we are ALL broke.

30 03 2011

Ok, so we aren’t all individually broke….. but as a collective unit, yep, we’re broke.

As I was perusing Facebook I came across an article posted up by my friend Angela, called Going Broke. The article does a fantastic job of putting the national debt in terms easily understood.

Check it out:

“Imagine that you had an average monthly income of about $170 balanced against average monthly expenses of about $940–and that you were more than $14,000 in debt.
Then imagine that as of today, you had only $58.60 in cash left in your bank account and $130.50 left on your line of credit.
Now multiply these numbers by 1 billion and you will have the up-to-date financial situation of the U.S. government.”

Whoa. I’ve heard all kinds of commentary on the national debt, but this one was easily understood and really hits home. I wish I knew more about how it all accumulated and when we really started piling it on.

I hate debt. It feels terrible. I can only imagine what it would feel like to be in charge of a country that is ridiculously in debt.
“Pay the debt thou hast contracted… release thyself from bondage.” (D&C 19:35)

I have no suggestions on how to fix our INSANE amount of debt, but we definitely need to get something worked out. One thing I know for sure is that Mitt Romney saved the SLC Winter Olympics from financial ruin. Maybe, just maybe, Romney could knock off a chunk of our debt…

? Suggestions for eradicating the national debt? (Haha – if it’s a good one, you should probably take it to the top)

milk before meat.

29 03 2011

I teach 2 breakdance classes:

The beginner class is filled with young kids. I think most of them are under 10-11. Don’t let their age fool you though, they know how to get down. A couple guys learned this the hard way tonight.

I had 2 teenage guys show up for the Beginner class tonight. They don’t have any experience in bboying. Their mom brought them in couple minute after class, but both boys were adamant they were too good for the kids class. Haha

Have a look at one of my five year-old students, Jewelz.

10 minutes after the 2 teens watched class through the window outside the door opened and the two teens suddenly felt like they might actually need to take the Beginner class after all.

This has happened several times over the past few years. I laugh because I know they NEED the beginner class. I know they are so wrong to assume they can skip the foundation. It’s funny to me because I know I’ve done this exact same thing multiple times in my own life.

In fact, I still do it. I tell Leah all the time I don’t need her help with the “easy” stuff. I’ll just figure it out. I’m always wrong. I need all the help I can get. But there is something about pride that always seems to trick us into thinking we are better than we really are.

We all need the foundation laid first, then we can advance.
“must receive milk because they cannot bear meat…” (D&C 19:22)

? Have you ever tried skipping ahead a few steps and then found out you were totally lost because you didn’t start at the beginning?

fhe: designer night.

28 03 2011

Tonight’s FHE?
Designing headers for our blogs!

Yes, we’re nerds. We both graduated from the Communications department. I’m a PR major. Leah did the Print Journalism design track. This means that she is a pro at all this design stuff. It works out great for me because she can help me out with all sorts of stuff and she’s got all these great ideas.

Check out the new header above…

The next step?
Buy a domain name. Get it hosted. And get serious about blogging 🙂

I’m so excited!

Oh and our little bunny Apple decided to try and help as well…

Fun FHE project!

Hhmm, we didn’t really do a spiritual thought tonight… Here’s one for all of us –
“We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest.” (Thomas S. Monson, Ensign May 2005)

? What’d you guys do for FHE tonight?

weekly goals.

27 03 2011

So, I know I haven’t posted up my goal page lately, so here’s the latest. I’ve been keeping up with the book each week, I just haven’t been posting it up.

The goals this week suffered because I was slammed with work. I spent most of the week working on the written and visual content for the new web site (which by the way launched this weekend – check it out, Blickenstaff’s) The design guys from Always Creative nailed it!

The week was also spent working on the latest edition to the Riverwoods: Blickenstaff’s Candy Junction.

It’s been one of the busiest weeks I have had in awhile. Usually the busiest times are filled with the most accomplishment. Even though the goals I laid out didn’t get done, I feel really good about everything else that got done.

The quote at the top of my weekly goals is from Aeschylus: “God ever works with those who work with will.”

“Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors” (Alma 36:25)
We can’t expect the fruit if we’re not willing to spend time pruning, digging, watering and taking care of the tree.

The only problem with super busy, super productive weeks is that they are also super-exhausting… So, now it’s time for a little Sunday nap! (by little, I mean a few hours!)

? Were you able to get everything done on your list of to-do’s this week?

powerful women.

26 03 2011

This morning was the first Utah Blogger Meetup organized by Sweet Life in the Valley and hosted by Blickenstaff’s. I’m ALL about social media. I knew Blickenstaff’s would benefit from getting as involved as possible in various online communities since the store opened last May.

The event was a big success. We had about 30 women show up. It was interesting to talk with them about the various topics they blog about and how they got their start. Some women were veterans of the blogosphere, starting their blog years ago, while others were relatively new to the game.

One thing linked each of these women.
Drive. Determination. An eye for success.
Some of these women have accrued thousands of followers.

Check out LoveStitched, Sweet Life in the Valley or Oh Sweet Basil.

I’m still relatively new to this community of women. I am continually meeting and making new blogging friends and with each new blog I follow I find out there is so much more to learn. I feel like I am playing catch up! (but I’m falling further behind).

When these women speak, people listen. Not just local women, or LDS women, or Utah women. Women worldwide follow these blogs. They learn from them, follow their lives and cash in on their great giveaways!

Word travels so quickly with our technology. If only they had been able to capitalize on blogs centuries ago – Mary could’ve just blogged about it…
“And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead…” (Matthew 28:7)
Just kidding. Some things are better done in person.

Meeting all of these wonderful ladies this morning has only fueled my desire to become better at this whole blogging thing!

? I’m curious to know what you like/don’t like about things right now. What would you like to see more of or less of? Suggestions, comments, criticisms, advice?


25 03 2011

TGIF on ABC was life changing as a kid.

Full House.
Family Matters.
Boy Meets World.
Step By Step.

That 2 hour block of programming was classic.

Name a show today that is done in the same style as one of these shows. The lessons we were meant to garner from them was presented so boldly it was impossible to miss.
Don’t drink.
Don’t do drugs.
Don’t steal.
Be kind.
Family is first.

“We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” (Article of Faith 13)

Where can I watch a show that shares those exact same lessons?
I’m not sure there is one.
But if you think of one I’d love to hear it.

So for now, as I sit here reminiscing about TGIF, I’ll turn to another show filled with different types of life lessons.

Not quite the lessons I learned from TGIF -but you can’t go wrong with: “never, ever, ever give up.” Thanks Michael.

? What was your favorite TGIF show?

more than just a loss.

24 03 2011

First off – thanks for all of the great exercise advice and thoughts! I loved hearing from you guys!

Today was just one of those days.
We all have them. You run from task to task only to look back at the end of the day and realize you are not even close to being done. I’m working on our store web site right now in one of the many tabs I have open. (I keep too many tabs open all at once according to my wife-haha)

BYU played their Sweet 16 game against Florida tonight.
Have you ever wanted a team to win so badly that you felt connected to the outcome? I don’t know if it was because of my long (somewhat rough) day or if it’s something else – but I felt more connected to this particular game than any game I’ve watched recently in any sport.

When BYU lost tonight, I actually felt like I lost.
Maybe I felt like I was lost.
I think I felt like a loser briefly.
I’m not sure.

I was crushed. And for about 20 minutes after the game I wallowed. Oh man. It was pretty pitiful, but it felt good.

I’m a strong believer in giving yourself some time to mope at certain times. It’s good. You set a time limit and let yourself get it all out and then you can move on. Now I’m here working on this web site and feeling pretty good about everything I have accomplished today. It’s been a productive day (even though I’m not close to being done). I’m feeling grateful.

” I am very thankful before God this day that I am yet alive…” (Mosiah 7:12)

I can’t wait for everyone to see this new web site, it’s incredible. Our design team dow in Texas just knocked it out of the park with this one. All I’m doing is writing all the content, taking and then uploading pictures and then managing the site. They did a fantastic job. It should go live tomorrow, so I’ll post a link….

I guess I should get back to work.

? Do you ever just let yourself mope for a bit?

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