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…

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…
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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…
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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…
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Books I Read // January and February 2017

Reading is one of those things that just lights my soul on fire (too cliche?) and I love it. I think the hardest thing for me has been reading and not reading it with a group. I love to discuss thoughts and theories and philosophies as I read…
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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…
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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…

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…

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…
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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…
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I guess I am one of those people who cries in church now... a lot.

At church a couple of weeks ago I was doing fine.  I was enjoying the talks and feeling good and motivated and humbled and all of the feelings. And while I find it frustrating when people so very vaguely refer to their "trials," I will do the…
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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.…
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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…

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,…

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…
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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…

my favorite part of our apartment | blogtember #8

Our pool.  I will miss this place. It was like a little oasis.  This is all I have time for tonight, but Arizona, you have magical winters. (no apartment tour for me, we're moving and there are boxes everywhere!)
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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…