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Just Who Are You?

January 19, 2018

I had a mentor session with someone I really look up to, the other day. I went in just kind of ready to hear anything and everything, but to also be open about my concerns and with any questions I might have. It was a photography mentor session, but it sparked something inside of me that I have never ever thought about before.

Trying to find an image where you feel like your true self is actually represented is difficult! Haha ↑↑↑↑ Thanks Shayster for being in my life!

While we were talking about branding, we talked about how branding is more than just a website design and pretty stationary. It’s who you are! Later that night (same day that President Nelson became the Prophet of the LDS Church), I decided to listen to President Nelson’s latest talk. In the beginning of the talk, he shares a story about meeting a king. And the king asks him, “Just who are you?”

I paused the video to really think about that question and how it tied into what I had just learned earlier that morning in my mentor session. It ties perfectly with branding.

Just who are you?

My mentor mentioned (I’ll probably blog about my mentor session later) that with my personal blog, I already have a brand. A brand? Me? I have never looked at my blog and thought that I had a brand. That people know me for something, or that they keep coming back for more because there is something about me that they love. And when I speak, they listen. The more I thought about it, the more I began to see the same thing.

Now, I’m not saying I have all of these blog readers or followers, but I do know some people who read my blog, who support me. Who know me because they read my blog. They know what I love, what I hate, and are somehow moved by what I have to say. But what is my brand?? JUST WHO AM I? I’ve never asked myself that. I’ve never thought about a brand here and what it is. But that’s the thing. It’s who I am. I am 110% myself on this blog. I am open, honest, and share what I care about most. I embrace who I am, my struggles and my successes.

That is one thing I’ve tried to do this last year. Figure out who I am. Who I am, well who I think I am, is different than what others think I am. And I have been trying to be who I think others think I should be or am. But I’m ready to change that. I want people to know me… the real me, right from the start! Like in that first picture in this post. I’m crazy fun, loud, laugh a lot, outgoing, jokester, and I love being around people. I want that to be my brand. I want my brand to be everything that nobody has seen yet.

But exactly how do I execute that? That’s where I’m at in my branding. I learned a big life lesson in my mentor session and I’m so grateful for the timing and the things we discussed. I feel like it opened a completely new door to a new perspective that I’ve been searching for for a long time!! So I’m keeping that simple question in mind from here on out. Just who are you?

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Did We Know Him?

January 17, 2018
Did We Know Him? by Ziggy Life

“Well Done” by Del Parsons

Last week I attended an Institute class about Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel. We began by turning to The Living Christ and a few scriptures in the Book of Mormon. The teacher asked us two questions when class first began.

Who is Jesus Christ? and Why do you believe in him?

I remember everyone just kind of hesitantly looking at each other. I let a few other classmates go first because I knew we only had so much time. I shared that I believe in him because he believes in me. Simple, and probably a generic answer but we didn’t have much time.

At the end of the class, my teacher shared a quote by Joseph Smith Jr.

“At the first organization in heaven we were all present and saw the Savior chosen and appointed and the plan of salvation made, and we sanctioned it” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 209).

After reading this my teacher explained something along the lines of: “here is this man… who stepped forward to atone for ALL of our sins.” And then he said, “Did we even know him?” Which is where this blog post comes in.

Did we know Jesus Christ? Did we know anything about him? What made us agree that he be the one to come down to earth and make the ultimate sacrifice, if we didn’t know him? Which brings me full circle to the first question we were asked that night.

Who is Jesus Christ? And why do you believe in Him? Being able to bear testimony of our Savior while also pondering the thought that we may not have even known him is kind of cool! I’m not even sure if any of this is making sense, but it really hit me that night.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is my best friend, my Redeemer, my Heartache healer… He is so much of my life. It is because of his selfless act that I am able to pray to my Father in Heaven and ask for forgiveness, help and comfort. I feel of Gods love for me and I know that he is there because of His Beloved Son, my Advocate.

I love this photo by Del Parsons. I feel so comforted looking at it. What a wonderful man Jesus Christ is! This year, I want to take into action what President (now our prophet!!) Russell M. Nelson did when he read every single thing about Jesus Christ in the scriptures. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. I want to come to know my Savior even better and more than I do now… scripturally and personally.

I love my Savior. I know that He lives. I know that He loves me, believes in me and supports me in all that I do. It is because of Him that I can be happy in this life and the life hereafter. And I know that He can do the same for you.

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Dreaming Differently

January 15, 2018

I’m dreaming differently than I used to and my heart just feels like it’s going to explode. I dream every day of how I’d love my life to go or just dream of different things I’d want and love. I’m not sure if it is the new year… new place we live in or what but my desires are changing and I feel so much peace with these changes.

I want a family… a little baby to hold. I want to always attend the temple with my husband. I want to make it a priority. I want to date him, and strengthen our relationship each day. I want to raise my children in a home where the Holy Ghost dwells and we learn the teachings of God and Jesus Christ. I don’t know what our road ahead looks like when it comes to adding children but I do know that the Lord will bless us with opportunities to fill the need we have to “parent.”

I want to build a strong business from home, doing something I love to keep who I am alive. I want to be successful and magnify my calling as a wife and mother by being true to who I am and still doing things for myself. I love photography. I love crafting. I love art and I am a totally planner junkie.

I want to smile more and be happy. The last 9 years have been a long road… a very hard road. I’m so ready to put that part of my life behind me and open the doors to something new. I’m ready to leave the pain behind, old habits, wishing and regretting. I’m not sure what it is but I feel it in my heart that 2018 is going to be good for myself and my husband. Whether that actually brings anything, I don’t know. But we’ll make it good, even if it’s just our attitude.

I don’t know if this year includes buying a home, having a baby, furthering my education, starting a new business or anything else that could come. But what I do know is that I trust God. I trust His love and guidance. I trust my husband and the role he plays in our marriage and family. I trust the Spirit of the Lord to lead and guide us in moments of decision.

I’m just feeling very grateful tonight. Grateful for who I am, for God, for my husband… my testimony and my faith. I just know that life happiness is a choice and I’m ready to make it!