Friday, June 2, 2017

Spring Learnings

Here are some things I've learned this spring
that I've uncovered as I have been doing my summer 
refresh with my Powersheets!



1. Trust God's plan for my life.  It's always better than I could imagine.
2. I get to cultivate the JOY, not wait for it to happen.
3. Exercise is important!
4. I get to nourish myself so I can have what I need to help others.

Summer is here and I'm really excited!
I'm going to keep better track of
what I'm learning so I can
share more amazingness at the end.

What have you learned this spring?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What I Know For Sure



Today I opened my email inbox to find a newsletter from Emily P. Freeman.
She talked about how Oprah started thinking about what she knew for sure.
There was a day when Oprah was stressed and overwhelmed and 
had to write an article about what she knew for sure
for her magazine.
She wrote, " I'm feeling a little stressed and I know nothing."

I completely know how that feels!
So many times I think I know so much,
but then something shifts or changes
and I realize that I don't know much
"for sure".

There are two things that I know for sure:

1.  God is Love.
2. Change happens. All. The. Time.

Nine weeks ago I started a new 90 day goal
to treat my body like the temple it is.
I thought I knew for sure how to do it.
I've done it before.
This time.
This time has been very different.
I'm in a different season of life
than I was that first time six years ago.
I have a husband and a daughter and a house
to take care of each day.
I have two businesses and another I'm wanting to start.

So many days I feel stressed, depressed, and overwhelmed.
And I realize that I know nothing.
Nothing except that God is Love and change is always happening.

Emily finished her letter talking about how
the question "What do you know for sure?"
was a good one to consider because it
has intentionality built right in to it.
The "for sure" forces thoughtfulness.
She talks about how the things
she knew for sure when she was twenty
are different from the things she knows 
for sure at forty. 
We grow, life changes causing us
to shift and learn.
So instead of writing about what she knew for sure
she decided to keep a record of what she's learning.
I absolutely love that!

Those of you who know me, 
know that I love keeping a journal
about my experiences and what I'm learning
in this earth school we call life.
I haven't been as consistent in
writing in my journal since L was born.

I have just recently learned about bullet journaling.
I'm excited to give it a try and see how I feel about it.
I'll be making a list from this month about what 
I've learned and sharing it here!
Come back tomorrow night to see what 
I've learned in May!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Words Have Power--Joy



Words have been a love of mine
from a young age.
I love writing them,
reading them,
and collecting them.
They have inspired love
and kindness in me.
They have helped me
overcome fear and doubt.
They have helped me find
the strength I need to keep
pressing forward with faith.

As I've been reflecting this
new year on what to share 
here in this space,
I've been thinking about 
the power of words in my life.
I often struggle with the
negative, limiting words
that I think and say to myself.
In all the learning and growing
I've done in my life--
especially the last six years--
I've learned to replace those
limiting words and negative
thoughts and beliefs about myself
with positive words and beliefs.

It has been one of the biggest
ways (along with growing my faith)
that I have uncovered
strength to help make my life
more positive even--and especially--
when my life doesn't look
like I want it to look,
and I'm wading through
challenges and trials.

Words are a powerful force
in our lives.
Let's take a look
at powerful, life-giving words
together this year. 

To finish off this post,
I'd like to share with you my 
word for this current season
I'm in in my life.

JOY

Back in November
this word started popping
up everywhere I turned.
It called to me and helped
me look at my life,
and I realized that I hadn't
been doing much to 
cultivate joy in my life.
Last year started out 
really difficult for me,
and I feel like I spent a
good deal of time rising
up from what had happened.

I decided it was time
to work on cultivating
more joy in my life.
Now I'm not talking
about doing huge things
that would make me happy
(although I'm doing some
of those things).
And I'm not talking about
going out and buying things
that I think will bring me joy.

It's more of focusing on
and tending to 
all the little things that 
bring joy into my life.
Quiet conversations.
Playing with my daughter.
My family laughing together.
Finding life-giving words in
my scripture study.
Learning more of my Savior.
Growing my faith.
Time with friends.
Playing the piano.
Writing.
Going on little
adventures with
my husband and daughter.

That's what I'm working on
in this season of my life.
It hasn't happened all at once.
I've still had days where I 
haven't done much,
but it is in the little
by little progress
that is slowly adding up
to filling my home and my life
with life-giving joy.

I've done a lot of studying
in scriptures and talks,
looking for words
and goodness to help
me in my journey of
cultivating joy.
You can read one of my
favorite talks here.
It basically takes
most of the things I've
learned in my studying 
and summarizes it into
an amazing talk
where I found some
key points
in finding and cultivating
joy in my life. 
Here are some of them:
-remember the nature and purpose of our lives is to have joy
-Jesus Christ is JOY!
-look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
-give thanks
-keep covenants made
-nurture and guide our children
-nurture and encourage our spouse

There is even more golden
nuggets in this talk.
I highly suggest you read it!
One last quote that I love,
"Joy is powerful,
and focusing on joy
brings God's power
into our lives."
Oh how I would love
to have more of
God's power in my life!

Sometimes looking for the
joy in the trials and challenges
feels hard, but the truth is
that it's always there,
we just get to change our
perspective and see it!



*Just a little side note here. I've recently started 
working on something that brings me
joy, hand lettering! I'm excited to use
this new joy to share words with you.
Both here on the blog and on my
Instagram account.
Follow me at @uncoveringstrength
for more life-giving words!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Goal Setting Part 3



Today's steps for goal setting
are important, but I just
have to say that I always
have to remind myself 
not to get too hung up on them.
You'll see why:0)


Step 4

What is one thing I want to cultivate in the year ahead?

So I have had this answer since around Thanksgiving.
I want to cultivate JOY this year.
Last year was trying for me,
and I spent a good part of the year
just surviving and the other part
of the year trying to rise
up out of the darkness
I had found myself in.

I've done a lot of research
that I'll share in another post,
but JOY for me also has
to do with the connections
I have with other people.
So I also want to cultivate connections
with my husband, my daughter,
my family and my friends.

Step 5
Here's where I get to remember not 
to get hung up. 
It's okay to stop and 
feel the yucky feelings.
We need to feel those things,
but don't pack a bag and stay there.

I am an imperfect person.
I firmly believe that all the
hard things that happen to us
and all the mistakes we make
are learning opportunities.
(Wow, I needed that reminder today!)


What are the challenges you experienced in 2016?

-Depression. I only recently started to talk about this,
but the beginning of 2016 was full of this.
-I stressed out about my husband's job.
-I spent too much time watching TV and
being on my phone and social media.
-I didn't treat my body as the temple it is.

What lessons did you learn from the challenges?

Here are some lessons I've learned:



Now that I'm past all those challenges
I have been able to see the blessings in them.
God is good.
He has blessed me with
the strength I needed
through His Son,
My Savior.
How grateful I am!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Goal Setting Part 2



The last couple of weeks
I've been trying to 
work on finding a balance
that works better for my body
and working on my goals, 
so writing hasn't been a
recent priority for me,
but I'm back and ready to
share more of my goal setting.

Remember you can find more
tips and examples here
To read the first part of
my goal setting click here.

Step 3

 What good things happened in 2016?

When people think about writing goals,
they usually think about the future,
but I've found that looking back 
can help me uncover goals 
that are more meaningful to me.

Here are three good things from my 2016:

-I'm alive! Read that story here
-Starting Uncovering Strength and finishing my first 100 Day Project
-Being invited to Limitless

What lessons did you learn from the good things?

The number one thing that I learned/remembered again this last year is that Christ is the only way to find the strength I need. I can try all I want to do it myself (and I have), but in the end even my very best isn't enough.  I learned to trust in the Lord and rely on His goodness, His grace, His mercy. I learned that I am needed.  I have a message that He needs me to share. The Word of God is so important to study every day. It gave me strength. It gave me peace. It gave me answers. I get to trust myself to find the answers that I need. It was a year full of learning and remember to whom I should turn not just in my darkest hours, but always. He is the only way I found the strength to do all I did.



That's all I've got for tonight.
Until next time!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Let's Get Going 2017!

In the month leading up to the end of 2016, I saw so many posts on facebook about how horrible 2016 was to people. I am pleased to say that 2016 was actually a good year for me! Yes it started out hard (read that story here), but in the end I was blessed with the strength to get through the hard times and trust the God's got a plan for me and he'll help me find it.

I started off with my word of the year being "simplify," but it never felt quite right. By April I had picked myself up and climbed out of the dark hole I had stepped into and realized that my new word for the year needed to be "Arise." Arise I did! Although still having hard days, I pushed forward with faith, uncovering strength along the way, and accomplished some pretty great things!

Every month I had a plan and worked little by little to accomplish big things! I wrote more on my blog this year than ever before with the 100 Day Project. I started writing a book again. I worked on going through boxes and downsizing a lot of my stuff. I kept my daughter alive. I kept myself alive. I cultivated relationships and reconnected with old friends. I worked on being more grateful for all I have. I had a huge belief breakthrough and now know that I am precious! 

I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be an amazing year as well! Every year for the past 4 years I have had an amazing tool called Powersheets to plan and work on my goals.  Last year was amazing as I completed 9 out of 10 goals from the beginning of the year and made progress on the last goal. This is such cause to celebrate for me! It has been my pattern in the past to set goals and not really accomplish them, but as I've been using the Powersheets, I've been able to uncover goals that really matter to me and do them! 

Guess what? You don't need Powersheets to do this. You can choose to make what matters happen anytime. Lara Casey the creator of Powersheets has a five part blog series that goes through some goal-setting steps that can help you uncover goals that matter to you. You can find them here. I'm going to be sharing my answers to the different steps over the next week or two.  You can do it too! Grab a pen, pencil or other writing utensil and a piece of paper (yes an old bill envelope works too!) and let's get uncovering some meaningful goals!

Step 1: How are you?

I love this step because it's not just a "How are you?" from someone who is just saying it and not listening.  This is a "How are you really doing, friend?" What are you worried about? Scared about? What to do's are taking up space in your head and heart. What are you excited about? Hopeful about? What do you want? Download your thoughts onto paper. Get them out of your head so you can have a clear mind and heart while doing this process.

I am really tired right now. I already am tired from medication I take, but then add having a cold and not being able to sleep very well. I feel exhausted most of the time. I worry that I'm not doing enough in most areas of my life and that I'll give in to the exhaustion every day and do nothing but lay around and watch Netflix. I worry about not being good enough. I love that I have been able to learn about belief breakthrough the last five years, so I can work on my limiting beliefs about myself and the world and start believing in myself and creating new limitless beliefs! I'm hopeful that I am getting started and that I can work step by little step to create amazing things in my life! I want to get busy setting up new routines in my life so I can get back on track with my health and my environment. I feel so excited for the things I have planned this year! It's going to be amazing!

Also, rate each of these areas of your life 1 to 10. One being that you are not satisfied with it and 10 being you are very satisfied and happy with that area. My answers follow each area.

-Health -5- I haven't been treating my body very well since I had L, but I am healthy as in I'm not sick all the time.
-Friends -8- 2016 was a great year for me in reconnecting with old friends and having fun with my friends!
-Family (including your significant other) -8- I have the most amazing family.  We love and support each other. I want to spend more time building up my family members this year.
-Finances -6- I worry about this a lot.  I've definitely got some limiting beliefs I'd like to breakthrough this year.
-Spiritual -8- Immersing myself in the Word of God this last year has been an awe inspiring experience this last year.  I also worked on making my prayers more meaningful.  It has totally been an amazing experience.  This year I want to work on better serving others and being an example of the believers. 
-Work -6- My job as a mom is going pretty well.  L is learning and growing.  I want to start working on putting down my phone and turning off the television so I can spend quality time with her.
-Recreation -8- This has also been fun the last year.  We've been able to do so many things that we love to do this year. I'm determined to still do things even though we've got a child now.
-Environment -7- I started at the end of the year with a goal of getting some cleaning routines going in our house.  It went well until I got busy during the holidays and then I got out of the habits I had sort of created.  This is one of the things I'm planning on getting back to as a clean home helps us all be happier and welcomes the Spirit into our home.

Step 2: What are you chasing?

Watch this video. Chasing Perfect

I definitely struggle with chasing perfect. I want my day to perfectly follow my plan and I get everything done that I "should" do. Enter my toddler and most days I don't get much done...I want to have things be just perfectly like I want them.  I want to have complete control so things go perfectly. But it's just like the ladies in the video say, it's exhausting. You never feel like enough. I struggle with this almost daily, but I am lucky to have the knowledge of a Redeemer.  I know that when I'm not perfect and I make mistakes, I can repent.  I like to remind myself that I am always in my perfect growth process and that usually means my life is messy and imperfect, but it is helping me to learn and grow and become what I was created to be!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I, Nephi: Scripture Study Part 1

Gratitude

Today I'd just like to tell you how
grateful I am for the scriptures
and other words of the prophets.
I know that as we take 
time to read and study
them daily that we can learn
and grow and find answers
to any questions we may have!

The Word and On My Heart
My first pen almost made it all the way through 1 Nephi!

If you've been following me here for a while,
you probably remember back this spring
when I decided that I was going to do 
something a little different in
my study of the scriptures.
I had gotten stuck in my studies
because I was feeling like it had to 
look a certain way, but I made the 
choice to do something that felt
like it would work for me.

I decided to copy down the
Book of Mormon as I read it.
I also used this study guide,
which I've loved!
So my typical study session
would start with me copying down 
verses or chapters of scripture
that went together in the study guide.
Then I would study that section of scripture
and fill out/doodle about what I was learning.
It has been a very slow process,
but I have learned so much!
Also, I've read the Book of Mormon
many times throughout my life.
This time I felt like I got so
much more out of my studies.
I'm just getting started with 2 Nephi,
and I'd like to share with you
three things I learned/was reminded of
while doing my study of 1 Nephi.

First:

1 Nephi 3:7
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi,
said unto my father: I will go and 
do the things which the Lord hath
commanded, for I know that he
given no commandments unto
the children of men, save he
shall prepare a way for them
that they may accomplish the
thing which he commandeth them."

This scripture is probably one of the
most known scriptures in 
the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints.
I've read it and memorized it
many, many times,
but somehow I don't remember
something very interesting
in 1 Nephi.
Nephi actually says in many other
verses that if the Lord gives us
a commandment He'll have
a way prepared for us to 
accomplish it.

Thinking back on my life,
I know that I've definitely 
experienced this.
Sometimes what I was being asked
to do was not easy.
Sometimes I didn't know how 
I was going to do it.
But I chose to press on and
trust that Heavenly Father had
a way for me to accomplish it.
In the end I think one of the
biggest things I learned was
that it wasn't usually about 
what I accomplished in the
end; it was about what I learned
in the doing of it.
It's about the journey,
not necessarily about
where I was going.

Second:

1 Nephi 15:11
"Do ye not remember the things
which the Lord hath said?--If
ye will not harden your hearts,
and ask me in faith, believing
that ye shall receive, with
diligence in keeping my 
commandments, surely these
things shall be made known unto you."

Have you ever been like me
and wanted answers, but
got tired of asking and not
getting answers?
I hope I'm not the only one.
I loved this verse of scripture
because it gave me a formula
for receiving answers from the Lord:
Faith+Believe+Diligence=Answers
Diligence in keeping the commandments is
a huge part of receiving answers!
Back in the days of stage coaches
there was a stage coach named Diligence.
It was a high speed non-stopping coach.
Diligence is constant and earnest effort
to accomplish something.
Sometimes while waiting for answers
I get impatient and forget to be diligent.
But when I return to being constant and
earnest and NON-STOPPING
in keeping the commandments,
I receive the answers that I'm looking for
or I realize that the answers have come,
just not in the way I expected the to come.

Third:

1 Nephi 16:28-29
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi,
beheld the pointers which were
in the ball, that they did work according
to the faith and diligence and
 heed which we did give unto them.
And there was also written upon 
them a new writing, which was 
plain to be read, which did give us 
understanding concerning the ways 
of the Lord; and it was written 
and changed from time to time, 
 according to the faith and diligence 
and heed which we gave unto it.  
And thus we see that by small means 
the Lord can bring about great things."

I love this last scripture for so many reasons!
First we get another formula for receiving answers:
Faith+Diligence+Heed=Answers from Our Liahonas
First I believe that we each have
different although similar things
that are our personal Liahonas.
They are the things that point
us where the Lord would like us
to go and things that teach 
us of the Lord's ways and commandments.
Some of my own personal Liahonas are
-my scriptures
-my Patriarchal Blessing
-Prophets and Apostles
-General Conference
-Priesthood leaders
-Church leaders and teachers
-the Holy Ghost.

Each of these don't really help me find
answers unless I have faith in God,  
give heed to/do/live what I learn,
and be diligent in keeping
the commandments of God.

The next thing I love about this scripture
is when it talks about how the writing
on the pointers was changed from time to time.
I definitely find that when I'm studying 
the same verse for the umpteenth time
what I learn from it can be different
than what I learned the last time I studied it.
I think that's one of the best things
about studying the scriptures!

The last thing I love about this scripture
(okay not the last thing, but the last thing I'm going to share:0)
is when it says, "And thus we see that by small means
the Lord can bring about great things."
It's a good reminder to me that even though
I might feel small in the big old world,
the Lord can use me to bring about
great things!

I'm excited about all that I will
continue to learn on my scripture
studying journey!
Remember that your scripture
study can look however it works
for you. Don't compare it to
what other people do.
Just find what works for you
and do it. 
You'll learn so much
more than you can 
possibly imagine!