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Monday, September 3, 2018

In Which I Simplified.

Heyo! I am almost 32 weeks pregnant over here.
The itching and swelling and exhaustion is so worth it because feeling baby girl move and turn is so cool! (finally! I have anterior placenta so I couldn't feel her until 28 weeks pregnant. I was feeling so sad and worried, and then, instantly, hours later, she kept me up from kicking and moving that night. Ha! She was like...Mom! I'm here!) 

First day of teaching at 30 weeks pregnant!
via instagram 
This thing is getting real, and I am not prepared in any facet. It's giving me anxiety. It's fun!
But, seriously, this pregnancy has given me more anxiety than anything I've ever had before, which is probably fair. There are a multitude of reasons for this anxiety but a lot if it essentially boils down to this: I was so overwhelmed. 
One thing I try to be in my life is self-aware. I am not perfect by any means, but I feel like I know myself very well and try to be aware of why I am feeling the way I am. 

I have spent the past few months feeling like I was drowning. Overcome with mental illness and confusion and anxiousness stopped me from getting things done that I needed to. 

I spent too many nights crying and stressed and overridden with "How am I going to do it all?"

So, I simplified. 

I decided to quit my masters degree.

It's been so hard to finally make this decision. I've spent many nights praying and thinking and realized that even though it's a sad loss, it feels like the right thing to do. I was so worried about feeling like I was a failure. I had already quit my choir back in the Spring to simplify my life then. As I started the program, after a few months, I realized that I did not enjoy the program itself at all. And I thought to myself "Oh, I'll just power through! It's worth it for that piece of paper." But, then, I realized that I am pregnant. Like super pregnant. Ha. And teaching full time. I don't think people realize that regardless of having a child in your belly, teaching is an exhausting career. I know people think they know, but until they are in the profession, I'm not sure if they are aware of the mental, physical, emotional exhaustion that is accompanied. Then, you add that baby girl in the mix with all of the exhaustion, swelling, and itching, and I was just overcome with a monster of depression and anxiety.
And, to top it all off, I'm not sure if educational leadership is a path that I want to take. Of course that is something that I realized after starting (isn't that how it always works?! Just like getting pregnant two months after starting the program...).

Of course, the process of withdrawing from my masters has been stressful enough. I am still making phone calls and trying to solidify everything and it takes forever. Yet, on top of that, it is worth the temporary stress to help my long term stress. And, like everything, If I want to go back to my masters I can in a few a years.

I am a strong believer there is a time and season for everything.

My priorities have already started to shift as I think about my family and my future. I am a strong believer that there is a time and a season for everything. And the season for a master's degree is not now. The season for going out and socializing every single night is probably not right now, either. I have what you may call "FOMO" and I feel so left out over the past 32 weeks! I want to go do fun things, I miss my loooong hikes, and I miss, well, having the energy to do things. I am grateful that I am still able to do some of those things, just not to the extent of what I used to. And for me, as silly as that sounds, it is a loss. But setting boundaries and slowing down is OKAY. It's okay, guys! You can slow down and choose to balance your life in whatever way works for you. I am saying this to "you guys" because I really just need to hear it for myself. Simplifying that part of my life has helped my mental state as well.

Simplify. It feels good. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Interview T Money Part V// 5th Anniversary!

Happy Five Years to us! This past five years have flown by and I know that they will only continue to go faster as we have a baby girl here in three months (ahh!) and life starts to get even more insane! 






For the past few years, I interviewed Tanner with these questions on our anniversary. I thought that it would be fun to ask him the exact same questions (with a few added every year!). It was so funny to see his responses. I had to probe him to get a little more in-depth responses. He's really good at having two word answers. Typical male. ;).

My responses are in parentheses. 

Note: These are his responses EXACTLY. I didn't change one word. 




Tell me a little bit about yourself. 
2014: Mark Tanner Charlesworth. Age 23. Married. 6'3''. Incredibly Good Looking with chiseled muscles.
2015: Mark Tanner Charlesworth. My name is Tanner and I like to party. I like to do stuff outdoors. 
2016: Tall. Awesome. That about sums it up. (basically...) 
2017: I....like to play sports..and watch sports. (Uh, yea. A little too much, I'd say). 
2018: You know me. 

What is your current job? 
2014: I'm in school full time during the year, but I am the Assistant Race Director for Epic Relays."
2015: The Color Run. But I'm kind of on the market, so if you know of anything, let me know! I am also a wellness advocate for Doterra. (If you need oils, let him know!!!)
2016: I knock doors and sell pest control. (Yes, he's one of those bros..) 
2017: Strategic account manager at a digital marketing agency.  (and he's still in school....)
2018: Strategic account manager—basically I create digital marketing strategies and implement that for clients. 

What are you going to school for? 
2014: I am getting my Accounting degree with a pre-dental minor, with the goal of going to Dental School. My dream school for dental is OHSU in Portland.
2015: Marketing and Business Management. (He has, clearly, changed his major and we have decided together to take a different route for his career! Only two more years of his undergraduate. We got this! Ha.) 
2016: Digital Marketing (his responses are getting shorter and shorter each year...) 
2017: Digital Marketing (almost there...almost there...
2018: Still? Digital Marketing (sigh...) 

What was your first impression of Sierra (me)?
2014: I thought, 'This girl is crazy, but she's pretty.' You made me play a stupid envelope game. I didn't know anyone there. It was the most stupid game ever.  (I thought the same thing about him) 
2015: Who is this girl? She's a bossy pants. (hahahaha) 
2016: That girl is crazy. Pretty, but seems like a lot to handle (nothing's changed, I guess.) 
2017: This girl is crazy. (as he's watching a soccer game.....same answer... just shorter).  
2018: She's crazy. (you'd think he be a little more creative at this point) 

How many kids do you do want? 
2014: No more than 4. But I am not ready for kids; a wife is enough to handle for now." (HEY!) 
2015: 2 at the least, 4 at the most. I want boys and girls. One girl and one boy sounds perfect to me.
2016: 2-3. (the number is getting lower and lower the longer we are married hahah) 
2017: 2-3. (he's distracted watching a soccer game so his responses are laaaame right now). 
2018: 2. maybe 3. (he's praying for a boy next...Ha!) 

What is your favorite food? 
2014: Pizza. Fire baked pizza, specifically. My favorite restaurant is Pizzeria 712 because, well, it's the most amazing pizza in the world." (Seriously…I'm drooling now just thinking about it.
2015: Pizza and hot wings. But I'm kind of a food nerd, so my tastes vary drastically. (All he ever wants is Pizza. Always. It's so annoying.)
2016: All kinds of food! Food is glorious and makes me happy (He really is obsessed with food. Good thing he is skinny. Ha!) 
2017: Mmmmm pizza and hot wings. 
2018: Mmmm pizza, tacos, and hot wings.  (Yep. same response).

What do you fear the most? 
2014: Bees. F*** Bees. (It's the funniest thing in the world. He will jump off cliffs, go bungee jumping, but he sees a Bee and FREAKS).
2015: Bees. F Bees. (LITERALLY THE EXACT SAME RESPONSE AS LAST YEAR. He hates them so bad. It's so funny.) 
2016: Bees. Always and forever bees. (hahahahahaha kills me. Every time)
2017: Is and always will be, BEES. I hate bees. 
Me: Any fears about life or like..real stuff?
Him: No. Everything will work out in life. (Eye roll... pessimist on my end)
2018: Always bees. 
Me: Anything else, like, maybe, deeper?
Him: Nope. 

What are your 5 favorite hobbies? 
2014: Rock climbing, fishing, watching/playing sports, reading, playing music. 
2015: Fishing, rock climbing, hunting, playing sports, watching sports. (Ha. Seems familiar.) 
2016: fishing, hunting, rock climbing, sports, I find a new hobby every week (Yes. Yes he does...) 
2017: playing sports, fishing, hunting, watching sports, and traveling with my wife. (Hey! We got one new hobby in there!). 
2018:

What is your dream vacation and why? 
2014: "I have a lot of dream vacations, right now it's Thailand because I want to hold a tiger. And they have really good rock climbing."
2015: Croatia. No, I don't know. Alaska. So I can shoot a freaking big bear. 
2016: Alaska in the summer because of bears, fishing, Denali and I really want to fly fish for salmon (He and I both have that travel bug. It's a problem). 
2017: Alaska. Fishing in Alaska. I have always wanted see it and catch really big salmon. 
2018:

Describe yourself in 5 adjectives. 
2014: Loud, Energetic, Awesome, Intelligent, Athletic. "(He could make a list of fifteen, cocky son of a….. I could add some words, too…) 
2015: Awesome, Energetic, Funny, Cool, The Coolest. (Still humble
2016: fun, energetic, patient, athletic, nonjudgmental (I added the last two! Haha). 
2017: I hate this question. Confident, easygoing, sociable, I can't think of anything else. You pick. (Again...still watching the soccer game). 
2018:  tired, fun, athletic, hardworking, sometimes nice. (Sometimes nice hahaha. I like how tired is in there now. Welcome to adulthood). 

What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
2014: Top Gun. Because my grandpa was a fighter pilot for the Navy. I watched it so much as a little kid, I wore the VHS out."(Plus he looks exactly like Iceman/Val Kilmer! See here. It's creepy.
2015: Top Gun. Because my grandpa was a fighter pilot so I grew up watching it. (haha exact same answer.) 
2016: Do you even need to ask? Top Gun (I wonder if this will ever change...) 
2017: Top Gun. 
2018: Top Gun. Stop asking this question. (maybe I'll start asking his second favorite movie of the year...) 

Can you give me a mock session of how you would discuss sex education when you have a child?
2014: I will give my sons the same advice my father gave me: 'Keep the pecker in the pants, boy.' My daughters will wear chastity belts. That's it. Sierra can do the rest. (Awesome. Thanks, babe.
2015: Keep the pecker in the pants. [Smiles. Shrugs.] And, it would depend on the child. (Clearly he needs to expand his sex education knowledge and vocabulary.) 
2016: Just don't be stupid. Keep the pecker in the pants and then there are no problems. (eye roll. I will be doing the sex ed talk apparently. He says the same thing every year.) 
Me: What if it's a girl? 
T: That one will go a lot different. And my wife can handle most of that one (he's dumb. The father needs to talk to the daughter too!!). I would just tell her to respect her body and make sure the guys she dates does the same. 
2017: Don't do it. But if you are, at least put a condom on. (lovely). 
2018: mmm don’t do it. It’s not worth it. But if you insist, be smart and use protection. 

If you won the lottery, what are the first three things you would do/buy? 
2014: 
1. Build a house with land. 
2. Buy a tiger and/or leopard…maybe some wolves (he is grinning at me right now
3. Live off of the interest and not let anyone know I was rich. My kids will earn their keep.
2015
1. Pay off my house. 
2. Start a french fry food truck business (he is quite determined to do this). 
3. Put away the rest. 
2016: 
1. Pay off my house. 
2. Buy a 2015 VW tai golf sports ago. 
3. The rest save and invest. And do some traveling.
2017: 
1. Pay off my house.
2. Pay off my truck.
3. Invest and live off the interest.
(Ha! Sounds familiar).
2018:
1. pay off house
2. pay off truck—buy a new truck
3.  take a trip with my wife. (My eye roll). 

If your house was on fire and you had a chance to grab only five things before leaving, they would be…
2014: My wife, my dog, my guns, my guitars, and my laptop. 
2015: My wife because she is going to be passed out panicking (Rude! But true), Saylor the dog would get herself (she would follow us out.) (Again, true.)  So I would get my guns, my laptopthat's kind of all I would grab. There's not enough time to grab five things. 
2016: Assuming my wife is capable of getting herself out... (funny)... I would get my laptop, my guns, my guitars. And that's a lot so that's probably it (I think we all know his favorite things in the house at this point). 
2017: guns, guitars, the dog...everything else is in the garage.... 
2018: my dog, my guns, I don’t need anything else, really. I mean, assuming you’re safe. Everything is replaceable. 

If you believed in reincarnation, what would you come back as? 
2014: That's simple…my spirit animal clearly is a Jaguar." (I am dying right now. What a nerd). 
2015: A freaking awesome big cat like a lion or a leopard.  (He loves big cats.) 
2016: Jungle cat. Like a bad ass jungle cat. (oh, dear.) 
2017: I don't know, that's a weird question. I don't believe in reincarnation. 
Me: IF you believed...
Tanner: But I don't believe in it.
Me: Just answer the question!
Tanner: A pillow so I can just sleep. 
Me: uh, it has to be an animal. 
Tanner: A lion so I could just take a nap and eat. 
2018: A badass big cat. A tiger. (The cat has to be badass, though). 

One of the best decisions you have ever made? (besides marrying me ;) )
2014: The haircut I got today. Just kidding. Marrying my wife. That's a trick question. I can't say anything else, but I wouldn't say anything else. Cause I loooooove you (He sang that to me. awwww)
2015: Um…moving to Portland. Because I would never have met my wife if I didn't move there. 
2016: Going to school even though I hate it. 
2017: Buying my new truck (oh, geez). 
2018: Buying my truck. *my eye roll*. What! It makes me so happy! (It really does, you guys. It's kind of sad). 

2015 added questions...

What is one thing that you have learned about or from marriage? 
2015: Everyone needs alone time, even extroverts (he's an extrovert.) 
2016: Make your expectations clear so that your partners knows what to expect. It is much easier to not let someone down if they have a clear idea of your expectations. 
2017: Communicate. It's important. 
2018: It's all about expectations and communicating those expectations. 


What is your most unique trait? 
2015I hate talking about myself. Being freaking awesome. 
Me: No, really. Answer the question!!! 
Tanner: Ummmmmm, my inventiveness. I always have a thousand ideas. 
2016: I'm surprisingly good at remaking old furniture and solving puzzles. (He really is!). 
2017: I have really tiny ears. (It's true!! So tiny!). 
2018: I don't know. I'm too tired to answer these questions and I haven't eaten. I'm pretty good at most stuff. 

One quality you want your children to possess and that you will focus on teaching them?
2015: Integrity. Because the world is going to shit and we need some good people in it. You can quote on me that. (hahahaha) 
2016: Honesty. 
2017: Hard work. 
2018: Respect. I'm tired of little brat kids. (seriously...) 

What was your favorite part about our wedding?
2015: The sex afterwards. (Oh, awesome.) 
2016: Our first dance. You looked so pretty and it was just the two of us and nothing else mattered. (awwwww!!) 
2017: I don't know. That was 4 years ago. Being married to you...? (Real deep).  
2018: Just feeling happy and knowing I married the right person. 

2016 added questions....

What piece of advice would you give "newlyweds?" 
2016: It's okay to argue as long as you're willing to say sorry and work to fix the issues. (so true!) 
2017: Marriage is not what it seems to be on instagram. it is not easy. You have to work at it. 
2018: If you think you know you're spouse..you're wrong! Marriage is worth the risk, but you HAVE TO COMMUNICATE (can you tell he's learning this?! Hahah) 

What trait do you think that you and I have most in common? 
2016: The love of travel and the desire to do what's right (I would agree!)
2017: We both really like to travel (same as last year! Ha). 
2018: Spontaneity.

2017 added questions.. 

What is your favorite memory of us having together? 
2017: Spending the entire month of July 2016 in Hawaii.  It was the best thing ever.  (Ugh, it really was! I miss it). 
2018: Spending a month in Maui. (Still one of my favorite memories too!)

Where is one place you would like to travel together as a couple? Why?
2017: Portugal. Because Lisbon has really good seafood and it's a really cool stuff to see and it's really romantical (hehe), but not as cliche as Paris. 
2018: Croatia. It looks cool. 


2018 added questions... 

Why are you excited to have a girl? 
Girls are helpful. Boys are not. So it will be nice to have a girl first. (He knows this because he's the oldest of six...and was not helpful. Ha!) 

What is a personality trait of yours that you wish you could change?
I have a loud voice that carries and it's annoying. 


This is so fun to do every year! Man, that guy changes his mind...except his favorite movie and food ;)  



And, just for fun, let's show my wedding video and the slideshow that was played at our wedding. Huzzah! 






More Pictures from our perfect wedding day

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pregnancy.

Hi blogging world.
It's only been six months. Not that long, eh? ;)


I'm not sure if you heard the news, but T Money and I are expecting a baby! I am almost 22 weeks today. We are having a girl! 
I thought I'd share with all of you this awesome news. There is lots of "news" happening in our lives. From new jobs, to school, to teaching, and new church callings. I've been meaning to "tell the world" about our lives because I love to document. Unfortunately, though, this blog hasn't given me the outlet that I needed before, if that makes sense. And that's okay. I strongly believe there is a time and place fore everyone and everything in each of our lives. 
But that's not what I wanted to talk about. 

Pregnancy. 
That's what I wanted to chat about. 

Pregnancy is hard and it sucks. 

Yep, I said it. 

I feel like, so often, we talk about the excitement and joy and happiness that accompanies pregnancy. Yes, there is no doubt that those feelings are exponentially true. After all, you (well, I) have a baby in your STOMACH! You are growing a human! What a miraculous, wonderful, special occasion. 

Which then has you question, oh, wow, yea, I have a human growing inside of me. It's scary and emotional and it does things to your body that you didn't even know could happen. 

The honeymoon phase of pregnancy is great. You are so thrilled for a new baby to arrive in your home. You want to tell everyone and have them share in your joy. You want to find out the gender and start decorating and buying clothes (all of which I did! And which I shared with friends and family). 

I love that I can share my excitement about my pregnancy with people when they ask how I'm doing. I am so grateful that people are excited for us!  

What I don't share when someone asks me is this: 

I hate that I don't have a "cute" baby bump (I just look like I've gained weight at this point. So much for a cute bump that just pops out..). 

I hate the insecurity that stems from pregnancy. I hate that women make comments about others' cute bumps and not mine. I hate that I care so much about that (like who cares? I know, logically, that everyone carries a baby differently). I hate that I don't want to socialize because of this anxiety and insecurity. 

I hate that I don't have the energy or stamina to do things anymore. I hate that I have the urge and need to do fun things, but I can't. Every time I try to push myself, my body tells me to stop and slow down--which frustrates me! 

I hate that I feel lazy and tired all of the time, even after being active and exercising and trying to drink tons of water. 

I hate that I worry about pre-eclampsia or gestational or all of the other physical scares that could come with a woman who is overweight and has PCOS like me. (I am so happy we were able to get pregnant on our own without fertility, even with PCOS. How amazing, huh?). 

I hate that I can't feel baby girl move yet (Why can't I?!) while everyone talks about how much they can feel their babies kick. 

I hate that I am constantly worried if baby girl is okay. If she's healthy physically and that she'll be cute (I feel so stupid admitting that, ya know?). 

 I hate that I'm almost 22 weeks and I am still nauseous some days. I hate that I threw up for 18 weeks and now I am still feeling crummy some days. I am grateful that I am not throwing up every morning, but I was hoping to "feel the 2nd trimester honeymoon phase" at this point. 

I hate that I had a hard time being so excited for baby girl until recently because I was so sick and so exhausted for so long. It's hard to be so excited when your best friend is a toilet for weeks on end. I felt guilty for this for awhile. 

I hate that I worry about all the anxiety that accompanies planning for baby girl. Are we going to be able to buy everything for baby? Am I going to have the nursery ready? Will baby have all of the supplies she needs? It sometimes goes as irrational as: Will I know how to take care of a baby?! Haha. 

I hate the fear of having to balance everything this next year: teaching full time, getting my masters degree, new baby, tanner in school and working full time. (I keep trying to remind myself that it's temporary!). I'm worried for me and my baby. 

I hate the weight gain and the stretch marks. I hate the round ligament pain, sciatic nerve pain, constipation, and smell of pregnancy (TMI?). 

I feel guilty for not being one of those women who just "loves to be pregnant!!!!" because, well, frankly, I have had a rough pregnancy. And I guess that's okay to not love it. 

I hate that I can't focus. I try to start a book and I can barely finish it, I try to write a paper for my master's degree and I cant think of words to write, I try to talk to Tanner and I can't even finish my sentences (pregnancy brain is real!!). 

I hate that my emotions, hormones, and mental illness seem to be overriding. I am irritable and sad, even when I try not to be. I hate that my emotions can change on the spot. 

I hate that I need so much sleep!!! Haha! (Even more than usual. And I love to sleep). 

I hate that I have to eat like every hour otherwise I become sick and hangry to the maximum (it's really annoying). 

Pregnancy sucks. I am grateful and excited, but I hate the way I feel physically and emotionally. The guilt and sadness and fear that accompanies it can be scary. The stretch marks, weight gain, nausea, and tiredness can wear you out. But I can still be excited and grateful. And I'm learning that those two don't have to be mutually exclusive. Which I'm trying to remind myself, but it's challenging. What I want to tell you is that you can be happy AND sad. You can be grateful and not excited. You can be thrilled and depressed. All at the same time. 

I've always been one to struggle with change and this, well, quite honestly, is a HUGE change happening in our lives. It's an exciting, wonderful, scary, emotional time. But I know that I will be so grateful that I get to go through it. Because anything difficult is worth it in the end. 
I cannot wait to meet baby girl! 

I saw this on Facebook the other day and I had to share it. It is so relatable in so many ways.
Women are amazing. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Life Update (January 2018)


We didn't send out a Christmas or New Year's Card this year (okay, well, we haven't sent out a card since our first year being married..that will happen when we have children. Maybe), so I wanted to give you an update of what's happening in our lives.

School: 
Tanner: is still working on his marketing degree and going to school part time this semester. He hates school (ha) and trying to plow through. I keep telling him he shouldn't have married a teacher because I value education far too much :). He is working hard and doing what we can to get that degree! 
Sierra: I, on the other hand, love school. I just started my master's degree in educational leadership part time. I am going to school to become a vice principal, principal, teach teachers' at a college level, or to become a TSA (teacher leader for new teachers). I have not decided what exactly I want to do with this degree, but I felt it was time to progress in my career and to open other doors. I'm not sure if I will be able to leave the classroom though! If that's the case, I will just get paid more (because, you know, teachers get such a large salary). 

Work
Tanner: is working at a digital marketing agency full time. Unlike school, he absolutely loves it. I have never seen someone get so many promotions in a year so quickly. I am proud of his hard work in his career. 
Sierra: I still love teaching Sixth Grade (I know, what's wrong with me?!). This year has been such a breath of fresh air! Even though it's been an adjustment and there has been a learning curve because I started the English side of the Chinese Immersion, I love both of my classes. Going to school and working definitely causes a little bit of stress, but I am managing my best to stay organized (which I actually love to do...Ha!).

Church
We finally graduated from primary! Haha. 
Tanner: Called to the Young Men's (the youth/boys). It's a good thing he's so "cool" ;) 
Sierra: I am the Cub Scout Committee Chair. Yikes. I basically have to help plan pack meeting and organization of paperwork for leaders and the boys. Fun...


Other
Tanner: Playing in a soccer league. He loves to run and play soccer for cardio! It's fun to see him learn a new sport!
I don't think I've seen someone as into sports as he is. Well, okay, maybe my dad.
Hunting and fishing, as usual, are included in his life. I'll take fishing, but I haven't been able to catch the hunting bug yet. Ha!

Sierra: I opened an Etsy shop of my nature photography cards! I don't know how much longer I'll keep it open, but it was fun to have people be able to see all of my photos and message me if they are interested. I am working out and continuously working on my stupid PCOS. Health issues are honestly so exhausting.  I am still hiking with Saylor a ton! I joined a choir called Utah Millenial Choir. It is so awesome (and so time consuming!). It is so awesome to be a part of something so musically powerful again! And, of course, it feels so good to sing again!

Both: We both have so much family here in Utah, (most of my siblings moved here!!) so we are spending so much time with both of families. It is fun, but definitely an adjustment for us! We have, this past year, become huge game people. We love strategic, funny board, card, and other games. We both still love to travel and have some fun adventures planned for the year. We both love to be outside enjoying nature with our Saylor doggy and watching some good quality movies at the theatre. We are trying to be patient for the next step of our lives to happen (cough, baby cough), but it just isn't going as I had planned (Stupid PCOS), which, if you know me, I do NOT like. I think I need to learn something. Alas, we have so much to be grateful for!

As always, follow Instagram for more updates!! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

"Best Of" 2017 & 2018 Word/Goals!

Best Nine on Instagram 

Happy New Year!
Does anyone else hate New Year's Eve as much as I do?  staying up late is not one of my favorite things. I'm old now. It's fine.

Obviously, writing on this blog was not a priority to me in 2017. I felt guilty about that, but, honestly, because my word for 2017 was patience, I decided to be patient with myself and let the blog go. And that's okay. I tried to document the best moments of the year, which, ultimately, is all you guys care about, right?

2017 was an interesting year. It definitely had some incredibly positive moments, but, also, it was a difficult one for me in many facets of my life. I am looking forward to starting a new year and having 2018 be even better!

Before I tell you my word for 2018 and some of my goals, I wanted to review the "Best Of" from 2017.


Best Overall Moments of 2017: 


Hikes!!!! (This one is Cecret Lake). (Every Month!) 
4th Anniversary Interview with T Money (July) 
Flying in Grandpa's Plane on the 4th of July 
Strawberry Days Rodeo (June) 


Started my New photography etsy shop!!!!!! (November)



Auditioning, making singing, and performing with Utah Millenial Choir!

Best Travel Experience of 2017: 


Florence & Cinque Terre, Italy (January

St. George/ Palm Springs, California (Spring Break) (April)
Joshua Tree National Park (May) 


Capitol Reef National Park (June) 

Glacier National Park (July)


Waterton National Park (Canada) (July)
Charlesworth Reunion-Flaming Gorge, Utah (July)


Crescent Lake, Oregon--Cabin w/ Ainge Family Reunion (August) 

Best Books Read in 2017: 

BOOK REVIEWS HERE 
(and on goodreads) 








And now...my word for 2018 is: 





I am doing a lot of things in 2018 that I am excited, nervous and a little stressed about. I am starting my master's degree in educational leadership while teaching full time. I will be teaching teachers about the new science core and helping write the new core for the state of Utah. I am going to continue to deal with my PCOS and work on being healthy. We are working on starting a family (which is a battle with PCOS...and no, I don't want to go into it). I am singing in MCO Choir, continuing my Etsy shop of photography, and working on my church calling. I will be busy, but a lot of doing those things requires stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am working on using that courage to be more self-confident in my spiritual life, physical life, emotional life, my relationships, and my career. I am planning on traveling alone this summer and doing things to better myself, which, ultimately takes courage. I have some goals for 2018, but there are personal so I don't feel comfortable sharing them. But all of the goals surround my word: courage. I want to progress and grow this year!

Here's to 2018!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

3 Essential #LubridermHacks to Keep Skin Hydrated During Winter!


Sigh. Christmas is over and the dreadful winter months are among us. I don't know about the rest of you, but love the cold during Christmas time, but as soon as January rolls around, I want summer.  I   am tired of my skin being so dry during the cold months!There are many ways to keep your skin hydrated during the cold winter months. Here are some of the best ways to avoid that dry skin.


1) Apply Before Bed. 
Every night, before bed, I put on my lotion. I make sure to apply more lotion than I think is necessary. I usually use Lubriderm to keep my legs and arms hydrated the best.

2) Put Lotion on Hands and Feet with Gloves and Socks! 
I know some people don't like to wear socks to bed, but if you are worried about your feet or hands getting dry, I have put on some awesome Lubriderm lotion on my hands and feet and then wear socks/gloves to hydrate them throughout the night!

3) Apply Lotion on Hands Multiple Times a Day! 
Keep some lotion in your car, office, purse, etc. so that you are applying and re-applying multiple times a day!





I buy my favorite Lubriderm lotion at my local Walmart in the Skin Care section. You can find yours there, too.






1. Instant Redeemable Coupon (IRC) located on select Lubriderm product for $3.00 off through March (find packs at your local Walmart stores). Please note that the offer expires April 1, 2018.
2. $7.97 Walmart rollback pricing on 24 oz. Lubriderm products through February 7, 2018.

Final price will be $4.97 when the IRC and the Rollback pricing are combined (a savings of 41-44% depending on the product!).

What are some of your favorite ways to keep your skin hydrated? I love this video that Lubriderm has shared!


LOUNGING | Lubriderm from Tribal DDB Toronto on Vimeo.

Friday, December 15, 2017

NEW SHOP!

via Twitter

Hi!
Or, as my Chinese Immersion students would say, Ni Hao!
I have some exciting news!!!! I have officially opened my Greeting Cards Etsy Shop! I have been wanting to do this for some time and I have finally made the jump to just do it. I posted on Instagram last week about starting to sell these cards and I was absolutely blown away by the support that people gave me!

What is the shop? Now, I am not sure if this Etsy shop will succeed (oh, but I hope it does!), but I figure that I love to take nature photography and this is a great jump start into sharing one of my hobbies with others. I am, by no means, a professional. And I like to stick to photographing nature when I'm out hiking or thinking. I love to photograph people, but I definitely don't feel comfortable selling my work for that. This shop, though, is my nature photography that I have taken and transferred onto greeting cards. They are blank and are awesome gifts to give to friends and other little knick-knacks. I don't know about you, but I love writing in blank, quality cards.

How this shop came to be: My mom, dad, and husband have been bugging me for about a year to start this shop. They have all incessantly told me that I have such a good eye and that I should share my photography with friends and family. So, I'm doing it. And if it fails, it's okay. Because, guess what? I can just go back to making these cards as a hobby. Also, life is full of failures, but I may as well try.

How can I help? By purchasing some cards, of course! You can click on "Sierra's View Photography Cards" in the header at the top of this blog or on the picture to the right that says Etsy Shop.
But even more than that, you can
 1. Make my shop a "favorite".
2. Give me a 5 star rating on my Etsy shop.
3. Also, if you are interested in sharing on your social media sites (Instagram, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.), I would love to give you some cards for free to try out! Just let me know.
4. And, lastly, just share! Share my posts on Facebook of me selling my cards!

I am starting to question if I am crazy or just feeling really motivated these days, but I have a whole lot of things going on in my life (if you have noticed that I haven't written in awhile-- this etsy shop, teaching full time, getting my master's, writing new core and advancing my teaching career, singing an intense and wonderful choir, church calling, exercise/health stuff, other social and family stuff..), and I will expand on this on another post here in a few days, but I want to do this and I am tired of waiting around for it to happen!

Here are some of the photos that I am making into cards!!