UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: September 2015

A Place of Peace

The first few days of this week were extremely stressful. If you're just tuning in I should back up. On June 16th I became the Interim Executive Director for the Lacey South Sound Chamber and on August 27th I was offered the permanent position as Executive Director. So it is safe the say the past three months have been pretty intense, an extremely steep learning curve. But for whatever reason the first few days of this week were long, busy and exhausting. 

Tuesday night I was able to take the time to go to the Seattle Temple. For those not of my faith the Temple is a place we go and serve. Not just everyone can enter, you must live your life at a higher standard in order to enter and partake of the blessings available there. It is in fact a House of the Lord. I went knowing I had to be up early the next morning for a Board meeting but I went anyway. Best decision I could have made. While there for two hours I was washed over by peace and joy. Even though I got less sleep then I needed that night and I had six hours of meetings the next day I felt rejuvenated in a way that no bit of caffeine, exercise or pep talk could have done for me. 

I don't know how through words to explain to you what I feel when I'm in the Temple. I'm not sure how to express that my stress and worries always leave me when I walk through the doors. Or how I feel more fulfilled inside those walls then anywhere else in the world. Did I mention that when I'm there I feel that what I'm doing and participating in is more important then anything else I could be doing. I feel closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ then anywhere else on the earth, and I feel like I'm home. 

"Temple. One other word is equal in importance to a Latter-day Saint. Home. Put the words holy temple and home together, and you have described the house of the Lord!"
- Boyd K. Packer

Seattle LDS Temple

I don't know who actually reads my blog, but if you're of the LDS faith and you are not a worthy recommend holder I invite you to become worthy. There is a peace and stillness that you cannot find anywhere else, and don't even get me started on the blessings you'll receive. For those of you not of the LDS faith ask me about Temples.

"Within the sound of my voice are many young women, young men, and children. I plead with you to be worthy, to be steadfast, and to look forward with great anticipation to the day you will receive the ordinances and blessings of the temple."

"Within the sound of my voice are individuals who have received the ordinances of the temple and for various reasons have not returned to the house of the Lord in quite some time. Please repent, prepare, and do whatever needs to be done so you can again worship in the temple and more fully remember and honor your sacred covenants."
- Elder David A. Bednar

I am not an elequent writer, I probably make grammatical mistakes, but I hope I am clear when I say I love the Temple. This place has change my life, and I'd love for it to change yours. 

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No Laboring Occurred

Yes, yes I know I'm a little late on posting the Labor Day Weekend festivities but I'd be letting you all down if I actually posted something on time. To say the weekend was great would be an understatement. Blake came up to spend the weekend with my family in Portland. Three and a half full days together. It was wonderful. 

I guess I should mention...Blake lives in Las Vegas while I'm up here in Washington so we only see each other every few weeks. I'd be lying if I said it was no biggy but we are grateful for how often we do get to see each other. If anyone has some great tips on long distance I'd LOVE to hear it!

Friday night we went to Olympia Harbor Days and we were having so much fun sadly we only got this one picture. Ignore the crazy hair. After Harbor Days we headed down to Portland. 

Saturday we went to the beach with both of my sisters and their families. It was the perfect day. We flew kites, went on walks and played the greatest game of football.  

Sunday was another perfect day. Blake and I cooked dinner for everyone. Our first time cooking together and we both came out alive. 

The pillow between us is because my dad said we were only friends and we didn't want to sit close...if you know my dad you'll appreciate this comment. 

Monday we went to the Nike Employee Store! My brother-in-law works for Nike so this was kind of a dream come true for me. 

I'm pretty sure I'm the serious one in this relationship and that is saying something.....

After the Nike Store we met up with the rest of my family at this mini-train park. I don't know how else to describe it. Basically we rode mini trains for an hour or two. Way fun with all of my nephews!

We couldn't get away from the dang paparazzi. It is hard being famous. (Please tell me you thought the same thing when you saw this picture!)

I think it is safe to say it was the perfect weekend. It was super hard dropping him off at the airport but he will be back again Friday night and soon you'll see even more pictures of our adventures. 

And now I'm going to mentally prepare myself for the really long work week I have coming up...being Executive Director is not as glamorous as it sounds. 

Stay awesome!

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From Brazil to Washington - Bringing Back Modesty

Let me just take a moment to tell you about one of my favorite women ever. She has been seen on this blog many times before in pictures from our many adventures. You may remember that she is from Brazil. Sadly, she is back in Brazil now and I'm missing her like crazy. This girl is a great example of light and goodness. 

She has this great blog which has started a campaign all about modesty called "Bringing Modesty Back", you need to check it out. (Her blog is in Portuguese so make sure you use Google Translate) So many people think if we are going to be modest we have to sacrifice being stylish but Karyny is one of the most stylish women I know. She has inspired me to along with her to share a modest, yet stylish outfit that I've worn recently. Go here for more pictures. 

But enough from me, ladies and gentlemen.....Karyny!

Hello my American friends! I believe that my super duper friend Sierra has already introduced me here, so I'll just give you a brief introduction about what I'm doing on my blog.
After reading some church talks and also living some personal experiences related to modest ,I felt inspired to create a campaign on my blog. I need to be really honest with you guys, I feel really frustrated when I go to the mall or any other clothing store and I CAN'T find a modest outfit! It's countless the times that I went to a store and tried to find a dress that fitted me well and it was properly modest. But I can also say to you that this didn't stop me from choosing to dress modestly! I love fashion just like any other girl, but I also want to send the right message about myself and about who I'm representing.
So, base on that I created the campaign "Bringing Modesty Back". Through this campaign I want to show the world that we, as members of the church, can dress modestly and also be attractive and beautiful. I want to prove that it is possible to be fashionable without dressing inappropriate! I believe that the way that we dress shows what's in our mind and heart! So let's choose modest together!
If you want to join my campaign you can send me a picture of you in a modest outfit and I will share it on my blog, you can also share your testimony!!! My email is
"Share light, choose modest!"

 Isn't she amazing?! And I just want to say I'm so grateful for technology. We live thousands of miles a part yet together we can take a stand on an issue that is so very important to us. So don't be shy, get in contact with Karyny and help share the light!

Stay awesome!

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