You find what you’re looking for

My freshman year, I did an internship as a product designer with a scrapbooking company called American Crafts. It was such a good experience and I learned a lot of skills that have helped me to be able to design a lot of different things. But the most important lesson I learned had nothing to do with design.

One time before a meeting, a co-worker named Shane told me who we would be meeting with and that I was going to love him. The whole time we were walking to the meeting room, Shane went on and on about how great this guy was and how talented he was. Because of what Shane had told me, I was paying attention and throughout the meeting, I found that this guy was just as awesome and talented as Shane had said. What I learned is this: You find what you’re looking for. I also learned is this: I want to be in the habit of letting people know how awesome other people are. 

YOU FIND WHAT YOU

In order to do that, I need to be looking for the awesome in other people. In other words, I need to treat every person I meet as a child of God. One of my 2016 goals is to compliment more. I’m really good at seeing awesome things in other people, not so awesome at sharing that.

YOU FIND WHAT YOU

I can’t say it enough—YOU FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. That includes what you find in yourself. Unfortunately I think we’re much too good at looking for our flaws, and not nearly good enough at seeing just how awesome we are. 

So here’s my challenge (and it’s something I’m working on too!): try to see yourself and others as God sees you. He sees you as you really are, His precious child. Try to find what it is that He knows to be awesome about you. Look for that awesome in other people and then tell them why they’re awesome!

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“There may be some among you who feel darkness encroaching upon you. You may feel burdened by worry, fear, or doubt. To you and to all of us, I repeat a wonderful and certain truth: God’s light is real. It is available to all! It gives life to all things. It has the power to soften the sting of the deepest wound. It can be a healing balm for the loneliness and sickness of our souls. In the furrows of despair, it can plant the seeds of a brighter hope. It can enlighten the deepest valleys of sorrow. It can illuminate the path before us and lead us through the darkest night into the promise of a new dawn.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Free Printable: Simple New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

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2016 resolutions printable

It’s that time of year! That time when we start thinking about our goals for the new year and are suddenly flooded with all the ways in which we want to improve and then become overwhelmed because there’s no way we can possibly do it all.

I created this printable to keep things simple this year and to keep me from setting too many goals. Choosing just a couple of things has caused me to think about what goals are really the most important right now. I really like the bottom question because making resolutions tends to bring up all the areas where I’m falling short, but by thinking about something to continue doing, I get a chance to think about the things I’m doing well, something we definitely don’t do enough.

I’m really good at making weekly or monthly goals, but sticking with something for a year is not my forte. This year I’ve decided to keep it simple and also make sure that my new year’s resolutions are somewhere I can see them often.

I’ve found that even just writing down a goal increases the likelihood that I will stick with it.

What are your goals for the new year? I usually try to make one silly goal that I know I’ll accomplish. This year it’s hold lots of babies (:

 

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God will give you more than you can handle

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If December taught me nothing else, it’s that God will give you more than you can handle.

The last couple of weeks of the semester were nearly the end of me. I had a lot of plans for this semester and speaking at one of my best friend’s funeral certainly wasn’t one of them. I’ve been behind this entire semester because of getting a concussion and other things, but this was the final straw, the point where I knew I couldn’t handle any more. I was operating at more than 100% and for far too long. Quite simply, God had given me more than I could handle.

The scriptures contain a lot of promises, but no where do they say that you won’t be given more than you can bear.

But the key is, God will never give you more than you can handle alone. 

What the scriptures do say is this: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” -Matthew 11:28-29

God will give us more than we can handle because we are not meant to carry the load alone. Trials and burdens are meant to teach us to reach out to our Savior, to allow Him to help you carry the weight you were never meant to carry on your own.

“Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a “healing” cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are “healed” by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.” -Dallin H. Oaks

In Mosiah 24, the Lord did “strengthen up [Alma and his brethren] that they could bear up their burdens with ease.

Sometimes God takes away our pain or trials, but I think more often he gives us the strength to get through them.

We grow, not despite our trials, but because of them.

The struggles of this semester caused me to rely even greater on my Savior. I cried and prayed every day to be able to do what I needed to. It’s kind of like how you’re always grateful for the ability to breathe, but you suddenly become a whole lot more grateful when you get a cold. I’m always grateful for a Savior to rely on, but trials make me rely on Him a whole lot more.

2015 was a year of an incredible amount of learning and growth, largely due to the trials that I experienced. I don’t know what 2016 holds in store, but I sure am excited for the lessons and growth that are sure to come.

 

 

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happy sunday! + Al Fox Caraway Book Review

You know those incredibly happy people who you just can’t get enough of? Yep. That’s Al. We’ve never met, but after reading her new book, More Than the Tattooed Mormon, I honestly feel like her friend. Al has the most positive attitude and it rubs off on everyone around her. Her book is just so genuine and honest. Even though it is her story, this book is for you and me. I promise you this book will leave you feeling uplifted, loved, and motivated to do incredible things.

This book is a super quick read (I read it in less than a day), but it is so good. I was highlighting like it was my job. I love Al’s honesty throughout the whole book, especially when she relayed her conversion story, but most of all, I loved reading about her determination to do whatever God asked of her.

There were so many parts I loved and so I decided to letter some of my favorite quotes to hang up. You can view the gallery below and save each image because I know you are going to appreciate Al’s words as much as me.

Or you can download the images in color here

al fox quotes (color)

or in black and white here

al fox quotes (b+w)

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5 free holiday playlists

5 free holiday playlists

Now that it is past Thanksgiving, I believe we are in safe from all those grinches and safe to freely and fully celebrate Christmas!

I’ve been building these playlists since July (I just couldn’t help it!) and I want to share them with you!

Instrumental Christmas is pretty self explanatory, a bunch of favorites sans words.

Christmas Party features some more favorites, but mostly pop versions.

Soothing Christmas is all of those songs that make you want to curl up in a blanket with some hot chocolate.

Christmas Classics is, well, the classics!

And Indie Christmas is my favorite playlist of them all! Enjoy!

 

 

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I Need Thee Every Hour

“We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or of rain.” -Thomas S. Monson

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Marissa (in the middle of the picture above) truly is an angel on earth and I am a better person because of knowing her. I was even lucky enough to be her roommate for 2 semesters. This spring, she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. From the beginning, I knew that she would handle it better than just about any other person out there. You see, this girl has an unshakeable faith and the best outlook on life. One of my very favorite things about Marissa has been illuminated even more these past few months: her ability to genuinely serve.

While living with Marissa, there is one day I can remember that I can describe in no other way than pathetic. April and I shared a room and for some reason, we could not get out of bed for the life of us. I don’t remember exactly what was wrong except that I passed out every time I stood up. April and I laid in bed alllll day being our pathetic serves. Marissa and McKinley, another roommate, came in, talked to us for a while, and were bewildered by our absolute pathetic-ness. Marissa disappeared and we figured she had gone to the kitchen or something because she couldn’t handle the amount of pathetic in that room. A little while later, she showed up with vanilla ice cream for April and steak cut fries for me. An angel on earth, I tell you. It sounds small, but it was the absolute best thing that anyone could have done for us at that point. Marissa is just exceptionally thoughtful like that. She knew that vanilla is April’s favorite flavor in the world and that the salt from the fries would help me stop passing out (because of my stupid low blood pressure).

Since being diagnosed, Marissa has served everyone more than we could possibly serve her. She somehow manages to make the simplest things matter. Like a text message. A couple of days ago I told her that her text had made me laugh out loud while I was sitting in class. She responded that that was her goal. To make me laugh. And she does on a regular basis. Texts from Marissa are pretty much on the same level as Sunday naps. Marissa is the perfect example of doing what she can from where she is.

Earlier this week she was hospitalized because she caught pneumonia. Her last round of chemo was supposed to start Thursday, but that didn’t happen. Even while she was in the hospital, she was still trying to uplift other people. While I was in class Thursday morning, I found out that she had been transferred to the ICU and was getting worse. I had to fight back the tears while I was in class. Immediately I started praying and pretty much didn’t stop all day. Praying that her parents would be okay. Praying that the doctors would figure out why she wasn’t getting better. Praying that everything would work out with her last round of chemo.

I had been up late the night before finishing a paper so between a lack of sleep and hearing this news, I really just wanted to go home and take a nap before my afternoon classes. I usually go to the temple on Thursdays, but I was exhausted physically and emotionally and really didn’t want to walk all the way there. (Side note: I say “walk all the way there” because it really sounded like a trek in the moment, but really I am so incredibly blessed to live sooo close to a temple.) I remembered something that came up a lot last year. From several different speakers, I heard the same message, “make a time to go to the temple and then don’t let anything get in the way.” I realized that there probably wasn’t anything better that I could do than go to the temple so I made my way to The House of the Lord.

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“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

While in the temple, I found the peace that my troubled heart had been searching for. Even though I still waiting for answers concerning Marissa, I wasn’t really worried. I handed that burden over to the Lord and replaced my fears with faith. While I was walking home, I found out Marissa had been sedated and intubated, but still I felt peace.

I went to my other classes and then found out that Marissa was only partially sedated even though she still had the breathing tube. She was semi-awake and able to communicate with her parents. The medication she was on will cause amnesia so she won’t even remember any of this ordeal. It was a small improvement and the doctors still didn’t know exactly what was wrong, but my heart was filled with gratitude.

While writing this post, I got another update. The original diagnosis of pneumonia was wrong and the doctors figured out the real problem. Her lungs will recover over the next few months and, the best news of all, she won’t need that last round of chemo. Her body is cancer free!

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The hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour” has always been one of my favorites. It’s pretty easy for me to recognize my constant need to rely on my Savior, especially on days like yesterday. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to go throughout life without a knowledge of the Gospel. I wouldn’t make it through the day without knowing that I wasn’t doing it alone.

A couple of sisters in my mission changed the words to the hymn, which changed the entire meaning. Not only do we need Him every hour, but He needs us. Every. Hour.  The words are meant to be read as if they are from Christ to us.

I need thee every hour
Thou child of God
Come follow me; hold fast
The iron rod
I need thee, o, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
O, seek ye now my kingdom
I wait for thee
I need thee every hour
Stay thou nearby
Allow the still small voice
To be your guide
I need thee, o, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
O, seek ye now my kingdom
I wait for thee
I need thee every hour
Thy voice be heard
Proclaim and testify
In deed and word
I need thee, o, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
O, seek ye now my kingdom
I wait for thee
I need thee every hour
Pray oft and fast
Return to me; What joy!
Come home at last!
I need thee, o, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
O, seek ye now my kingdom
I wait for thee
I’ve thought so much about this and decided that I want Him to be able to rely on me as much as I rely on Him.
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happy sunday!

happy sunday

“You need the strength that comes from faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ if you are to fulfill your duty “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places.” In times of trial you need the comfort offered in the holy scriptures, which assure you that when you have the shield of faith you will “be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ prepares you for whatever life brings. This kind of faith prepares you to deal with life’s opportunities—to take advantage of those that are received and to persist through the disappointments of those that are lost.”

-Dallin H. Oaks

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