Posts in Category: self realization

What you loved to do when you were young.

Dr. Christiane Northrop is a doctor of holistic health – an OB-GYN – and one of my favorite authors. Several times I’ve heard her speak about how if you need to come back to yourself or find something that nurtures you, or something you love, to think of something you used to do when you were a young girl of 10 or 11 before you had your period. Time and time again I’ve thought about this advice and come up short. I wanted to be an actress, singer, and model when I was a kid. Nothing particularly revealing about that.

But then over New Years it hit me.

I took a line from I Am A child of God and ran with it. Considering I used a Bic pen, our turned it pretty good and after sharing it on Instagram I got some pretty good feedback.

But I didn’t think anything if it until later that night, when Chris Northrup’s advice started ringing in my ears and my “a ha!” moment hit me.

When I was in grade six, my class had a student teacher who decided to add calligraphy to the curriculum. She drew fancy letters on the blackboard, teaching us about nib height and the proper 45° pen angle and each of us inner city kids got our own calligraphy pen and practice notebook. And I took like it to a fish in water.

Something you loved to do when you were 10 or 11? Bingo.

Though I’ve barely given calligraphy a second thought over the years, in my time of need, what I needed came to the surface and gave me hope, purpose and joy. Since then I’ve been taking favorite song lyrics or quotes and writing them out in calligraphy. I’m tickled pink.

What is something you loved to do as a child before you had your period?

And I’m a Mormon

This week a film crew flew out from Salt Lake City and spent two days filming me for a feature in the I’m a Mormon campaign. It was a tremendous honor, a ton of fun, and completely exhausting. It required me to get spiritually naked and to speak from a place of vulnerability which made me feel both apprehensive and alive. Here are some of the takeaways I’ve had from this experience.

  1. It’s okay to talk about our trials. 
  2. It’s okay to own our trials. 
  3. Every experience is a learning experience. 
  4. Look forward instead of back. 
  5. I love being in front of the camera. 
  6. This is the first time, not the last time I’ll have the speak my truth. 
I can’t wait to see the finished product.