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Lehi City Firefighter PT Test

I had the opportunity to participate in a physical training test that our local fire station put together. We have a few firefighters that work out at the gym I train at and I was asked along with a few female’s to participate. They currently don’t have any female firefighters here in the city so they wanted to get a variety of women together to test us on a few techniques and training pieces they work with.   They wanted to get an average time it would take a female to complete the challenge. I was all over the idea when it was presented to me by my fellow firefighter, Jake.  I even enlisted a few other girls here at my gym to come.  Then asked a neighbor of mine to come do it with me too.  I was so excited to do something I’ve never done before. We arrived at the city rodeo grounds and walked through the challenges that were presented to us and did a few trial runs on a couple to “test” it out before we were timed.  During this time of walking through it I kept thinking……… “Oh this is a piece of cake” “I’ve got this, this is nothing” “I’ve carried heavier” and so on and so forth. I walked over and said, “I wanna go, I’m so ready for this!”  I usually like to go first on challenges to just get it over with so I can enjoy watching everyone else.  The next question the firefighters asked me was if I wanted to have the oxygen tank on along with the coat and hat.  I wanted to have the full experience so of course I said yes! Mind you the coat and hat alone weighed about 10-15lb then the tank was another 35lb.  I got all dolled up in the gear and I was set to go!  The two other friends of mine, Christina and Lisa, cheered me on as I began. The first challenge was to take off the caps on the fire hydrant and crank the top to open it up to get the flow of water.  (water was turned off for the test) I was taught a way to do the challenge in the walk through so as I began I noticed that it was taking me a lot longer than I had anticipated.  I began to get frustrated in my mind saying, “Come on, Sarah, what’s wrong with you, they just showed you how to do it and look you can even twist it off!” So as you can see my mind was already off to a not so good start because as I prepped I was overly confident that I had this in the bag!  So I began to doubt myself and to beat myself up in my mind about my capabilities.  I began to get nervous and my heart was racing because it was such a simple task and I was struggling. The next challenge was to drag the hose on my shoulder a few feet down and back 2 times.  Then run to the bleachers and pack the 50lb hose on my shoulder up and down the stairs twice.  By this challenge I was already spent!  My legs were on FIRE, my mind was going left and right about how stupid I was to think this was easy and then I had moments of telling myself that I can do it and to just chill out! The next challenge was to see where you were mentally when your body was exhausted and we had to put together...

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Mother’s Day 2015

We were in CA for Mother’s Day this year due to Trent’s Grandma June’s funeral.  We got to spend it with his side of the family therefore my mother-in-law felt extra special because all of her children were surrounding her except Travis who is serving a mission in Finland but she did get to talk to him on the phone. We spent our church service with the San Pasqual Ward in Escondido with Sean and Allie and Tory and Orchids.  We had a great message about the importance of temples and using the Atonement more in our lives.  One of the speakers shared this powerful poem written by Dr. Robert Morehead titled, “The Fellowship of the Unashamed” “I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear for “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..” (Romans 1:16). Trent went to go talk with Travis on the phone during sacrament meeting so I had the 3 younger ones with me at the sacrament meeting by myself and they couldn’t sit still.  So I began to laugh at first but then I lost my patience and began to become frustrated.  Usually when I prepare to go to church I have to mentally get ready and to speak good things to myself about my children but today I felt rushed to get to church so I didn’t take the time to do so this time.  So I payed for it. But as they went happily to the next two meetings with the children I looked forward to just being by myself and reflecting on motherhood and what it means to me.  I continue to work daily on my skills as a mother and to recommit each day to work on my patience and understanding them in their individual process. One thing I to do with my children is sit down with them...

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Annual Family Pictures

We were able to  finally update our family photo after 2 years!  We’ve decided to make it our family’s birthday tradition which happens to be our anniversary on September 28th.  This year was different than most years before because of the changes I have personally made in my life this last year.  I came into this with a stress free mind because in years past just thinking about family pictures I would get anxiety over it. I created some videos about the experience. Few days before After pictures To view our photo album of the pictures go here. Our photos were taken by the incredible Travis...

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Why am I here on this beautiful Earth? What do I have yet to see?

As as a mother I ask myself this question frequently , “Why am I hear on this earth at this moment living how I am?  What do I have yet to see? You see I was born into a christian home where my parents taught us great values and lessons about life from a gospel perspective from a Christ centered home.   I can’t thank them enough for their determination to teach all of their 8 children the principles that govern us each day as we live here and go through our life experiences.  Not only was it their words that taught me but it was their ACTIONS and their example.  They were ready to SERVE and lead whenever asked upon and not only that but whenever they felt prompted to do so.  They are shining examples of service to me and they shared that love with each of their children.  Service runs in my blood. I remember in my childhood serving those who couldn’t help themselves.  We had an assisted living facility in our neighborhood and we would go over and do family home evenings, we would take them out into the town, we would have them over to our home, etc.  We also had a neighbor across the street from us, Tom, who was in a wheelchair and we took him under our wing and made sure he felt loved because he lived alone.  He didn’t believe what we did but that didn’t matter he knew that we just wanted to help and serve and most times he wouldn’t accept it but we would do it anyway.  He was kind of stubborn that way.  When I was 14 years old I took over mowing his lawn for him and I gained great satisfaction from my work.  He taught me how to edge the lawn and be sure that each time I came that I would mow in the opposite direction so the grass would grow evenly. The reason I bring up service is because I’ve always had this dream over the last 5 years to just sell everything I own and go live around the world for a YEAR!  Just pickup and just experience life and to see it through others eyes.  But you see I have stopped myself from creating this because I have 4 children now and it would require alot more organizing and planning but it CAN be done.  I’ve researched many families as well as couples who have done such a thing.  I am DETERMINED to have this life experience before my children are too set in their ways and stuck in a place where we don’t want to be. Reeghan will be turing 11 this month and my youngest will be 3 and not yet potty trained.  I have made up my mind that the summer of 2015 is our summer to BEGIN our adventure.  We will be in between housing so it works out (Trent doesn’t know this yet but will sure find out real soon)  We have enough time to potty train, get our finances and taxes in order to go, sell everything we own but our clothing and some small necessary items, lay out a plan of action as well as prep me as a mom to school my children on the go (yikes, kind of nervous for that one)  and then to finish up my training and gather more knowledge to go out and share my passion for the mind as well as the body. While visiting these countries I plan to find service opportunities as well as...

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March Live Big

This is my third time attending the 3 day intensive self development seminar but this time I got to be behind the scenes. I was asked by Marci to assist her because her assistant was unable to be there. It was great to be on the other side and watch and see transformation happen in peoples lives in such a short time. Each time I’ve come the principles taught are the same but the approach is different each time. The presenters go up and teach without script or notes. They share knowledge they’ve gained over the years and have experienced. That’s what makes it so powerful and effective when you can just be authentic and honest about life. People come to be uplifted but they don’t realize the long term effect it can have on them if they just “surrender” and take life by the horns and just improve one day at a time. One concept at a time. I can’t tell you just how much more I’ve had to surrender because of having someone by my side cheering me on. It’s so important to have a mentor or coach in your life to check in on your progress. It’s been an incredible experience to have someone call me out when I’m thinking I’m being a victim instead of a creator. Life has it’s ups and downs and the way we react to certain things in or life will determine the quality of life we will have. I have chosen to be a conscious creator and to be aware each day when I’m about to sabbatoge or change my thinking. I have been taught tools to overcome and to conquer and to shift my perception which has been a huge blessing in my life and now I’m teaching my children too. I just feel so blessed to have this knowledge and be surrounded by amazing people in my life who lift me up. I attract amazing people in my life and I hope that through my example I can teach them a thing or two about believing in themselves and empowering them to make changes in their life to improve their quality of life. I was able to work behind the scenes with some amazing individuals who live their lives to the fullest. We laughed, we cried, we danced, and best of all we shared. We had great food and best of all we had some really good sushi. On Friday Marci and I stepped out and went to her TV spot and got to play on the set beforehand and just be silly. She made a video about all the...

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Alta Skiing

Our brave neighbors, the Dallin’s, took me and the older three on our first skiing adventure. Trent watched us along with Stratton and their baby from the lodge. It was a beautiful clear sky day and it was perfect light jacket weather for a good first time. Alta ski resort has a deal from 3-4:30 for a cheap ski lift ride. So we went to the bunny hill and learned our pizza and French fri’s to learn. Reeghan and I caught on pretty fast and had a blast laughing down the hill and racing back up on the rope pulley. Paetan and Easton took some time and Nate and Lisa were being very patient with us. We could have used another adult though. We got on the lift ride right at 4:28 we were the second to last ones up the top of the hill. I took Reeghan on the lift and Nate took Easton and Beckham and Lisa had Paetan and their daughter Sienna. We got off the lift great and started to head down the easy trail and I held Easton’s hand on the turn down. I wasn’t taught how to handle turns so we crashed. I couldn’t get up cause I was on a slant so I finally figured out that I needed to switch sides and flop my skiis to the other side and try getting up on that side and it finally worked. I thought I could handle going down with Easton but it didn’t workout that well. Luckily the snowmobile came right behind us so they took Easton and Sienna down and Lisa stayed back with Paetan and Reeghan, Beckham and I skied down the hill together. It was a thrill literally to just take in the fresh mountain air and see the beauty that surrounded me. I can see now how people fall in love with the mountains and skiing. I made a video of me too and was just smiling the whole ride down. Can’t wait to go...

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