Thursday, February 20, 2020

Target Finds for Spring!



Spring is approaching y'all and quite frankly I cant wait! I can't wait for warmer weather, spring dresses and vitamin D! I have been eying and seeing a lot of people share some adorable Target items and so I thought today I'd share some of things that are on my list to purchase.  I'm a basic girl through and through. If you have basics you can wear them all different ways and make it look like you own a ton of clothes. This weekend I plan to go through my closet and donate/sell a lot of items. I love a good closet purge. It also allows me to buy new items without feeling guilty because I got rid of some before I added more...anyone else have the same mentality? 😉



Today's post is short and sweet but hopefully it gave you some inspiration for the spring and maybe even inspired you to do a closet purge. I've been sharing my organizational highlights on Instagram.. if you missed it, be sure to check it out! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Our Weekend in San Antonio


What a fun weekend in San Antonio! If you've never been to the area, I highly recommend you make a weekend of it and go. The area is fun, lively, there is amazing food and walking everywhere is just fun! 

We stayed at the The Springhill Suites near the Alamo. We were about a 5 minute walk from the area and it was perfect. We booked it through Hotwire and for $412 we stayed for two nights. I thought it was a pretty great deal! The $412 was the final number with taxes and fees. The only negative to staying in the city is you have to factor in parking. We went with the valet option through the hotel and it was about $40 a night with taxes. 

My sweet friend Mary Beth sent me a list of food recommendations before arriving. The list was PURE gold and every place on the list was amazing. On Friday night when we arrived, we walked to Dough Pizzeria. I had looked this place up prior to going to see if they had gluten free crust. The delivery far outweighed my expectations y'all. The gluten free crust was so good I was afraid the entire time I was eating it that it was full of gluten. I got the Pulled Proscuitto pizza and had all the cheese taken off except Goat Cheese (if you are lactose intolerant, I would try these cheese.. it doesn't have the protein that normal Cows milk does). Seriously an amazing combo. I enjoyed their best red blend and we sat on the patio. Quite frankly, I was in food heaven. 



Saturday we spent the day exploring. The highlights were the Pearl Farmer's Market. This is every Saturday and Sunday in the pearl district. For lunch, Zach enjoyed a gyro and I enjoyed a gluten free crepe. It was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was so fun. I absolutely recommend going. While you are there, check out Hotel Emma and go inside and look at the bar. So eclectic and unique! We weren't in the mood to drink when we walked in but had it been evening time, I likely would have enjoyed an adult beverage. 




One other spot we went to in the Pearl District was Lick Ice Cream. They had dairy free ice cream and it was fantastic. I enjoyed the Peanut Butter Brownie Swirl and Zach got the Cream Cheese Kolache. 

To finish the day of walking around up, we did the Riverwalk and enjoyed dinner at Acenar. I got the shrimp tacos and Zach had an enchilada plate. Another food win for the day! 


Sunday morning we woke up, went to Church with some friends in the area and then headed back to Abilene. It was a fantastic weekend. My idea of a great trip is good food and even better company. San Antonio provided me both... I'll absolutely be back. 😉


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Your Next Step Towards Health and Wholeness



I think so often in the heat of anxiety it can feel as though you take 5 steps forward and 3 back.. but here's what I want you to see in that, you still took two steps forward. You still are making progress and striving towards wholeness and healing. 

In the battle for our minds, so often it can feel as though we aren't sure of what we need to do next. The chaos of our minds feels too great and we want to change but aren't certain what we should do. In the heat of my anxiety journey, there are a lot of things I wasn't doing to take care of myself. I let anxiety control my life and I took the passenger seat. I worked through the panic attacks and thoughts as best I could, but ultimately my body was suffering. Can you relate? 

When I made the decision that enough was enough, I started with the physical aspect of improving my body. When I say physical what am I referring to? I'm referring to water intake, exercise, nutrition, healthy habits that serve me physically, not take away. 

The purpose of my post today is to help you identify your next step. 



What is one thing on this sheet that you can do for the next two weeks to positivity impact your body? Is that exercising for 3 days a week? Is that setting a strict bedtime and not compromising on it? What is your next right step?

When I said enough was enough and started making big changes, here is what I personally did...I made the commitment to exercise 3 days a week and go on a walk the other 2. I signed up for an at home workout program and used those three days a week. Eventually I started running but until I was ready to do that I used videos at home. 

I started flooding my body with plant powders. Why did I do that you may be asking? Because our body needs more fruits and vegetables then what it is getting. I knew I wasn't getting enough and this was my daily insurance. It's a product backed by clinical research and it's changed my life. Our guts are the second brain and if we aren't flooding them with good things, how can we expect to think clearly? If you're interested in learning more about those, I'd love to share them with you! 

These were the two big decisions I made.. what happened naturally after making those decisions and sticking to them? I began to eliminate caffeine from my diet, I began to drink a ton of water, I started running, I started sleeping soundly, I started being able to capture my thoughts more and tell them no. Those two decisions were PIVOTAL in my health journey and they weren't so difficult that I didn't feel like I could do it. 

The journey has been incredible y'all and my greatest pain has become the sweetest ministry. I get to minister to women daily on the importance of taking care of ourselves. I want you to know I'm here for you if you're ready to take your next step. I'm rooting for you always. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Home Decor Inspo + Decorating Tips

The creativity of decorating gets me SO excited.. it works my brain and causes me to think in ways that I absolutely love. To me, it's like a challenge. I have a piece of furniture or decor and I need to figure out how to make it work in the space that I have... over the weekend I spent some time sprucing my house up. I didn't do anything too crazy but it's funny how rearranging can give your house an entirely new feel. Whether you have an eye for decorating or wish you did, I want to share with you some of the work I did this weekend and some practical tools for how to decorate your space and be inspired. 

The ways that I get inspired to decorate is through social media. Instagram and Pinterest are my best friends when I decide I'm going to do some rearranging/decorating. The account where I got the majority of my inspiration from this weekend was The Clearance Hunter. She is a military spouse who searches for the best deal. She goes to stores like Target, Walmart, Kirklands, Ross, Marshalls, Amazon, Hobby Lobby etc and shares what she purchased and what she found. Everything she shares is reasonably priced which I love. 

The things that caught my eye this weekend from her page were this vasethis basketand this bud vase. All simple things in nature but I knew with adding some greenery to the vases and faux flowers to the basket it would spruce my house up majorly. Of course upon arriving to Michaels, I found some other items that I had to grab. I absolutely love these faux peach stems. Here is how I styled the items I purchased: 




Now you may be thinking, "Abi this looks great but how do I do this myself?" 
Here are my practical tips and steps for making pieces come to life in your home.. 
I'll use my window sill and cheese mold as an example since I was feeling stumped on what to do with it this weekend. I purchased this adorable cheese board last fall from an antique shop here and absolutely love it.. I had succulents in it last spring but I prefer as much faux as possible. I had it sitting in my window sill completely empty and everything in me was like I'll just put that away and redecorate the space until I find a good use for the cheese mold. Then the practical side of my head said "no, use what you have." 

So to Pinterest I went.. I typed in cheese mold decor ideas... here are a few of the images that caught my eye. 



I thought to myself, "okay, I can do candles or I could get some of those vases on sale at Michael's and put some faux greenery in it." So I ran back to Michael's and grabbed some little jars and some greenery from Target and voila! A beautiful window sill set up. 


My encouragement to you is, whatever space you have and need help on.. go to Pinterest and type a specific search in. For example, maybe I have a cake stand and I want to see how I could decorate it as a centerpiece. I would type in, "cake stand centerpiece kitchen." Browse and save the things that you're drawn to.. then go back to those photos and think to yourself if you have anything in your house that could work to put it together.. House shopping is a real thing. Go through your home and find things that aren't be used or are but rearrange them. It gives everything a completely fresh new feel for no cost! If you are lacking something then I would encourage you to go look at the Hobby Lobby coupon ads or Michaels.. start there with what is on sale and then go look other places.

If you need some help with finding inspiration on Instagram, ask your friends if they follow any decorators.. who knows what amazing account you may find!! Don't let decorating intimidate you, let it inspire you.. and if even after reading this you feel totally overwhelmed, maybe you allocate resources and bring in outside help, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everyone is gifted differently but my encouragement to you is, give it a try and see what happens.. you never know, you may turn into an amazing little house shopper and decorator. 😉

Thursday, February 6, 2020

My Morning Routine

  


I THRIVE off of routine and truly I believe everyone does, just not everyone is disciplined enough to implement it. Creating routine at first can be quite difficult. It can feel hard because you are placing boundaries and constraints on yourself that may be uncomfortable. But here is what I know, with a solid morning routine, it will change your life. So with that said, let's dive into mine. 

5:00 AM-- Time to get up! I used to let the alarm go off at 5:00 and snooze till 5:30 but that's a force to be reckoned with. Be disciplined and whatever time you say you're going to get up, do it. Don't get me wrong, 5:00 am doesn't always feel good but once I'm up I am so stinking thankful I did it. 

5:05-- I brush my teeth, pee and come downstairs and immediately drink a glass of water with two cap fulls of Apple Cider Vinegar. Below is an image of 19 benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. I always start my day off with water to get my metabolism going and to not let the first liquid in my mouth be coffee. 


5:05-5:30(5)-- Quiet time. I start my day every morning with prayer journaling and reading my Bible. It's how I find my peace and ground myself for the day. I'm currently reading the Bible in two years so that's the plan I am following but this is a sweet time of complete solitude and truly my favorite way to start the day. I notice that when I don't, my entire day is off. 

5:30-6:00-- Right now I am experimenting with what I do specifically in this time but I think it's going to be things like, folding up any last minute laundry items, starting a load, my mug from my evening tea in the dishwasher, etc.. this way I have a completely clean space to start the day. My kitchen is always clean every night before bed but I usually stick my mug in the sink after I drink my tea and so does Zach. Once that's done, I hop in the shower and do a quick rinse off, enjoy the warm water and then get out. Something I started doing a few months ago is using Micellar Cleansing Water instead of washing my face in the morning. Washing it twice a day was too harsh and causing breakouts. So I give my face a good swipe with that using a cotton swab and then apply my toner. 

6:00-6:15-- Put on my clothes for the day, moisturize my face, put deodorant on and come downstairs. Lately, my everyday look has been very simple. Sometimes I wonder if I should get totally ready every single day but the reality is, I don't always see people and it's a waste of time, makeup and time to get all ready only to sit on my couch and work all day. I also love letting my face breath and only putting on makeup a few days a week. It's helped my skin be bright and clear. 

6:15-6:30- Make my coffee shake and get settled to start reading. My coffee shake is outstanding, I shared it on the blog week before last. It's something I drink every single day and it's quite possibly one of my favorite things about my morning rituals. There is nothing like a hot cup between your hands in the dark quiet of the morning. 

6:30-7:00-- I read my personal development book, write out 5 things I'm thankful for and 10 dreams I have. Right now I'm currently reading High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. It's fantastic and I highly recommend it. Once I get through this I'm going to be reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. I've heard that one is amazing too! 

7:00-8:00-- I now use this time to write and create the daily habit of figuring out my plan for the blog. Currently, while I write this post it's 7:30 am so I am on track for my morning routine. 😉

8:00-9:00-- Power Hour. This is my uninterrupted time of growing my business, following up with people, reaching out to current customers, communicating with my team etc. 

9:00-11:00-- I still work for my dad's company part time and so this two hour block is spent working on that if I have a list of things to do or I am figuring out my social media plan for the day and my content I plan to post. 

11:00-12:00-- Lunch 

So there you have it. Nothing crazy but my simple, everyday morning routine. What's something that is a non negotiable in your morning routine? Share it with me below! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

January 2020 Book Review


It's time for my January Book Review.. if you've been following me you know that I made a goal in 2020 to read 10 books. Well in January alone I read two so I am well on my way to surpassing my goal. Do you set reading goals for yourself each month/year? Is it something you enjoy?

 Reading is definitely a discipline that I am loving more and more with time. The reason I struggled initially was because relaxing my brain was extremely hard to do. Now I know it's something I need to be disciplined about and really carve out time for.

These two books were my successful completes for January and I enjoyed both of them thoroughly. Both extremely different but entertaining and captivating all in their own right. My reviews are not spoilers but overarching thoughts..

Let's start with Best Day Ever. This is an entraining psychological thriller about a couple's marriage and their lives that get crazy twisted towards the end of the book. What I love is you start out wondering where it's going to take a turn. You are learning a lot about the characters and who they are in the beginning of the book. There are a lot of clues and pieces that all come together at the end. It was an extremely quick read for me, I read it in a week and could have done it much faster but wasn't able to sit down in one sitting and finish it. lol. This book is perfect for a Saturday by the fire, a vacation read by the beach, or while traveling in a plane. Definitely add it to your list.

I finished the month reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Of the two, this one was my favorite. If you had to choose between the two of these which one to read, I'd tell you to choose this one. It gave me such a deep appreciation and respect for what the Jews went through years ago. Not that I didn't have the respect before but connecting with people's stories is truly incredible. It's a powerful love story that draws at your heart strings but also gives you hope, that even in the midst of such dark times years ago, there were people that survived and were able to love and live in the midst of devastation. It's a powerful message on mindset and how the main character had a choice. His circumstances were not his choice but his mindset absolutely was.


That concludes my January Book review.. did you enjoy it? Please let me know! I'll continue to do these. Wishing you the best Tuesday!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ways I Like to Unwind



I don't know about you but getting my brain to relax and unwind in the evenings can be difficult. My brain is on constant processing and thinking about the next steps I need to take or do to be productive.  So I have a few evening practices/activities that help my brain slow down and go into relaxation mode. 

1. I like to take my makeup and put on comfy clothes. My family makes fun of me for how early I do this but I am up at 5:00 am every morning and then work out at 3:00.. so my most productive hours are from 6:00-2:00. So once I've done my work for the day, I like to take my makeup off so that I don't go anywhere or work on anything that's mentally draining. So regardless of what time you get home, once you are ready to unwind, try cleaning your face and changing into clothes that tell your body it's okay to relax. 

2. I take a hot shower or bath before I get comfortable. There is something about hot water on your body and putting it into total relaxation mode. This is something I've practiced for years so in the mornings once I get out of the shower my body knows it's time to wake up, and in the evening my body knows it's time to slow down. I've been taking a bath in the evening the past few days and have been loving that more than a shower. I bring my Kindle in and just relax and read for 15-20 minutes. 

3. I make myself a hot cup of tea.. there is nothing like a hot beverage in your hands to warm your body up. I've been loving making myself a hot beverage and then laying on the couch. I used to turn the TV on once I laid down but I am working to adopt the habit of reading for the majority of the evening. It's better for my brain. 

These are my staple practices/activities every night in order to unwind. A few others I love but don't do nightly are wearing a face mask and diffusing oils. All of these combined make for a very relaxed Abi. 😂  What ways do you like to unwind at night? 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

My Morning Coffee Shake




As I was writing a blog post earlier this week on my morning routine (not yet on the blog but coming soon! 😉), I realized I had never shared my morning coffee shake with you all and instantly I knew that would be my next blog post. There is something about a warm cup of coffee in the morning to just jumpstart the day. For me it's not out of necessity (well in some cases it is 😆) but just the love of the ritual. You get what I'm saying? 

My mom is actually the one that introduced this to me and for those of you that have been following me for years know that I didn't drink coffee as of like a year ago, I drank Spark. It was the only product I ever used and I LOVED it but it's really not that good for you and I was having to special order it and get it shipped to Abilene rather than running to Walmart to get more coffee. So I ditched the habit and said, I'm going the coffee route and going to drink it in a healthy way, meaning, I would not fill it with a bunch of cream and sugar but use more natural things so my body wasn't dependent on it. Now, if you use a bunch of cream and sugar, no judgement from me friend, this was just my personal decision. 

So with that said, let's get to chatting about my favorite morning beverage. 

1. I use my little small Ninja blender to mix this up. Any little blender will work but this is how you get the foam and frothyness to it (I don't think frothiness is a word but for the sake of this blog post today, it is.) I pour half of it full (or a little less) with coffee. Lately we've been using The Donut Shop from Walmart and it's my favorite coffee so far. Zach is quite the coffee snob and so we have tried a huge array of options. This so far is my favorite. 

2. Once the coffee is in the blender, I take a heaping spoonful (no exact measurements here as you can see) and place it in the hot coffee, it melts right off. Coconut oil is an amazing metabolism booster. It aids in weightless and so many other benefits, here are a few: A Boost in Good Cholesterol. ... Good for Blood Sugar and Diabetes. ... Helps Fight Back Against Alzheimer's Disease. ... Helps Stop Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure. ... Aids in Liver Health. ... Boosts Energy. So there you have it, a few of the amazing benefits. 

3. I add a scoop of my Vanilla Complete Protein Powder. Now you may ask why I use Juice Plus protein powder as opposed to any other that I could purchase from GNC or another health foods store.. here's why. My protein powder has an NSF seal on it which means it's just FOOD. It's not a supplement and it's been through rigorous testing to prove that what is on the back of the label is actually what's in the product. It's packed full of 15 plants, 13 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber so I'm getting GOOD stuff every single day when I drink it. Not to mention, it's the best protein powder I have ever tried. It's not chalky and truly tastes amazing.

4. Blend it all up and pour into your mug of choice. 

5. Now this fifth step is new and it's quite possibly my favorite step. It's been a game changer in the morning drink ritual. My first question for you is have you tried Nut Pod Creamer, the greatest thing since sliced bread honestly. It's an all plant based creamer made from almonds and coconuts. It's dairy and soy free, gluten free, non-gmo, plant based, vegan and no carregeenan. I heat it up for 35 seconds and froth it and add it to the top of my coffee. LIFE CHANGING. Okay, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic but still. LOVE IT! 

And there you have it folks.. my morning hot beverage that is truly one of my favorite parts to my morning routine. 

What's your favorite morning beverage? 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

2020 Book List





If you read my post on how to make a virtual vision board this week on the blog, one thing I mentioned in there was that I wanted to read 10 books this year. I decided to invest in a Kindle because I had listened to Bri McKoy talk about how it was easy to transport, carry in her purse and she read more books because of it. I am 3 weeks into January and I've already read 2 of the 10 books I set out to read so I am confident I'll way exceed my goal. 🙌

I thought in this blog post it would be fun to talk about my list of 10 books. At the end of every month, I'll recap the books I read and give a more in-depth review. So watch out next week for a review of the two I have already read. 

When I made the decision to read 10, I went to a few of my favorite Instagram accounts that share books on the regular. The two I personally went to advice for were, Heather Offer (aka @blondetwinmom) and Shay Shull (aka @mixandmatchmama), with their recommendations.. this was my list: 


I did some reading after I purchased my Kindle about the most cost effective way to read books. Here's what I found out, through your local library, you can rent books for your Kindle as long as you have a library card. So I am reading these books in any random order but I have yet to pay for a book so that's a huge win! If you are a Kindle owner and want to start renting books through your Library, start at OverDrive.com and you can see what your library has available. I mean, for free, it's not a bad gig. Plus by the time I read 4-5 books, I'll have paid for my Kindle in the cost it would have been for me to purchase each book. 

As you can see, the two books I've read so far are Best Day Ever and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Both were amazing books for different reasons. I'll dive more into my personal thoughts next week for my book review. Currently I'm reading Becoming and I'm enjoying it so far.

Do you have any book favorites that I need to add to my list?! Share them with me in the comments, DM, or email! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

My 2020 Goals + How to Make a Vision Board


Last week on Instagram stories I talked about goals vs vision and defining what you want out of 2020. I took a poll and asked who was a goal person and who wasn't.. so if you aren't a goal person and reading this, I want to challenge you and share a message of encouragement with you on WHY you should let this year be the year that you make some goals. Goals make you better. They don't need to be crazy but they help give you something to work towards. The process of becoming the best you absolutely involves goals.

Maybe you don't make goals because you've never actually accomplished them. Or maybe you've made your goals about other people rather than just yourself and that's why they haven't been successful. The first thing I want to call out is that goals have nothing, I repeat nothing, to do with other people. They have everything to do with you. A desire can have something to do with other people but your goals should always be about you and how you are going to be better. 

I believe that vulnerability attracts people and makes others feel safe and so today, I want to break down my vision board for 2020 and how to make one. A few Fridays a go when I was listening to an amazing woman named Linda Evenden, she shared that you need a new vision board for every year. I had created a 10 year vision board that I looked at everyday but I needed something to focus on TODAY. To take the next step towards becoming the best me. So my question for you today is, what steps can you take in 2020 to become more of your best self? Go to bed on time, wake up at a certain time everyday, read a certain number of books, drink more water, exercise a certain amount every week, be more joyful, calm, patient, create boundaries... the list goes on. I just listed about 10 different goals that are simple and you can accomplish them if you have some discipline. Choose to put you first this year. Choose to become the best you. With all that said, I hope I got your wheels turning. 

Let's dive into my 2020 vision board..

First up... 26. What the heck does that mean to me?!


I'll tell you exactly what it means, it means I want to make 26 thousand dollars in profit this year with my business. Hopefully you aren't falling out of your chair because I'm talking about money but I'm keeping it REAL. Is 26k a lot of money, relatively, no. A lot of people make a lot more money but to mean, it would mean I doubled my profit in my second year of business and truly that's a huge deal for me. 

What does this mean? Well, to me it means truly establishing my brand this year, perfecting my website, continuing to cultivate an incredible community, and more! I know what's on the horizon is really big and I'm ready for it. 

This means exactly like what is says, it means I want to embody a true boldness this year. To continue sharing what's on my heart unapologetically and not give two flying flips what anybody thinks. To continue walking out the plan God has for my life with boldness and confidence.

Everyday I want to embody joy.. days will be hard in 2020 and there will be a lot of change but with each day, I want to choose joy and be the true epitome of that. Not because my circumstances are incredible but because of WHO my joy is found in. 

Last year was a year of establishing a consistent schedule of running. This year, I want to set my mind to a number. Running is a HUGE mental game for me. It's not something that brings me tons of joy but it makes me feel good and it's an amazing stress relief. This year I want to run because it's fun and I want to run a race. So a half marathon it is. 

The last few typed out things on my board are 10 books (I'm talking all about that on Instagram and a blog post is coming on Thursday about it), SSC, to be FUN and have 8 qualified businesses on my team this year. 

All of these goals are extremely important to me and I'm committed to accomplishing them. If you want to create a virtual vision board, I made mine through Hay House Vision Board App. I took the photos off Google and simply pasted them in. If you decide to make a vision board and share it to social media, will you tag me? I'd love to see it. 

I'm rooting for you in all your goals this year-- big or small, friend. Let's. Do. This! 




Friday, January 17, 2020

What's Shred10?


You've likely seen me post over and over again about how amazing Shred10 is. Maybe you've missed the explanation of what it is and how it's something you may need to incorporate into your life. Today I wanted to take some time to explain Shred10 and how it has been an integral piece in my health journey. Here's the first thing I want to say, it's not a FAD diet. It's based on simply adding more fruits and vegetables and eliminating the things that aren't serving you in your daily life. I can promise you, each one of us have things that aren't serving us in the day to day.

 Shred10 was created by a doctor and athlete. The Guidelines are credible and doable. You are shredding over one weekend and for 10 days monthly. I've never been a program person until I was introduced to Shred10 and realized the value and importance of eliminating and adding. Check out the Shred10 website to see an introduction video and hear amazing results from all different people.


Here's what you are adding: 
More Real Food
Juice Plus capsules or chewables 
2 Complete Shakes Daily 
Plenty of Water 
Sleep 7-8 Hours
Exercise Most Day 

Here's what you are eliminating: 
Gluten
Dairy
Caffeine 
Alcohol
Process Food
Artificial and Refined Sugars 
Eating after 6:00 pm (aka intermittent fasting)


During Shred you are consuming all of this on top of the fruits and veggies you are consuming in your meals! You aren't counting calories you are going for QUALITY over quantity.

So maybe you're saying, okay well if I can't eat gluten or dairy what CAN I eat? Don't worry.. when you make the decision to Shred with me, you are given two amazing cookbooks. One is packed full of recipes and the other is packed full of smoothie ideas. Both are incredible resources. If you follow me on Instagram, most of the meals I have been making this week have been from the cookbook!

 On top of that, I give you a sample meal plan for some different ways you can map out your days! We have an incredible Facebook group with amazing accountability that gives you recipe ideas, educates you on the importance of water, sleep, and so much more! 

Maybe the thought just popped into your head, I'm doing Keto. What's the difference between that and Shred? Check out this amazing video for a beautiful break down by Dr. Mitra Ray. 

Or maybe you're thinking, okay all of this sounds great but what is happening to the people that do say yes and commit? Every single person is different but here are some results from my people that made the commit and decision to Shred. 

John said, this is the best he has felt on a detox program. 

Dave has lost 40 pounds in 4 months from shredding. 

Alisa over a 3 month shred period lost 8 pounds and 5 inches off her waist. 

Kelsey experienced 3.5 pounds lost 4 days in and her skin is clear and glowing. After the full 10 days she was down by 5 lbs.

Rachel lost 5 lbs during her 10 day period.

I have so much energy and I feel great. No bloat. I feel like a new person! 

2 days in and I feel amazing. I am sleeping great and love the shakes! 

Julie kicked drinking diet coke to the curb after 21 years! 

Sadie shared that Shred10 gave her a completely new perspective on food and the importance of eating healthy! 

Here are the things I have personally experienced.. no anxiety, my skin is bright and glowing, I wake up at 5 with amazing energy, I am craving healthy foods and long to exercise, I drink water and that's it! 

Why should YOU join us?
Because you're going to feel great. You're going to be energized, minimize bloat, you're going to be conscious of your food choices, your cravings will change (aka kick those bad habits to the curb), you look and truly feel your best but it starts from the INSIDE not the outside. 

Here's the thing guys, it's a lifestyle change. We aren't perfect but we commit 10 days to ourselves each month to truly look and feel our best! When you feel good you are confident and want to take the next step forward in becoming the best you. Shred10 has been catalyst in my health journey and hundreds of others. If you've been looking for something to give you a jump start.. you may have just found the answer.

We are Shredding on January 20th and again on February 3rd. We would absolutely love for you to join us! You can do anything for 10 days. Let's. Do. This.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Three Things I Would Tell My Younger Self


The transition from one season of life to another isn't for the faint of heart. It's hard and if someone thinks it's not or says it's not, they are lying. It's scary, confusing and at times can be hard to navigate. It feels unknown and so out of our control that we aren't sure how to walk forward in the calling that's been placed on our lives. I remember so vividly graduating from college and feeling the utmost pride that I had completed and received a degree from my dream university. I felt unstoppable. I felt like the world was my oyster. You likely feel the same way until those feelings come to a screeching halt because things maybe aren't quite panning out as you hoped. This monumental moment in our book of life happens and then real life proceeds. The moment you've been waiting for is but a few seconds or hours and then, it's over. I don't say it's over in a negative or cynical way but it's the reality. You were waiting for this moment to happen, the high comes and it goes as quickly as you take a breath. I believe that's one of the hardest parts. We put some much pressure on the moment and what it will feel like that when it's over we enter this state of sadness and disapointment because now we aren't quite sure what direction to head in.

Here's what I know, regardless of whether you are in a post grad season or in a new season of marriage, or adulthood or high school, I believe these principles still apply and if we can implement them as we move through life, those tough new seasons may feel more doable. 

As I've moved through a few new seasons in my life, here's what I would say to my younger self if I could go back and coach her.. 

Have zero expectations of what you think this new season of life will look like. Why do I say have zero expectations? Because I think as women we picture how things are supposed to go. What the moment will feel like, smell like, look like and if it's the slightest bit different from our unrealistic imagination, we are disappointed but we can't quite pin point why. We aren't sure how to feel and because already the first moment looks different then we thought, it clouds our vision for the rest of the journey. I believe there are some incredible hidden moments the Lord has waiting for you in this new season but if we are clouded by expectation and how this new season has already disappointed us, do you think we'll be open to the blessings along the way? Probably not. So be open, pray and ask the Lord to guide your steps, your thoughts and your mind. Realize that His plan is far greater than anything you could have thought or imagined. 

Be open to possibilities and opportunities that may not feel like the "norm." This is coming from the gal that studied to be an event planner and her life got taken in a completely different direction. Writer, encourager, and health enthusiast. God used some of my greatest pain and it became my ministry. Did I know that when I walked across that graduation stage I would dabble in events but eventually start my own health and wellness business? No. Did I think that when I arrived in Abilene as a hot off the press grad hopeful and excited for a job that there wouldn't be any opportunities for me? No. But did God have something greater and bigger than I even thought or imagined? Yes. He gave me a platform and a love for people and has used some of the hardest times in my life to encourage and spur on others. As we exit college and a new season we want to make an impact and leave a legacy but that may not always look how you thought it would. So be open, ask the Lord to lead you and guide you, whatever that may look like. Surrender your approval of others and how you think your life should look and give it to Jesus. His plan is far greater friend. 

Trust that in this new and uncharted territory, growth is happening. You are becoming more of the person you've been called to be. That may be exciting, it may be terrifying or it may give you zero encouragement at all, but here is what I know.. When you look back a year, two years, or three years from now, you'll see your younger self and realize, the person you are today is because you walked through that hard. You released the expectations, you were open to possibility and you allowed God to use you in incredible ways. Trust the process and trust the transition. All things are working together for the good of those that love HIM and are called according to His purpose.

I'm rooting for you friend. Keep fighting the good fight. Make a difference. Love people and embrace this season.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

My Word for 2020!



Happy 2020, friends! Can you believe we've entered another decade! I'm expectant for the year and what it will bring. I hope that your year is off to a great start. If you've been following me for the last few years, you know that I choose a word every year to focus on and grow in.

 With a lot of prayer and guidance, the Lord leads me to a word that eventually becomes so fitting. With each new year, I work to make sure I am embracing the previous year's word so that I am constantly growing and learning as an individual. Self development and growth is so important to me and so as the Lord impresses a word on my heart, I am always expectant of who I will become and how He will transform me over the year.

As I was approaching 2020 and thinking about what my word would be, I got this feeling and nudge from the Holy Spirit for the word, balance. 2019 was a year of releasing. Releasing control, releasing expectations, releasing how I thought things should go and simply trusting the Lord with where He had me in Abilene. It was a year of discovery as I truly dove into my business and sky rocketed. It was a year of great growth but I struggled to find balance. The first part of the year I said yes to everything because I wanted to fill my time and find my place in the community. I got burnt out and decided in the fall, I would be selective in what I did and truly try to embrace the things that the Lord had set in front of me.

I feel I did that well in the fall but I also gave a lot of myself to my business and by the end of the day, I'd have nothing left to give the world, let alone Zach. I was exhausted and just wanted to be "horizontal" as I like to call it. 😂 I wasn't super intentional and I overdid it. My type-A personality has a tendency to work extremely hard, leaving little to no balance in my life.

So when the Lord impressed the word, balance on my heart I questioned whether that was from Him or my own thoughts. I prayed about it for quite a few weeks and it was still the lingering word. This year I believe I'll find balance in how I live my daily life, I'll find balance in being present with work, being present with Zach, being present with community and truly being intentional. I want to be focused but not to the extent that I miss out on the blessings that the Lord has so graciously woven in my life in this season.

2020-- you are balance for me. I will learn to be okay with not always being on the go and I will learn to be okay with relaxing and reading a book. There is a lot in store for Zach and I over this next year. When the time is right, I'll share, and no, we aren't pregnant. But big things are coming and I am hopeful. If you've made it to the end of this post, I do have a prayer request (if praying isn't your thing, would you send me some love and good vibes? 😄)

 I feel a bit unsettled with the new year. A lot is on the horizon and I am longing to feel settled. Would you pray for great peace and that the Lord would meet me in the unsettled feelings?

Thanks for letting me share my heart. I'm so thankful for my little space on the internet. ❤️


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