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"CIRCLE OF SISTERS", compiled by JoLyn Brown, is a collection of short stories about Relief Society and Visiting Teaching that was published by Walnut Springs. Four of the book's 50 stories were written by me! Available NOW for purchase at Deseret Book and on Amazon. I am one of the featured authors on JoLyn's blog. Click HERE to see. Click HERE to read a review by Sandra Nazar at the Deseret News.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


You only fail when you stop trying.

How often do we hear, "You can't do that," or "That won't work," or "It's not possible,"? When we hear these negative phrases, our only response should be, "Why not?"

Life is never as black or white as it seems. There are always shades of gray. Sometimes, we need to throw a little color into the scenario. When situations seem impossible, find a way to make them possible. Succeeding often involves doing something different or going against the grain. But, we won't know what's possible if we don't try.

Don't let anyone or anything hold you back from making your dreams come true, including yourself. If you have the will, you can find a way. And you might fail. You might fall. You might feel defeated. When those moments of despair hit, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and try again. Thomas Edison once said, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. I just found 999 ways how NOT to make a lightbulb."

If you put forth the effort and look for those windows of opportunity, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish. The secret is to never give up. The minute you give up, you've failed.



  1. Great post. I came across this quote from Muhammad Ali this morning that goes right along with what your article:

    "Impossible is just a big word thrown about by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stacy, thanks for picking me up with this.

  3. Glad it helped. Stop by anytime!

  4. I was wondering whether you would be happy to put up a link in my brand new monthly series called “Books You Love”. The idea is for people to link up posts about a book they loved – it doesn’t have to be one they just posted about. It could be an old fave. I am hoping we will end up with a nice collection of books that can go on our reading lists. Here is the link Books You Loved May Edition