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My Fan Video to Andy Grammer

Remember when I got a little kiss from Andy Grammer?  Well I worked REALLY hard for the opportunity to get those meet-and-greet passes.  I even had to do this.  And yes, I am confident enough to share:

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Shout out to my boy Neil!


Just another shout out to this amazing human being, Neil Pasricha, author of the Webby-award winning blog 1000 awesome things.  Thanks for inspiring me, giving me hope and confidence, and also being a HUGE PART of the creation of this blog!

Hey Mr. PASRICHA, did you see my post about a PASHMINA scarf?  See what I did there?

Seriously though, Neil, come on out to Salt Lake.  Bring your girlfriend with you.  We’ll have a swell time.  And I’m sure with the dough you’re rolling in you can afford to take me out to eat.  Think of the traffic it would do to BOTH our blogs!  And this ain’t no truth in jest invitation.  This is….dead serious 🙂

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Reluctant Optimists


“I never personally considered myself an optimist.  And I have dark days…but it’s just about reminding yourself that there are so many tiny little awesome things in life.”   –Neil Pasricha 


“I’m not intentionally trying to be positive.  I’m just trying to be real.” –Andy Grammer


“I am not suggesting that you put on rose colored glasses to try and make the world look better.  I plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.”     -President Gordon B. Hinckley

Read the whole speech here.

I love all these quotes.  Being optimistic doesn’t mean we never experience pain.  It doesn’t mean we pretend those things aren’t real.  It means that maybe we can choose to be happy despite the pain, and that maybe there still are good things to come.  Now just one final question…can I still wear these?


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My Shadow Days are Over Now.

9 months ago I was in a deep, dark black hole. 

Lyrics here. 

I’m a good girl with a good heart.

Had a tough time.  Got a rough start.

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But my shadow days are over now.

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As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for thou art with me.

~Psalm 23:4

Core Beliefs:  Christ, expression, beauty, kindness

(Even if you don’t like John Mayer or my taste in music, just listen to that song!!!)

Readers: If you are in a dark shadow of any kind,

there just might be light at the end of the tunnel.


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Whatcha looking at down there? IT’S BETTER TO LOOK UP!

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(especially you, Renae, it’s your wedding day!)

Look down?

Heck no, Hugh Jackman!  Don’t you know it’s better to look up? 🙂

read this talk here it will rock your socks!

Core beliefs: humor, expression, kindness, creativity, beauty, Christ, understanding (BOOM BABY THAT’S ALL OF THEM!)

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“Keep Your Head Up,” and you might just get a KISS!

My life and my purpose.  Is it all worth it?  You are gonna turn out fine. 



 Moments after this picture was taken Andy kissed me!  Partial lip/partial cheek kiss, but a kiss indeed.  And oh what a kiss it was.  I swore I’d never publicly divulge that information because I didn’t want to exploit Andy for his fame and envisioned an actual romantic future with him, but brother got himself a wife, that ship has sailed, a now cat’s outta the bag!  And yes, my sister can be a witness in court….

Core beliefs:  kindness, beauty, humor, expression


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