Valentine’s Day Collab || Winter Song Cover

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Winter was approaching. My friend, Kimberly Maycock, and I were planning to cover and release “Winter Song” in time for the first day of Winter 2016. Between lack of technology knowledge, hundreds of miles in distance, several winter colds, an appendectomy, and the flu, we were delayed 2 months. So, now that winter is almost over, I hope you’ll accept this fun cover song as a Happy Valentine’s gift from us to you. We certainly believe that love is alive and well. I hope you have found that to be true in your life as well.
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Meet Kim!

Kimberly Roderick Maycock is a Registered Nurse with a passion for the performing arts. Often called “The Singing Nurse”, Kimberly’s newest album, Streams of Mercy contains inspirational new songs and classic hymns to lift your spirit and help you recognize the mercies in your life.

Check out the album and connect with her on the socials (show her some love)!
Kim’s Website

Kim and I met through our producer, Greg Mann (her album was recorded at Camba Studios, which is where my album, “Like A Kid Again”, was recorded). I’m so happy to know her! Even though it took much longer than we expected, I really enjoyed working on this project and finally being able to hear the finished product. A special thanks to Devin Davis for playing strings and Nick Whitesides for mixing this for us.

I hope you all have a great week celebrating all the love in your life.
Will you be my valentine?

From a Mother, On Mother’s Day

I woke up to the smell of bacon and a soft sizzling sound coming from the kitchen. I quickly rolled over as thoughts of young children attempting to cook flashed through my mind. I was relieved to find that my husband, Russ was not in bed next to me. Now that I had ruled out a kitchen fire, I lay in bed wondering if I should get up or pretend to be asleep until breakfast was brought to me in bed. I finally decided to head to the bathroom.

About 30 seconds after locking the door and sitting down, I heard someone attempting to turn the locked doorknob. Even on Mother’s Day I can’t pee in peace.


After heading back to my bed, I heard my baby from down the hall. He was babbling to himself in his crib. “I have to get that happy baby in my arms.” I thought. But how was I going to obtain him without being seen? If Russ caught me going to get the baby or changing a diaper, I might get sent back to bed to “relax”. I peeked my head out of the door to be sure no one was coming, then I darted down the hall to the baby’s room as quickly and quietly as possible. I slowly opened the door to find Ethan standing in his crib grinning from ear to ear. I scooped him up in my arms and squeezed him, smothering him with kisses. We then sped back down the hall to my bedroom.

As I was snuggling with Ethan, I peered down at Logan, my 3-year-old son. He had slept at the bottom of the bed near my feet. I don’t remember him there when I fell asleep, but he was there when I awoke this morning. My heart swelled with emotion. I am SO grateful to be a mom.

Then a thought came to my mind.


Mother’s Day isn’t about escaping from motherhood for a day of rest and relaxation. Sure, it’s always nice to be waited on hand and foot, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s not about sleeping in, silencing the children, or showering in peace.


Mother’s Day gives my family the opportunity to fully express their love for me both verbally and through sweet gestures and gifts. And, I love that! But today I learned that Mother’s Day means so much more.

Mother’s Day is a day to hold my babies a little longer – to look more deeply into their eyes and listen more intently to their words – to spend more time with them and really relish in the amazingness that is being their mom. It brings awareness of the wonderful blessing and opportunity I have to be a mother. My heart is so full of gratitude today.

I hope that you can find a reason to be grateful today and always. Never forget how amazing you are.

Happy Mother’s Day.

This Picture on my Phone Surprised Me

I’m usually a really happy person by nature. 
My mom called me her “Ray of Sunshine” when I lived at home.
I love to laugh, and I consider myself a positive person.
That’s why it surprised me when I found this photo on my phone:
This is a picture taken by my 3-year-old as I was taking my phone from him. I wasn’t happy with him because he wasn’t listening. (Remember my last post?)  Sometimes it feels like he doesn’t have ears at all! (I’m sure you can relate.)

But, what really strikes me about this picture, is the perspective it gives me. I thought,

“This is how my child sees me.”

Then I realized that this is often how I look (and feel) when I’m with my kids. Not because they are bad kids, but because it’s stressful to be a parent. We don’t have a game with all the pieces in tact anymore. None of our videos are in the right cases. Clothes are strewn all across the bathroom floor right now, and there is NO WAY that I can keep up. Sometimes I let that get the best of me and forget what’s really important. Because honestly, no matter how many times I pick up the living room, sweep the kitchen floor, or scrub the toilet, it will probably all go back to the way it was within 24 hours.

You know what will never be the same?

My little boy.

He’ll never be 3 years 7 months and 11 days again.
In fact, before I know it, he’ll be dating and driving.  (I really don’t want to think about it!)

Why is it so difficult sometimes to allow myself to be happy in the chaos? I can hear all the wise women who have gone before. “Enjoy them while they’re young!”; “These are the best days of your life.”; “I wish I could go back some days.” – they say. I’m crying now just thinking of it. How could I know all of these things and still, day after day, feel overwhelmed? The pressure of wanting to enjoy it all the time and the unfortunate fact that I don’t always enjoy it is discouraging. I know they’re growing. I try to capture every moment. (I wrote a song about it!)

So, I’ve made a decision to change one thing. This one simple thing will change the way my kids see me. Because I don’t want them to see the girl in the photo my 3-year-old took. I want them to see this:

I’ve decided to smile more.

There’s something I tell my kids every morning before they leave for school.

“Do your very best, and be kind!”

It’s time for me to do my very best, and be kind.
Being a parent has been the hardest job I’ve ever taken on in life. But because it’s the most difficult, it’s also the most rewarding. I’ve decided it’s time to stop feeling so guilty for what I cannot control and start living a happier life. Every age and stage is so much fun. I’m so grateful for these beautiful souls.
I invite YOU to smile more.
Sometimes when you don’t feel like it, is when you most need it.
Don’t forget how amazing you are!

Children Will Listen


Earlier this month, I did my final show for Into the Woods. I played the Baker’s Wife. It was my first lead role in a musical, and it was a wonderful experience. Not only do I love the cast I got to work with, but I also love this show. The messages in this show are so deep and profound and meaningful. I want to share with you one message from this show that has been lingering in my mind this week.


“Careful the things you say,

Children will listen.

Careful the things you do,

Children will see and learn.

Children may not obey,

But children will listen.

Children will look to you

For which way to turn,

To learn what to be.

Careful before you say, ‘listen to me’.

Children will listen.”


You may or may not be a parent and have children at home, but regardless of that, your words and actions influence children (and adults for that matter) around you.

One example comes to mind. At my church, people from the congregation are often contacted, either in person or on the phone, by the church leaders to give a talk or speech in the main meeting on Sunday. As a child hearing these people talk, nearly every person who got up to the pulpit would mention something like this:

“I really tried to avoid Brother So and So, but he cornered me so here I am.”

“I knew I shouldn’t have answered the phone when the Bishop called.”

“I’d like to say I’m grateful to be here speaking to you today, but I’m not.”
“I don’t know why they asked me to be here. I should have called in sick.”


Thoughts like these may have been authentic, and may have even gotten a laugh from the audience. But, as a child, when I heard comments like this, they translated to:

“You should avoid phone calls from leadership”

“You shouldn’t want to speak in church”

“It’s not cool to like being in front of people”


I accept that these were my perceptions, and I take personal responsibility for that.

But, because of these perceptions, even though I absolutely love being in front of people, I stopped showing it. I’d pretend to be annoyed when I got asked to speak or teach in church or school, because that’s how all the adults acted. I thought I was supposed to feel that way.

It’s funny now, looking back, because it’s ridiculous. But children don’t know that. Children are building their world based on observations and words spoken from those around them.


Children will listen.

This is a hard line to draw, because authenticity is very important. If you are a person who truly struggles with being in front of people, I can understand possibly making mention of how terrified you are, or how hard it is for you to be in front of the audience. We can support each other. I also believe that we should feel safe to express how we are feeling.

But, sometimes kids don’t understand jokes or sarcasm. The jokes about avoiding someone who might ask you to do something important can be misread.

Maybe this example is far-fetched and a little too personal. But how many of you parents have experienced a moment where you hear your kid saying a curse word or a phrase that’s crude? Maybe the child picked it up from parents, TV, school, etc… But she was listening. She is forming her world based on the conversations and context happening around her.

Children will listen.

This is why I feel so strongly about positive self-talk. Do the kids around you hear you saying things like:

“I’m so fat. No more cookies for me.”


“I can’t keep up with everything. It’s never good enough.”


“Why doesn’t anything work out for us? We just can’t catch a break!”

How great would it be if our kids heard us saying things like,

“I’m getting stronger every day! I’m really thrilled that I beat my best time for holding a plank!”
“I really got a lot accomplished today. I feel great.”

or even
“Today certainly didn’t go as planned, but I’m happy I got to spend it with you.”


Children will listen.

My challenge to you (and one for myself) is to be more conscious of the words we are speaking (take it a step further to the words we are thinking!). They impact not only children, but they impact US. We are, after all, children at heart.


Being conscious of what we say will make a positive influence in our lives and in the lives of those sweet children too.


“Careful the things you say,

Children will listen.

Careful the things you do,

Children will see and learn.

Children may not obey,

But children will listen.

Children will look to you

For which way to turn,

To learn what to be.

Careful before you say, ‘listen to me’.

Children will listen.”



Don’t forget how amazing you are.


Am I Selfish?


This is the audience of people at an event I’m staffing called “Fearless Speaker Emergence
I’m here in Carlsbad, CA enjoying the sunshine, palm trees, and beautiful views of the ocean. This picture is a more accurate view of what I’m looking at 85% of the day.

I was in a group class on Tuesday where we were discussing how important it is to put yourself first. How long had we gone through life trying to be everything to everyone? We talked about how when you make yourself a priority, you will have more to give others.

But, every time this conversation comes up, I feel so torn. You see, I was taught my whole life that I need to give, give, give. Service is a staple of my religion. I am frequently and strongly encouraged to look outside myself to find those who need help and to give it to them.

This bleeds into the culture of where and with whom I was raised. I feel great pressure to create a great experience in life for everyone around me – sometimes to the extent that I put myself at a great inconvenience to do so.

When I put myself first, I can’t help but feel guilty and selfish. But when I don’t put myself first, I get overwhelmed and break down.

So what’s the balance? I made a video on my way over to the event this morning that shares my thoughts.



Thank you for listening to me today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please leave a comment below with your thoughts
Make today amazing! You are incredible just the way you are.