Sunday, October 26, 2014

CHOOSE TO BE GRATEFUL


This morning my day started out with a mini pity-party. I was feeling frustrated that certain things weren't happening according to my plans and what I think is best for my life. It can be difficult watching those around you enjoying things that you don't have or living a life that you think you want. (Word to the wise, don't start your day off scrolling through your social media newsfeeds. Probably won't leave you feeling the greatest). 
As I got ready for church I chose to be in a bad mood. I say chose because there really wasn't anything that tragic happening in my life that would give me a valid reason to be upset. I carried on with my pessimistic attitude longer than I would like to admit. It wasn't until the third hour of church where I was visiting my mom in Primary that things changed. A sweet young boy, probably around the age of 7, got up to say the prayer. I honestly don't remember him asking for anything. The entire prayer was FULL of "thank you's".  "Thank you for church. Thank you for our activities. Thank you for Jesus", were his exact words. I sat there feeling a little embarrassed that I had chosen to be so ungrateful all morning. 
As if that wasn't enough to shake me from my pity-party, one of the verses of scripture I read today while studying was D&C 19:25 "And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife; nor seek they neighbor's life." How often as we mindlessly scroll through our variety of social media coveting or wishing that we had the things that others have? Do we ever stop to think that doing so is actually a sin? We are commanded to "Not Covet".  When we compare our lives to those around us we lose focus of all the many things we have already been blessed with. This morning I chose to be ungrateful and chose to let things get to me that really don't matter. Sure, things in our lives don't always go as planned. Sometimes people have things that we don't. That doesn't mean that we are any less loved and watched over by our Heavenly Father. He is aware of you and He is blessing you. CHOOSE to recognize those blessings and CHOOSE to be grateful for all that you already have. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MY STYLE || PALMS IN FALL

There are only a few more days that I will be able to wear outfits like this. It's definitely starting to get colder so I can assure you I will be taking advantage of any nice days we have left! I must admit I am pretty stoked that it is finally beanie weather and I get to introduce these lovelies back to my wardrobe. 
But wait… There's more… 
We are currently working on our 11th Issue (I can't even believe we have had that many) of BE WISE Magazine and want to feature YOU! If you are interested in being in BE WISE Magazine please email me at bewisemag@gmail.com. We are looking for models, makeup artists, bloggers, writers  -  you name it, we want it. I am beyond excited for what we have in store with this issue. Get excited my friends! 








TOP: Cotton On || VEST: Urban Blues || PANTS: H&M || SHOES: Nike Roche (Purchased HERE) WATCH: American Apparel || NECKLACES: Urban Outfitters || BEANIE: Neff (Pacsun) 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

THE EVERGREEN EXAMPLE


Over the weekend I had the opportunity to spend some time up at my cabin. The scenery was breathtaking. As I looked up at the mountain I noticed all the Aspen trees were losing their leaves for the winter. This is completely normal and nothing really new, however I noticed something I had never really taken the time to notice before. Among all the "dying" Aspen trees there were countless Pine trees standing as tall and strong as ever. Towering over the Aspen trees they looked beautiful and majestic. 
That's when it hit me… Although many of them were standing alone, and they were surrounded by trees that were "dying" and "falling apart",  they stood tall. 
As I looked up at those trees I became more and more inspired. I want to be like the Evergreen. I want to stand tall and stay strong even if everything around me is falling apart. 
It can be extremely intimidating taking a stand and being different, especially if you are the only one doing it.  I have experienced first hand being mocked, judged and left out for standing up for what was right.  It isn’t always easy. However, it is ALWAYS worth it.   
Whether they admit it or not, most people will actually be impressed and gain respect for you when you stand up for what is right.  It shows strength and confidence.  Those who do not respect you for making good decisions are not the kind of people who will help you progress and succeed so there is no need to impress them.   
Even if you are mocked, judged, or left out for choosing to stand up for what you know is right, you are never completely alone. Our Heavenly Father will always look out for you and protect you. When we do what is right, even when it is hard and even if we are the only one, we will be blessed. 
I can promise you that if you stand tall, even if it means standing alone, you will find a strength and confidence within yourself that you will never want to compromise. Follow the example of the Evergreen tree. Just as it stands tall and is "ever green" in a world that is cold and grey, you can stand tall, even if it means standing alone. 
When have you had to stand tall, even when it meant standing alone?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

DOCTRINE & COVENANTS READING CHART

I have set a goal to read the whole Doctrine & Covenants  by the end of the year.  We are so blessed to live in a time where the scriptures are so accessible. I am constantly using my Gospel Library app to read on the go. It's super convenient having the scriptures right in our pockets isn't it?  Join me by following along with this chart.  At only 4 pages a day it makes reading super slick.  No excuses, anyone can accomplish this.  Happy reading

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

TO MAKEUP OR NOT TO MAKEUP, THAT IS THE QUESTION


Have you ever heard a guy say, "I hate it when girls wear makeup." 
Once upon a time I dated that guy. 
He made it very clear that he hated it when I wore makeup and that there was nothing more disgusting than being near a girl and having her makeup accidentally get on your clothes.  Naturally, I wanted to impress this boy, so I did as he asked and didn't wear makeup when I was around him. (I also stopped wearing Converse shoes upon his request...silly me).  
He would always compliment me and tell me how pretty I looked when I wasn't wearing makeup. It was flattering to know that I was "naturally" beautiful to him. On the flip side, if I ever decided to wear makeup, he would openly express his negative opinions about my decision. 
Since then I have been paranoid that while wearing makeup, I might unintentionally leave my mark on some unsuspecting boy. I remember talking to a friend and when I mentioned that she said, "Oh man, if my boyfriend had a problem with that, we would have broken up a long time ago." 
That's when it hit me. I was allowing some boy (who I ended up dumping about a month later anyway) define who I was. I stopped wearing makeup, not because I wanted to, but because he wanted me to, and that is extremely sad.

AVOID THE EXTREMES 

There are a few "extremes" I have seen others, and even myself, fall into when it comes to beauty and makeup. 
EXTREME #1: The Crutch
There are many girls and women who literally have a fear of being seen without their makeup. It has become a crutch and they base their beauty and even their worth on a bottle of foundation and a tube of mascara. This is definitely an extreme you want to avoid. It is important to understand that you ARE beautiful without any makeup. 
Beauty doesn't come from cosmetics. 
If you feel like you might fall into this category it's time to redefine what beauty really is. Take some time to find and recognize all the beautiful things about you. Some of these things might even been seen as imperfections to the outside world, however these are the things that make YOU uniquely YOU. 
For example, I have a few little sun-spot freckles right around my nose and under my eye. They are often hiding underneath my makeup, but recently I have been allowing them to make an appearance. There are countless creams and lotions out there to help "erase" or lighten these "imperfections". For a long time I was worried about them, but now, I actually kinda love them. As weird as it sounds, I feel like I earned them. 


EXTREME #2: The Pressure 
This is the extreme that I fell into with the boy I dated.  
I stopped wearing makeup for some boy and without even realizing it, I was giving him power over me and my own self-worth. If I had to change who I was just to impress some boy then he wasn't worth impressing in the first place. If you choose to wear makeup, for whatever reason, it honestly shouldn't matter what anyone else's opinion is. On the other hand, if you choose to not wear makeup, there is nothing wrong with that either. Don't allow the world to pressure you into wearing makeup in order to feel beautiful.

TAKE A STAND 
Don't allow makeup to become a crutch you rely on in order to feel beautiful. Don't allow the pressures of wearing or not wearing makeup define you.  
If a little bit of mascara in the morning helps to you feel like you look awake, more power to you. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best and present yourself well. In fact we are commanded to take care of the bodies we have been blessed with. You are beautiful and you deserve to not only know that you are, but feel that you are. 




What are your thoughts on makeup?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

LIVE IN THE NOW

The Fall season is definitely my favorite time of the year in Utah! The trees and plants all turn into beautiful colors and I never can seem to stop myself from crunching all the leaves that come into my path. Honestly though, how often are we allowing ourselves to enjoy it? I have lately fallen into bad routines and by force of habit will waste away my time on pointless social media posts from random people I don't know or ever will meet. This isn't fair to yourself! The world is such a beautiful place and especially in Utah this Fall season doesn't last as long as I would wish. Let yourself enjoy the life and moment YOU are living NOW. Don't wait until tomorrow to be happy, be happy now. Live in the moment and take it all in. There is so much beauty that goes unnoticed in each day.




JACKET: Kohls || PANTS: Pacsun || BACKPACK: Urban Outfitters || HAT: Vans || SHOES: Vans

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

ONE WORD THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Working as the Youth Advocate at a high school I am always looking for things that will help inspire and motivate the students I work with. I am constantly trying to help them set and achieve goals that will help them to be successful. I just finished reading the book "One Word That Will Change Your Life", and I loved it! It's a super fast read and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. This book is exactly what I was looking for to not only help motivate my students but also give me the direction and motivation I have been looking for in my own life as well. 
In the book it explains how 50% of resolution makers fail by the end of January. Typically we set "to-do" goals instead of "to-be" goals and we measure our success by what we accomplish rather than by what we become. After reading the book I took on their challenge (and challenged my students and even a few of my co-workers) to come up with one word. Instead of setting tons of different goals, pick one word to focus on and strive to master it in all the different aspects of your life. This one word helps create a laser-like focus that will last.  
When I challenged my students I was shocked by the positive response I got from them. They seemed genuinely excited to pick their word and begin the process of mastering that word. Some of the words they picked were accomplish, organized, determined, pass,  motivation, and focus.   
One of my students picked the word "Motivation" and chose put it here so he could see it often. 
It might sound obvious and cliche but the word I picked was WISE. It wasn't the first word that popped into my mind, but it was the word I feel will best work for me in becoming who I want to become. 
As we begin to master our one word it will begin to have an affect on many different aspects of our lives. For example, I am going to strive to be more wise Spiritually, Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, Financially as well as within all my different Relationships. 
As you pick your word, pray for guidance that you will pick a word that will help you become who you were meant to become. The book also recommends that you share your word with others so they can help you stay motivated. Already I have had students ask me if the decisions I am making are "Wise decisions". Put your word somewhere you will be able to see it often like my student in the photo above has. This way you will have a constant reminder of your word. Try keeping a journal about all your progress and document your journey with your "One Word"
I am excited to begin my "One Word" journey and I have already noticed a difference. I hope you decided to chose One Word for yourself and join this journey with me. I would love to hear how it works out for you! Let me know how your "One Word" changes your life. Click HERE for more about One Word. 

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