Monday, November 23, 2015


 Christmas came a month early over here and we couldn’t be more excited! 

We just received our first BEAUTY CON BFF BOX and let me tell you, it really is worth all the hype. First of all, there is something to be said about getting a package in the mail. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get so giddy with excitement. Then when the package is full of theeee most adorable products, you can’t help but be stoked about it. 

The BEAUTY CON BFF BOX really is worth every cent. Each season you will receive $100 worth of product for a fraction of the price. So so worth it! Plus, here is some exciting news just for our loyal BE WISE readers. If you click HERE you will receive $10 towards your next purchase on  
 Happy shopping BE WISE Babes! 

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Monday, November 16, 2015


How many times a day do you check your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other social media? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through your newsfeeds for no real reason at all? Are you quick to turn to your phone and open up a social media app simply to take up time? If you answered yes to any of these... I am right there with you. 
Its embarrassing for me to admit how often I was checking social media, and not only that, but how much time I was wasting. Rarely does anything constructive or worthwhile come from social media, and yet there I was, frittering my time away on it. Social media was running me, instead of me running it. Once I started paying attention to how often I would open up different apps on my phone to check my social media and began noticing how much time I was spending mindlessly scrolling, I knew something needed to change.  
Now don’t get me wrong, social media is not all bad. In fact, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have been vital for me in growing and running BE WISE. However, the mindless scrolling... not necessary. 
In a world that is so incredibly “virtually connected” it can be difficult to pull away. Let me tell you my friends, as hard as it might be to tap out, continuing to fill your life with social media clutter is much harder. 

1. Social Media causes you to lose focus and waste time
2. Social Media has been proven to cause low self-esteem and depression 
3. Social Media creates a distorted view of reality 
4. Social Media causes you to rely on others for validation 
5. Social Media is an unnecessary distraction 
6. Social Media is not real life

I have always liked the idea of a complete “social media hiatus”, but with running BE WISE, it didn’t seem very practical. So, I looked for other solutions. However, if you are able to get away with a complete hiatus, go for it! I envy you!
Since a complete hiatus wasn’t really an option for me, I tried the whole “stay logged out” approach. This idea of staying logged out so I had to log in each time I wanted to check my accounts worked for awhile... until I just stopped logging out. If you can be more committed than I was, then this approach might work for you. Personally, I needed something a little more permanent. 
The next approach is the only one that really seems to be working for me and honestly, I am super psyched about it! Too often, my phone was being used as a crutch to support my bad social media habits. It was just too easy to check in. I finally made a decision and deleted ALL social media apps from my phone. Now, if I want to check Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest I have to use my computer or my iPod from home. BONUS POINTS: If there are apps you can/should completely do away with (Snapchat was my throw away) then DO IT! Eliminate extra unnecessary social media clutter however possible.
As crazy as it might sound, this has been one of the most liberating decisions I have made for a very long time. I feel so much more content, at peace, relaxed, and productive. Now, when I have some time to kill and I go to my phone, I only have uplifting and inspiring apps to turn to. Some of my favorites are, the LDS Gospel Library, TED Talks, Daily Verse, and LDS Youth. Instead of seeing what everyone ate for breakfast or the millions of “outfit of the day” posts that seemed to take over my newsfeeds, I am forced to look for other (and more uplifting and positive) ways to occupy my time. 
What ways do you plan on taking a social media break?

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Friday, November 13, 2015


If someone told you they knew how to find the answers to all your deepest questions and concerns, would you be intrigued? If someone told you there was a way to find peace and comfort during any trial or hardship, would you be curious? If someone told you there was a way for you to discover your purpose and recognize your potential, would you want to know more?  
Well, today I am that “someone” and the “way” might be a whole lot more simple than you would anticipate. 
The answers to all your questions, peace and comfort, and the discovery of who you are and your full potential can all be found in one place. Drum roll please.... The scriptures. Too obvious? Too simple? Test me and try it. There is so much treasure to be found in these books. If you sincerely desire to find answers, peace, comfort and discover your purpose, you will find it as you regularly read and ponder the words of the scriptures. 
What treasure have you found while studying the scriptures?  
Also, if you haven’t already, check out our BE WISE Journal HERE to improve your scripture study. 

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Saturday, November 7, 2015


This past week I attended the University of Utah basketball game. Once we arrived, we checked with the usher to verify where our seats were and she directed us. As we got to our seats we noticed there were already people sitting there. Since there were plenty of seats around we weren't too worried about it and just sat in the next row behind. 
Shortly after, another group of people came informing us that we were now in their seats. I felt that the way they approached us about the situation was less than kind, especially after we had just "so kindly" let those in our seats remain in our seats. So again, we moved back a row. 
Bothered by this situation, I examined our tickets, and just then realized that we not only had seats in the original row, but that we also had seats in the row we had just been "so rudely" kicked out of. Those people were now in our seats.  I sat there feeling quite bothered and even mistreated until I received ALL the facts.  
Still trying to prove our innocence, I looked around to once again verify that the other people had been mistaken. What I discovered as I gathered all of the correct information was that this whole time we had been in the right row, the right seats, but the completely wrong section. Just one section over were our real seats, completely vacant.   
At first I thought I had it all right. In fact, we had even checked with the usher to verify our seats. She directed us, and we only listened to half of the directions, missing one vital step.  Now I know this seems like a silly little story, but it was quite humbling for me and I learned a few lessons. 
When we first arrived and realized people were sitting in our seats I felt like I was being so kind and doing them a huge favor by not asking them to leave. What I didn't realize was that when I thought I was doing them a "huge favor", I was really just allowing them to continue sitting exactly where they were supposed to sit. They were already "in the right". I was the one who did not have all the facts. 
On the flip side, when I was then approached about being in someone else's seats, I was bothered that they hadn't had the same courtesy. What I failed to realize was that I was the one who had been wrong all along. I wasn't where I was supposed to be. Unfortunately, I spent a good portion of the game feeling frustrated and mistreated. I sincerely felt like had been wronged. It wasn't until I had all of the facts that I realized was actually the one who had made the error.    
I had sincerely felt like I had been mistreated by those who told us to move, especially since I thought they were wrong. However, once I saw the whole picture, I realized they had every right to ask us to move. We were in their seats. They had all the facts. I did not. I allowed myself to become offended, because I didn't see the whole picture. I allowed myself to forget why I was there (to enjoy the game) because I was so caught up in trying to "prove them wrong". The other people were not intending to offend me. They were just giving me the facts that I clearly didn't have.  
This situation, however insignificant, was very humbling for me. I was looking for every excuse to be offended and every reason to prove the other people wrong. What I failed to look for were the facts. The true, honest, facts. It is human nature to point fingers and pass blame. It takes courage and strength to accept and admit to mistakes. 
Making judgement calls without having all of the facts can lead you to falling off course. Without all the puzzle pieces, your view of the entire picture can become distorted. I didn't listen clearly to the directions given to us by the Usher. She knew where our seats were and how to get us there. By not listening and heeding her directions we ended up in the wrong section. I thought I knew better, I thought I was right, and because of that, I didn't listen. 
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 
It is easy to trust in God when everything is easy. It seems so simple to follow the rules when the rules are simple. But that is not the plan. We have been asked to trust in the Lord with all our heart, not just part of our heart. We are admonished not to "lean unto our own understanding" (or the world's understanding), but rather lean on HIS understanding.  We are expected to acknowledge Him in all our ways, not just when it is easy, convenient, or popular. Just because we might not "understand" or "like" God's plan, does not make it any less correct, true, or right. If we trust, acknowledge, and lean on God and HIS plan, we are promised that he will direct our paths. God knows what he is doing. He has all the puzzle pieces. He has all the facts. He sees the whole picture. 
I know that God knows where my "correct seat" is. I know that God wants me to get to my "correct seat". I know that if I TRUST, ACKNOWLEDGE, and LEAN on Him, He will "Usher" me there. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015


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Happy listening! 

xoxo Mary

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Monday, October 5, 2015


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Friday, October 2, 2015


Do you love fresh starts and new beginnings? I sure do. There is something truly wonderful about an opportunity to start over and start better. New Years, the beginning of a new season, even a new day can all be great times to reflect and improve. Another one of these reflective, fresh start, opportunities for me is General Conference. I love General Conference. Twice a year we have the opportunity to learn, grow, be inspired, and take a personal inventory as we listen to God’s servants. Last Saturday during the General Women’s Meeting there was so much goodness shared that made me even more excited about the sessions coming up this weekend. (If you missed it, check it out HERE. You can also see/read/listen to the rest of the sessions from this weekend through the same link). 
As I prepare for conference there are a few things I want to focus on. As I was reading my scriptures recently I came across a verse that was very humbling. In 2 Nephi 17:4 there is a part that reads, “…Take heed, be quiet; fear not, neither be faint-hearted.”  I feel like this might be a very simple phrase that can be easily overlooked. In fact I have read over this verse dozens of times and never had it mean that much to me. Until now.  
To heed something means to “take careful note”, “listen”, “hear”, and to “follow advice”.  How carefully am I listening to and following what my Heavenly Father would like me to do? As I watch General Conference one of my goals is to be truly humble and look for ways and opportunities to “heed” the counsel I receive. I challenge you to do the same. Find ways that you can implement the counsel you receive and make the necessary changes to begin bettering your own life.  

Life is busy. There are so many distractions, both good and bad. I worry that I am spending so much time being “busy” that I forget to make time to be “quiet”. When I pray to my Heavenly Father am I taking the time to listen for His response, or am I simply rushing off to whatever I am so desperately “busy” with? During conference, but also after conference, take some time to truly ponder what you have heard. Spend some time simply “being quiet” so that you can receive the insights and personal revelation God is waiting to offer you. 

Countless times throughout the scriptures we are taught to trust in the Lord and turn to Him. We are told that through Christ we can do all things. We are reminded that we will never be left comfortless. So then why do we so often allow the things of the world to cause us to fear? Trust that God is in control. He is aware of your circumstances. He is aware of your trials. Remember that the difficulties we endure while we are here will be for our benefit, if we endure them well.  
"I do not know why we have the many trials that we have, but it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving Father, “Was that all that was required?” I believe that if we could daily remember and recognize the depth of that love our Heavenly Father and our Savior have for us, we would be willing to do anything to be back in Their presence again, surrounded by Their love eternally. What will it matter, dear sisters, what we suffered here if, in the end, those trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life and exaltation in the kingdom of God with our Father and Savior?”  - Linda S. Reeves 

It can be easy to become discouraged and feel as if you are not doing enough, being enough, giving enough etc. The truth is, during your Earthly journey, you will never be enough... alone. With Christ we can become perfect. With Christ you are enough. He doesn’t make up the difference, He is the difference. All that is expected of you is that you do your best. Just keep trying. “Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength...” (D&C 10:4) All that is expected of you is that you “ diligent unto the end.” (D&C 10:4) Do not be faint-hearted. If you are doing your best, you are doing enough. 

I hope that as you listen to, watch, or read the talks from General Conference that you consider implementing these simple ideas. I know that as we do our part and have faith, our prayers will be answered and our in our trials we will find peace. Let me know if you use any of these tips and how they work for you. Happy conference weekend! 

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