Light the World ✨ 2017


Light the world.

We need more light on this Earth. This is why I love the Light the World initiative, and anyone can participate! 

The challenge is to light the world 25 ways in 25 days- aka every day leading up to Christmas, find a way to do something for someone else.

Look around you. Who needs help or could use some light? A neighbor, your lonely grandmother, a friend, family member, or complete stranger! 

One thing I love about lighting the world is the mentality it brings. Yesterday (Saturday) we ran around doing errands for a while. Knowing I wanted to light the world, I kept looking for ways to help people. I saw this old lady walking. She walked so slowly and couldn’t stand up straight. She sat down near Nick & I and I just kept wondering how I could brighten her day. This may seem anticlimactic and it probably is, but when she looked up, I made sure to smile at her. We ended up being done with that errand, so we left shortly thereafter. I wish I could have thought of something more to do, but I loved the fact that I was simply in a different mindset. On a regular basis, how many old, sweet ladies do I simply let walk by me?

If you’ve never heard of this, or even if you forgot- start today with me. It can be anything good- giving flowers away (which is what we did yesterday), writing a thank you text, baking cookies for neighbors, donating clothes or food to shelters, or calling your cousin! For more ideas, visit this link.

It not only makes the world brighter, it will make you so happy! 

Light the world. ✨

XOXO,

Alyse

Our First Christmas.

Our first Christmas was absolutely perfect! ❤ We traveled all over New England. We ate delicious food, gained 10 pounds each, saw a live Nativity, visited Joseph Smith’s birthplace on his birthday, listened to Christmas music the whole time.

One of the coolest things this year was going to Zone Conferences with the Blairs. Experiencing little bits & pieces of a mission helps me feel closer to my brother who is on his mission. My in-laws are the best & love those missionaries so much.

Also, there was a lot of magic this year. I got spoiled & I really feel so blessed for all  I’ve been given. My favorite gift this year is having my sweet husband by my side. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

XOXO,

Alyse

Dreaming of a White Christmas…


Looks like we are gonna have a white Christmas up in New England. ?  We arrived late last night and the Flight Attendants announced that it was 5 below! ? I didn’t even bring a real coat, so good thing my in laws have a closet full of them. ? When I took my first breath outside I started coughing because my lungs aren’t used to this thin, cold air. 

Despite the sub zero temperatures, this is the picture-perfect Christmas that I was hoping for this year. ? Christmas lights & snow really do the trick for getting me into the Christmas spirit- as long as I’m cozy inside a warm house! This will be my first Christmas not with immediate family. I’ll miss them, but I’m grateful for my new family members (Nick’s side) and I’m excited to spend the holidays with them. ❤️️

Quick life lesson I’ve been thinking about lately- flexibility. Nick & I were originally going to SLC for the weekend & then to New England. However, when we got to the airport, we quickly learned that SLC was not a possibility with all the oversold flights. We decided to be flexible with our plans & make the most of the situation. We saw an opening to Manchester & hopped aboard! Although this wasn’t in our plans, it has turned out wonderfully already.

My mom is constantly reminding my brother with Down syndrome to be flexible, but I think we could all take note & work on that a little more. Nick & I have been making some decisions & being flexible is really key to our happiness! ? It doesn’t always come easy, but it sure makes us feel good after.

I hope y’all are getting excited for Christmas, too! 

PS. I just bought this hat for $5 at Forever 21! They have more colors. Go get one now. ?

XOXO,

Alyse