Tuesday, September 30, 2014

101 G O A L S

I've seen these type of posts all over blog land and finally decided that I wanted to take the leap and write up a 101 goal ideas to start working on!



1. Write first ever 101 list

2. Have an all day Disney movie marathon

3. Go to Disneyland

4. Plan a fabulous salon launch

5. Throw a fabulous salon launch

6. Get business license

7. Get liability insurance

8. Pay off student loan

9. Give out 500 business cards

10. Own 10 workout DVDs

11. Host a Twitter Chat

12. Start an uplifting vlog series

13. Bake a homemade cake

14. Go to the temple 3 days in a row

15. Host a General Conference Book Club

16. Read Jesus the Christ

17. Read Doctrine & Covenants

18. Read Old Testament

19. Read New Testament

20. Read The Book of Mormon

21. Save a mason jar of change for our savings account

22. Memorize The Living Chritss

23. Get a massage

24. Get a facial

25. Rewrite Mormon.org profile

26. Share Mormon.org profile on blog

27. Host a blogger event

28. Go to a barre class

29. Go to a spin class

30. Contribute to a magazine (online or print)

31. Print honeymoon photos

32. Read "Girl Boss"

33. Mail Christmas Cards

34. Fill a journal in a month

35. Meditate in silence for 30 minutes

36. Run a mile straight

37. Print photos from our first year of marriage

38. Make a Mormon.org vlog

39. Leave a $20 tip

40. Write a note to each immediate family

41. Buy & use an address book

42. Create a "family blessings' traveling journal

43. Fast for a full 24 hours

44. Post a family history story on my blog

45. Go to Ogden temple

46. Go to Brigham City temple

47. Go to Manti temple

48. Go to Salt Lake temple alone

49. Read Conference Ensign cover to cover

50. Read a book about temple worship

51. Get a pedicure

52. Make fresh lemonade

53. Make homemade snickerdoodles

54. Have a nos pend onth

55. Blog post about the Word of Wisdom

56. Blog post about Joseph Smith

57. Celebrate 2 year anniversary

58. Get a library card

59. Get associates degree from Utah State

60. Adopt a dog

61. Heart attack someone's house

62. Send my Mom flowers

63. Close on our first house

64. Share testimony in a sacrament meeting

65. Blog post about baptism

66. Blog post about Relief Society

67. Giveaway a mother's day haircut

68. Read a book about motherhood

69. Fill a love journal for Colten

70. Leave Colten a love note every day for a week

71. Fill a visions/affirmations/gratitude book

72. Buy "The Princess & the Frog" dvd

73. Attend a pilates class

74. Go to Oquirrh Mountain temple

75. Go to Draper temple

76. Journal about my first time in the temple

77. Post a Mormon message on my blog

78. Finish Thomas S. Monson biography

79. Donate to a Kickstarter campaign

80. Unsubscribe from unwanted email lists

81. Find primary care physician

82. Go to St. George with Colten

83. Memorize a favorite scripture

84. Send Breanna a mission package

85. No new clothes for a month

86. Choose to read over Netflix

87. Eat at a food truck 

88. Do left splits

89. Leave operation beautiful notes in magazines

90. Go hiking

91. Go camping

92. Wear lipstick to church

93. Go to the zoo

94. Wear my retainers to bed

95. Have Jimmy John's delivered for fun

96. Take Brayden to the temple

97. Do 10 push ups in a row

98. Unplug for 24 hours

99. Buy "Tangled"

100. Frame a quote for our new home

101. Write new 101 things list


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Monday, September 29, 2014

LDS GENERAL WOMENS MEETING (SEPTEMBER 2014)

The LDS General Women's Meeting was last Saturday. It acts as sort of a kick off for the continuation of 5 more sessions next week, 4 for the general public, 1 reserved more specifically for males. Conference is like a refreshing renewal twice a year for me. I've always been a note taker so I decided to share my notes from this past session with you. Take note, (heeh heeh, punny!) these are my own personal notes, not direct quotes from those speaking. 


-The temple gives us the power to face life's adversities

- They were "prepared in a way which never had been known"

-Matthew 25 is a parable for temple preparation

-Preparedness comes drop by drop

-Consistent and diligent 

-Only the home can compare to the sacredness of the temple

-Can we feel the spirit in our apartment?

-Where much is required, much much more will be given

-Look up "diligent" in Preach My Gospel Christlike Attributes

-The temple should be much more than a one time event

-Above all, WE are His

-Covenants with God help us to know who we really are

-Peace. Power. Protection. all come from the temple

-For them, their covenants were everything.

-"A remarkable connection to heaven." Can people say that about me?

-How can I make temple & family history a bigger part of my life?

-Every mighty change of heart matters to the Lord

-We should be consistently adding to our truth & light and then share that truth & light with those around us

-We need more distinctive & influential voices from women that are willing to speak out

-If you want to give light to others, you have to GLOW yourself!

-We must go to the source of light

-Truth shineth

-He was my only hope

-A mother can influence more than anyone else in any other relationship

-Memorize The Living Christ

-You are always a child of God. You will never lose that title

-God sent us to prepare for a great future

-It takes more than a "child of God" membership card to claim the ultimate blessings

-Live the gospel joyfully with all our heart.

-Do we really need to follow ALL of God's commandments? I think God knows something we don't

-The commandments aren't life hacks from a blog or a quote on a Pinterest board, they are the road to exaltation

-God knows of your successes, even your smallest ones

-Your dress size does not change your worht

-Live the gospel joyfully and you will discover your best self


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

3 (Easy) Ways to be a Better Visiting Teacher Today

Ever since I was called to my new relief society calling, I've spent a lot of time thinking about visiting teaching. I think we complicate it. We make it WAY harder than it needs to be. We stress ourselves out about visits, handouts, treats, and looking perfect when we go. Please tell me I'm not alone in this. 

Leaving my singles ward for what I call "real world visiting teaching" was a big change for me. All of the sudden my companion and visiting teachees were WOMEN of all ages. Not just 18-25 year old single college students. 

So here's how we can simplify our visiting teaching practice, and be better visiting teachers today!


1. Send a text or email with a positive thought.

We are surrounded with chaos, fear, anger, competition and so much else that can darken our lives, How would it be to open your email and have a thought from this past general conference with a quick, "Just thinking of you! Is there anything I can do for you right now?" I know I'd appreciate it.

2. Pray for them.

It's as simple as asking Heavenly Father to bless your sisters, and to lead you by His spirit to know how to fill their needs.

3. Mail a note.

There's something about good old fashioned mail. Write a thank you for your most recent visit. Thank her for letting you get to know her and remind her of your love and of her Heavenly Father's love for her. 

Visiting teaching is about loving and serving in the ways the Savior would. It's not about showy handouts, or anything else, it's about ministering to those whom Heavenly Father has trusted with you.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

GRADUATION

Today at 11:00 AM I graduated from Paul Mitchell the School. I am officially a cosmetology school graduate! I can hardly believe it.


I'm really grateful my husband and family were able to be there to see my final clock out and give me hugs and balloons to congratulate me. What a blessing they are to me. 

I'm excited for my future. I'm glad I chased a dream despite what others said about it. And I'm happy to be a licensed, educated, excited cosmetology professional!

Here's some other posts about my time at cosmetology school as well as some posts about hair care products I'm passionate about...


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3 Ways to Overcome Yoga Class Insecurity

I remember my first yoga class well. I was a freshman in college and decided to give the whole yoga thing a shot. I spent the entire class worrying. What do these girls think about me? Am I holding this pose right? What if I pass gas? I can only do the simplest form of the pose, am I really that out of shape?? And the self-doubt went on and on. I knew yoga class was good for me, but it was really hard!

I've done quite a bit more yoga over the past few years and have my own tried and true ways to overcome yoga class insecurity...


1. Remember this, "If you knew how often people thought about you, you'd realize how rarely they do."

I guarantee most of the people in the class are full of their own worries. They are freaking out inside about how painful that last downward dog was and less worried about the fact that you came out of yours early. They have their own dang problems to worry about.

2. Create positive mantras to repeat.

A big part of yoga is bringing together the mind, body and spirit. Create mantras to repeat to yourself when things get tough in class. If that gorgeous skinny blonde gives you a "look", have a mantra on call! "I am powerful beyond measure." "I am working hard and doing my best." "I am happy and positive." "Who I am makes a difference."

Powerful mantras can keep you going when you start doubting yourself.

3. Keep going. 

The more you go, the more you know. It's a simple as that. The more often you sit in chair pose, the easier it gets. Yoga has a lot to do with muscle memory, so things WILL feel awkward at first. You are moving your body in new ways and it's normal. Remember that even though you aren't doing yoga perfectly, it's a "practice" which means you do it over and over again. Perfection isn't the goal, progress is.

Read More...
 5 Reasons To Try Yoga!

Do you practice yoga? What are your tips for enjoying class even while having insecurities?


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It Starts With H E L L O

Isn't it interesting how every connection we make in life starts with a simple, "hello?"

My most unexpected connection came when a blogger friend of mine (Brielle) who I had never met in real life set me up on a blind date with one of her ex-boyfriends. He drove the 2 hours from his home to my college apartment, brought flowers and said, "Hello." 

He was so cute. I never expected to fall in love as fast as we did. I was grateful that the random connections between us somehow brought us together so we could have a lifetime of hellos. You can learn more about our LOVE STORY here.

Lindt chocolate has some delicious chocolates themed around making connections with those we encounter with simple "Hello"s. You can even watch YouTube videos about it!


The HELLO chocolates come in 3 sizes...
  • Sticks (the perfect size to satisfy a craving)
  • Bars (easy to break into bite size pieces for a small treat)
and 
  • Mini Sticks (perfect for using to strike up a hello with someone!)





Be sure to check out new episodes of the "It Started With Hello" web series every week to see some of your favorite YouTube stars and celebrities spark new connections with each other.

And make connections of your own by entering the Lindt Hello Connections Sweepstakes for a chance to win sweet experiences from Lindt Chocolate.


Many thanks to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring today's post and giving my readers a chance to win really sweet prizes!

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