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August 2016

Monday Pep Talk: Be a Beginner

Posted in Monday Pep Talks

Happy Monday! I know this is not the topic you voted for so GO VOTE. It’s hard to write a Pep Talk about something when only 2 people vote! So your job today is to go to my Instagram and VOTE! Be a good citizen, haha!

Anyways regardless of whether you vote for not I still love you…now on to the Pep Talk!

I saw this quote and I absolutely LOVED IT.

Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.

How many times do we beat ourselves up for not being excellent? I do it. It’s not fun to look at yourself as a beginner but HELLO being a beginner means you believe that you can become e x c e l l e n t or you wouldn’t have started right?

I know in the blogging world it can hard not to compare yourself to the pros that have done it for years but why should we be disappointed? We believed in ourselves so we became beginners. Same thing goes for learning the piano. If I beat myself up every time I made a mistake for not playing as good as our church pianist wouldn’t I get very far. But because I was willing to take the first step as a beginner pianist  and believed in myself I am now getting to were I can play hymns pretty well.

It takes work to be excellent and it certainly isn’t an easy road but how great is it that we get to be beginners? When we allow ourselves that time to be a beginner we are giving ourselves a chance to become excellent.

So don’t beat yourself up over the fact that you are a beginner. Embrace it because before long (with dedication) you will be excellent.




CHALLENGE: Go vote. (If I haven’t already emphasized that enough.) And allow yourself to be a beginner because even the experts were beginners once.

August 29, 2016

Monday Pep Talk: When You Need a Reason to Keep the Commandments

Posted in Monday Pep Talks

Happy Monday! Today’s pep talk is shorter and to the point and not what you voted on but I felt like I needed to share this short message this week.

If you ever feel like there is no use in keeping the commandment, which we all do sometimes, keep reading.

I could give you hundreds of reasons of why keeping the commandments is important, with the main one being because we love our Savior, but you don’t want to read a list of things  you already know. So I am just going to suggest one thing: if you are struggling to find a reason to keep the commandments (or just one) go and read your patriarchal blessing. (If you don’t have your patriarchal blessing maybe you should think and pray about getting it.)

The reason I am suggesting to read your patriarchal blessing is because it tells us the blessings we WILL receive if we do our part and keep the commandments. When you read your patriarchal blessing (or at least when I read mine) I want to be a better person and try harder to keep the commandments because I want to become the person Heavenly Father wants and needs me to become. So try it. Next time you are having hard time trying to keep the commandments just take a couple of minutes and go read it.




August 22, 2016

Take 2: 8 Ways to Make Seminary Better than Ever

Posted in Take 2, What I learned
August 18, 2016

Monday Pep Talk: Lessons from a Sunflower

Posted in Monday Pep Talks

I was recently reminded of a talk about given by Elder Quentin L. Cook in April of 2015 about sunflowers and I found it very interesting and wanted to share a part of it. (You can read the whole talk here)

One of the remarkable characteristics of young wild sunflowers, in addition to growing in soil that is not hospitable, is how the young flower bud follows the sun across the sky. In doing so, it receives life-sustaining energy before bursting forth in its glorious yellow color.

Like the young sunflower, when we follow the Savior of the world, the Son of God, we flourish and become glorious despite the many terrible circumstances that surround us. He truly is our light and life.  Quentin L. Cook

Sunflowers don’t grow in perfect soil in fact they grow in pretty tough conditions, but they survive by following the sun constantly.  We might come from far from perfect or tough conditions, but if we follow the Son we will be able to “flourish and become glorious.” And what a great promise that is.

CHALLENGE: Be like sunflowers! Seek the Son. Follow the Son.




August 15, 2016

my summer pt. 2 // hawaii photo diary

Posted in Personal, Photo Dump, travel


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for our family vacation this year we decided to go to maui hawaii. it was an absolute blast and i am pretty sure it was one of my favorite places we have ever been. so here is just rundown of what we did and lots of photos for all the people asking! (and because I am way to lazy to write all this in my journal.)

day 1//arrived at noon so we just hung out on the beach.

day 2//surf lessons for carlee and jarrett. (i was going to do parasailing on saturday instead but topical storm darby kind of ruined that for me.) shopped in lahina.

day 3//went on a catamaran and went snorkeling. saw a couple of turtles on the ride there but none when we got into the water. there was TONS of fish & i even saw a black and white polka dotted eel. then we went to a luau which honestly was not what we expected.

day 4//chilled at the resort because of topical storm darby.

day 5//went to church in lahina. we pulled up to a church and went inside and it was a tongan speaking ward so we had to go find the english speaking one! (isn’t is great how the church is the same no matter where in the world you go?!)

day 6//did the famous road to hana which was my absolute favorite. see pictures to understand.

oh and if you go to Maui go to Duke’s and eat and get the Hula Pie. I promise your life will be changed for the better.



August 13, 2016

my summer pt 1 // utah

Posted in Personal, Photo Dump, travel

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utah highlights:

-EFY at the U

-seeing my cousins

-doing baptisms in the provo city center temple and slc


-eating cafe rio

-stadium of fire

-trying on a 135 thousand dollar wedding ring and band at Tiffany’s

-turning 17

-temple square meet up

? halee

August 13, 2016

Monday Pep Talk: Tender Mercies

Posted in Monday Pep Talks

“Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.

More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.” Henry B Erying 

I started doing this a couple years ago but with my own twist. I would write down my favorite thing that had happened that day or just something that I was especially grateful for that day. I usually wrote 2 or 3 things but as did that and took time each day to reflect on the day I realized just how many tender mercies there really was each day.

What if I didn’t do that? I would go to sleep without taking time to see the small but significant ways that Heavenly Father had blessed me. Because often we don’t recognize tender mercies when they are happening because a lot of the time they are simple everyday things that are hard to recognize in the moment; we usually find them when we are looking back on our day. (At least for me)

I have a notebook that I started in June of 2014. (I will put a picture of it on Instagram Stories later today.) But looking back it was one of the best things I have ever done. All you need is a notebook and a pen or pencil and 2 or 3 minutes each night. It has seriously made the biggest difference in my life and I really encourage you to try it.

Tender mercies are REAL. Take the time to notice them because they ARE real and help you understand how Heavenly Father really knows you and what you need.

Happy Monday!

CHALLENGE: Get a notebook and take 2 or 3 minutes every single night this week to write down 2 or 3 of your favorite things that happened that day and when you are reflecting on your day you will find tender mercies that happened throughout the day and write those down too! If you are having a hard time take 30 seconds and say a prayer to be able to notice them and I promise you that you will. ?

August 8, 2016

sadie robertson & role models

Posted in Favorites, Role Models

at first when duck dynasty came on, i immediately fell in love with the robertsons, especially sadie because she is close in age and lived a somewhat similar lifestyle. (didn’t live in the city and knew about country living and working hard for what you want) but, i wouldn’t let myself get too attached to her and her family because i was afraid that within a couple of years that they would be like any other family on tv and it would be all about the fame and fortune. (thank you hannah montana for making me apprehensive about celebrities.)

after a little while and following the whole family on instagram i realized that they were NOT like everyone else and that they were wholehearted Christians.  and sadie became a HUGE role model to me. and then she got on dancing with stars and i got a tad bit worried that this was when the fame and fortune would take over but she only proved me wrong and continued to be an amazing example and role model.

then it was one great thing after another: her book, youtube videos (that are AMAZING by the way), another book, the live original tour which i am SO excited about, all of her mission trips, god’s not dead 2, and on and on.

but i am not here to tell you about her accomplishments. i am here to tell you that we need more good role models like her in this world– so be one. be a light. and don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. do good. be good. and never forget to dream big and work hard. and always l i v e  o r i g i n a l because God created you SO perfectly.


August 6, 2016

July Favorites + Highlights

Posted in Favorites, Highlights


JULY!! What a good month. Thank goodness it didn’t fly by as fast as June. Seriously I start school on August 4th… so summer is about over for me but I am ready for fall so yay! (Isn’t is weird how we refer to summer as the time when we aren’t in school? or is that just me?)

  •  This video. Oh my it is so beautiful. My grandma taught it to my cousins who are 3, 4, & 5 and they can all sing it all the way through and it is the most precious thing ever. It is really good about teaching the basics of Christ’s atonement.
  • Peplums. I’ve realized that like 95% of the shirts I’ve bought in the last year are peplums. I hope they never go out of style because I love them and have way too many of them. (You can find them anywhere really.)
  • Chocolate Teddy Grams. I forgot how much I loved them. Defiantly not just a kids treat. 😉

I am wanting to capture more of my life on here so along with favorites I am going to do a monthly highlights as well. So here I my July highlights!

  • UTAH. So part of my Utah trip was in June. But my favorite things about Utah during July were…ahahaha I’ll be doing a post about this soon! 😉
  • I TURNED 17! Only one more year till I am officially an ADULT. Which is absolutely crazy to think about.
  • HAWAII. My family and I went to Hawaii and let’s just say I am in love. I will be doing a full blog post about this soon so I don’t want to spoil anything here. 🙂
  • COUSINS. My cousins came for a short visit! (Like 24hrs short)

Now, normally my highlights will be more “everyday” things but this month was FABULOUS! What were your July highlights and favorites? -halee

August 3, 2016

Monday Pep Talk: As a Follower of Christ

Posted in Monday Pep Talks

as a follower of Christ we are taking upon His name. we are promising that we will do what He would do. we are representatives of Him. we are lights because He is the light.

people should see Christ through us. and not only that but they should want to know Christ because they know us. they should see someone who’s confident in Christ and is confident is His ability to change our lives.

“When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed.” -Ezra Taft Benson

as a follower of Christ we are promising to treat others how we want to be treated. we are willing to stand out and be different from the world. we are willing to do what it takes to not only believe in Him but KNOW Him. we love Him. what are you willing to do or change to follow Christ?

CHALLENGE: before you do anything today ask yourself, “would Christ do this?” (this includes talking…;)

happy monday! don’t forget to go vote for next week’s topic on instagram!

August 1, 2016