Me, Personally: Be BRAVE!

It’s a new year!! 2014! You know what means . . . NEW YEAR = NEW GOALS.

Being a blogger, I follow many other blogs and get all kinds of inspiration from them. A couple of years ago, the blogger of LESSCAKEMOREFROSTING.COM put on a series where she featured other bloggers and had them, including herself, pick “one little word” for the year to describe them. I enjoyed reading through the posts and seeing what word each person chose.

I decided that I wanted to do that this year. Before the year ended, I knew what word I wanted. When I started creating the graphics for the post, I was having second thoughts. Maybe the word I should choose is CONSISTENT. Or BETTER. I talked about my dilemma with my daughter. There are so many areas in my life that I need to be BETTER at, but in the end figured out that in order to be BETTER, I needed to be BRAVE.

braveheaderOne of my big goals this year, is to work on my blog more. Many times there are things I want to write about, but don’t. Either because I think people wouldn’t care or because I worry about what people would think when they did read it. This is where the BRAVE comes in. I’ve decided that if I’m gonna be a blogger, I need to be BRAVE in what I post and not worry about everyone’s opinions. Otherwise, I have no business being a blogger.  I’m hoping to regularly post things that are on my mind. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. A blogger that I follow right now, Kristen Duke Photography, has inspired me to follow through with this.

I’ve also decided to be BRAVE in my networking with other bloggers. I always feel like it’s a club that I’m not cool enough to be in, but if I am not BRAVE enough to put myself out there, nothing will happen.


I will be BRAVE in showing more love and affection to my husband and children. It’s sad I know, that I would be shy to show my love. Don’t get me wrong, I do say “I love you” often to my family. I just wasn’t raised where we said “I love you” every time we hung up the phone, or left for the day, but through others’ examples and even some of my children, I’m getting better at it.


I will be more BRAVE in letting people know what I stand for, and inviting others to learn more about it. By the way, in case you didn’t know, I’m a Mormon. You can read more about that HERE. If you are LDS, have you ever filled out a profile on No? Do it!

Many times, I make goals of doing more service. It’s a commitment I unfortunately don’t follow through with always. I do get shy about it. I always worried about what the person would think. I make many excuses of why I can’t help and then miss the opportunity. On Instagramm the other week, a friend had been talking about how we shouldn’t throw the cliche phrase of “call me if you need anything”, because we know that more times than not, that person won’t call. I never did, when asked the same question, even though I may have at one time or another. A friend responded by sharing how her mother never said that. What she did instead was say, “What time would be good for me to take you to your appointment” or “should I pick up your daughter at 9am or 10am?” I LOVED that! It’s a new approach I think I will adopt.


I will be BRAVE in reaching out to new people I encounter. I get anxiety doing this, not knowing what to say, but when I put myself in other’s shoes, which I have been before many times, I’ve appreciated so much when someone has noticed that I’m new and need a friend.


BRAVE will be my one little word that I will work on for 2014.

What will yours be?

Thirty-eight by 38!!


So I had a birthday the other day. I turned a lovely 37. Can you believe that for almost the whole year, I thought that I was already 37?!

I feel a little a jipped —– I feel like I missed out on 36. I guess that’s what happens when you get old.

The day before my birthday, I did sit and think about what I wanted to do. I came up with a list of things.


Yes, running was something on my list that I wanted to do on my birthday.

bday3I also wanted to spend time with each of my kids.


I’ve got five of them, so it was an all day thing.


Along with checking things off my birthday to-do list, I received goodies, birthday wishes, and texts all day long.


So after I had made my birthday to-do list, I started coming up with a list of things I wanted to do. A bucket list, if you will of things I wanted to do before my next birthday.


I wanted to make my next year filled with a goals and adventures that I hadn’t done before. Some of these are things that I have not been able to accomplish, BUT hope to this time and continue doing. So here goes:

1) RUN A HALF MARATHON. I will do this.

2) PARTICIPATE IN SPRINT TRIATHLON. The last one I did was 7 years ago.

3) LOSE 30 lbs. I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again.

4) TRAVEL TO 3 PLACES I HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE. Did you know that AZ is the furthest east that I have ever been. Also, even though I have lived in Hawaii, I have never been to any other island other than O’ahu.

5) ATTEND A SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a Mormon. General Conference happens twice a year and is a big deal.

6) PRINT OUT ONE YEAR OF MY FAMILY BLOG INTO BOOK FORM. That is the whole reason I started a blog for my family in the first place. I am going on 6 years of having one for them and haven’t done this yet.

7) HOST A COOKIE EXCHANGE. I’ve done it once, 3 years ago.

8) READ THE BOOK OF MORMON FROM COVER TO COVER. It takes me a while to do this, but I want to be able to do it within the year.

9) DONATE BLOOD AT LEAST ONCE. I work in the healthcare field and know how important this is. Sadly, I have never done this once.

10) ATTEND THE TEMPLE EVERY MONTH. It’s a habit I need to be better at.

11) ATTEND 3 TEMPLE OPEN HOUSES. It would just be fun.

12) SEND BIRTHDAY CARDS TO EACH OF MY OWN FAMILY MEMBERS BEFORE THEIR BIRTHDAYS. I always have good intentions, but we all know how that goes.

13) HAVE A GIRLS’ ONLY WEEKEND. I love my girls and want to make new memories with them now that they are older.



16) ATTEND A BLOG CONFERENCE. I want to connect and network more with other bloggers.

17) START A VEGETABLE GARDEN. Every Spring it escapes me.

18) TRY OUT 12 NEW RECIPES. I’ve got a pinterest board full of them.

19) PUT UP A FAMILY PICTURE DISPLAY IN MY HOME. Right now I have zero decorations up, and that’s the one I want to start with.


21) WRITE IN MY JOURNAL EVERY DAY. I realize that this might be a little unrealistic, but I figured if I aim high, what I do end up with will be good.

22) DO AN ACT OF SERVICE EACH MONTH WITH MY FAMILY. I want my kids to love this.

23) TAKE AN ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE. There’s so much more to learn.


25) READ 4 NEW BOOKS: FICTION/NON-FICTION. I already know which one I am going to start with.

26)  LEARN MORE ABOUT MAKE-UP. I need help, so if anyone wants to help me, let me know.

27) GIVE MY BLOG A MAKE-OVER. It’s time.

28) MEET AT LEAST ONE  BLOGGER THAT I FOLLOW. If I can do #16, I will probably be able to accomplish this one.

29) ATTEND A FAMILY REUNION. I’ve only done it twice in my life. I want to make this maybe not annual, but more often than naught.

30) CROCHET A SCARF. I haven’t crocheted since I was a young girl. I loved it and want to get back into it.

31) DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES ME. I have a few things on my list, but there are some that aren’t so life threatening that maybe I will try to overcome.

32) GET PUBLISHED. Not ready to expound on that one yet.

33) BE FEATURED ON ANOTHER BLOGGER’S SITE. I want to expand my audience and reach out to more people.

34) GET A MANI-PEDI. I have done both, not at the same time. I know this one probably sounds silly, but I’m sure doing them both at the same time would be divine. It’s been a while, since I have had either.

35) HAVE A REFLEXOLOGY SESSION ON MY FEET. I have wanted to do this ever since I was pregnant with my 3rd child. She is now 13!

Ok, so coming up with 38 things to do was kind of hard. So hard, that I haven’t been able to do it. So if any of you have any ideas for me, let me know. When I think of more, I will come back and add it to the list. And by all means, if any of you have any suggestions for me to add to my list, please feel free to send them my way.

I will be sure to blog some of these things and my progress with my list.

I’ve got 363 days left. Wish me luck.

Monday Musings and a Menu


It’s Monday . . . anyone else dragging?

I woke up late, haven’t gone running. I’m trying to start my diet AGAIN, I have no milk in the house, because #1, I refuse to change out of my pajamas to get some, and #2, I think its too early for the world to see me without makeup. Oh, and my house looks like a hurricane blew through over the weekend (anyone else have the same weather pattern?).

Usually I like the start of a new day, a new year, a new cycle, a new anything because I can start all over again and do better than “last time, last week, or even last night”, but I don’t know what it is about Mondays. I think it gets overwhelming with our never ending to-do list of chores, appointments and errands, we don’t even know where to start. Notice that I used the word “we” now. That’s just to make me feel better, you know, that I’m not the only one going through this. If I am the only one going through this, do me a favor and just go along with it.

Anyhoo, I digress.

The fact that its only 7:02am, and I have failed at a couple of tasks already, makes me want to crawl back in bed and wait to see if Tuesday is any better. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Ok. So here’s my pep talk for myself:


Get over it and get going.


All right. I’m done feeling sorry for myself. Time to put on my big girl pants and get this day going. That’s all I can do. Being a mom and a wife is hard, and most times we may not feel like it, but we’re all doing an awesome job.

So here’s what I’ve learned to do when the day is overwhelming: make a list of what’s most important and start with that. Whatever’s not done just wasn’t as important and can wait till Tuesday, or Wednesday, or maybe even next Monday.

First up on my list, get milk. Excuse me, I need to go change. While I do that, here’s my menu for the week that I thought I would share to help you kick start this Monday morning. Have a great day and great week!!



You can find recipes on my WHAT’S FOR DINNER? board on pinterest.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me



Are you on Instagram? Lately there’s been a game going around and being played.

Name 5 things people wouldn’t know about you.

Hmmmmm. 5 things.

Well, people don’t really know my shoe size, but I think it needs to remain that way. 

Do they need to know that I’m a pizza addict? I’m sure they can tell that by the size of my thighs.

Do they know I’m weird? Yeah, that one’s a given.

It was actually hard to think of 5 things that weren’t too embarrassing, or would cause people to “unfriend” me.

So here’s the list I came up with to play the game:

1) I performed a hula during my high school prom. Some of you who read my blog may actually already know that. My prom was not your typical prom. You can read more about that here.

2) I am the second shortest in my family. I currently stand at 5′ 7 inches. The shortest in our family comes up at 5′ 6 inches and the tallest is 6 feet. I am however the oldest, which automatically adds a few inches more to my height.

3) I’ve done 2 sprint triathlons. If you’ve never done one, let me describe it for you. It’s like giving birth. While you are doing it, you question your sanity and ask yourself why in heaven’s name would you ever choose to do something like this. Never again!!  After a while, you forget what the pain was like, and the next thing you know, you’re joining your friends at the starting line again. Will I go for a third? Well, let’s see. I have 5 children, so the answer is most likely. I’ll keep you posted on that.

4) I taught myself how to play the piano at age 12. When I was 12, I lived in Tonga at the time, where things were hard to come by. Someone was selling a mini-electrical keyboard that was about 1 1/2 feet long, so my mom bought it for me for Christmas. It probably had 2 1/2 half octaves of keys on it. I happened to be taking a music class in 7th grade at the time. I learned the notes and pretty soon, I was playing songs. My dad loved the fact that I had learned how to play, he signed me up for official lessons, and resurrected an old broken piano for me to play on. True story.

5) I can’t stand little noises: fingers tapping on a table, pencils beating on a piece of paper, someone whistling a random tune. I’m not sure why, but it just does. I had to throw in a quirk on this list. One day I was watching the news, and they ran a story on how there are people out in the world just like me and it is an actual syndrome.

So, if you didn’t know I was weird, that just proves it right there. I guess I through in a bonus for ya.

Tell me at least 1 thing about you that people wouldn’t know. If you are on Instagram, tag me in your list. I love getting to know people that way. Those of you who have played so far . . . very fun reading!!

Me Personally: Before and After

I know, I know. What the heck?!

Why would I subject you to a hideous sight? I’m not totally sure on that one, except that I wanted to keep things “real” here on TBC, and share with you a bit of me personally.

This is what I look like in the morning, BEFORE I get to brush, blow dry and flat iron my hair. Usually that gets done around 11:45am (if I’m lucky).

This is what I look like when I’m driving my high schooler to her seminary class at 6:30am. That’s BEFORE the sun comes out.

This is what I look like sometimes when I have to run to the school in the morning BEFORE 8am to sign a paper that one of the kids forgot at school that’s due that morning.

If you need to talk to me, please call me on the phone, because if you come BEFORE lunch, it won’t be pretty.

This is me AFTER I’ve had moment in the bathroom without interruptions.

This is me AFTER I’ve put my baby down for his afternoon nap. That’s usually AFTER 12pm.

This is me AFTER I’ve found my make-up in my 14 y.o. daughter’s room.

If you need me, and have to see me in person, I suggest the AFTERnoon to be a safe time. It’s a little less scary then.


Have a great week!