The Business Of...

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Worrying is like praying for the wrong thing to happen. Have y'all ever heard that before? That is one of my favorite lines that puts out the fire of doubt. I think of myself of being in the business of trying. You can't be in the business of worrying and trying at the same time! Choose what you want to be in the business of, put your efforts there and show the world unabashedly what business you are in, it shows up everywhere.

Come Up With A Smiling Face


“It’s nothing against you to fall down flat, but to lie there - that’s disgrace.” This is a line from one of my all time favorite poems. (It is posted below.) 

I seriously love how this poem talks about how we all fall, we all get beaten, we all have troubles but it encourages us to COME UP WITH A SMILING FACE! And to be proud of the lessons we learned from our hardships. So as a tribute to showing you that ALL of us fall sometimes, and in honor of one of my favorite poems, I release this crazy sequence of photos into the world, for your enjoyment and yes, even laughter. As I also laughed when this happened - we all get thrown off!

No matter the scale of our fall we have to laugh, learn and shake it off before we can get up and do it again effectively! Having the perspective that falling somehow helps us in this life can change how we respond to our trials.

It is our belief about what our trials do for us that predict how we will handle them. I believe this 100% - wether big or little. The hard things in this life make us better people. Don’t give up on yourself, come up with a smiling face! I'm cheering for you!

How Did You Die?

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there -- that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
It's how did you fight --  and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he's slow or spry,
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
But only how did you die?

Edmund Vance Cooke

Fix My Body

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In yoga today, I couldn't do this. I couldn't even do the simplest of poses, plank. My wrist is jacked! Here is what happened. During the mouth surgery I had, (I was awake) my body and head were turned to the side in a weird way so the doctor could get into my mouth. While in this position my body was feeling a lot of tension. Partly because there was a graft being taken from the roof of my mouth and partly because the book I was listening to, to distract me, was also going through a very tense part. Like even a bloody tense part and there was nothing I could do to change it!! I couldn't move to pause it, or take the buds out of my ears, nor could I talk!!!  And of course, in the moment, I was torn from being so engrossed in the ending of a really great book and trying to breathe through a hole being cut in my body, not a fence I want to be on again! This is hilarious and also so sad! Right? 

Needless to say I experienced intense body sweats and tension while in a crazy position. This caused my spine to be a little out of whack pinching a nerve that runs all the way from my spine to my wrist. My father-In-law is a chiropractor and he diagnosed me. After not having much movement in my wrist for over a week, he adjusted me and I gained a little movement. Two days later, (today) I went to yoga, and I am gaining more movement. While I couldn't put pressure on my wrist today in yoga I still went to class because I knew it would help me with the root problem going on in my back. It's not better yet but it is improved. I am so grateful to have tools like my father in law, yoga and fascia to help me rehab the issue. Seriously, there are all kinds of things around us that we can use to help ourselves heal. Aren't you grateful for that? Today especially, I am. Grateful and committed to getting my wrist back! No more intense books while going through a crazy surgery that I already knew I would struggle with!  Holy smartness! I didn't see that one coming.🤣🤣

Sense of Belonging

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It's no secret that I am a huge Brene' Brown fan. That girl can lay down some truth! I loved this quote by her, "Our sense of belonging cannot to be greater than our sense of self acceptance." 

This made me think of two things pretty readily. #1 is how grateful I am for things in my life that contribute to my self acceptance, (heaven knows its a daily task.) My list is yoga, outdoors and connection & communication with my Father in Heaven.

My second thought, #2 is how this quote renewed my vigor to be sure without any doubt, that my kids and my husband are completely aware of how much I accept them and admire them and have such a fierce desire to create a safe environment that they call home. I want them to feel that safety because I know this world creates loads of areas for self doubt. I know that by participating in rituals that help me on my road of constant self acceptance they feel my confidence and desire to belong to them as their mother and wife. 

Keep swimming my friends. Stay with the rituals that make you your best self. And throw that love around like confetti! 

Treat Your Attention With Respect

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If you treat your attention with respect, you allow it to stay whole, you preserve your ability to concentrate, you can actually do one thing after another with intensity & intensity can be traded for time.    - Dr Cal Newport

This quote is from a Ted talk that I recently watched and it resonated with me. I feel like this quote is so true for me. I find that if I am true to myself this way, I really can accomplish so much. It is when I am living distracted, with not enough “intention” time that I feel off track with my accomplishments. 

It applies to yoga as well, in a BIG way. If I am attempting a pose like this, I have to be, what we say in yoga, present. It is a way of declaring the need for concentration without allowing your thoughts to wander. If I don’t concentrate in this pose, I end up in the water!

Video: SUP Yoga at Bloomington Lake

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One of my favorite paddle spots ever! Isn't it gorgeous???

It's called Bloomington Lake. It is near Bear Lake, which is a large lake located on the border of Utah and Idaho. Bloomington Lake is on the west side of Bear Lake. It is about a half mile hike to get there from the parking lot and the trail passes a couple other lakes and gorgeous scenery littered with wildflowers in the summer. Totally my cup of tea! 

True Story: Malasana

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You guys this is a true story! And I'm not even sure if it is embarrassing, funny or maybe even redeeming?!?

Ok, so I was on the lake, alone. I had gone out for a little paddle and a private yoga session. The lake was still and calm and there were only a few people I passed by during my paddle. I stopped where I wanted to do a little yoga and went through my entire yoga flow on the paddle board. I was a little in awe of my surroundings during my flow. The lake was serene and beautiful. It was a time of revenant connection. 

At the end of my practice a assumed Malasana. This is the squat pose you see in the picture. With my hands in prayer position, I began to pray, out loud. I poured out my soul. Why shouldn't I? I was alone.

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During my practice / prayer I had slowly floated toward the shore of the lake. When I opened my eyes there was a couple sitting on the rocks about 10 feet away from me! I was in a little bit of shock. When I noticed them, they immediately complimented me on my "beautiful workout." I was a little sheepish but accepted the compliment gracefully and quickly paddled away.

As I paddled away I thought. "Could they hear me? Did they hear everything I said?" For a minute I told myself they didn't but the more realistic side of me set in and said, "OF COURSE THEY DID!"😂

I was a little embarrassed at that realization. Then as I processed it,  I thought, you know maybe it's not such a bad thing to be caught doing and maybe they realized that every single one of us are really the same. If we all poured out our souls we would probably all sound similar. For me especially that day, I was in awe of Gods creations. I remember I said plenty about that. I expressed gratitude & then I also expressed desire for help with challenges and struggles . You know, aren't we all saying similar things? It's funny, if we could somehow hear the prayers of those around us how we might relate to them differently.

Today, maybe think about that. Try to see someone for what is inside their heart, like if you happened to creep on them when they were pouring out their souls! 

And remember not all embarrassing moments should be seen as such! 


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Reach! Reach beyond yourself. Reach to your loved ones. Understand them. Make sure you know what is going on in their lives. Reassure them that they are normal and that they have a safe place with you. 
Reach! Think about who you need to reach today. Reach out in love❤️

Balance & Quiet Mind

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Balance!  Show me a balanced girl and I will show you she has a lot on her mind!  Women were not given the attribute of being simple but we were given the ability to handle a lot at once. I don’t know why but knowing this helps my mindset. It helps me remember that I can. I can live a balanced life and learn to quiet my mind at times when I need to focus. And just as soon as that is over it all comes flooding back! AND still, I can do this. Balance!