I never planned to be a wedding photographer. In fact, it wouldn’t have even been on my top ten list of possible career options. But I am so lucky that wedding photography found me. It has opened doors, created relationships, and taken me places I never thought it would.

To know me, you have to know a little bit about my past. I grew up a child of an ugly divorce and parents who turned their own lives into a mess, and their children were just a victim of the aftermath. I was never surrounded by that all consuming, fill you from the tips of your toes to the tips of your nose kind of love and security.  I learned young a very valuable lesson:

true-love

I discovered that I am a girl who knows that it’s easy to give up and walk away, but true love is worth fighting for.  Along with watching my parents and how much they struggled, one very important thing happened to me that completely shaped my world. I met my husband Tyson. I truly believe that my life began with him. Every exciting adventure, every cherished memory, every blissful moment began with and continues to be wrapped up in him. He made me a wife, he made me a mother to three beautiful babies, he gave me the family I always wanted, and he has continued to stand by me and support me through every dream I have had. He has given me everything I could ever want in life.
 And that love and gratitude for him, is one reason that I love weddings so much. I love seeing that same miracle take place in someone else. To see how much you love each other and how excited you are to share your lives together. And to watch on your faces that gratitude you have for each other and the promise of what is out there for you.

I think that life is full of adventure! And I think the most important adventure of your life begins with the day you say “I do.” And I feel so excited and honored to be a part of that time in someone’s journey. I feel so lucky to know that I am the one who gets to tell your story, through my lens.

Even after being a part of hundreds of weddings, I still get butterflies of excitement from each one. The first time I see the bride all dressed up, seeing the look on his face when he sees his bride for the first time, and so many other tiny fleeting moments. These moments of your life become a treasured memory in mine.

I am definitely a genuine, heart on your sleeve kind of girl. With me what you see is what you get. I am sentimental about love to the core. I feel so blessed to be in this moment. And I look forward to hearing all about your love story and how you came to be where you are with this wonderful person.

Abbey-Kyhl

They Say It Better Than I Ever Could

"I feel like my pictures perfectly captured WHO we are as people and not just a wedding we planned."



Abbey was just as important to me as my bridesmaids! (Don’t tell them that!) When it comes to weddings she has basically become part of the family! When we talk about weddings everyone knows Abbey will be involved! Not only is she extremely talented with photography, but she is an amazing business woman and has the perfect balance of being professional and relatable. She gave helpful advice on planning the day, she was flexible throughout the whole set of events, she was reliable, but most of all she was FUN! There are a couple guys in my family who don’t like pictures. It made a world of difference to have Abbey there because she makes it so much fun, even the guys were relaxed and enjoyed it! It does wonders for your pictures when the photographer is able to connect with people so they look their most natural in the photos. And that is exactly why I chose Abbey! I feel like my pictures perfectly captured WHO we are as people and not just a wedding we planned. That means everything to me!

"She is a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air, and a level head amidst the chaos!"



Abbey Kyhl... where to even begin? She is a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air, and a level head amidst the chaos! I first stalked her blog and immediately fell in love. What talent! I loved her photographs, they expressed so much emotion. It is so important to feel comfortable with your photographer, you don't want to look forced in your photos! Well, comfort was not even a question the moment I met Abbey, she truly is a people person! I could tell she had a strong desire to connect with Carter and I, and to become our friend. I felt all nerves concerning photography melt away, and I knew we were in good hands. Abbey was always clear, concise and deliberate in her actions. She is proactive and makes sure to understand what you want and are looking for in your photos. I felt so relaxed at our shoots and on my wedding day knowing that Abbey was so skilled at her trade and that she would take stunning photos of the moments I wanted to remember most. She is an absolute joy to work with and you will come away from your sessions with not only out-of-this-world photographs, but with a new friend! Honestly, I could go on forever about Abbey, but if you take away one thing from reading this, it should be that you will never regret having Abbey capture the special moments in your life.

"When you think she isn’t watching, she will capture the most treasured candids"



When Cullen and I got engaged, one of the first things I wanted to focus on was choosing an amazing photographer. When we first met Abbey, she connected with us immediately and saw the vision we wanted! She was spunky, fun and outgoing. She made us feel so comfortable. She captures moments perfectly. When you're not thinking she is watching, she will take the most treasured candids. She has a way of showing true love through the camera! She let Cullen and I be ourselves. She truly cares about each photo by getting the perfect lighting and location. She cares about getting to know the couple. She cares about making everyone feel comfortable, while having fun and laughing along the way. She cares about every detail. She cares about communication throughout the process. She takes time to get your love story depicted through the camera. She will do whatever it takes to be positive the bride and groom are satisfied. She is there for you and your fiancée to make sure you feel stress-free knowing your photos will turn out beautiful. The best decision was having Abbey as our photographer. The memories we have from our wedding are captured through photos. These photos will forever be the best gift for me and Cullen since we can relive our wedding day everyday!

"She made sure everything was perfect and captured every little thing down to the last detail!"



Abbey is a dream! I can honestly say that there is no one else I would have rather shared this special time in my life with. Hiring her to shoot our wedding was hands down the best decision we have made. She is so much more than an amazing wedding photographer. She made sure everything was perfect and captured every little thing down to the last detail! All of our photos were absolutely stunning and she captured everything I could have ever imagined. I have gained a lifelong friend and I am so incredibly thankful that I had the privilege of working with her. I cannot recommend her enough! She is honestly, my absolute favorite!

"Abbey has an incredible gift of making you feel so comfortable and beautiful while she's working.."



When I was trying to decide on a wedding photographer, all I had to do was look at Abbey's pictures to know that there was something special about her. As the day of our first shoot approached, I was nervous because I'm not an experienced picture taker and I didn't want that to show. My worrying was pointless though! Abbey has an incredible gift of making you feel so comfortable and beautiful while she's working. Our pictures captured our true relationship because it was so easy to instantly open up to her. That's the magic behind Abbey's talent. When she takes a picture, she captures the emotion behind it. That is a priceless gift and I will forever be grateful to Abbey for giving us such clear memories of how we felt before and during our wedding, not just the things we did. She is incredible!

"Looking back through our wedding photos is like re-living our special day and it is priceless."



Working with Abbey was fun, laid-back, and exciting all at the same time! My favorite part about working with Abbey was knowing that I was going to love the images she would capture. Her talent for making a connection with brides on a personal level and photographing beautifully makes her brand incredibly unique. Looking back through our wedding photos is like re-living our special day and it is priceless. I will recommend her to all future brides I come into contact with because I can trust that they will love their photos as much as I love mine.

"We knew we could count on her."



From all the wedding advice I received upon my engagement the best by far was to be selective about your wedding photographer. While some things only last for the 'big day' your pictures will last forever. My husband and I could not have been more thrilled working with Abbey and the memories we received. She was a blast to work with and set our minds at easy during stressful moments. We knew we could count on her. We had some newly blended families at our wedding and we were so impressed with Abbey and the time she took before hand to know who was who and not make anything awkward. We love her and can't wait to work with her again!"

"I love how our wedding photos will look timeless for years to come."



We loved working with Abbey! My fiance was not looking forward to taking pictures, but she made it so fun and he really enjoyed our sessions with her! She took the time to figure out what style I was imagining, looked through my Pinterest wedding boards and got every photo I wanted! I love her clean photography style, and I love how our wedding photos will look timeless for years to come. After the wedding day, we got several comments from friends and relatives about how impressed they were with how she handled the wedding day. I've heard of group pictures being really stressful with so many people at the temple, but I was never stressed! She was organized, orderly, and knew the most efficient ways to get all of the group pictures done quickly without confusion. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!

"Abbey was there from the beginning to end!"



Abbey was there from the beginning to end! She was able to see my vision for what I wanted and totally made it happen! Both me and my husband loved working with her because she was so fun to shoot with and helped us act completely natural and relaxed.

"In every session she made us feel so comfortable"



I loved having Abbey as our photographer! In every session she made us feel so comfortable, so we were able to get shots that really showed who we were as a couple. And her edits are beautiful! We were so happy we chose someone who was able to capture every detail of our wedding day with such talent. The photos are priceless. If we had to do it over again, we would choose Abbey in a second!


Meet My Team

Kira

I am the romantic one providing soft sunlight images with a timeless feel. Candid moments, laughing and sunlight are my speciality and are a must at every session! I love all things sentimental and knowing that I get to provide you with the most sentimental of items, a captured memory on the most important day of your life, means the absolute world to me.

Wedding Photographer

Kira's Work

Whitney H

With me you can expect outgoing professionalism with just enough quirkiness to keep it from being formal and stuffy. Lots of talking with my hands. Awkward pauses. Some semi-inappropriate jokes from behind the camera. All of which will lead to amazingly awesome photos of you that you’ll LOVE. Get excited. It could almost be as good as a trip to Disneyland! Almost.

Wedding Photographer

Whitney's Work

Bianca

Constantly seeking joy and the connections that make life beautiful. Easily distracted by pretty things. I love brides and wedding details, but really my favorite clients are under three feet tall! So after the wedding and as your love and family grow, I am here to make sure that your AK experience continues long after you become an AK bride. Because the best is yet to come.

Portrait Photographer

Bianca's Work

Whitney K

I make sure that all of the day-to-day operations happen in a way that keep our brides and clients happy! I’m the one who makes sure that nothing falls through the cracks and that things are done quickly. After all, we believe that fast is best! I make it so your photographer can focus on what they really love…working with you and creating amazing images on your big day!

Studio Manager



About Our Associate Program



One of my favorite things is when people give me cards, especially thank you cards. I just love them. I keep them all forever in this box in my office. And on days when I’m feeling discouraged or even just cleaning up, I come across them and am reminded of my importance. My worth. That something I did mattered to someone.
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I think Heavenly Father knows how much I love these cards because they always seem to show up just when I need them.
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So for my service today I’m sending out a few cards of my own to a few people I want to know how much they mean to me. Does anyone else love cards too? 💛💛💛
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#shethatseeks #prayseekserverepeat #service #loveoneanother #100daychallenge
Here’s to a great Day Two! If you haven’t had a chance to download the fee guide yet, you should check it out! The link to download is in my bio 👌🏻 #prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #100daychallenge #servicewithasmile
The guide is LIVE! Twenty pages of ideas and inspiration for the #prayseekserverepeat challenge! Get yours in the link in my bio 🙌🏻
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The best part.... @biancamadsen_ designed some amazing quote pages you can print off and frame! 💛💛💛💛
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#prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #service #serviceideas #serviceproject #100daychallenge #christian #lds #mormon #dailyinspiration #dailyquotes #thoughtoftheday #beinspired
Part of what I hope to accomplish with the #prayseekserverepeat challenge is not only the chance to serve others but also to be more aware of those who are such a blessing in my life and my families life. And to make them aware of how much they mean to me. I think it’s just as important to see a blessing as it is to be a blessing.
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This is Rachel. She has been Tripp’s tutor for the last two plus years. She came into our lives in a moment when we so desperately needed her. Tripp had struggled a lot with reading and we were totally at a loss as to what to do. But she was an answer to prayers. She showed us the way. She not only taught him how to read, but she taught us how to help him, she advocated for him, she loved him and she did something for him that We as his parents were powerless to do. I can’t even imagine where we would be without her and I am so grateful for all the hours and hours and hours she poured into our little guy that was time spent away from her own family. She truly was in every sense of the word a true blessing to our lives.
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In just a few days she and her family are moving to Ireland 🇮🇪 and we are going to miss them so much! We love you @rachbott and can’t wait to come to see you 💛
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As we jump into this challenge, I invite you to show love to those who have blessed your life. And as you are out serving add #prayseekserverepeat to anything you share! I want to show others what you are doing to give them ideas 🙌🏻
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#seeablessingbeablessing #shethatseeks #service #loveoneanother
It's time to get started! Day One!
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I am so excited...and its so wonderful to have so many people here to join us! The Facebook group is growing! To join us just click the link in my bio! And please feel free to share what we are doing with your friends. We have also had a few people ask about including yw's groups. That is awesome! The more the merrier right...
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So getting started...here's how!
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If you haven't signed up to receive our guide yet, there is a link in my bio for that too. It will be going out later today. It is filled with thoughts, ideas and inspiration!
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As my family and I join in this challenge our goal is this:
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Pray - Each morning to find someone to serve
Seek - Work each day to master the art of awareness. See others and find who we can serve. 
Serve - Get to it! Don't let fear get in our way. 
Repeat - Try again tomorrow!
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We also are trying to remember that service can be much more than a
Two years ago I felt like I was out of step with my life, my faith, and just myself. I had been through two situations that really derailed me in so many ways as a person. I felt like I was in this place where I was broken and needed healing. I kept waiting for God to notice me and fix my problems, waiting for someone else to notice me and fix my problems, waiting for anyone to come along and
Fall ball with this little guy starts today...and can I just point out how perfect his hair is💛⚾️🙌🏻 #baseball #baseballmom #gobraves #braves #baseballislife
A few months ago I sat in a meeting as the speaker shared that each day she prayed to find someone to serve. At the time I was in a weird place. I felt out of step with my life. What she said spoke to me. So I tried it. And then things started to happen. I haven’t changed the world by anything I’ve done but I can see how my small acts of service helped others and how they are changing me. It’s like each small act of service is getting me closer to being in step with who I want to be. I’ve also become acutely aware of all those around me who bless me, my family, and my life by their small acts of service. I truly believe that real joy is found in gratitude and the more we seek to be grateful the more we find the joy we are seeking. 💛 #shethatseeks #joy #service #gratitude #prayer #ldsliving #findingjoy #choosingjoy #serveothers
My feelings about the fact that yesterday I got a call that said school starts in two weeks.
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I made a goal last September that I was going to create unforgettable magical summers with my kids. Heck, I started a whole business to motivate me to make it happen (#sevensummers).
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There were so many times I worried that it wouldn’t happen. That we wouldn’t have enough money to do what I wanted to do and for me to be able to just take three months off. That I wouldn’t have enough patience with my kids to be that plugged in and present with them for that long.
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But...here we are almost to the end and I’m pretty proud of how we did. I feel like we have a bucket full of great memories. I wasn’t a cruise director they did chores (truthfully they could start their own cleaning service now 😂) and we had a lot of “entertain yourself” time. But I feel like we created that feeling of summer where the days are long and you go to bed tired, dirty, and happy.
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I asked Jackson yesterday if he had a good summer and he said, “Yeah it was awesome.”
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Then I asked him to tell me all his favorite things and he said, “That’ll take too long.” 😂 So I think we won at summer.
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But I’d still like to have more of it. So I’ll probably just keep posting all the summer photos I took this year until next May.
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#sevensummers #summertime #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #motherhood
We were hanging out earlier and I asked him who his favorite person on the planet is.
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He paused for a minute and said, “That’s a hard one to answer.”
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“Why?” I asked.
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“Because a lot of time I think it’s you but then you act like this and I just question everything.”
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“This” being that I told him he had to read a book I got for him. 🙄😂🤦🏼‍♀️
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He might be as sarcastic as can be, but truthfully I kinda love it. I love who he is right now. Everyday we talk and joke around and he’s becoming so much more than just my son. He’s becoming one of my favorite friends. I just love being around him. As much as I hate that he’s growing up, I’m so excited too. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such a great boy.
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#mommasboy #childhoodunplugged #nevergrowup
One week away! Can’t wait to share all my best tips and ideas for taking control of technology in our families. If you want to join us just join the @shethatseeks Facebook group. Link is in my profile. 🙌🏻💛
I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away
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I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crooked lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
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When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking 
I never leave your hands
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When you walked upon the earth
You healed the broken, lost and hurt
I know you hate to see me cry
One day you will set all things right
Yeah, one day you will set all things right
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When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking 
I never leave your hands
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Your hands that shaped the world
Are holding me
They hold me still
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I just love this song from @jjhellermusic. It’s seriously one of my favorites. She is so talented and amazing. I have been looking lately for great songs to add to my #soundsofsunday playlist. What are your favorites?
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#shethatseeks #sunday #music #christian #lds #mormon
“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply have to say yes.” - Bob Goff
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I’ve spent a good amount of my life not feeling good enough. I didn’t grow up in the “right” kind of family, I wasn’t active enough in church in my youth, I didn’t know enough about the scriptures, I made too many mistakes, the list went on and on. How could God do anything through me?
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It took me a long time to realize that all the things that I had deemed “wrong” with me were actually my most powerful resources...if I was willing to lean in and use them.
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The older I get the more I realize how imperfect most everyone’s lives are. That my broken pieces match other peoples broken pieces and together we could heal together and make each other strong.
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I truly believe that each of us are here to fulfill a unique mission that only we have the abilities and experiences and knowledge to carry out. If we don’t step out and step up there will be a piece of this great plan of happiness that will go unfulfilled.
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And that piece, I guarantee, is another person who needs us. Someone waiting for us to love them in the right way. Someone who needs a service only we can offer. Someone’s whose broken pieces only we can heal.
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We all have something to give, something to share, the ability to serve and help. We just have to rise up and let God use us.
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#shethatseeks #christian #serve #love #faithfilled #sayyes #lds #mormon #ldsliving
Got a beach date with this gal tomorrow and the rest of my peeps 🙌🏻😎☀️🏄🏼‍♀️🏖...and yes, we do have matching red swimsuits. ‘Cause that’s how we roll.
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#bearlake #summertime #beach #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #sunshine #familytime #twinsies
Sometimes owning your own business is like ☝🏻🙄 It can be overwhelming and exhausting and you can feel like you are running in circles.
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But sometimes it’s like 🙌🏻😍🤩👏🏻🎉🤸‍♀️🏆💡✨❤️🥇
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Today was one of those days. I took most the summer off to be with my kids and make a million memories with them. But in between baseball games and beach trips and swimming pool afternoons, I worked a bit here and there. Earlier this year I had this vision for what I wanted #theblueprint™ to be...which meant a total overhaul basically. @biancamadsen_ and I have been brainstorming and praying and planning and preparing and I am seriously so excited with how everything has come together. This is seriously going to be amazing for our students. And today we had a huge breakthrough that is going to make it even more manageable and achievable and give them back even more time in their lives that they can accomplish more and be more present with their families.
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So I just want to throw a little instaparty right now for what can happen when you slow your pace and make space for great things to come together.
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#grateful #celebrating #makespace #slowyourpace #theblueprint™ #photography #business
He sent me a meme last night that said the following:
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Friend: What does your husband do for a living?
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Me: He’s the President of Putting Up With My Crap 😂😂😂
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This couldn’t be more true.
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It’s no walk in the park to be married to me sometimes. I’m ambitious. I’m bossy. I’m either a workaholic or the laziest person on the planet. I’m a total homebody. I’m messy, opinionated, and about a million other less than desirable traits.
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But because of him I’m also fearless, bold, and brave. I’m unbelievably (especially if you knew me when I was younger) patient. I’m confident. I’m never afraid to take a risk. I laugh every single day. I know what home is. I’m happier than I ever thought was possible. I can be all these things because no matter what I know he’s there.
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I think sometimes it’s so easy for me to take him for granted and forget just how incredibly blessed I am. He doesn’t just put up with me. He makes me better. 💛 #grateful #marriage
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Anyone else married to a #mrwonderful??? Raise your 👋🏻
Since I can’t be everywhere and my in-person calendar has been filling up so quickly (only a few dates left for 2018), I have decided to do a FB LIVE presentation of my Dealing With Digital Distractions class.
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Here are some details on what I will be teaching on...
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I cover how technology can be good in our lives, but also how it can be dangerous for us and our families. I go through some alarming facts about the effects that the time we spend on technology can have on our bodies, minds, spiritual lives and more. Then I share seven ways we can start to take steps to be more time-wise with technology in our families.
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It’s going to be on August 12th at 7pm MST. If you want to tune in, all you have to do is join our #shethatseeks Facebook group (link in my profile).
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And no worries if you can’t watch it live that night, no worries. We will be keeping it as a video in the group that you can watch anytime.
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#timewise #techwise #dealingwithdigitaldistractions #family #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #unpluggedfamily