It started off by thinking about how much things had changed over this past year and even the past few years. How everything I’ve done–not just in my work career–but in my life has led me to where I am today. To be able to do what I’m doing right now.

Everything happens for a reason.

Then I watched Eat Pray Love. Again. More reflection. I saw it in the theaters and then watched it again on Netflix this weekend. What is it about that movie? I read the book before seeing and it was good–not quite the format I was expecting, but there were many poignant things she said that you just say, “Right on.”

This weekend was also General Conference–eight hours of listening to the leaders of the LDS church over two days (on tv). Inspiring. Uplifting. Makes you want to be a better person.

And there always seem to be a few speakers that seem to be speaking to you. The one in particular for me was Elder Paul V. Johnson. Just added to the entire weekend of thoughts and feelings I had. One thing he said was,

“Many times a particular challenge helps prepare us for something vitally important. In the midst of problems, it’s nearly impossible to see that the coming blessings far out-weigh the pain, humiliation or heart-break we may be experiencing at the time.”

If you’d like to watch his talk, check it out on lds.org HERE. Or you can watch it here on my blog.

I would highly recommend it, particularly if you are having a challenging time in your life–regardless of your faith. It’s very uplifting.

I feel like I have been guided on a path that allows me to be at home and work and be there for my children. There have been times when I didn’t feel like I was very “blessed” and felt that “humiliation and heart-break”, but knowing that Heavenly Father has something different in store for me–that I am not privy to knowing–and having the faith and the courage to go through it all has made me stronger as well as a better person, wife, and mom.

“The moral of the story is,” if you are going through a difficult time in your life, have the courage to forge through it. It will make you stronger, more compassionate, and a better person. I know it may not seem like it at the moment, but as time passes, you will come to know and understand why you needed that lesson or trial and that maybe there’s something beyond that current difficulty that will enrich and better your life or even the lives of others.

Like I keep saying:
Everything happens for a reason.
Love to you all! :)