Saturday, January 26, 2019

hello from the CARIBBEAN

Cruising with my sister for 11 days. I came straight from a trade show in Phoenix. Shelley and I are so different but so alike. We were both determined to make changes from a HARD and abusive childhood. We are both just so grateful for what we have done with our life and our stories. We broke the cycle. I love you Shelley. I’m blessed with us. God knew we could needed each another. Her first cruise our first vacation alone together and it’s magical.

This is my younger sister Shelley.
She still lives in Hickory NC.
This is where we were both born and raised.
We have NEVER ever taken a vacation together- just us. 
We have laughed, cried and almost peed our pants.
You guys I am so proud of her.

I love her very much.
She is incredibly strong and resislent.

She raised two girls after a divorce in her 20's. No help and as a single mother she was determined to keep going and keep growing. My niece Miranda (her oldest daughter) is getting her PHD right now. I have three of my 5 birth children in college full time too. We defied some big odds. We wanted more. We never wanted our children to worry about heat, where their next meal was from or from abusive people. We both are determined to not allow toxic people and drama to exist. We both are big into being positive... every day.

Shelley is now the plant manager for a huge company. All the day to day operations of over 28 people. She is killing it! My little sister is a force. I am so proud of her. Also, she has another daughter Kayla who is quite amazing too. I love our little family. We may be small but we are BIG in love.

I guess you could say we are living our life boldly. The past does not define us or you.

Virgin Pina Coladas
Vitamin SEA
Hats & Sunglasses
I could not be happier

Today I shared this on my instagram page. I get so many women who tell me that they struggle (so hard) with comparing themselves. They compare their success, their life, and it's easy to think we are "less than." I am the biggest believer in that our success is ours... and ours alone. We should look at someone else's success as inspiration to KNOW it can be done. There is ENOUGH SUCCESS available to all of us. Each of us... in ABUNDANCE.

I look at my biggest role models and think.. look at what they have done. I can do my OWN thing, my OWN way and be just as unstoppable. Success is for YOU and there is no stopping a determined woman or man. 

Okay, we are in Bonaire. Time to go on a Catamaran and snorkel. 
Make Today Count!!!!

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Monday, January 14, 2019


I decided to share just a few things that I am working on and upcoming amazing things. I have a trade show in AZ this week. I'm head to CREATIVATION. It is the Craft & Hobby Industries tradeshow. My booth is 2020... so easy to remember. Right?
I was thinking today on how I am choosing to see the good in the busy and not let it overwhelm my mind set or see it as stress. I used to do this. Now I see it as a such a blessing to be busy. 

I follow my heart when I decide to attend any event. I know that when I feel it in my gut and I follow that prompting to do something, it has always served me well.

I am going back to the UK in August for the Press Pause 2019 event. This event is faith based and I will be speaking to thousands of attendees, along side the most impressive line up of presenters and singers. When I speak to groups of over 1,000 + I see this as a personal challenge to connect with the audience as if it is on a smaller more intimate group. 

I get asked if I get nervous when I am speaking in front of so many people. That is such a great question. I would say I am not really nervous.  I overthink my message. I go over it for WEEKS and MONTHS. I would say I agonize over it. I want it to be impactful. So I do a lot of praying. I love to hear what the event would like for me to speak about or address and then I allow myself time to really feel the inspiration on WHAT needs  I am trying to meet. 

It doesn't matter if it's a message to 50 people or thousands. I know that I want to elevate and give people hope in their journey. I know that we ALL have the same basic wants and desires. I am like everyone else. I remember telling over 1,000 beautiful women at the JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts headquarters event (I spoke for like 1.5 hours) about having cellulite and stretch marks. I was in a room of amazing great successful managers and I felt impressed to share that common need of self acceptance that I believe ALL women and men want. 

I pour my heart and soul into everything I do and for me speaking is an honor and a gift. I don't ever take it lightly that position to go on stage and deliver a message. I'm not afraid to be real, and vulnerable. After I speak, I will be honest... I am completely WIPED out. All the energy, the thought, the vulnerability and emotions can make me very quiet and very contemplative. I will go back to my hotel room and be very STILL in my thoughts. This is a miracle. It's emotionally draining in a big beautiful way. I often share things that I had no idea I would share. It comes to me and I follow that deep impression to share. It is always followed by someone coming up to me afterwards saying, " it was just for them" or "this is exactly what I needed to hear." I believe a "great" speaker is one who is willing to really connect and share. It's going THERE... I don't hold back and I follow my heart and often share things that I did not intend. Yep... that about sums me up!

I know that public speaking is not for everyone. I would have never thought this was my journey. I feel honored that this coming year, I am able to speak more than ever. I am headed to speak next at the Planner Con event in San Francisco, CA. I think about this nonstop... there are over 1,300+ attendees at this event. I am speaking to everyone on Saturday evening of the event. I know that my message is going to be BIG... BOLD... INTENTIONAL.. its time for SELF LOVE and being REALLY intentional with our SELF TALK. Our words are so powerful! I have been preparing for months on this particular event. 

I never thought I would be doing a PODCAST either... but after so many promptings, I knew I would be doing a podcast. So it's in the works. I want to have guests too. I have always been the guest so I am looking forward to being the host too. I wanted a platform that anyone could listen to and gain from anytime and from all over the world. 

I realized that the next step for me was hosting empowerment events that would be LIFE CHANGING to the attendees. So last year in 2018- I held the first LIVE YOUR STORY EVENT. Oh my such a labor of love. It was powerful!
It changed lives and I knew it was something I had to grow.

Taylor and I loved every moment of it of the first event. I realized that if I made it into a two day event and added a day (just with me as a masterclass that I would teach, connect and share- and THEN add more speakers to speak along side me (on the next day)... well, it would be SO powerful and LIFE changing to the attendees. 

SIDENOTE: Just yesterday in a conversation, a woman asked me this. 

"Can you help me? I love your positivity and I'm dealing with a husband who is so negative. It's draining me. I can't stand it. It's taking the LIFE out of me. "
-We talked for a long time. I know that she now knows some powerful steps to help her with her peace and sanity. It's crucial. It's called boundaries. It's about loving yourself enough to set some much needed boundaries and self care. 

I believe in SPEAKING and sharing the GOOD and the BAD.
What do you do when you fail?
How do you get out of a negative mindset?
How do you forgive someone who has done you wrong?
Life is full of REALLY hard things to face.

We now have people coming from around the world. I didn't ever let my brain go to my event failing. I knew the POWER of doing this event. I knew if I had 20 people come or hundreds... I was making a difference. That is GOLD to me and my HEART.

I want to make a difference. It's not ALL about me. It never has been or will be. I am just sharing what I know now is RESILIENCE. I am sharing how taking ACTION- doing something is vital. 

You can make all the vision boards, plan your heart out and yet if you are not DOING the WORK and taking ACTION. Well, you really are not going to go anywhere. 

I asked five powerhouse presenters to join me to ELEVATE and inspire. I was lead to these individuals. I knew together we are going to ELEVATE what it means to have goals and a vision in our personal and professional life. 

I believe too many people invest too much in things of little or no value. YOU have to see yourself as an investment.  You have to take ACTION. What are you doing to enhance your worth? So this is continuing my WHY in a big and bold way. 

Seriously, DREAMS are for chasing... hunting them down and claiming those dreams. I mean I get a little crazy and I attack my DREAMS. I am a believer in being UNSTOPPABLE.  If you want to join me in Park City, Utah for the event that I know will change YOU... sign up and I promise you will not regret it. If you are local to Utah... you need to stop making excuses and join us. 

Thank you friends for being here and sharing in my story and in my journey. It means so much to me! 

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

EXCUSE ME WHILE I BLOG.... and remodel my bathroom

OH MY IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BLOG AGAIN...and to blog in my own way. I just feel FREE. So today I wanted to share this with you....

ELEVATE your vision of YOU. You are the BOSS of your life. 

Here are some things I practice daily. 

1. Set goals and move toward them. 
2. Stop comparing yourself to others. 
3. Set boundaries and put YOURSELF at the top of your list as a PRIORITY. 
4. Watch your SELF-TALK. I tell myself daily that I am ENOUGH right 
5. Watch who you spend time with. They say you turn out like the five people you spend most of your time with. 
6. KNOW who you really are. You are powerful energy. You are a miracle. Love yourself so boldly. Because it means you are taking care of YOU. 

These things have allowed me personally to FLY and elevate in my own WORTH and value. 

Once you begin to do these things INTENTIONALLY— be prepared to know that EVERYTHING changes in a BOLD way. It overflows and spreads. 

It’s literally EVERYTHING!!!! Do you agree????

Also, we are in the ongoing phase of our home renovation... (the job that never ends!) My cute husband came home from a Utah vs BYU game at like 1:00 am and while taking a shower- broke the shower hardware. Our house for some reason has been built with no access to the shower/tub and shower fixtures/hardware if any thing happened.

When we opened up the wall we found a massive hole from a leak that was growing. This eventually would have become a massive problem. Our shower hardware breaking was a blessing (a costly one... but one that would have been even more costly)

We decided to go ahead and take out the rest of the tile that matched the shower and just make it all the same. Brian said he knew I would make this decision. I love my big jet tub and we kept it. 

We needed to add access to the tub so we put it inside this room, where the toilet goes. This way if the tub ever has issues, we can access it.

So we had to tear into this wall into the shower to get our shower fixed. This of course lead to the 
decision to redo the rest of the bathroom. 

We had done everything in the bathroom earlier in the year so WHY not just do the rest? (I had made the decision that I did not think it needed to be replaced and so we were good- until the hardware broke and we had to go into walls.)

I think this will be my dream bathroom after all. I am choosing to be really thankful and positive through the four week renovation. Thankfully, my home office is right across from our master bedroom and it has a full bathroom and shower. I can't complain. I love home projects, just not the mess. It's a good distraction for the big trade show and all the work I'm putting into my new products and booth this week in AZ. 

If you are going to CREATIVATION TRADE SHOW... I'm in booth 2020. Yes, it's PERFECTLY clear you should come SEE me at the show. 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019


I am just truly a HAPPY person.
I am naturally a positive person.
I like to hang around with positive people and 
I believe in FOCUSING on the GOOD.

I find that so many times in life, it's easy to focus or look for the negative or the bad. It is draining. I think one of the things that has "served" me well is that I am simply happy over the smallest things. I know that material things are just that. They do not add "true happiness." I look for the real and I celebrate daily the little things. 

On the times I myself am struggling with feelings of being down or catch myself not being positive... I know it's time for me to take inventory of my GOOD.

I will write in my notebook and planner... all that I have and FOCUS on the good. The bad is still there. I HAVE to mentally LOOK for the good that exists.  

Make a plan to write down positive things in your planners. Look for the GOOD. Write down things that create a POSITIVE mind set.

When I designed my planners, I knew I wanted them to be full of UPLIFTING and positive quotes. When you open the planner, you felt MOTIVATED.

I believe in the IMPACT being mindful of your thoughts.
I really strive to be intentional with being a positive and grateful person. 

I am trying striving daily to CREATE the positive life that I love.

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ELEVATE YOUR VISION- it's time to ELEVATE yourself

It's been a whirlwind. I announced my next empowerment event. It has been in the works for so long. I DREAMED big to create a event that ELEVATES the SOUL.  I felt the "call" to do this second  event right before my other CREATE YOUR STORY EVENT. I had so many attendees from outside of the USA who come to the Create Your Story event and wanted to come to my empowerment event too-  LIVE YOUR STORY.

This year it's now RIGHT before the CREATIVE EVENT. Yes, the same week so that my beautiful international  guests can attend both. HOTEL PARK CITY is ours for the week. Yes, we are taking over the gorgeous hotel.

I am so blessed and grateful for the five other highly sought after, highly motivating and successful keynote speakers who will be joining me.  This is no ordinary line up of speakers. They are going to ELEVATE YOUR VISION along me... to help you to SHOW UP for yourself daily.

Some of my beliefs and why am I doing this? I am doing a TC powerhouse course for you on Tuesday. Here is an idea of what I will be sharing and will be in my "golden workbook." A day with me and I am ready to get personal, real and break down the barriers to personal growth and success.

  1. Everything is energy. You will feel energized and inspired.
  2. TRUST your journey. Visualize what you want in your life.
  3. You can ATTRACT what you desire.
  4. Confidence is accessible to you at ALL TIMES.
  5. We need to SUPERCHARGE our SELF-TALK
  6. Choose LOVE over FEAR. Trust me!
  7. You need to STEP into action... Believe it, then BE it!
  8. Self Love is a VERB.
  9. The Power of Positivity
  10. Crown Yourself
Okay this is just a few of the things that I am going to share (probably PREACH to you) You are the BOSS of your life. You need to own it and live it FULLY.  Seriously, INVEST in yourself. Give yourself the GIFT of  worth, empowerment, and love.

So I am answering the questions we have been getting. 

YES, this event is for YOU.
It's for anyone (women and men) who
want to ELEVATE your thoughts, claim your dreams, and build 
themselves. You don't need to be working on a business or anything to gain impactful knowledge from joining us.

        YOU are the BOSS of your life... YOU make the decisions. 


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Monday, January 7, 2019


 This past year was a huge growth in my personal and professional life. I think going through my real life challenges to really get to this point of  having "more self love" and compassion for myself. I am a believer in less self-doubt and more self-love. It changes YOU. It changes how you LIVE.  It changes how you SEE yourself and others. It's mind-blowing!!!!!!!

This is my instagram page. I look back on what I have accomplished. I used to be so hard on myself and would FOCUS on what I had not done. Now... oh friends... I look at EVERY accomplishment and am proud of WHAT I am doing. I look at the steps every day that I am doing. This past year, I did the NYC Stationery Show in May. I debuted more planners, notebooks, gift boxes, home decor frames. It was wildly successful! 

 I am so thankful for the support of Michael's for doing an exclusive with me and Silhouette. We did the blush pink Cameo 3 Teresa Collins bundle

This is me.
I turned 50 years old- July 23rd.
I feel alive, beautiful, fearless and bold.
I am so grateful for EVERY day....
I live each day to MAKE EACH DAY COUNT-
I believe YOU should too!

I moved my yearly creative- CREATE YOUR STORY after over ten years from VEGAS to the exquisite Park City Utah.

I was so nervous. What if no one came?
I was so wrong and we SOLD OUT upon announcing it.
We over sold out HOTEL PARK CITY and had to get a second hotel across the street to accommodate our attendees. 

I should have moved the event years ago- but I believe things happen for a reason.
I was not going to allow FEAR to hold me back from following my heart. My gut told me to do it and I did it!

 This year will be so exception and we booked out the hotel. Yes, we moved the event back by one week. I have asked some of my most amazing talented friends to join me in teaching this year. Last year was magic, but this year is going to continue to INSPIRE. I pinch myself that men and women from around the world join me every year for three days to "create" and connect and document life and stories and create in a beautiful bold way together. 

It's simply MAGIC. It's a family reunion and I love this part of my life. It plays a special part of who I am and connecting with you.

You can sign up and join me... I would love it! 

I could talk for days on my love for planning. Mix this with my love for speaking and I have been busy. Last month I was able to speak as the Keynote Presenter at the Winter Planner Land event to 350+ amazing attendees. It was amazing! I met so many
amazing new friends. It filled my bucket to much. 

I will be speaking SATURDAY night at Planner Con. It is the largest planner event and I'm HONORED to be speaking. 
I can't wait!!!!! I will share more about this later.

Final thought today, You choose every day if you are going to be HAPPY and look for the happy in life. YOU determine your outlook and your attitude. Choose Happy.... 

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

HAPPY 2019

 I am so very happy!!!! I have been locked out of my blog and it was finally resolved TODAY.

Can I just tell you how very thankful I am today!!!!! A lot has happened since I last posted. So instead of CATCH UP... I will just keep going from the NOW. 

I wanted to show you my VISION BOARD that I taught at my 2018 empowerment event. I held it in Park City at Hotel Park City. (swoon- I love them!)

All the woman were given a gold frame to make their own and I gave them my paper line (AZURE PAPERIE) and designed sentiments for them to personalize their vision boards. 

Each girl make their own VISION and GOAL board. They were gorgeous. This is mine. I keep it in my office. It resonates with me and keeps me accountable and INTENTIONAL.

gold grid frame: TARGET

I am super excited for 2019!!!!
I am bursting with gratitude and thankfulness.
I will be announcing my 2019 empowerment event this week... EMPOWERMENT EVENT
and will have the website updated.

I am passionate about bringing LIGHT to the world.

I am thrilled to be alive. I will do a 2018 recap this week. I can't wait to connect with you. 

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