Entries by Emma

My Number One Trick to Staying Focused at Work

I currently work from home and I seriously struggle with staying focused. I get so distracted by my stinking iPhone and my adult coloring book and Spotify and podcasts and mostly food.  It gets ridiculous and my brain goes crazy. This week I knew I needed to buckle down though because I have a lot […]

The Story Behind the Diagnosis

First of all I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support after my last blog post. I can’t even tell you how much it meant to me! This next post describes the background about the health problems that are contributing to my fertility difficulties. OK so getting engaged is really what kicks off this […]

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The One Year Mark

As of today, Dallin and I are “officially” dealing with infertility, diagnosed with infertility, or whatever you want to call it. Infertility is officially defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year (mayoclinic.org). I never thought I would end up saying this, I never thought […]

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Mother’s Day

I love Mother’s Day.   I think it’s a wonderful day to celebrate womanhood and the vital influence of motherhood in our lives.  It’s a time that the world takes a moment to pause and say that motherhood is important and recognize how our society would be nothing without the strong and and influential women and […]

Conquering Angel’s Landing

Dallin and I spent Saturday morning hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park – probably the most popular hike and most photographed view of the park. We only live an hour away from this beautiful place and we finally bought a National Parks pass so that we can keep going back during the summer. (Another […]

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Fear, the Impostor Syndrome, and Progress

Every year I make some sort of goal for my blog – blog once a week, once a month, etc. I start off strong with the first week, and then I go quiet. The little voice inside my head keeps telling me so many reasons why I should stop. Among these are things like, “You […]

taking over the ward Christmas party

Whenever Dallin is given just a tiny responsibility, he ends up going way above and beyond and everybody loves him for it.  This is why he is the dream employee and also the dream husband. Last month we had our ward Christmas party for our local church congregation.  The responsibilities were divided up such that […]

sparking joy to 2017

Our first week of the year was definitely a great start to 2017. It consisted Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  I can definitely agree that it was life changing.  Doing this the first of the year was ABSOLUTELY the best way to start of 2017. Out with all of the old stuff […]

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thank you

I wanted to start off my writing today with a heart full of thanks.  After writing my last blog post I received countless texts, emails, and calls with words of empathy and encouragement. I must admit that publishing the post was a complete accident, as I had written it a month prior and had not […]

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our early Christmas present: Italy

Since we were going to Berlin for  a work conference, I told Dallin we just had to make a quick stop in Italy. And when I say quick stop, I mean very quick. A day in 2 major touristy cities in order to show him all the sights that I could. Florence and Venice. Italy […]

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the necessity of art

I remember when I first fell in love with Regina Spektor’s music. I had just turned 16 and had learned how to drive a stick-shift.  My mom had put me in charge of driving my brother and some teammates to football practice every day.  As I made the 20-minute trek back and forth and stalled at […]

my year in 5 | blogtember #28

To summarize my year in 5 pictures, I would have to do it like this. School and studies.  I finished up my last semester at ASU. I miss the studying and the homework and the deadlines.  Because even though it was busy work half of the time, I felt like I was accomplishing things.  Like […]

if I were an ice cream flavor | blogtember #21

I would be cinnamon. Because it’s unique, but still plain and sweet. And my cinnamon ice cream I mean that I would be cinnamon gelato with almond gelato in a handmade cone from Edoardo’s in the center of Florence.  This is is my absolute favorite ice cream in the world and I have nightmares at […]

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stop making excuses

Don’t you hate it when someone commits to doing something and then they just flake out and they “get busy” and “something came up” and they just couldn’t do it?  We’ve all been there. It’s the absolute worst and we just want to say, “JUST DO IT ALREADY.”  I always say if it’s a priority […]

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random joy | blogtember #7

When asked to share 5 things that bring me joy, I wrote down a huge long list and I couldn’t narrow them down to only 5. My long list looked something like this: family, sisters, Dallin, stationary, tulips, ice cream, anything Italian, book stores, one-on-one conversations, eating out, traveling, school supplies, the Book of Mormon, […]