Say Cheese ...

Say Cheese ...
It's Just Me!


Monday, October 18, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 3rd Concerts

Mormon Times/Deseret News Article

There is an article in the Mormon Times/Deseret News about me. It came out online yesterday, and will be out in the paper tomorrow. Here is the link.

Have a GREAT weekend celebrating what a great country America is!

July 2nd Concert

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Life is NOT too short!

I have decided I need to write more here! I have had an amazing weekend and an awakening week so far. Why not write about it!

My weekend included: Performing, music, interviews, boating, good friends, and family!

I have been blessed to be able to do what I love, and I don't show enough appreciation for it. Many people are in jobs they feel they "need" to do, due to finances, etc. however very few are able to truly do what they love. Last Friday was spent something like this: Radio interview, released my first single from my first album, newspaper article interview, press conference, t.v. interview, concert. What an amazing day! I stood on the stage that night in the perfect warm, Utah summer weather, with a member of my band on each side and thought, "It doesn't get much better than this!"

The next day, I must say, I was a little nervous because I was headed to the lake! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the lake, however for those who know me I am always freezing, and I don't like not doing things well. Here I was about to encounter both! I made a decision before reaching the lake that I would not worry about either, and just have fun. Within a few hours I found myself in the lake face-planting more times than I ever have, but never having so much fun! There is something about doing things you didn't think you could, or would ever do. I have found we often don't give ourselves credit and often sell ourselves short. Who is to say we won't be good at something unless we try it first? And even if you fall on your face a million times, one time you are bound to stay up. I now can, happily, add wakeboarding to something I like to do. Who would have thought?!

The beginning of this week has been a little rougher than my weekend needless to say. Monday night the friends, family, and acquaintances of Sophie Barton were hit with devastating news. This beautiful, talented, smart, and incredibly nice 17 year old passed away suddenly. It's news like this that makes you realize the importance of the people in your life, and the blessings you have. You never know when today will be your, or someone you love's, last day. I think we often take life for granted. There are so many things that can go wrong during the course of one day, and luckily we don't focus on them, however I think sometimes we forget them all together until one of those things happens. Last night made me realize life is too short to not realize what you have when you have it. Life is too short to worry about the small things. Life is too short to put great importance on the less important things in life, and life is too short to take it for granted!

This morning I found out that my Grandma was in the hospital, and starting tonight was in need of care, by her family, 24/7. It was amazing to me to see the number of family members who came and spent hours with her, caring for her, loving her, and being there when she needed them the most. It again reiterated the point that life is not to be taken for granted. There are people around you every day that you may not notice, until you need them. There are people you love, but may not hear that you do until it's too late.

This weekend has taught me so many things:
Life is too short to not realize what you have when you have it.
Life is too short to worry about the small things.
There are people around you every day you may not notice, until you need them.
There are people you love, but may never hear you do, until it's too late.
Life is too short to put great importance on the less important things in life.
Life is too short to take it for granted!

What great lessons to learn, and luckily not too late! I hope to live every day like it's my last! Life is NOT too short to: try new things, though you may be scared of them; to tell people you care, and not hold back; and most of all to realize the blessings you have, and spread them around!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 19th Vlog

June 18th Vlog

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Define: Best

I had a conversation with a good friend the other day and it got me thinking about why people sometimes act the way they do. It seems people, in general, are focused, and even obsessed, with perfection. The number of plastic surgeries performed daily are skyrocketing, but even more than that, the number of people comparing themselves to others is a problem which continues to affect society. During the course of the conversation my friend said, "but I'm not the best". The thought of "compared to who?" popped into my mind. 

        Too often I find people, and even myself, comparing our actions, thoughts, successes, and failures to those around us. The truth is, you never know what is going on in other people's lives and what you see on the outside (what you are comparing yourself to) may not be accurate. The best we can do is take it one day at a time. Who cares if YOUR best today is not as good as YOUR best yesterday? It is still YOUR best! That's all you can hope to achieve. There is no use in comparing your best in the past to your best now, let alone comparing yourself to someone else. If you truly give your all every day, there is no need to worry about being the best, because you are the best. YOUR best.

       It is very unfortunate that people fail to realize their potential, and often times don't see how amazing they are. Every person, in their own way, can do so much. It is only when we compare ourselves to those around us that we begin to feel inadequate and "less than". How amazing would it be if everyone did their day's best and let THAT define their definition of "best"? I wish, for everyone, the ability to realize their potential, their personal best, and be 'ok' with that. After all "best" is just a word, not an action, or something you can obtain.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


2010 started out great, doing what I love to do - sing. I performed at a New Year's Eve party and it was a blast. Hopefully this will be telling of how the next year will be. Full of music and performing. 

It is amazing how fast time flies as you get older. When I look back on where I was a year ago from today, it seems like it was only yesterday. It is amazing the things you can get done in a year, month, week, day, hour ... and I am going to do better at making this next year count. Making this year be one I remember. After all, you only have one January 1, 2010 - January 2, 2010 - etc. once it's gone, it's gone. 

This reality hit me really hard when I was thinking about the things I want to do better this year. I realized if people really looked at their days, they could do a lot. Time would not be wasted, and more would get done. With saying this however, I also realized it is important to make sure you can look back at the end of the day and when you ask yourself "What did I do today" you have a list of worthwhile things: helping people, being productive, etc. often times our days are wasted in front of a t.v., or computer because we can think of nothing better to do. Those things are out there - we just need to look for them.

I wish the best for everyone in 2010, and hope this year is one full of memories, and will be one you will never forget! 

"Who are we not to be ..."

"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God." 
                                                                                  - Nelson Mandela