I literally skipped out of the ultra sound radiology room after I was told that the lump was benign and that I will be fine.

My sister was waiting for me in the waiting room and I lit up jumping up and down, “Best day ever. I am going to be fine!!” Another woman sat in the room & smiled, “it is a good day,” she replied.

I was a flutter of good energy, so grateful to be alive, to not have cancer running through my body, to FINALLY KNOW that this bubble gum sized ball in my breast was nothing!! It was a morning of unknowns & then you look at the mammogram and see a dark, black mass & wonder if that is a good or bad thing. You have no idea until you hear the final verdict.

I cannot even imagine. I looked at the ultra sound tech and grabbed her and gave her a big hug. My emotions got me & I said to her, “I bet you have seen many different outcomes.”  She responded, “My mom had cancer, so days like today are good ones. I feel like I am helping people & this is a great outcome.”

My sister and I hugged each other as we left the nurse’s station and I began balling with happy tears as we walked out the doors. It was like a flood of emotion ran through me and relief swelled up inside my heart. I grabbed my sister so tight and told her, “I was so scared. I am so grateful. You have no idea.” We both cried and then cheered with joy. It was literally one of the happiest moments of my life. I just kept feeling so much gratitude in my heart. I know people walk out of their daily being told to go see an oncologist and I was a truly blessed person to walk out of there feeling relief, joy, gratitude. It was humbling.

I got home & my daughter was waiting in the doorway. I ran up to her and grabbed her so tight and told her everything was good and I was going to be okay. I started crying happy tears again. I expressed to her how blessed and lucky we are that I was healthy and that it was benign. We hugged the biggest hug ever. Relief filled both of our hearts.

It is a pretty delicate thing to look at a huge fear and know you have no control.

The day before I went to the hospital (Tuesday of this week)–my last post, I went on a long walk alone and just cried and cried. The what if’s were strong, but I looked at the mountain range in front of me & I said, “God. You can create incredible mountain peaks. Surely, you could remove or take away a small pebble sized fear in my breast.” I kept thinking that and crying. I kept looking at the immense mountains around me and had to have a greater faith that things would be okay.

I got to the end of my walking path & walked close to a small river. I looked down and noticed a black rock that had tons of small lines all over it. At our house we call black rocks with white lines, “Spirit or wish rocks.” Most spirit rocks just have a single, white line, but this rock had multiple lines in every direction. I picked it up, looked at it and said, “You have many wishes you hold. You are what I need to hold on to & have faith in many good wishes.”  I took that rock home & I also carried it with me to the hospital.

FAITH truly is in small details. I now feel the lump in my breast and know that it will be a reminder to me to have faith that things will be okay and that I am blessed.

GRATEFUL and BLESSED will never be enough expression of the relief, the gift, the shift that has taken place in knowing what a different journey I could have been on today.

THANK YOU is all I can even begin to say.


God bless. give thanks. be grateful in all things. Thank you. xoxo

Life Lessons

The following are daily “life lessons” I have been sharing with my daughter & her friends on the way to school. It’s a great way to begin the day. Enjoy!!

owens-cf8c80bfa130bdfb81669184f301423f127cc53f-s300-c85THE RACE: Talked about the Jesse Owens story: The film, ‘The Race’ has been out for awhile, but it is a great story of determination, living by your own morals, finding your purpose & letting it guide your life. Jesse came from nothing, but was a hero to many because of the segregated world he lived in, but was able to over come through his skill and drive through sport.  A couple of the life lessons: there is always good if you take the time to look for it. His coach did not care about race, he cared about pushing yourself to your best. In the Olympics Jesse became good friends with one of Germany’s best athletes, Luz Long & the two prevailed against the discriminations of the world by embracing one another & walking the track arm in arm as true brothers.    “It took a lot of courage for him to befriend my in front of Hitler,” Owens said. “You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the 24-karat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment. Hitler must have gone crazy watching us embrace. The sad part of the story is I never saw Long again. He was killed in World War II.”  [Hitler had him sent to the front line]




SAY THANK YOU: Be grateful for your parents & tell them Thank you for all they do to take care of you. I think everyone takes things for granted, but when you are a teen it is especially easy to take for granted one of the greatest gifts–parents. One of the girls in our car has a mom who works at 3am in a donut shop and then does hair, while raising 4 kids. The other girl is one of six kids whose mom just had two babies under the age of 1.5. These moms world are a whirl-wind of directions, so a simple Thank you means a lot.

We all have people in our own lives we take for granted, so it is a good reminder to say THANK YOU for those we love and all they do each day for us.



your-attitude-determines-your-direction-quote-1IT’S A MATTER OF ATTITUDE  by: Unknown

Read this, and let it really sink in… Then, choose how you start your day tomorrow…

Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say.

When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!” He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant.

The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?” Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.

I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested. “Yes, it is,” Jerry said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.”

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gun point by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him.

Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?” I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,” Jerry replied. “Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked. Jerry continued, “…the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man.’ I knew I needed to take action.” “ What did you do?” I asked. “Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.’”

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.



FOCUS on What’s RIGHT!

ImageI recently heard a great podcast by a woman named Pam Grout. She is a travel writer and author of “E-Squared: Nine Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that prove your thoughts create your reality.”  It was a great interview and I wanted to share some of the highlights.

She shared some of her personal tips for getting things right:

ImageShe said a big one is to FOCUS on what’s RIGHT, instead of what’s WRONG.  I don’t know about you, but I have to catch myself sometimes from asking my daughter or husband, “What’s wrong.” Just the other morning, my daughter was looking a little down & just as I was about to ask [the dreaded questions] I caught myself and instead said, “What’s right!” My daughter gave me a strange look, but I smiled and focused on being positive—shining a light to something good, instead of opening a door to something harder, darker. 

ImageShe said every morning she wakes up and says “Something Amazingly Awesome is going to happen today.” I LOVE that!! Everyone can nay say or question good intentions, affirmations, etc. BUT I would rather have them on my side & use them. I can attest just waking up the last couple of days and saying this to myself—I feel better. Try it!!


She said she has a posse of friends that she sends out NEW blessings every day. She said gratitude is always a good thing, but “scouting” out something NEW every day is harder than you think. It makes you truly become more aware. 

ImageShe said, Our minds and our thoughts are the ONE thing that we always have control over.  Take a minute and think about that! No one can take away your thoughts and how you choose to use them. You can choose to be a winner or a whiner. You can think you are beautiful or tell yourself you aren’t, no matter what–you are the one who controls what comes in and out of your thoughts. Choose wisely.

ImageShe suggested looking at problems as a trampoline or jumping point to newer thoughts or ideas. This could be something you need to work on at a different personal level.

ImageShe said, Say Thank you in hopes that you create the desired intention. She said, like when someone gives you a cookie, you say thank you before you have even enjoyed it. Say Thank you for things you would like to come your way. [the power of intentions]

She said, if we just continually want—we get stuck in ‘wanting’ BUT when we create intentions, things are on there way.


Hope these thoughts and ideas help you focus on good things—things that spring you to What’s RIGHT!!


Thank you. THANK YOU. Merci. Grazie!


Thank you for the Liebster Award


I cannot thank Alex at Valourborn enough for her nomination for the Liebster Blog Award. I am honored by her sweet gesture and appreciate the beautiful gift. Thank you. With this award you need to follow a few rules–you are asked to answer specific questions about yourself and answer questions from the nominee, and then nominate other blogs you feel deserve to be noticed, so here it goes…

Here are 11 facts about me:

1. I am the oldest of six children—I think this is why I only have 1 child. I think I secretly wanted to be an only child.

2. I love nature and everything she offers. I go on a nature walk almost every day and feed the birds. My husband thinks I may be related to Snow White.

3. I love being creative & have about 15 different projects going on at one time—books, multimedia, movies, my blog, photography…Love it!!

4. I love my little family. I have a great husband who I have been married to for almost 20 years—we are truly best friends & soul mates. We have a daughter named Kate Lauren-Sky who is ten. I love being her mom. I enjoy trying to make life magical for our little daughter. I enjoy seeing the world through her eyes–the imagination, the wonder, the creativity, the enjoyment of learning, seeing and doing new things, the possibilities.

5. I love learning. I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts and being inspired by the many amazing people in this world. There is always so much to learn.

6. I think I could be a gypsy. My little family has moved 14 times in 19 years–throughout the Western United States. It became fun to move around so much, new places, new faces, the challenge of finding the beauty anywhere you landed. It became a little harder once we had our daughter because she has family here at home & it is hard thinking of taking her away from cousins and grandparents.

7. I love to read—Self-Help books– probably because I enjoy trying to understand others and my self a little better.

8. I have trained to be a Life Coach and Retreat Coach, which both trainings were some of the hardest personal experiences. BUT, during those experiences I learned so much about myself and gained a more deeply spiritually side of myself. It is true—through tough times comes great strength.

9. I don’t mind being alone. I enjoy the quiet.

10. Craziest life experiences—crop duster plane crashed in front of my car & I was the first person on the scene to get the pilot out. Scary!    Most embarrassing moment—being locked out of my apartment in nothing but a towel & having to go door to door trying to borrow someones phone.

11. I LOVE LIFE!! The people, the moments, the learning, the beauty, the struggles, the changes, the possibilities all around us. Everyone is here for a purpose & we are all learning from one another. That is a truly beautiful thing.

Now, Alex then asked me some of her own personal questions that I need to answer, so here you are…

1. A word that makes you laugh?  Zipadeedoodah. This word always makes me smile.

2. Favorite color & object of that color? I always love blue & green because they remind me of the sky and of Spring green grass.

3. Have any pets? Yes. We have an adorable dog named Buddy. We got him at the pound (Humane Society) & he is either a white bichon or a maltese poodle. He is the best!! We also have an African Fat tail gecko (that is my daughter’s) and her name is CeCe. Love animals.

4. If you could be a bird of any kind, what would it be? A dove. They are beautiful, coo, can fly very fast and are a great symbol of peace.

5. Do you collect anything? I collect items from where we live or our travels—mostly things from nature like rocks, smooth sticks, sea shells, feathers, etc.

6. Have a catchphrase? I usually say Ciao. Ciao. Love. Love. When I say goodbye to anyone.

7. Favorite type of hat? I love all kinds of hats.

8. If you could learn another language overnight, what would it be? French

9. Ever had a pen pal? Alex

10. An instrument that you can/would want to play? I have always wanted to learn the harp, but they are very big & hard to move around.

11. Where’s the tallest place you’ve ever been? Hiked a mtn near my home called Mt. Timpanogos which has an elevation of 11,749 feet.  It was beautiful.

And finally my nominees and a short blurb about their blog…

I have loved hearing from other bloggers when they have liked a post I have written or something I posted. I always enjoy going and seeing what they are up to, so here are some of my favorites that I have enjoyed reading, seeing their creativity and admiring their work. Great job!! Good luck in all you do. You deserve greatness!! Cheers to you & your blog!!

CraftedinCarhartt  they are the epitome of creativity. Different artists display their art. Love the images and ideas.

Urbanwallart  “Emotion on Canvas” this is a talented artist who is making their way in the world. Best wishes! making people Happy. They have fun ideas and are finding great ways to spread the happiness.

Jamesfielden   “Thoughts of Light, Love and Being” James has a variety of talents and gift. He has written a book & on his site make sure to check out his ‘Music & Photography’ it is all very beautiful.   Food for thought on living a simpler, more frugal life.

Beyondusinc   “Reaching Beyond to Help Others”   Check out their examples of activities they are striving to do. I love people who are stepping out and trying to make a difference in some way. You go!! They are doing some great work!! Keep it up. Thanks.

My Questions for you—my nominees:

1. What inspires you the most?

2. Your favorite place to hide or vacation?

3. What time of day do you feel the most creative?

4. A favorite book you have read?

5. Do you have a good luck charm? What is it?

6. Do you have a favorite quote? Would love to hear it.

7. What is your favorite meal and why?

8. Who have you learned the most from in your life? (special mentor, teacher, parent, etc)

9. Greatest life lesson learned?

10. A celebrity you most admire and why.

11. A favorite song that inspires you.

There are lots of great blogs out there–keep the spirit of doing a little more each day, each week and know you are making a difference in the lives of others.  Thanks for taking the time to post—it is a gift to all.

Thank you again Alex. It means so much to be appreciated.

Bless you all in your journey.  -Heather