*Wife and Mom of 3
*Mental Health Advocate
Surviving Life's Bubbles one day at a time
So, for National Selfie Day, I had posted a pic of me in my hoodie at Disneyland, but decided to take that one down and post this instead for a couple reasons......
One, my daughter is just so beautiful inside and out and I love her so much! And Two, she is making some positive changes on IG and I am so proud of her. Go follow her for some fun giveaways and awesome quotes! She is a “Positivity Promoter” and has some fun things coming soon! She is the younger, much cooler version of me, and is going to do amazing things in this world. So proud of you Nikki!
Go follow her today and send your teenage daughters her way too. @nikkihutchings_
Helen Keller is one of my personal inspirations and heroes. She accomplished so much in her life amid so many, many trials, and I swear every word out of her mouth was poetic. I love learning from strong women and pray to be more of one myself. .
To be totally honest, when I struggle, I withdraw. I get quiet and antisocial and withdraw into my house. I don’t always feel the light with my soul like I should. In all the attention on suicide lately, I am once again reminded just how important it is to really FEEL that light. On the days when we can’t see it and feel trapped in the darkness, it is then that we need to remind ourselves of the beauty of the light and hold on to that hope. It’s sometimes all we have. And if it is someone close to you that you see withdrawing more than normal, or sadder than normal, or not wanting to talk, just be the light for them. For those of us that struggle, we don’t want to bring you into the darkness with us (sometimes we do without intending to). What we want more than anything is to be part of your light. Don’t give up, don’t dim your light for ours, just share yours as much as you can and somedays we will be able to share ours back with you. #keepfighting#nomoresuicides#thereisalwayshope#suicideprevention#bethelight#sharegoodness#dogoodbekind
Since my daughter has been gone for a week, I’ve been putting some finishing touches on her bedroom. I made these hoops to match all her adorable colors in her room, and I have to say...I’m in love! They are perfect for her space and bring in just the right amount of whimsy for my spunky blondie. I will post some more pics of her entire adorable room later when I get the bed made.
What colors do your teens love? This one is a huge panda lover. So we have to add black and white, but she also loves coral and mint.
Happy Fathers Day to the love of my life and the first love of our children’s!!! We love you so much! .
You are our hilarious, hard workin’, game playin’, world travelin’, priesthood holdin’, bear huggin’, silly song singin’, outdoor lovin’, big hearted, muscle man!!!!! We love you more than words! Hope you have a fabulous weekend babe!
Arizona has needed moisture so bad! We’ve had major clouds and some rain overnight. But it looks like that might be it. Hoping it was enough to give us some of the moisture we need. There have already been at least a few fires up north, so maybe they got more than down here in the valley. Forecast is all sun.....still praying monsoon season will bring us all the beautiful rain storms it can. I love the rain!
With Flag Day this week and Independence Day coming up, I am going to dive into these books. I have always been fascinated by the history of our country, but never really took time to sit down and study about it. I have been learning so much more and I just love the ideals and morals this country came from. There is so much to still learn, and history always has a way of being totally biased to the author writing about it, but almost across the board, the Founding Fathers have been celebrated and heralded for their bravery and vision. I’m so grateful to be part of this beautiful land!
And, can I just say how stinking cute my friend’s daughter is......And how talented my friend is! She made this quilt (pattern and all) and I want to try and make one for my own house. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing @ourkerrazyadventure Kristie!
Ok, I try and stay super neutral on this page and not talk bad about anyone ever. But, when a celebrity makes such a bold statement about suicide, I’m going to respond. .
I do know that Utah has a huge suicide rate amongst teens and children right now. I also know it is something that they declared a state of emergency on and are working as hard as they can to fix. But, to boldly declare that it is any one person or group’s fault is ignoring the reason we should bring awareness to suicide in the first place. Utah is NOT the only state seeing this increase and definitely not the only state that has this problem in these ages of children. I’m not going to make assumptions and think that there would ever be just ONE reason that anyone would ever do this. Suicide is tragic! For the victim, the families and the communities. No matter the reason, it needs to be addressed as a mental health issue and there needs to be more help in the schools. We need to communicate with our children more as parents. We need to be constantly talking to our kids and trying to understand them. We need to be teaching them that asking for help is okay and that there is ALWAYS hope. I firmly believe that technology and social media and so many of these things all thrown at these kids at once is the biggest reason behind this spike. Kids aren’t learning how to deal with “real life”, because they are living behind screens. Is it the only reason?! No! There isn’t one reason. These kids are hearing more and more stories about suicide and feeling like it’s more of an option. It has been around forever, but with the media hype on it right now, it’s putting it in the minds of children more and more. We need to SPREAD awareness so that these kids can know that, while yes it exists, it should never be an option! Stay here! Keep trying! It gets better, I promise! Don’t let any one person or group tell you who you are or aren’t. Love yourself enough to try again! We want you here! There is hope!
***I’ve turned off the commenting on this post. The rude comments and name calling have no place on this page***
So, I am working on my relationship with food. The pantry getting organized will help me do it even more now. I have always had some health struggles when it comes to food and I have seen my kids dealing with the same struggles. It’s one thing for me to be in pain because I choose not to control my food, it’s another thing completely to allow my kids to deal with the same pains. Now, while they are still young enough to make healthy changes, but old enough to make those changes stick and choose for themselves.....now is the time. .
I have been learning so much from two awesome ladies! The first is @ashleysfreshfix and the second is @mindfulcounseling. Both Ashley and Tiffany have healthy relationships with their food and are trying to help others do the same. I am against teaching my girls to “diet” if they want to be healthier. I want them to just live a healthier eating lifestyle and make healthier choices, but also know it’s OKAY to have a donut when you really want one. Go check out these two women and get tips from them. Tiffany has some great online courses all about intuitive eating as well that I am working on now. I am definitely NOT at my ideal weight or even a weight I’m super happy about. However, I want to focus on my energy and my health and not the scale. Right now, it is what it is, and I can choose to be miserable about it, or take the pictures and wear the bathing suits and continue to make memories with my family. Bring it on summer!
Today is bittersweet for me. I sent my youngest daughter off to Young Women Camp today....(my oldest ended up puking all night, but we are still hopeful she will get better and can go up tonight or tomorrow morning). It is bittersweet because I’m not with them. Last month, all the forests in the area we were camping for Stake camp were closed because of the drought we are in. Fire danger is extremely high and many, many stakes in Arizona had to cancel Stake camp and find other options for ward levels. That meant that after six and a half months and hours of planning, the Stake leaders (I was Stake Assistant Camp Director) had to let go of all of our planning and hand it over to all the ward leaders. So so devastating that all our plans and fun week is no longer. I also had to cancel going to a different camp to speak to all 300 of their girls. So sad, hopefully I can speak to their stake after the summer is over instead. (@mollyashton13 )
Since I was on the Stake level, I decided to send my girls to ward camp and get to know their ward leaders and girls in our new(ish) ward without me. It was hard! I absolutely LOVE girls camp and have been 12 years!! This has been very difficult, but I will say that I have seen the Lord’s hand in the changes. I have heard of so many wards finding cabins and being able to make great plans last minute. I have also heard of girls going now that weren’t going to go to Stake camp because they are more comfortable with their ward. I believe that Arizona youth just needed to be closer this summer and this is how it needed to happen. I would love to get another chance to go again next year, but this was only a one year calling. So, in the meantime, it’s my time to find “Peace in Christ”. I know the girls of my ward are going to have an amazing time and are in awesome hands!!
“Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have PEACE in me.” D&C 19:23
Anyone else get the cleaning and organizing bug when it’s super hot outside and you are stuck inside all day? Thanks to Arizona sun (I mean Arizona ), I’m already melting in 112 degrees! But.....lucky for my house, I always get the “spring cleaning” bug a few months late. I was sick and tired of my disgusting pantry!! I totally forgot to take a before pic.....believe me, I saved you.....but here is the after! .
I need some opinions though. How many of you have done the removable wallpaper and loved it? Does it stay up for a long time? I’ve heard bad stories of it falling down, so I want to check. I need some color for sure now that it looks clean, I want it to look pretty too! Suggestions?! Paint, wallpaper, stencil???? What do you think?
I will be in Carlsbad, California for two weeks and I would LOVE to come speak to your ward or stake. If you’d like me to come speak to your youth or women’s groups during the two weeks of June 25th-July 8th, message me today! I’d love to come meet your groups and share my message. There is Hope, there is Help and there is Health to be found even in the darkest places. My light comes from my Savior and yours can too!
“We are ALL broken, that’s how the light gets in.” Ernest Hemingway
Back! After a 7 day break from social media, I’m back and ready to jump back in. To be totally honest, I never really miss social media when I’m gone. I like catching up with my favorite pages and friends and I love to be inspired. But, most days it sucks up my time, makes me feel like I’m not doing enough and then I feel obligated to post something awesome that’s going to change someone’s day! Well, in reality nothing I post will really change anything. However, I do still feel very strongly that we need to keep going to give a space for positivity and growth. This place can be so amazing, and really there are SO many people that inspire me so much on here. I just know that one of us can only make a small difference, but MANY us can literally change the world! .
I’m resharing this quote I saw today and just fell in love with. This is so very true and I have a very hard time with this. My problem isn’t tomorrow’s troubles, my problem is usually yesterday’s troubles. Anyone else like that? If something has hurt me, I hang on to it for too long and then I have less strength to tackle today than I should have. The key is remembering that I’ve already used yesterday’s strength on that problem and should save my energy for what comes next. I need to learn to let go quicker than I do. I need to wake up to a clean slate every morning and tell myself that yesterday is gone and I cannot change it, so I can either choose to use all my strength and energy on today, or wallow and choose to be miserable.
Which do you struggle with more....letting go of yesterday or worrying too much about tomorrow? Let’s all make a conscience effort today to focus on TODAY! We’ve got this!