Refreshed and Reconnected

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We spent several days last week in Meeker, Colorado in a big cabin on a bunch of beautiful property up in the mountains. It turned out to be one of those family trips that we needed, but we weren’t even sure just how much we needed it until we returned home. It felt so, so good.

Though I had my phone with me (pictures!), I hardly ever checked my phone. If I left it in a different room I wasn’t worried about it. We were breathing fresh (non smoky- thanks utah) air and really bonding with our family in a way that we just can’t do when we’re home. It was so rejuvenating to play outside or in the cabin with the boys and let them explore, get dirty and be adventurous. It was just what the doctor ordered.

After those great days spent in the mountains I am feeling so recharged, relaxed and motivated. Things I didn’t even realize I needed so badly in my life right now. So thanks, Colorado. I can’t wait for next year.

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September GBOMB

GOOD

  • I got a new, fresh wind for social media and blogging. I’ve found a balance in social media and have a system that allows me to stay as up to date with things as I want to be, but still doesn’t take all my time. I also have new energy coming into blogging. I have new ideas and a confidence I’ve lost for the past few months. I’m excited!
  • We took a fun, fast trip to Colorado with some of Wild Man’s family and just as we anticipated, it was a blast. Packing, especially for mainly outdoor vacations, is a really big struggle for me, but it was worth it. H especially loved all the time outside and in the huge cabin with his cousins — and hopefully also with his parents and brother?
  • We had a really fun family vacation with some of Wild Mans family. We went to up in the mountains of Meeker, Colorado to a huge cabin with lots of fun property and seriously had the best time. It was the highlight of my month. It was so much fun watching the boys explore and get all dirty and incredibly happy. The food was delicious, we stayed up way too late and (sort of) slept in. It was an awesome time. IMG_9343.jpg
  • My cousin got married and we were able to attend the temple wedding and be there for the rest of the festivities that day. It was a beautiful day and it was so nice and refreshing to be inside the temple and be with family. IMG_2572

BAD

  • September was not a good month for my water intake.
  • It just feels like Utah was on fire for the month of September. The Pole Creek/Bald Mountain Fire has been a terror.IMG_2878.jpg

ON MY BRAIN

  • Whats going to be announced at October’s General Conference? People have been voicing their suspicions and guesses for months now and I’m just really ready to stop thinking about what other people are thinking/hoping/worrying the announcements will be, and just finally hear what they are! If we are being honest, I’m actually excited. I’ve heard that it will make some people uncomfortable – but I guess to me…like aren’t we on earth to be tested? Should this, to some degree, be expected? That knowledge may not make these announcements easier, but I’m still just excited to hear what President Nelson has in store for us. IMG_0898
  • H had his first speech screening and it gave me a lot of feelings. (you can read the post about it here) Overall it left me feeling frustrated and a little defeated. But the next few days afterwards I had some sense knocked into me and realized there was literally no reason to feel that way. None at all. H did awesome and he acted age appropriately for a two year old – what more could I ask for? I don’t know why I thought he was going to go in there and nail all the words – if he was going to do that, then we wouldn’t be going to this place to screen him for preschool placement for a speech delay in the first place. It was stressful in the beginning, but now I see its taught me to trust the process, relax, be patient and embrace the moment and this speech journey we’re on.
  • Pixar Fest ended at Disneyland Resort this month, and A Bugs Land closed down permanently in California Adventure. Pixar Fest was fun, I’m very curious to see if they bring it back for another Summer. Think they will? As for Bugs Land closing, you know my thoughts on that. Sad. But I’m excited to see what this new Marvel themed land will bring.
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Blessed October

BOO ya! (get it?) October is finally here!

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October, to me, is the beginning of the Holiday Season, and if you ask me there is truly no better time of year. I’m pumped. I’m getting good vibes thinking about this month. We have some fun plans and a lot of downtime with lots of moments to fill with fun, hopefully a lot of cleaning and organizing (September wasn’t my greatest month when it came to housework) and time bonding with my boys.

I’m hoping the air gets crisper, the middle of the day turns cooler and the smells become significantly more pumpkin-y. I hope we make it to lots of the Halloween/Fall-themed activities there are around Utah County because I know my boys (especially my 2 year old) would love them. I also hope it moves nice and slow, because next month is birthday month and I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I almost have a three and one year old.

Happy October, friends!! May all your dreams come true.

Positive Affirmations: Income

This week I’m focusing on my capability of making more money. We are very fortunate that we aren’t in a place where I have to work. I’m so grateful for that. However that doesn’t mean that some side money doesn’t hurt. I have my spa and it keeps me fairly busy and I’m happy with my clientele. I have some blog jobs here and there that offer a little money, too. But then there is this other thing — and I’m going to be really vague right now while its in the works, but if I really stick to it, it will also be a way to make some side money. I’m really excited about this. This affirmation not only reminds me that I can make some extra money for our family, but it is also some motivation to keep on pushing in these beginning stages of this little adventure I’m creating. (sorry to be so cryptic, i am just keeping it under wraps until i have more of a plan figured out)

I am worthy of making more money. I can do this thing, this longtime dream, and make more money! I’m capable of working hard and doing something I’ll enjoy and being able to make some extra income because of it!

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How I Prepare for General Conference

General Conference starts a week from today! Who’s excited?

*picture me enthusiastically raising my hand*

I always look forward to General Conference every 6 months, but I’m especially excited for this particular Conference. Rumor has it, there is going to be some announcements made. What about? I don’t think anyone really knows, but there are lots of speculations, theories and predictions out there. Some seem more believable than others, but I’m not getting too hooked on any of them since no one really knows what the announcements could be yet. I’ve also heard that its possible the announcements could be a little uncomfy for some members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. Thats what I’m most curious about. What on earth could it be?? Luckily I only have a week to wait. I feel calm about the announcements that will be made – I have a testimony that our Prophet, President Nelson gets direction and guidance from the Lord and the things that are going to happen are what God wants. So I’m not worried about my testimony being shaken or my faith wavering, I’m just anxious to hear what it is. If you want to know what these announcements are that will be made, along with hearing some amazing, inspiring talks and beautiful music, I highly suggest you tune in and watch/listen to/read General Conference (Oct 6-7).

The week before General Conference is a big one for me. I am always trying to be a good person throughout the whole year, but I feel like the week before Conference I really up my game because I want to be as prepared as I can be when I hear the words spoken during General Conference. I want to be able to soak in as much of the talks as I can, feel as much of the spirit as I can and be able to learn the things the Lord wants me to learn from the sessions of Conference. Its an exciting time for me that I look forward to.

Here is how I prepare for General Conference:

  • Throughout the six months in between Conferences, I read the talks that were given in the most recent sessions several times. I like to listen to them or read them a few times so I am able to really let the lessons and words soak in. Its also a really great way to set the tone for your day when you listen to a talk in the morning while you get ready – thats my favorite way to do it.
  • The week before Conference I pray specifically to be ready to hear what I need to. I ask that I can be open to hearing whatever kind of guidance I may need and that I will be able to remember the things I’ve learned specifically for myself and that I can act on the promptings I will receive.
  • I come up with 1-5 questions to seek answers to during Conference. A Seminary teacher suggested doing things years ago and I absolutely love it. I come up with a few questions, I pray about them and ask that if its possible, I find the answers or some direction to these questions while I listen to the talks and music. I’ve had several very personal, powerful and special moments during Conference when a question is answered in a simple phrase during a talk. Its amazing and definitely makes my testimony grow. It reminds me just how mindful Heavenly Father is of me, and even my simple, probably not super important questions.
  • I get lots of activities for my kids. I love to take notes during Conference and thats significantly more difficult with children. I make sure I have a lot of things to keep them occupied for as long as possible while I watch so I can focus as best as I can.
  • I make sure I have whatever notebook I’m using to take notes in and some pens that I like to write with. I love taking notes on General Conference and its even more fun with fun, easy-to-write-with pens!
  • I study the scriptures better. I’ve been a slacker with scripture study lately. I read them, but I don’t really study them as much as I should. But I feel like I do a lot better the week leading up to Conference.

What do you do to prepare??

I hope you have a wonderful week before General Conference and I hope you watch/listen to or read the talks!! Theres something in Conference for everyone!

 

Look Who Got Dressed!

Ever feel like you wear the same thing every single day and thats leggings and your husbands t-shirt? Just me? Cool.

Living this lifestyle makes me feel extra fancy on the days I actually do get ready. I’m not even saying this is a fancy, fashionista outfit. I’m just saying, look at me! Clothes! Real pants! A nice, clean (well for a few hours anyway) shirt!

My whole outfit is from Old Navy, purchased last year

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Its the little things.

Positive Affirmation: Patience

The last few weeks I have picked a positive affirmation to focus on for the week. I decided to share this weeks. After a week of…not much patience, I knew I needed to really focus on patience. I’m really excited about it because heaven knows how badly I need some patience in my life. When I first read this over, I scoffed at a few of the phrases because I so didn’t believe them. But I need to change my perspective and I plan to do just that this week. I’m going to be mindful of patience and the knowledge I have of the Lords perfect timing. By the end of this week I have a goal to be more patient – even if it is only a small improvement. Progress is progress!

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Along with this inspiring affirmation, I want to keep in mind this quote that I read somewhere a while ago that has stuck with me ever since – and especially when I’m losing patience.

“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” -David G. Allen