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My parents were married at age 18 and 19 and have been married for 45 years.  They are more in love now as they were then and have raised nine children, have 33 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and one on the way.  Most of my siblings and myself all married at what they world would consider relatively young.  I have been so blessed to have been married young.  My husband and I have grown up together,  we have the energy to raise our children, help in the community, and work on our eternal marriage together.  There are many blessings that come to a couple when the marry young but unfortunately research is saying that millennials aren’t getting married young. 

 As I was researching about young adults and marriage I came across a website called Michigan live and it grabbed my interest because of young adults not marrying.  I began to wonder if it was because of divorces, examples children had seen in their own home, media’s influence, or personal choice.  

We can all agree that dating has changed throughout the years from simple handholding and not daring to cross or offend any lines to couples thinking only about individual satisfaction.  In today’s society marriage is a pessimism, young adults want to get ahead in life, career, travel, they want to hang out hook up, and cohabitate.  (Successful Marriages and Families)

There are actually advantages to getting married young and in researching this topic a little further there are actually many advantages to marrying young.  There are popular media sources promoting young adult marriage, such as PopSugar, Huffington post and more.  “Scholars have found that there are certain traits that happily married spouses developed…the ability to love and communicate” (Successful Marriages and Families) I will not say that there has to be an exact time for everyone in the world to be married because there isn’t but I do believe being afraid to be married young does not need to be feared.  

I read that most young women plan most of their young life for their wedding day but they don’t plan beyond that.  (Successful Marriages and Families) Couples should not be looking for soulmates, or just looking for a guy to marry so they can have a huge wedding.  They should be looking for an eternal companion, someone they want to be with forever, and not wait to start that wonderful life.  

They shouldn’t be just planning for that “Big day”.  They should be planning for their future, they should want that big day to be the celebration to the start of together forever.    Plan to marry when the time is right for you whether it be young or old.  When the time is right don’t fear failure plan for success, plan beyond that big day, plan for your future together. (successful marriages and families)

Here are some advantages to being married young:

  1. “While you’re young you can enjoy the complete life adventure with your closest friend.
  2. You and your spouse are not set in your ways quite yet. You can mold and shape each other as time goes on.
  3. You learn to compromise as you approach some of life’s biggest decisions hand in hand.
  4. Support. When you’re starting your career or in school or moving every couple years, it’s so nice to have a cheerleader all the time.
  5. You’re unavoidably poor when you’re young, which helps you learn and gain financial stability together. When you start out with nothing, you learn to be grateful for anything.
  6. If you’re looking to start a family, reproductively your body is better equipped to have babies at a younger age.
  7. You’re used to making someone else your first priority.
  8. You celebrate many events and milestones together that people who marry later in life may not get the opportunity to.
  9. You grow up together.
  10. You let go of selfish habits before you develop them. It’s not always about where you want to go or what you want to see, and you learn to involve another person.
  11. You learn most everything together, both literally and metaphorically, and can help enhance each other’s education.
  12. You’ll both have more energy, whether that’s to work together, play together, or to chase after your kids together.
  13. Making plans for the future (for example, where you are going to live in the next few years, how many children you want, what kind of house you will buy, etc.) is easier because you’ve made the ultimate commitment and so you work as a unit.
  14. Your ambition and dreams don’t stop just because you’re married. You both get creative on how to achieve your personal and mutual goals.
  15. Marriage at a young age makes you both more accountable, to each other and to your individual goals.” (PopSugar)
  16.  “We didn’t waste money (because we didn’t have any.)

    We had very low expectations.

    I didn’t wait a decade for “The One,” or for a magical time when my stars aligned. If I spent years planning and dreaming up the perfect wedding and marriage and husband and life, I would have been severely disappointed. Instead I went along with life, choosing to be — and stay — in love.

    We’ve shared every milestone and achievement.

    We’ve gone from mouse-infested apartments and empty bank accounts to a comfortable adult life and everything in between. Everything we’ve accomplished — separately or together — has been met with a familiar high-five.

    Crazy, wild memories? We’ve got ‘em.

    The fact that my husband has first-person memories of me at 19 years old and all of the ridiculous, passion-fueled memories that come with a young romance is something I’ll be quite grateful for as I hit middle age.

    We’re happier, apparently.

    According to the National Marriage Project’s 2013 report, “Knot Yet,” the most satisfied 20-somethings (between 20 and 28 years old) are married, as opposed to being single or cohabitating. In fact, those who reported their marriage as “very happy” were largely between 24 and 26 years old. Another study showed that those married between 22 and 25 years old have the greatest likelihood of having an intact marriage. And The Huffington Post reported on more research that showed clear benefits to getting married in our 20s.” (Huffington Post)

    I know being married young has blessed me and my husband.  We have established a life together.  I remember thinking how weird it was that at age 37 my mom had been married longer than she was single and how no one would have thought they would have made it that far but they did.  I have been so blessed in my home growing up with a couple that grow and loved each other and now my husband and I look foward to the day of when we have been married longer that we are single.  We have been blessed with children, a three homes, a wonderful career, a business, eduation, health and the list goes on and on.  We have followed the counsel of the Proclamation to marry for eternity when the time was right for us.  I hope more couples will realize the blessings of being married young and what a wonderful life you can have with the person you love and care for. 

Sources: Successful Marriages and Families, Michigan Live, PopSugar, Huffington Post

Image: Proposals 

 

 

 

Reason for Blog

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The proclamation was given to the world by Prophets who receive revelation for the whole earth. The Proclamation is a warning, a prophecy, and a blessing about the importance of families and how we can have a strong family unit.  Since the world has changed its view so much on families Heavenly Father presented His proclamation to the whole earth to warn us what we will be accountable for.  The Proclamation was given to the world to strengthen families and help families have joy.

A family will be so blessed by following the counsel of the Proclamation. Families will be happy, and couples will be happy when they live the Lord’s way.  If the family does not follow the world’s way but clings to this spiritual gift,  the Proclamation, it will help them raise, protect, and have an eternal family. They will also receive the eternal blessings Heavenly Father has in store for them.  

This semester I am taking a family course and I would like to share how important families are.  I was recently reading a book called “Successful Marriages and Families” and in that book, there are several stories regarding the blessings that come from reading the Proclamation.   One story shared is shared by a father who lost his wife and was trying to take on both role of father and mother,  it says, “I found that as a mother I always fell short.  At first this made me frustrated, sad, angry, and discouraged.  No matter how hard I had tried, I always fell short.  There were things to feel guilty about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.  My weaknesses required me to swallow my pride and humbly learn from others. With time, things started to get a little better…I marveled at the numerous specific and personal ways the proclamation has blessed me and my family since that Saturday night about 15 years ago when I first heard it.  It has changed our lives forever.” 

The proclamation has blessed my family too.  When my husband read, “HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.”  This helped to understand his role as a father.   He didn’t have a father figure growing up and this helped give him the guidance and direction he wanted so he could be a good spouse and a father.  From the beginning my husband knew he needed to take care of our small growing family.  We continue to seek guidance and direction from this wonderful proclamation.  

We must let others know and understand that there is hope in the family.  Principles contained in the Family A Proclamation to the World “Will bless not only our lives but also the lives of those around us.” Boyd K. Packer  Please tell us how important your family is too.  Help others understand the important role of having children, being loving, nurturing parents who provide and raise their children to be contributors to society.  

Please check out this link: The Family A Proclamation to the World

Image: Family Picture

Book Source: Successful Marriages and Families

Final Portfolio

Process: Since this is a portfolio I  had most of the content created for this project. I took the designs I have made and saved them as jpgs.  Then I inserted the jpgs into Microsoft Powerpoint.  There I added a little design element, different colors and titles to create consistency within the design.  I added a beginning and end slide to Introduce and conclude my design abilities.  This project was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy my work!

Critique: I critiqued Lisa Smith and Carrie Svozil.  I was critiqued by Joshua Jones and Rosemary Vincent as well as Sister Peterson.  I was advised to keep all the font size and typography to create consistency.  My instructor suggested I make sure everything is aligned, I was missing a repeating element on one slide and to fix Designer on the introduction slide. I was also reminded to add a conclusion slide. I took all suggestions that were offered to me, made changes to my typography to create consistency.  I then added the conclusion slide and made sure I had all repeating elements. 

 

Magazine Spread Project

The first step for my Magazine Project Spread was to create a story, then sketch out possible layouts, and create a shape map.   This was helpful because I was able to draft different ideas that I felt would enhance the story I wanted to share. I brought my sketch to life by creating a shape map in Adobe Indesign.  The black areas are where my images will be placed and the placeholder text is where my text will go. I added notes for my fonts and color scheme.  Once the shape map was created I was able to easily go in and place the elements into my shape map to bring my magazine spread to life.  Here is my final project so far. 

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Here is my final project as you can see it is a little different from my sketch and shape map.  I  moved one of my images and changed my typography to make it more visually appealing.  When I interred the images, it just didn’t flow the way I liked it to so I made changes as necessary.  I feel that the colors and images go well with my story.  My audience is anyone needs help trusting in Heavenly Father’s plan for them but I wrote it with the Ensign in mind.  This was a lot of fun!

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Critique: I critiqued Megan Kraft, Emmanuel and Rosemary.  I was critiqued by Rosemary Vincent, Carrie Scvozil and my Instructor Sister Peterson.  I was advised to watch for widows, make changes to some of the images, balance out the columns and fix the spacing or indents.  I took the suggestions given to me and made some changes. I feathered one of my images, changed the typography, and made sure I had no widows and orphans.  I followed most of the advice given to me but there were something that I left the same. 

Fonts:  Header Bell Mt (Old Style) Subheader: Brush Script MT (Decorative)  and Body: Minion Pro (San Serif) 

Image Sources:

Hand and Clock

Pathway

Pathway Program

Magazine Spread Draft Critique

 

The first step for my Magazine Project Spead was to create a story, then sketch out possible layouts, and create a shape map.   This was helpful because I was able to draft different ideas that I felt would enhance the story I wanted to share. I brought my sketch to life by creating a shape map in Adobe Indesign.  The black areas are where my images will be placed and the placeholder text is where my text will go. I added notes for my fonts and color scheme.  Once the shape map was created I was able to easily go in and place the elements into my shape map to bring my magazine spread to life.  Here is my final project so far. 

Final project so far!

Final project so far!

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Fonts:  Header Bell Mt (Old Style) Subheader and Body: Geneva (San Serif)

Image Sources:

Hand and Clock

Pathway

Pathway Program

Web Page Layout Design

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Shape Map

Shape Map

Sketch

Sketch

Process: I started the process with the idea that I wanted to share some fun tours that children enjoy in San Francisco. I started by sketching out several ideas until I came up with a layout I liked.  I knew I wanted my color scheme to be red and black with an accent color so I tried to find images that would go with my color scheme.  I then created my shape map in photoshop so I would have an idea of what my layout would like.  Once I had my shape map completed I started on my final project I removed an extra rectangle from my sketch and map because it didn’t look as good from paper to the photoshop.  I then searched online for images that went with the tours I wanted to highlight on my design. I took the images into photoshop and enhanced the photos by adding exposure,  saturation, and cropping. Once I got the photo’s the way I liked them, I did clipping mask to my shape map to make my web page come alive.  My audience was anyone who is traveling with children to San Fransico and ideas for food, lodging, and activities that are kid friendly. 

Critique: I critiqued Brittany Picket, Autumn Goettman, and Emmanuel.  I was critiqued by Autumn, Emmanuel, Carrie, Brittany, and Sister Peterson.  It was suggested that I align the menu bar, the footer, the typography and center the cluster of pictures. It was also suggested that I move down the San Fran since it appeared to be to close to the top.  I took all the suggestions offered to me made changes and for my final project. 

Fonts: Harrington- S F (Decorative Serif), Helvetica- Body, Menu, Captions (San Serif)

Color Scheme: Red, Black, White

Links to Images:

Alcatraz

Boy Driving Boat

Boys Playing with Bubbles

Duck Boat in City

 Family  in front of Duck Tour and Daugther and Mother with Duck Beaks 

Golden Gate Bridge

Science Center

 

Movie Poster Project

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Message/Audience: I wanted my message to be fun with action and something every parent relates to.  Every parent knows the challenge of getting children to and from their various destinations.  Under the title is a small synopsis of the movie which tells a little bit about me.  My audience is anyone who has driven children to various destinations and experienced the joy of getting them their safely.  It is also intended for family and employers who would like a to see my work or have a peek at my personality. The message should be a stay at home mom who gave up her career and finds that being a homemaker is anything but ordinary, especially when it comes to transporting. 

Critique: I critiqued Klaire Bryce, Lisa Smith, and Carrie Svozil.  I was critiqued by Jenifer Asplund, Lisa Smith, and Sister Peterson.  It was suggested that I move my image to the right to allow a nicer flow of white space, increase my body copy font size to read more easily, clean up the sharpness of my blended images, add my name and try a background color.  I cleaned up my sharpness of my image so it blended nicer, moved my image, and increased the body copy size.  I made changes to the poster based on the suggestions given to me and it did enhance the quality of my poster. 

Fonts:  Title- SF Movie Poster Condensed Title (San Serif), Body Copy- SF Move Poster (San Serif)

Images: The self-portrait was taken on my own and here is the link to the other image.

Cars image

Photographic Study Project

Anyone who has walked our desert knows that broken glass is something you see every day.   I originally set out to photograph a Joshua tree but on my adventure back I spotted this pile of glass.  Now normally I would have just walked by, but since I was looking for ordinary objects to become more extraordinary I  thought the glass might be fun to photography.  When looking at the glass through the lens I began to see the glass in a different form, my daughter thought it was beautiful and my son thought it was jewels here is what I got…

Collage of Broken Glass

Collage of Broken Glass

Took this shot because you could see the sage bush in the reflection of the glass.

Took this shot because you could see the sage bush in the reflection of the glass.

Close up shot from the south.

Close up shot from the south.

Shot taken down on ground, trying to find a new perspective.

Shot taken down on ground, trying to find a new perspective.

Taken at the North East angle where I spotted a cool broken bottle top

Taken at the North East angle where I spotted a cool broken bottle top

Using a different focus taken from the North side.

Using a different focus taken from the North side.

Glass appeared as I first approached it.

How the glass appeared as I first approached it.

Shot taken from the East side of the glass

Shot taken from the East side of the glass

This is the blended picture, where I took one picture and laid it over the top of another picture and with the tips from Sister Esplin's book I was able to blend the two pictures together to make one.

This is the blended picture, where I took one picture and laid it over the top of another picture and with the tips from Sister Esplin’s book I was able to blend the two pictures together to make one.

Process: I really enjoyed taking these photos.  It was a lot of fun laying on the ground, metering the light, and zooming in on different pieces of glass and focusing on different aspects as well.  After I was done shooting from different angles, I took my photos to Adobe  Photoshop CS6 Were I edited them.  Since this program was fairly new to me I kept my edits simple.  I increased my exposure, vibrancy, and on a few of my photos I increased the saturation.  I also adjusted the brightness and darkness of the photos to help keep the brightness of the glass or darkness of the glass bottle.  I then created my blended photo which was a challenge at first but Sister Esplin’s steps really helped my overlay the pictures and find fun ways to blend my photos.  I blended my photos with the color burn, changed the opacity to 70% on the top photo and lightened it up.  If you look closely you can see glass pieces in the sage bush.  Then I created a college where I added my favorite shots after editing was complete and I did a clipping mass to fit my photos into my rectangle shape.  

Critique: I critiqued Lani Wong and Connie Willard’s collages.  Lisa Smith, Savanah Raymond-Burke,  Connie Shirley, and my instructor critiqued me.  I was advised to change the typography because it was hard to read, change the background color and correct spacing between images.  I took the advice that was given to me and made changes to my college. I changed the background color to match the blue from one of the glass pieces, I changed the font from decorative to San Serif, and I corrected the spacing between the images. 

Font:  Noteworthy (San Serif)

LFC Photography Activity

Outdoor Light

Outdoor Light

Indoor Light

Indoor Light

Foreground

Foreground

Background

Background

Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Lead Room

Lead Room

Photography is a lot of work! I really enjoyed learning the process and I took over a hundred photos to get six shots.  

I drove around my town looking for ordinary objects that had the possibility to become great pictures.  My indoor photography was the must fun, where I staged a scene and used afternoon natural light.  For the Foreground and background I took a decorative pumpkin and placed by a tree in my yard.  I focused on the pumpkin and then on the tree while trying to keep the rule of thirds.  My rule of thirds shot was taken at my neighbor’s house where she has had the cutest bird house for years.  My leading shot was random mailboxes on a street where anyone can walk into the frame.

Since I am an amateur I had to watch a lot of tutorials and even used Lyndia.com for extra insight to using Lightroom, where I edited, sized and watermarked them.  I took advantage of some of the auto features but also used the warming feature on my indoor shot and leading shot, then cool on the outdoor shot.  I also used clarity  and increased exposure on my lead room shot to enhance the image of the mailboxes. 

Social Media Marketing Project

Company: Carol’s Daughter

Objective: Inform and promote this product to women who struggle with hair issues.

Strategy: To create an infographic that would lead women to check out and purchase this product.

infographic

 

Process: I love this product and wanted to inform woman with all different types of hair problems that this product is for them.  I choose to create an infographic.  I began by finding images that would visually communicate the different types of hair issues people have.  For every hair dilemma pictured,  a product by Carol’s Daughter was listed below the picture to fix it.  I wanted to give information on the growth process so researched the product and shared the wonderful story of how this product is all natural and started in Lisa’s kitchen.  I felt it was important to know that this product has been around and has had hardships but kept going to bring us wonderful products.  I used pink colors to attract the feminine side of the product.  Lastly, I added the hashtag so one could easily access how Carol’s Daughter is “Beauty by Nature”.

Critique: I critiqued Rosemary Vincent and Connie Willard projects.  I Autumn Goettman and Lisa Smith commented on my design.  They liked the overall product but thought it could flow better with less white space in the process box.  My instructor wanted me to remove the pink background from the title.  She then suggested that I move my bottom image to the right since  the photo is leading to the left and alignment suggestions were also given for my text.  I followed the advice given and readjusted my design elements to allow for better white space, I removed the pink background and realigned my text boxes, and moved my bottom image to the left.

Images:

Dry Hair

Frizzy Hair

Breakage

Unruly

Perfection

Lisa Price

Carol’s daughter