All My Bags Are Packed, I’m Ready To Go! … Almost

My life is a whirlwind and my head is spinning lately. There’s been lots of exciting things happening! But, things also feel a bit frantic. Mom and Dad came home from their 23-month mission service and reported during Sunday’s church meeting, where I sang a number (more about that in a separate post). I’ve been planting my garden, working full-time and attending big meetings, rehearsing with Choir, learning how to play hand bells, and making sure I have 30+ songs memorized…whew (just to name a few). Only 6 more days until the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour, and I’ve got John Denver crooning “Leaving on a Jet Plane” in my ear. I can’t wait for next week! ♥

But first, my “large bag” gets to leave – tonight to be exact – riding on a semi-truck to New York City. It won’t reunite with me for 10 days, since I’ll spend the first 4 days of Tour in Bethesda, Maryland living out of a small carry-on.

VICTORY! Yes, THIS is my “Large Bag,” which is actually a carry-on size [and yes, I am proud of myself] #motabtour
What all this means is that packing last night was not fun. 😦

Correction – the actual packing part is never the problem. It’s the deciding! This is my fourth Choir Tour, so I’ve learned first-hand that “less is more” on the road. However, there is an art to packing light and deciding what is truly worthy of filling space in my bag.


Each item must be weighed (figuratively and literally), and should fulfill at least two or more purposes. Since I recently purged my closet using the ever-popular-and-viral KonMari Method I decided to try the KonMari folding techniques for my suitcase (which totally worked brilliantly and really opened up a lot of extra space)!

My only regret is not being able to make shoes temporarily shrink and weigh less for travel…

Tonight is our final Tour dress rehearsal in the Tabernacle on Temple Square [100% free and open to the public at 7:30 PM]

For those unable to attend the dress rehearsal, just watch our Televised or Free Streaming Broadcast this Sunday and you will be treated to several tour selections.

If you live on the East Coast, I hope you will be able to attend one of our many concerts. (Let me know if you’re coming – I’d love to meet you in person!) Check out this link for a list of concerts and discount codes.

As my friend [and our incredible tour soloist] Alex Boyé says, it’s going to be “smashing!” 😉 – MoSop



My heart and prayers are with all those effected by last night’s tragedy in Charleston, NC.


  1. I wish there was a concert closer. A midwest/southern tour would be nice (hint, hint). Hope you all have a wonderful tour. I know the audiences will love and adore every one of you.

    I want to pray for you right now:

    Dear Heavenly Father, please protect my friend Holly and all of her friends and fellow choir members. Give them the best experience they’ve ever had, and bring them safely home. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

    Love you Holly, Lynne


    1. Thank you sweet Lynne for your love and your prayer. I feel bleased already!
      You aren’t the only one who would love us to do a Southern Tour. Ita been about 10 years. So, Maybe 2017 will be the year? (We won’t find out until October 2016).♡ – Holly


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