Ashley Evanson - January 20, 2012
I love fashion, but even more, I love modest fashion. But I need all the help I can get from Mormon fashion bloggers to pull this off. Some trends I'm loving right now are bright colored bottoms, mixed prints, and faux fur, and these ladies do a great job of making these trends appropriate and cute.
Here are my top 10 picks of the week.
Photo from Cotton and Curls.
Photo from Clothed Much.
Photo from Pretty Life Anonymous.
Ruthann Cunningham - January 12, 2012
Do you have a goal to run a race - whether it be a marathon or a 5K? You might be thinking about the physical aspects of training, but it's equally important to prepare mentally.
Whether you’ve set the goal to complete a 5K or a marathon this year, you’ll find the coming months filled with physical preparation. In the future, I would love to give some suggestions on training for these different distances, but today I want to discuss another aspect of preparation that will have a huge impact on your final goal: mental training.
There will be a time during your preparation or your race when you want to quit. It is at these times you will find that having a positive attitude, pushing yourself a little further, and believing in yourself will be the difference between giving up or finishing your race.
It's exciting to have a goal to work towards and to see yourself progress over time. You may find, however, that there are days where this excitement is replaced with frustration or lack of interest in training. You are tired, busy, stressed, etc., and to go out and run seems to be another thing to add to your list. This attitude will only decrease your motivation. At these times, it is helpful to remind yourself of your end goal, perhaps see this as a chance to take a break from your everyday list, and then just go out and do instead carrying on a mental debate.
Having a positive mental attitude will get you running, but you'll also need it during and after your run. There will be times where a workout does not feel as easy as it should or you don’t finish a goal as quickly as you had hoped. During these times, you have to develop a positive attitude about the effort that you did put in. I know this all to well as I have tried for 5 years to qualify for the Boston Marathon and have come just short of the goal each time due to illness, cramping up, or my timing chip malfunctioning. I have learned from others to look at what I can improve for the future and then be happy about how far I have come and what I did accomplish.A positive attitude about your efforts changes your experience and your memories.
Connie Sokol - January 11, 2012
Making a life change is more than saying, “I want to lose 20 pounds.” The great news is that it’s easier than you think.
Making a life change doesn't have to seem overwhelming. It simply takes a subtle shift in mindset and a few keys to successful goal-setting.
Set goals from a Life Paragraph
Years ago friends gave us a plant for a hospitality gift. Determined to let this one live, I watered it diligently for two weeks until one day I looked at the plant closely and realized something: it was a fake plant. Oh, yeah. Resolutions are like watering a fake plant—they aren’t real. Successful goals come from connection—choosing the ideal outcome you want first, then using goals as vehicles to get there. Try creating a Life Paragraph. It’s so easy but powerful. Life coaching guru Brian Tracy has said, “The establishment of a clear, central purpose or goal in life is the starting point of all success.” Once you have a clear paragraph of what you want from life, goals are so much easier to choose and achieve.
To create a Life Paragraph, brainstorm buzz words to describe your ideal life in three categories: Self, Relationships, and Life Skills. For example, in Self you might have, “positive, spiritually centered, emotionally healthy, fit,” etc. After brainstorming all three areas, combine and edit them to create one juicy paragraph about six to eight sentences long to describe your ideal life. Have fun with this! Tweak and change until you feel it’s just what you want to describe what you’ll be working towards.
LDS Living - January 05, 2012
We all know that when we're older and wiser, hindsight is 20/20. What things do you wish you had known when you were younger?
Baking soda is one of the best cleaning substances in existence. Don't waste so much time playing instead of studying--or, conversely, learn that there's more to life than the grade at the end of the semester. It doesn't really matter what color the tableclothes are at your wedding reception. The Lord can be there for you no matter how much you mess up or how hard your trials are.
What would you tell your 21-year-old self? What advice do you have for your children and grandchildren? We want to know.
We're calling for you best tips and advice, whether they be practical, spiritual, or both. You'll help those who haven't walked where you have to learn from your mistakes and experience, and you'll earn fame and glory when you get to see your name in print.
Please send us a 1- to 5-sentence tip with your full name and city/state (may be anonymous if topic is sensitive).
E-mail your advice to editor[at]ldsliving[dot]com. (E-mail the editor.)
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Molly Gray - January 03, 2012
Next Monday is the BCS National Championship game. After you're done with your FHE lesson, make a family night activity out of it with this trivia game.
If your home is anything like my home, this coming Monday, family night is going to revolve around one thing: the BCS National Championship bowl game (the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. the Louisiana State Tigers). We love college football, so even though our favorite teams have all ended their seasons, we will definitely be watching.
If your family isn’t as college football savvy as we are, here is a fun game of trivia about the sport and the two teams that you can play with your family! Some are easier than other and some are just downright silly. But that’s what family night is for, right?
1. How many yards are needed for a team to get a first down?
2. Who is the head coach of the Crimson Tide?
3. Who is the starting quarterback for the Tigers?
4. What is the slogan of the state of Alabama?
5. Who was the state of Louisiana named after?
6. What are the Tigers’ team colors?
7. How many Heisman winners have come out of the Crimson Tide program?
8. What is the state bird of Louisiana?
9. What is the capital of Louisiana?
10. What does the Alabama flag look like?
11. What is the Tigers mascot’s name?
12. The first footballs were made out of the hide of what animal?
13. Both teams are in which conference division?
14. When was the last time that the Tigers won the national championship?
15. How many points is a touchdown worth?
Another fun thing to do as a family is to eat only foods that come in a bowl—soup, chili, cereal, ice cream—for the whole day.