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How Understanding My Native American Roots Made Me Feel Beautiful

How Understanding My Native American Roots Made Me Feel Beautiful

There’s a huge difference between resigning oneself to a truth and embracing it. I spent years recoiling from and rejecting the image in the mirror. I had finally healed enough that I was no longer condemning or criticizing myself with every glance in the glass, […]

Portrait by Artist Lynde Mott

Portrait by Artist Lynde Mott

I recently had the very cool opportunity to pose with my son for a portrait by my good friend and artist Lynde Mott.  When Lynde stopped by my home and asked me if my son could pose as young Jesus, I thought it would be […]

Serving Anonymously or Publicly

Serving Anonymously or Publicly

I have a friend who writes a religious/spiritual blog. This friend writes anonymously. We have had several discussions about anonymity and service. This friend blogs anonymously as a way to avoid ego and to remove attention they might receive and bring that attention to the […]

13 Ways to Lower Cortisol

13 Ways to Lower Cortisol

  After 25 years of living in super high-stress environments my adrenals are a little tired.  I’ve been looking into ways to lower my cortisol levels.  After a little research online this is the list I came up with.  You can search each of these […]

Tracy Aviary Salt Lake City

Tracy Aviary Salt Lake City

These are images I took awhile back from a trip to Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City.  It’s a pretty cool place to visit. Our favorites were feeding the birds and the bird show. All images copyright © Jennifer Manges    

Finding Success and Fulfillment at Home

Finding Success and Fulfillment at Home

I got married very young, like two months out of high school young. I had my first baby fifteen months into my marriage and another child two years later. In those early years, I found great joy, fulfillment and accomplishment in caring for my home […]

Including God in Our Plans

Including God in Our Plans

Last year, during a six month period I was offered some pretty amazing opportunities.  The first would bring attention, validation, and accolades.  It was easy to pass it up.  The second offered prestige and authority in an area of great importance to me.  But specific details of the arrangement didn’t […]

Queen of the Kingdom & Meg Johnson

Queen of the Kingdom & Meg Johnson

Last weekend I attended Queen of the Kingdom in Salt Lake City.  I’ve been seeking that final shift in my heart for a really long time.  And I have felt SO close for SO long.  I didn’t have any expectations when I went.  And, to […]

What I Learned from Anne Shirley about Beauty

What I Learned from Anne Shirley about Beauty

I wrote this piece a number of years ago and thought I would share it. There is a scene in the movie Anne of Avonlea where Marilla Cuthbert says to Anne, “You have tricked something out of that imagination of yours called love.” She then […]

The Worth of a Woman is Not Physical

The Worth of a Woman is Not Physical

Take a look around. Doesn’t it seem like EVERYTHING is physical? If it’s not about sex, it’s about your body, or beauty. If it’s not about your job, it’s about your wealth. If it’s not about your achievements it’s about popularity. We measure everything physically. […]