LIVE: So for those who know me, I tend to keep a very busy schedule. Mostly because I’m a planner and I like to plan out my day, hours, tasks. Yep, I’m one of those people 😉 haha. But for reals, sometimes I can plan myself silly with things to do! Anyone else ever feel like that? Between church, the gym, work, cleaning, errands, social events, hobbies… life can definitely be FULL – and I think that’s the fun of it all At the same time though, sometimes the days/weeks go by so fast and you wonder what happened? How am I (??) years old all of a sudden right 😉 Am I doing the things I want to be doing each day, week, month? Sometimes you push through and life can be hard, but I think ultimately we are here experiencing life to be HAPPY and to have fun Learning lessons, growing, and taking small, sometimes big, steps along our paths of life.
LEARN: So a lesson that my husband has recently taught me is that within that daily/weekly planning, that I need to take time for me. Selfish? Maybe, but maybe not. Yes, I love to work out and all of that, and I enjoy keep busy and being productive. But, I’m learning that I haven’t spent as much time doing the hobbies that I love like, for example, drawing! Think about it, what are your hobbies?! What do you like to do for fun if you didn’t have any commitments, if money wasn’t a concern, if you had all the time in the world what would you do with it!? Well, I can think of a lot of things I would do, but in some of those minutes during the week what my husband has taught me is that I need to take a few minutes for ‘fun me time’ doing something that makes me happy. Take this with a grain of salt, there are a lot of things that make me happy each day but developing my hobbies and personal interests is something that I’m learning more about as life is very busy! What are the things you want to share with others, with children, with your bestest of friends? I always admire those who are talented in various areas (cooking, music, sports, arts, etc.) – they are experiencing all that life has to offer! And, well, that’s what I’m learning is that while I can go about my day-to-day tasks I want to make sure I’m taking advantage of all that I’ve been given, and that I continuously develop my talents, skills and keep growing and pushing myself.
Mickey Mouse Sketch :)
BECOME: So, have you all decided what you are going to do to take a few minutes to have ‘fun’ each week for you?! I just started working on this but I took on a challenge to spend “x” minutes each week doing a ‘hobby’ that I enjoy. So, one of the things I decided I want to do is to start sketching Disney characters. Here is my first go at it – more to come! I would love to get into water coloring with this! I guess when I’m reflecting on this small lesson, I’m thinking to myself that while this may sound so silly, finding joy in the little things is where great happiness can be found in our lives. “By small and simple things are great things come to pass.” I believe it! So, whatever it is in your life, in your daily/weekly/monthly plans, remember that just taking small steps to improvement is really what counts! You may not recognize what you’re doing each day/week/month, but in the long run you will see it So, remember to take time for yourself, keep up with your daily commitments and schedules and stay positive! But remember that this life is a happy life, and we have so many avenues we can channel that happiness and self-improvement through
LIVE: Ok, so I’ve been slacking on this blog post thing 😉 Not intentionally, life has just been crazy busy! But things have been good! Crazy to believe the first month of 2016 is nearly over, where does time go? I’m sure many of you have made some new years resolutions, I’m all about that Not because we make goals once a year we hope to keep and beat ourselves up if we don’t ha, but because it’s a great way to evaluate and reflect on what we want for ourselves, our families, in the days and months ahead. And yes, for making goals too
LEARN: What have I accomplished this last year in 2015? What am I willing to work for in 2016? 2015 was a life-changing year for me for sure. I got engaged to my best friend, married, traveled (a lot!), moving to a new area, found new passions, was challenged and tested in new ways, and was also able to reach some of my health and fitness goals. It’s crazy to think how each of our decisions lead us one thing to another… Ok, maybe it’s not THAT crazy haha. But I feel so grateful that through each struggle, through each hard time, through each decision I’ve made I’m here today. I’m sincerely thrilled for this new year, for 2016. To be able to mentally, physically, and spiritually prepare for new adventures, challenges, and experiences. To continue to grow, to develop increased faith and courage, and to be a little bit better each day.
BECOME: This year, 2016, I want to be more loving towards those around me, to help others, have success, continue to focus on my health and well-being, to develop friendships, to become spiritually stronger in the gospel, to be more Christlike really. Listening to General Conference talks in the car recently there was one that I really enjoyed, centering our lives on Christ. Amidst all the craziness and things I can do in this life, I know that blessings, success, and increased happiness will come the more I focus outward than inward, the more I strive to think about Him throughout my everyday actions. Less talking, and more doing! New year, new opportunities to BECOME a better version of ourselves. Here we go!
LIVE: So I was driving to work the other morning, turned on the radio briefly, flipping through stations. The radio hosts started talking about the three main things people need in their lives to be happy (according to a study). #1 – To have close relationships. Whether that is with your spouse, friends, family. #2 – To be financially well. Meaning that you are not stressed out constantly by your finances, that you are not worried about having to pay next month’s rent, buy groceries, and so forth. #3 – That you know your purpose in life.
LEARN: It was interesting listening to this being discussed, made me self-reflect
#1 – Close relationships are everything. Some relationships we have to work on more than others, but in the end I think we are better off because of the people we associate with and the lessons we learn from each other. We experience all the ups and downs of life – together! We have a support system, close people who help build us up and keep us moving forward.
#2 – If I’m stressed about finances it’s hard to find happiness when my mind is constantly worrying about how I’m going to make a payment and make ends meet. Money is not everything in life. I do believe in the power of self-reliance however – financial independence. If we can financially provide for ourselves, families, and help others – what happiness and peace that can bring and to help relieve any unwanted stress and anxiety.
#3 – Discovering our purpose in life. No big deal, easy peasy right? Haha 😉 This is something I’ve pondered over and over again for myself. And I will always ponder this as a means of continual self-discovery and growth. I thought it was interesting when one of the hosts was sharing that he thought your ROLE is different that your PURPOSE. He was saying, for example, that if you’re a parent, that may be your role but is that your purpose? I’ll leave his comments out there for you to decide; however, I personally think this concept is more intertwined. I’m grateful for my faith and the sense of PURPOSE it gives me in my unique ROLE as a woman on this earth, as a wife, daughter, sister, friend, and contributor to society. I’ve always liked the saying that happiness is a journey, not a destination. I think that this can be applied to discovering our sense of purpose as well. I think it is a journey sometimes, and I’m grateful that I can learn through my unique ROLES in life and find purpose and happiness in them
BECOME: Not to sound cheesy basing all this off a radio talk show conversation 😉 haha…. But I do believe great joy can be found in developing relationships with not only close family and friends but those I interact with in various settings. Also by being financially responsible and self-reliant – what am I doing TODAY to support my family, community, others – not only today but in the FUTURE?! I will continually reflect on my unique role and purpose here on this earth, throughout the various stages of my life. I want to BECOME a little bit better each day, I want to live more meaningful and purposeful days Because by doing so, I believe true happiness and joy is found. For me personally, that resolves so much around my faith and my family.
LIVE: I am so thrilled we have reached the season of Fall! October is my favorite as I feel like the Holiday season is kicking off! Not only do we have tons of birthdays to celebrate in my family this time of year, but Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas! Oh, I just love it While I cannot wait to celebrate, I’ve been thinking how blessed we truly are. We live in such a wonderful country! Many of us have caring friends and family, we are able to provide for our basic needs and necessities, we have food and shelter, the opportunity to gain an education, and so much more! We truly have so much to be thankful for
Beautiful Country :)
LEARN: Sometimes it’s easy to complain or focus on the little things that are not going our way (at least I find myself doing that now and again! haha). When I was listening to the General Conference messages shared earlier this month I loved the comment in one of the talks that sometimes we just need to STOP! I’ve had a couple experiences recently that have made me reflect on the blessings in my life. While desiring to be/do/become more, to progress, and be my best I’ve been reflecting on how I can serve others as part of that growth and learning in life.
BECOME: A couple experiences I would like to share. I was recently asked to help coordinate for my ward at church the Meals on Wheels service activity. This is the 20th year this is taking place – WOW right?! So one of the things I learned about the Meals on Wheels program is that many of the homebound seniors do not receive any gifts from family or friends at Christmas time. This breaks my heart! I’ve had my sweet grandparents pass away within the last couple years, and also had the opportunity to visit my Great Grandpa just a few months ago who is 102 years old. Having the opportunity to visit my Grandma and Great Grandpa in care facilities it opened my eyes a lot, not only seeing them but the other seniors in the care facilities. My wish is that they never feel alone and forgotten and I’m grateful for the opportunity to assist with the Meals on Wheels program through my church. Christmas gifts are being collected each Sunday in the ward to then be delivered to home bound seniors at Christmas time! How sweet is that? If you’re in the Colorado area I encourage you to give a small gift if able
My Great Grandpa – Turned 102 this year! :)
Meals on Wheels Christmas Service project! :)
Gift ideas :)
One of the other areas where I want to serve more is helping children and families in need. There are so many ways to do this, and so many opportunities out there! One of the organizations near and dear to my heart is the Reliv Kalogris Foundation. You can learn more about the foundation and ways you can help by checking out this link Reliv Kalogris Foundation. Earlier this summer when I attended International Conference we were the recipient of hand made cards from the children in various feeding centers. It was so awesome to see the change! Each of us, including myself, have an opportunity to be the change. The foundation has distributed over $42 million in nutritional support, supported more than 270 feeding programs, and has fed over 42,000 impoverished people daily since 1995! So amazing!! While I have not yet had the opportunity to travel to see the blessings the Reliv Kalogris Foundation is bringing to these sweet children, I am grateful for the opportunity to donate and raise awareness for this great cause!
Handmade Cards Made by These Sweet Children at the RFK Center in the Philippines!
RFK Building Projects
What can I do today to help those around me – near and far? I can see the good in life and do my best to contribute my time, efforts, and income to those who need it most! Where much is given, much is required and I hope that I can BECOME a little more service oriented – not only for this season of the year – but always.
LIVE: Many of my family and friends know that I am constantly striving for that perfect balance in my life in all aspects – spiritual, physical, mental. I want to be super-woman, do it all, be it all! haha. I want to have a successful career, a great family, be a great wife, be spiritually growing in the gospel, live an active lifestyle, travel (a lot!), help others, be a friend to all, and still get some sleep now and then ha ;), and the list goes on and on! We all have the same amount of hours in a day, how do we find that balance with day to day activities? What IS life balance, is there such a thing? ha.
LEARN: Many times, I have to check myself and realize that I can only run so fast! In talking with some of my family and friends about this I’ve learned that if my priorities are the gospel and my family, then everything else will fall into place! I have to set priorities, is it more important that I get the dishes done one night? Or that I talk with my family I haven’t spoken to in a few days? Now, many times for me I feel like things have to get done, right then – right there, and maybe they do depending on the scenario, BUT what I’ve been learning is to not sweat the small stuff. Do your best, get your priorities in order, and you will live a balanced and fulfilled life. Sounds pretty easy huh? haha 😉 jk.
I felt as this is a topic I am so intrigued by, I would share some insight. Excerpts from this message are from a BYU – I commencement address by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back in July. He says, “Leading a balanced life is difficult for many. There is not an exact pattern for everyone, and even our own blueprint may change during different phases of our life. However, seeking balance—giving adequate time and effort to each of those things that really matter—is vital to our success in mortal probation. There are certain fundamental responsibilities we cannot neglect without serious consequence.”
He later shares four essential aspects to focus on in our lives.
1. Love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He says, “Love for Him is the supreme motivation to keep ‘in the right way.’ Every other aspect of our life is enhanced when we truly love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, as we will love ourselves and others more completely. Answers to our most challenging problems are found only when we love and have faith in Them.”
2. Care for family. “For many, properly caring for our family is the first area of compromise when other demands arise, as the results of neglect are not always immediately apparent,” he said. “Nurturing the husband-wife relationship and building a spiritual home requires men and women of vision and commitment.”
3. Service to the Lord. “Our time spent in Church and community service may vary during different periods of our life depending on specific callings we may receive and our family circumstances. However, our desire and our availability to serve should never waver.”
4. Life’s temporal work. “Although temporal work is temporary, it is still important as a support to the other, more long-lasting aspects of life and provides valuable service to others.”
Another resource I found online is from WebMD. Here are some of the points made that I really liked –
1. Build downtime into your schedule. “When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, and activities that help you recharge.” I like the example shared of the actor and TV producer who would wake up three hours before leaving for work to exercise and spend time with his wife and baby. That’s awesome! My mom often did that with my sister and I growing up, I think that’s a valid point. Wake up early and get started with your day!
2. Drop activities that SAP your time and energy. “Take stock of activities that don’t enhance your career or personal life, and minimize the time you spend on them.” Examples such as spending an excessive amount of time on social media websites or browsing the internet, we should be more conscientious as to what we are doing and how we spend our time.
3. Rethink your errands. “Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands. Could you order your groceries online and have them delivered? Hire a kid down the street to mow your lawn? Have your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at your home or office? Order your stamps online so you don’t have to go to the post office? Even if you’re on a tight budget, you may discover that the time you’ll save will make it worth it.”
4. Get moving. “It’s hard to make time for exercise when you have a jam-packed schedule, but it may ultimately help you get more done by boosting your energy level and ability to concentrate.” I know this to be true! Some days are super hectic and when I don’t make an honest effort to get my workout in, I can tell. Exercise, exercise, exercise!
5. Remember that a little relaxation goes along way. “Don’t assume that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. .. Set realistic goals, like leaving the office earlier 1 night per week. .. Slowly build more activities into your schedule that are important to you.”
If I could add anything to this it would be that finding life balance takes energy, good nutrition, and being aware of what we are consuming. My parents have always provided my sister and I with nutritional products that helped us live well and be the best version of ourselves. It’s hard to find life balance, and DO things, if we are not feeling physically, mentally, spiritually well! Whether it’s exercising and consuming the right foods and nutritional products for physical and mental health, or praying a little bit more for our spiritual well-being, whatever it may be – we need to take ACTION. Nothing in our lives will change if we are not willing to change a little bit ourselves.
BECOME: Pondering this topic, learning constantly, I am going to strive to live a little better each day. To make changes and improvements in my life, because that is how I know I will grow and move forward. I need to remember whats REALLY important in my life and in the decisions I make. I’m so grateful for the opportunity we have to learn throughout the course of our lives, to learn from others and to share those moments with family and friends, to educate ourselves, and to just do the very best we can. I know life balance is something that I will always be working on as the seasons in our life change, but to know where my priorities lie should always be constant
I need to remember that I can go-go-go but that I also need to take a breather now and then for myself, I need to re-sharpen the saw! I remember a story shared by a co-worker about “Sharpening the Saw.” I’m going to do my best to re-phrase it, may miss parts of the story and this will be very brief – but this is what I got out of it! … So one gentleman was sawing a piece of wood and the blade of the saw just kept getting duller and duller. He had a lot of work that needed to be done, he was working long hours, and he felt like his progress was getting slower and slower for some reason the faster he tried to saw. One co-worker suggested he sharpen his saw, that if he took a break to do this he would cut the wood faster and more efficiently. .. Sometimes, I think we do just need to take that step back and see that we need to take a quick break for ourselves – and by doing so, we will accomplish so much more!
So now I ask, what does life balance mean to you? What do you do to help you find that overall balance in your life, what are your priorities?
Alright, my first official blog post. The pressure’s on 😉 ha. So I was road tripping back home today and was pondering what I wanted to share starting out. Given some of the recent events that have occurred over the last few days and months, I would like to talk briefly about money, that’s right honey! haha. (PS – I really like this quote, “Never Get So Busy Making a Living, That You Forget to Make a Life!”)
LIVE:These last few months have been crazy busy (and expensive)! Definitely life changing to say the least Not every day you get married to your very best friend who happens to live in another state! With that came a lot of life changes. I moved to Colorado, left my previous employer and friends, and am starting a brand new adventure in life! Not to mention, my husband and I had three wedding receptions in three different states ….. you think I’m crazy, I know. It was my idea haha 😉 … and went on a two week vacation – one week outside the US and another week in the US! Definitely a good time, but we have been very busy! Over the last few months we were also moving my belongings from various states, road tripping with a U-haul, and dealing with some major vehicle repair issues! We also had our dryer break which needed to be replaced in addition to some other major unforeseen expenses.
Wedding Invitations For Days!
Wedding Day! :)
Wedding Reception x 3! :)
LEARN: Given all of the events that have taken place over these last few months, I’ve learned quite a bit. I’ve learned that weddings can be expensive! (hello, right? ha) Trying to budget for one of the biggest days/times in your life was hard, really hard! But that’s what my husband and I did. I continue to learn, and re-learn, that budgets are key and prioritizing what’s a want and whats a need is crucial. Does that mean I’m perfect at it? I try, but no, I am continually learning and improving. I also learned that moving personal belongings from various states adds up fast! Especially when I have to fill up a vehicle with premium gas (Ouch! but I love my baby! haha). I’m grateful my parents taught me the concept of saving, as well as paying tithing, because sometimes the most unexpected things happen! If you would have asked me a year ago today if I would be married and relocated to Colorado, well, I may have thought you were crazy haha jk. But for reals, I’ve learned that life happens everyday, and sometimes a WHOLE lotta life happens and we have to be prepared for it as best we can! Financially prepared! Take that as you may, but I think even in regards to a natural disaster, relief, retirement, rainy day… I just know that with so much of my life, as well as my husband’s life, transitioning and changing this is something that I have learned a lot about. I appreciate this life lesson and reminder to be prepared!
Enjoying life :)
Roadtrips. Lots and lots of road trips And life lessons along the way!
BECOME: Ok, so what does all this mean to me? To you?! What’s the point right? Well, with these life changes I’ve had and as I am getting older … well, hopefully not too old 😉 ha…. I am self adopting this motto: “I want to thrive! Not just survive.” How many of us are living paycheck to paycheck? Why is that?! Before you know it all your money is gone, bills, bills, and more bills! (Thank you, Destiny’s Child haha). That’s stressful! And to put it simply, no fun. No fun at all. Seriously though, I know we all go through ups and downs in this life, we all have different challenges, but personally for me I am determined that my finances will not be one of them. I feel very blessed in my life, and for that I am continually grateful. Does that mean I don’t work hard or worry about the “now” and the “future?!” No, of course not. No matter if my husband and I were earning $40,000 a year or $500,000+ a year, everyone needs a budget of some sort, in some way. I think we all want to live comfortable lives, one of the life lessons my parents taught me is to live within your means however, to budget responsibly, and to work hard, invest, and save! And to pay tithing of course While I’m starting a new job in my professional field, I’m also supplementing income part time, and my husband is working full time as well. I am so excited because we are working towards our personal and financial goals, towards financial freedom now and in the years ahead! Hard work pays off and I’m so excited to be living the American dream, to have that opportunity, to learn to save and be prepared for the expected, as well as the unexpected! I want to live life to the fullest and give back to others! By thriving my husband and I will be able to do just that! For that, I am grateful! Today’s lesson learned? BECOME A THRIVER, NOT JUST A SURVIVOR
Hello everyone! Welcome and thank you for visiting my page. I hope you find the information soon to be posted helpful, insightful, inspirational, and fun! The main theme I will be focusing on with this page resolves around enjoying life! For me personally, this boils down to learning how to become the best version of ourselves. How do we do it? I like the phrase, ‘Live, Learn, Become.’ What do our daily actions entail, what are we learning, who are we becoming or have a greater desire to be?
This life is a full of ups and downs, but I believe there are great blessings and opportunities in each new day. I want to ensure I am taking full advantage of this so that I can live life to the fullest, without any regrets, and contribute positively to my family, friends, community, and the world I felt strongly this is a great platform to self-discovery, self-improvement, continual learning, and overall personal growth and development.
I hope this page helps not only me but others as well live meaningful, purposeful days; discover our passions; live to our potential; change lives; be kinder; improve daily; find peace; be happy; be healthy; and overall just enjoy our lives to the fullest!