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Positive thoughts, even when our plans fall through – Behind the Scenes

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I’ll just start by saying, that sometimes our wonderful plans, hopes, and dreams fall through.

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Sometimes life’s lessons suck.

And sadly, that’s just life, BUT we’ve found that life goes better when we make the best out of things and find room for laughter every single day.

And that’s HUGE.

I was invited to do a shoot at the top of Mount Timpanogus. It’s over 11,000 feet high and the hike up is rated extremely difficult. The plans were to ride horses up until it was too steep, and then to climb the last mile without them. We would shoot, eat, camp, and shoot again in the sunrise, and then hike all the way down by foot.

Luckiy, I had just done a shoot for Wolverine boots recently, and they gave me some free hiking boots, so I knew this Timp job was meant to be! Here are some shots of that shoot:

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So I started hiking in the hills behind our home every day that I could, at least 3-4 miles, to break in my boots, get used to uneven footing, climbing, everything. I was genuinely excited.

 

I bought some more gear, and put together a small complete makeup kit that would work best for this shoot.

I packed and I was all ready to go.

And then…

it got cancelled-nooooooooooo!!!! 

gulp.

I have to admit, I was sad.

But as the time grew closer to the time we had been scheduled to go, the biggest rain and thunder storm pelted that mountain and the entire valley below. It was one of the biggest storms I’ve seen in a while and I realized. I could’ve been up on those slippery slopes and slapped with a jolt of thunder that would easily spook any horse. I really think I was protected, and as the raindrops increased and the storm brewed on and on, throughout the entire night, I became so very grateful.

Then last night, when I melted into my soft cushy bed, I knew that I had been blessed. I was so grateful that I wasn’t on top of that mountain, freezing and soaked, sore, or broken.

I honestly hope that the shoot will resurface, but that the weather will be much more agreeable, and that it won’t be as big of a risk as it would’ve been had we stuck with our original plans and headed up at 4pm last night on horses. (And the truth is, I’ve only been on horses about 5 times in my entire life–eek!)

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SO I like to look at the lessons I learn along the way, and I think the most powerful lesson I gained from this experience was to find the window of gratitude amongst the disappointment. Life doesn’t go as we plan, ever, and it won’t. But we can look at what life gives us and find a way to glory in the journey….that is what can make it beautiful, exciting, and even more wonderful than our wildest dreams.

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Laurie & Tiffany

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Fathers Day Inspiration

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Fathers Day, a True Patriot

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The cute man on the right hand side of this picture is my daddy–the greatest man alive!

Our Friday messages are of love, tenderness and fun, devoted to touch the heart and fill the soul. And with Fathers Day coming what a better way to do that than to pay tribute to one of the greatest patriots and people I know. I’ll give you a hint… 🙂

Fathers Day is coming!!

My daddy is my greatest Hero and I’m so proud of him!! He’s always been the first in line to help anyone anywhere and will go out of his way to help make other people’s lives better. He is sincere and genuine as he can be and such an inspriation in my life. But that just scratches the surface, My dad is a true patriot as well.

Every time an American Flag goes by, his eyes rim with tears and it’s the most humbling thing–makes me cry too (but I’m a ball baby)
For him, it’s his country, his uncle gave up his life for it, his dad was torn to pieces in bombings on Pearl Harbor, his entire battalion he served with in Guam was killed when the Korean War broke out, and my dad was willing to put his own life on the line for this country that he loved so much. (I’m glad he didn’t have to, but am so deeply moved by his commitment and devotion to something that has meant so much. 

This is a writeup that came out in the Daily Herald last week and it melted my heart. 

The thumbnail picture I’m sharing is a family picture while we lived in Germany. I’m the little baby in the photo. I like this picture because of the way my dad so proudly wore his Military uniform, something that mattered a lot to him. sigh. 🙂 After he finished serving in the Air Force, he went on and got his Doctorate in Psychology and was able to make a positive impact on many more countless lives along his path.

I love my dad more than anything, am so honored to be his daughter, hope he has a wonderful Fathers Day, and just had to share!
He’s not big into going online, but I don’t care, I love you daddy, and have a happy Fathers Day!!

IMAGE from The Daily Herald

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Laurie & Tiffany

Happiness and How to Be More Happy…

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Ok, let’s talk.

Why do you think some people seem to be more happy than others?
Here are some of my thoughts…

For some crazy reason, we see ourselves differently than everyone else does. Somehow we look at them and see the beauty, the perfection, everything that’s right. Then when we look into the mirror, the first thing we see are the zits, the scars, and of course the flaws.

Once, when I was on a film shoot in a tiny village in Malawi Africa, one of my powder compacts dropped to the ground and all of the powder crumbled. I was about to toss it when I remembered the mirror inside which was still in perfect condition. So I took it back to my hotel room that night and cleaned the compact until it was nice and shiny. Then I tucked it into my makeup belt to give away.

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The next day we were shooting in a cornfield when I noticed 4 girls watching us. I thought about my compact and  walked over to them. I smiled and they giggled back, their faces beaming brightly, something that appeared to come naturally. Then I tucked a hand inside my makeup belt and drew out that shiny empty compact.

They looked at it, very unsure of what I was holding.

I handed it toward them and they pulled away, their faces filling with a hint of fear. So I opened the compact and showed them the mirror. They looked at it, puzzled, then one by one, they started recognizing one another in that little mirror. They pointed at the glass and then pointed at a collar or at a tattered shirt and they lit up with laughter.

I think I just stood there, stunned. These girls had never seen their own reflections. It struck hard. I reached toward them with the compact and handed it to the girl closest to me. “Here, it’s for you” I whispered. Her eyes caught mine and immediately rimmed with tears. I could feel mine start to do the same. Hers appeared to be tears of gratitude, mine stung with humility as I could see her thankfulness for something so very little. She was touched deeply, and so was I.

In retrospect, it was such a small token, in fact, it wasn’t even a legitimate gift–I gave her my garbage and she was thrilled. My heart swelled with the most awesome crimson warmth.

I’m not holding myself out to be a perfect example of someone who gives and always does good, I wish I was, but for that moment, I felt that surge of glee that comes when you touch a life. I actually wish I could say that I gave her something much better, but unfortunately I didn’t…in fact I hope the “gift” I gave her hasn’t changed her life in a negative way…could it affect the way she perceives the world now because she can now see herself ? I really hope not, I really truly hope not.  I hope it was more about the kindness of a stranger. I know for me, it helped me to not see myself at all, at least for those moments, “I” was definitely not on my mind. And how sweet that was. And those feelings brought a current of happiness from way down deep.

Now back to my point. I believe that when we desire to do good, our hearts change. When we focus on others and desire to help them, we can’t help but forget ourselves, our “needs” wants, shortcomings, etc. and at that point, we feel something beyond (the often fleeting feeling of) happiness. We feel an abundance of joy, which is lasting, pure, and becomes a part of our nature. I think the ultimate key is understanding the desires of our heart.

So when we see those people who constantly beam with happiness, it may not be because everything in their life is running smoothly at all, in fact, it more than likely isn’t. I think those people have learned the greater feeling of joy, which is something regulated by the heart, the spirit.

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My niece, Brittany, is in the Philippians right now, helping to rebuild from the hurricane damage.  She took this PHOTO, which I loved. To follow her 3 month journey and to feel inspired, head over to Life of a Wanderous Mind

I’d love your feedback on this…and I want to give you an assignment:

  • Right now, stop for one moment, and tap into the desires of your heart. If they are wants or “things”, steer past them to the people in your life. What can you do to make their lives happier? What can you say? How can you treat them today? What can you do right now to step outside of yourself and move your focus to others?
  • Do something every day to touch a life, but don’t expect anything in return. Just savor the peace of lifting another’s burdon.
  • Write down your feelings, it doesn’t have to be long, just from the heart.
  • Place it in you calendar and set up reminders every day. (I use an app that is a daily journal, it also sends me reminders every day. 🙂

My challenge is to do this every day for 1 week. Then come back here and please share how that one little exercise worked for you, what you learned, fears you overcame and how you felt.

I believe that you will be a happier person in one week if you can take the time to do this…and I can’t wait to hear back!!

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Laurie & Tiffany

A HUGE Secret to Happiness & why it matters!

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My heart is just swelling as I think about what I want to share today…so many thoughts, experiences, and so much to say. But I think I’ve truly witnessed a HUGE Secret to Happiness & why it matters!

While I was working on a movie in Africa, we roamed through the poorest little villages of Kenya, and met so many incredible people. I felt the deepest compassion come over me…

Most of them had clothing that was worn, tattered, and thrashed. They were filthy, and honestly, they (ok I’m having a hard tiime saying this, but the truth is they stunk.) Now I’ve said it, but none of those outward things made me hate them, no, not one. In fact, they had the opposite effect on every one of us. In spite of the sickness, starvation, and all of their hardships, we were overcome with their beautiful smiles.

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley

In Kenya and Malawi, smiles were everywhere, even amidst the obvious pain and hardships. I remember seeing 2 young girls beaming as they ran through a field with mice they had just caught for their dinner. But when we went on to Adas Ababa Ethiopia, the smiles seemed to dissolve. Faces were etched with pain and sadness. We even had several people who begged us to take them back to the States.

At first I didn’t understand how there could be such a distinct difference in these people and all of the Villagers we had just seen.

But after a while, it started to become more clear. Everywhere I looked, I noticed crude little huts, slightly larger than a refrigerator box. On top of each little hut stood a TV antenna. It hit like a brick to the chest…could the difference be that these people had TV, so in essence, they knew what they didn’t have? My heart sunk.

I think the difference in their countennances came from their perceptions of their world. In Kenya and Malawi, they were satisfied and even grateful for their lives, no matter how simple. They were content and happy. But for the Ethiopians, they knew what they didn’t have and longed for a different existence.

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So of course there’s a moral, and I believe that when we look through eyes of gratitude, great things happen in our lives. Even the simple things we tend to overlook…running water, kindness, a smile, the freedom to pray.

It may not change our circumstance or difficulties, but instead makes them bearable and an important step to feeling fulfilled and happy. That’s it. When we stop looking at what we don’t have and pacifying our “wants” everything changes for the better. Plain and simple, gratitude changes everything, most of all, our hearts.

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie

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Laurie & Tiffany

When Life Hands You Lemons….

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Here’s a story that I was so grateful to be a part of….When Life Hands You Lemons

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When Life Hands You Lemons…

Are you afraid to dream big? I was reminded of this quote the other day, “The person who thinks he can and the person who thinks he can’t are both right” – Henry Ford.  I have to agree, it’s true, and I get the feeling that Henry Ford must have known someone like Tatyana McFadden, one of our recent Paralympian Silver Medal Winners.

I met Tatyana on a cold wintery day, in Park City, Utah. I had worked with quite a few Olympians and Paralympians over a few days, and I’ve always been blown away by these athletes who know how to push the body beyond what is possible.

So I guess you could say that I was feeling quite inspired already, as we followed the athletes through their workouts and saw their super human strength. That strength btw, is not something that just came naturally for these athletes, but a part of who they are because of the fight and determination that drives them.

Dream BIG! When You Think You Can't, Tatyana McFadden

I had a make shift makeup and hair station set up in the dance studio at the recreation club. I saw something flash past and looked up to see Tatyana McFadden and her wheelchair come flying into the room. She shot a beaming smile in my direction and I knew that I liked her already. But what I was about to learn would actually send chills up and down my spine.

As I draped Tatyana and started into her makeup, we did the usual chit chat thing. I was intrigued by her name, which is beautiful, and  asked where it came from. She said she was born in Russia, where she lived the first 6 years of her life–and then she continued–“in an orphanage.” My heart sunk, but that wasn’t all…

She was also born with Spina Bifida. But at age 6, she was adopted by a wonderful woman who was from the States. After the adoption, her new mom took her to the US and got her to a doctor. He checked Tatyana out and said she was dying and that nothing could be done. But her mom refused to give up and enrolled little Tatyana into a physical fitness program.

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Tatyana was destined to die, but through exercise alone, is now destined to live. And not only that, she  now thrives. She has a beautifully developed upper body and knows how to use it. 🙂 As we went through Tatyana’s workout, the entire crew was left speechless by the difficult exercises she went through. She did some type of sit-ups on a bench where she’d lift up and throw a ball at one of our crew guys and he was supposed to throw it right back. All he had to do was stand there and get the ball back to her but she shot the ball at him over and over and he couldn’t keep up. In her gracious way, Tatyana schooled him.

Dream BIG! When You Think You Can't, Tatyana McFadden

At times I was afraid she might be pushing beyond what was possible and I’d reach out to help her.  But she wouldn’t accept any help. So watching her lift herself up to high bars and swing her body up and over and down, and in and out of her wheelchair was pretty humbling, to say the least.

To Tatyana, there are no limits, and I was so moved by her. I asked her what helped her see life that way and without hesitation she credited her mom, explaining that she never treated her as though she had any handicaps and would make her do things herself in order to overcome.

Wow. That was powerful. We live in a society that tries to label just about everything as a handicap. A society that breeds victims. Yet here was a beautiful girl who truly has a handicap, but refuses to see it as anything that could hold her back, ever. And look at where that mindset has taken her!

Tatyana is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She’s friendly, appreciative, kind, optimistic, and the list could go on and on. Every one of us walked away from that shoot inspired to do better, to look at the possibilities instead of the limitations, and to push beyond them all.

I had fun giving her a cute braid into a bun hairstyle. It was her idea and it looked adorable on her. So if you’re not yet subscribed to our youtube channel, you’ll want to be so you can see how to do this simple and fun style yourself. We’ll be posting that tutorial next week.

Dream BIG! When You Think You Can't, Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana also had the most creative headband idea that will blow you away. She often is seen in photos with this very simple DIY headband. We’ll show you that fun trick too.

And in the mean time, think about what goes on in the mind of someone like Tatyana, think of the thoughts that have the power to change your life too. Dream BIG! Because you can truly be whatever you let yourself believe that you can be.

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Laurie & Tiffany

HAPPY!!!!

Happy - Alex Boye' (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Childrens Choir

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We want to share this video with you for a few reasons…

#1 because we LOVE how HAPPY this song makes you feel each time you view it, and our goal is to help you find happiness in the simplest things life has to offer

#2 because we LOVE working with Alex Boye’  We’ve both done his makeup on different occasions and can’t help but feel inspired by him. He is truly someone that makes everyone around him HAPPY!

#3 because Laurie did the SFX makeup for Alex in this video, and it’s fun to share!

So watch it, share it, comment on it, and like it because it’s so refreshing to get such nice content to enjoy, and doesn’t cost us a thing.

Let us know how you like it!!!  We LOVE your comments, they always make us HAPPY!  🙂

Here’s to a HAPPY weekend! Happy – Alex Boye’ (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Childrens Choir.

Happy - Alex Boye' (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Childrens Choir

 

LOVE you guys!

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Laurie & Tiffany

You Dropped Your WHAT? This is SOO FUNNY! :)

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Kids say the funniest things!

And thank goodness, because laughing is not only one an incredible way to get some exercise (tightens and firms stomach) but it also has the power to reverse the effects of aging, change your day, and improve your outlook. Get over yourself and BE HAPPY!! No matter what is happening in life, don’t let it have the power to take your smile and sense of humor away. Happiness is SO worth it, because YOU are worth it! 🙂

You Dropped Your WHAT? This is SOO FUNNY!

Be Happy, it’s contagious.

Be thankful, it’s uplifting.

Be you. It’s beautiful!

Enjoy this video and we hope we helped put a smile on your face. If so, it felt good, didn’t it? Now go and have a wonderful day–we LOVE YOU!!

Please share your thoughts, we love hearing from you!! 🙂

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Laurie & Tiffany

Life’s Laughs – dad, the ballerina!

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Life’s Laughs – dad, the ballerina!

If you’re ready for a great stomach workout, you don’t want to miss this one! Let us know what you loved the most!know how hard it made you laugh and what you loved the most!

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Laurie & Tiffany

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