Endure to Enjoy

When we accept our reality we allow ourselves the freedom to take it on and make the best of it. That’s why the E in S.M.I.L.E. stands for Endure to Enjoy. Choosing to master our toughest circumstances will give us confidence, even when it feels like things are falling apart. We can be brave, keep trying, and eventually face challenges with grace. We get stronger from the struggle. Eventually, joy and peace can come regardless of our circumstances.

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Listen to Loving Thoughts

It’s so important that we’re gentle with ourselves. When it comes to feeling good, it’s all in your head – literally. That’s why my S.M.I.L.E. acronym for emotional wellness includes Listen To Loving Thoughts. What we think matters more than we believe. I usually LOVE to cheer people on, whether in an audience or standing…

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Make Magic Moments

The second part of S.M.I.L.E. is Make Magic Moments. What is a Magic Moment? It’s when your worries are distant and light illuminates all the shadows in your mind. It’s a moment when your pain is lifted and faraway, like a cloud in the sky. The pain doesn’t necessarily disappear, but it’s momentarily out of…

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My Basement Marathon: Adapting Goals and Getting to the Finish Line!

Once upon a time (like 6 months ago😉) I had high hopes of running a marathon on Pioneer Day, just 2 days before the 2-year anniversary of my hysterectomy and 3 days before my 36th birthday. Then life happened – gut issues, family sickness for a month, and other “stuff”. But I reeeally still wanted…

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Hopeful Spirit: Meditation and Mental Breaks

Feeling unhappy? Overwhelmed? When was the last time you relaxed? Don’t have time to relax? I get it. You’re busy. Everyone’s counting on you. But what if you escaped for a few seconds by closing your eyes and just letting yourself breathe deeply? What if? What if you locked yourself in your room for a…

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Happiness Through Music & Mental Highs

A happy mind is one that takes care of itself. It thinks thoughts that keep it safe. Those safe thoughts then create happy emotions that allow us to be our best, joy-filled selves. Mental highs are one of the M&M’s that help me take care of my mind. What IS a mental high? It’s when you…

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A Six-Week "Break from Fake": What I Learned by Ditching Social Media

I wasn’t one of THOSE people. I didn’t really need to take a break from social media. That’s what I thought when I heard President Russell M. Nelson’s Social Media Challenge to the youth of the world to take a “seven-day break from fake.” I understood the reasoning behind it. As he said in his…

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"Try Everything" Dance Workout and an End of Year Pep Talk

Last month, I came across a COMMENT (Woot! Woot!) on my first dance workout video: I LOVE this video and the dance! It makes me smile. When I am back on my feet, I will be learning your dance! Thanks for sharing and congrats on losing + keeping off 70lbs! I was ecstatic!  It was…

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: An Isolation Warm-up to "Brave"

Don’t know what to do to start exercising?  This is one of my favorite ways to warm up and start any day.  I hope this helps you loosen up, relax, and enjoy your body! This first video has me giving some tips. This one is the same warm-up withOUT me talking! I hope you enjoy…

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"Think Yourself Healthy" Is Published!

My first book is available for purchase!  I’m so excited to share the tools that helped me overcome my need to comfort myself with food, minimize my anxiety and depression, and led to me losing and keeping off 70 pounds!  All while being a SAHM and not even having a gym membership.  Sounds crazy, huh?…

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