Loving and Learning Lately {11}

Welcome to Round 11 of this little series I started of all the things in life I’m loving and learning lately! Here you’ll find everything from the books I’m currently reading to the products I’m loving to the shows I’m watching (which, spoiler alert–won’t be very many or very exciting, since I’m not a huge …

Physical Therapy, A New Church Calling, + House Projects {January in a Sentence a Day}

If you’re new around these parts, this monthly series is an exercise in brevity as I try (but not very hard) to summarize each day of our month in one sentence. (Also, I’ve been taking a picture of my daughter–and now my son, too–every day since they were born, and this is a GREAT place …

Why I’ll Probably Never Have a Sugar-Free Month Again {+ Recipe for PB Cookies Made with Honey}

You expect that most posts where someone has just come off of some kind of sugar detox would be filled with enthusiastic epiphanies all about how the month started bad and then miraculously fixed everything wrong with the person’s gut, skin, and emotional health in general, which would then be rounded off with a dramatic …

Kickin’ Off 2019 With Some Major Wins {January Goals Recap + February Goals}

January always seems to be about three times as long as any other month (not in a good way), but at least this year, we got some wins under our belt during that eterna-month! Sticking with tradition, we got sick right after the holidays (no surprise there), which extended into the first part of the …

Some Reflections on Serving an 18-Month Mission in a Foreign Country

Ten years ago yesterday, I wheeled my two suitcases into the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, said goodbye to my family for a year and a half, and began what will surely remain forever as one of the greatest adventures of my life–the chance I had to serve a religious mission for 18 months …

Negotiating Like a Ninja + “That’s Depressing as Frome” {Self-Assigned Reading, Winter Term}

If you’ve been following any of my posts recently, you might already know that this is the term of self-assigned reading that very nearly did not happen. Like, at all. In fact, there were several points throughout the last month when I was seriously tempted to just call quits on the whole thing (this “whole …

Why Tracking My Net Worth Has Been a Game-Changer (& Why I Think Everyone Should Do It)

If you would have asked me what associations I had with the idea of tracking my net worth a few years ago, I might have told you that it conjured up images of Prince John in the Disney movie Robin Hood–in other words, someone who greedily counted every coin and dollar and was constantly thinking …