Showing posts from March, 2015

How to track spiritual progress over time

Read about the tool I created to be the "Fitbit for my soul" on Mormon Life Hacker.


Last night...

I've never really posted videos before. Not serious ones, anyway. And I'm not saying this one is serious, because it's just a flower floating in a fountain.

But this little flower intrigued me. As did the blossom petals churning in the water. Cherry blossoms are so gorgeous, but they are also so very short lived. They are all gone now, though only a day or so ago their blooming added a dreamlike quality to the grounds at Temple Square. Now a current of water is dragging them down the drain.

Taking a dive into Snapchat

My initial reaction to Snapchat was less than positive. Horror stories. That's what I heard. I think this makes me an old person.

But now that it's pretty mainstream and probably going to be yesterday's news before long, I figured I'd give it a go!

If you can make it past the first two snaps in my story (my foot and my foot, respectively), I think you'll enjoy the endless pictures of Temple Square, flowers, and Salt Lake City.

If you can't make it past those first two awkward snaps, well, by the time you see this, they'll probably be gone anyway, so...sweet!

My Snapchat user name is alltyler. 

How I resolved a blogging crisis - one year later

A year ago I was really struggling to figure out why on Earth I even bother keeping a blog. Recently, I've been struggling just as much.
Then, somehow, I came across this post from almost exactly a year ago. Forgive the awkward picture of my face.

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Moral of the story? I need to stop thinking so much. In the words of my past self, who was apparently a good deal wiser than my current self (a troubling trend...):
I blog for fun. For personal enjoyment and self-improvement. But I also blog because I love people. I am obsessed with sharing what I have learned in hopes that you can find something uplifting or useful for yourself. So yeah. It's time for me to enjoy blogging again. While it's true I've learned loads about keyword research, niche blogging, email newsletters, optimization, monetization, blah, blah, blah, the fact of the matter is that I just don't care about any of that stuff. I…

Spring 2015 at Temple Square

I adore seasons of change--at least as change relates to nature. Change in our personal lives can be exciting, useful, and harrowing.
The dark clouds in these images symbolize that surging, billowing process of personal change, just as the season of Spring reminds me that life constantly affords us opportunities for renewal.

Watch for updates to this post as Spring unfolds at Temple Square.

More Temple Square pictures here:

Exploring Memory Grove Park

After work I took a little walk to explore my new surroundings. I got a kick out of the last item on the "History of Memory Grove Park" sign. Prior to 1999, the park has a pretty normal and boring history. Then, out of nowhere... "Tornado rips through the park ... destroying or damaging hundreds of trees ..." Wow! The drama!

How many tornadoes have been seen or heard of in Utah? I had to learn more about this.

According to the National Weather Service of Utah, Utah experiences about two "tornadoes" per year. But only once in every 7 years does one of them reach the F2 category. The "Great tornado of 1999" was one such F2 tornado. You can see footage of it here. Hmm, I don't know about you, but this video more accurately depicts the images that come to mind when I hear the word tornado. (Warning: You may want to mute your volume to protect your ears from the expletives that understandably accompany observing this kind of storm.)

Nearly Spring

Spring won't officially arrive for a few more days, but that hasn't stopped these flowers from blooming beautifully.
The first round of Spring flowers is in full swing at Temple Square. As Aprils' General Conference draws closer, more flowers will begin to bloom and (hopefully) the cherry blossoms will come on strong! I wanted to include the world map as a reminder to those of the LDS faith that they are part of a worldwide organization, something we were beautifully reminded of last conference as several speakers delivered their addresses in their native, non-English languages.

Sweet justice

There's only one proper response when you see a parking enforcement vehicle getting towed. Take a picture, because you know your friends will enjoy the sweet irony of it all right along with you.

The key is to avoid causing an accident as you try to take said picture...