Before You Ate the Fruit (a poem)

Before you ate the fruit
The world, it once seemed kind
But then the hard truth set in deep
Weighed heavy on your mind

There’s no more blissful innocence
You can’t unsee it all
Realities, brutalities
The outcome of the Fall

So hold on to the hope (that it’s a)
Temporary sting
Hold on to the peace
That only Christ can bring

And when your days are dark
Remember who’s the light
Rest easy in the Lord
Your battles, He will fight

“I am the light of the world; he that will follow me shall not walk in darkness.” (John 8:12)

“Whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world.” (Ether 12:4)

“I will fight your battles.” (Doctrine & Covenants 105:14)

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Cast Out Your Net (A Poem)

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.” -Hebrews 10:35

Cast not out confidence
Cast out your net
A sale or success
(see) what you can get

Failure might happen (but)
Without the risk
Your net stands no yield
You’ll never see fish

And though disappointment
Can bring about shame
Mistakes give experience
It’s part of the game

Cast not out confidence
Sow in your field
In time you can harvest
Reap what you yield

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Don’t Talk to the World (a poem)

“Whosoever shall drink of this water shall thirst again.”
-John 4:13

Don’t talk to the world
Go talk to the Lord
The One who brings us calm

Connect, reach out,
But still I doubt
There’s real relief like Him

Online’s our drug
Why not unplug
Then get your knees to bend

Your mouth is dry
Not satisfied
You find you thirst again

The world’s advice
May not suffice
Or give the peace you crave

Philosophy and
Sophistry
Cannot a desperate heart save

Don’t talk to the world
Go talk to the Lord
The One who knows you best

I promise you
It’s really true
That He will give you rest

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

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The Tools That You Taught Me (a poem)

The tools that you taught me
The things I now know
I took just a seed for my
Garden to grow

The gifts that you gave me
I use them for good
But maybe not in the same
Way that you would

Was once inexperienced
My life a rough draft
Apprentice to Master
Perfected my craft

The lessons I learned from you
Hard work and sweat
The tools that you taught me
I’ll never forget

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No Place for Boredom (A Poem)

No place for boredom
There’s topics galore
Create something valuable
(Do all your chores!)

Cheer up the lonely
Give of your heart
Call up your mother (or)
Clean out your car

The world’s at your fingertips
Touch of a screen
Research and learning
Find out what things mean

Garden, cook, write
Check off your lists
“Boredom” has no place to
Ever exist!

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Truth & Lies (a poem)

“O the cunning plan of the evil one.” -2nd Nephi 9:28 (in the Book of Mormon)

“In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chambers.” -Flannery O’Connor

The cleverest deception
Is truth mixed in with lies
The devil loves to dress up in
Layers of disguise

The blasphemy is twisting (what is)
Good to sound so sweet
But oh, be wise, don’t compromise (there’s)
Evil to defeat

When someone can convince you to
Believe absurdities
It’s not too long you go along
Commit atrocities

Call out dangerous doctrine
The Truth so boldly claim
Disregard the mockery (call)
Satan by his name

We need more courage, fighters (who will)
Go against the crowd
Not caring what the critics say
Who will speak the TRUTH out loud

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” -Romans 1;16

“Disregard the ridicule of the ungodly” (Elder Dieter Uchtdor)

“Now is the time to be unabashedly pro-life.” -Abby Johnson

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Truth & Lies (a poem)

“O the cunning plan of the evil one.” -2nd Nephi 9:28 (in the Book of Mormon)

“In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chambers.” -Flannery O’Connor

The cleverest deception
Is truth mixed in with lies
The devil loves to dress up in
Layers of disguise

The blasphemy is twisting (what is)
Good to sound so sweet
But oh, be wise, don’t compromise (there’s)
Evil to defeat

When someone can convince you to
Believe absurdities
It’s not too long you go along
Commit atrocities

Call out dangerous doctrine
The Truth so boldly claim
Disregard the mockery (call)
Satan by his name

We need more courage, fighters (who will)
Go against the crowd
Not caring what the critics say
Who will speak the TRUTH out loud

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” -Romans 1;16

“Disregard the ridicule of the ungodly” (Elder Dieter Uchtdor)

“Now is the time to be unabashedly pro-life.” -Abby Johnson

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The Walk-Point (A Poem)

All need a walk-point
A place they won’t go
A line they won’t cross when the
Price is too low

All need a walk-point (to)
Show self respect
Things they allow and
Things they reject

All need a walk-point (with)
How time is spent
Energy’s finite so
Don’t waste a cent

What is your walk-point?
When do you go? (With)
Cash, time, or people (should)
Sometimes say no

“You’ll look down the streets, look them over with care
About some you’ll say “I don’t choose to go there.”
-Dr. Seuss

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Work & Rest (a poem)

“Fatigue is the common enemy of us all, so slow down and rest up.”
-Elder Jeffrey Holland of the Church of Jesus Christ

I believe in work
And I believe in rest
I believe that downtime
Can help us do our best

I do not care for laziness
I do believe in sleep
So happiness and sanity’s
A gift for you to keep

Don’t think that we’re invincible
Our frailties do exist
But God can lengthen limits when we
Ask him to assist

I believe that excellence’s
Preceded by mistakes
Don’t always play it safe because
Some risks are good to take

Course correction matters
And guilt can have its place
But don’t believe in self-berating
Give yourself some grace

I believe in work and to have
Goals worth working toward
Expect a lot, give all you’ve got
Then leave it to the Lord

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Peace Requires Conflict (a poem)

“I come not to bring peace, but a sword.”
-Matthew 10:34

Peace requires conflict
To freely speak dissenting
Be honest how you feel
Don’t just resort to venting

Respect is still required
When truth can start to hurt
Be tender with the other (as you’re)
Starting to assert

True peace isn’t passive
Won’t smile at a foe
It’s not just surface calmness (while the)
Violence swims below

Peace can take contending
There’ll likely be frustration
To work out the emotions
Reach differentiation

Peacemaking’s a process
A worthy kind of goal
It fosters healed relationships and
Freedom for your soul

“Conflict is the price we pay for true intimacy.”
-Dr. Les Parrot

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Always Play The Long Game (a poem)

“Endure to the end.”
-3rd Nephi 15:9

Always play the long game
Setbacks, take in stride
We’ve got a ways to go
So gear up for the ride

Don’t be foiled by failure (that’s a)
Strategy short-term
Bigger picture thinking (there are)
Lessons to be learned

On occasion, there may be a
Need for smaller wins
Take them and enjoy them (then)
Refocus once again

Always play the long game (if you)
Want to get it right
The prize you get’s commensurate
To how well you can fight

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“Listen to the Whisp’rings” (A Poem)

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
-Frank Capra

Listen to the whisp’rings that your
Heart keeps telling you
Divine ideas and messages just
Desperate to get through

The soft, clear inspirations start to
Make your heart their home
The first seeds of a venture or the
Fledglings of a poem

Write them down, explore them, give them
Space and time to grow
What beauty could become of them
Only angels know

Listen to the whisp’rings that your
Heart keeps telling you
Ponder, pray, and plan, then go make
Certain dreams come true

“Give expression to the noble desires that
lie within your heart.”
-Gordon B. Hinckley

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A New Creature in Christ (a poem)

“Therefore, if any [wo]man be in Christ, [s]he is a new creature.”
-2nd Corinthians 5:17

A hurting heart that’s healed
A secret unconcealed
The love of God revealed

The turning of a page
A new and better age
A soul that’s been uncaged

A new creature in Christ
The one who paid the price
The perfect sacrifice

Take away the sting
Surrender everything
The peace repentance brings
❤️

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A Hundred New Ideas (A Poem)

“I have a hundred new ideas a day,
and I know I can’t possibly execute them all.” 

-Christy Wright

Hundreds of ideas always
Swimming through my mind
Accomplish all my projects, solve the
Problems of mankind

Resources unlimited?
There’s nothing stopping me
But come back down to earth (that’s simply)
Not reality

I grieve lost opportunity (wish)
All dreams could come true
Discern my time and energy (to)
Know which to pursue

My family, home, and business (are my)
Top priorities
And then I try to tackle more
Responsibilities

But in all the mundane and simple
Tasks and all the goals
I’ll never lose full grip on all the
Dreams inside my soul

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Not Every Lead Converts (A Mini Poem)

Not every effort works
Not every lead converts
But often you most learn (from)
Experiences that hurt

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When To Pitch (A Poem)

Don’t pitch too early
They’ll just run off scared (before)
Making the “ask” (you should)
Make them prepared

Follow the steps
Don’t jump around
Practicing patience is
How sales are found

Attention, then interest
Desire comes next
Go for the warm ones
To see best effects

Build your rapport
Make them your friend
Talk up the value
Then pitch at the END!

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Necessary Endings (a poem)

“Getting to the next level always requires ending something, letting go, and moving on.” -Henry Cloud (“Necessary Endings”)

Cut your losses, close up shop (when)
It’s not working, time to stop
It’s hardly fun and can be scary 
Some endings are necessary

Maintenance of vitality (through)
Closure & finality
Weed your garden to survive (makes)
What’s desired grow and thrive

Clear up space inside your head
Don’t seek life among the dead
I know it’s painful to let go
You’d be surprised how much you grow 🌸

“Why seek ye the living among the dead?”
-Luke 24:5

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A Line That Lit A Fire (Poem)

A line that lit a fire
Ideas that inspire
A one-time, offhand phrase (that others)
Might just throw away

A sentence that can spark
Major change from a remark
What may seem casual (to me’s)
Beyond invaluable

The words that spoke to me (become so)
Seared in memory
They permeate my heart
So I get up and I start

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The Truth (A Poem)

Prefer the truth hard
Don’t water it down
The filler for feelings
Can make the facts drown

Don’t swerve just to soften
I face it head on
There’s self-coping skills (if the)
Blow gets too strong

I’ll calm myself down if my
Heart’s overloaded
What I need from you is to
Not sugarcoat it

When reality’s harsh (I don’t)
Live in denial
Avoiding the problem is
Never my style

The truth may sting
Can hurt like hell
And still it’s much better than
Lies that we tell

I’ve found no fulfillment in
False fantasies
Pain can be present, but
Truth makes us free

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Stepping Stone Stranger (A Limerick Poem)

You gave me wings
The future me
Would need to get away

Taught me to fly
To say goodbye
When I no longer could stay

The sadness remains
The joy mixed with pain
My gratitude is strong

But lately it seems
We’re ripped at the seams
You sing a different song

The world has changed
Our values strained
My goal’s not one you see

Not hard to spy
Identify
The ways we disagree

I wish you well (and)
Time will tell
The way our stories end

But thanks for this
The work and bliss
I’ll always call you friend

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Check In With Clients (A Poem)

I like the sound of silence
An unresponsive client
I truly do not not mind, but still check
In from time to time

The ball is their court
You’re pretty much ignored
No need at all to bug or
Throw your shoulders in a shrug

Don’t let it go too long (though you are)
Not the one in the wrong
Communicate, reach out
When there’s ever any doubt

Fine line between persistence
And sheer, downright annoyance
Just cover your own A
So you can get your PAY! 

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I Wish I Had the Heart (A Poem)

I wish I had the heart
I want to have the time
To see to every part
Of all that’s on my mind

Of friends both past and new
Of family gone and here
Of things that I could do
The passions I hold dear

The limits of our lives
The tasks I’m caught between
Don’t mean that I don’t strive
To see to all I dream

For now, I’ll do what’s small
Keep one on eye on the prize
If I can only crawl
Some day, I’ll reach the skies

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Business is Booming (A Poem)

Business is booming
Deadlines are looming
The thrill of the sale
The fear I could fail

Trade-offs for cash
To save up that stash
A time for all things
The season it brings

An influx of leads (all came)
Crashing with speed
Workload’s increased
There’s famines and feasts

So go! Start to run.
Go get all your work done.
At the end of the day
It’s all for the pay

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Cognitive Dissonance (A Poem)

“Be as candid about your questions as you need to be;
life is full of them on one subject or another.”
-Jeffrey R. Holland

Just admit the dissonance 
Between the truth and narrative 
It’s hardly ever comfortable 
But say it, and it’s tolerable 

Some things cannot be reconciled
At least not by the earthly mind 
The answers don’t come easily
There’s still a chance to find some peace 

All the ways your heart’s involved 
All the puzzles you can’t solve 
Save questions for another day 
The soul can simply need a break 

A worldview that’s been challenged 
A hope that lies in balance 
A crisis of the faith that you
Can’t explain away 

Truth somehow will still endure
Even when you’re just not sure 
Hold fast and stand your ground of the 
Truth that you once found 

Not saying do not question
Or close your eyes to reason
No perfect, tight solution (imperfect)
Peace amidst confusion

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How To Sell (A Poem)

The sale is imperceptible
The close is undetectable
If value’s indispensable
It all will be so natural

Just lead them down the funnel
Just guide them down the channel
Avoid the use of pressure
(That helps exactly never)

Confident, assertive
Run from being coercive
Always be supportive
Discover sales converted

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Struggle In the Small Things (A Poem)

I struggle in the small things
They seem so hard for me
All the things that seem to come to
Others naturally

I’m challenged by the mundane
There’s fear, anxiety
The smallest undertaking seems a
Monumental feat

I’m overwhelmed by details
It all just gets to me
Like raising kids and just keeping
My stupid kitchen clean

I struggle in the small things
There’s not much more to say
Best I can do is keep on truckin’
Going day by day

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Selling A Service (a poem)

When selling a service,
There’s no debt to eat
When selling a service,
No inventory

When selling a service
There’s almost no risk
When selling a service
The startup is quick

When selling a service
It’s all what you do
When selling a service
The product is YOU!

I don’t hate the tangibles
They don’t come for free
But selling a service is
What works for me 🙂

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Pray For Your Business (a poem)

“Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.”
-Alma 34:24-25

Pray for your business
Pray for your scores
Pray for encounters to
Open up doors

Pray for your clients
Those that you serve
Pray to deliver the
Things they deserve

Pray in successes
Pray as your grow
Pray to remember from
Whom blessings flow

Pray in your failures
The lowest of lows
Pray to learn something
Then let the rest go

Pray for your business
Your work or career
Pray, get to WORK, and then
Good things appear

“The Lord would want you to be successful. He would.”
-President Gordon B. Hinckley

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The Paradox of Peace (Sidewalk Advocacy)

A paradox of peace
The method employed
The more you abide (the more)
“Business” destroyed

Assertive and confident
Not bossy, but bold
(And yes, you belong there
Despite what you’ve been told)

NEVER be violent
Always be kind
Trust precedes chances to
Change someone’s mind

The more that you’re “normal”
The more people talk
Miracles happen there
On the sidewalk 

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Steps to the Sale: Marketing 101 (A Poem)

Attention is when they know you exist
The next step is to generate interest 
Desire is wanting the thing you provide
The definitive point is when they decide 
Conversion, transaction is closing the deal
Congratulations! You just made a sale 

“Always be closing.”
-Glengarry Glen Ross

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Two Kinds of Value (a poem)

The Lord would want you to be successful.”
-President Gordon B. Hinckley 

Two kinds of value, two kinds of worth
One from the market, one before birth
One is a constant, one fluctuates
One is inherent, and one can be changed

The way that our Heavenly Parents see you
And then all the skills and the things you can do
You need to provide, should pursue a career
Gain knowledge, experience, stand out in your field.

So go make great money. Go big and go win!
But don’t ever let dirty pride sneak on in
And while your aspire and make a great name
Remember to God that we all are the same


“The worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 18:10

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Don’t Eat the Fruit (a poem)

“When reminded about the premortal shouting for joy,
in some moments, we wonder what all the shouting was about.”
-Neal A. Maxwell 


Don’t eat the fruit 
Ignore the damn snake
The joys you experience 
Won’t outweigh the pain

Keep yourself safe
Avoid bitter cups
Maybe it’s worth the
Things you’ll give up

You can’t stop the train
So don’t even board
You don’t have a clue of the
Wreckage in store
..
Sure thought I could handle it, thought I was strong
But lately it seems I could not be more wrong.

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Ball’s In Their Court (a poem)

I like when clients don’t respond
I get a little break
That thing I’ve been avoiding
(Now I’ve) Got a few more days

I like when they apologize
“So sorry for delays!”
I reassure them all is fine
Emoji smiley face

When the ball is in their court,
I like when they don’t play
If somebody’s been slacking
(It’s not) Me who’s off my game

I don’t mind when they ghost me
When it comes to pay
If money’s there in escrow
I get it either way 

🙂

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Only So Much Heaviness (a poem)

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There’s only so much heaviness the human heart can take
The bricks of burden start to stack, your back will surely break

The sorrow starts to seep in, soon you’re swimming in the shame
The doubt, the darkness, and the death can speak dread to your name

I’ve grant it to the garden, give Gethsemane my grief
Resilience, rest my heart, relax, and feel some sweet relief

There’s only so much heaviness the human heart can take.
I’m at my max capacity, so God, take it away!

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Why I Don’t Outsource (A Poem)

It’s so hard to hire
It’s too tough to trust
Somebody else to do
Some of my stuff

I’m sure there’s more money
More dough I could make 
But what if the person I 
Pay’s a mistake?

Perfection’s my best and my 
Worst tendency 
There’s nobody else who can 
Do it like me

It’s probably pride 
Very well could be 
For now, I’ll stay solo
My own agency

Down the road maybe 
For now I’ll say no 
Content to remain as a 
One-woman show 

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Blueprint, Budget, Timeline (a poem)

“Which of you, intending to build a tower,
sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost,
whether he have sufficient to finish?”

-Jesus (Luke 14:28)

Blueprint, budget, timeline
The three most crucial parts
Pay painstaking attention
Before you ever start

What’s the plan for building? 
What’s the final cost?
What’s the schedule look like? 
Not one detail gets long lost

Break down the analysis 
The plan, the time, the price 
And then when you’re all through with that
Look it over twice

Blueprint, budget, timeline 
Don’t leave out even one
Execute with wisdom 
Until the job is done 

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No Guarantee

“I wonder sometimes about the outcome.”
-John Mayer

I need some sort of guarantee
To help with the anxiety
Can’t stand all the uncertainty
It’s not so slowly killing me

Stuff that it would help to know
How it ends, the story goes
It probably would scare me though, so
God in wisdom has said no

It seems I’ve got the checklist life
Some babies and somebody’s wife
But still, there’s all this inner strife
(And pain you could cut with a knife)

And all in all, it’s still just me
No changes fundamentally
Still the girl I used to be
Just more responsibility

The guarantee’s not coming
Not sure of the next turn
Best I can do is see it through
And try my best to learn 

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Outsource Too Far (A Poem)

Outsource too far and some
Details get lost
Some choose to do it
No matter the cost
….
The time and the transfer of
What’s in your brain
Does not seem efficient
But I won’t complain

An hour to describe
A 5 minute task
“Is this really smart?”
(Oh, I’ll never ask)

I’ll take the job off of your
Plate all the way
As long as there’s cash at the
End of the day 

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Cognitive Check-Up (a poem)

Some things I think about way too much
Some things don’t think about near enough
When living in a world with so much stuff
Priorities easily get mixed up

Wise is the one who stays focused
On the things that matter most
When there’s so much to distract you
What can you control?

The mental load is heavy
Some things you’ve got to cut
The brain has been a dumping ground
Which fences should you shut?

Discern your energies
Preside well over time
Get clear on your values
Regulate your mind

The task is far from easy
The job is never through
But checking your cognition
Is something you should do!

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Supply-Induced Demand (A Sonnet)

Supply-induced demand (is when a)
Product is at hand 
And some will choose to buy 
Just because there’s a supply

They keep an extra stash 
As a way to get your cash 
It’s not really a need
Just a craving you can feed

But I’m not falling for it 
I simply just ignore it 
I know the tactics well 
For the chosen ways to sell

So market your stuff with your best strategy 
Good chance that you’ll be getting nothing from me 

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The Borrower Is Slave (a poem)

“The borrower is slave to the lender.”

Cut the cards
Lose the loans
Ditch the debt 
Nix the notes

My car may be old
My stuff may be small
But here’s why I win:
THEY’RE PAID FOR IN FULL!

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