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1. I really don’t have patience with other people. I found myself working hard to be patient with my mom during her surgery and recovery. I also find myself being pretty impatient with my husband. I realize that I have to really work on this during 2016.

2. I like traveling by myself. I make this trip to St. George every January and love the drive and having time to recharge.


3. Along with traveling… I love road trips. I really need to plan one for the summer – maybe with Amanda and Ness.


St. George Red Rock

4. I enjoy making things. I’ve decided to participate with Tim Holtz’s tags of 2016. I don’t need to have all the new supplies to put my own spin on it. I’m also enjoying participating in a new DLP2016 (Documented Life Project 2016) which is more of a planner. Every week is a new challenge and I’m liking it that.


My take on Tim Holtz January challenge.

5. Exercise is still a hard habit for me. I’ve been trying to go every morning with my friend, Lisa. But I find that I still have to force myself to go. I’m glad she has such a strong drive to get us there.


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I can’t believe how quickly life moves. When I finished posting my 31-day challenge, I had every intention of writing on my blog at least once a week after that. But here it is, January 2, 2016 and I am just getting around to writing again. November and December was almost a blur.


One of the best parts of Christmas, was being able to Skype with my daughter who is serving a mission in Argentina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is her second Christmas away from home and I hate to say that I am counting the days, literally, before she comes home. The rest of Christmas was great too. We had all the rest of the family home and we got snow on Christmas – a true white Christmas.

It was fun to have our only grand daughter her for Christmas. Even though she’s still pretty young, we loved being able to see her respond to the decorations and the presents and the excitement.

I am making a commitment to myself to write more this year. (Notice I didn’t say resolution). So I guess here’s to updating my blog in 2016… weekly??



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I follow a blog written by Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity. Over the past 10 years he has visited every country in the world. His blog is inspiration for achieving personal goals. His posts are usually pretty short, but have a message that is inspiring. Also, for the past six years he has hosted his World Domination Summit where over 1000 people get together to explore how they can live a remarkable life. He has also written several books.

In one of his recent blog posts, he shared a talk given by  Jon Acuff at this past year’s summit. Today’s quote comes from that talk. The whole talk is wonderful, but I really loved this quote mainly because my word for the year is “fearless”. It made me realize, once again, that being brave is not something you can just feel. You also have to take action and do. I’m pretty good at procrastinating things that are out of my comfort zone. I then wake up in the middle of the night with this panic seizing my body. The funny thing is that when I eventually do the thing that I fear, it turns out all right. If you have a 30 minutes, listen to Jon’s talk. You won’t regret it.

Being brave

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I got into bed last night and realized that I hadn’t posted my quote for the day. I almost got out of bed, but I was much too comfortable. I love this quote by Harriet Tubman. I think we all forget that we are the captains of our own destiny. We just need to get up and get working.

digital painting by Viva Artistry, Scrapbookgraphics.com

digital painting by Viva Artistry, Scrapbookgraphics.com

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Have you ever tried to change something in your life? Whenever I need to make changes, I do pretty good for the first little while and then I just lose steam and go back to the way it was. So I loved this quote by Socrates where he basically tells us that we need to stop fighting our old habits and just embrace the new. Focus all our energies on the future instead of the past. I wish it was as easy as it sounds.

The secret of change

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Another one of my favorite quotes comes from Budha. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle…” We touch other people’s lives in so many ways without diminishing the light that we have. A smile, a kind word, letting someone in your lane on the freeway, opening a door. All these things are pretty small and yet, they can totally make someone’s day. A couple of years ago I was taking a group of teenage girls to a summer camp for a week. I was pretty stressed trying to get everything planned and packed. On the morning of departure, I left my house a few minutes early and visited my local Sonic for a “farewell” diet coke. I drove to one of the stalls and ordered my drink. Just as I pulled up, another car pulled into the stall next to me. I didn’t really pay much attention to her because I was so into my own worries. When my drink arrived, I pulled out my wallet to pay and the waiter informed me that the lady who had pulled in next to me had paid for my drink. Before I could even say Thanks, she drove off. I’ll never forget that kindness. Something so simple really helped remind me of the Christ-like attitude I needed to have during that camp. Llittle things do matter.

Share happiness

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I’ve always loved this quote. It seems that I run across it when I’m in a wasting time spell and so it motivates me to get off my lazy butt and start doing something. There are so many things that I want to do or that need to be done around the house that I really shouldn’t be wasting time. So here’s to all you time wasters.

digital products from Tangie Baxter.

digital products from Tangie Baxter.

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