Showing posts from February, 2015

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.