April 10, 2014

A To-Live-By List

Knowing God . . .

Different from want-to-do and want-to-have lists, a To-Live-By list keeps track of things that cost no money but can endow true happiness. It is a list of Christlike attributes we desire to attain and live by in pursuit of becoming our best.

Do you want to become more faithful, humble, or compassionate? More honest, charitable, or loving? Having spent too much time mired in controversy, do you seek to become a peacemaker? The inside front cover of your journal is a great place to record the Christlike attributes you desire to attain.

My To-Live-By list includes "forgiving," "patient," and "peacemaker."

What's on your list?

April 8, 2014

SIX Authors -- One Fantastic Easter Giveaway!

Prepare for Easter with our multi-author Easter Book Giveaway! Throughout the week, from April 8 through April 16thenter to win by using Rafflecopter. Click HERE to enter!

Win one of EACH book from these fabulous five guest authors, plus Connie Sokol's own 40 Days with the Savior (ebook and Book Bundle!)—so simple!!

Why Do We Celebrate Easter? by Shannon Foster
      Win an ebook!
This is a print-your-own book about why we celebrate Easter.  It is great for kids and adults!  This book covers the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, why understanding the resurrection is important and what the Easter symbols mean.

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Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat? by Michelle Wilson
      Win an ebook!
"When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way."

Simple Things
Simple Things: Daily Thoughts, Stories & Inspiration to Live Life More Fully by Lori Nawyn
      Win a hard copy!
Within the pages of Simple Things, women will gain the necessary tools to confront self-limiting beliefs that prevent daughters of God from fully realizing their noble heritage. By embracing the gentle lessons shared by the author, even the most aching of spirits can emerge from the shadows to celebrate the glory of life with peace, joy, and hope.

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Precious in His Sight: Seeing Yourself As God Sees You by Jodi Robinson
      Win a print book and ruby necklace!
Our Father in Heaven, in His infinite wisdom, sees not the outward appearance but perceives the beauty of the heart and the worth of a soul. Through meaningful stories, scriptures, and examples, motivational speaker Jodi Marie Robinson lovingly reminds daughters of God of all ages, shapes, and sizes that the only true path to happiness is to measure your value as the Lord does.  After all, you are more precious than rubies.

We Are Strong! by Fay Klingler
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Every girl needs a mentor, someone she can trust to show her the way home to Heavenly Father. The stakes are high—as women of influence, how we live and how we teach Heavenly Father’s daughters will change the course of their lives forever. Using compelling real-life stories from women of all ages, award winning author Fay A. Klingler clearly defines how and why we must continue to live and teach the Young Women values.

March 25, 2014

Artists Need to Stick Together

I've never met a door-to-door artist . . . until last week.

With a handful of her own original work--and a willing sister to help
collect money--this budding entrepreneur showed up and offered me a deal I couldn't refuse.

You see she's been making prints on her home computer. Since I love dogs, this one caught my eye.

She was asking one dollar. Unfortunately, I didn't have that amount readily available--
and she doesn't take credits cards. Luckily she was in the mood to strike a deal. 

Eighty-five cents later and  the dog print was mine. 

The artist was quick to inform me that it's her policy policy NOT to sell her originals. 

Those are sold exclusively to her grandmother. 

It was fun to get a new print, and to chat with this talented young girl.
We artists have to stick together. The dog print now has a prominent place in my office; 
he's good company for the dogs I'm working on for a new project.

March 14, 2014

Mistakes Don't Define Us

Condemning ourselves and labeling ourselves as worthless or not good enough damages 
our self-worth, spiritual growth, and progression. Dwelling on our shortcomings is 
a fast track to misery. If, however, we look for our strengths and talents we will find them.

Mistakes  are temporary actions that don't define us.

Forgiving ourselves and moving forward will
lead us to our true identity of 
promise and potential.

March 5, 2014

Learning and Growing

We're often our own harshest critics. How can we love and forgive ourselves? An experience with a woman who was berating herself gave me the opportunity to reconsider the way I react to my own perceived shortcomings. Please click on the photo below to read more.

Loving ourselves for who we are: There's no need to apologize

January 26, 2014

The Light of Christ

The sun began its descent, settling low into the horizon.

With each minute, rays of sunlight faded. Only hours before, daytime illuminated groves, mountain slopes, and the lake, in vibrant hues of summer. My cousins and I had basked in its warmth. We'd run up and down the road next to the family campsite, kicking up dust with our Keds in a game of tag. The cottonwoods towering overhead provided respite from the heat at midday. Smaller trees formed leaf shrouded alcoves that served as hiding places. The water, shimmering with promise, afforded abundant opportunities for swimming and splashing, and adventures rowing in my grandfather's small fishing boat.

But dusk stole the light and repaid the landscape with shades of ever darkening gray.

Blackness crept in around us. We retreated to camp. Rimmed by large rocks, a fire cracked and popped around lengths of wood split by my Grandpa Frank. We fed sticks and small branches to the flames and watched them grow. Sitting fireside was a comfort. Grandma's dinner warmed our 

stomachs. Shared tales of the day warmed our hearts. All too soon, conversation dimmed. For the adults, warm beds beckoned from inside camp trailers. Much earlier my cousins and I set up our tents a distance away from the adults–– and the campfire. We boasted to each other about braving the wilds.

It was then fear had started to gnaw at my stomach.

I was afraid of the dark.

All day long, I told myself I'd somehow figure out how to conquer my apprehension by nightfall.  Our one-man tents were set in a circle, flaps facing inward. Common sense told me that if I needed them my cousins would be only an arm length away. But with darkness, panic settled into me bone deep. I tried to reason out, as much as my young mind would allow, why darkness filled me with dread. Aloneness. Uncertainty. The unknown. Stuff not always easily understood when you're a kid; and not easily explained to other kids. In desperation my mind grasped what seemed to be a reasonable, common concern that I hoped wouldn't garner ridicule. 


And I proclaimed it aloud.

"We need to check the tents and make sure there are no bugs." I grabbed up a half-burnt stick from the fire. The flame at its end served as torch as we searched. My ruse worked. My cousins engaged with me to hunt for the peril of creeping, crawling insects––which bought me more time.

My thoughts raced. We could search my tent last. If I were to prop the burning stick right outside the tent, I'd have the comfort of a nightlight. However, a gentle breeze was blowing. Embers falling from the torch and onto the sleeping bag loaned me by my father––leaving singed holes I'd somehow have to explain in the morning––quickly dispelled the notion. And, unfortunately, only a few beetles had taken up residence on the tent walls. My cousin Scott quickly flicked them out.

Yawning, everyone turned to enter their own tents. In a last-ditch effort to save face and not have to admit my fear, I began to cough. Smoke from the torch and those burning embers that scorched Dad's sleeping bag stung my eyes and throat, I complained. By then my cousins were too tired to care what I did.

I spent the night with Grandpa and Grandma in their trailer.

It wouldn't be until years later that I discovered I'd had available to me the comfort of light all along. A light that can help force back the darkness of remote campsites, as well as the aching darkness of aloneness, uncertainly, doubt, and despair, along with the many other varieties of darkness in the world.

We are all blessed with the Light of Christ.

It persuades us to seek and do good as it assists us in navigating darkness. When we gain a testimony of Christ and his love for us––and when we apply faith as an action verb––that light shines brighter than anything we must face. When we don't allow it to be diminished by fear, uncertainly and disillusionment, or the bitter winds of sin, we are guaranteed essential light to dispel darkness. In the difficult landscapes we must often traverse in our journey through life, guidance and comfort can ever be ours.   

January 23, 2014

Got Wonderful?

In this day of  high tech communication, we can get lost.

Yes, lost.

Text messaging. Email. Chat. Social media.
There are more ways to communicate than ever before.
But all too often they offer only a means of superficial communication, 
 . . . and a means of busyness.

The word busy is defined by active and attentive engagement in work or a pastime--
yet busyness is characterized by meaningless activity.

Technological busyness helps us feel like we're always in control.
But the reality is that it can occupy us to the extent 
we lose sight of life's most precious and important elements.

Like the wonder of ourselves.

Validation from outside sources is fleeting.
When we slow the flow of social media consumption and superficial communication
and again listen to our own heart and intuition

--get to know ourselves again--

we gain time to seek and discover the inherent value within us:
power and wonder that will lift and sustain us as we pursue our goals and dreams.  

January 18, 2014

Renewed Hope

Since I first asked last year what gives you hope/what hope means to you, many of you have sent letters and emails that have truly touched my heart. For some of you, hope is found in the smile of a child--knowing that something of you will live on in them and in generations to come. For some of you it's in the recognition of your talents and potential and the myriad opportunities that are ahead as you strive for your dreams. For others hope is anchored on God, the faith He will uplift and sustain you as you nourish your relationship with Him; still others hope to know He is mindful of them and seek reassurance of His hand in their lives. 

For me hope is a mix of all these things and more. I love that each morning when we arise our hope can begin anew. Whatever has happened the previous day, week, or year doesn't matter. If others have hurt us, if we've made mistakes, even if we've been bereft of hope, we have another shot at it. The gift hope gives us is that it lets us pick up the pieces of the past and make something beautiful for the future

Familius is featuring my quote on hope today as a pinnable. Check it out here.

Much love,


January 8, 2014

Find the Time to Live in Joy

Life is hectic. Crazy busy. Full of hurry and rush. Stress presses in.

But we have a choice to live differently.

Each morning as we wake, if we consciously determine to shift our focus away from life's usual frenetic, stress-filled pace to one of finding God in each moment we can experience the true joy each day has to offer.

January 7, 2014

Simple Things . . .

Three years ago next month, I decided to write A Year's Journey/Simple Things--an in depth look at living life more fully with gratitude and joy. I spent nearly 15 months writing the book; various changes and edits (with two very patient and encouraging editors--thanks Kirk and Stacey) spanned the next nineteen months. Some days (lots, actually) I didn't think I'd ever see the book reach print.

I arrived home yesterday to find my box of author's copies. It's official: Simple Things is now "real" and starting to arrive in bookstores. My most sincere thanks to all of you who encouraged me these past three years: my editors, beta readers, friends, and family. Heartfelt gratitude and thanks for making a dream come true.

December 23, 2013

This Kid Reviews Books gives Love, Hugs, and Hope a thumbs up and says it's a necessity for every household. Click here to read why.

December 5, 2013

A Great Craft for Christmas Gift Giving

Last weekend I had the opportunity to sign copies of my book Fill Your Day With Hope. It was fun meeting so many of you!

Since the book was released in September, I've heard from women and girls who are using it in many clever ways. One idea I loved hearing about is to remove the pages from the book and paste/modgepodge them onto wooden blocks. A great craft or easy family activity for Christmas gift giving!

December 3, 2013

Nutcracker Brunch!

Sincere thanks to Brooke Walker and Studio 5 for having me as a guest on today's show! Here's the link to the segment: http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=121&sid=27865693

Please click on the Nutcracker Brunch tab on this website for the inspiration and story behind the brunch, as well as the full menu. The Nutcracker Brunch free printables can be found under the Free Printables Tab. If you need more info, please contact me.


December 2, 2013

Nutcracker Themed Brunch on Studio 5

Looking for a new family tradition for the holidays? Join me tomorrow on KSL Studio 5 as I talk about a Nutcracker themed brunch with host Brooke Walker. I turned some of my Nutcracker illustrations into printable cupcake toppers and decor that you can download for free!

November 28, 2013

A Turkey for You!

Over on Familius I share my thoughts about my Aunt Agnes (please click here to read). She was a great blessing in my life--I didn't even realize it until I "saw" her with my heart.

And I drew a turkey just for you! Happy Thanksgiving and much love ~lori

November 23, 2013

Thanks Ogden Deseret Book!

Sincere thanks downtown Ogden Deseret Book--
I had a great time signing Fill Your Day With Hope there this morning!

November 15, 2013