Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Growth in Adversity

So this past week I have been going through my journals from this past year
and making lists of things I have learned and so much more!
I'll share that with you later. :0)
While I was reading through them, I found some different notes
for SB posts that I never actually took the time to write.
I decided to get them on here finally! :0)

I go on a few trips every year and one of my favorite places to go is Yellowstone National Park.
This last August I was there with my church group.
Beth and I snuck out one morning and went hiking to a bunch of places.
The above picture was taken at Grizzly Lake.
While we were hiking around and enjoying all the nature,
I was contemplating the lodge pole pine trees around the park.
The cones stay on the trees for years waiting for just the right conditions.
They are seal shut by a resin and require temperatures between 113 and 140 degrees
to open and release their seeds.
It only finds these temperatures during a forest fire.
Back in 1988 there was a huge forest fire raging in Yellowstone.
It burned a huge percentage of the park, but the lodge poles' cones opened and released the next generation of forest.
Now, 24 years later new forest is growing for people and animals to enjoy the beauty of nature.
As I was contemplating this I was reminded that many times in life we come up against adversity.
Sometimes we feel like we're drowning in it all--or perhaps burning up.
BUT our lives are just like these forests.  
We need the adversity in our lives to burn away all the choking undergrowth and old trees 
to make way for the new growth we need to become better.
To make way for the new adventures that are coming our way.
To make way for new opportunities that will make use more happy than we ever dreamed possible!
It's pretty cool to think about! :0)

The last few months I have definitely felt the heat of some adversity,
but I really look forward to using everything I've learned to better my life and
to hopefully assist others in their journeys!
So if you are in the heat of adversity in your life,
Hang on!
Ask yourself what you can learn from it.
Ask yourself how you can help others.
 And get ready for the new opportunities that are about to come your way!

Meg :0)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Celebrating Gratitude

With Thanksgiving now gone I want to share what I did not share with my family yesterday. I figured Why not just share it with my blog family....
I am grateful for a country that has set aside a day for me to be able to celebrate my gratitude. That's the thing that I found myself most grateful for on Thanksgiving. I know it seems like a little thing, but it's an opportunity to celebrate all that we're grateful for. Family, Friends, bountiful resources of food and shelter, health, service and so much more. As I reflected here are some of the things on my list of celebration

  • 5am wake up call- celebrating the beginning of a new day.
  • 6am turkey burner competition at the gym- celebrating my healthy body and good friends that support me.
  • texting with family and friends- celebrating the love and support of others
  • food prep for the plentiful feast- celebrating my talent of cooking 
  • turkey bowl- celebrating my spontaneity, good friends, and my healthy athletic body.
  • feasting with my family- celebrating quality time with family that I don't get to see very often.and sharing my talents with others.
  • conversation- celebrating quality time with my mom and having a much needed conversation for both of us.
  • bedtime- celebrating a warm home, reflection on the day and preparation for a new day.
I felt so much gratitude yesterday that I literally wanted to shout it from the roof tops. So here I am on my proverbial roof top  shouting at the top of my lungs. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My Heavenly Father has given me so much who would I be not to be grateful to him for all he has provided me with. What a great day to re-align my thoughts and focus on gratitude.

What are some things that you are Grateful for every day?
Challenge: Find something simple in your day and reflect on how it assists you in celebrating gratitude.


Monday, November 19, 2012

What are you carrying?

Have you ever had a day when you just felt like you couldn't take any more?
You work so hard to accomplish everything, but nothing seems to work out the way you wanted it to?
You're overwhelmed by everything going on in your life?
I've been having a lot of these days the last couple of months.
The past couple of week's I've been off of work and I've really been taking time to think about life and how I can take better care of myself.
I'm so thankful for the inspiration my Heavenly Father has blessed me with and I want to share with you some thoughts that I've had.
You're gonna want your journal and maybe even a box of tissues (yes I'm a cry baby and I need them! :0) )
At the end of September I was sitting in a General Relief Society Meeting (click here to learn more about Relief Society) listening to our presidency speak to women across the globe.  Two of our leaders spoke of the faith of the handcart pioneers and the sacrifices they made in their journey to come here to Utah (click here and here to read the talks).  I remembered how touched I was to think of it and how it applied to my life today.  I wrote down questions that I was going to ask myself later and write about in my journal.  I was excited about it.  However, I didn't take that opportunity after the meeting and I forgot all about it...
A month later I was sitting in a faculty meeting and
our principal began talking about the very same thing
and applied it to our teaching. 
I was once again awakened to how it applies to my life.
Now you're probably sitting on the edge of your chair waiting for me to get on with it. :0) 
In July of 1847 Brigham Young and other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley.  They settled here and began working to build a life free from the persecution they had in other areas they settled in.  Between 1847 and 1869 about 70,000 members of the LDS church traveled to Utah to gather with the Saints there.  Most of them traveled in wagon companies, but about 4,000 of them came by handcart.  The handcarts could only hold so much and many families and individuals had to make hard choices about what to leave behind.  There are many stories of family heirlooms being left behind, dishes, jewlery boxes, grandfather clocks... Only the most important things made the cut.  Most of these things included extra clothes and blankets and other things that were necesary to their survival as they crossed the vast plains, even with these essentials some still died along the way. 

Why did they do this? 
Here is an excerpt from one of the
talks from the Relief Society Meeting:

A few years ago, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared his feelings about the deep-rooted faith of pioneers who pushed toward the Salt Lake Valley even after the deaths of their children. He said, "They didn’t do that for a program, they didn’t do it for a social activity, they did it because the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ was in their soul, it was in the marrow of their bones.
He expressed, with tender emotion:
“That’s the only way those mothers could bury [their babies] in a breadbox and move on, saying, ‘The promised land is out there somewhere. We’re going to make it to the valley.’
“They could say that because of covenants and doctrine and faith and revelation and spirit.”
He concluded with these thought-provoking words: “If we can keep that in our families and in the Church, maybe a lot of other things start to take care of themselves. Maybe a lot of other less-needed things sort of fall out of the wagon. I’m told those handcarts could only hold so much. Just as our ancestors had to choose what they took, maybe the 21st century will drive us to decide, ‘What can we put on this handcart?’ It’s the substance of our soul; it’s the stuff right down in the marrow of our bones.”4 Or, to put it another way, it is what is written in our hearts!
~Sister Linda K. Burton

I have had the blessing of being able to participate in three different pioneer treks.  As a youth and as a young single adult.  They were hard for me to do, and I was a healthy well fed person only doing a small 18ish miles.  I cannot even imagine how difficult it was for those first pioneers. Each of these experiences helped me to learn and grow.  I was able to come closer to my Father in Heaven, just as those early pioneers did as they crossed the plains.
We are not asked today to leave everything behind and travel across a country on foot over rough terrain to show our faith and devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We instead travel the rough terrain of the last days.  We get to work on overcoming temptations, selfishness, stress and much, much more.  We battle it out every day in our thoughts, words and deeds.
Thinking on all of this brought me to a realization that I can do better!  The early pioneers received help from God and I can to!  So I began asking myself some questions about my life:
*Is the word of the Lord written on my heart?
*What am I carrying in my handcart?
*What essential things would Heavenly Father
and my Savior have me carry in my handcart?
*What things can I throw out of my cart to lighten my load?
*What can I do to write the laws and doctorine of God on my heart?
I discovered that I have a lot in my handcart
that isn't essential for me to get to eternal life.
I also found that all the basic things
that are essential were getting buried under all of it.
Here are three things that I'm doing to lighten my load:
1.   I'm letting go of the TV shows that I watch during the week and instead investing that time to studying the gospel or serving others.
2.  I am only on my social media (facebook, twitter, etc) once a day for no more than 10 minutes.
3.  I am letting go of my stringent schedule for Soulful Brilliance and instead handing the control over to my Heavenly Father to lead and guide this blog to where he would like it to be.
My challenge to you today is to also ask yourself the questions from above.  Write in your journal about them and then choose three things that you could throw out of your cart to lighten your load. Then comment below about what you are letting go of or email your list to me at  Remember that when you share your story you are helping others to find the courage to change! :0) If you can't think of anything to let go of or if you are hesitant to let go of something, pray to your Father in Heaven and ask for assistance.  We can do all things through Christ! (Alma 26:11-13) This the enabling power of the Atonement! The Lord will send angels to attend you. 
I hope that when I finally reach my destination I can be as grateful for my experiences as the early pioneers were for their experiences.  I'm going to leave you today with a statement by a member of the Martin handcart company--Francis Webster.  The Martin and Willie handcart companies left late in the summer and met with great suffering along their way.  They had insifficient supplies and ended up being caught in a winter storm.  Many of their numbers died and those who survived were forever changed....
Decades after his experience Francis Webster was sitting quietly in a Sunday School class in Cedar City, Utah "as some people were criticizing Church leaders for the handcart tragedy.  When he could bear the critisims no longer, he stood and asked the people to stop.  Speaking calmly but with emotion, he acknowledged that it was a mistake to send the handcart companies so late.  He also acknowledged that he and other in these companies had suffered greatly.  Nevertheless, he bore testimony that he had found a pearl of great price in the experience:
"'We suffered beyond anything you can imagine, and many died of exposure and starvation...[But we] came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives, for we became acquainted with Him in our extremities.
"'I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and weary from illness and lack of food that I could hardly put one foot ahead of the other.  I have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and I have said, I can go only that far and there I must give up, for I cannot pull the load through it.  I have gone to that sand, and when I reached it, the cart began pushing me.  I have looked back many times to see who was pushing my cart, but my eyes saw no one.  I knew then that the angels of God were there.
"'Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minutes of my life since.  The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart company.'" (Andrew D. Olsen, The Price We Paid: The Extra Ordinary Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers, 3)
It is my hope that we can live our lives remembering the important things and writing the words and doctrines of Christ on our hearts that when we finally get through our journey that we too will be grateful for the privelege to become better acquainted with our Heavenly Father! 
Meg :0)
P.S.  Don't forget to share your story! :0)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Facing Fears

Meg is such an inspiration wouldn’t you say? I’m glad that I could be there to help her conquer a fear of hers. What a great blog post about acting, and not letting our fears paralyze us. It really got me to think about fears in my life, and if I am acting or being crippled by them. I came to the realization the past couple weeks that I am being crippled by a fear that I have had for many years.
            I have a fear of having authentic conversations with people, because I don’t want my words to hurt those who I am having a conversation with. After reading Megz blog post though, I had an opportunity come into my life to use the things she taught to act instead of being paralyzed. A friend of mine confronted me about some actions of mine, and what she thought that they meant. I was hurt and shocked by the accusations that were placed on me. At first, I just wanted to run from the situation because I was afraid that if I tried to talk about this with her I would just lose control of my emotions and say something that would hurt her like I was hurt. I had that post come to mind, and made the decision then to act. I told myself that it was important to set the record straight and talk about my actions and the intentions behind them. I was terrified, but as I chose to act we were able to talk about what was going on and get things resolved. Had I not made the decision to act, things would probably be a lot worse.
            My friend Mal pointed me to this message from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He says, “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.” This really helped me with the worry that by being honest in this authentic conversation I might have hurt this friend. I felt right about the things that I said, and from this message was able to find hope that the best would happen. I am pleased to report that while things aren’t perfect, by my acting we were able to work things out. Things are on the mend, and we were able to change things before it got to the point where more hurt was going to happen.
            Trust in the greatness in you, and the ability you have to overcome your fears by acting. I love the line from We Bought a Zoo where the dad says, “You just need to have 20 seconds of insane courage.” Sometimes good things happen in small steps. So don’t be afraid to keep moving no matter how small the step. We all have to start somewhere.
Yours truly, Beth

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Hey friends! 
Just a quick note!
I took action today and conquered one of my fears.
Yes riding horses scared me,
but I decided that I was going to embrace the courage.
I got on and just decided I was confident.
I an so glad I took action!
I can't wait to do it again!

What have you been doing to take action?
Comment below or e-mail
Share! Share! Share!
You could inspire someone else to have COURAGE!

M :0)

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Ever had a time in your life when you felt discouraged about your life?
Knowing that you can do so much, but being afrad to do it?
Well, this last few months I have been struggling with that fear.
I keep asking myself why I have gotten so off track.
I know so many tools to help myself create my best life.
There was a simple answer...I've been letting my fears paralyze me.
Today I had a little inspiration come to me!
Let me share it with you :0)
How do you find your Soulful Brilliance and live the life you desire?
If all you do is wish.
If all you do is dream.
If all you do is think about what you want.
You will get nowhere.
You will feel stuck in life.
You will be unhappy, miserable, and depressed.
The key is to ACT!
Learn to have faith in and trust in yourself and your Father in Heaven.
Feel your fear and acknowledge it, but push through it and move on!
Move.  Act.  Take a step in the direction you want to go.
Remember even small steps mean you are moving!
It can feel terrifying at walk a new path.
To leave the comfortable, familiar path you know.
Put one foot in front of the other!
You may fall, but you can get back up and move on.
You may come across an obstacle, but you can find away to go around it.
Just keep moving!
Before you know it you're walking faster.
You are walking with confidence and power.
 You are radiating love and light. 
As you embrace this and move forward
with integrity and authenticity,
your purpose becomes clear!
Does it happen all at once? No!
It comes a little at a time.
A step at a time.
Along the way you find and old friend you had forgotten,
The light and divine potential that you always have carried inside!
You find the courage to walk despite your fear.
You find that Heavenly Father has always been leading you in your path.
He has always been walking right next to you.
Encouraging you.
Pleading with you to find your gifts and use them to help others.
Smiling when you discovered all you can do!
Fear will paralyze you,
But if you ACT you will find
ACTION will take you to where you want to go!
So what are you waiting for?
Meg ;0)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Always Believe

It's a wonderful word.
Believe means "to be love."
So when we believe in ourselves,
we love ourselves!
Shifting our limiting beliefs about ourselves,
is the next step in our journey.
Over the last week or two, we have become more aware of our limiting beliefs.
Now let's talk about how we can shift them to be EMPOWERING beliefs.
Are you ready with your journal?
Look back at your list of beliefs and choose one.
Write it at the top of a page.
Now, whenever we believe a thought,
will be consequences, costs or pain
in believing those thoughts.
So next on the page make a list of
all the consequences, costs or pain
that you have when you live with that belief.
For instance, a belief that I sometimes struggle with is
I can't be myself because I'm not perfect and others won't accept me.
The consequences, costs, and pain 
I wrote down on my paper are:
-I don't treat myself well and by doing this give others permission to not treat me well.
-I feel depressed, tired, sluggish, and old.
-I am disconnected from my Heavenly Father when I don't feel worthy and struggle doing the little things to keep His Spirit with me.
-I spend a lot of money on clothes that fit, self-help books (that don't really help), and candy and junk to eat when I feel all those negative feelings.
-Ultimately  I will fall into a downward spiral and never have the peace and happiness that my Heavenly Father wants to bless me with.
Now ask yourself if the belief is true and write down
evidence from your life that shows that it is not true.
(You did this last week when first writing down beliefs.)
So I wrote this, "I am a beautiful daughter of God.  My old body was the creation of my insecurities and untrue beliefs as I would eat to fill a negative feeling.  Heavenly Father doesn't make ugly things!  I am worth a lot to Him!  My Savior suffered and paid the price for my sins as well as my afflictions, heartches and pains.  I'm so important to Him, so I should value myself as He values me."
After writing all this down I made a commitment to change.
NOW is the time to change!!
First I got to accept that a part of me
doesn't accept myself and that I am the perfect me I can be.
Then I got to write down some new empowering beliefs:
-I am a beautiful, amazing woman capable of hard things and worth more than rubies.
-I am worthy and deserving!
-I love myself!
Write down your new empowering beliefs!
CHOOSE to stop living in fear,
and have faith!
REMEMBER Satan doesn't want you to accomplish
all the amazing wonderful things that you are capable of!
He is the one who is feeding you these limiting beliefs.
All Heavenly Father wants is for you to love and trust in His plan for you.
One of my favorite scriptures is found in 2 Timothy 1:7,
"For God hath not given use the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
If we are living in fear we aren't living in faith  As we learn of and embrace the power and love Heavenly Father placed within us, and as we recognized the we have an intelligent mind that can assist us in making wise decisions we truly begin living in faith.  when fear shows up in our lives we are able to say, "Father, I have faith that you will guide me in my life."  With a prayer in our hearts, we can recognize our fear for what it is: 1) Satan trying to get us off our path, or 2) Heavenly Father trying to guide us to our path.  We shift that fear into faith because we know and understand that we are powerful divine beings, full of love and possessed of a sound mind that is able to recieve revelation and knows that our lives are truly in the Lord's hands.  As we live righteously doing all things He would have us do, He will assist us in our path, helping us through trials, guiding us to others that need our specific gifts and talents to help them in their lives.
True faith includes faith in ourselves as children of a Loving, Merciful Heavenly Father!
He gives us unique talents and gifts so we can bless the lives of others, which will also bless us with peace, joy and freedom.  He gave us power, love and a sound mind to assist us in fulfilling the measure of our creation. We are divine beings full of Love and Truth.  If we truly believe this NOTHING can stop us from doing the Lord's work.
Remember to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF (love yourself)!
Meg :0)
Please share your thoughts and comments below or email them to me at
Maybe your story will help someone else find the courage to live in their SOULFUL BRILLIANCE!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Orchestrate Your Own Happiness!

Out in the world many people are out to find
the secret of living a happy life.
What if I told you that YOU are that secret?

You are the one who
decides if you will be happy or not.
I can hear some of you saying,
"But life is so hard and
I'm not happy!"

Well, let's go back to our beliefs that we wrote down on Thursday.
One that I have struggled with is "I'm not good enough."
How do you feel when you believe those things?
When I believe I am not good enough, I feel depressed and
like I can't do anything right.
How do you act when you believe that thought?
I would just not do things at all because then I couldn't fail.

Look at your life and see what you do to prove your beliefs to be right.
I have noticed in my life that
because I am focused on those thoughts and beliefs
I almost attract those types of situations and people
into my life, and I would then say to myself,
"See!  It's true! I'm not good enough/I can't trust people!"
I also would interpret situations and people's intentions
in a way to fit them into proving to myself that my beliefs were true.
Lastly, I would make decisions and
act in a way that supported those beliefs.

Did I consciously realize I was doing those things?
Sometimes, but until I really started paying attention
I didn't realize how often I did it.
I was telling myself a story about the
people and situations that came into my life.
A story that often wasn't true, but it proved my beliefs right,
so I kept on telling myself the same old story.

I reached a point where I had a choice.
It's the same choice you have right now!

Are you going to keep living with those beliefs that make you unhappy?
Or will you choose to shift those beliefs to create a life of joy, peace, and freedom?

If you would like to stick with those limiting beliefs
that are stealing your joy,
you can stop reading now and find something else to do.
If you are choosing to shift those limiting beliefs into
positive empowering beliefs, CONGRATULATIONS!
You have taken the first step to living your life!

Now you're probably asking,
"Okay, Meg.  Now what!"

Here's my challenge for today:

Pay attention to your thoughts today.
See how many times you have a negative thought.
A thought that proves one of your limiting beliefs is true.
Ask yourself if that thought is true.
What would you be feeling and doing if
you didn't have that thought?
Record your thoughts and feelings in your journal.

Check back tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
for more on shifting beliefs!

Meg :0)

P.S. A good book to read:
"Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life" by Byron Katie

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What do you believe?

 Photo: Love this from @ project forgive
Hello!  It's Thursday! 
 (Yes, I'm aware that when I wrote before
Thursday was actually two days after I posted,
 but today is Thursday! :0) ) 
How are you doing with the mirror exercises? 
Anyone have a story they'd like to share?
Comment below or e-mail me at
So let's take a moment to think about the beliefs
we hold about ourselves, life, people, and the world. 
In your journal or on a piece of paper
finish the following sentences with as many answers as you can.
Don't hold back, just write down the first things that come to mind.
I am:
Life is:
People are:
The world is:
Look at your list of beliefs.
When I first did this, all of my beliefs were pretty negative.
Now there are also a lot of positive things that I believe about
myself, life, people, and the world too.
Ask yourself a few questions and write down your answers:
What things in your life can you find that show that
your negative beliefs about yourself aren't true?
What things can you find that show your negative
beliefs about life aren't true?
What about people?
The world?
I'm going to do this as well.
Let's meet back here on Saturday to see what we learned:0)
I am committed to posting again on Saturday by 11:00 a.m.
We'll discuss how to shift our beliefs
so we can live in our soulful brilliance!
If you would like to share an ah-ha you had doing this
journal writing, please comment below or e-mail me at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


After working with and listening to many people,
I have found that there are basically three limiting beliefs
that people have about themselves that hold them back from
finding and living in their Soulful Brilliance.
1.  I am not beautiful enough.
2.  I am not good enough.
3.  I am not worthy enough.
Where do we get these beliefs? 
Why are they constantly bombarding our minds?
How do we shift them?
 My friend Marci always tells us that we believe 80% of what we tell ourselves
and only 20% of what others tell us.
Our thoughts are very powerful!
What do you say to yourself?

When I first started learning about this, I came across a scripture
found in The Book of Mormon.
"But this much I can tell you,  that if you do not watch yourselves,
and your thoughts and your words, and your deeds,
...even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish.
And now, O man, remember, and perish not." (Mosiah 4:30)

Usually when I thought of this scripture, I would think about
keeping my mind clean from inapropriate media, books, etc.
as well as being kind to others,
but I found that it goes much deeper than that. 
It also had to do with what I believed and thought about myself.

As I went through different experiences in life,
I formed different beliefs about myself and the world.
Beliefs that held me back from living in my Soulful Brilliance.
I realized that if I continued down that path
I would not only be miserable and unhapy,
I would perish spiritually.

Our spirits are connected to our thoughts and actions
and by putting ourselves down and not allowing
our Soulful Brilliance to come out,
we miss opportunities to live the life which
our Heavenly Father sent us here to live.cfn
When we miss out on those things, we are disconnected from Him
and are not able to see and develop the divine that is within us.
We are His children, and we carry His spiritual DNA inside of us!
He wants us to succeed and to assist others who come into our space.

If we are divine beings, why are many of us constantly
telling ourselves that we're not good enough,
beautiful enough, worthy enough?
I believe that Satan, the Father of Lies, is doing his best
to make sure that we don't live in our greatness.
If we live in our greatness, our potential to do good
and to assist others in living in their greatness
And he wouldn't want that. 
It would screw up his plan to make sure
we are as miserable and unhappy as he is.

We can't let him win!
We need to have more faith in ourselves. 
More faith in the greatness our Heavenly Father blessed us with.
He loves us SO much! 
He just wants us to succeed in life and be happy!
Each of us has been given special gifts, unique to us.
As we develop those gifts and use them in the service of others,
we will find TRUE joy and happiness in life.
And who doesn't want to be happy!

So...the question remains, how do we shift those beliefs?
Well, the first step is being aware when we are thinking those things.
Catch yourself saying them.
Remind yourself of your greatness and divinity!

One exercise I do that helps me with this is what I call a Mirror Exercise.
I believe I have already shared this in an earlier post,
but I'll share it again.  It is very powerful!
I learned it from Tiffany Peterson. 
Each night I stand in front of my mirror and talk to myself.
Yes, I talk to myself.  Outloud.
I look myself in the eyes and I do several things.
First I praise myself for the accomplishments of the day,
even if it is something as silly sounding as breathing in and out.
Next I speak some affirmations to myself. 
Some of my typical affirmations include:
I am worthy and deserving!
I am enough!
I forgive myself!
I allow myself to receive!
I trust myself!
I am perfect, whole and free!
I attract healthy relationships full of love and support!
I open my heart and allow wonderful things to flow into my life!
I am strong!
The last thing I tell myself is "I love you!"

When I first started, I almost felt like I was lying to myself.
But as I kept doing it little by little I began to believe myself
until I knew that the statements I was telling myself were true.
I believed in myself and my greatness!

Do you believe in yourself?
What thoughts can you shift?

My challenge to you:
Each night this week spend a few minutes doing the mirror exercise.
Don't for get to look yourself in the eyes and talk to yourself outloud!
Remember the divinity you have inside and let it shine for all the world to see.

Check back on Thursday for more on shifting your limiting beliefs!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Your Heroic Journey

Each of us is on a journey.
A path especially created by our experiences and our choices.
Writing in your journal daily is a great way to have
regular time to reflect on your path,
to remember where you've been and and where you are going.
It gives you time to think about the blessings in your day,
the things you have learned,
and even the challenges that you faced.

Think about it for a moment...
We often read stories of great men and women.
We are reminded during these times that
they did not become great overnight.
All that greatness didn't come the moment they were born.
It came through experiences in their lives
and the way they chose to react to those experiences.
Their stories assist us all in realizing our dreams,
the greatness that we too possess.
They help us to have the courage to change and
to shine bright in our SOULFUL BRILLIANCE!

One thing I've learned in my life is the great importance of
recording your journey as the authentic you.
I used to be in a space where I would wear masks,
and be whatever people needed me to be at the time.
I wasn't being my true self.
I didn't write in my journal as my authentic self,
afraid that someone would read my journal
and see all the negative things in my life.
Once I shed my need to be perfect,
I wrote freely about my thoughts and trials and joys,
and something amazing happened!
I started seeing how amazing my life truly is,
how blessed I am to be on the path I am on
and how my experiences led me to it!
When I'm struggling now, I go back and read about how
I triumphed over my challenges, how I achieved in the face of adversity,
and how I am a strong, courageous person.
It was so empowering to remember that I have overcome before,
and that I have the power to do it again!
your life experiences prepare you for the work
you were created to do!
If you do not write them down and record them,
you may forget about them and the true lessons they taught.
They can be a comfort in challenging times,
and a reminder that you have been prepared for the challenges you now face.
Spencer W. Kimball once said, "Record the story of your life,
 your triumph over adversity, your recover after a fall,
your progress when all seemed to be black,
Your rejoicing when you finally achieved."
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I know that in doing this, you will not only empower yourself,
but someday your words may empower others
 in pushing through challenges
and coming out conqueror!
 My challenge for you:
First find your journal, or go purchase a new one.
It doesn't need to be fancy or colorful (unless you want it to be).
  For me it is almost a spiritual experience
to look for and find the book that
I will record the next part of my heroic journey in.
I love the search!
Next START WRITING!  It doesn't really matter what your writing about,
just get started!  Sometimes that is the hardest part.
Some suggestions for writing in your journal:
*Write about what you are grateful for and why you are grateful for it.
*Write down your goals for the day, week, or month, and each night before going to bed record how you are doing with them.
*Write about your challenges.
*Record your feelings about things that happen to you throughout the day.  What did you learn?
There's so much more you could write about! 
As we continue on this journey together be sure to have your journal handy
to record your thoughts, feelings, and breakthroughs.
I would love to hear your thoughts about journaling!  Please comment below or e-mail me at
Meg :0)

Monday, August 20, 2012

What is Soulful Brilliance?

Soulful brilliance.
What is it?
Well, if you've been following this blog for the past few months
you may have a small idea about what it means.

I love to learn about words and the meaning they had when they first were used.
I love to learn the true meaning of words.
So let's take a moment to look at what the words soulful and brilliance really mean.

soulful = soul + ful
A soul is a "spiritual and emotional part of a person".
It is the place inside of each of us that is connected
to our Heavenly Father and our emotions and feelings.
"-ful" is a suffix meaning "full of".

So soulful is to be full of soul and feelings.
Passion.  Fire.  Meaning.

Brilliance comes from the word brilliant, which means "shining, sparkling."
It is a synomym of shine, which means to "shed light or be radiant."
It also means "excellence or distinction"

These things said, what is Soulful Brilliance really?
It is the greatness inside you.
It's the gifts, talents, and abilities that exist in the core of who you are.
Your divine potential.
It is the place in you of love, truth, light, peace and wisdom.
It is the whisper calling to you in all the noisiness of life,
asking you to give it meaning.
It is the light that stands at the foundation of
who you are in this life.
It's acting on the feelings inside yourself--your intuition--
and following the path to your greatness, your passion.

As you discover the light inside yourself and embrace it,
you will find that you will rise to levels of accomplishment
that you had never thought possible.
You start to radiate a light, a brilliant light,
leading others to you,
so you may light the path for them.

We all desire to have purpose in life.
Purpose is our driving energy in life.
When we discover our soul purpose,
we find we have an infinite supply of energy and enthusiasm.
Our capacity expands and becomes almost effortless.

Some of you may be saying,
"Well, duh Meg!  But how do I find my purpose."
The truth is that it's going to take some effort
to explore and discover your SOULFUL BRILLIANCE,
so stick with it and don't give up or tell yourself you don't have any gifts or talents.

No one, NOT ONE SOUL, on the face of the earth
is excluded from recieving gifts, talents, and abilities
that are unique to him or her.
Our Father in Heaven sent us here with a purpose
and the power and tools we need to accomplish that purpose.

We are blessed with the beautiful opportunity to have a life.
This life is a time to learn and grow.  To progress.
We get find out who we really are.

Along your journey you may try something new
and decide that it is not for you; it's not who you are.
That is the best way to find out who you are:
find out who you are not!

When you start discovering who you truly are,
you start living life on purpose.
You start living in your SOULFUL BRILLIANCE!

Here's my challenge for you today: 
Take out a sheet of paper and fold it in half long ways (hot dog for those of you who learned that in school), so you have two columns.  On the top of the left column write "Who I am not" and underline it.  On the top of the right column write "Who I am" and underline it.  Don't think to hard about this, just write down the first things you think of in each column.  Who are you?  Who are you not?  What have you discovered?  Keep this paper so you may add to it throughout our journey together.

I would love for you to share with us any insight or discoveries you have made!  Please comment below or send me an email to

Meg :0)