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It’s funny where life will lead us some times. At this time last year, I was really trying to get my bearings on life. I was really unsure of who I was and what I wanted. I have always felt that opportunity is always there…you just have to be ready and willing to take it. I spent six months of this year trying to rediscover who I was and what I wanted in life.

After a little over three years, it was time to leave Premier Mentoring. I will always be grateful for what they did for me and all the wonderful people who I met. I still keep in touch with a few of my clients that came into the program and really appreciate the learning that I did there.

So after a few months of running through my savings and doing a few consulting jobs, my dream opportunity presented itself…campaign manager for Liz Muniz in House District 33. It really was the situation that I had been waiting for, and wanting for several years. I was seriously involved with the Democratic Party many years ago, but left to raise my family and then never went back to it. I am so grateful for the many wonderful people I have met and have been so supportive. I plan on making the most of my new opportunity, and to help grow the Democratic Party in Utah.

I have under gone a complete makeover. New haircut, new clothes, and really a new attitude. Thank you Jennifer Imes for that and so much more. Also to Auretha Callison for help and advice.

On the really bad side, my dear friend Nan Chatwin lost her battle with cancer at the beginning of the month. She was truly my best friend. I feel lost at times without being able to talk to her. But, I am so happy that she is free of pain. She suffered so much, and as much as I miss her, I am glad that she is free. I have so many wonderful things and memories of her, so she will always have a special place in my heart.

So many people have made a positive influence on my life this year. It would take me forever to name them all. A special thanks to all at the Utah State Democratic Headquarters, you all were so kind. And also to all of those I met on the campaign trail…a big thank you.

To the Gonzales family…all of you…you are the family I haven’t had in a very long time and I will never forget how much you have done for me. You have my undying affection, respect, and loyalty.

I am very optimistic about the new year. I feel like everything that I have worked for will be mine.


It has been just over 51 years since man started travelling in space. I have been fortunate to be alive for all of them. I was about five months old when Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. A few weeks later, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, on a flight that lasted roughly 15 minutes. A couple of weeks after that, US President John F. Kennedy, set the goal of man landing on the moon, and returning safely, by the end of the decade. History tells us that this goal was met, with a few months to spare. Obviously, when President Kennedy set that ambitious goal, most of the technology needed to accomplish it, didn’t exist. But that didn’t stop them.

Sometimes, you have to set a goal and not let anything stop you. The space program confronted many difficulties along the way, including loss of life. But, they never stopped focusing on what their objective was. They never loss sight of the goal. And along the way, they created so much of the technology that is important today. As you buy your dad that cordless power tool for Father’s Day this weekend, give a slight nod to the space program. When you reset your smoke alarm, say thanks NASA for protecting me. How your water is filtered, lots of the computer technology, the lightweight material used for helmets, tennis rackets, and other sporting goods. The shock-absorbing tennis shoes and other athletic shoes. The teflon that covers most of the roofs of stadiums. That doesn’t even begin to cover it. There are medical advances like dialysis, the transitional artificial heart, and many, many more. All because they set goals and did what was necessary to reach them.

Many people run into problems because, although they know how to set goals, they aren’t willing to do the work necessary to reach them. They let problems deter them from achieving the success that they are looking for. Success takes sacrifice and hard work. But, look at the wonderful things that can be created along the way. Set a goal, and don’t let anything stop you from reaching it. Don’t just think outside the box, be willing to throw away the box and create something new. Yes, there will be setbacks, but don’t let those deter you from what you want to accomplish. The brave people in the space program worked together, worked as a team, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are people out there willing to help you reach your goals.

The lessons learned throughout our lifetime can help us learn how to have that drive and determination to create beautiful things in our lives and in our world. Dare to be innovative and driven and never lose sight of your goals. Never be afraid to set ambitious goals, but be willing to do the work necessary to reach them. Some would say “The sky is the limit!” I prefer to look at it as having no limits, you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to through hard work and determination.

It’s funny how procrastination can be most people’s undoing. I know I have fallen victim to this…more than once! We always seem to be our own worst enemy when it comes to starting or finishing projects…no matter how important they are. Even writing this I have found a couple of things come up that have slowed me down! Not even important things either…something on TV or someone’s post on Facebook.

One of my favorite books is “The World According to Garp” by John Irving. In the book, TS Garp was a novelist, who at one point stopped writing. After announcing that he was going to start again, he kept making excuses to put it off. He was always building bookshelves or working in the garden.

When I worked with people who said they wanted to start their own business or make extra money, they number one thing they said was holding them back was that they had to make sure that everything was perfect. They had to clear space, they had to make sure that everything was perfect before they could take action. We all know that opportunity rarely comes at an opportune time. When opportunity knocks, we must not only open the door, but invite opportunity in and fix it a drink! Be prepared to take action because you never know when opportunity will come around again.

No bookshelves or gardens for now…it is time to take action!

This is Masters’ week…the first major golf tournament of the year. It got me thinking of my own golf game…I suck. I have had moments when I do ok…I don’t play enough to really get good at it…although I do enjoy it. I was thinking about what draws me to the game…for me it’s usually that one great shot at the end of the round, after a day of frustration, that make me keep wanting to come back.

Isn’t it funny how sometimes life does that too? Yesterday was an interesting day. I really didn’t sleep too well the night before…that seems to be a recurring theme…so I felt like i was existing on coffee. Work seemed to drag on…my phone wasn’t working…I was just not being my usual cheery self. I had a friend rescue me at lunch so I was able to get the phone fixed. And then had another friend get me away from the office in the evening. But, I was still looking at being at work until close to ten! And to top it off I wasn’t feeling all that great. But then a text from a friend made me smile and I had a great finish to the work day followed by a great conversation. All of the bad stuff was gone and I was ready to embrace life again. The perfect shot at the end of my round.

We do tend to dwell on the bad in our life. There will always be challenges and struggles…but if we can just remember the good…that perfect shot…it will help you embrace each day and the challenges we all face. Focus on the good in your life and the bad wont seem so overwhelming.

Bobby Kennedy had a quote…I don’t know if it was his or if he got it from someone else…that he used when talking about the struggles that his family faced: “Good luck is something you make, bad luck is something you endure.”

Have a wonderful weekend!

It is nearly 3 am…I am wide awake. I can’t seem to turn my brain off enough to be able to grab those precious few hours of sleep. Because of my health issues…it has been 11 days since I went to work. I don’t quite know what to expect. Like most things…I am over-thinking it. It’s just work.

Sleep eludes me…

What an interesting seven days. I went from just going to the doctor…to seeing a cardiologist and getting a stress test…to being in the hospital getting a coronary angiogram! I have seen my blood glucose level go from a low of 89 to a high of 238! Today alone the range was 89 to 171. I have gone from being so light headed that I couldn’t get out of bed to being able to exercise for 30 minutes at a time. I have seen my heart rate go from 166 to 52 in a 24 hour period. I feel like a yo-yo.

Sleep eludes me…

I’m angry. I’m down. I’m isolating myself…I feel it…some times those feelings of low self-esteem are overpowering! I’m trying to stay positive…I am focusing on the good…but I just can’t get these nagging feelings out of my head. It seems like doors are closing around me and I can’t keep my foot in them enough…I can’t let go. But I must…

Sleep eludes me…

I have four hours before I need to get up…the coffeemaker is ready to go…the oatmeal will be easy…the clothes are clean and ready for me…all that is missing is sleep. I need to meditate…need to find my safe place, as the nurse in the hospital called it as she shoved a catheter in my arm. I need to grab whatever I can to hang on to what little is left of my sanity.

Sleep eludes me…

I have been so lucky in my life to have a group of wonderful friends. Many of them, I have been friends with for over 30 years. These two people are like that…old high school friends, who have started their own business and really deserve the recognition.

The first is Loree Weber Shillinger…owner operator of Buckwheat Bagabond Embroidery in California. It is best to let her describe it herself…

Started in January 2009, with a valid Sellers Permit through the California State Board of
Equalization, Loree Shillinger owns and operates the company out of her residence in Hidden Valley Lake,
California. This company has the ability to custom embroider or image transfer onto shirts, hats,
uniforms, blankets, or totes. Additionally, Buckwheat Bagabond can make minor alternations to
clothing. Also offered, is a line of custom totes, aprons, purses of which I sew and embroider. Quality and
Customer Satisfaction is of the greatest importance to assure that the need of the consumer is being met or exceeded. Developing that trust and open communication with customers is vital. All craftsmanship is
100% guaranteed and any item can be replaced or exchanged in the unlikely occurrence it is defective.
Feedback is always welcome. We are all works in progress and students of life, wanting to continually
grow and learn. My goal is to make any interaction with Buckwheat Bagabond an enjoyable one.

You can contact her at:

Go to her page…like it…use it!

The next is Malissa Missy Hoy Salisbury…owner operator of Speaking Spaces in Colorado. Again in her words…

Custom made vinyl lettering and graphics for home, office, school, vehicles, kids’ rooms,

 windows & mirrors,walls, floors, appliances …just about ANY surface. Choose from our endless library of quotes and phrases or use your own creativity to enhance your environment!

Great For interior decorating, advertising, gifts, large or small applications. The ONLY limitation is your imagination. Easy to apply and easy to remove. Will not damage or affect your surface, so create as much as you like!

The link for her site is:

Again…please go to her page…like it…use it!