Friday, October 4, 2013


Last Friday, after my post about my current struggles with trichotillomania, one of my very good friends texted me and said, "Saw your blog post this morning ... I just knew I had to share [this video] with you." After watching the video, getting chills all over, and just remembering that no matter what trials I go through, no matter what mistakes I make, no matter what anyone else thinks of me—I AM AWESOME. I thought I'd turn around and share this with you, because YOU too are beautiful, smart, funny, kind, unique... you are awesome.

Andi, thanks a bunch for sharing this video with me. I so appreciate your friendship. To all the rest of you, sending nothing but love and well-wishes for your weekend. I am empowered today... who are you?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Boise State Football Over The Years

Boise State Cheerleading

Today marks a very, very important day. It's the start of the college football season! While this may not be a huge deal for me, I know that Daniel has been waiting and waiting for this day. He loves college football, and he especially loves watching Boise State play. And a man that loves the Broncos is a man after my own heart, after all.

So I thought I'd kick off the season with a cool video—made by Bronco Nation—of some favorite moments over the last few years of Bronco Football. And hey, if you pause it right at 1:18, you'll see my sister and me in our rival Boise State and University of Idaho cheer uniforms!

Boise State Cheerleading
Boise State Football Over the Years, Boise State Cheerleading
I'm the third from the right—about to do a backhandspring.


Monday, August 26, 2013

My Aha Moment

Mutual of Omaha Aha Moment about Trichotillomania

A couple weeks ago, the Mutual of Omaha Aha Moment Tour 2013 came through Boise. I had received an email from one of their coordinators a couple weeks before, asking if I'd like to come record my "aha moment." I was honored to have been asked, and immediately knew what I would talk about—trichotillomania.

For years and years, I've struggled with trichotillomania—and still do occasionally. Here's my Aha Moment about how I was freed from it—not cured—but freed. It doesn't hold me down anymore.

Blogging has changed my life, in more ways than just helping me control my trichotillomania.
"I always thought that I didn't have anything to offer anyone. I thought that my words couldn't make a difference and that my photos couldn't make a difference and that I couldn't help anyone. By simply blogging and taking photos and sharing my story, I realize that I can help other people and that's been huge for helping increase my self-esteem and just really getting me out there. Everybody has a story that they can share and a person they can help if they just put themselves out there."
Thank you for reading my story (here & at LastLash—the "anonymous" blog mentioned in the video). It means the world to me. YOU are part of my "aha moment."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Take Care Forward

I've mentioned my job before, but I don't know if I've told you how much I love my job. Well, I do... I love my job. I am a development assistant at a non-profit hospital in Boise. I work 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, get to sit at a desk in my very own beautiful office with a view (and a balcony!), and I work with 9 other brilliant people (one who is a great friend!). You can read more about my job here.

St. Luke's recently put out this promotional video that shows a little bit about our hospital and the work we do in the community. They also asked their 10,000+ employees to submit photos to contribute to it, and you can find me in the video at 2:59 and 3:00 with Daniel & my mom. I really enjoyed this video, because it took everyone who I see in such a professional sense each and every day, and showed just how real we all are.

What do you love about your job?

Friday, May 31, 2013


Just for fun, here's a throwback video from my days at Eagle High School when we won the 2005 State Championships in cheerleading. It's blurry, but see if you can spot me... I'm the super-blonde wearing the white knee brace (I shouldn't be too hard to spot). My sister was in this, too! She's got a super-long brown ponytail.

The photos below are fun to look back on, as well. The top photo was our close group of girlfriends, minus one or two. In the bottom photo, I'm in the middle and my sister is on the far left.

high school cheerleaders

Oh, high school. Those were the days... "Go Eagle Go, YEAH!"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Muggle Quidditch

muggle quidditch

Sunday after church, we headed over to Boise State to watch my brother play and host a big Muggle Quidditch tournament. Yes, you read it right—Quidditch—like Harry Potter Quidditch. My brother is the captain and founder of the brand new Boise State team. Apparently, there are tournaments all over the world, and this club sport is really gaining momentum. The BSU team is called the Abraxans, aptly named after the flying horses in the popular wizardry series, which also fits with the school's mascot—the Broncos.

We watched BSU play and defeat the University of Idaho team in both games, and even overtime. It was exciting, it was fun, and it was really, really nerdy. But hey, it's not every day that you get your family together to go watch a bunch of adults run around on broomsticks and chase a golden snitch, now is it?

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Did you like Stew's celebratory round-off above? Oh, and you may have noticed the big fancy camera up there shooting the team during their post-game huddle. The news came out to shoot and feature the Abraxans, and I knew it would be just perfect to show you the news segment so you can get a real idea of how cool (and slightly nerdy) this sport is. Give a big cheer for my bro, too. Stew is the man.


/ / Can you spot me (my back) or Daniel in the video? Ha!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Every Tuesday, I go to one of my church's small groups.
We are called the Krew Knights.
We eat delicious Pinterest-worthy snacks, play fun games, share a message, and pray.
It's my favorite kind of fellowship.
We have way too much fun...

Krew Knights UNITE!

Happy Friday!

PS> That video includes a heavy dose of my sauce. It's OK if you're embarrassed with me.

Monday, March 19, 2012


I will remember yesterday,
March 18, 2012 for the rest of my life.

It was the day I was saved by Jesus Christ.
I was surrounded by a few good friends, new and old,
who held my hands,
cried amazing big tears,
and witnessed me ask Jesus into my heart.

I have never felt so much love.

Have YOU been saved?
Link up below!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Lightning Reaction.

Happy Monday! It's one of those days... where I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into my life outside of the blogosphere. I don't consider today a "vlogging" session... but I may be considering doing some vlogging here in the future. What do you think about that??? Hmm???

A month or so ago, Daniel and I got together with our good friends Steve and Lindsey. They are awesome.

We played a game called Lightning Reaction. Basically-- it's a game for boys. Lindsey and I got suckered into playing with the dudes.

The point is to not be the last person to hit the button on your joystick once the music stops playing. If you are the last one... you get shocked. And it's not pleasant by any means.

See what I mean? A boy game.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Social Network Christmas.

Ladies and gents, Christmas is only 6 days away. I think it's an appropriate time to share a wonderful, inspiring, and incredibly creative video.

I attended church with my boyfriend's family yesterday, and this video came on during service. I think it's amazingly creative, and I really wanted to share it with each of you.

I present to you: 
A Social Network Christmas.