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Balancing Sacrifice and Self-Care: Mormon Marriages

If we don’t invest time in developing our sense of self, we can’t be “self-less.” We wouldn’t have anything to offer. – Dr Julie Hanks

!I talked with Angilyn and Nate Bagley recently about how to balancing caring for the self while caring and sacrificing for others and God. Enjoy!

You Don’t Have to Be the Sacrificial Lamb of Your Family: About Progress Podcast

I loved interviewing with Monica Packer, host of About Progress Podcast on the topic of playing the mommy martyr in your family. Here’s how she describes the episode. “If you feel a little bit lost, uncertain of where to start, or even what’s missing, I have been there. I’m even sharing an experience years ago that made me feel like pursuing anything outside of my children was selfish. Now I know that to be more selfless, to be able to give of myself to my family, I have to be my whole self first. Tune in to this episode for the practical push you need find your passions again.”

Protecting Your Family’s Mental Health During COVID-19 Crisis

With all of the focus on physical health during the Corona Virus Pandemic, it’s easy to forget about our mental health. While we are focused on protecting our physical health by staying home, social distancing, and refraining from many of our usual activities, our mental health may suffer.  The change in routine, social isolation, a sense of uncertainty, and increased stress may leave us feeling heightened anxiety, a sense of hopelessness or doom, agitated, frustrated, or a variety of other difficult emotions.

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25 Things NOT to Say to Believing Loved Ones

There are some common phrases that people who’ve left the Church say to believing love ones that are very painful, even if they’re well-meaning. Once you’ve left the Church, you often want to share what you’ve learned with others. Here’s a list of 25 things NOT to say to believing loved ones and what TO say instead. Everyone wants to be respected and validated.

25 Things NOT to Say to a Loved One Leaving the Church

There are some common phrases that believing loved ones say to loved ones leaving the Church that are often hurtful, even when they are said with positive intent. I’ve also worked with many people who have left the Church that long to hear certain thing from their family members.

Here are 2 lists: what NOT TO say and TO say to a loved one leaving the Church. There’s an option to download PDF version that you can print out and share.

5 Ways To Manage Holiday Stress: Good Things Utah

It’s no secret that this time of year can leave us feeling overwhelmed. From buying gifts to decorating the home and making cookies, we often feel burdened by extra responsibilities. Here are 5 ways to manage holiday stress:

The Highest & Holiest Calling: Q.MORE Podcast

I was thrilled to speak with Rosemary Card about motherhood, marriage, and cultural expectations of women within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Going off of my TEDxOgden Talk “The Costs of Idealizing Motherhood,” we discussed some of the nuances of what it looks like to be a woman in the Church.

Idealizing Motherhood: The Sisterhood Podcast

Back in October, Allyson and Tiffany of “The Sisterhood Podcast” discussed my TEDx Ogden Talk entitled “The Costs of Idealizing Motherhood”on their show. Later, they were kind enough to have me on an episode to tell more about what inspired my talk.