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Back in Action

WOW friends. It's clearly been quite a while since I last posted and I'm actually sad I didn't keep up with posts for a few reasons. After my last birthday post a TON has happened and I will do some posts to catch up on things soon but here's the quick recap.

We found out we were pregnant on Valentine's Day. Baby number two due October 11!

We went back to DC and took Russell with us. It was part work trip and part vacation which was fun.

Russell turned 4 which was so much fun. He loved his birthday and now anytime we have dessert at Grandma's house he wants to light birthday candles.

We also bought a house! Nothing like moving when you're super pregnant. I don't recommend it if you can avoid it.

The hardest part about the new house was the fact I went into the hospital early. I was admitted on Labor Day and wouldn't leave until we had the baby. And, if you're looking at a calendar, yes that was a month before she was due.

Finally on September 16…

Birthday Weekend Recap

It's well after my birthday now but I still wanted to share some pics from my birthday weekend. I loved seeing all the fun posts on Facebook wishing me a happy birthday. It's always fun to hear from friends you might not have heard from all year. I also love that I happened to have my birthday off work this year so it was nice to relax and not have to worry about anything but having fun with the family.

Our day started out with breakfast at The Original Pancake House. I love enjoying breakfast out because my favorite breakfast is eggs benedict which takes some effort at home and when we eat out I can just enjoy it without the mess. Russell loved his fresh fruit and the service was great so it was a wonderful way to start the day.

One of my gifts from Joe and Russell was a massage. YES!!! If you've never had a massage you MUST go at some point in your life. I've been to a few spas when we lived in Vegas and have always enjoyed the experience so when I found I would get …

The Little Things

Things have been a little crazy at work lately. My team member, and friend, who has been with me the longest accepted a wonderful opportunity that was a good career move for her. Sadly for me, that means the process of re-hiring and training a new person. I got lucky and we had an internal candidate that accepted the position which reduces some of the work for me but is still a stressful process. I decided it was time to breathe and relax and look for the little things in life that are beautiful. I found some lovely things in my parents backyard that reminded me that even in a yard that looks mostly dead there are still beautiful things and signs of life.

This week I encourage you to take a moment and look around. Find something beautiful and meaningful to you. It doesn't have to be big because sometimes it's the little things that make life worthwhile.

Motovated Monday - Look Inside Yourself

I love following DoYouYoga online because I get amazing inspiration like this. A good reminder for us all as we start a new week.

"Look inside yourself; everything you want, you already are." ~ Rumi

Adventures at Thanksgiving Point

This year one of our Christmas presents was an annual membership for our family to Thanksgiving Point. The benefits are pretty sweet and include being able to visit all of their venues (Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm Country, Thanksgiving Point Gardens, Museum of Ancient Life). We have already taken Russell on multiple occasions and have found that it hasn't been as busy and chaotic as we thought it would be. We had tried the Museum of Natural Curiosity when it first opened and it was insane but it seems like going during the week isn't bad at all.

We have gone to the Museum of Ancient Life multiple times and Russell seems to love it. He enjoys the dinosaurs and playing in the different interactive parts of the museum. My favorite thing is when we've gone it hasn't been so busy that Russell couldn't take the time to play and explore. We've probably already gotten close to the value of the membership and we're barely into the new year so I know we'll …


Lately I've had a situation that has been causing me a lot of stress. It's gotten bad enough that I believe some of the eczema problems I've had are because of stress. I have a lot of pain in my back and I believe some of that is just me holding on to stress and anxiety. I've been exhausted, unmotivated, and not interested in doing much more than the minimum to get by and even then I question if I'm even doing the minimum. I've came to a decision about this situation but I've had a hard time executing on it and I couldn't figure out why until I came across this...

I found this on the Chopra Center Facebook page. They share a lot of motivational and inspirational quotes but this one completely stopped me in my tracks. I realized one of the reasons I haven't been able to change my situation was because I hadn't completely learned the lesson I was meant to learn from it. I realized that I was letting other peoples actions, behaviors, and dramas imp…

Motovated Monday - Just Say Yes

When in doubt, just say yes. You can figure things out along the way.

What bold thing have you said yes to in your life? Is there an opportunity you should be saying yes to? Don't be afraid to work hard and learn the things you need along the way. No expert is ever born that way. What you see is years of hard work and dedication being acknowledged. You can be that expert too.

Make it Happen

Over the past month I kept seeing a book pop up on social media and in conversations so I decided it may be a sign this book was for me too.

Have you started reading this book? Is it on your "to-read" list on Goodreads? If you haven't already started reading Make it Happen (or even if you have) pick up a copy at your local book store or order yourself one and get ready to Take the Leap with me! I'm going to start sharing my thoughts and some of my comments from the Take Action section as part of my Strategic Sunday space and I hope you'll share your thoughts and actions with me too.

The book is written by Lara Casey and I'm not really familiar with her work but one of my really good friends highly recommended her and this book so I took a chance. As soon as I got a couple pages in and read the piece below from the Use What You Have Now section I knew this book would be something I'd be excited to work through this year.
This book is your invitation to sto…

Happy Birthday to Me!

I am so grateful to have made it to another birthday. This year I have seen many friends deal with the loss of loved ones and heard about many other deaths across the country. It's hard to think about but in reality we may be here today but who knows when our last day will be. So, to not be a serious downer about it all I am asking that everyone celebrate life with me today. If you don't know how to join in the celebration here are some suggestions I have for you...

Take a nap. Seriously when in doubt take a little time to reset and relax. Double points if you have an awesome place to sleep like Panda did.

Try something adventurous! You don't have to make a run to Vegas or Wendover but try something that's outside of your comfort zone. Your future self will thank you for it.

Have dessert first! Yep, it's my birthday so everything is fat free and calorie free today. Indulge because if today were your last day would you want to know you'd said no to everything g…

YTT Session One

I am so excited to share a recap of my first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) session! Part of my training includes blogging about my experiences. If you are interested in getting up to speed on my YTT journey you can check out my past posts here.

YTT started on January 30th. Our group will gather every last weekend of the month at the Bodhi Yoga studio in Provo, Utah. It's such a wonderful and beautiful space and the people in my training all seem like long lost friends. I am very hopeful that we'll all support each other throughout this time together and hopefully well into the future.

I love that this training is a good balance of book work, videos, demonstrations, discussions, and hands on work. We all have the use of bolsters, blocks, blankets, mats, eye masks, other props, and the studio space where we can learn and even practice teach. If anyone is in the Provo/Orem area and wants to get a group together I'm happy to coordinate a time so we can use the studio space. It&…

Motovated Monday - What You Think

I have been trying to be more positive in my thinking lately so this resonated with me. If you're not following Positively Present on Instagram you need to. Plenty of great inspiration that you'll want to see in your IG feed.

It's Go Time!

I am so excited yet nervous at the same time because this weekend I start my yoga teacher training at Bodhi Yoga in Provo, Utah. If you want to get caught up on how I got here you can go back and check out my story.

One of my goals this year is to live a healthy lifestyle. For me that includes daily meditation or yoga practice. This will be essential as I go through my yoga teacher training so that I can practice what I am learning. I have had good days and bad days but I know building consistency will be key to me getting healthy and helping my body feel better.

I don't know what the next few months will hold as I take a deep dive into this training. I know I will gain a deeper understanding of yoga and what it can do for me and others but I am sure so much more will come from being a part of this training. I hope you'll keep checking back in to follow my journey. I'll be sure to share more after my first yoga teacher training sessions this weekend.

If you are interested…

Motovated Monday - Timing

I believe that part of becoming successful is working hard and doing your part so that when the right opportunities become available you are ready to receive them.

If you haven't yet figured out what it is you are meant to do with your life you may want to consider a coach or joining a group that can help you make the connections you need along the way. The graphic above is from a friend of mine who is a coach, author, and empowerment expert. She actually worked with me as an AmeriCorps VISTA when I was in Las Vegas and I am so excited to see she has taken her life in this direction. She was always someone who was driven and hard working and I can definitely see her doing this type of work. She is in Vegas but travels across the country to help the people she works with. You can join her online or in person if you're in a town where she's hosting a workshop.

I think finding the right coach or right group can be helpful to finding your direction in life so check out her

4 goals for 2015

We started the year with 4 Tips for Setting Your 2015 Goals. Hopefully by now you've taken some time to sit down and think about what will be important for you in 2015. Perhaps you wrote down a few goals or maybe you went all out and put together your goal poster. Either way, I'm hopeful you have something on paper and will be working towards your goals with me through 2015.

I always feel it's important to "walk the walk" and not just "talk the talk". These days with the wealth of information out there it's easy for someone to read up and decide they're an expert in any given topic. I want you to know that when I am talking about goal setting it's through years of work, evaluation, and trial and error that has led me to where I am at now. I personally think my system is still a work in progress but each time I find a way to refine it I know I am getting that much closer to a system that will work for me year after year.

As you can see in th…

3 Types of Parents I Discovered at the Discovery Gateway

This past weekend we went downtown with my parents and checked out the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. My dad got some free passes for the family so we figured why not see if it was something Russell would enjoy. When we got there Russell wanted to run in and start exploring which was a good sign.

Russell did check out the area with the balls that you could send through different tubes but he really just wanted to dump the balls on the floor so that didn't last long. We moved on to the construction area with the trucks and big blocks and he really liked being there. Most of the kids were scrambling to play with the crane they had but Russell was happy playing with the smaller toy trucks in the corner.

The other thing Russell really liked was the large xylophone type thing that you could make noise with. He of course had to have two sticks and could have happily stood there playing for quite some time. At that point I was wishing they had a bench in that corner and we co…