Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Weeks Three and Four (May 28-June 10)
Eighteen Weeks of Strong

© Alison Walker 2018.

"Stand ... in holy places, and be not moved" (D&C 87:8).

As I think about standing, I'm reminded of two phrases from hymns I frequently sing at church. Attributed to Robert Keen (ca. 1787) is "How Firm a Foundation," the title of a hymn that reminds me that Jesus is the rock on which I should build and that He is always with me and will provide me the succor I need. In "Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah," William Williams (1717-1791) wrote, "We are weak, but thou art able." This helps me to remember that, ultimately, my strength comes from Jesus.


© Jonathan Kaseda 2018.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Digging a little deeper into this moral from one of Aesop's fables, I see I need to add deliberate to the process:
"Slow and steady definitely do not win the race alone. Slow, steady, and deliberate wins the race, when punctuated by occasional sprints. It’s not enough to make daily, measured progress on your work if it’s not deliberate progress.
              — Todd Henry
Source: Accidental Creative

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Week Two (May 21-27)
Eighteen Weeks of Strong

vig·or·ous
ˈviɡ(ə)rəs/

adjective strong, healthy, and full of energy

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week One (May 14-20)
Eighteen Weeks of Strong

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© Alison Walker 2018.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Highlights of March and April

March Madness
March for Our Lives
Hamilton
Jordan River Temple Open House
Jonathan's 19th Birthday
Erin's College Graduation
Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February in Review

My Focuses for the Month
    Continuing to walk or run as many days as possible.
    Sleeping at least seven hours each night.
    Identifying coping strategies for my upcoming "busy season" at work.

What I Read
    In Print —
    On My Kindle —
    Via Audio —
Finishing nine books in February puts me just about on track for my goal of 104 books in the year.


What I Watched
Where I Traveled

Los Angeles for a three-day weekend (where I basked in the sunshine and enjoyed the sand between my toes)!


What I Saw
    A preview of the Los Angeles production of the new musical Allegiance.
    Four BYU Women's Basketball games at the Marriott Center.

Some Other Places I Went
    The Salt Lake Temple.
    The Draper Temple.
    The Los Angeles Temple.
I have a goal to worship in twelve different temples during 2018. That makes three!


What I Read and/or Studied in the Bible
    Ecclesiastes and part of Job.

What I Celebrated
    My husband Dan's birthday. (Twice! With a third celebration planned for March 2.)

Biggest Expenditure of the Month
    Hotel charges in Los Angeles.

What I'm Most Looking Forward to in March
    March Madness.
    Spring Equinox.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

January in Review

My Focuses for the Month
    Hydrating.
    Walking or running as many days as possible. (Walking or running every day is probably an impossible goal, but I did manage to run/walk a total of 35 miles this month.)
    Eating out of the pantry and freezer.

What I Read
    In Print —
    On My Kindle —
    Strong, Brave, Loved by Holley Gerth. (Perfect read for me at the beginning of this year when my One Little Word is Strong!)
    Via Audio —
    New Boy by Tracy Chevalier. (Compelling re-telling of Othello as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.)
    Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. (Like with Brown Girl Dreaming, I found myself inspired to write some of the stories of my life.)
Finishing six books in January puts me a little behind schedule for my goal of 104 books in the year.


What I Watched
    One movie via NetFlix — Cinderella (2015).
    One movie on DVD — Wonder Women (2017).

What I Saw
    The Broadway touring production of Something Rotten.
    BYU Vocal Point in concert.
    Hillcrest High School's production of The Farnsworth Invention.
    Aida at Hale Centre Theatre.
    Bright Star at Pioneer Theatre Company.
    Four BYU Women's Basketball games at the Marriott Center.

Some Other Places I Went
    The office of my eye doctor (twice) (for some glaucoma testing and to order a pair of eyeglasses).
    The office of my dentist.
    My hairdresser (where I finally got the short cut I've been thinking about for months).
    The Draper Temple (three times).

What I Read and/or Studied in the Bible
What I Celebrated
    My daughter Erin's 22nd birthday.

Biggest Expenditure of the Month
    The portion of my son Jonathan's tuition and fees not covered by his scholarship.

What I'm Most Looking Forward to in February
    The beginning of Lent (on February 14).
    A weekend trip to Los Angeles with my husband.