Making Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons – With David and Ariel Witt – Episode 004
July 25, 2017

It was an honor to talk with Ariel and David Witt for today’s podcast episode. They share their experience when Dave graduated from Chiropractic school, they moved their family out to Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) for Dave to work under an experienced chiropractor and then take over his practice. Ariel was 7 months pregnant with their second son, and they were loving Albuquerque and looking forward to spending decades there. Then they had the rug completely pulled out from under them when Dave was unexpectedly fired. This was not part of their plan. They were unexpectedly left vulnerable and scared at a major crossroads. Listen to this episode to find out how they made the massive decision to pick their favorite spot on the map, move there and start their own business from nothing. You will hear how they have struggled and toiled to create the beautiful and successful chiropractic practice and life they have now in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA). They have pooled all their talents and used them well. Dave and Ariel haven’t only been thinking of themselves along their challenging journey, but they’ve been reaching out to people in need, lifting them up and giving them hope. They have now had 2 annual business campaigns which have resulted in raising thousands of dollars to donate to refugees in need. The Witt family has found great satisfaction in caring for others, and they now enjoy the hope and peace they have worked so hard to cultivate. They have truly learned to make lemonade from the lemons life has dealt them.

Check out the amazing website Ariel has created for their business at

If you live near Fort Collins, I would highly recommend you make a visit to Sunstone Health Associates; I sure wish I could!

And even if you don’t live in Fort Collins, CO, still check out awesome information about wellness on their blog! Dr. Witt and Noel Jensen LAc, CCWFN (Ariel’s Dad) and other Sunstone Health Associates have written some great articles!

And like Sunstone Health Associates Facebook Page 

Other helpful links to topics discussed in this episode:

Help Refugees! –

Adoption and Foster Care Information


How to Budget EveryDollar- Making Hope for Financial Freedom – Episode 003
July 18, 2017

*I’m still working through some technical difficulties at the moment, so please forgive the fuzzy background noise in this episode! I’m learning about how to achieve good sound quality with the equipment and location I have to work with.*

My husband and I were married in 2007. We thought we were pretty frugal, and tried to be wise with the very little money we had. And, in comparison to some people, we were. But we had a hard time relating to each other when it came to money. We weren’t sure what goals were best, and we often wondered where all the money went when we were trying to be thrifty and use self restraint.

That all changed in 2009 when we were introduced to Dave Ramsey. We took Financial Peace University.

It changed our lives forever. We finally understood one another’s feelings about money, and we had a plan! Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps taught us what to focus on when, and channel all our resources to each Baby Step so that we weren’t scattering all our energy and money on every possible good idea at once.

  1. Baby Step 1: $1,000 cash in a beginner emergency fund
  2. Baby Step 2: Use the debt snowball to pay off all your debt but the house
  3. Baby Step 3: A fully funded emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of expenses
  4. Baby Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into retirement
  5. Baby Step 5: Start saving for college
  6. Baby Step 6: Pay off your home early
  7. Baby Step 7: Build wealth and give generously


Right now we are on Baby Step 2 – Pay off all debts (except the house). The key to staying on track with our goals and paying off our debt, at least for us, has been keeping a budget! In this episode of the Making Hope podcast, I talk about how we budget and give some tips to getting started!

I also found this article to be very helpful. It reviews EveryDollar vs. Mint as budgeting tools.

It’s “Good to Be Alive” with Regan Dee – Episode 002
July 6, 2017

Regan “Dee” (Rindlisbacher) is a budding singer/songwriter. Her song, “Good to Be Alive” is the current theme song of the Making Hope podcast. In the song, her beautiful voice expresses gratitude and hope, and she affirms that indeed, it’s good to be alive. In our conversation, I get to know Regan better, and she share some of her life experiences in creating hope for herself and for other people through music.

Links and Resources Discussed in Episode 2

International Language Program

Jon Schmidt Self-teaching Piano Method

“Life is Worth Living” by Justin Bieber

“Sinking Deep” by Hillsong Young and Free

“Good to Be Alive” by Regan Rindlisbacher and Nik Day (Music Video)

“Good to Be Alive” Free Download (Go to track number 8 for “Good to Be Alive” mp3, karaoke version and sheet music)


How to Help Refugees with Miranda Livingston – Episode 001
July 6, 2017

Join me for my first podcast interview for Making Hope! It was delightful to chat with Miranda Livingston about simple and easy ways individuals can do something to help refugees from wherever they are. She shares some of her own experiences helping refugees as well as how she teaches and includes her children and friends in this effort.

Links and Resources Discussed in Episode 1

This American Life Podcast

TAL Episode 592 is very informative about what its like being a refugee, including the process they have to go through to relocate to a more permanent home.
TAL Episode 609 breaks down the President’s travel ban back in January 2017 pretty comprehensively.

Exodus: A PBS Frontline Series Documentary that follows the stories of several refugee individuals and families.

UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency
Check out the statistics tab at the top of the website for quick info on the state of affairs of the current refugee crisis. Here is a sneak peek of the statistics page:

About the Making Hope Podcast – Episode 000
July 6, 2017

Making Hope is a podcast to inspire, teach and empower you to create hope – for you, for your community, and for the world. We discuss a variety of human challenges and how we can face them with hope! You will hear how-to episodes, highlights of good news from around the world, and reviews of helpful and hopeful resources, as well as inspiring interviews of real people who are making hope for themselves and for others. Past episodes as well as all of the links and resources discussed in today’s podcast can be found in the show notes at Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the show!

Making Hope Project – Blankets for Refugee Children
May 7, 2017

As part of my social enterprise (business with an interwoven goal to do good for others), I will be focused on one specific service project at a time that I can engage in, and encourage my community to get involved in. 

5% of all proceeds from One Yellow Finch will go to whatever my current Making Hope Project is. Right now, my project is to make new fleece BLANKETS FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN who are being resettled in the Detroit, Michigan (USA) area by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Detroit.

This was the first Making Hope Event I've organized. This is me and my neighbors. We only finished 2 blankets because we were chatting and getting to know each other! Now we aren't just neighbors. We're friends.
Blankets for Refugees

This was the first Making Hope Event I’ve organized. This is me and my neighbors. We only finished 2 blankets because we were chatting and getting to know each other! Now we aren’t just neighbors. We’re friends.

So please check out my new shop, and stay tuned for more big things to come! (Podcast, Facebook Group, Workshops, New Products, etc.)

Happy Birthday to One Yellow Finch!
February 17, 2017

Hello world!

First of all, thank you for your interest, and for visiting my new website! This is the birthday of my social enterprise, One Yellow Finch! I am super excited to grow this business, and I am FULL of ideas! My mantra for 2017 came from Bernadette Logue of Pinch Me Living, someone who inspires me and gives me hope.


My scripture for 2017 is


(From The Book of Mormon – Alma 37:6)

I am so enthusiastic about creating One Yellow Finch to

help support my family financially (and obliterate our student loans!),

to continue MAKING HOPE for myself and for others,

to express my creativity, to learn in so many different ways, to develop and grow,

and to become a better person, a better wife and mother, a better neighbor, a better disciple of Christ, a better me.

But I must remember, as a mentor of mine (Jess Van Den) always says,

“Creating a handmade business is a marathon, not a sprint.”

How true that is! I have to remember my mantra and my scripture, and the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race. I will just try to do something, even if it’s only for 15 minutes, each day (except Sundays), and it will grow and spread. Already, this social enterprise is helping me to choose happiness. I am always (well not always, but super often!) thinking of ideas for ONE YELLOW FINCH and for MAKING HOPE. Those thoughts bring me joy because I am focused on something with a good and loving purpose, to care for my family and to help others. I hope One Yellow Finch will be a blessing to you. I hope you will come with me on this journey. Thanks again for being here!