Friday, December 3, 2010

My Kingdom- by Louisa May Alcott

The last paragraph of this poem has caught my attention on two of my friends' Facebook profiles. As I searched it out and read the entire poem, it couldn't have come to me at a better time in my life. Just when I needed it the most. We all have inner struggles and all too often are very hard on ourselves. I hope that the words of this poem will sink deep within your souls and that you will find great comfort in them and take command of the little kingdom you possess! Hope you enjoy!

My Kingdom

A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell.
And very hard I find the task of governing it well.
For passion tempts and troubles me, A wayward will misleads.
And selfishness its shadow casts on all my words and deeds.

How can I learn to rule myself, to be the child I should,
Honest and brave, nor ever tire of trying to be good?
How can I keep a sunny soul to shine along life's way?
How can I tune my little heart to sweetly sing all day?

Dear Father, help me with the love that casteth out my fear.
Teach me to lean on thee and feel that thou art very near.
That no temptation is unseen no childish grief too small.
Since thou, with patience infinite, doth soothe and comfort all.

I do not ask for any crown but that which all may win
Nor seek to conquer any world except the one within.
Be thou my guide until I find Led by a tender hand,
Thy happy kingdom in myself and dare to take command.


It is easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows by like a song
But the man worthwhile is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble and it always comes with the years
And the smile that is worth the praise of the earth is the smile that shines through the tears.
It is easy enough to be prudent when nothing tempts you to stray.
When without or within no voice of sin is living your soul away.
But it is only a negative virtue until it is tried by fire.
And the life that is worth the honor on earth is the one that resists desire.
By the cynic the sad and the fallen, who had no strength for the strife
The worlds highway is cumbered today they make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion and the sorrow that hides in a smile
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
Because we find them but once in a while.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I remember reading this poem in high school and I forgot how much I really enjoy the great literary authors of the past! This is a great reminder of how important it is to have a good attitude in times of trial.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Life Purpose

As I ponder on what my purpose is in life, I have come to these conclusions:
1~ I am a Wife and Mother first and foremost. That is my number 1 priority. I have been given that responsibility by a Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me. If I don't do my part, no one else will do it for me. This is part of His create life, nurture souls, promote growth. I can't delegate it. I can't pass it on to anyone else. It is mine. And even though I'm not perfect, I do the best that I can with what I have been given. (part of this was taken from February 2009 Ensign Visiting Teaching message Julie B. Beck
2~ My main purpose for this blog is to help others, especially women and girls, feel better about themselves both inside and out. We are all given unique gifts and talents that no one else can accomplish quite like we do. Embrace those gifts. Use those gifts to help you GLOW!!! I believe that each of us has been sent here by God for a purpose. "Our Heavenly Father wants you to remember that He is your Father. He wants you to remember your divine potential." (Parable of the Princesses script Jenny Phillips) You have a divine mission and you are the only one that can fulfill that mission. Each of us have been given different body types to house our spirits. We are not supposed to look alike, we are not supposed to be a like. We were made that way to give variety to the earth. I read in a book that a young woman was told by her mother "You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others." (Modesty, Makeovers and the Pursuit of Physical Beauty, Jeffery R. Holland and Susan W. Tanner) I firmly believe that we should take pride in the way we look so we are not only pleasing to others but pleasing to ourselves...however, I also firmly believe that the more you learn to forget about yourself and focus on the needs of others, the better you will feel about yourself. Loving Others Validates self Esteem (see my Legacy of Love blog).
I want to share a quote. Oprah Winfrey said: "Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Take it on! Be a truth seeker and rule your domain whatever it is--your home, your office, your family--with a loving heart. Be a queen. Be tender. continue to give birth to new ideas and rejoice in your womanhood. My prayer is that we will stop wasting time being mundane and mediocre. We are daughters of God- here to teach the world how to love. It doesn't matter what you've been through, where you come from, who your parents are, nor your social or economic status. None of that matters. What matters is how you choose to love, how you choose to express that love through your work, through your family, through what you have to give to the world. Be a queen. Own your power and your glory!!!"
Isn't that a great quote! Find your purpose, embrace your God given talents, use those gifts to GLOW!!! You are beautiful & you deserve to feel and believe that!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

value of woman

A woman's value is worth far more than Rubies or Diamonds or Gold! Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What Heaven Sees In You Official Video

If all girls can see this & remember their worth can you imagine the changes we would see in the world? Makes me want to squeeze my little girls!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

15 Benefits of Water

We've all been told that water is good for us and that we need at least 8 glasses a day. But did you know there are beauty benefits to drinking & using water? Click here for 15 benefits of water.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Susan Boyle - Britains Got Talent 2009 Episode 1 - Saturday 11th April |...

I've been thinking about Susan Boyle lately and just wanted to share this clip again. This is what true beauty is all about! Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mothers and Daughters

Our greatest role as women on this earth is that of nurturer. Whether you have children of your own or not, we have a gift to love, teach, nurture & protect & it is our responsibility to share!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How to Radiate Inner Beauty |

I found this article when I googled "radiate beauty".
How to Radiate Inner Beauty |

Our True Identity

If you have ever wondered who you really are, where you came from...which we all have at times I'm sure...this message is for you! Enjoy!
Our True Identity

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

One Flaw in Women

I'm not sure who the author of this is but I thought it was good & wanted to share!

One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.....
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in..
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chrysalis Womens Retreat

It's HERE!!!! The Chrysalis Women's Retreat has been in the planning process for a year now & is finally going to take place!

Come join us June 11-12 at The Zermatt Resort in Midway for a girlfriend's weekend getaway! We have some great speakers lined up & if you register by May 28th you will be entered to win a spa package! Go here to register!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My New Life

This lady has an AMAZING perspective on life! This is a must see video!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Britney Spears Okays Release of Untouched Photos

I thought this was an interesting article. So many of our young people look up to celebrities & we need to see more of these "untouched" images. She doesn't even need to be airbrushed....well, I can see getting rid of a bruise that normally isn't there or even a zit or a hair that is misplaced, but changing the way your body looks just to "look better" is sending the wrong message to our young women!

Britney Spears Okays Release of Untouched Photos

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Covergirl's Stand Up for Beauty Video Contast

Check out Covergirl's Stand Up for Beauty Video Contest & sign the declaration...go to

Monday, February 22, 2010


A BEAUTY PARTY!! - Come see what all the fuss is about....Thursday February 25th...all day...just click on the link above & RSVP!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

20 Ways to love your body! Compiled by Margo Maine, Ph.D

This comes from the National Eating Disorders

1. Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it, Respect it. Fuel it.
2. Create a list of all the things your body lets you do. Read it and add to it often.
3. Become aware of what your body can do each day. Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.
4. Create a list of people admire: people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.
5. Walk with your head held high, supported by pride & confidence in yourself as a person.
6. Don't let your weight or shape keep you from activities that you enjoy.
7. Wear comfortable clothes that you like, that express your personal style, and that feel good to your body.
8. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
9. Think about all the things that you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body & your appearance. Try one!
10. Be your body's friend and supporter, not it's enemy.
11. Consider this: Your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks and your skeleton every three months. Your body is extraordinary, begin to respect and appreciate it!
12. Every morning when you wake up thank your body for rejuvinating itself so you can enjoy the day.
13. Every evening when you go to bed tell your body that you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.
14. Find a method of exercise that you enjoy & do it regularly. Don't exercise to lose weight or to fight your body. Do it to make your body healthy & strong and because it makes you feel good. Exercise for the three F's: Fun, Fitness & Friendship.
15. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body. Tell yourself you can feel like that again, even in this body at this age.
16. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself without mentioning your appearance. Add to it!
17. Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying "I'm beautiful inside & out."
18. Choose to find the beauty in the world & in yourself.
19. Start saying to yourself, "Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way."
20. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength & beauty.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Mermaid or Whale?

I got this email from a friend & I thought it was so good that I wanted to share it!

Recently, in a large city, a poster featuring a very young, extremely thin, dramatically tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym. The caption on the poster said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"
A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym. This is what she wrote:
To Whom It May Concern:
Here are the facts:
Whales are always surrounded by friends such as dolphins, sea lions, even curious humans. They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and have virtually no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.
On the other hand, Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because, according to mythology, they kill any men who get close to them. And, hello? how could they have sex? Just look at them ... where is IT? Therefore, they aren't able to have any precious babies either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store? The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.
P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. So, as of today, when I look at my butt in the mirror instead of whining, I will think: Good grief, look how smart I am!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Beauty Within Awareness Event

I received an email the other day requesting my help so I told her I would post this email. I don't have any more information on the event but as soon as I get more information I will post.

Natalie~ Hi! My name is Natasha Hernandez my mom was recently diagnosed with type 4B endometrial cancer. The doctors told us that this type of cancer is one of the worst cancers there are and that it is not curable but they would do their best to control it. From the looks on their faces it looked like odds were not good for her making it. My mom is a fighter and a strong believer of miracles (as am I.) My brother & I stepped out to talk to the doctors and find out how long they thought she had left. They told us she might not make it to 5 years. My mom doesn't know we talked to them, she doesn't want any negative ideas in her head. She believes (as do we) that she is going to survive and that this is just an obstacle she has to over come in this life.
Our family has learned a lot from her about staying positive and keeping faith. She has had her 2nd chemo-therapy appointment which has made her hair fall out left and right from one of the MANY side effects of chemo. She was having a really hard time with the hair especially. In general most women think of their hair as a security blanket and with my mom that was the case. She couldn't take it falling out everywhere and having bald spots. As we were preparing to shave her head she broke into tears thinking that she wouldn't be pretty anymore. She was afraid that her husband wouldn't look at her the same way and that people would look at her as less of a woman. Of course that was not the case with her husband, he loves her no matter how she looks but the society and pressures of this world needing to be a perfect size 2, long beautiful hair, tan flawless skin etc. makes her think that she wouldn't still be beautiful.
What I would like to do for my mom, cancer patients, women in general and myself is shave my head to show that hair is just hair. What really makes us beautiful is who we are on the inside. We are having an awareness dinner and auction on February 20th 2010 at 6:00pm in Salt Lake City Utah to raise money that will go towards women and their self worth, a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. We will be having dinner, an auction, speakers, and people who will shave or cut their hair to donate to locks of love. I have read over your web page "the beauty within" and I am so happy to see that you are making the same kind of stand!! We would be honored if you could support us at this event. If you have any ideas that could help they would be greatly appreciated! Please contact me as soon as possible if this is something you would be interested in.
With much appreciation and love,
Natasha Hernandez

If you would like more information or would like to contact Natasha, please let me know & I will get you her contact information!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Think I Can....

Do you remember the story of "The Little Engine that Could?" We all feel at times that we can't do something that is asked of us, but like the Little Engine: "I'm not very big & I've never been over the mountain, but I will try." We should always try. The little engine then pulled & tugged & said: 'I think I can, I think I can.' For her this was an arduous task but because she thought she could, she overcame her olbstacle & made it over the mountain.

Always remember that the mind is a powerful tool & when put to work will bring great results. If you think you can, YOU WILL!!!