April 8, 2014

A big Announcement - and no, it's not another baby!

We are going to keep this simple.

Myself, and the other girls (my sister and cousin) are starting a youtube channel!  We will have a new episode every monday at 2:00 MST!  We put our first one live, yesterday - and you just need to check it out.  Actually, it is REALLY uncomfortable for me to watch myself, but my goals outweigh my fears.

I want to create a place to strengthen women and families.  Not through my knowledge, but by sharing lots of peoples stories.  So tune in!  Remember to subscribe to our channel -  you will not be sorry.  We have so many fun things coming your way!

I also started training for my first (and last) marathon today, and I thought I was going to die.  I have a really funny story about that - but I'll have to share it later.  For now, you can head on over and laugh at my video.  I'm spending so much time on My Mommy Style.com that I don't have as much time for pink-moss - unfortunately.  So head on over there :)



or just watch it here :)

February 20, 2014

Today was Crazy

Today was crazy.

It's amazing how setting your heart and intent on something that is important to you and sharing your vision with others, can swing doors open almost faster than you can run through them.

When I was growing up, I planned to go to college.  I thought about it, talked about and planned for it.  I wondered which friends I would move away with to experience a lot of "firsts" with.  My parents just expected that it would happen, because both of them had graduated.  My Grandparents actually saved for decades to be able to help send their children and grandchildren to college.  I didn't even look at college as an option, it was just what you did.

And then, I graduated high school.  I remember being nervous and excited all at the same time.  I was ready to jump out on my own and experience the world but I also knew that once I left, I wouldn't be returning ever again.  This is the part that freaked me out.  I loved my family and being the oldest child, I felt as though I was setting off on a great adventure into the unknown.

I remember saying goodnight, and goodbye, the night before I drove away for good.  I remember them asking me if I was nervous, and I started to cry.  I knew it was a big deal - and just as I had expected, nothing was the same ever again.  I miss my childhood sometimes.  It was a beautiful blessing.

I drove away with my cousin and one of my best friends, Ally.  We had grown up together from birth.  We acted more like sisters a lot of the time, because we became close enough to be annoyed with each other.  My only sister is 8 years younger than myself, so Ally was the next best thing.  We brought pots and pans, as if we would know what to do with them.  We piled all of our decorations and clothes into her car, and set off for college.

College was great!  So great that I barely knew how to handle all of the distractions I was faced with.  One of the biggest distractions - actually THE distraction - was Jon.  I met him right away, and my life would never be the same.  I have told that story before, so I will jump ahead and say that after a few years of playing hard, and kind of going to school, I dropped out.  I was pregnant with Kinley, and beginning a new chapter in life.

I often felt guilty about throwing away my chance to finish my college education, sometimes I still do.  I would love more than anything to finish what I started - at some point, if it made sense.  But no matter what, I have always known that the second I was ready for a career, there would be one there waiting for me.  This is kind of a weird thought to have, without any formal training, but just the same - I knew it.  I didn't know what I would be doing or how it would all work out.

I went ahead, and raised lots of kids.  Step kids, foster kids, biological kids and adopted kids.  I lived my life and made the best out of the situation I found myself in.

Now, after a crazy chain of events, I'm finally here.  My youngest child is five years old, and I have so many opportunities, I can't even barley wrap my brain around them.  I worked and built RBM Building Services with Jon for 20 years, behind the scenes, and then over time when I had the chance, I started developing talents.  These weren't really thought out, I just started practicing things that I loved to do.  And then, when people needed those talents, I would share them for free.  The more I shared my talents, the more others saw my abilities *or at least what I was working on* and gave me other chances to use them.

So in a weird crazy way, I have brought to realization my perfect dream job.  I am only part way there, but I am on my way.  I believe if you keep working really hard at things you love, you will get better and eventually you can make other people's lives more complete, by doing what you love.  Now that is beautiful.

So here I am.  Right smack dab in the middle of my future.  I don't know exactly where I am going, but after days like today, when every thought was answered with a very direct path set in front of me, (time after time after time) it's hard to ignore.  There is a bigger picture than us, the challenge is to hang on long enough to see what blessings are already there for us to grab hold of.

Thank goodness we have great friends and family to enjoy along the way.

February 19, 2014

ramble ramble mumble mumble

Oh man, I just wrote a blog post on mymommystyle.com, my other blog - and it felt weird.  I felt like I was cheating on Pink Moss, because it was about my family and I don't really normally do that there - that's what Pink Moss is for!  Do any of you read mymommystyle or are the 100,000 readers a month over there, a totally different crowd?  Just curious.

HERE is the link if you want to read it. It felt very Pink Moss to me.

Anyway, lots is going on as usual.  I have filled my time with gala planning, mostly.  My big shindig will be on March 1st, inside of the Thanksgiving Point children's museum!  People!  It will be amazing!  I have lots of awesome people coming that are so excited to come together and give back to the community.  Thanksgiving Point has been so accommodating and wonderful to work with.  The children's museum wasn't even made for events AND it's not even open yet to the public, but they are doing everything in their power to let us party it up there!

Women in Philanthropy and United Way of Utah County are working SO hard to get this event ready, and bring funds into their organization, to then send out into the community in a big way.  I am on the board of United Way, and I see where all of the money goes, and believe me - they are VERY frugal - and effective with the funds that they are given stewardship over.

Have you heard of the South Franklin Center for families in Provo?  It is AMAZING!  I was so excited when I pulled up to the building for the first time, and realizing that it was in the first neighborhood I lived in, by the train tracks.  It is called "The Boulders" and guess what, I was a resident.  Have you heard of the Family Support and Treatment Center?  It is another facility that is supported by United Way.  It brings families together, in in situations where they struggle. Have you heard of Help me Grow?  If you have ever read Pink Moss, you have.  Guess WHAT?  The 211 phone line is being supported by other agencies in Utah and it's up for some big money with the state of Utah right now so it never goes away - and families can always call to be referred to help!  This is HuGe!  And guess what else?  Have you ever heard of Welcome Baby?  It's this fantastic opportunity for mothers to volunteer to visit other moms when they have a baby.  You don't have to be a pro, but you do have to care and want to give support where another mom might need it.  We then use that contact to funnel them into resources, so the child grows up being supported.  And guess what?  I am going to Florida in April, for the national Help Me Grow conference, and presenting as a parent leader!  Isn't that the best kind of leader in a child's life?  Isn't this is who is actually with the child and REALLY wants the best for their kiddo anyway?  And guess what else?  (and then I swear I'll stop this horribly long run on sentence!) I am possible going to Hawaii in April as well, to do a training for parent leaders, so I can train other parents when I get home!  It's the only way to really spread the work along.

Okay, I need to bed, but as you can see - it's been crazy all up in my head -.  OH and I'm making a commercial for 211 and hopefully you will see it on TV!!!! Okay, my a.d.d. brain needs a rest.  Goodnight.

This picture has nothing to do with anything, other than I just plain love it.  cute cute brighton!