Dads and the Outdoors

In anticipation of my week off from school and work, I was looking forward to one thing: being completely alone. I couldn’t wait to finish craft projects, sort through my belongings, clear out my closet for donations, and go on adventures. While I was eager to go on my outdoor journeys solo, a walk along Cedar City’s Ann J. Gardner Canyon Park trail with my dad convinced me to invite him to join me in my excursions. Joining him for a fishing trip at Yankee Meadow and hiking Kanarraville Falls ended being more than what my dad refers to as “Father-Daughter bonding time.” While I’ve spent just as much time outside with my mom, I found these two outdoor opportunities left me with a few life lessons from my dad: Continue Reading ›

How to Sustain Healthy Relationships

Life is full of difficulties, but there’s one challenge that is filled with complexities and no straight-forward answers. What is that challenge? Relationships. Whether it’s the relationship with family members, friends, significant others, partners, or co-workers, relationships are not always easy. While upholding this month’s affirmation to sustain healthy relationships, I found it’s more complex than you think. Not everyone thinks like you, acts like you would, or is supportive of your decisions. What can be done? Here are a few steps I learned that helped me maintain my affirmation both now and in the future: Continue Reading ›

The Wonderful Things About Cousins

If there’s one family connection that’s different than the rest, it’s the one between cousins.  You can love and argue with siblings and receive advice and caution from parents, aunts and uncles, but with cousins it’s not like any other relationship.  Although I’m not close with all of my cousins, I know there are a few I can count on to give me support and understanding when I need it.  When other relatives don’t relate to my life choices, it seems there is always a cousin who sees things differently.  My recent bonding with cousins has proven this to be true, and what better way to honor this than on National Cousins Day?  In years past, this time of summer finds my cousins and me at Cousin Campout, a weekend family event filled with boating on the lake, roasting marshmallows and Lit’l Smokies and giggling cousins in tents, but since we’re not celebrating this year, here are a few wonderful things about my cousins. Continue Reading ›

Father’s Day Around the World

When you think of Dad, a few things probably come to mind: sports, outdoors and maybe a science fiction or action flick.  In terms of my dad, I always think of baseball, fishing and watching old classic Hitchcock films, western movies or Twilight Zone episodes.  Everyone has a different take on the iconic man in their life who taught them to never throw in the towel, get up again when you are hurt and gave them great advice (even when they didn’t want to hear it).  As it turns out, Fathers are celebrated throughout the world in many different ways.  To see how others recognize their Dads, take a look at a few events from around the world. Continue Reading ›

Mother’s Day Around the World

It’s that time of year to show that special someone just how much you honor them.  It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, and you’re probably wondering how you’ll show your mom how much you’re grateful for the times she fed you, gave you a shoulder to cry on and continually told you, “Everything’s going to be alright.  And if it’s not, I’m always here for you.”  Whether you’re celebrating with gifts of carnations or roses or cooking Mom breakfast in bed, today is a time to show Mom how much you care, and the rest of the world agrees.  To see how much everyone cares about Moms, take a look at how different parts of the world show their love. Continue Reading ›