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God Created Us To Have Joy!

As I write this post, I write it to remind myself, that despite all the difficulties and stressors around us, God wants us to have joy in life!

I have always loved this quote by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

This quote reminds us that there is light and happiness to be found in EVERYTHING, even those things that are hard.

In 2019, I had my sweet baby girl 5 weeks early due to a heart complication called WPW. Baby girl was fragile and small, and was on medicine around the clock to keep her heart in check.

I was nervous and scared in having to care for this sweet baby girl with monitors and oxygen on her at all times.

Just 5 months later after my baby was born, the world shut down due to the pandemic of Covid 19. The same week of Covid, here in Salt Lake, we experienced a 5.7 earthquake!

Stress settled in, fear took over my heart.

And I had my husband who was constantly reminding me to have “faith over fear.” And even more, my little kids were there to remind me that there is joy to be found in all the hardships we were in.

(below a picture of my cute kids during 2020 ages 4, 2, 6 months.)

Despite the difficulties through the year of 2020, my kids enjoyed building forts, driving past the cattle farms, coloring pictures, FaceTiming family….the list goes on.

Yes, my sweet little toddlers and baby reminded me that we truly are created to have joy. It’s inevitable that we will suffer trials and hardships. And yet, our Heavenly Father does not want us to wallow in our struggles.

Heavenly Father is just like any parent and wants us to enjoy all the moments of life that we can.

I am so thankful for this constant reminder in life.

Even more, I am grateful for sweet children who remind me to smile, have fun, and to enjoy life.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Our Little Love Story/Part 4

So if you remember, my friend had mentioned Brad’s name… and I had remembered that I had met him at a birthday party—I thought he was cute!

Well I remember specifically, after going to a temple session at the Salt Lake temple my friend talked to me and said she thought it was time that I was set up with Brad.

So I told her double dates are the most fun, so I would set her up with my friend—my co-worker.

She was up for a double date, and I liked the idea of a little less pressure on a first date.

I talked to my co-worker about the situation, he was up for going on a double date with us.

Then he asked who the guy was I would be going with, when I told him his name he said “I totally know him, I played church sports with him!”

What are the odds right?

Of course my co-worker had nothing but great things to say about Brad, and it made me even MORE intrigued to go out with him.

However, blind dates hadn’t always been great for me so I didn’t read much into it.

Unfortunately, there were some twists and turns when it came to making sure this double date happened.

Next time I will let you know why…..

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Our Little Love Story Part 3…

So after I met my sweet friend Whitney, we of course discussed the topic of who we were “dating.”

We both didn’t have anyone special. I told her I dated people, but I was in my final semester of grad school, writing a thesis and teaching school full time, so life was quite busy.

The timing was January of 2013.

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I remember her mentioning that she had a guy friend that she wanted to introduce me to.

When she mentioned his name “Brad” I remembered that I had met him the past summer of 2012.

But I wasn’t set up with Brad right away, and that was ok.

Timing is everything right?!

More to come…

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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2 Books On My Amazon Wish List..

I love getting excited about books I would like to read.

Interestingly enough, both these books were brought to my attention through social media, either through a podcast or instagram.

I am excited about both of these books and hope you are too!

  1. The first book I hope to order soon is written by Jody Moore entitled “Better Than Happy: Connecting With Divinity Through Conscious Thinking.”

Jody Moore is a life coach and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I personally love her podcast entitled “Better than happy.”

I have learned so many insightful things from Jody Moore. She teaches many different things, but can help anyone navigate through stress, frustration, and hardship. She is encouraging and a delight to listen to. I know her book will be incredible.

At the price of only $14.95, you can’t wait to snag this impactful book.

2. “I Like Me Anyway: Embracing Imperfection, Connection and Christ By Brooke Romney is another book I am excited to read soon!

Brooke Romney has a huge following on social media, she has great tips for parenting, raising teens, self help, and more.

Romney talks about ways to increase your personal peace, something we could all learn more about.

Even Better? You can order this book for only $12.59!

I hope you enjoy reading these books too. Once I am finished reading them I will give you my full review, but I am sure these books won’t disappoint.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Great Book Suggestion For You!/My January Book Pick

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I am always looking for gospel centered books.

Well this book suggestion is perfect for that!

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This book edited by Morgan Jones entitled “All In: Exploring What It Means to Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” is in incredibly inspiring book.

Jones is the voice behind the podcast “All In,” and she has taken snippets of different podcast interviews and created this wonderful, uplifting, Christ-centered book.

There are parts of this book that will bring you to tears.

And there are other parts of this book that will motivate you to be closer to Christ.

I have loved this book, and at the price of only $15.99, you will enjoy this book too!

Let me know if you read it!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Book I Can’t Wait To Read To Help Me With New Year Habits!

After listening to one of my favorite podcasts 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms I learned about a wonderful book on Habit’s by BJ Fogg entitled “Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything.

Just the short introduction I had about this book, I am so excited to read this book and create new, healthy habits.

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The author BJ Fogg has creating habits down to a very cool science.

Fogg has had huge success with helping people create good habits and this book is key to making those new habits work and be successful.

If you have read this book let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

After I am finished reading I will follow up with more, but I am very excited to learn all about how to transform this upcoming year of 2022 by creating good habits.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Great Podcast Episode to Motivate You For The New Year!

I have mentioned Jody Moore’s podcast multiple times on the blog because it’s amazing!

This particular podcast episode talks about getting motivated and “unstuck.” This topic is great motivation for setting goals this New Year.

I hope you enjoy this episode and let me know what stood out to you in the comments below!

xoxo,

Christy Lee