I never thought I would look at a struggle as a blessing. . But just as He promised, God has always been faithful with cutting off every branch that does not bear fruit and finely pruning those that do so that the fruit can grow beyond expectation. . So many of my bad habits and dead branches have been painfully brought to light, and I’m actually thankful. I have always been a big procrastinator and if you gave me an inch, I’d take a mile - most likely two. I never changed unless I REALLY had to. . I was Miss I-do-everything-on-MY-time. I put everything off until the last minute. I underestimated the amount of time and dedication it would take to reach the goals that I have for my life and the dreams that God put into my heart. I was WASTING so much of my life doing NOTHING that I had convinced myself was SOMETHING. . I finally realize how important it is to just put one foot in front of the other….AND NEVER STOP. That’s the key - don’t give up on yourself, despite how challenging it gets. Keep moving, keep going. You fell off the wagon? Get back on. You feel lost? Find yourself. You feel like you have control? Gain some. . There ARE actions you can take TODAY to create the life you really, REALLY want to live. The one you think about before you fall asleep at night. . For me, today, that is giving every ounce of what I’ve got in my 30-minute workout, busting my buns in my business during the pockets of time that pop up today (that I’m so thankful for), and caring wholeheartedly for what I already have (and spent years praying for). . To sum it up: Growth hurts. It isn’t comfortable, it isn’t cozy. It isn’t going to come at a convenient time. Pruning can be painful business - but it does lead to really beautiful fruit.
One of my very favorite coffee hacks! Super simple and so good. Just pour your a serving of (hopefully strong ☕️) coffee into whatever cup of your choosing (hopefully large ☕️) and then top with a dollop of coconut whip cream + dash of roasted cinnamon. 😋🙌🏻 Or, HEY get crazy and use pumpkin spice! 🎃🎃🎃 (Six Sundays until September...but who’s counting? 🤷🏻♀️🍂🙊) Also, do I get extra chef points for using the terms dollop and dash correctly? 🙋🏻♀️
✖️Hey, Brittany - don’t post that photo. Your arms don’t look toned in it. ➕ Well, the post isn’t really about my arms... ✖️ Doesn’t matter. The point is, you don’t look good and shouldn’t post this. ➕ But that’s sort of just it, I want to show off my tank top because it helped me feel good today despite how well it fits or doesn’t fit. ✖️You shouldn’t feel good in it because it doesn’t fit as well as it did last year. ➕ Well I had a baby... ✖️Doesn’t matter. ➕...and I took some time off from working out everyday... ✖️So what? ➕...but I’ve been back to working out daily and following my meal plan... ✖️Who cares? ➕ ...and mentally I’m feeling balanced again... ✖️Big deal!! Bottom line, don’t post this photo because you don’t look fit enough. ➕You suck. I’m going to do it anyway.📲 . That wasn’t exactly any big act of bravery honestly but it is a pretty accurate representation of how insecurity and comparison creep into my head every time I’m starting to feel pretty good. It’s a daily struggle and I’ve been sooooooo humbled this year when it comes to my body. I’m definitely NOT where I want to be physically, but I’ll get there. I know I will because I’m following my new Bootcamp plan everyday. Showing up, doing the workout (in my living room), and then checking in with my lady friends 💪🏻 in our test group to stay accountable. Negative thoughts aren’t going to bring this party down 💃🏼🎉 Things are too good, too EXCITING, to let fear win. Self-hatred and the act of nitpicking at every little detail has no place in my life anymore. And that’s just how it goes - when something is toxic, eliminate that from your life. Begin by building a stronger mind. 💭💖 . Also, SHAKE: . • 4-5 ice cubes • 1/2 cup of almond milk • 1/2 banana • 1 scoop chocolate superfood meal replacement • 2 tsp peanut butter . I also added in some extra greens - spinach, kale and , cucumber, 😋 . If you need help changing your mindset, i’m here. 😘💌
I remember ending most months with $12 to my name. And that made me feel hopeless. . Back when I was working full-time (plus extra hours + babysitting on the side), I would always end the month with less than $20 in my checking. . It was so depressing. I was working so hard but nothing was changing. My income was capped at my job and my only option was to do more and more and more on the side just to be able to by groceries and pay the power bill - and I NEVER thought I could change my life for the better MYSELF. I use to believe that growth was owed to me. . In my mind, it was someone else’s job to give me an opportunity. To give me a chance. To give me a leg up. . When I began my own business as a side hustle (that eventually became my full-time at-home gig), my eyes were opened and I learned: Growth was MY responsibility. I would not change, things around me would not change, until I took the first step. Then the second. Then the third. . Sometimes that first step can opening a book like one of these. Books that challenge me to DREAM again, to BELIEVE again, and to STOP working for the WEEKENDS...have changed my life forever. . If you want change, you have to just START. Begin where you are, own your struggle, and be 100000% okay with changing because despite what our fears tell us...change so often leads to amazing, fairy-tale endings that were once beyond our imagination. These books are like armor to me - by keeping my mind sharp as optimistic (DESPITE circumstance) as I navigate this work-from-home-mama + LIFE thing. . Life is not without challenges, but what FRIGHTENS you should MOTIVATE you. I don’t ever want to be back where I used to be and that keeps the fire within me burning. 🔥 . Anyways, if you need hope + a growth-book-partner-in-crime, I’m your lady. 👋🏻 Tell me your struggle and I’ll tell you a book that will help you begin to change.📚🧡 . Also. Not surprisingly, I’m currently reading “Girl, wash your face.” It is of course SO GOOD. 👏🏻
Beginnings are fun. They are usually easy because they’re filled with excitement. A new adventure screams, “Hey, you! Follow me! This is uncharted territory and it’s your fresh new start!” . But when things get hard, when challenges come, and when maintaining a new routine feels a million times more difficult than starting one... . I’m going to remember that you are the biggest reason. I could lie and say that I’m doing all of this for me but the truth is that I’m doing this because I want to give you a life that is magical. ✨ I want to have more energy to play, imagine, and dream with you. I want to make exercise part of my daily life so that you learn how GOOD it is to take care of yourself. I want to help you fall in love with eating good food that fuels your body to take on your dreams. I want to speak & think positively about my body because I want you to see how speaking truth can breathe LIFE into you. I want to show you, by example, that your worth is found in God and who He made you to be - not in what the world thinks of you. . I’m going to remember that you are watching me. You are watching how I care for you, your dad, our kitty, and our home. You are witnessing me work hard on my business because not only does it provide for the life we are building, but it fuels my ambition. I’m going to remind myself that the harder I work at night when you’re asleep or when you’re hangin’ with dad, the more I can just focus on YOU 100% throughout the day without any cellphone or computer distraction. I want you to know that waking up early to work on my business isn’t easy, but you are worth it. . I’m going to remind myself of how it *could* be. I could be back in an office job instead of where I want to be - with you. I could still feel like a failure since I didn’t use my degree that I’m still paying on. I could be missing out on rocking you to sleep, singing songs with you, doing chores together, and taking you to the grocery store or on some other adventure every day. When Autumn comes, I could have to miss out on going to every pumpkin patch in the area with you (just like we did... —> Continued in comments 👇🏻
Sundays are for meal prep!! 🥑🥕 . I’m starting a brand new program with my girls tomorrow (we work out at home but connect virtually in a online community to check in and share our food, sweaty selfies, motivational quotes, etc. so we can do this thang together 👊🏻💖) and I’m filming a few videos on how to grocery shop + meal prep to be successful and see results! 🎥💁🏻♀️ . . Typically we eat the large carrots but our local grocery store has an awesome rewards program where they give us new freebies weekly and so I always take those (just like those little mini carrots, center stage 😉)! Grocery stores seem to really be amping up their rewards / coupon programs to compete with online deliveries...and I’m all about it!!
Tonight at dinner our little girl, the little baby who we used to have to wake for every feeding because she was born early + sleepy, sat in a high chair without any support and eagerly ate large mouthfuls of food. 8 Months goes by in a blink! 💗 The absolute greatest honor of my life has been being her mama and I will never take it for granted. I hope I teach her to embrace every part of life with the emotion you see in this photo - enthusiastic anticipation. You can tell that she knows, despite the challenges that come, that life is exciting and good. 💗
Sometimes, you basically win the lottery by having every single ingredient for your favorite egg-chx sausage-sweet potato-greens hash already in the fridge and dinner is suddenly a winner. 😋🙌🏻 Do you ever have breakfast for dinner? Our house is a HUGE fan of eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And snacks. 🥚
Channeling my inner Rory today as I attempt to write some posts for the blog (which I SWEAR will be live next week 😂🙌🏻)! . I always wanted to be a writer or, at least, someone who wrote important stories. 👩🏻💻I thought I would probably write stories about the adventure someone else took or the experiences they had. But then I realized, my stories matter - A LOT. What I've been through, others can learn from. I have learned so much and none of those lessons do any good just sitting in my mind, collecting dust. It's so time to set them free 🙇🏻♀️🕊 . (Adorable cup courtesy of @keelyswift 😘)
Transformation Tuesday has gotten me all excited for our new Bootcamp that begins on Monday, which is going to be my best transformation YET, because I'm focusing #1 on the MIND this time around...🙇🏻♀️ . There have been few times in my life when I felt truly happy in the body I was blessed with. I could definitely point the blame at the media for their unrealistic standards, ex-boyfriends for heightening my insecurities, and for envy just being part of human nature. . But I believe my mind can be changed. My heart, too. I believe that if I put in the work to transform my mind FIRST...the rest will follow and it will be permanent. No more yo-yo, no more ups and downs, no more restrictions. This battle has been raging within me and I'm ready to conquer it. I felt SO confident last year and I'm ready to feel that again x10000. . Do you battle insecurity? If so, how have you been working to overcome it?
Did I ever tell you that I discovered what I wanted to do with my life by reading a blog post from someone I've never met? . Okay so 23-year-old Brittany was living in Portland, a graduate fresh from college, trying to get straight A's in post-bac work so I could go to grad school for Speech Pathology. . One day in Neuro class, while waiting for the professor to arrive, I sat next to the window that was being lightly tapped with raindrops 🌧 sipping my americano when I found (*was given) a blog from someone who had CHOSEN to quit her career (that she had gone to college for) to stay home and raise chickens and eventually some kids. 🐔 . She didn't have any kids yet. She was sort of still a newlywed. But she felt like her true calling was at HOME. 🏡 I'm pretty sure she eventually grew a photography business from home but the idea that she would ditch the job she had worked for years towards? Because she was unfulfilled there? Because she wanted to stay home to raise her kids? Because she wanted to love a more simple, cozy life with her husband on their mini-homestead? Does that even happen these days?! . It INSTANTLY appealed to me. But instead of going after where my heart felt called, I just kept chasing someone else's dream. I applied to grad school two years in a row and got rejected from every single school. I was LOST. . Then, a few years later , I found myself sitting in a cubicle and I felt like I was suffocating. I wasn't making enough $, I didn't like the work, and I wanted to be at home doing my own thing, raising my own. . But then, as Tom Hanks once said, God brought me a sail. ⛵️ Two years before Mae was here, the small business my team and I built brought me home. 🏡 I "retired" from the corporate world at 27. Never, EVER to return. No maternity leave to come back from, no vacay requests, no timed lunch breaks, and no more cubicle. I was free. 🙌🏻 . If it weren't for that blog, I'd probably still be in the rat race. She made me believe in something new and against our typical norm. Suddenly I had the "What" and God gave me the "How". . And here I am on a Monday afternoon. At home, raising my own. Heart is SO full right now.💖
Happy 4th!! 🇺🇸🎆 I'm celebrating a little extra today because the first 5-postpartum-lbs are GONE!!! 👋🏻 FOREVER! Gooooooooodbye!! . The first five pounds have seriously been the MOST CHALLENGING ones to lose EVER. 😅 I still don't exactly know what the heck caused all the weight gain (that started around 3 months postpartum) but what I DO know is that I have been working my booty off the past three weeks experimenting with a new meal plan (that goes along with the new program I'm starting on July 16th) and it feels SO GOOD to see it starting to pay off! 🎉 This is only the beginning!! 🤗 . On July 16th we put the meal plan + workouts together, and I cannot wait to see the results that follow! If you have been stuck in a weight gain pattern and/or if you want to build a healthier mindset overall, message me to get in with us this month! 📝 The registration for our VIP group wraps on the 15th!
This popped up on Pinterest on two or three separate occasions for me this week, so I knew I needed to read it and share it. . And thinking that, thinking of sharing what is helping and comforting me...is exactly what stirs in my heart day after day. That's why I do what I do and that's why, despite the busy schedules and sicknesses and road blocks and challenges and things that people say against me and even second guessing myself at times - I believe in what I do and why I do it. . We've been all battling a little cold this week in our house and while the challenges that come with it have seemed BIG and really difficult...I know that in the grand picture, they aren't. They're big today, and they might even feel bigger tomorrow, but I know how small they really are compared to the whole lot of everything else. . STILL. My focus this year (which has been VERY hard to maintain because I like to "fix" things) is to fall into the rest that God gives. I want to speed up getting better SO BADLY so that Mae will be in the clear, so that I can start my new workout program on time, and so I can stop buying cough drops and elderberry syrup!!! 😂🤷🏻♀️🤧 . Anyways, I hope this helps you like it helped me. 💖
The most simple, delicious clean casserole I've ever had! 😋 . • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast (local is best) baked, chopped, & seasoned with garlic, paprika, & black pepper • 1 16-18 oz bag of frozen organic large broccoli cuts (or fresh) • 1 cup of your favorite kind of shredded cheese (Organic Valley is my favorite brand) • 1 jar of homemade cream of mushroom soup (message me and I can send you the recipe)! 😋 . Combine all ingredients in a baking dish, top with whatever spices you love (I used garlic, black pepper, paprika, and a little pink Himalayan sea salt)! Mix and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling! I also added in a little extra low-sodium chicken broth and I wish, wish I had added some bacon and onions also! Next time 😉🥓
Okay so I know the carrier isn't in the absolutely perfect position in this photo (I did adjust everything shortly after...which I'm annoyed that I even have to acknowledge but the social media #MomShame is real these days 🙄), but let me just tell you this: This little girl is the best teacher I've ever known. 👶🏼 . Among the many things I've learned from her and with her is that, if something fails? Try, and try again! 🙌🏻 She HATED this carrier with a passion for the first 4-5 months of her life. But I am glad I didn't give up on it (even though it was constantly covered in cat hair - the color black was a bad choice for us with this purchase 😼) because now it's one of her very favorite places to be! . She gets so happy and excited when I start putting it on because she knows it symbolizes a fun adventure ahead - you know, like laundry, watering the garden, or shopping ☺️😉 . I'm hoping to master the back carry this week too!! 🐒 Do your Littles like their carrier?!
New Mom Lesson: Seeing your kid fight a cold or sickness or whatever is really tough. . I'm glad I get to be here with her for every second of it - but I honestly wish I had a wand to just wave the high temperatures and runny nose away. . I can't believe how self-centered I was before we had her. I'm glad I took good care of myself but my vision was so limited. She has given my days so much more depth and heart. I love being a mother not only because she's adorable but because motherhood is such a precious way to serve another. I'm so grateful. . She's at that age where if I leave the room, she cries a little. How AMAZING is that, honestly? She looks to me for so much and my heart is SO full because of that. In a way it never has been before. It's honestly so magical to see how she grows. I am BEYOND in love with this girl. 🎀 . I hope she feels better through the night and tomorrow, seeing her sick has been almost as challenging as when she battled eczema (SO glad those days are over 🙌🏻🎉). How do you handle it when your kiddo / furbabe is sick?! 🤒
A few really cute things from today ⏩ (Also, only a real man wears teething beads 😂😍)