Entries by Emma

when there’s nothing to write about

I’m stuck in a rut. Yes, being stuck in a rut is the most cliche phrase ever, but I don’t know what else to say other than being stuck in a rut is the absolute worst. I’m overwhelmingly busy and yet at the same time I feel completely bored out of my mind.  There is […]

a last minute business trip

When you get a call from your boss on Thursday morning telling you to drop your plans get tickets to go to San Diego for a business trip for the weekend, you go and you don’t complain. We work for a group of universities doing international student recruitment for them.  The main purpose of this […]


10 tricks to falling asleep (from an expert)

As anyone who knows me would say, I am a self-declared insomniac since I started college.  Over the years, I have picked up on a few tips that have really “helped” me get a better night’s rest.   1. Check every social media site you participate in before lying in bed. 2. Keep your phone […]

It’s Society’s Fault

“Society makes us believe that homosexuality is a lot more common than it actually is…” or “Society would have us believe that pornography is harmless when in reality it is a drug…” or “Society has created gendered expectations that women play with dolls and boys play with blocks.” When I was younger I remember thinking the […]

my hair dilemma

Tomorrow is my last (in person) class of my undergraduate career.  Freaking out?  Maybe just a little. It’s also Wednesday and our house smells like weed and stale cigarette smoke thanks to some lovely neighbors that probably just moved in since it just started and now I realize what that smell on campus has been […]


what would leslie knope do?

One time my husband and I were having a hard week.  I suppose it was one of those hormonal, emotional weeks for me and I wasn’t really believing in myself.  I had messed up at work, I felt overwhelmed, and I guess I just felt defeated. I usually get so hard on myself for being […]


Finding Myself Again: The RM/Newlywed Life

Yesterday Dallin and I came home from work, went and sat next to our apartment hot tub, and we started talking about books. I told him about the book I’m currently reading and how he just has to read it.  We talked about how we both loved to read as we were kids.  We talked about […]

playing parents

This weekend Mom and Dad Strong went to Washington DC for business/pleasure and they asked Dallin and I to hold the fort while they were gone.  “Sure! No problem!”  We said.  Thinking it would be cake considering everyone knew how to clothe, bathe, and feed themselves, we agreed. Thursday I went to support Mary at […]

a culture a year

So one day in January I had this idea.  I was sitting out by the pool on a Saturday reading the book: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. It’s a beautiful story of sisters who start their own dressmaking business in the middle of Afghanistan right when the Taliban take over.  I was enchanted.  I started […]


packing lunches: an ode to Dallin

I have the sweetest husband in the world.  Since I’m working full time and in school full time, Dallin is constantly supporting me.  Yesterday morning, I woke up to this cute lunch that he prepared for me since I’d be on campus all day.  Strawberries and nutella?  That’s love right there. It’s not like he […]

the most rebellious thing I’ve ever done

We always swore we wouldn’t speak of this to anyone… and maybe I really shouldn’t, but every time I see this picture I just burst out laughing.  I showed it to Dallin and asked him, “did I ever tell you this story?”  He shook his head and said, “No, but it looks like a really […]

my diet starts on Monday

This semester I’ve been learning all about food, nutrition, and its effects on the environment.  I’ll admit, I have gone through a few kicks: juice-cleansing, clean-eating, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free all within the last few months.   {Mostly because I haven’t been feeling well and have been suffering of digestive discomfort. I finally went to the […]

the spring break life

Another advantage of transferring to ASU was that WE GET SPRING BREAK NOW.  It was the best thing ever and the break was just invigorating. Mostly because we got to go on a cruise. 5 Common FAQs about Cruises and My Responses: Do you get sick?  It was a little weird to be on a […]


becoming a sun devil

  I was born to bleed blue. Cougar blue.  Rise and Shout, the cougars are out!  And I will always bleed blue.  I think. When deciding to take our jobs and stay in Arizona, I kept thinking… what will I tell my kids?  I always imagined our first child being born up at BYU, and […]

talking to myself in Italian

Tonight I started having a conversation in Italian with myself.  I was about to take an Italian test and decided that I should probably refresh a little bit.  I started talking to an imaginary person, telling them all about my life and how wonderful it was. And I honestly felt like a different person.   […]


Murder should never be a choice.

I don’t usually like to write about touchy subjects.  I suppose they beg for debate and contention.  But I can’t stand idly by and let evil stare me in the face and not do anything about it. I have been thinking about how to live with a legal regime that fails to protect innocent life. […]


confessions of a 2 month newlywed

Every time I look at pictures of us I still get butterflies in my stomach. At night, when I can’t sleep, I don’t want to wake Dallin up, so I go and sit in the bathroom since that’s the only other “room” we have in the apartment and I re-design my blog and scroll Instagram […]