Too Much Time: What to do with the extra hours

I graduated from Utah Valley University exactly 2 months ago. For the last few years of my life I struggled to jam a full-time job, classes, homework, house keeping, hobbies, family, friends, and sleep into my weekly schedule. Like most college students struggling to make it to graduation I dreamed of a day when I … Continue reading Too Much Time: What to do with the extra hours

The Peak: Hiking, Living, and Learning

Spring in Utah is unpredictable. The morning may dawn bright and clear, the afternoon can be warm and inviting, and by nightfall you have an inch of snow. It's not uncommon to have temperature changes ranging 50 degrees in a 24 hour period, but that's all to be expected in the mountains. The locals here … Continue reading The Peak: Hiking, Living, and Learning

I Graduated. Now What?

First of all, sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've had a lot to do to finish my final semester of college: projects, papers, and portfolios have ruled my life. Now it's over- forever unless I do to grad school. I'm thrilled, but I'm also overwhelmed. Like many millennial, I have been going to … Continue reading I Graduated. Now What?

Spring Into Step: My Spring Action Guide

Winter is done. Let's enjoy the sun: Yes, this title is a pun. Winter is finally over, the weather is warming up, and the snow has finally stopped (except for the occasional snow flurry). Utah's weather being as unpredictable as it gets, we have rain, sleet, sun, and snow all in one day during spring. … Continue reading Spring Into Step: My Spring Action Guide

What “Better” Means

Better Doesn't Mean "Good". I never really thought about it before, but somewhere along the way we started to equate "better" with "good". But, "better" and "good" aren't the same thing. We know that, yet how often we tell our sick friends and family "get better soon!" Obviously we want our loved ones to feel … Continue reading What “Better” Means

Mindfulness To Me In 2019

What is Mindfulness? First, we should address the fact that "mindfulness" isn't a new concept. Whether you realize it or not, you've practiced it at some point in your life. Psychologists, religious leaders, personal gurus, and your hippie neighbor next-door have been spouting the benefits of mindfulness for millennia. Mindfulness goes by many names: awareness, … Continue reading Mindfulness To Me In 2019

My Personal Motto

Writing Challenge: August 31, 2018 Prompt: Write your best life advice in 4 words or less.   Always get back up. You may jump up right away, or you may need some time- but always get back up. You may have to start out sitting up, then kneeling, then bending, then finally standing- but you … Continue reading My Personal Motto

Dating Rules

*I've posted this before, but this is really important so I'm posting it again. The first 3 rules are about safety, the last is just about manners* Writing Challenge: August 27, 2018 Prompt: what are your most important rules when you go out on dates? My 4 Dating Rules: For the first 3 dates, be … Continue reading Dating Rules

Self-Care

Writing Challenge: July 12, 2018 Prompt: What are 5 things I could do everyday to take better care of myself? 1- Exercise. I do have a fairly physical job, but most of that is walking, light lifting, and bending. That keeps me busy but doesn’t do much for me in the way of being “fit”. … Continue reading Self-Care

Letter to Youth Today

Writing Challenge: April 21, 2018 Prompt: Write a letter full of advice to someone younger. Dear youth of the today, Life is weird, complicated, difficult, and crazy, but it’s also full of wonder, possibility, and choices. I won’t lie to you, it isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth it. To navigate … Continue reading Letter to Youth Today