Holding Up….Holding On

Did we ever think we’d be facing a global pandemic, sheltering at home, the uncertain economy, fully online school? 

The answer is No…..

Our future is a mystery, but the good news, it has ALWAYS been a mystery. 

We didn’t know in January what was in store in March 2020.  The uncertainty can be scary and overwhelming. But here is what I have to offer you…..

Life has always been a mystery, we never knew what was ahead or what to expect…..that hasn’t changed.  So now we focus on what we do have control over……. You can control YOU! You can control how you choose to respond and react.  Do you feed into the fear or do you choose to focus on knowing we will move through this?  YOU CONTROL YOU! 

You control your thoughts, mind, reactions, responses, and attitude.  I know you may feel overwhelmed, overworked, scared, tired, nervous, and unsure.  KNOW that is NORMAL and everyone feels that at some point. 

When you have these thoughts and feelings, allow yourself to feel it and move through it and tell your brain to re-direct the focus. 

Try and focus on something you enjoy (a hobby, a craft, music), the things within your control (making a good meal, your + attitude, your garden, your home),  or the goodness that you have around you (your family, your children, your partner, your pets, your home).

This conscience effort of redirecting your negative thoughts will become a habit and you will feel and see the change in yourself. 

I am glad you are Holding Up, Hold on….we will move thru this, together.IMG_0321

Much Love, 



My Loves – 2020

Here are the 20 things I love as I move into 2020….no particular order, just where my heart is right now! 

  1. Camping – I love being outside, waking up in nature, and a good campfire! 
  2. Cooking – I enjoy preparing a meal…not the 20 minutes to get something on the table or eat in the car kinda meal, but spending time in the kitchen creating something good for my family.
  3. Cookbooks – On that note, I LOVE cookbooks, they are my favorite reading material! 
  4. My home – it is cozy, warm, friendly, homey, and truly feels like our sanctuary from the outside world…a soft, safe place to recharge. 
  5. Who I share my home with – They make my life a bundle of fun and I get tremendous satisfaction out of caring for them.
  6. My dog, Oaklie – she is forever in a good mood, brings a light and energy to our home that is tangible and felt by everyone.
  7. Instagram – I love capturing photos and having a place to share them with family and friends.
  8. Chatbooks – On the Instagram note, I must also throw in Chatbooks, I love having a way to take my Insta photos and create an instant scrapbook! 
  9. Working out – I haven’t loved this in the past, but in 2019 I started lifting weights and doing metabolic conditioning and I truly enjoy it, I feel stronger, leaner, and more confident….doesn’t hurt that I’m doing it with a great tribe of women! 
  10. Being out on the water – specifically Lake Powell, a lake surrounded by red rock in southern Utah.
  11. Writing – I love to journal by making lists, I make lists of what makes me happy, things I enjoy about my home, what I thoroughly enjoy about each of my kids and my hubs, house projects, you name it, I write it down….I have a beautiful notebook to keep it all in. 
  12. Good Calendar – I really enjoy my Happy Planner, it has great color, design, stickers, and good energy.
  13. Parenting – I love parenting, the good and the bad…I also enjoy talking about it with others, hearing advice from others, offering advise, talking strategies, etc.
  14. Good Magazine – I love reading magazines, here are few of my favs, This Old House, The Cottage Journal, and Country Living
  15. Gardening, Plants, and Landscape – Nothing is more fulfilling than getting my hands dirty, planting, or outdoor projects.
  16. Home Projects -Being handy is a skill that my Dad taught me, he taught me basic plumbing, electrical, woodworking, tile work and home maintenance. There is such a sense of accomplishment in creating or fixing something with my own hands.
  17. Podcasts – I LOVE podcasts that incorporate life coaching, provoke thought and feeling. One of my all time favs, Better Than Happy
  18. Quotes – Words that evoke emotion.
  19. Home Decor – Using found things, new things, re-invented things to create a space I love.
  20.  Gathering with Friends – Whether it is a casual driveway party on Halloween or a dinner party with candles…..good people feed my soul.

Take a few minutes to reflect and create your own list of the 20 things that make you happy and that you are loving right now.  I hope your list warms your heart! 

Happy Happy Happy 2020,