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Happy Father's Day! Volleyball, Meme Prom, Cousins Love

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sun, Jun 28, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Happy Father's Day to all you hard working Dad's out there and all you Dad's who want to be working and aren't. It's a hard time right now for everyone, but for people who have lost jobs, homes and businesses, and loved ones, it's a lot harder, obviously.

I miss my own Dad for sure.

Kaeli made this great water-color card for Marc for Father's day. She also posted the two old photos below. I ordered him skinny dipped almonds and we're going to make his favorite dinner. He got to go golfing with a friend again yesterday, so he's pretty happy. He will call his Dad later today too.

We definitely appreciate what a Great husband and Father he is.

Fathers are super important to our society, as well as their own families, obviously.

In The Science of Dad and the ‘Father Effect’

There are data-driven reasons why kids do better with father figures in their lives, by Joshua A. Krisch Updated May 19 2020, he said:

"The impact of fatherhood is not subjective, but an objective and documented phenomenon. Although motherhood has dominated past parenting studies, researchers are learning more about what makes a good dad and how to be a good dad every day. So far, they know that kids who grow up with a present, engaged dad are less likely to drop out of school or wind up in jail, compared to children with absent fathers and no other male caretakers or role models. When kids have close relationships with father figures, they’re less likely to have sex at a young age and tend to avoid other high-risk behaviors. They’re more likely to have high-paying jobs and healthy, stable relationships when they grow up. They also tend to have higher IQ test scores by the age of 3 and endure fewer psychological problems throughout their lives when fatherhood is taken seriously."
 
“When fathers are actively involved with their children, children do better,” explains Paul Amato, a sociologist who studies parent-child relationships at Pennsylvania State University. “Research suggests that fathers are important for a child’s development.”
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Tags: Utah Life, meme prom, cousin love, BAI Marketing in Utah, Happy Father's Day

Advice to our Twin Grads

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Jun 27, 2020 @ 06:02 PM

 

We went to church Sunday in Utah, the doors were open for the first time since mid-February. The Bishop was presiding and being very funny. He was cracking jokes about how things have gone pretty much steadily downhill since the ward was created at the end of January, but he doesn't think it's necessarily his fault. 

Funny, but sadly true. 

I love this quote by one of our beloved church leaders, Jeffrey Holland:

"When we have conquered Covid 19--and we will--may we be equally committed to freeing the world from the virus of hunger, freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty. May we hope for schools where students are taught--not terrified they will be shot--and for the gift of personal dignity for every child of God, unmarred by any form of racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice. Under-girding all of this is our relentless hope for greater devotion to the two greatest of all commandments: to love God by keeping His counsel and to love our neighbors by showing kindness and compassion, patience, and forgiveness. These two divine directives are still--and forever will be--the only real hope we have for giving our children a better world than the one they now know."

I liked this message from our church, We don't have to be the same to be one.

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Tags: blogging, Utah State Parks, Utah Life, grad advice, BayAreaInbound Marketing in Utah

The Big Day is Upon Us

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Jun 27, 2020 @ 06:01 PM

Utah moved from "red-high alert" to "orange-moderate risk" of getting Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago on Friday. We've been really blessed only 73 deaths in 6,400 confirmed cases. Today, they eased restrictions even further, in all but two counties. 

We celebrated "opening up" by hanging out with the Wertz's at their pool while distancing, and the kids picked up Chik-fil-a for everyone.

It almost feels like we are living a normal life again. Our family went out to buy plants this weekend all together. Some people were wearing masks, some weren't.

Kaeli and I ran errands yesterday for the first time in nine weeks. She went to the orthodontist, albeit a month overdue, we had her phone fixed, bought her a new bathing suit, picked up groceries, and Chipotle for the family.

All these weeks, we have gone out to bike, hike, or play pickleball almost every day, other than that, the kids are still hunkered-down to finish strong in eight classes each, including seven AP tests between them.

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Tags: joyful, UtahLife, covid-19, apart, senior year, graduation

Twins Class of c2r0na Graduated and It Wasn't Virtual, Yay!

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sun, Jun 21, 2020 @ 10:45 PM

Graduation was a great day for our twins and family. So grateful the school went to so much trouble to make it not virtual, but safe for Corona Virus. You can view their drive-by graduation here.

Was really impressed with the kid's school this year in so many ways. They help the kids to be successful. They provided a lot of fun. The kids had a lot of great teachers, coaches, administrators, tutors, and church leaders through their whole 13 years of school. We are so appreciative! 

So proud of them, they both graduated with high honors.

We had a family and friends party after, followed by fireworks at school at 9 pm, The kids went to two parties at their friend's houses. One was outside around a fire pit, the other, they played speed-card games inside for like 45 minutes so they could make it home by 1 am.

The day before graduation, Kaeli finished another incredibly-realistic painting in one day again. She's getting better very quickly.

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Tags: family, joyful, UtahLife, covid-19, graduation

Human Development Timing

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Wed, Apr 22, 2020 @ 01:13 PM

 
The talk that struck me the most from this April's world-wide General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints', was when one of our women leaders said, "Women play a lot of different roles" and "You will know what is most important for you to be doing right now."
 
That rang so true for me. Every family is different, and hopefully every woman is focusing on the things that matter most for her family.
 
Below is a little synopsis taken from another synopsis that my son did in his AP psych class about the importance of "human development timing" this year.  
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Tags: UtahLife, apart, senior year, human development, women have a lot of roles

The Good News, the Bad News, and the Uncertainty of Covid-19

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Mar 21, 2020 @ 09:52 PM

I'm sure everyone has seen memes by now about how Utahns are the worst "panic shoppers" in the country.

Funny. Honestly, there are a couple of reasons for that:

1) When you have bigger families, like most LDS Families do, you need more food and supplies

2) We've been warned for decades by our Church to have "food storage" for an emergency like Covid-19, so we feel guilty and "panicked" if we are caught unprepared.

In Utah's defense, probably a lot of sisters are like me, we had the whole two-year-food-storage for over 11 years, and now I'm starting over again from nothing after our move to Utah from California. 

The Good

More Changes by the Church to Combat Covid-19

The leader of our Church, Russel M. Nelson, is calling for a second world-wide fast for the relief from Covid-19. The fast is being done in conjunction with many other faiths. The link to the information is here.

At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' General Conference, first weekend of April, the only attendees will be:

  • the First Presidency
  • the Speakers
  • the people saying prayers

in order to stick to the social distancing limit of ten people.

All Missionary Training Centers are closed world-wide and many missionaries are being called back from affected areas of the world.

A young man from our old ward in California is stuck in quarantine on his mission in Finland, as an example of the effects Covid-19 is having on our missionaries in the field. 

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Tags: Inbound Marketing Bay Area, UtahLife, covid-19, learn from the past, corona virus

Timing Can Be a Tricky Thing

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Mar 14, 2020 @ 11:45 PM

Timing can be a tricky thing in life.

I really can't emphasize enough, the importance of reading the article in the blue link by clicking just below.

See Why We Must Act Now Article with Graphs.

Social distancing just one day sooner yeilds a 40% better result.

and view this video on the fast world-wide fast being led by our Prophet Russel M Nelson for Relief from Covid 19

 

Yesterday, President Trump declared a National Emergency. In order to avoid overwhelming our health-care system and slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus, he called for Social Distancing.

Apparently we need ten times the amount of available masks for health-care workers, and many more tests, ventilators, and ICU beds for at-risk patients.

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Tags: Inbound Marketing Consultants, Finding Happiness During Adversity, UtahLife, covid-19, learn from the past, corona virus

Partying Like Post Malone

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Wed, Mar 04, 2020 @ 09:25 AM

Apparently, the kids are going to "party like Post Malone and never go home" for the rest of their senior year.

It's good, they definitely deserve it, after years of so much hard work in California, such as early-morning seminary, late-night sports, and crazy-hard schools.

With Covid-19 looming, who knows, we could all be quarantined in our houses soon. It's probably good they've been out every night for a week straight. How's your two-week food storage?

Don't get me wrong, they are doing their work. Kaden spent significant time this weekend doing work in several classes including a psych paper. Kaeli didn't have too much homework, but played a lot of volleyball.

We all deal with stress in different ways. We like to hang with people we love, exercise, use humor, and focus on fun...

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Tags: Finding Happiness During Adversity, UtahLife, inboundmarketing

Great News, Oh Happy Day

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 @ 08:42 PM

Amazing Grace

Taught Gospel Doctrine lesson on "Grace" this Sunday at church and thought I'd share a video on the same subject, because it is really great news for everyone.

The video makes the concept of "Grace" crystal-clear because it shows how the Savior atoned for 

our sins in full, and why we still need to strive towards perfection.

Grace is an enabling strength, Divine help, to get where we could not, or would not be able to on our own, because we are not enough without the Savior.

Link to Brad Wilcox devotional video on "Grace" is here.

B-Y-U Cougars!

Our family had a lot of other great news this weekend as well. Sunday morning, both our kids got an email that told them they were accepted at BYU, yay!

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Tags: joyful, Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day

Survival 101 and  Utah Life

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Fri, Feb 07, 2020 @ 06:15 PM

I don't need to tell you,  Marketing teams are under more pressure than ever. We are expected to double revenue year-over-year and that will never change. So how do you survive this next year when email spamming has become illegal, like it has been in Europe for years?

It's simple, attract with inbound marketing. That means get your blog going using best practices, use social media, ABM to attract with meetups and targeted offers. Use digital offers with landing pages key-worded for SEO to "get found" when people need your solutions, as opposed to interrupt marketing by spam and cold-calls to people who aren't interested. Get a consultant to show you how to do digital marketing best practices if you don't know how.

What if you are doing everything right, but layoffs are imminent? What can you do to survive the mass layoff?

There's a saying in the Silicon Valley, "only the paranoid survive".

So here are a few tips for surviving "the jungle"...

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Tags: Utah Life, surviving in the marketing jungle