New Doors

Haven’t we all hoped for something different?

We’ve all wished for some kind of change.

Whether you want to be thinner, stronger, smarter, friendlier or wealthier… we all have a deep desire for something more.

So what’s stopping us?

Why haven’t you bought that new car? Why haven’t you lost those last 10 lbs?

What’s holding you back?

Sometimes we get stuck in old ways…

We don’t challenge ourselves or try to do better.

We lack motivation.

It is easy to get lazy in our daily routine or lose our desire to progress.

We sit there and lie to ourselves… saying, I’ll start tomorrow.

Or we say, I’m doing the best I can…

Are you really?

But we have to come to the realization, that if we want change somethings got to give!

Old ways don’t open new doors.

We have to try harder.

Do something different, if we want new results.

The actual definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

So set a new goal.

Try something new!

Just take that baby step in the right direction…

Make a change or nothing ever will.

Summer Bucket List

Schools out for the SUMMER!

Have you run out of things to do already?

Are you looking for new ideas, to occupy your summer vacation?

Well so am I!

I love being spontaneous and trying something new.

While on the hunt for a creative bucket list, I came across this adorable blog, “College Life Made Easy”.

She created this adorable, fun and eventful Summer Bucket List.

You will enjoy activities like water balloon fights, watching the sun rise and cooking dinner with items you purchased at your local farmers market.

If you are looking for new ideas this summer, print yourself a copy.

Let the summer shenanigans begin!

😎☀️🏖💦

Do It Anyways

A few years after I got married, I was busy finishing my bachelors degree.

It was a difficult semester with a large workload. But knowing things always work out when I serve others; I decided do something kind for someone else, in the midst of all my work.

I later experienced an encounter with that individual, that was not very pleasant. I felt disappointed, rejected, and a little hurt.

I remember mentioning it to my mother and a few weeks later, she had gifted me this exact quote in a frame.

This quote from Mother Teresa really struck a cord with me. It was exactly what I had experienced several weeks previous.

Not only did this quote bring me peace, it also reminded me to persevere.

To continue to serve, be kind and do good.

I choose to do those things, because I want to! However, I cannot choose how others will react.

The lesson I learned was this…

To do it anyways!

Serve. Be kind. Give your best, anyways.

Focus on the Good

We are all fighting an unseen battle.

We all struggle.

We all have bad days.

However, if we focus on the good, the good gets better.

I believe that to be 💯% true!

Next time you are having a bad day, focus on something good that happened.

You will come to realize that there is much more good, than bad.

Your attitude will change.

The good gets better!

We are 1 in 6

We struggle with infertility.

It’s been hard… to say the least. I have kept this to myself for a long time.I am a very private person. I always have been.

I NEVER wanted to make this information public. I didn’t want anyone to know. To me it was admitting imperfection, failure, orinadequacy.

I hate when people complain! Especially, when they do it solely to seek attention.Which is why I’ve never mentioned my infertility before.

This message wasn’t planned out or premeditated. It is spontaneous and heartfelt. Up until last year I hadn’t told anyone, except my own mother.

So why now? Why am I telling you?

My objective isn’t to seek commiseration or sympathy for my current situation. Instead, I want to raise awareness. I want to help someone in need!

The older I get, the more I just want to assist, uplift and strengthen those around me.

Life is hard!

But we don’t have to be…We can choose to be kind. We can choose to make a difference.

Most importantly… a difference for the better!

Couples who have successfully conceived with or without trying, tend to look down on, judge or assume too quickly… That couples without children, are too invested in their careers, don’t want children or are too self-centered or selfish to have kids.

Their first inquiry is always, “When are you going to start trying?

Dax and I have been married for 7 years, this May. We have been on the receiving end, of all of these questions and harsh assumptions.

I’ve heard people whisper, “She only care about her figure.” Little do they know I work out in hopes to improve my fertile health.

I’ve been told “You don’t have enough faith.” Little do they know I go to church every Sunday.

Others have given me ultimatums or deadlines. Little do they know, over 50% of my family struggles with infertility.

I have even been told: “You are too old to have kids. If you do have any, you will only be able to have 1 or 2.” Little do they know I would be beyond happy, to be blessed with just one!

Many individuals have made me feel guilty for something I cannot control.

To them I say… How sad!

Not because of my current situation or set of circumstances. But because they are so negative. When they could have bit their tongue and said nothing, they chose to be judgmental and coarse.

Life is hard.

It is difficult for everyone! No one is exempt from tribulation. Life is challenging without others hurtful assumptions and comments.

“There is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy. Anyone can do it!” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I prefer to be optimistic. I choose to be kind. I enjoy looking for the good in others. I assume the best and doubt the bad.

The reason I decided to voluntarily share this with you, was to buoy up those who might be struggling. I feel prompted to share my story

With individuals or couples like us, who can’t have children.

Those who have been judged unfairly.

Those who are heartbroken.

Those who have lost a loved one.

Those who are struggling with addiction.

Those who are suffering from an illness.

Or those experiencing pain from the consequence of a personal choice.

Anyone who has been dealt a difficult hand.

Whether you are infertile or not, I know you are going through something hard!

I know you need encouragement. We all need encouragement!

So, my encouragement it this…

Be strong. Your circumstances do not limit you. Your trials are there to test you. Which will hopefully make you stronger! What can you learn from this adversity?

Don’t listen. Don’t listen to the unbeliever, cynic or pessimist. That includes yourself!

“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around, you get inside your head and weigh you down.”

Stay positive. Think happy thoughts! Positive thoughts about others, yourself and your circumstances. A bad attitude it like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it!

Be kind. You aren’t the only one struggling! Find ways to serve someone else. Through service for others, we often realize our circumstances aren’t as bad as they seem.

“When you see a happy person, don’t assume their life is perfect. Perhaps they have chosen to be cheerful in spite of terrible trials.” – Hank R. Smith

I have made mistakes. I am far from perfect. I have bad days and I let water in my boat. But I don’t have to let it weigh me down and I certainly don’t let it sink me!

I choose to be happy. I can choose to have hope!

Life isn’t fair, others can be cruel, and you may not get what you want out of life…

But you can be the hope someone is seeking. You can make a difference in someone else’s life!

“When you help another up a mountain, you are a little nearer to the top yourself.” – Thomas S. Monson

And when troubles arise, remember this…

“If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart! So it has been with the best people who ever lived.” – Jeffery R Holland

Most importantly…

You are NOT alone. Jesus not only bore the pains of all our sins and transgressions… but also our infirmities. He knows exactly how and what you are feeling. Rely on him for spiritual and physical strength!

“There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness, we may cry out, ‘No one knows what it is like. No one understands!’ But the Son of God knows and understands perfectly, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens.” – David A. Bednar

Lastly…

Have Faith.

Faith in yourself. Faith in others. Faith in your own personal strength. Faith in what is to come…

I have faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ! Because of His sacrifice for man, I have found peace. I know God has given me certain trials in life, to see how I choose to react… Will I allow it to make me bitter, negative or become pessimistic? Or will I choose to have faith, hope and joy no matter the outcome? Will I lift others up or drag them down?

“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.” – Russel M. Nelson

What is the focus of your life?

I choose joy, kindness, and hope for my future.

What will you choose?

I hope having shared my story, brings peace to someone else. Feel free to share this post with others. If you too are struggle with infertility, I encourage you to share your personal story. We are stronger together. You are not alone! Your story just might be the hope someone else is looking for.

#infertilityuncovered#nationalinfertilityawarenessweek

Advice by Elder Busche

This youtube video is old…

I know.

It isn’t the most appealing thing to watch.

It isn’t aesthetically inviting or glamorous. It doesn’t compare to our advanced today.

However, this is how I see it.

We are sometimes like this video. We are pixelated with flaws or run down by use. Yet, we are still valuable. Just like this video’s message.

I hope this video brings you some encouragement, insight or guidance with whatever challenges you might personally be facing.

Advice by Elder Busche

Live Happy!

Happy Fact: “People who train their brains to think more positively, are not just happier but have stronger immune systems, are more productive, live longer and let’s face it… are just more fun to be around!” 😊

– Live Happy Magazine

Who keeps a journal?

🙋🏻‍♀️ I love journaling and have so for the past 10 years!

Has it really been that long? 😳

Life’s difficulties can make us weary, causing us to be negative or get upset.

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.”

Journaling is a great way to remember the good, in the midst of the bad!

Choosing to be grateful for the things you do have, instead of what you don’t. Where you were once uncomfortably stretched outside of your comfort zone, looking back you realize are much stronger because of it!

If you are struggling or you feel weighed down, try journaling! If you don’t have much to say start with a gratitude journal.

Write down 3 good things, that happen each day, will lift your spirits and brighten each day. You will certainly find something to smile about!

I love this gratitude journal, I received from Corso.com. Especially, their motto to “Live Happy”. A reminder to each of us, that life is worth living, even in the midst of tribulations!

PAINS= Positive.Attitudes.In.Negative.Situations.

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