Rescuing a lost dog can be looked at several ways

This morning I saw a dog in my back yard. My yard has one side that isn't fenced so I figured it would just wander back out, which it did. Awhile later I went outside to spray my grass for weeds and didn't see the dog so I thought her owner had brought her inside. While getting set up to spray the weeds my 10 year old son called to tell me he felt sick to his stomach and he needed to come home from school. Since we've been dealing with the stomach flu since Friday when my 12 year old daughter woke up sick and my husband and I spent an hour or so after midnight cleaning things up I thought I better get over there quick so I left to go get him. On the way back home the dog was running loose … [Read more...]

Trust in the Lord…

My faith is a major part of who I am. It strengthens me and has helped me through many trials. Nearly 17 years ago I was going through I very difficult divorce and questioning everything. At one point I was lying in bed praying and I heard in my mind the words to the scripture found in Proverbs chapter 3 verses 5 through 6: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. The words received in my mind weren't exactly as they are written in the scripture, but they were very close and extremely meaningful to me. They impacted me so strongly that I got out of bed and wrote them down and stuck … [Read more...]

Release Perfectionism to Restore Your Peace

I've had so many ideas lately that I wanted to blog about, but I kept getting caught up in my own perfectionism. I thought, "Oh, that's a great idea! I'll have to remember it. I don't have time to write about it now because I don’t have the time to perfect it." I can't tell you how many ideas I let bounce around in my head because of that confining perfectionism. I realized that allowing myself to be human and release those definitive thoughts is something not only I need to do, but may help many others as well. So I decided to just jump right in and start blogging about liberating ourselves from perfectionism and even if I run out of time I'm going to publish this as it is. It's amazing … [Read more...]

Cares melt when you kneel in your garden

There is something about getting down on my knees and digging in the dirt that rejuvenates me. The rich smell of moist soil and sight of green stems stretching heavenward fills my soul with delight. Doing something you love significantly reduces stress which should increase your lifespan. So I guess getting dirty will help you live longer. I went to a gardening workshop this morning for a couple hours. Clarence Whetton, a master gardener spoke about starting a vegetable garden in an empty spot in your yard. He works for Thanksgiving Point Gardens and the Utah State University Extension Service. He gave a really informative presentation, and I was excited to find out that he teaches other … [Read more...]


Welcome to! My hope is that this site will be a resource of self care ideas for anyone who needs to reduce stress and learn to enjoy life again. I've found that when I take time for myself I am happier and ready to follow through with my daily responsibilities. You might be wondering what self care even means. It is different for everyone, but basically self care is spending time doing something that uplifts and refreshes you. You may sit and read a book, take a bubble bath, get a pedicure or massage or do any number of other things that bring you joy. Far too often we tell ourselves, "I'll take time for myself later" or "I just don't have the time right now" and this … [Read more...]