Updated: Feb 17
I have a passion for collecting things that help me feel happy, inspired, hopeful, confident, motivated, and encouraged.
It begins with your thoughts.
We have all been given 168 hours every week to decide what we will think about.
To help me keep the kind of thoughts in my mind that I want to be there, I try to document what I love. Here is a collection that keeps growing daily.
When I have a free moment I immediately go to my collection.
It feeds my soul.
I am actively looking for anything that is uplifting or edifying.
It may be in the form of movies, photos, books, people, places, objects, paintings, etc.
Rather than drama or contention I look for people, places and things that bring me peace, contentment, comfort, calm, rest, and hope to my soul.
2020 has been an incredible year for learning, soul-stretching and personal growth. It has helped me remember things I already knew but may have partially forgot, like how God knows more than any human being on this planet. How I want to hear what HE thinks first and act on inspiration that I receive from HIM. I get to know Him much better by reading, studying and actually applying His principles. I have ample opportunities to test them out and see just how true they are. It has been one of the great blessings of 2020. I have felt His love and know that He is real and keenly aware of my needs and circumstances and is ready to bless me IMMEDIATELY as I exercise faith in Him! I know He wants to be able to do that with each person if they want His help. He is just waiting for us to ask.
What is on your mind?
Pick anything from my list and also bring whatever is troubling you.
You'll start to see your own problems in a new light.
Pay attention to impressions and new thoughts.
Write them down so you don't forget them.
Have the courage to act on them.
More inspiration comes when God sees you act on the inspiration He gives to you.
During a interesting year like 2020, we receive countless opportunities to practice valuable character traits that can only be developed in adversity and hardship. Things like virtue, patience, forgiveness, flexibility, purity, adaptability, love, honesty, kindness, generosity, faith, trust, tenacity, etc. It'll stretch us in ways we have never been stretched before.
Using my talents and passions to help lift another person is one big way I stay happy. Whatever someone needs is generally something I need as well. I find great satisfaction in brightening someone's day. I hope I can bring more light and peace into your life as well.
Life was never meant to be lived in fear, doubt, despair, darkness, or hopelessness. No one has a goal to be a lost soul. Living in faith should be something we embrace. Faith in God, believing and trusting that He loves us, His children, and will gently navigate us through this life and back home to Him if we will invite Him in. It's much easier than you may expect. I've been on this path for a long time and He hasn't let me down yet!
How I describe 2020 in one word: UNFOLD.
Everything will unfold slowly before our eyes if we have eyes to see.
The secret is to "stay the course" and "be patient" in God's timing and know that answers will come.
Discovering beauty all around me whether in nature or in people is something I look for each day.
My thoughts are focused on what I am grateful for. I try to remember to express gratitude to God for everything. That simple act often inspires me to be more grateful for others and for my Savior, Jesus Christ.
In your kitchen is a plate of delicious, freshly-baked brownies.
You walk past them several times a day, breaking off a piece each time.
You continue to nibble on and enjoy them throughout the day.
Brownies represent uplifting thoughts, words, photos and music that are a feast to your soul all day long!
James Allen - As A Man Thinketh
James Allen was born in Leicester, England, in 1864. After the unexpected death of his father, he left school at age fifteen in order to help support his family. For the next twenty-three years, Allen worked, read, and observed the world around him. At age thirty-eight, he wrote From Poverty to Power, one of his first motivational books. His next book, As a Man Thinketh, established his reputation as an inspirational writer. Although his writing career lasted only ten years, until his death in 1912, Allen produced twenty titles, which continue to motivate and inspire people over 100 years later!
SOUL - Disney Pixar (released December 25, 2020)
UP - Disney Pixar
Andy Griffith Show - I really love this show because of the timeless content. Whoever wrote this show wrote material that is relatable and human many years into the future.
Mat & Savanah Shaw
Claire & David Crosby
Steven Sharp Nelson
Listen to all of his music!
Listen to all of Nashville Tribute Band music
A Great Work - Female version
On Youtube or Amazon easily find my favorite friends:
S Michael Wilcox
Our Turtle House - Fireside w/ Hilary Weeks, Tyler Griffin, Stephen Jones
Our Turtle House - monthly $9.95/monthly subscription. 7-day free trial.
Peace in Christ
I Will Go and Do, David Archuleta
Matt Townsend, relationship counselor
JustServe.org - service projects
Meet the Mormon Videos (Mormon is a nickname of our church. Actual name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
Book of Mormon Central - Come Follow Me
Unshaken - Come Follow Me
Teaching with Power - Ben Wilcox - audio - Podcasts - Come Follow Me
Teaching with Power, Ben Wilcox - Video - Come Follow Me
Church of Jesus Christ - official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints