Secret Works Brought To Light: A Poem to Planned Parenthood of Utah

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“I will bring forth out of darkness unto light
all their secret works and their abominations.”
-Alma 37: 25

You’re my favorite hobby
I’ll work to bring you down
Expose your dirty secrets 
And run you out of town

Might say that I’m obsessed with you
Not something I’d deny
I’ll take it as a badge of honor
Wear that name with pride

Masters of deception
For years, you’ve flat out lied
The damage that you’ve done
Cannot be quantified

But now we’re onto you, we’ll bring your
Secret works to light
Start shaking in your shoes
We’re prepping for the fight

You’ve got a strong resistance
An army of support
But truth can’t hide forever
We know the final score

The days you have are numbered
So take a look around
You don’t have too much longer to
Contaminate this town

The numbers and the scandals
Are catching up to you
No matter how you try, we’ll never
Stop until you’re through

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Asymmetrical Information (Mini Poem)

If you’re a 6 and they’re a 2
They still could eas’ly hire you
You don’t have to be a 10
You just have to know more than them!

 

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Gig Economy

One-offs aren’t desired
We want clients long-term
I’ll buck the norm because for me
Small projects are preferred
I like the quick commitment
Don’t want to be tied down
I’ll get you what you’re needing with a
Lightening turnaround
I’ve still got long-term people
But not afraid to hop
Perhaps collaborate again
Could be, but maybe not
I know it’s not best practice
And some may think me odd
But still I dig, the little gig
I like the smaller jobs!
🙂

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Stretch (A Poem)

Stretch yourself, but not too far (when)
You’re not qualified
If you can’t complete the task
They’ll find out that you lied 

But don’t just take the lowest fruit (that’s)
Hanging in your face
Get outside your zone and try to
Find the middle pace

Even when you don’t know all the
Details of the stuff
Speaking with authority
Can often be enough

No hard set of rules (it’s all a)
Toss-up, case by case
If you should decline, or if it’s
Something you could ace 

“If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work,
you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.”
-Jeff Bezos

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Food Groups

If it’s not veggies , not eggs Egg on Apple , or not meat 
Then it’s not a food that I’m going to eat 
No dairy, no gluten , no fruit , & no sweets 
It has to be veggies, be eggs 🍳,or be meat 
PS: Once a week, I relax, and I cheat 🌮

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The Hardest Part (A Mini Poem)

The hardest part’s not setting goals
That’s not somewhere I lack
The hardest part is after failure,
Getting back on track

“Sometimes courage is that little voice
at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.'”
-Thomas S. Monson

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Sales Pitch

Everything’s a sales pitch
Or some kind of persuasion
To sell a service/ product
Or to sell a certain vision

To take specific action or to
Think a certain way
Communication’s powerful
To influence and sway

Not necessar’lly sleazy
Can be for a great good
To motivate someone to act
The way they probably should

It may be blatant, obvious
But subtlety’s compelling
Everything’s a pitch so think of
What it is you’re selling!

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Glad I Have The Answer (mini poem)

Glad I’ve got the answer (though it’s)
Not the one I want
Now that this is settled (I’ll)
Continue with the hunt

🙂

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Triangulation (A Poem)

“If thy brother or sister offend thee,
thou shalt take him or her between him or her and thee alone.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 42:88

If there’s a concern, go straight to the source
(The best way to solve any problem, of course)
Don’t burden others with baggage not theirs
Just swallow your pride, and get over your fear

Not trying to be rude, when you blab and you whine (you)
Project on me crap not a single bit mine
Nothing’s resolved, and then others get roped
Theres a way that’s a million times better to cope

We seem to shun conflict, avoid confrontation
While all the while harboring festering frustration
If you’re truly wronged, then be strong and confess it
Go to who’s guilty, then breathe and express it

If you’re really hurting, then I’ll lend an ear (but)
Consider the words someone else needs to hear
If someone did/said something awful to you
It’s no one’s concern except for you two! 

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The Pro Life Generation (a poem)

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“Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
-Matthew 10:16

Wise as serpents
Harmless as doves
Warriors press on
Armed with love

Do not relent when the
Enemy comes
Persistence will win when
All’s said and done

From centers of hope
To sidewalks & laws
Shall we not go on
In such a great cause?

Frustration and heartbreak
But truth’s on our side
So we’ll be victorious in the
Battle for LIFE! 😊

“Shall we not go on in such great a cause?”
-Doctrine & Covenants 128:22

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Intellectual Property: Matter Unorganized (a poem)

Intellectual property 
Lines aren’t always drawn clearly
What can I claim is mine to create? 
Where did ideas originate?

If I learn something new, am I free to sell it?
(When someone’s been genius, hard not to be jealous) 
If I lay some stake, will somebody sue?
How much do you give credit? Is it even due?

Influences are an amalgamation 
Lessons, mistakes reach a culmination 
But pure creativity is some kind of myth 
True originality doesn’t exist! 
🙂

 

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Emergency? (a poem)

What you deem an emergency
I may not see so urgently
So carefully, considerately
Think whether not this one’s on me

I won’t be guilt-tripped, can’t be bought
So spare excuses overwrought
May choose to help, or I may not
But if I do, I call the shot

Service never can be forced
I’ll always retain the choice
My own priorities come first and
I refuse to be coerced

The more clearly-defined I live
The more of my heart I have to give

“The most compassionate people I know also have
the most well-defined and well-respected boundaries.”
-Brene Brown

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Love Saves Lives (A Poem)

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It’s easy to love them after they leave
But what makes them walk through the door
Is a conscience that’s pricked, a heart that’s been softened
And choosing to love them before

 #welovequitters #ATTWN 

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Workhorse (A Poem)

“Hammer out my goals like I’m workin’ with my tools.”
-James the Mormon (love him!  )

No time for Netflix
There’s work to be done
Progress is what I
Consider more fun

Sure, I relax
But I’m most alive
When I’m hustling, grinding
That’s how I thrive

Don’t get me wrong
I need (and love!) sleep
But then I wake up (there’re)
Commitments to keep!

Leisure is key
And self-care’s a must
Still, don’t waste your time
(It matters too much)

I work and I work (give it)
All that I’ve got
Feels really great to
Accomplish a lot 

“Work is a blessing from God. “
-Elder J. Richard Clarke 

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Half Up Front (poem)

Half up front, half when it’s done (is)
Managed risk for everyone (this)
Lessens chance of arbitration
(NO one likes remediation!)

(Need) clear and written expectations (for)
Timing of the compensation
This type of money joint agreement
Motivates me to completion!

Consider your own interests, yet
Make certain clients’ needs are met
If you want to work again (think)
Covey’s Habit 4: “Win, Win!”

We all have own our policy (I’ve)
Found half/ half works best for me

😛

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“Thoughts & Prayers” (a poem)

“‘Coincidence’ is not an appropriate word
to describe the workings of an omniscient God.”
-Neal A. Maxwell

With prayer, we cannot quantify
Exact amount of ROI
And still, the heavens hear us cry
(There’s ample proof to testify)

Some say it’s just mythology
A fake epistemology
Some figment of psychology
And yet, from all that I have seen

My “thoughts and prayers” that some dismiss
(A silly, unimportant wish)
Do so much to improve, uplift
A world that’s dangerously adrift

No believer worth their weight
Says “choose one! Either God or fate”
The evil actions men may take
Don’t prove that the divine is fake

Can’t understand it perfectly
But one thing that is sure to me
So much of all the good we see’s
Directly linked to deity
🙂

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Present Your Fees With Confidence (a poem)

Present your fees with confidence
There’s no need to be shy
A track record of value is a
Great reason to buy

Don’t think it’s either/ or
Helping out or getting paid
Money’s just a system
A consented form of trade

I know that aiming high in price can
Sometimes make us nervous
But undervaluing ourselves does
Clients a disservice

Not saying rip off customers
Negotiation’s fine
But still, don’t go too low in price
Don’t give away your time

Your service and/or product take a
Lot of energy
The value you provide
Should come with a great fee!
🙂

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No Failure In Formula (A Poem)

No Failure in Formula
Similac? No shame.
Don’t be embarrassed by
Enfamil’s name.

Yes, there are upsides to
Feeding from Mom.
But some of us can’t keep that
Up for too long.

No lack in lactation
Could fill up a lake
I nursed for 3 months (that was)
What I could take

We’ve heard breast is best
But is that really true?
I say that what’s best is
What works for you
(especially with two! 🏻🏻)

Determine what fits both what
Mom and babe(s) need
Bottle, breast, both are all
Great ways to feed!

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Killing Debt (a poem)

I get a thrill (from the)
Debt that we kill
Love watching that balance go down
So we up and move (when I’m)
3 weeks from due
Even when my man wasn’t in town

I get a rush (from the)
Loans that we crush
So all waking hours, I write
(How) much can I earn?
what costs can we burn?
The finish line’s far, but in sight

Might say I’m obsessed
It’s not wrong, I guess
And sure, a vacation sounds nice
But there’s something more,
A future secure
That’s worth all the sacrifice

Not one bit deprived
I’m more than alive
I don’t feel like I’m missing out (truth be)
Told, I can’t hide (that I)
Feel some smug pride (that we’ve)
Chosen to do this all-out

So what will I do
When the chase is through?
What foxes will I next hunt? (When you’ve)
Got self-control to
Smash through your goal
There’s nothing I cannot confront
😊

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Too Many Clients?

Too many clients?
You’ll shortchange them all
A tower of business built
Too high can fall

A good kind of problem
To have rich demand
And still too much market can
Get out of hand

Set back and assess
Be sure to be wise
When your work’s quality
Starts to be comprised

The long-lasting names
Expand even slow
Resist the mentality of
Just Grow! Grow! Grow!

Don’t sacrifice value
For people who pay
(If you do, your professional
Image gives way)

Say no to new business
When the load is too heavy
The dam just might break (when)
You grow b’fore you’re ready

An abundance of business
A blessing no doubt
And still take good care you don’t
Burn yourself out!
😊

 

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Reasons to Write (Poem)

Write to tell, or write to sell?
Good content does both
Captivate as you create
Boost your sales growth

Identify the purpose for the
Words you generate
To motivate, persuade, express
Inspire or educate

Don’t be hokey, sleazy sales-ey
Still have to stand out
(Make things on the “write to tell” side
If there’s any doubt)

But money makes the world go round
Sad to say it’s true
As you create, should contemplate
What can this do for you?

Still don’t neglect the artful side
Of how things ought to be
It’s possible for sales copy
To be done tastefully

And while we’re at it, think about
How you use punctuation
And for the love, don’t overkill
On crazy exclamations!!!!!!!!

Write to tell or write to sell
Pros/ cons to both the sides
It’s your pen, so think and then
It’s your choice to decide

🙂

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Falling Out Of Fashion?

“There, I just said it. I’m scared you’ll forget about me.” -John Mayer
..:
Will my books of poems just sit on the shelf?
(Will they) ever be read by anyone else?
In a world where everyone baits for clicks
There’s anxiety that my stuff just won’t stick.

Will the things that I create
Stand the test of time? (Is it)
Yet another case of
Out of sight, then out of mind?

New posts and opinions come out every day (why would)
Anyone care what I have to say?
We’re all searching for meaning, a sort of permanence
All while fighting to maintain relevance

Maybe my words won’t last
I’ll swallow that reality
But I’ll keep and collect them,
guard and protect them
Even if just for me
😀
“What bothers me most is being another unremembered casualty. We all want to be remembered.”
-The Fault In Our Stars

 

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Weary the Lord

“Weary the Lord”
-Joseph Smith Jr.

Open up to God
Tell Him all your fears
He’ll listen to it all
There’s nothing He won’t hear

Spill your insecurities
Your (quiet) desperation
Tell all your anxieties
Every (past) frustration

Pray daily, even hourly
More so, if you need
Do what fits the situation
Cry, confess, and plead

Our sins, mistakes may stain us
But of this be sure:
There’s nothing we can do
We can’t be too impure

No topic is off limits (for the)
Lord who gave you life
He’ll love and listen every hour
In the day or night

So when your heart is heavy
Fall down on your knees
Open up to God
You can experience peace
😀

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Get Clear On Your Values (a poem)

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
-Winston Churchill

Get clear on your values
What matters most to you?
And are those things reflected
In what you say and do?

Choices indicate
Your top priorities
Make sure those things get picked first
They’ve earned seniority

Don’t throw stones at all that barks
Most of it’s for naught
So many pointless issues
That clutter up your thoughts

Know what’s most important then
Pursue persistently
Know your values, then go after
Them relentlessly
😀

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Navigate Emotions (a poem)

Navigate emotions
Sort out how you feel
Process your experience (it can
Be a way to heal)

Not easy, can be painful
I’ve felt it all too clear
When they’re fragile, tender
Like shame, regret, or fear

Not saying they should dictate (every)
Aspect of your life
Still, feelings unresolved
Can cause internal strife

Untangle and unpack them
What’s their genesis?
Knowing where they came from can be
To your benefit

Navigate emotions (don’t just)
Put them on the shelf
Process your experience
Understand yourself

“Know thyself”
-Socrates

 

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No Other Gods (A Poem)

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“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
-Exodus 20:3

When hobbies turn to idols
When passions turn to gods
What’s gone wrong in the system?
What paradigm is flawed?

There’s no inherent evil (in the)
Things that I pursue
But when obsession overtakes
Priorities get skewed

Stay vigilant, be careful
There’s poison by degrees
The subtlest seduction (leads to)
Hell so carefully

The Lord has promised this:
(and I know the words are true)
Seek Him first, then all else will be
Added unto you
😀

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Speak Highly of Others (a poem)

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of thy mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying.”
-Ephesians 4:29

Speak highly of others
Don’t dwell on their wrongs
Make sure that their names
Are safe on your tongue

Lift up with your words
Let compliments flow
Choose to see good (in)
Those that you know

No one is perfect
We all need some work (still their)
Character shouldn’t be
Dragged through the dirt

Not saying to lie
No need to pretend
Just try and you’ll see (the)
Beauty in them

Speak highly of others (have a)
Positive view
Then others can see
The light in you, too
😊

“For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.”
-Audrey Hepburn

 

 

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Iron Out the Kinks (Poem)

“I conceived the bold and arduous project
of arriving at moral perfection.”
-Ben Franklin

Iron out the kinks
Smooth out the seams
Eliminate things that
Distract from your dreams

Sharpen your game
Trim any fat
Streamline the system
Cut out the crap

Refine your bad habits
Improve over time
Pull out the weeds that
Litter your mind

Tighten the belt
Straighten the slack
Refill or redo where
Anything lacks

Take pride in your work
Casualness won’t do
(Mediocrity just
Doesn’t suit you)

Perfection these days seems to
Have a bad name
May not always hit it;
at least we can aim!


“Don’t be a scrub! Rise to the high ground of spiritual, mental, and physical excellence. Mediocrity will never do; you are capable of something better.”
-Gordon B Hinckley

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Best Laid Plans (A Sonnet)

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“The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.”
-Robert Burns

(Do) what you can with what you’ve got
Even if it’s not a lot
Be resourceful, innovative
No excuses, get creative!

Plans disrupted suddenly?
(They never play out perfectly)
Don’t waste time wishing for what’s lost
Pay a needless opportunity cost

I know how life can be a jerk (so)
Cut your loss, then get to work!
It’s not the end, the show’s not done
I promise there’s more good to come

Past failure is a tool for the wise
The resilient one will win the prize

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Fight The Grudging Heart (A Poem)

“Comparison is the thief of joy”
    -Theodore Roosevelt
“Inspired by, not jealous of”
Is how I aim to be
(though I’ll admit it doesn’t always
Come so naturally)
 ..
So many people I admire:
their beauty, words, and acts
But watch your step, if you’re not careful
Envy may attack
  ..
Their money, family, job, their talents
Hobbies or physique
Could make me feel inferior but it
Doesn’t lessen me
   ..
Celebrate what IS and don’t just
Wish for what could be
There’s no contentment, happiness
In living covetously
 ..
And still I take some influence from
What I choose to see
How can it lift instead of augment
insecurities?
 ,,
I’ll take the good, then leave the rest
And fight the grudging heart
Be happy with where I am NOW
and still add to my art
 ,,
🙂

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Global Vs. Local (A Poem)

Global vs. Local
What are you concerns? (Do you)
Focus on your own life? (or)
Watch the world burn?

Ignorance is futile
We must be in society
Even though it’s heavy (cannot)
Shun the harsh realities

So don’t ignore the news!
Or put your head in sand
We need more informed citizens who’ll
Dare to take a stand

And yet if we neglect the “local”
Joy is hard to find
Nurture your relationships (don’t)
Just read crap online

It should be obvious, but since
Common sense is ending:
Your career/ church/ family need attention
MORE than what is trending

Can miss out on what’s REAL
Right in front of your own eyes (don’t)
Get distracted, blinded by the
Media’s thick lies

The danger lies in self-involvement
(We’ve heard “beware of pride”)
Obsessing over your life means you
Fail to look outside

There’re needs and problems in this world
Theres so much more than you (to)
Work our sphere of influence
Is the best that we can do

Global vs Local
Both matter, where’s the line?
It’s case by case for sure, so let the
Lord help you decide

 

PS: That’s my baby girl Holly

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Assertiveness (A Poem)

“Use boldness, but not overbearance.”
-Alma 38:12

If there’s a problem, address it!
Don’t be so passive-aggressive
When experiencing inner resentment
Express your discontentment

Incidents of frustration
Can require some conversation(s)
(I know it can be uncomfortable
To let yourself be vulnerable)

If you’re wanting to be heard
Be cautious with your words
No insults or being sarcastic
(Contempt can be so caustic)

Still, don’t sugarcoat your view
Seek to speak the truth
Be firm, but also gentle
(Plus, timing is essential)

Some things you just let go
But if it matters, then no
When there are truly problems
These are some ways to solve them
🙂

PS: Many of these ideas were inspired by a book called “The Assertiveness Guide For Women” by Dr. Julie Hanks. I helped her research for and write the book 🙂

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Metacognition (A Poem)

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“Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.”

-David O. McKay

Think about your thoughts
What do they say to you?
(The messages they’re sending
May not always be true)

Which ones are simply fleeting
What are your fixations?
Where’s your mental energy?
Your (too high?) expectations

Related are emotions
Priorities revealed
Your life is heav’ly influenced
By what you choose to feel

You’ve only got so much
Of your care to go around (it’s a)
Good idea to jettison those
Thoughts that bring you down

Don’t underestimate the power
and importance of self-talk
If needed, make adjustments
Some changes to your thoughts!

“Got me analyzing everything that
ain’t worth thinking ’bout.”

-Kacey Musgraves

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If I Had A Windfall (a poem)

If I had a windfall
I’d spend it on debt
Been working those payments
Still not quite there yet

It’s steady but slow
We’ve had some delays
Job losses and changes
Two babes on the way 👶🏻👶🏻

But still, there’ve been vict’ries
And blessings galore
When you do good with small things
The Lord gives you more

Proud of our progress
The headway we’ve made
Now, back to my work
So I can get PAID!
😊

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Own Your Insecurities (a poem)

“There rises…a longing to inquire about the mystery of this heart.”
-Matthew Arnold ‘The Buried Life’

Own your insecurities
State them and be clear (don’t)
Smother your emotions
Identify your fear

Be open and be honest
Tell yourself the truth
Own your insecurities
So that they don’t own you

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Not My Load To Carry (a poem)

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“[Ye] cannot bear all things now…”
-Doctrine & Covenants 50:40

Not my load to carry (it’s not)
My burden to bear
Sorry if it’s heartless, (don’t have)
Energy to care

My heart soaks up emotions
I get myself involved
Need better boundary maint’nance (there are)
Problems I can’t solve

Mourn with those who mourn
But not if it’s just me
Help me to be wise and to
Discern my energies

Sometimes we’re the answer
To someone else’s pleading (some)
Times we simply can’t provide
What someone else is needing

Can actually do more good
Can be a better steward (when I)
Realize limitations
And leave them to the Lord
😀

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A Different Start (a poem)

“No pain that we suffer, no trial we experience is ever wasted.” -Orson Whitney

Every time that you’ve been burned
Take it as a lesson learned
Accept the setback, feel defeat
Anytime that you’ve been beat

Sound sappy? Over-optimistic?
(Why can’t you be realistic?!)
Grieve, shed tears, and even wallow
Know that there’s a new tomorrow

It comes down to it, YOU decide (if)
You’ll stay down or take it in stride
Even if/when you’ve been wronged
Will you be weaker or be strong?

And if need, then admit things suck
But even then, you ARE NOT STUCK!
Not a pawn of circumstance
Always have another chance

So after pain has thrown your heart
Wake up to a different start
Look up to your heavenly source
And *happiness* can soon be yours
😊

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Proactivity (Mini Poem)

“[Wo]men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause,
and do many things of their own free will.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 58:27

See a need and meet it
(Don’t wait to be asked)
Look at what is lacking
Do the undone task!

“[S]he that is compelled in all things,
the same is a slothful…servant”
-Doctrine & Covenants 58:26

🙂

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Bedrest (A Poem About Unexpected Changes)

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“[L]ean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
-Proverbs 3:5-6

I’ve hustled for a good wage
Was pleased with my high pay
Had my plan all figured out (but then things)
Turned a different way

I loved what I was teaching
My students were engaged
Then problems unexpected forced a
Quick turn of the page

It’s not easy letting go
Of how I thought it’d be
Still inside I know you’ve got a
Better plan for me

It’s hard to take a pay cut
(I know it’s for the best)
When baby girls are coming
Their mama’s gotta rest!

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‘Earn It, Then Spend It’ is No Way to Live (a poem)

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“[D]o not spend money for that which is of no worth,

nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy.”
-2nd Nephi 9:21

‘Earn it, then spend it’ is no way to live
(You’ll never save up any money to give)
When income comes in, then goes out like the tide
You’re Maslow’s first level, just there to survive

Not easy, I know, I still have to learn (there’s a)
Much better way than to blow all you earn
Make plans for the paycheck, and thing long-term
Some wants must wait, you have to be firm

Don’t have to be stingy to reach money goals
You still can enjoy a freedom *controlled*
Think years down the road, for the sake of posterity
Have a reason to reach financial prosperity

Above all else START!, but start young if you can
Exercise wisdom, and carry out plans (if you)
*Budget* to spend, and if you’re a wise steward
In due time, I promise you’ll reap the reward

“A good man leaveth an inheritance
to his children’s children”
-Proverbs 13:11

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Not A Day Goes By… (A Poem)

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Not a day goes by that I love you‘s not spoken
Never been a time when my heart you have broken
We’re beyond blessed to share the bond that we do
I owe (almost!) all of my joy, love, to you

We’re still young and still green, no denying that truth
And soon enough, we will abandon our youth
But you’ll always be with me through turning of tides
I’m grateful you’ll be forever by my side

“Great marriages are built brick by brick,
day after day, over a lifetime.”
-Dieter Uchtdorf

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