#bethelight – Day 280 - Today I witnessed great kindness. My son was the perfect example of kindness this morning as he comforted his over whelmed sister. He hugged her and reassured her that she was normal and that she could handle the trials she dealing with. He assured her that he was there to help. It warms this old,… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 280 #bethelight – Day 273 - Today I helped a friend move a bunch of furniture. Sometimes having truck is a great way to serve and spread kindness! #bethelight – Day 270 - Today I went to the local farmer’s market. I LOVE the farmer’s market! It is so friendly and the stuff there is fresh and awesome! Not only do I get great fruits and veggies, I am supporting local people who are clearly working hard. Be kind to the farmers and shop at the farmers’ market. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 270 #bethelight – Day 267 - I just realized that I only have 100 days left to complete my goal of 365 days of kindness! I have learned so much from this little experiment of mine. Kindness really does start with me. My attitude about all aspects of life has changed. I am firmer and firmer in my faith and testimony,… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 267 #bethelight – Day 259 - Holy Smokes! It’s HOT! More than once I have needed to put my head in the sink and soak myself. I ran out of my blood pressure meds and have not been able to leave work and get to the pharmacy when they are open. You combine that with the heat and I feel extra… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 259 #bethelight – Day 258 - Today I worked hard. At the end of the day I realized I hadn’t brought dinner for Lilli. I found a moment to buy her some dinner. She is a good kid and noticed I was struggling to get to the end of my day. So she jumped in and started helping. She carried boxes… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 258 #bethelight – Day 257 - Hard work day. Today I worked on solving problems at work in a calm and polite manner. Let me tell you… it was work. Only 4 more days of CET left… then my tired feet, ankles, knees, heart and brain can rest… and maybe my house can get some chores done too. #bethelight – Day 256 - The best thing I did today was to write a letter to Hannah. It took me all day, but I succeeded. 18 pages. I should have titled it The Epistle of Mom. LOL. I hope she likes it. It goes in the mail tomorrow. #bethelight – Day 255 - Long day… and still more to go. My kind act of the day is to take my teenager to the movies at 10pm. I’m tired, so it is a little bit of a sacrifice. However, got to make memories where you can and while you can. In some ways, we are all each other has. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 255 #bethelight – Day 252 - Today I took a few minutes and moved the water around my yard and pulled a few weeds in my garden. Everyone should have a garden. Grow a garden… even if it is only in a couple of pots on a balcony. Fruits and veggies and herbs! Think of all the yummy things you can… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 252 #bethelight – Day 251 - OMG… It’s a warm day. I have to admit, I am wilting here. It made me think of all the animals I have at home… the plants in my yard and garden. Be kind… let your pet be in the shade. Put out plenty of water. Water your plants well in the morning, and maybe… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 251 #bethelight- Day 250 - Wow! Long day. However, a very good day. Today I was patient with kids using power tools. Today I shared my testimony. Today I got my daughter a treat. Today I found a phone number for my son. Today I went to a church service to support and to serve. Today I taught people concepts. … Continue reading #bethelight- Day 250 #bethelight – Day 248 and 249 - Yesterday We were on the road. We got up early and drove over the river, through the woods, over the mountain pass to celebrate the life of my grandma. A couple of nice things, and great kindnesses occurred throughout the day. Aunts, uncles, cousin, and siblings were everywhere. Everyone helped out. Everyone chatted and laughed… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 248 and 249 #bethelight – Day 243 - Today was a good day doing missionary related service. Today was email day. I was able to “chat” with my missionary for a little while. Then, the sister missionaries in my ward needed somewhere to do their laundry. I told them to come to my house… and they did. Then, I was teaching a voice… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 243 #bethelight – Day 242 - Today was a nice day of church service, family time and a little relaxation on my back porch. We also fed the sister missionaries. It is a bit of a “pay-it-forward” thing for me. I am hoping that some family in Missouri is doing all that they can to keep my Hannah fed and safe. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 242 #bethelight – Day 241 - Today I took my daughter and we went to support a local children’s theatre production of The Jungle Book. I believe firmly that we must keep the arts alive in the heart of the youth. Supporting local theatre and the friends who are involved is super important. Good job Josh, Elisa, Nolan, Chloe, Broden, Haven,… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 241 #bethelight – Day 239- 240 - Yesterday is a blur. I worked and worked and worked. It was an extra long day. But at the end of my long day my daughter really wanted to go to the store… so I took her. Sometimes it is important to sacrifice for the people you care about. Today will be another long day. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 239- 240 #bethelight – Day 238 - Okay… the kindness and the sacrifice sometimes pays off. I had a good morning helping my theatre kids participate in the parade. I bought the them lunch too. They did a great job. They even earned a first place ribbon for Best Youth entry, Best Effort and Grand Champion of the parade. Yup. Sometimes my… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 238 #bethelight – Day 237 - Gosh… WHAT A DAY! A long day at work at CET. A dentist visit. And then, out of the kindness of my heart… putting together a float for the theatre kids to be in the parade tomorrow. Although, in hindsight, I’m not sure many of these kids care. Sure, they want audience to come support… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 237 #bethelight – Day 236 - There are days we feel deflated and overwhelmed. Hurt, disappointment, bad news… it doesn’t matter. Sometimes you just have a lousy day. On those days, when you are running on empty, there is always a glimmer of hope and something to be thankful for. Albert Schweitzer said, “Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 236 #bethelight – Day 235 - All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. – Indian Proverb I’ve been studying scriptures throughout the day… taking a break from me usual week activities. This thought struck me today. Listening is one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone. We all want o to be heard. Today… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 235 #bethelight – Day 233 and 234 - Yesterday I took Lilli, John, Lilli’s friend and Jeff to the Portland area to see Mama Mia. It was good to get out and do some socializing. Today I donated 90 minutes of my time to someone think about renting the stage some time next year. Although she clearly didn’t understand why policies are as… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 233 and 234 #bethelight – Day 232 - Every once in awhile I think it’s important to surprise your kids with something nice. We were on our way to CET and I suddenly pulled into Dutch Brothers. Lilli loves to get a “freeze” at Dutch Brothers. There was a huge grin for that surprise. Also, I work for a program where I am… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 232 #bethelight – 227, 228, 229 - Time is flying! Saturday, I stopped making models to drive my mom to Portland for an Andrea Buchelli concert. My sister had purchased tickets to take her and my dad. However, my dad wasn’t feeling well and didn’t Come… so I got the ticket. I might have extended kindness by driving the freeways of Portland… Continue reading #bethelight – 227, 228, 229 #bethelight – Day 226 - I have spent most of the day all be myself. John and Lilli went for a hike. I stayed home and worked on models for my up coming CET job. I’m tired and it hasn’t even started. I succeeded in completing 2 out of the 4 models I need. Two more tomorrow… around going to… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 226 #bethelight – Day 225 - Today I cleaned off my desk. Ii know it doesn’t sound big, but it is! I also gave my husband $60 I was saving because we didn’t have enough cash in the bank and he is trying to take Lilli on a camping trip. #bethelight – Day 224 - To I let the sleeping teen sleep until noon! I’m telling you… this is a major act of kindness. However, studies do show that growing teens need sleep. Yet, tomorrow the sleeping in ends and we get going on having a productive summer! #bethelight – Day 222 - Today Lilli and I started some “spring cleaning” projects. You might not think that spring cleaning is an act of kindness, but it is. Our house has a nice fresh smell now. 🙂 Visitors… you are welcome. LOL. Also, I hired two boys who are working on earning a little money for their missions to… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 222 #bethelight – Day 221 - Today I put off things I was hoping to do for things other people needed me to do… I didn’t finish my scripture study and I didn’t finish the blog I worked on all day until midnight because I was interrupting myself too feed the missionaries, chat with family members when they were ready to… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 221 #bethelight – Day 218 - Yesterday I gave out candy leis. This morning I was thinking of my Polynesian friends and family. I’ve never been to the islands. I think I might like to go one day. But I do know about “Living Aloha.” In Hawaiian culture, aloha means kindness, bringing unity, politeness, humility, and enduring. if you live your… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 218 #bethelight – Day 217 - Today was the last day of school. I decided to give my overworked and under-thanked friends a little “bling” for making it through the year! Thanks Joanna for teaching me how to make these. Clearly they put smiles on the faces of my friends at school. Hope you all have a great summer! #bethelight – Day 215 and 216 - Yesterday was the last day of the World Theatre class and today is the last day for the production class. I decided to give them treats. I got some foods from the countries that we studied for the World Theatre class. It was silly and fun. I made cinnamon rolls for the production class. Sometimes… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 215 and 216 #bethelight – Day 214 - Went to the beach to support my kids who were involved with our friends sand castle competition. I held the baby and kept him happy so that my daughter could feel more involved with her families team. It was fun to watch my husband fly his kite and play with the grand kids too. We… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 214 #bethelight – Day 213 - Wow! What a day! I went to the school today thinking my day would be one way and it wasn’t at all like how I planned. Today was graduation and the forecast said we would a 95-100% chance of rain… rain on an outdoor graduation. I ended up spending the entire day working on getting… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 213 #bethelight – Day 211 - Today I bought a busy co-worker lunch. Far too often this co-work doesn’t eat all day because he is busy doing tasks for other people. He is in constant service to someone. He has even bought me lunch before. So today I paid it back and got him lunch. Sometimes we just need to help… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 211 #bethelight – Day 210 - I’ve been thinking today how social media has made so many people “look” like their lives are perfect, like they are perfect. News flash. No one is perfect and no one has a perfect life. Today I decided to follow the counsel of President Russell M. Nelson and give up social media for 7 days.… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 210 #bethelight – Day 205 - Today my husband was kind enough to plant the tomatoes I intended to plant. However, after my face plant yesterday I was not up for working in the garden. In the late morning we went on a little drive. Our first stop was at a little trail for a short hike he wanted to do. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 205 #bethelight – Day 204 - Today I was blessed by kindness from my daughter. We were walking home from church when I tripped. I went down hard and slid down the gravel street edge on my face. My 15 year old ran to my rescue. She helped me the rest of the way home, helped me clean the gavel out… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 204 #bethelight – Day 203 - I tell my students that “can’t” is against my religion. It isn’t really against my religion. However, I do feel that “can’t” should be removed from everyone’s vocabulary. Seriously. What is really holding you back? Fear? Reluctance? Pride? Stop talking yourself out of taking risks. Life will open up! Do something nice for someone without… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 203 #bethelight – Day 201-202 - I missed yesterday because I was so busy. I think my act of kindness was to simply do my job. Today I painted faces at a yearbook party at school and I played with my grand-kids so that their parents could go to the movies. On top of that, I am hosting a scary movie… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 201-202 #bethelight – Day 200 - Today I was really looking for that surprise act of kindness I could perform. The thing is, when your days are rather routine with work and stuff, it is often hard to find the opportunities to do meaningful acts of kindness. Then, at the end of the day, I remembered that my co-worker/friend had put… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 200 #bethelight – Day 199 - Today I was nearly overwhelmed with the need of light and kindness in the world. Seriously! There are so many unhappy people in the world. I am learning for myself that little acts of kindness go a long way. However, the person that is impacted the most by random acts of kindness is me! If… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 199 #bethelight – Day 198 - Today I had a lovely drive to the airport with baby from an uddermudder. We talked all the way. I realized, well remembered, that sometimes all a person needs is a listening ear. I don’t need to give advice. I just need to listen… and then give a little advice. (cheesy grin). Love you Sis! #bethelight – Day 194 - Today was an unplanned act of kindness. I came out a local business and saw a man digging through the trash. He asked for money. i didn’t have any. I brushed him off and walked to my car. As I got in, I noticed the blue berries I had packed for lunch. A little voice… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 194 #bethelight – Day 189 - Today my act of kindness was to spend some quality time with my youngest daughter. We walked to a local restaurant and had dinner. Then we walked over to the college and watched the college dance concert. Dance is her passion. We had a great time. We walked home afterward and enjoyed the smell of… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 189 #bethelight – Day 187 - Today I started feeling a little worried about an upcoming production. The students were having such a hard time catching on. Then, in the middle of the night, I realized the problem… Spanglish. These student speak a language different than English and different than Spanish. They Speak a mix of the two. The script, written… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 187 #bethelight – Day 186 - This thought came to me today… ask more people how they are doing and start a conversation. Today I realized that sometimes people want to talk more then they let on. Asking how they are and really listening shows them just how much you care. Besides, someday, someone will listen to what I might have… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 186 #bethelight – Day 185 - Today my act of kindness was to care for a daughter who doesn’t feel good. I also got a couple things my missionary needs so I can send them to her. #bethelight – Day 184 - I am at an age where a person starts to make a bucket list. Today it occurred to me that maybe I shouldn’t make a bucket list. Maybe I should make “life list.” I started a list today… things to really live! It’s a great self-discovery exercise. #bethelight – Day 183 - Sometimes I am not successful in this kindness campaign. Today I said something before I really thought it through to a dear friend that was a hurtful thing to say. I can’t claim that I had acts of kindness today, even if I said I was sorry for what came out of my mouth. Saying… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 183 #bethelight – Day 182 - Most of the time my efforts at kindness on the Sabbath revolve around family and church worship. It is where I spend my day on the Sabbath. Actually, the slow down of life that the Sabbath brings is a great act of kindness. God is really smart to make the Sabbath a day of rest. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 182 #bethelight – Day 179 - Today I decided that my oldest kid needed some mom TLC… so for my act of kindness today I took her lunch, brought “fancy” pizza for dinner, and fought with her lawn mower for 1.5 hours in a feeble attempt to mower her yard. Sadly, I am not sure I made a difference. Between the… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 179 #bethelight – Day 178 - Some days I get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day that I often need little reminders to think outside of myself and think of others. I do know that a small gesture of kindness can not only make someone else’s day, it makes me feel good too. So why don’t… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 178 #bethelight – Day 177 - Today I put up a bird feeder. Our little bird friends need some kindness…. right? I hope they come and sing for me… LOL. Sing for their supper! #bethelight – Day 176 - Today I will extend an act of kindness toward myself… I will take a walk. Taking care of my body is the most important thing I can do for myself… well at least I am learning that. I have been taking myself for walks for several days now. I am noticing that I sleep better. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 176 #bethelight – Day 173 - Today I bought some plant from the FFA kind. I think its great to support these kids in learning some useful skills! However, I am the real winner here. My hanging flower baskets are beautiful! #bethelight – Day 172 - Today I hired a local teen to help me in my yard. I don’t have a ton of money, but I can get some money together to help a hard working young man earn a little money for his mission. It is seriously difficult for teens to get jobs these days. Laws designed to “protect”… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 172 #bethelight – Day 171 - Today I planted flowers. I love flowers! They always make me smile. I also was benefited by someone else’s act of kindness. I dear friend saw me planting flowers and stopped to talk. I was so wonderful to have a grown up conversation swinging on the porch swing. In addition, my daughter is supporting my… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 171 #bethelight – Day 170 - Today I learned that the book party I hosted last week was a huge success. With the generosity of many, we were able to give $370 of books to my friend’s preschool. I am so pleased. We were able to give the gift of reading and learning to future generations at the preschool and in… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 170 #bethelight – Day 169 - Since yesterday was earth day, I decided to spread light today by working in my garden. Flowers bring a smile to my face. They have to bring a smile to the faces of others as they pass my house. 🙂 So I spent a little time cleaning up the yard. It’s a breathe of fresh… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 169 #bethelight – Day 168 - Today is Earth Day. It is celebrated in 184 countries to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful planet. It’s a great day to give thanks for for this wonderful world God has provided for us with all its nurturing nature, bounty, and beauty. Since it is the Sabbath I won’t be running around to… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 168 #bethelight – Day 167 - Day I saw someone from the community that I had noticed at the play last night. This man has had health issues in resent years that have landed him a wheel chair. Today, we were both attending a sports awards. He looked a little lost and alone so I walked over to him. I mentioned… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 167 #bethelight – Day 166 - Support local theater! Today I am going to see a little production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang produced by AIM at the local Baptist church. We all need each other in this theater business. Heck! We need each other period! Supporting and cheering on others in their activities help us to grow and to become… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 166 #bethelight – Day 165 - Today I am hosting an Usborne book party. My daughter is an Usborne book consultant, so hosting a party helps her out. I also decided to “pay-it-forward” and to host the party to benefit someone else. First, I love to read. I learned to read late. I struggled learning to read. At third grade I… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 165 #bethelight – Day 164 - I feel like I see so much judgement in the world today… Lots and lots of pointing fingers. Today I have a simple suggestion for an act of kindness: Be empathetic – Really try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Try your best to understand their experiences, challenges and thought process. “If you can learn a… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 164 #bethelight – Day 163 - Okay…. Today’s act of kindness isn’t something I did. Today Is about acts of kindness that prove God is there and answers prayers. This past weekend my daughter and her husband were able to bring home the little boy they are adopting. They travelled to Oklahoma with their 3 1/2 year old and their 1… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 163 #bethelight – Day 162 - Today I subbed for my friend. I taught a ton of voice lessons. I bought some snacks for my daughter. I was pleasant and understanding while delivering hard news to a group of students. Sometimes it is hard to stay positive on long hard days. Staying positive is a great act of kindness! Stay positive! #bethelight – Day 161 - I think the greatest kindness we can extend in this world is to spend time family. That’s what I did today. I spent time chatting with McKay, Myles, Leneyah, Beckett, and Kaiden on Facetime. I spent time chatting with my parents on the phone. We spent time with Kimber, Ray Ben, Freya and Holland today… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 161 #bethelight – Day 160 - Meet the neighbors. A month or so ago, a new family moved in next door. Today My husband and I met them… Dave and Sally. They seem nice. They like to garden. We have that in common. We chatted about sharing the cost of a new fence too. Spread light and kindness. Go out and… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 160 #bethelight – Day 159 - Today was such a busy day! It seems like I say that every day… At any rate… Today I spent my day serving. I got up early and was at the high school by 6:30. It was pageant rehearsal and I needed to prep before their 7 am call. After rehearsal I raced to a… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 159 #bethelight – Day 158 - Today is my youngest daughter Lillian’s birthday. Today I spread kindness by celebrating her. We Started the day early at the Orthodontist. After she got her braces checked and the bands traded for bright blue, we headed up north to the Portland area. Second stop of the day was Lillian’s Disneyland. I have never seen… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 158 #bethelight – Day 157 - Today did not go as I envisioned it. I thought I was working one job, only to find out I wasn’t. I missed out on the opportunity to sub too. I had extra work on top of that, thrown at me. Then the light system at my school crashed. The fire alarm was telling my… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 157 #bethelight – Day 156 - Today I helped someone with their lines for a play. It is a great act of kindness to help someone succeed in their goals. It helps you to think outside yourself. Not only that, but I did some grading for my friend while I worked a concert I taught some voice lessons and I cleaned… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 156 #bethelight – Day 155 - It is spring and the flowers are beginning to take off and add color and happiness to my surroundings. It got me thinking that the world needs more flowers. I just think that we need to add more pretty things to the world. There are so many ways you can add prettiness to the world:… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 155 #bethelight – Day 151 - Check in with someone. Recently an acquaintance texted to see how I was doing. She said she hadn’t seen a lot of me in a while and wanted to say “hi.” Although it was simply my crazy busy life style that kept me from being around much, her outreach was touching. So I reached out… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 151 #bethelight – Day 150 - Today I made a list of things people have given me… no strings attached. You should try it. I am so grateful for the people who are willing to give to make my life better with no expectations of anything in return. So… I then decided to make a list of 10 things I I… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 150 #bethelight – Day 149 - Oops… I didn’t post yesterday. I do have a good reason. I worked all day… mostly teaching. At the end of the day my husband was using my computer so I decided to soak in the hot tub. Then my daughter called. She needed her mom. So I got out of the hot tub ,… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 149 #bethelight – Day 148 - Today is Easter… a day celebrating the greatest act of kindness EVER. Today is also April Fool’s day. I have no idea what the history of playing tricks on people is all about. It seems rather mean spirited. Today I’d like to follow the other tradition, the greatest kindness ever. Today I’d like to see… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 148 #bethelight – Day 147 - Today I took dinner to my daughter who had a baby 2 weeks ago and is so tired. Our church does a good job the first week after a baby is born in helping out a new mom… but as you all know… being tired is going to be a thing for at least the… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 147 #bethelight – Day 146 - Today we head home after a short visit with family. Sure love these silly little people and their hard working parents. But today, my act of kindness is to be nice on the road. I will let people in my lane ( a rare thing in Utah), I will use my blinker, and I will… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 146 #bethelight – Day 145 - Today we went on a small road trip and showed the kids were we got married. It has been closed for the past two years while the church has upgraded the temple. I love how it looks the same. The colors are the same and everything. It was a little odd to sit in the… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 145
I want to spread kindness and light all over the internet. I want to spread kindness and light throughout my home. I want to spread kindness and light throughout my community. Why not start a campaign of kindness, a campaign to spread light everyday for 365 days… a whole year.
So… today… this General Manager of the Universe will not resign an activity. Today she will be picking one up. Today she will pick up a new torch, fan a new flame, and begin a campaign to carry light to the world every day for 365 days.
That’s right. For 365 days I want to go out of my way to be kind. Every. Day. I want to live a life fueled by love. Every day I want to choose intentional, unselfish acts of love.
I’m not saying that spreading light and kindness requires me to be the next Mother Teresa or Mahatma Gandhi. It doesn’t have to be something big. Small acts… small lights can make BIG impacts in those dealing in darkness and despair.
Every day I want to make someone’s day BETTER! Flip the script. Live a life fueled by love and service. As I do I know I will find that there is no more room in my life for darkness, despair, bitterness, rage, and lack of forgiveness.
Spread the word!
Every day I will post a simple idea to spread light to others. Every day I will look for the light being spread by others and post about that too!
I know that is a lot of posting… but this blog is about me finding me and finding how I can make a difference in the world. Readers are great. Readers help spread the message of light and of positive thinking. But I write for me… for me to make sense of what happens in my life.
So… if you want to join me, please do.