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Monday Morning Boost: How Did I Become A Speaker?

Monday Morning Boost: How Did I Become A Speaker?

I was asked the following question last week during an online Q&A session: “How long has it taken you to become a public figure/speaker? How’d you get so good at talking?” As I answered the question, I felt others may be interested in my answer as well. I am not naturally a confident person. For many years I didn’t feel confident raising my voice as a speaker in any way. Nor did I consider myself any kind of public figure….

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Monday Morning Boost – Putting The “Thought That Counts” To Work

Monday Morning Boost – Putting The “Thought That Counts” To Work

One noticed a worn-out Flag… another wanted to share love and appreciation… each did something about it. THE FLAG We’ve had our current Flag flying for nigh onto two years. Cache Valley’s frigid winters, blistering summers, and galeforce windstorms (maybe just a bit exaggerated) have turned that beautiful symbol into a somewhat “Ragged Old Flag” that would serve Johnny Cash well. Scott and Valerie Pettingill are friends and neighbors who live across the street. They have a beautiful yard and…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Love Cache Valley!

Monday Morning Boost: I Love Cache Valley!

A recent question about the good and bad of living in Logan and Cache Valley prompted me to share the following thoughts… We fell in love with Cache Valley when we moved here in 1991 to go to school. We continue every day to fall in love with this beautiful valley and the beautiful people that live here, including those that just moved here from California. We choose to see the beauty and greatness that is here, and do what…

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Monday Morning Boost: Honoring a Complicated Pioneer History

Monday Morning Boost: Honoring a Complicated Pioneer History

Pioneer Day can be extra complicated. Even 175 years later. Pioneer Day itself is not that complicated. As a day set aside to honor the arrival of the Mormon Pioneers to the Great Salt Lake Valley, it’s an official state holiday in Utah with celebrations that rival and sometimes surpass those of Independence Day. Also like the Fourth of July, Pioneer commemorates a birth of sorts via a revolutionary declaration of independence. The Mormon pioneers, from their humble beginnings in…

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Sunday Reflections: Songs About The Pioneers

Sunday Reflections: Songs About The Pioneers

#SUNDAYREFLECTIONS: SONGS ABOUT THE PIONEERS Pioneer children sang as they walked… and they probably also cried, laughed, shouted, and talked normally just our children do! Pioneer Day is a commemoration of July 24, 1847, when the Mormon Pioneers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in what is now known as the State of Utah. History has it that on that day, Brigham Young rose from his sick bed in a wagon and confirmed this was the place he had…

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Monday Morning Boost: A Place To Call Home

Monday Morning Boost: A Place To Call Home

Hyde Park and Cache Valley are the place I call home. My home, perhaps like your home, is a place I long to return to after being gone. The journey to find a place to call home has resonated deep inside people throughout generations and across cultures, peoples, and nations. This past Saturday was the Hyde Park Hometown Days, our city celebration, and an opportunity to honor our pioneer heritage. I had the honor of being part of a military…

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Monday Morning Boost: Stuck? Lost? Confused?

Monday Morning Boost: Stuck? Lost? Confused?

If you’re feeling stuck, lost, or confused? Are you struggling with a lack of focus and direction? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the hats you have to wear? Then now is an excellent time to take a fresh look at where you are, where you have been, and where you are going. Start with these 3 questions. ❤️ Now that you are halfway through the year, where are you with your visions, your intentions, your goals? ❤️ Do you…

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Monday Morning Boost: “More Worthy Than Their Own Tomorrows”

Monday Morning Boost: “More Worthy Than Their Own Tomorrows”

Is what you believe so important that other people would willingly sacrifice their tomorrows for your beliefs? On this Day of Independence, that is the powerful question asked of each of us by Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia, our Nation’s first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions that occurred during the Iraq War. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat awarded to members of the Armed Forces. His official citation, reads,…

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Monday Morning Boost: What Is Love?

Monday Morning Boost: What Is Love?

Thoughts, words, and stories are synonymous for me. Each influences the other. And each influences our behavior and actions. The more intentional we are about each, the more intentional we will be about where we put our energy, and the more intentional the results we will create in every area of life. That’s why I use words like Greatness, Empowering, Success, Service, Intentional, Consistency, etc. Each word means something significant. And this is why I intentionally and consistently use the…

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Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Giant Dads

Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Giant Dads

Can a broken dad still be a great dad? This is a valid question, and one without an easy answer. Here’s my simple answer… You are a great dad even if part of you is broken. You are a great dad even if you’re not a great dad every day. You are a great dad even if you make mistakes and fall down. The greatness comes with the mending and the fixing, with trying to better tomorrow, with getting back…

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