I’m not an expert on personal growth, living intentionally, or finding happiness, peace, and purpose. That’s what this blog is about, but I struggle with those things every day and wish I could understand how to live the life I want.

But there’s a version of me that does get it — maybe it’s the potential future me who gets it and I’m allowed glimpses of that person every once in a while. I want so much to progress personally, live intentionally, and be more joyful, but it seems like a slow process. When it feels like I’m on the right track to getting there, it’s because I’m immersing myself in everything I can that will make me better: reading the best books I can find, engaging in conversations with people who inspire and uplift me, watching how happy people live, and asking for direction from God. Through those things, I’ve begun to discover small, sweet truths that get me a step closer to the person I want to be.

However, I’ve found that unless I record these truths somewhere, I all-too-quickly lose what I’ve learned. In order to be a good steward of truth, I have to write, so my future self doesn’t forget (hence the title of this blog, Notes to Myself).

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have so much more to learn, more to do, and more to give. For me, writing also seems like the path to accomplishing that purpose — the idea that there’s something that should be said and I can be the conduit. I just want to be a little better, and to share the things I learn along the way: that’s the purpose of this blog.

“…to have written your version is an honorable thing to have done. Against all odds, you have put it down on paper, so that it won’t be lost. And who knows? Maybe what you’ve written will help others, will be a small part of the solution. You don’t even have to know how or in what way, but if you are writing the clearest, truest words you can find and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like its own little lighthouse.”

-Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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I live in beautiful northern Utah with my husband of six years, Kenny. I’m so grateful for our marriage — he is pretty remarkable and I’m so lucky to have him. I am a wedding/portrait photographer and a business consultant/studio manager for creative entrepreneursI love the ocean, yoga, chocolate chip cookies, and our sweet and rambunctious cat, Pip. I’m also expecting twins in January 2016!