Friday, July 11, 2014


This last week I had the pleasure of spending a few days with my family in Yellowstone. It was nice to be able to get away and just enjoy time with my family. As I was there I couldn't help but take pictures of nearly everything. It was gorgeous. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014


All my life I have been taught that if I am ever struggling or in need of anything, all I have to do is pray, and Heavenly Father will take care of me. That is such a lovely thought and while I do believe it wholeheartedly, I think at times people, myself included, get confused by exactly what that might entail. For some reason we believe that if we pray and live right, everything will be easy, we won't have any trials, and any hardship we might encounter will be lifted away. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014


I have honestly LOVED reading all the submissions for the "What Beauty Means To You" contest! I am currently working on making a few changes with BE WISE Magazine and instead of doing one large Fall issue like we have done in the past I am going to start doing "Mini Mags" that are smaller but published more frequently. I am super excited about what is in store for BE WISE.   
That being said, I am opening up the contest for one more month so more people have a chance to be featured. Not only is this an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on beauty, I will be offering full features for those who win. This means you get to promote your own blog, business, or whatever wonderful things you might be working on if you are chosen.   
For more information about how to enter click HERE. 
G O O D  L U C K!
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Far too often I find myself thinking, "This would be a great Instagram post opportunity." or, "Oh this will make for an excellent blog post." Now, there is nothing necessarily wrong with that, however, I shouldn't be living my life based on what will "look good" out in the social media world.   
I know I'm not the only one who thinks this way. I'm sure every "blogger", "IGer", "Facebooker", and "Tweeter" has thought this way at least once.  It's natural to want to post about the greatest aspects of our lives for everyone to see. This might not seem like a big deal, but it's a little scary to me for two reasons:

Monday, June 16, 2014


What is BEAUTY? When have you felt most beautiful and what made you feel that way? What characteristics make someone truly beautiful? How have the expectations of beauty set by society affected you personally? 
We want to feature YOU in BE WISE Magazine!

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I have theee greatest dad. There seriously isn't anything this man can't do. Well.... maybe stay awake past 10 PM, but we have even seen him do that. Truly this man is incredible. He is one of, if not the most, self-less people I have ever met. He is constantly doing for others and has raised my family with a desire to do so as well. If I were to describe my dad in one word it would either be self-less or courageous. I've decided to focus on his courage.   
Anyone who knows my dad is fully aware of the fact that he is really just a "big kid", and a dare devil one at that. He has been found diving out of trees like Tarzan, walking the railings of a dam, and doing back-handsprings across the freeway. No lie. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014


About a week ago, two adorable little neighbor girls came over to our house to jump on the trampoline. As they played they talked with me about very important things like, One Direction, how Miley Cyrus "Isn't cool anymore", and what they are going to be when they grow up.  
"I am going to be a singer! Wanna hear my singing voice?"  
"I will be a famous dancer when I grow up! Wanna see me dance?"  
I was honestly a little bit envious of the beautiful innocence and confidence these young girls clearly possessed. They know who they are and they know what they can become. With an "I will be..." or an "I am..." attitude there is no reason we can't become exactly who we want to become. For some reason, when we grow up, we decide our dreams are too big, or too unrealistic and we give up.      
Why do we do this?