the gym I had been feeling really high-strung.  It was a Tuesday - and I have a history of just being a wreck on Tuesdays (especially between 4-7 pm on Tuesdays - I don't know what it is...?)  I was feeling really inadequate, unhappy, stressed out - crummy and down on myself.

So here I am lying on the floor in a very relaxing pose - breathing and trying to think of a statement that reflected what I wanted in a positive way.  I wasn't terriblly intent on anything in particular but a thought entered my mind VERY strongly, "I am - a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and I love Him."  Here were words I had said dozens, even hundreds of times as a Young Woman in the LDS church.  It is a part of the theme for the Young Women's organization, and a part of the mantra that we repeated each week at church, and at our activities. 

I tried to think of other phrases, other ways of saying positive things - but it was almost like a voice said, "You are a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves you - does anything else really matter???"

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that no - if I can truly say with all the conviction of my heart that I KNOW I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and I love Him - everything else will fall into place.  Being a good mother and wife should come more naturally.  I should treat my fellow men better because I have the perspective of knowing who I am and where I come from.  I should work harder at my church calling, or speak more lovingly to those around me - just becuase I know the divine heritage I carry with me. I should be more gentle on myself simply because a daughter of God inherently has great worth.

So think for a moment - who are you, or what is it you're hoping for?  Think of a way to put that into a positive statement and really think about it.  Remember - you are what you think of most of the time.  Try to remember who you are and where you come from and hopefully we will all be moving in a positive and healthy direction.