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It is Better to Look Up–Book Review

It is Better to Look Up–Book Review

One of the best parts of LDS General Conference is the stories. I love the personal stories shared by our prophets, general authorities and other leaders. It makes teaching so much more personal and gives us little glimpses into their lives and the events that have made them who they are today. And, of course,Continue Reading

It is Better to Look Up–Book Review

It is Better to Look Up–Book Review

One of the best parts of LDS General Conference is the stories. I love the personal stories shared by our prophets, general authorities and other leaders. It makes teaching so much more personal and gives us little glimpses into their lives and the events that have made them who they are today. And, of course,…

It’s a Mom Thing

It’s a Mom Thing

I’m a Band Mom. And I’ve been a swimming mom and a camp mom and. . . . But yesterday I was a band mom. It was our fist marching band competition of the year, and if you’ve ever been involved in marching band, you know how much time, and how many band moms–and dads–it takes…

Wildlife Photography Should Be Easy–The Butt Post

Wildlife Photography Should Be Easy–The Butt Post

I love photography. And I love the outdoors. So, it stands to reason that at least occasionally throughout my career, I would turn my photographic attention to the residents of the great outdoors. After all, wildlife photography is one of the most challenging–and rewarding–genres of photography. There’s nothing like seeing these beautiful creatures out in…

Seven Keys to Start Your Day Successfully

Seven Keys to Start Your Day Successfully

Is morning your least favorite time of the day? Do you often feel completely frazzled and worn out by the time you race out the door? Here are seven ways you can end the morning crazies and start your day successfully. Lose the snooze Get out of bed when the alarm goes off. Having an alarm…

Five Keys to More Productive Meetings

Five Keys to More Productive Meetings

Do you look forward to meetings? I don’t either. I don’t know anyone who really loves meetings (ok, I know one person but for their own protection, they shall remain anonymous). In the business world, meetings are inevitable. But that doesn’t mean they have to turn into a time suck. Here are my five keys…

The Key to Success is to be “Focused”

The Key to Success is to be “Focused”

If you’re going to be a champion, you have to be Focused. Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus Pace knows something about being focused, and she share those insights in her book.  Focused: Keeping Your Life on Track One Choice at a Time tells the story of Noelle’s journey from high school athlete to Olympian, one…

What Matters Most

What Matters Most

What are the things that matter most in your life? Are the right things? Are they even things? I love these two short videos that remind us to stop in our busy lives and remember what matters most. The things that matter most are almost never “things.”  

Creative Accessories to Make Photography Fun

Creative Accessories to Make Photography Fun

I thought I would do something a little different this week. I was surfing Facebook and a post by one of my photographer friends popped up. Not hard considering that’s probably about half my Facebook. Anyway, it was the coolest T-shirt and I bookmarked it and thought about it and looked at it some more–and…

Ten Quotes to Get You Writing

Ten Quotes to Get You Writing

Does your writing creativity need a little jump start? Mine does. I’m just getting back into a writing project that’s been set aside far too long. My goal is to finish it before my birthday, so I decided to give myself a little boost & perk up my writing space. And then I decided I…

“Believe” is a Heartwarming Family Movie

“Believe” is a Heartwarming Family Movie

Uplifting and entertaining family movies seem to be in short supply these days. With the release of Believe, that supply just got a little bigger. Believe, inspired by true events, follows the story of legendary British soccer coach Sir Matt Busby as he comes out of retirement to transform a rag tag group of children…

The Joys of Senior Missionary Service

The Joys of Senior Missionary Service

Today’s post comes from regular guest poster Christy Monson, who is serving as a missionary with her husband for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is an incredible amount of joy that comes from missionary service. I know that young Elders say that their missions were the best two years of their…

Sweet Senior Portraits

Sweet Senior Portraits

It’s my favorite photography season again: senior portrait season. While yearbook photos are just finishing up at many schools, we’re getting rolling with the “real” work of senior portraits. While many seniors have all their senior portraits done over the summer to meet yearbook deadlines, we have a few who come over the summer for…