November 20 – I am Grateful for…

Day 20… November 20

Today I am grateful for coaching and The Life Coach School.

For the past 3 days, I have been able to be a part of an in-person event held at the Arizona Grand Resort here in Phoenix. “Life Coach Live” was an event from The Life Coach School and its founder Brooke Castillo.

It was a time for learning and workshopping some of my own thoughts and plans for the future. It was time to take notice of what I wanted to create and what I am doing to get in my own way.

As a contract coach for The Life Coach School’s Scholars Get Coached membership, I also had the opportunity to coach some of the other attendees. The people attending ranged from Master Certified coaches to those who were invited to attend with someone else even though they hadn’t had much information about life coaching. I was able to coach those who were considering enrolling in the Coach Certification Program.

Some might have considered it a sales thing. For me, I had nothing to sell. I truly believe that coaching certification and becoming a life coach have had an immeasurable impact on my life.

And yes, this coaching program does cost a lot of money. And yes, it does take a commitment of time. And yes, it is challenging personally. And yes, I do believe it is entirely worth it.

So this weekend when people were nervous about taking this step to invest in themselves… when they were scared that it would be too much for them to manage… when their self-doubt came up, I was able to help them see how completely normal that was.

I was able to share what it was like to be at home on my computer and hit the submit button for my own enrollment. I was able to celebrate them in the decision they made for themselves.

As a contract coach for The Life Coach School’s Scholars Get Coached membership, I had the opportunity to coach with some of the other attendees… who were considering enrolling in the Coach Certification Program.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

I truly believe that coaching certification and becoming a life coach have had an immeasurable impact on my life.

And yes, this coaching program does cost a lot of money. And yes, it does take a commitment of time. And yes, it is challenging personally. And yes, I do believe it is entirely worth it.

And it was so fun to see them celebrate their decision in a “Red Carpet” reception at the end of the day today.

I am still learning to celebrate the decisions that have gotten me to this point in my life and in my coaching career.

Somehow, my brain tells me the things I have done are just things you do. Nothing special or extraordinary.

But I am choosing to celebrate the wins I create for my business and for my life. I am giving myself credit for the decisions I make that bring me the results I want to create.

One of those decisions resulted in this weekend for me. A time for me to consider the decisions that I have made and to give myself some time to be grateful for “2020 Michelle” that felt a little bit (or a lotta bit) selfish for spending the money “on myslef”…that felt unsure if this was really something I should attempt…that felt completely overwhelmed but was tired of disappointing myslef by giving up on what I wanted.

That was the beginning of Michelle the Life Coach. And today, I got to be a small part of other men and women, husbands and wives, sisters and friends (and even a couple of 19-year-olds) making that decision for themselves.

I am an extraordinary person. Not because I am different than anyone else, but because we are all extraordinary people. We all have such a great capacity to create good in the world. And for a few people today, I was able to see them start to believe that for themselves.

It was exciting! I am so grateful I was able to be part of it.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 19 – I am Grateful for…

Day 19… November 19

Today I am thankful for friends.

I will start with my “birthday twins” friends.

I have 2 friends that are near and dear to me who both have birthdays today.

The first one I met in 2005. We both had boys in the 5th grade together, boys in the 3rd grade together, a daughter for me and another son for her in the 1st grade who played on the same baseball team, other small children and we were both pregnant with our 6th kids. We both had daughters that year. 🙂

Though we were both members of the same church, we were in different congregations. We got to know each other through the elementary school and the baseball team and it was fun to make that connection.

Fast forward about 20 months and we were now in the same congregation for church due to some boundary realignments. (Our congregations are determined by geographical locations) It was nice to have a familiar face in this “new to us” congregation.

I am so grateful for her and love her dearly. We have both gone through a lot over the past 17 years and I am so glad we still connect. (We need to do lunch soon!!)

The second of the “birthday twins” is my dear friend, Brigitte. To many, it might seem like an unlikely friendship. Today she turned 94!!!!

She is an amazing woman with a fantastic sense of humor. And she has been through and experienced some pretty amazing things.

Born in 1928, her mother died 8 days later from an infection transferred from the midwife. Soon she was adopted by her maternal uncle and aunt and raised in Berlin, Germany.

She didn’t learn that she was adopted until she was 14 yrs old and her mother and father (aunt and uncle) still never said a word about it but acted as though it was not a thing.

I love Brigitte for so many reasons. And I am amazed by the life she has lead. From Nazi Germany to England to be a nanny, to the United States where she joined the military to receive her citizenship faster, she has amazing and heartbreaking stories to share.

I know that at age 94 time with her is a gift for me that I don’t know how long it will last, but I want to take advantage of it every chance I get!

So “Happiest of Birthdays” to my birthday twins!

There are so many wonderful friends that have blessed my life so much.

  • My kid’s friend’s moms who have become so dear to me – and the mom’s that I wanted to be my friends so we led our kids to be friends 🙂
  • My neighbors that have become friends
  • My friends that are in my church congregation
  • The friends that I decided on and made them be friends with me 😛
  • New friends that I have made through this world of coaching – the process of becoming a coach, meeting others on the same path, working with The Life Coach School, as well as my coaches who continue to help me grow and develop my skills
  • My “new” book group friends – It is fun to get back together after a long break for some reason I forget…..something that starts with a “C”?
  • My two most dear friends that have helped me survive high school, junior high, and elementary school as our kids did it together, brought me so much laughter and joy at the bus stop, shared and helped me carry frustrations, and broadened my perspectives on the world – Anne and Nina, I love you!!
  • My “old” book group friends – I mentioned them in my post about books. “Prose before Bros” (a recently adopted name due to some of us relating a little too close to any name with the word “old” in it!) has been meeting for around 20 years.

There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends who become family.



A true friend accepts you for who you are, but also helps you become who you should be.

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Brigitte

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

As one of these women said once, “I will always love these women because we “grew up” as parents together.”

These women are family to me. We have been together through births, deaths, tantrums, 100’s of kids’ school projects, kids’ health problems, junior high kids, moves across town, teenagers, our own health problems, tantrums from our teenagers, moves out of state, graduations, weddings, divorces, kids going to college, kids graduating from college, grandkids (for some…..) As one of these women said once, “I will always love these women because we “grew up” as parents together.”

I am so very grateful, and realized how truly blessed I am to have so many wonderful friends. They bring so much more to my life.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 18 – I am Grateful for…

Day 18… November 18

Today I am grateful for my second born son Chase.

Chase is an amazing example to me of being yourself to the fullest.

As the second child, Chase taught me the beauty of individuality. As a new parent I thought I was starting to figure things out. I quickly learned what I had kind of known but never really internalized.

Genetic bonds are one thing, but you truly are born with your own unique personality. Your “spirit” has traits that are eternal and those traits influence the way you interact with people and the world around you.

Even as a baby he was always moving and never wanted to miss out on something.

From the start Chase was a very “strong” person. But how could you not love that smile?!?

Chase is kind-hearted, intelligent, athletic, determined, independent, fun-loving, and has a heart for adventure.

I love that he is willing to go after what he wants in life. He was the first of our kids to decide to move far away for college. He came up with his plan and executed it as he moved out of state to attend Utah Valley University.

Some things he has loved for a long time….Lego for example.

His 6th birthday.

His 26th birthday

Genetic bonds are one thing, but you truly are born with your own unique personality. Your “spirit” has traits that are eternal and those traits influence the way you interact with people and the world around you.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

Chase is kind-hearted, intelligent, athletic, determined, independent, fun-loving, and has a heart for adventure.

Some loves are more recent than that; his love for soccer jerseys, movies, travel, and chess.

He is a huge Tottenham Hotspurs fan who is a great soccer player in his own right. Or maybe you will find him playing volleyball on occasion. It could be Settlers of Catan or chess he is playing.

He is a good brother and supportive of his siblings in the things they do. And as much grief as he may give them at times, he is fiercely protective of his family.

And still a fantastic smile!!!

He is still very independent and after graduating from UVU continued living and working in Utah for another couple of years. You may have seen him on Instagram or Twitter. He may be on other platforms too but I’m not so I have no idea 😛 You might even be one who misses his “graveyard shift” stories on Instagram. They were always entertaining and insightful. 🙂

As challenging as it might be for him, I am glad he recently decided to move back home to save some money on rent for a little while. I love having him here and being able to be around him more.

I know life has been a struggle at times but I am so very grateful he is learning to accept himself. Hopefully, he sees all the wonderful things I have always seen in him. I sure do love him.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 16 – I am Grateful for…

Day 16… November 16

Today I am grateful for nature and the beautiful world that we live on.

I don’t have too many words to say today other than noting the immense awe and wonder I feel when I take in the beauty of God’s creations.

I enjoyed a discussion of this talk (Our Earthly Stewardship) given by Bishop Gérald Caussé at the most recent General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

It was a good reminder of the stewardship we have in creation ….. caring for, being mindful of, participating in.

Just know these are simple photographs taken with my phone camera so they do not do justice. But they were moments of beauty that I wanted to remember.

So without further adieu, I will just post some of my favorites to enjoy.

I don’t have too many words to say today other than noting the immense awe and wonder I feel when I take in the beauty of God’s creations.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 15 – I am Grateful for…

Day 15… November 15

Today I am grateful for my son that chose our family. Well at least he chose our daughter to marry and got stuck with the rest of us in the process! 🙂

Jordan is everything you didn’t know you always wanted in a son-in-law. He is thoughtful, respectful, patient, considerate, kind, …. a Jazz fan….. so many things.

My husband loves him even more because of his love for basketball. He is always up for a game of one on one or Around the World or HORSE… even though we will lose. He finally brings some height to our family!

At 6′ 4″, Jordan is the basketball player my husband always hoped for in his boys. Besides the height, he has some skills too! Our other boys didn’t get the height or the desire to play all that much.

I love how mindful he is of others. Before they got engaged, Jordan called and spoke to my husband on the phone. He asked for Robert’s blessing as they planned to get married. And I don’t know if he asked for any advice, but the advice Robert offered, Jordan listened to.

Then not long after, he called me and spoke directly to me about their plans to get married. He asked for my blessing as well. That was so thoughtful and appreciated.

He is a hard-working ICU nurse and is working towards the goals he has for continuing his education. It seems like he is always working toward improving himself.

I look forward to sharing book recommendations with him and reading the things he recommends.

He is a loving and supportive husband. I love the way he loves Ally. They are so good together it is almost hard to believe how much they love each other.

He is so supportive of Ally and her goals as well. So much so that they are enjoying an adventure in Florida for a couple of years while she works towards a master’s degree.

As a parent, it is so easy to love the people who love your people. That’s why it was easy to love Jordan from the start. And now I am so glad that he is “my people” too!

He puts up with all the crazy things our family puts him through……nerf wars for Christmas morning, individually wrapped bottles of Nesquick, family reunions with extended families (on both sides), multiple photo shoots (Haha!! His favorite!), multiple parties to celebrate the “happy couple”, and “alternative” wedding send-offs, just to name a few.

Not your typical couple!!!

Jordan is everything you didn’t know you always wanted in a son in law. He is thoughtful, respectful, patient, considerate, kind, …. a Jazz fan….. so many things.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

He is a loving and supportive husband. I love the way he loves Ally. They are so good together it is almost hard to believe how much they love each other.

He followed his father-in-law’s advice and “properly” asked Ally to marry him.

He is up for all of it!!

This post might kill him because he never wants to be the center of attention. But I think he (and all of you :)) should know how grateful I am that he chose all of us.

When I got married, someone shared the advice that you don’t just marry a person, you marry a family, and I have found that to be a great blessing in my life.

I wasn’t sure how that would work when our kids started getting married, but as we near their second anniversary, I am so grateful for Jordan and his family as well. He has wonderful parents and siblings and we are so happy to share our lives with them.

I hope all parents are as lucky as we are in the people who have chosen our family. This bonus son of ours is a true gift for us! He is a good man and I love him.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 14 – I am Grateful for…

Day 14… November 14

Today I am grateful for my youngest son Bryce.

Bryce is an amazing young man. He joined our family in some difficult circumstances. He was born 2 years after the death of his older brother whom he was never able to meet in this life.

He was the sweetest baby and a soothing gift after heartache. I feel like he was shortchanged at times with so much placed on him to help heal my heart. He has always been a gentle soul and so very thoughtful.

He is quiet and unassuming. He is generous and extremely kind. He is determined and sets goals for himself. And then he goes to work.

He is currently working in the VIK before and after school program where the elementary kids love “Mr. Bryce” and think he is pretty great. Especially when he plays 7 on 1 soccer with them.

He is also going to college, after taking a year off to work on his plan. His goals include degrees in exercise science and sports medicine.

Bryce is a man of many talents.

He has played soccer since the age of 4 and is very skilled. His one flaw on the soccer pitch may be that he is too willing to sacrifice his body. This unfortunately led to some injuries over the years. But it is because he is always willing to give 110% effort.

Besides soccer, he also played volleyball and did track and field. He is quite skilled in the long jump and triple jump events and did well on the track as well as in the pole vault. Unfortunately, an injured hamstring cut his last season short and made things more challenging for him.

Using those skills and his knowledge he was able to be the Jumps coach for Mesquite High School’s last track and field season.

Outside of the sports arena, he is a very talented singer. He was able to participate in the highest choir, Advanced Vocal, for 3 of his four years in high school.

Bryce has faced more than a few challenges in his life but always met them with strength and determination along with love and kindness. I am so grateful for him and the strong characteristics he has.

He is thoughtful and willing to serve others. He is very good at helping others to feel included. He has been this way, always looking out for others, since he was very young.

He was a watchful older brother to his younger sister and always wanted to be included with his older brothers.

I think that is one reason he has been such a skilled soccer player. When you learn how to play with your brothers who are 7 and 9 years older than you, especially when they don’t make it easy for you, you gain skills fast 🙂

I feel bad that I don’t have more recent pictures of him but he is too busy for those things. When he is not working or at school he enjoys playing soccer, both in real life and online, playing volleyball, and going to the gym, and has done quite a bit of work to achieve his goals there as well.

He is quiet and unassuming. He is generous and extremely kind. He is determined and sets goals for himself. And then he goes to work.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

Bryce has faced more than a few challenges in his life but always met them with strength and determination along with love and kindness. I am so grateful for him and the strong characteristics he has.

While he is currently living at home, he is looking forward to getting a place of his own (with a roommate) and leaving the watchful eye of his parents. He works hard to be independent and was even able to move up to Utah for a while last year before coming home to handle some health challenges.

I am so very grateful for the example he is to me of love and kindness and accepting others where they are. He is an amazing friend and willing to serve, always thinking of others.

I hope he can see and know how very loved he is by his friends and family. I hope he can see what a gift he is and what an example of good he is for so many.

Today he is under the weather and so I wish I could do more to help him feel better. But he is the one who has helped me heal these past 19 years. I love him dearly!

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 13 – I am Grateful for…

Day 13… November 13

I made it 12 days in a row before I missed!!! That’s pretty impressive for me!!

I am a little sad that I didn’t post yesterday but I am allowing myself to be human and not perfect.

And I am going to keep moving forward.

There were a few minutes this morning I thought about doing two posts for today to “make up” for not posting yesterday but I decided that wasn’t necessary.

So today I am grateful for my home.

I mentioned in my post on Day 3 how my home was one of my dreams/goals that I achieved.

I love and am extremely grateful for my home. We have been in this home for over 17 years now and have shared so many memories with our family and friends in this home.

“The most powerful feeling in the world is to love and to be loved in return. Home isn’t just about walls and roof. It ‘s about being with those who make you feel safe and warm.” – unknown

My home is still a work in progress, but it is the place I feel most comfortable and most able to be myself.

I have loved being able to make my home my own through various projects. My sweet husband puts up with a lot of crazy ideas that I come up with. I will share just a couple.

My favorite project is my laundry room floor.

If you remember the coin shortage in 2020, my kids say it is my fault….. haha

For several years I wanted to create a “penny floor”.

After removing the tile. pouring self leveling concrete, and painting the concrete, I was ready to begin.


HOME
The story of who we are and a collection of all the things we love.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

“The most powerful feeling in the world is to love and to be loved in return. Home isn’t just about walls and roof. It ‘s about being with those who make you feel safe and warm.”

– unknown

Yes, I did glue every single coin to the floor. Yes, it did take a long time. Yes, I would do it again!!!

I love my laundry room floor.

My second favorite project was refinishing my office and kitchen counter tops with concrete. Lots of trial and error. Lots of sanding. Lots of mess!! But I love the result!

I love the finished product!

Overall, I could keep adding pictures, but hopefully you get the idea.

I love my home. I love the ways that I can personalize my home and make it a reflection of the things I love and enjoy.

My greatest wish is for everyone who comes to my home to feel the love and warmth that I feel. I hope that everyone will feel welcome and included in my home.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 11 – I am Grateful for…

Day 11… November 11

Today I am grateful for the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country to protect our freedoms as well as the freedoms of others around the world.

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in Canada. It is a day to remember those who died and honor those who served in the military.

To be able to live in the United States is a blessing to me and one I don’t fully comprehend or understand because I have never lived anywhere else.

To be able to participate in the election this week, and see the democratic process, even for those that believe it is broken, is a gift and a responsibility for each of us as citizens.

To be able to design a life that I want and then move forward to create that life with very little relative difficulty is an amazing opportunity.

Those rights are maintained and fought for by those who are willing to sacrifice their time and lives on our behalf.

The freedoms I enjoy came at a cost that I don’t fully know because others were willing to fight in World War I and World War II and so many other military conflicts.

I have learned somewhat through books about World War II, some non-fiction, biographies, and some historical fiction, but the lessons greatest impacts for me today are being played out on the world stage.

For those that have seen “Saving Private Ryan”, that could have been the story or some of my ancestors. Gratefully my 5 great-uncles, all brothers to my grandmother, who served in various branches of the military during World War II we unharmed. Something miraculous for their widowed mother at the time.

In her own words she wrote,

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in Canada. It is a day to remember those who died and honor those who served in the military.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

To be able to live in the United States is a blessing to me and one I don’t fully comprehend or understand because I have never lived anywhere else.

My dad was enlisted in the Army and stationed in Chicago when he met my mom.

This picture shows all of them years later.

I have had cousins and currently have nephews serving in the military. I am grateful for all the service provided for our country that affords me the freedoms I am able to enjoy.

I am grateful to observe Veteran’s Day.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 10 – I am Grateful for…

Day 10… November 10

Today I am grateful for my youngest child Tegan.

Tegan is a strong, determined, high-achieving girl.

She is very involved in so many different things… Competitive soccer, High school varsity football, high school soccer, track and field, junior class president, church youth council (planning group for our local church youth groups) and works at a local restaurant and as a public pool lifeguard.

She loves her friends fiercely. She can be extremely kind, and you also don’t want to get on her bad side 🙂

She tries to be strong but wears her heart on her sleeve.

Tegan is a great example of working for what you want in life. She set a goal during her freshman year to become the kicker for the football team. There are no other girls on the football team but that didn’t slow her down.

Her oldest brother (also a former football kicker) gave her her first football and tee for Christmas in 2020. Then he took her to the school and taught her the basics.

She spent an hour every day before her soccer practice, practicing her place kicking on her own. She went to the weight room all summer with the rest of the football team, even though no one really spoke to her. She practiced on her own.

It wasn’t until the week of the first game of the 2021 season that she got her first snaps in practice with the rest of the team.

She didn’t get in the first game. They played the JV kicker instead.

It was frustrating but she was determined.

The next week she scored her first points as a varsity football player making both her extra point attempts. (There was a third opportunity but a bad snap made that impossible).

She had achieved her goal and life was great.


Tegan is a great example of working for what you want in life. She set a goal during her freshman year to become the kicker for the football team.

Hello Friends!

I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.

I am grateful for the example that she is to me of going after your dreams even when others talk. Even when it doesn’t look like you will be accepted. Even when you have setbacks…..really hard, season-ending, long recovery setbacks. Never giving in to the obstacles. Especially the ones your own brain offers you. Facing the fear and coming through to what you really want.

The next week was a more challenging game. She missed her first PAT. But before the game finished she had been blocked twice and made 3 more PATs. The most challenging part of all was on the last kick, the player who blocked her also landed on her kicking leg as she finished.

It didn’t look great for her. Several appointments and an MRI later confirmed what the doctors suspected; her ACL was fully torn. There would be 5 weeks of physical therapy before ACL replacement surgery, followed by nearly 10 months of physical therapy to get cleared to play again.

It was a long year but she was determined to get back to her spot on the team. And she did. She was back for the entire season this year.

It has been a difficult season all around as the team lost players, got a new head coach, moved up a division, etc. but she had an overall good season.

It was not without challenges. A devastating loss for homecoming, by one point, which “felt” like her fault but was due to a bad snap and rough hold, was not a great weekend.

Some days that felt like perfection was the only option because “she was a girl” (even though we discussed that being human made perfection basically impossible).

Some sexual harassment from opposing teams.

But she put in the work, stayed the course and finished the season strong.

Tonight we went to her final game for the season. We made it through with only one “minor injury” (a lost fingernail when she had to dive on a bad snap in the first home game). She finished tonight 1-2 on PATs and had 9 points over the season.

I am grateful for the example that she is to me of going after your dreams even when others talk. Even when it doesn’t look like you will be accepted. Even when you have setbacks…..really hard, season-ending, long recovery setbacks. Never giving in to the obstacles. Especially the ones your own brain offers you. Facing the fear and coming through to what you really want.

What are you grateful for? “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Conversation” for a free session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.

The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!

And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!

November 9 – I am Grateful for…

Day 9… November 9

Today I am grateful for Wednesday mornings.

Wednesdays are the day that I have set aside time for two things that bless my life immeasurably.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, there are two main types of buildings (generally speaking) that we worship in.

Our chapels, or stake centers (“stake” referring to a larger geographical area that includes multiple congregations) are where we meet for our Sabbath day observances, and other congregational activities throughout the week. In many of these buildings you can find a baptismal font where we can make baptismal covenants or commitments with God. We renew these commitments each week as we take the Sacrament. There are somewhere between 8000 – 10,000 chapels in the world.

Our temples are buildings where we go for spiritual instruction and to make greater personal covenants or commitments with God. Personal covenants called endowments, as well as marriage sealings of husband and wife are among the ordinances performed in the temple.

Temple are dedicated to God and not open to the general public. They are sacred spaces and should be treated as such.

I try to attend the temple each Wednesday morning. It is a place that I can feel peace and tranquility. I feel strengthened spiritually. I can feel God’s love for me and for all His children. This helps me to show that love to those around me.

The marriage sealings performed in the temple are to unite families even after death. We don’t believe in “till death do us part” but we believe that we will be able to continue our relationships after this life and that as families we can still be together.

My husband and I were married or sealed to each other, in the Oakland, California temple. We have this beautiful artwork of that special place in our home.

The Day Dawn is Breaking Temple series by Landon Gage Ramsay

When our son died, this marriage sealing was one of the few comforts that I had. I truly believe that he is still a part of our family and is aware of us. His is like a guardian angel of sorts that helps us out as he can.

When my mother passed away, part of my grief was assuaged by the thought that now she and our son were reunited in the next life. I am grateful for my testimony that this life is not the end and I can be with my mom and my son again.

When I regularly attend the temple I feel better about the world and my life specifically. It is not that the circumstances change but my peace and strength are increased.

[The temple] is a place that I can feel peace and tranquility. I feel strengthened spiritually. I can feel God’s love for me and for all His children.

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Gilbert Arizona Temple

The second part of my Wednesday mornings that I love is a weekly religious study class we call “Institute Class”.

It is an opportunity for several of us to gather together and read and discuss the remarks given to us during the most recent General Conference of our church. Twice each year, in April and October, speakers share messages of faith and hope with their testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ.

In our Institute class we can study and discuss these messages and learn together. We have an amazing teacher who is so insightful. It is another way I am choosing to spend my Wednesday mornings that makes such an impact on my week.

These two things leave me feeling especially grateful for the life that I am able to create and enjoy. To have the opportunity to participate in these things and to have the freedom of circumstance to take advantage of these opportunities makes a difference in the rest of my week.

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And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!