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good life – a new series

Part of cultivating a good life is instilling trust in those we love the most.

I’ve been thinking a lot about trust. As important as it is to trust others, we also need to trust our instincts on who not to trust. As much as I wish we could trust everyone, that’s not reality. Like many of you, I’ve learned that the hard way. It’s okay to be selective in this context.

When I reflect on different things that make up who I am, I often find myself turning to my childhood. I don’t recall having a curfew as a teenager. For real. In those formative years of expanding freedom, I always knew my parents trusted me. I’m not sure I recognized it for what that really meant at the time, but in thinking back – I am absolutely certain that my parents’ trust in me to make good choices has had a lasting impact on me.

Because of that trust that my parents instilled in me, I have a strong desire to do the same with our children. I try to ensure that they feel trusted and I also use those words often – “I trust you.” I trust our children to be kind, respectful, hardworking, responsible, and to always strive to do what is right. Just like us, they will stumble and make mistakes. As their mother, it is my role to help them brush the dirt from their knees, hold their chin up high, remember who they are, and figure out how to put one foot in front of the other again.


Good Life

This is the first of a brand-new weekly series for the blog in 2014. Each Sunday there will be a thought on what it means to cultivate a good life. For the most part, these thoughts will come from others – not me. I will be inviting others to share a piece of their heart and life philosophy with us so that we maintain a well-rounded perspective. Personal friends, professional acquaintances, even a little from my own family from time to time.

My hope is that these weekly posts will be a positive jumpstart to our week. There is so much to learn from others and I, for one, appreciate so much the unique perspective we each have on life, based on our innate individuality and life experiences. May you feel uplifted as you read the insights shared about how to cultivate a Good Life.


48 Responses

  1. Lori Faas says:

    Thank you so much for this Becky. I have been looking at everyone’s “One Little Word” and I have been struggling. There is a medical concern in our family that has made this New Year shift from a time of expectation and hope to a time of reflection and uncertainty. I have loved your project life materials and just started using it this past summer. It will make it easy to keep up with my memory books. As I move forward, I am going to make this next year about the experiences more than the things. Maybe my OLW will be LIVE. My Nikon will be with me to capture it all. Happy New Year and I am a loyal follower.

  2. Judi D says:

    This is great way to start the new year. I to did not have curfew, and grew up trusting my own instincts on when to be home and respecting my parents. Will stop by next Sunday for more ways to cultivate a GOOD LIFE.

  3. Tina says:

    I am looking forward to this series. My OLW this year is “cultivate” so I will be looking forward to these posts. I am looking forward to learning what “cultivating a good life” will look like in my life, what it means to me.

  4. I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to reading your new series every week. I had a curfew as a child and as a teenager. I was raised by a very strict Irish Catholic Mother and an Italian Father. The end result was that I became too trusting. As an adult I grew to understand that there are boundaries and feel that I taught my children well. I feel very uplifted from reading your post. :)

    Mary from NH

  5. Amy Bonner says:

    Thank you. I enjoyed this so much and am looking forward to future posts in this series! It’s always uplifting to hear encouragement and insights from others on what has helped them in their lives.

  6. Laurie says:


  7. Robin Gibson says:

    I know already, I’m going to love this series, so Thank You! Looking forward to more:)

  8. Love this. I was raised in a similar way: without a ton of “rules,” more so expectations. I knew my parents trusted me. I made mistakes like many kids, but for the most part was a well-behaved teen and young adult.

    I love this new series, Becky!

  9. DJD says:

    Just wondering do you ever help anyone other than yourself. Like a total stranger who is not LDS ? Do you think the world stops spinning the moment you go to bed at night and doesn’t start again until you wake up. I suggest for 2014 you need to do some soul searching and realize the rest of the planet is not Utah.

    • Helen says:

      DJD your post is unjustified and mean spirited. I suggest in 2014 you think about how your words can affect others. As my mum used to tell me “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything AT ALL.” Wise words.

    • Jolene says:

      Really?? Had a bad day? There is no reason to be mean and nasty in the comment section. It you don’t like the post just close out the page. I really do not understand the need to be mean just because you can and remain anonymous. Would you say that if you were standing face to face with her? I doubt it. Be nice or be quiet. If you can’t say somethin nice, don’t say nothin at all (Thumper)

    • Lisa says:

      ????? We are all aware that Becky is LDS. However, she has never preached or pushed her beliefs onto us. Neither has she criticized others who believe differently. Sounds like you are the one who needs to do some soul searching and proper research in 2014. Becky is not from Utah. FYI- Not all members of the LDS community are from Utah. Good Luck!!

    • Jennae says:

      Um…Becky doesn’t even live in Utah? So not only are your comments incredibly mean, and hypocritical, they don’t even make sense. As someone who knows Becky personally, I can attest to the fact that she is literally one of the kindest and most selfless people I’ve ever met. Remember Ads for Claire? Sweet Claire is not LDS.
      In fact, I met Becky a few years ago and it was several months later that I found out about her business. If that doesn’t tell you how down to earth she is, I don’t know what will.

  10. Julie says:

    Love this. My dad always said “be home at a reasonable time” and I was so thankful for the freedom that I never abused it. Trust is a beautiful thing. Trust is everything. And so is protecting yourself. I too have experienced that the hard way. But even that experience helps shape who you are.

    Looking forward to this series!!

  11. Betsy says:

    I am so looking forward to your series. I had a curfew especially as a teenager, but I never had a problem with that. I respected my parents and their decisions and knew it was my best interest they had in mind. I am a firm believer in curfew and rules, kids really want that In their lives!! My husband and I raised four sons and we are very proud of them.

  12. Conni says:

    Good stuff!

  13. So looking forward to this! Thanks so much for being such an inspiration!

  14. Annie says:

    What a great post on the importance of trust! I’m not sure if there’s a way to submit a comment without it being published on the site, but I also came across another blog post today from a former colleague of mine about the importance of positive attitude. I think it would really resonate with you (considering the motto of your company!) and I wanted to share it with you:


    I love all the blog posts that come at the beginning of a new year… with new changes and resolutions. Looking forward to this series of yours! :)

  15. Vi says:

    As a child growing up in an abusive family, I was not only not trusted, but I also learned a deep mistrust of others that I’m still working to overcome. It’s affected my life deeply-both in holding myself away from others in fear, and also in being so desperate to have someone to trust that I’d trust the wrong people.

    Thank your lucky stars if you don’t have that level of problem. And remember, there are far more people in this world that need your help than just your children. That’s probably the emotion behind the rather rude comment from an obviously-triggered anonymous commenter. It’s hard for us raised outside the “circle of trust” to see others receive it from their parents, realize its importance, give it to their children, and stop there.

    You probably know someone, an adult, desperate for someone to trust. We hide it well. That standoffish person at work or church? Try to make a bit of extra effort. You might be the first person in their life they open up to.

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