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Living the Dream
Live and Thrive brings people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life to the healing power of outdoor adventure and recreation.
Enjoy fresh air, fun, and physical achievement in a supportive, safe atmosphere.
Learn about, plan, and participate in activities that broaden your appreciation for the world around you.
Increase gratitude and inner peace through nature's majesty, personal achievement and service to others.
People are the adventure! Did you know that relationships are created and strengthened more naturally in an outdoor setting than anywhere else? Even romance and love come more easily in the great outdoors.
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Sheryl's Favorite Quotes & Thoughts
Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better Albert Einstein
Great things are done when men and mountains meet. William Blake
I love organizing and hosting adventure trips because of what I learn from those who attend, and the relationships that are created or strengthened. Sheryl McGlochlin
Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just ordinary people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise...Life is like an old-time rail journey- delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride. Jenkins Lloyd Jones
Our Live and Thrive team work hard to offer clients companionship and friendship while being active outdoors. We have a common goal: to be active outdoors in a variety of fun ways. The winning combination mixes adventurous, kind, respectful, caring people who are all eager to get outside and play! Sheryl McGlochlin
Don’t you quit. You keep walking, you keep trying, there is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, some don’t come until heaven, but for those who embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ they come. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come. Jeffrey R Holland
Let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving, and charitable. And as we do so, we will be in a better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult journey back to our heavenly home. Thomas S Monson April 2017
I love helping people avoid or reduce hospital stays. While having 12 inches of my colon removed due to colon cancer in 2013 I was expected to recover in the hospital for 3 days but after only 2 days I was released, I believe partly due to my weekly hiking habits which helped my body heal faster. Not only did I save a serious amount of money from my early release but I was back on the mountain hiking (slowly) again in just 2 weeks after major surgery! The human body wants to move. It knows how to help heal itself if we take care of it! Sheryl McGlochlin
A short hike is better than no hike. A slow hike is better than no hike. Experience for yourself the powerful, healing effects outdoor recreation has on your heart and mind, even if it's only a few minutes each day. Sheryl McGlochlin
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. Mother Teresa
I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder. J. Richard Lessor
I believe a truly happy, healthy, wealthy person is someone who cares more about the needs of others than themselves. I know we need money to survive but if we 1) care more about relationships 2) appreciate the simple beauty that surrounds us each day and 3) are grateful for the simple kindness of others, we will be happy and wealthy beyond measure! By focusing on these 3 things each day, we eliminate 4 deadly habits that try to creep into our lives: criticizing, complaining, condemning, and comparing. Sheryl McGlochlin
This year mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again. Howard W Hunter, The Gifts of Christmas, 1994
I have wept in the night for the shortness of sight that to somebody’s need made me blind; But I never have yet felt a tinge of regret for being a little too kind. Anonymous, quoted in Richard L. Evans, "The Quality of Kindness"
Be kind, for every man you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato
It's the direction you are moving, not the speed in which you are going. Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast.
That morning, we woke up early and got into the car with a little anxiety,” Traci Zimmerman said. “That was our first hike without Zac, and his absence was felt. Starting the hike was hard but empowering, because I saw my children smile and heard them laugh. I knew that as we hiked on and continued to accomplish goals that we set as a family we would find strength and healing. Family finds healing after father's death by hiking 100 miles, Arianne Brown, Deseret News
It’s remarkable how much we can learn about life by studying nature. For example, scientists can look at the rings of trees and make educated guesses about climate and growing conditions hundreds and even thousands of years ago. One of the things we learn from studying the growth of trees is that during seasons when conditions are ideal, trees grow at a normal rate. However, during seasons when growing conditions are not ideal, trees slow down their growth and devote their energy to the basic elements necessary for survival. Of things that matter most, Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends and pour out peace. Ezra Taft Benson
When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too. Florence Williams, "This is Your Brain on Nature"
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dilliard, The Writing Life, 32
If you look for ways to spend some moments, however small, in nature, it will help make your life a little richer, a little better, a little more beautiful. Music and the Spoken Word, Moments in Nature
As one researcher wrote, “I think we can say pretty certainly that having a little bit of awe every day in your life would make you happier, kinder, and more compassionate.” Florence Williams, “To Fight the Winter Blues, Try a Dose of Nature”
All it takes, in most cases, is a brief infusion of beauty, a moment of awe that can help sustain us throughout the day. Music and the Spoken Word, Moments in Nature
Going on a short walk, looking out a window, pausing to look at a beautiful sunset, smelling a flower—nature can lift our spirits. Music and the Spoken Word, Moments in Nature, Sunday, July 9, 2017
The natural world can help us understand and even feel a little better about our place in the universe. Music and the Spoken Word, Moments in Nature, Sunday, July 9, 2017
So much about nature invites us to contemplate life's meaning and purposes—looking at a horizon gives us a sense of the vastness and grandeur of this earth; walking in a garden or among trees helps us see life's continual process of change and growth; and watching the ebb and flow of an ocean tide suggests a rhythmic pattern of highs and lows, always changing but always reliable. Music and the Spoken Word, Moments in Nature, Sunday, July 9, 2017
The more time we spend in nature, the better we do on just about every measure of wellness you can imagine: vitality, happiness, creativity, focus, even kindness and compassion. Music and the Spoken Word, Moments in Nature, Sunday, July 9, 2017
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Testimonials from our Live and Thrive family
I went on the Stewart Falls hike. It was so awesome! I went with my friends that go on your hikes every Saturday morning. Thank you so much for what you do! I sincerely appreciate it and will be joining more hikes one hope to go on one or more of your international trips! Thank you again! You're awesome! Rhonda, Salt Lake City
I just wanted to send you a compliment. Your website is very deep and sincere. As a psychologist and a fitness instructor, I appreciate your message as well as the benefits you are promoting. I am constantly amazed by the mental and spiritual benefits of fitness, especially hiking. The physical (and physiological) benefits of movement and effort (especially in the outdoors) are obvious to all who engage in them. So many people are trapped (and depressed) simply because they refuse to put forth any considerable effort. As a Salt Lake City native, I truly appreciate your efforts as well as your cause. Keep up the good work! Paul, Salt Lake City, Utah
I enjoy so much doing the Saturday hikes with your group. Everyone's so warm and welcoming! Sunil, Salt Lake City
You have an amazing group and I'm grateful to be a part of it. Chelsea
My first "date" with my husband Shawn was a trip with you at Lake Powell in 2012! I fell off a stand-up paddle board and as they say, the rest is history! Myra, CA
I wanted to thank you for the years of snowshoeing you gave me. It just really meant a lot to me. Shea, Salt Lake City, Utah
Thanks for everything Sheryl, everything you do and following your passion. You are a great example of love. Thank you. Michelle, Salt Lake City, Utah
enjoyed the hike in Alta today. I'm in between Chemo rounds and it was great therapy. Hope to see you more as my treatment schedule allows. You are passionate about what you do and it shows and is appreciated. MIke
Just wanted to send you a letter of thanks. I appreciate your group and enjoy hiking together. May God bless your day, your business and your life. You are a blessing to me. David S., Salt Lake City
I wanted you to know that I feel so peaceful when I am driving home from a Saturday morning hike - and it lasts all day and probably through the rest of the week. Thanks for the group and your dedication!! Nanc P, Salt Lake City
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