Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mom, how do they get so beautiful?

A while back, my daughter and I were hanging out in the make-up section of a local store. If I remember right, we were looking for some fingernail polish.

We couldn't find the perfect color and were about to leave when I noticed my daughter in the Cover Girl section. She was looking up at an Ad and asked: "Mom, how do they get so beautiful?"

Her question caught me off guard. And I realized that in that moment, she was beginning to question what made her beautiful and would she ever be 'like those girls in the Ads' ...

I thought for a moment and said: "Lauren, please know that YOU are beautiful just the way you are."
I wanted to go into all the facts about the Ads - how they are air brushed, changed, edited and so forth - but didn't.

Instead, we talked (right there in the store about ALL the things that made her beautiful) - and it had nothing to do with make-up, gorgeous clothes or sultry looks!

My hope is that she will continue to see and appreciate that her true beauty comes from being- kind, smart, funny, artistic and true to the things she knows to be right and good!

I think the main point here is to appreciate the 'beauty' that each of us naturally possess and to focus on being beautiful inside and out!

It's just not healthy to compare ourselves to a Cover Girl model! After all, comparison is the thief of joy! :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Make each day a masterpiece

Make each day your masterpiece ...

How, you ask? (Below are a few ideas)

Be grateful
Be kind
Lift people around you
Share your smile
Forget yourself
Find the good in everyone and every situation
Be positive
Be patient (with yourself and others)
Share your talents

PS: Every day is a gift.
Create something beautiful ...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Begin Anywhere.

BEGIN ANYWHERE - I love those two words together.

Begin -
Commence, create, do, establish, found, go ahead, go into, launch, lead, make, initiate, introduce, open, prepare, set up, undertake ...

Anywhere -

Anyplace, all over, everywhere, wherever, in any place ...

What are you waiting for? There is no time like the present.

Begin Today.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Today :)

4-14-14 ... a really great day :)
So thankful for the gift of new days, new years and new adventures.

Looking forward to the lessons ahead.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Is it possible to be too kind?


It's one of the greatest attributes a person can have. With kindness...we lift lives, add smiles, heal wounds, brighten dark days, inspire and even save.

Is it possible to be too kind? I don't think so.
As far as I'm concerned, kindness is always welcome. Always...

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Blame keeps wounds open ...

"Blame keeps wounds open forgiveness heals."
~ Thomas S. Monson

 ". . . Heaven is filled with those who have this in common: They are forgiven. And they forgive."
~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

This week: Choose to forgive. Let it go - feel and share the healing power.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

For Travis ...

Happy birthday Big Brother. I think of you often and smile!
Miss and love you always ...

PS: Thanks for inspiring me to run my race with courage, with determination, with patience and with LOVE.

Travis Lichfield / April 8, 1971 - July 7, 1988
Your dash will forever inspire mine.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Little by little, we travel far ...

April 2013 - The foundation

Me - 2013

April - 2014
Time - it's such a gift. We can do so much with it.

Lat year, we had a new home built and this week, we have been working on the outdoor landscaping. I couldn't help but think back to last year and how excited I was just standing in the lot - imagining how it would all turn out! Lots of dirt and dreams :) ...

As I dug holes yesterday and dropped bushes into them, I smiled and thought - WOW, look how far we've come! (Again, lots of dirt and dreams.)

It's been a busy year and I appreciate the following quote that holds so much truth.

Little by little, one travels far.
J.R. Tolkien

Much like this house project, I imagine, at the end of our lives, we'll look back and say: WOW, look how far we've come and how much we've grown. :)

Cheers to time and the journey we each travel.