Wife to my high school sweetheart, boy mama to sweet baby boy Macrae, and two fur babies Shiloh and Milo, a full time high school history teacher, and overall enthusiast for life. Avid podcast listener, iced coffee drinker, and organized chaos manager. My passion is to encourage and inspire. To cultivate an intentional life, a life full of joy and an abundance of grace.
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When I began this blogging adventure, I knew the focus of my blog, but I did not want to limit myself to one specific direction, instead, I want to focus more on a theme, a theme of living your best possible life, a life that is filled with conquering fears and pursuing dreams, living intentionally, purposefully, authentically, living with a purpose, a purpose to be called to a lifestyle that is greater, to be gracefully free.
And simultaneously as I began this blogging adventure, I also began to put my physical body first and to intentionally start working out and making smarter decisions to honor and protect myself. And to be completely honest with you, in the last six weeks or so, I have gained confidence back in ways that I did not even know I had lost. And so I have been wanting to share a few thoughts with you all for awhile and in doing so I also wanted to feature a post on athletic wear to hopefully encourage those who feel discouraged that your time is now and to take that step of faith and action and to move towards your goals and dreams!
It can be so easy to adopt poor health choices between diet and balancing the transition into marriage and full-time working (I say this as if it were all new ~ but this transition has been one that has taken its toll on my body for the last five years) anyways, in this transition period I put on quite a bit of weight, more weight than any 5’3″ frame should hold and just got comfortable with habits of unclean eating, now none of this is helped by the fact that I truly enjoy good beer, but regardless, I got to a point where I really did not want to step on a scale nor see myself in a mirror with bare skin. So moving along here, (I am realizing as i am typing that this post has become a whole lot more vulnerable than I had intended it to be. oh well) – I am fully believing that there are hearts out there that need to be encouraged in this exact same way. So maybe that is you and if you see fit keep on reading! 🙂
Back to my train of thought, I got to a point where enough was enough, and even though I had reached this point several times in the last few years, something was different this time. I don’t know if it’s because of me pursuing blogging or just being more in tune to my own heart and mind and being, but this time I was committed to truly living a better lifestyle.
The end of February, J and I had just gotten back from our trip to Napa, a trip where we definitely indulged in the food & spirit category as well as bottled up quality time together since the months of March and April for both of us are a whole different kind of level of crazy between the craziness of track season and his quarter-end-close. When we returned home from that trip, we finally set up the new scale that we had bought a few months before, and I decided and set out to be intentional with my living. And boy, I am so glad that I did.
My heart in this post is not to brag or put myself on a pedestal, but my heart truly desires for you to see and know that you can totally do this. Your goals, your dream number, your desired look is definitely within reach, start small, but start somewhere and you will get there.
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