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?

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happy 1 year anniversary.

6 03 2011

1 year ago I sat at home (my parents home) trying to figure out what to do with my life.

I was clueless.
I was a college graduate with no job and an increasing load of debt.

Luckily, I was asked to teach early morning seminary as well as the Gospel Principles class. I began to remember how much I loved studying the Gospel as a missionary.

I remember how good I felt and how my life seemed to have more focus and purpose as I studied harder.

I had lost that.

There are many of us who can do great in the short run.
I can do the spiritual sprint with the best of them.
Hometeaching for a few months.
Reading the scriptures daily for a few months.
Paying attention in church for a few months.
Saying my prayers nightly for a few months.

The trick is to learn to balance your life so that you can become a spiritual marathon runner.

Our time here is not a sprint.
It’s a marathon and we need to treat it as such.
“I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved.” (2 Nephi 31:16)

As I thought about how far I had drifted from the individual I had become as a missionary I quickly became frustrated and decided it was time for a change.

One year ago I set a goal to liken the my life to the scriptures each day.
I started a blog and began writing.

I didn’t accomplish my goal.
Out of 365 days, I have only written 340 posts.
25 days off from accomplishing my goal.

But this experience has been a HUGE blessing in my life.
Sometimes the relationship between an activity of the day and the scriptures was a stretch, but it still helped me to at least look for a connection.

I’ve decided to try again this year.
I’ve got 365 days ahead of me to try and find connections between my life and the scriptures.

I would love to hear how you liken the scriptures to your life or stories you have along the way. I sincerely appreciate the comments and feedback I have received this past year. I am always open to criticism and welcome the opportunity to be better, so let the comments keep coming!

This past year was filled with changes and growth.
I’m excited to see even bigger changes and more growth this coming year!

? How can I make this blog better?





mormon mommy blogs.

5 02 2011

For those of you who don’t know I do 1-2 posts each month for Mormon Mommy Blogs.

Haven’t heard of it?

Here’s a little excerpt from the About Us section:

Here at Mormon Mommy Blogs, we are dedicated to bringing you the best of the LDS blogging community on a daily basis. Originally functioning only as a blog aggregate, MMB has blossomed into the amazing community you see today.

Mormon Mommy Blogs is not just for the Mormon woman. It is a gathering place for people with similar values, who can count on each other to share, support, and engage. We invite you to participate in our community forums, and to get to know the rest of the MMB family.

I have been following it for awhile and I just love it.
They have done a wonderful job of creating a community of both LDS/non LDS individuals with high values and great insights.

This morning I had the opportunity to meet the CEO, Elisa Scharton. I also had the chance to meet Veronica, the founder and owner of Local Community Hot Spots (a sister site to Mormon Mommy Blogs).

I invited them down to come and do a review of the store!

Wow!
They are such wonderful ladies!
It was such a pleasure to meet them – they are incredibly successful bloggers and it was great to ask them questions and get some insight into how they have become so accomplished.

I love when I meet successful people who are willing to share their knowledge.
They are successful in a realm I would like to become more proficient in and they had some great suggestions and were more than willing to answer any questions I had or will have.

“And Alma tarried many days with Amulek before he began to preach unto the people.” (Alma 8:27)

I’m gonna explain this one – my Mission President said this is a scripture he spent hours pondering. During the time Alma stayed with Amulek he shared enough with him that Amulek was able to preach the word to the people. What did he teach him? How was he able to basically create a prophet out of Amulek during that time? It’s a wonderful scripture!

In case you haven’t been to either of their sites, you should check them out!

? Have you ever had someone take the time to help you improve your skill in a subject?





and then I hit the wall.

27 12 2010

All of you avid runners will appreciate the following comparison.
Marathon runners often talk about hitting “the wall“.

The wall is that point in the race (a little different for every runner) where your body and mind almost shut down. In fact many runners claim that this is no metaphorical wall, but instead a very real and quite painful literal wall. A wall that often spells doom for the runner with miles left to go.

I hit the wall last week. (a blogging wall)
I was so overwhelmed with everything going on at work/home/dance/church that I basically shut down.

I basically looked at the computer one night and said, I don’t want to touch you.
I’m burnt out.
I’m spent.
Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

After a little r&r here at the homestead for Christmas, I’m feeling much better.
In fact I’m overflowing with things I want to write about.

But I won’t make the classic runners error and push the pace too fast, too soon.

2011 is around the corner. No doubt you’ve already begun laying out goals for the coming year.

? HOW are you going to avoid the wall and make sure you accomplish what you set out to do?

*On a sidenote, I’m a ridiculously proud uncle. I cannot put the baby down. Originally I thought that because she is so young she would be no fun to play with. WRONG! I can’t get enough of this baby!
“little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin…” (Moroni 8:8)






fresh sales approach.

28 08 2010

We have some incredible toys in the store right now; Ezy-Rollers, plasma cars, Hexbugs, Magformers, etc. etc…

BUT – like any strictly brick and mortar operation, the toys are good as long as you get bodies moving through the store.

You can’t sell a toy to someone who isn’t in your store, right? (ok, well you can if you’re also an online store – which we aren’t… just yet)

Today I packed up half a dozen Ezy-Rollers and plasma cars and drove out to Eagle Mountain (a relatively affluent area). The purpose of the trip was to film some short video segments for our upcoming Blickenstaff’s blog (don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it’s up). The blog is going to feature a Toy of the Week! Each toy will have a short write-up as well as a video and some kind of special deal on it.

We recently hired a guy who is a film major at BYU and he was excited to be able to film some stuff for us – so we went up to Eagle Mountain to meet up with some of his nieces and nephews (and the entire neighborhood) to do some filming.

As soon as a few kids started riding around we had ALL kinds of kids coming out of the woodwork looking to have a ride. I’m not sure how they heard about it or if they just saw us and came wandering over. It was incredible. Parents were coming out and asking us questions about price and how and where to buy one.

The filming went great because we had a lot of happy kids riding around.

But I left the film session focused entirely on the possibilities of neighborhood riding promotions.
Imagine a toy store rolls into your neighborhood and just lets your kids play with a bunch of different toys. You see the toy in action and see which toy your kid actually likes so there is no more guess work in your gift buying.

The toy store is AMAZING in practically every way possible. But if there is another avenue we could pursue to get the job done – then it needs to be pursued.

Some of the prophets have faced serious obstacles in getting the message across to the people they were teaching. Abinadi was kicked out and the only back in was:

“…Abinadi came among them in disguise…” (Mosiah 12:1)

Sometimes the best sales approach is one disguised as something completely different.

? What would you think if a toy store showed up in your neighborhood for a toy day?








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