A single #flds mother of 11, (9 still home) was carless for months. She just got surprised with a car by angels Donna McGinnis and Phil Jessop! This made my heart ❤️ explode! Thank you x a million!!!!

A single #flds mother of...

This is me & Steve Hassan, @stevenhassanfom #cultexpert , getting his PhD at the same university as me. This was actually taken a while ago. I have learned so much from him. He helped me a million years ago...

This is me & Steve...

So I secretly lost 45 lbs, and now I am on a new mission to be #juststrong .My goal is to get to even healthier, get toned, and get stronger! I'm scared to post this, and I don't know what I am doing in the gym (I just do 'whatever'), so any tips are welcome!!

So I secretly lost 45...

A little bit of cowgirl, me & my Stetson. I own #mustanghorses and they heal me. They are magical creatures even just to look at. Come visit. Let me introduce you to #ShortCreek, to a new perspective and healing. No, it is not dangerous here. Yes, it will be eye opening. You can even volunteer and make new friends.

A little bit of cowgirl,...

Just reminding everyone that I am married to a Turkish prince. @tolgakatas was literally conceived in a palace, and his middle name was named after a king, at the king's request. That's pretty close, right? Plus his father is known as the king of decorators, and decorator to the king's - as he did interior design for palaces and high-end luxury hotels. Tolga's father sings, Tolga sings, and his little brother sings. His stepmother (my mother-in-law) is an angel. I love the beautiful family I married into.

Just reminding everyone that I...

Goofing off with an #FLDS friend that I adore. Happy to see her smile. These people have more stress and trauma than I can even comprehend. Layers and layers and layers.

Goofing off with an #FLDS...

Confessions

Ranting & raving about life's complications

Why I am fixated on stories

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Our brains our hardwired to remember things in story format. In fact, if you tell a person a story, he will remember it far longer than a list of facts. Author Cecilia Calderón said, “The stories we tell ourselves can open or close possibilities for us.” …

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Coming soon

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This web site is in development, but I decided to put it online before it was completely finished instead of hiding it behind an UNDER CONSTRUCTION page. Check back soon! …

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The science behind nostagia

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There’s a reason the brain is attracted to memories of the past,

What your life story says about you

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Stories may not seem like a basic survival need, but our brains naturally tell stories as a way to give structure and meaning to our lives. And according to research in narrative psychology, an emerging field of study that examines how stories shape our lives and personalities, the stories we tell ourselves play a large role in who we are. “Consciousness begins when brain gains the power, the simple power I might add, of telling a …

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Stories in the brain

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Positive psychologist Shawn Achor describes how there are 11 million pieces of information from our nerve endings that bombard our brains, but our brains only comprehend 40 bits of information per second. If we want to capture the attention of someone’s busy brain, we have to do something that causes our message to rise above the noise. This is where stories become our knights in shining armor. For example, imagine a king being presented a long …

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Story Proof

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Storyproof:  Character intention makes the story make sense. Perhaps the most powerful realization for me in Haven’s chapters is that the foundation for understanding human narrative is to grasp the intent of the characters. In every culture, the most fundamental elements of story include having a character with a goal. However, understanding that a character is on a mission does not necessarily explain the intent. An effective story needs to enable the receiver to understand the …

Developing your story

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A story map is reflects the plot points in the story core elements in a deeper, more sophisticated way. It includes the plotting of the emotional elements and maps out the plot in a way that makes sense; specifically, the problem, transformation, and resolution. A story map is using a visual tool that helps the creator see the story arch and any potentially missing elements. A story map is turned into a script, or the written …

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