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I thought I was going to a yoga class…

At the beginning of the summer I bought a yoga pass to a studio near my house. I was planning on going once a week or so. Well, I skipped about 3 months of going. Last week I decided to give it a go again. I glanced at the schedule for the class times and noticed there was one at 6PM, 7 PM and 8 PM. I was hopeful to make the 7 PM class, but ended up working late and decided just to go to the 8 PM class. Keeping in mind that I have only been to the studio once or twice before, I had no idea what was going on. The 7 PM class ended and no one was leaving. So I entered the full room of people, squeezed my yoga mat out in a corner and began to stretch out a little. I noticed everyone getting up to grab pillows and blankets. I knew I was new to yoga, but could not think of a reason to need these items. The instructor told me that I would probably want them as well. I complied. Then the room became incredibly silent, the instructor rang the gong and class began. We laid in the same position the entire hour and was guided through a meditation class. This was the first time I have every done anything like this. I thought it was a little silly at first, but by the end of the hour I was so relaxed and cleared so many thoughts from my head. It was amazing. I think there were a few points I almost feel asleep. That night and the next few nights after going back to this meditation class, I had some of the best nights of sleep I have had in who knows how long.

I found it all rather intriguing, that you could practice controlling your thoughts. I have been doing a little reading about meditation and I am convinced everyone in the world needs to take time to truly meditate. I liked in our class that the instructor talked us through a serious of thoughts to help guide our minds. It totally seemed weird to me at first. He would tell us to think about a specific body part and without moving to “feel it” and “see it”  I had to think really hard at first about seeing and feeling my pinky finger and left big toe. This is just an example of how he helps guide your mind and thoughts. The long term benefits of meditation are numerous. While I have been trying to incorporate it in my routine more often, I was looking for ways outside of attending that class. Luckily we live in the age of youtube… and guess what. There are several practices there. All you need to type in is meditation yoga for beginners and meditation yoga and hundreds of videos show up. I have gone through about 5 of them. and really enjoy the relaxation and clarity it brings me. Especially before bedtime.

I did feel a little silly doing these the first few times, but now Im to the point where I just enjoy it. I hope you find a little extra time to try one or two meditation practices out. I think you’ll like it.

 

Bucket List Item – Checked off!

One of the things I have been wanting to do for years and years is fly in a hot air balloon. The fascination started years ago when I attended the Provo Balloon festival for the very first time. I was in awe….

Years went by and taking a flight was always at the top of my list to do.  An opportunity to fly in a ballon at the Provo Balloon Festival came up and it was simply a dream come true. I don’t know why I waited so long to take a flight. It was so much fun, and probably even more fun because it was part of the balloon festival and was surrounded by so many beautiful balloons.

We woke up at 4:30 in the morning for our early flight. As part of the balloon festival you get to watch several balloons fill up and take flight. The balloons are so colorful and vibrant that just watching them is a lot of fun.

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Provo Freedom Festival Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon Provo Utah

 

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I never really thought about how slow the balloons moved in the air. We were only going a few miles per hour. It was fun to have a birds eye perspective of Provo. We played a game to chase a target that a leader balloon dropped in a park and all the balloons were following him to try and drop a bean bag on the target. We unfortunately didn’t make it close enough to ever have a chance at winning. Landing was also different than I had imagined. It was pretty intense. You are up in the air looking for a large empty space to land. I never noticed how many trees and power lines we had until we started looking for a spot to land. We ended up landed in a grocery store parking lot. Cars were maneuvering around us, taking photos, and asking tons of questions. For a brief moment, we felt like local celebrities. It was funny. The best part was that the grocery store we landed at happened to be having a free french toast breakfast that day as well. So there were a ton of people watching us. Once we loaded the balloon back up in the chaser car we cashed in on a free breakfast too. It was seriously a perfect ending to such a fun flight.

Small Businesses will always be my favorite!

My goodness, where does time go? I really did have every intention to blog this summer… then I decided to launch another business and life got so crazy and so busy.  Things are now up and rolling and I feel like I can finally breath again. I know to some, it can seem crazy to self impose all the stress that comes with a new business, but truly… its the best feeling in the world when things get rolling.  This is my second time bringing products to retail. I still have my “gum” company, which has grown into tons of other items besides just gum. I am thinking retail may be my calling in life and it may just become an addiction.

It is such a huge undertaking to start a business of any size. I applaud anyone who gives it a try. I put all my savings, brain power, energy, nap times, free time, you name it, its a sacrifice for sure, everything is on the line. Then of course, right before things launch everything else in life goes wrong. For instance, the plumbing in my house stopped working, and it wasn’t a simple fix. We are talking walls down to repipe.  But none the less, two full semi trucks showed up with product and I unloaded them all on the hottest day of the summer and dripped 10 pounds of sweat that day.

The party for my new company is just getting started and has a long road ahead, but Im super excited about it.  I have been thinking a lot about businesses and people who own them. So many have been such great examples to me and often mentors. I think that is why I love instagram so much… I follow so many start up business. I love that I can watch them grow and see their day to day operations. I also have found myself wanting to buy so many of their products. It so much more fun for me to buy a product from someone that will actually notice another sale, rather than buying from a huge company. Buying small and buying local really have become something I intentionally try to do. Most of my favorite things to wear are t-shirts that I have bought from accounts I have been watching for awhile, my kitchen is full of gadgets that were all uniquely and specifically designed to solve a problem… all which I found on Instagram or pinterest.  My phone case is art work designed by a friend, my room is decorated with nic nacs from etsy. It all makes me happy. These things are meeting my needs, but also represent so many of my friends and their hard work too. They make me happy.

Now that I have a few extra moments to relax in the evenings I am going to try and restart my 100 days of blogging challenge I tried to give myself at the beginning of summer. Im sure you’ll hear plenty more of my business adventures ahead.

Favorite Movies Of The 80’s

I am the type of person who rents a redbox and forgets to return it for several days and the $1.50 movie ends up costing me more like $10.00 with all the additional days. About a month ago I decided that buying a few $5.00 movies on Amazon would actually end up saving me some money. While I was looking through the movie titles I came across some of my old favorites from my childhood.  Here is what I ended up buying:

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I actually found the time to watch them all this past week. Each of them were as great as I remembered. It was crazy how I could actually picture myself sitting in the downstairs of my parents house with my brother and sisters watching these on the disney channel. I don’t know how many times I watch Flight of the Navigator. The little dancing guy is still my favorite. I was actually afraid of the Last Star Fighter as a kid, my brother would make me watch it. I finally warmed up to it after several movie nights with him. I am actually considering mailing it to him for Father’s day so he can live his childhood all over again as well.  I don’t know that I will ever get over “Harry” eating the pet goldfish. I have cringed every time and still did this weekend. I loved the nostalgia that all these movies brought. I also loved that they all had feel good endings. Why don’t they make movies like that anymore?

The Small Containers At The Store

I just cleaned out my refrigerator and sadly had to throw out an abundance of spoiled food. It actually does bother me to see it go to waste, but at the same time it bothers me to pay for an 8 ounce ketchup when the 64 ounce family size ketchup is only a dime more. I know its a first world problem but, it causes me a lot of internal conflict. I spend way to much time standing in the store aisle debating to buy the less economical size jar or the value size jar. Yesterday, I went to do a little grocery shopping at my neighborhood Winco, I stood in the aisle trying to decide which size jar of mayonnaise to buy so I could make deviled eggs for a memorial day picnic. I watched a few other people easily pick out their mayonnaise while I tried to decide which jar to get for myself. After a couple carts moved out of the way, it was me and an older woman standing in front of the wall of mayonnaise. She grabbed the smallest one… I asked her why she picked that one, her reply, I will probably expire before my mayonnaise does if I get one any bigger. I giggled on the inside, and grabbed the same one. So just incase you were wondering who actually buys the overpriced small containers at the store… its me and old people.

The Simple Things

This past weekend the flu came in and knocked me out. I haven’t been sick like that since who knows when. Its real life, I guess. I was thinking about what I should post about next and how many more days of my 100 day challenge would pass by before I blogged again.  I thought I would post a few random pictures from my phone the best represent my everyday life. I think if I had thought about this idea sooner I would have taken more pictures of the boring and routine things I do.

 

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I went to my first yoga class at 3B yoga. I loved it.

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I had several friend’s birthdays last week. I love to celebrate birthdays, even with just a small gift. Birthdays are a big deal in my book.

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Sunset Hike to the Y. This was a perfect weekend for hiking. It was perfect. 

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Why not end a perfectly good hike with custard? Have you been to Rita’s? It’s pretty delicious.

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Here is what my grocery shopping looks like. (I have no idea why I have this picture.) I had salad duty for Sunday dinner, which I sadly couldn’t make it to since I ended up with the flu. 🙁

And that my friends, sums up what life is usually like for me. And I like it.

All About My Aunt


One of my favorite parts of Mother’s day is reading all of the fill in the blank sheets that all your cute little kids get to fill out about you at school. Their perceptions and creative little minds are truly adorable, and often times funny. The fact that we have this well connected world means I get to see so many of them on social media, and I really do love reading them.

It was a fun surprise to open my mail box to find and envelope from my nieces and nephew with my very own “All about my Aunt” sheets. It really made my day! Even if they think I am 49, say bonjour a lot, and want to vacation on a Private island with no boys……

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XyloBurst Xylitol

If you know anything about me, you know I love to sell things. Being an entrepreneur has been part of my life since the days of junior high school when I started selling home made lollipops to all my friends at school. The only thing that has changed since that time, is now I own a real company that sells products in stores nation wide.

Right after college I worked in the dental world and started learning about xylitol. I was consumed with how this sweetener could actually help your oral health. I had seen so many patients that just needed to be introduced to a few simple methods that could really help them take care of their mouths. Through my time spent in the dental industry and a few small miracles, XyloBurst came about.

Its now several years later and I still get giddy when I walk into a health food store and see my product on the shelves. Its especially fun when I am traveling half way around the country.

I’ll be the first to admit that owning a company is not the easiest thing and plenty of trivial things come up all the time; but this has been the most incredible learning experience. It has taught me so much about who I am and want to be. In a way, owning a business forces you out of a comfort zone. Trade shows, traveling, introducing yourself to new stores, new reps, new customers all the time. Its all so amazing and a roller coaster of fun.

At the end of the day, it feels good to offer a product that is helpful for so many people. We have expanded to lots of other natural products as well over the years. You can check them all out here, if you want.

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The next 100 Days

I recently read a quote that said most people over estimate what they can do in a year; but under estimate what they can do in ten years. I have been thinking A LOT about this quote. I feel like it really pertains to my life right now. I have so many ambitions and in reality, I do over estimate my own capabilities. On the flip side, I can look back at what I have accomplished and over the past decade. I never would have guessed I could have accomplished the things that I did.

As April turned to May, a couple of friends and I were sitting around wondering where the first 5 months of the year had disappeared to… I jokingly said, “I haven’t even set my New Years’ goals yet.” They all laughed and truly most of them said why bother, as most of them had already given up on their goals. I sat quietly thinking this is so not like me. I have always been a goal setter. I like the feeling of accomplishment. I also know that without goals I have a lot less direction. Out of desperation I came home and started making a list of everything I wanted to do. The list was getting rather lengthy. I kept reading over my goal list, realizing my list was going to be a lot of fun, filled with awesome and amazing things to do, they weren’t my real goals. I made myself write the “why” next to each item on that list. This little goal exercise was proving to become difficult for me in figuring out what I really wanted to get out of my 2016.

I still haven’t finalized my list, but have been keeping it as a work in progress. I did decide that I would start a few “mini goals.” Ones that could help me get a jump start on some of the larger goals I had identified for myself. I decided to challenge myself to 100 days of blogging. I have for years been trying to make myself blog. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t stick to it. As you can tell, my post before this one was from almost 6 months ago. I wrote down an entire list of why I would want to blog, what I am hoping to gain from it. I promised myself that for the next 100 days I would act as if I am already a blogger while I dive in head first to the blogging world.

I don’t exactly know what I will write about everyday, I did search blog topics on Pinterst just in case I need back up ideas. There is something about reflecting, writing and documenting that really opens up my creative mind. I’m excited to see what the next 100 days brings and helps reveal about myself.

So here we go…..

The Magic of Tidying Up – It really works!

I picked this book up on my way to Japan and absolutely loved several of the concepts Kondo recommends. At first I thought she was crazy! However, now I really am starting to learn that less is more.  While I was reading this book the first time around, I was living with just the things that I needed. I had just packed myself a carry on suitcase for a ten day trip in Japan. I am normally an over packer, but this time decided to only pack exactly what I needed.  I didn’t have a ton of stuff, I only had my favorite things, all of which made me happy. I didn’t have to spend time dealing with junk and could just enjoy being. It was an easy principal to grasp while on vacation far away from home, but once I got home I was determined to incorporate several of the recommendations.

It has taken me a few months, but I must say, I am impressed with myself and how much I have been able to let go of. I, of course thanked all my belongings for fulfilling a purpose before sending them off to a new life. I still have lots to go through, but I don’t remember the last time my closet and dresser drawers were so organized, clean and really just have the things I love.  Im excited to continue organizing and living with just the things that bring me joy.

What I have learned so far from incorporating Kondo’s advice..

  1. Being in a clean area with the things I love most is much more enjoyable than being in an area stuffed with things I no longer use.
  2. I would rather have 1 nicer item then a few cheaper items that I would buy at discount or clearance prices to try and fulfill a need or want.
  3. By only having the things you need, shopping is way more fun. I feel like I can purchase a new seasonal item on a whim because chances are, I need it. I gave away so much stuff that having a new seasonal item is almost a necessity. But, I also have found I use it a lot for a few weeks and then its fulfilled its purpose and ready for a new life with someone else.
  4. I feel like I actually spend less money overall. I don’t buy things just because. I only buy what I really love, need and want.
  5. The more I gave away, the easier it became. Learning to live with less is a continual progression.
  6. I have more time! This is my most favorite part. I didn’t realize how much time having junk around you sucked up. It really does take a lot longer to clean more stuff, find what you are looking for. Junk really does take up your energy in so many ways. I also feel like the messes created by that junk don’t create the same happy atmosphere, I really feel joy when I come home now and have clean spaces.
  7. Giving to others really does make me feel better. I really have given car loads of items to donation centers and it really does make me feel good knowing that others will have what they need.

Moral of the story is read this book. Borrow it from a library, buy a copy online or even find an audio version. You’ll thank me later!

 

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