Resetting My Body and My Heart

Anybody else surrounded by the massive amounts of laundry to wash, as well as Christmas decorations that still need to be taken down?

No? Just me?

Okay then.

Quite a few of you have asked me what I will be doing for my health and fitness, even though I no longer am partnered with my old company.  I still have health goals, and I still want to eat well, so I thought I would share with you what I will be up to for January.

First up, I will be doing the Whole 30, beginning on Monday, January 8th.

 

I did the Whole 30 last year, but honestly, I modified it to my liking and still drank my superfood shake with it.  This year, I will be following her rules and allowing the program to do what it says it will do…reboot my body and help me feel better overall by eating real, whole foods. No shakes necessary.

Keep in mind, I am not against shakes. I love them. They are convenient and often a great and easy way to get in those nutrients we tend to need but don’t get enough of. But for the sake of this program, my body wants lots of veggies and lots of proteins and good fats, so that is why I will be doing it her way instead of my way so that my body gets what it wants and craves.

If you are thinking of doing this, I highly recommend going to the site and getting one of the books.  Also, Nom Nom Paleo and The Defined Dish are posting Whole 30 approved recipes for you all month long, so I encourage you to utilize those recipes as well (so you don’t get bored with meals.)

Fitness:

I am doing the Tone It Up Love Your Body Series that also starts on Monday. And guess, what? It is FREE! Holla!

I have been a Nutrition plan TIU Team member since 2011 and these girls are two of my favorite fitness and lifestyle gals on the planet. They are beautiful, inside and out and I just love how much they love their community and really want to empower us women to be strong and healthy.  You can learn all about this series on their blog. Plus, they have really cute workout gear and nutritional products at Target.  Yes, Target!  Go check them out! Will you join me?

Heart Reset:

I think the most important part of our journey will be our heart.  What flows out of it will be revealed, so it is important to set your heart on the truth and then walk in it.

I am following the She Works His Way 2018 Bible Reading Plan (it is free!) and this year, we will be going through the Bible Chronologically.  I have yet to read the Bible in this way, so I am so excited.

I will also be leading a Bible study (more details on that soon!) with some gals and I cannot wait to dig deeper into the Word together as we attend church together and pursue Him even more.

That is all for now!

I will do my best to update you all on my Whole 30 and fitness journey, as well as what God is teaching me as I dig into His word each day.

Would love to hear what you guys want to see on this blog?  What are you interested in learning more about?

Blessings,

Tiffany

Team Hope

I have been thinking for awhile, with my new venture, what I would call my team.

When it came to health and fitness, my team name changed quite a bit. It ended up being Team Be a Size You, which was fitting for my message and mission.

But now what? I am now working in a different industry, providing a different service, but had the opportunity to really change people’s lives financially.

That was a big reason why I made a leap.

Have you been there? Literally at the bottom of the barrel? You are struggling and you don’t want to complain. Well meaning friends tell you to keep praising Him through the storm, and you do.

But it is hard, too. It is okay to not want to struggle financially anymore. It is okay to want to pay your bills and have money to pay for your mortgage and to put food on the table for your family.

You can trust God and trust that He gave you an able mind and body to make those things happen. God certainly provides. I have seen it with my own eyes what He does when He literally opens the skies with blessing and provision.

But, He also made my mind and body able enough to do work. To use my creativity for His good and glory and to find something that I enjoyed to provide for my family.

To get out of that pit we found ourselves in.

I know so many other friends of mine are looking for new answers and to change their financial situation, but they feel stuck.

So, introducing Team Hope.

Because I want my friends to have hope. I want them to believe that it doesn’t always have to be a struggle, their finances.

They don’t always have to feel like they are drowning in debt or living paycheck to paycheck. There are things they can do to change that.

And it can be something as simple as shampoo.

Yes, shampoo.

I want to offer you some hope. If you want something different, you are going to have to do something different. Just like I would tell those in my coaching business. If you want to transform, put in the work and trust the process.

Do it for your dreams. Do it for your family’s financial future.

What would an extra $200 look like for your family?

What about $500?

What about $1,000?

Are you thinking yet? Are you picking up what I am putting down?

Joining my team and being a part of a community that tells people about Shampoo (and has fun doing it, by the way!) might seem a little weird and different. Not your normal way of bringing in additional income.

But what if? Just what if? What is the worst that could happen?

You end up having great hair. I’ll take it.

I would love to share more about this amazing community I am a part of and I invite you to join my team:

Team Hope

Tiffany Harper

P.S. Those who join me through December 31st, there is an awesome gift that you can’t buy in store for you!

Who is Ready for 2018?!

I hope you all had a magical Christmas with your loved ones! We sure did.

After Christmas, I love spending the next day just reflecting and relaxing and dreaming, especially since the New Year is literally around the corner.

Do you create resolutions or goals for the New Year? I typically don’t call mine resolutions, but I do spend time dreaming and planning on how I would like 2018 to go.

2017 had its highs and lows. This past year was pretty hard and we had plenty of transitions, so I am ready for a fresh start.

Aren’t you?

Here are a few things I am looking forward to next year:

1. More Family Time/Less Time with the phone: This is a struggle as a woman who has a home based business, but I am planning out ways to engage and be present more with my family and less tied to my phone. I need my phone for my business…..but my kids and husband need me more. I want to be around them more. I want to experience more adventures together. I want to capture more memories together. I want to laugh more. Serve with them more. Snuggle more.

2. Declutter/get rid of what no longer serves our home, family, goals. January is a big time for decluttering. I want a fresh slate, so that means going through the things that I have been clinging to, but I really should have let go of a long time ago. That can be anything: clothes, items, mentality, ideas, fear, relationships. Only you can determine what no longer serves you. Maybe it may mean letting go of the good to make room for something great.

3. Add more health related routines: I am already a big fan of working out and eating healthy. I want to find ways to help my family stay healthier even more. More hiking. More water daily as opposed to drinking sugary coffee.

4. Clean up my home and beauty routine without natural products. I have so far worked to clean up my hair routine with a more nature based, anti aging hair care line. I also want to add less toxic cleaning products for my home and even less toxic beauty products. This process will take awhile, as it can get very expensive very quickly. So over time I will be sharing what I have been swapping out and replacing in my home and my beauty routine. Excited to try new products and find new things to love and use on a regular basis.

5. Lead a Bible Study. I am really excited about this one. It has been on my heart for a really long time to lead a bible study. I felt the call to minister and encourage women in God’s word and in life early on in my walk with Jesus. It will only get stronger. So I am excited to take the leap and lead something for my local community and for women, and even serve more in the local church.

6. Focus on having set business hours. I love working and I love my job. But, I tend to get wrapped up in working and not have a closing time. That will need to happen, as I want to spend more time with my family and spend less time on my phone. So having set business hours for my new Business will be a must.

And that is what I have for now!

Would love to hear what some of your goals and dreams are for 2018!

Tiffany Harper

Inspired By The Greatest Showman

I grew up singing and acting. Musicals were my heart beat. The score. The costumes. The story. Everything.

It has been awhile since I have been so inspired by a musical soundtrack.

The Greatest Showman literally has given me all the goosebumps and heart eyes. I am obsessed and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. Ha!

Perhaps it is because nearly every song speaks to this heart of mine as I choose adventure and dreams over neat and tidy.

I was taking a break from doting on a sick child yesterday and scrolled Facebook (I know…..) and I saw a post where women were lamenting how there would be no Christmas for them because they were broke. And stuck. And tired of feeling that way.

I have a lot of opinions about Christmas and money, but that is not what this is about.

My heart broke because there are a lot of people who are feeling this way.

Broke.

Stuck.

Hurting.

Not sure where to step next. Or what to do. Or how to get out of the pit they find themselves in.

I think why I am so in love with the storyline and music of The Greatest Showman is because it is about a man who is down and out and tired of struggling, and decided to put feet to his dreams, as crazy and illogical as it appeared. As much as people disapproved and hated what he was doing, he still did it, and it changed his life.

Changed his family’s life.

Changed others who were needing that kind of hope and encouragement and permission to dream for themselves.

With my new hair business, I know people don’t approve. But I go forth knowing it can change my life, and offer permission to other women to dream and have a business of their own. No, I don’t think Shampoo will change the world. Or your family.

But I Believe you can. And you will. Women will.

To create their own stories for their families and get out of the pit they may find themselves in.

Where are you? Are you struggling? Are you sick and tired of being in the same cycle, year after year, wishing it could get better, but it doesn’t?

Here is the thing: you have to decide to move. To change. Go there. Dream HUGE, crazy, illogical dreams.

Then go put feet on those dreams. Give them legs. YOU are the one who can make them reality. Your actions, your very steps and decisions will help them come alive.

Can I invite you to go there with me? To dream big? To join me?

It’s all an adventure that comes with a breath-taking view….”-Tightrope from the Greatest Showman Soundtrack.

Think about your dreams. Go listen to the soundtrack. Share with me your dreams.

And then let’s go.

Tiffany

2018 Word of the Year: Brave

Every year, I choose a word for the new year.

I don’t make it an overly complicated process. More often than not, the word I choose, I didn’t find it.

It found me.

I often choose words that I noticed as a common theme running through my life.  Whether I was challenged, or experienced growth, or renewal….often there is a word that I find myself uttering more than others.

I search Scripture for support and hope and what God has to say about that word.  Word studies are my favorite.

Brave happened to be a word that seemed to appear at every corner of my life the last few months.  It was as though it was a challenge for me to step out of the boxes I had created for myself, or boxes that others tried to place me in. Whatever the reason, the word inspired me. Moved me.

I thought of Joshua, who had the incredible task of taking over as leader after Moses.  Can you imagine what must have gone through this head?  Moses, who was respected, esteemed, loved, had an intimate relationship with God.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them,  for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Then Moses said to Joshua:

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8

The magnitude of the task at hand for Joshua.  I am sure he was nervous.  He did not want to fail Moses.  The people of Israel. God.

But be brave means stepping out into the calling God has on you, whatever it is, even when you are shaking in your heels.

I can think of so many other biblical characters who had to be brave when faced with incredible odds:

David.

Mary, the mother of Jesus. Imagine this one with me for a second.  An unwed young woman in New Testament times, being told that she was to carry the baby Jesus, the Savior of the world. Y’all..really!!!!

Joseph, Jesus’s earthly father.

Rahab.

Tamar.

Ruth and Naomi.

Friends, being brave and courageous as we walk in faith and hand in hand with our Savior, it doesn’t mean that we know the outcome. It doesn’t mean that we don’t experience moments of fear and doubt and uncertainty.  Those callings to be brave……they require faith to step into the unknown while realizing that it is not unknown to God.  He knows the way. He knows the steps. He knows the outcome.

It is for His glory. For the good of His people.   Our choosing to walk in His will when others whisper that it is not safe or smart or what they would do. But while our commandment is the same, to love God and to love His people, He will direct each of us in different ways in order to fulfill that Great Commission.

It is why He has crafted each one of us with different abilities, gifts, passions, insights, personalities. We are many hands and feet working in one body and choosing to be brave and confident in what He is directing and orchestrating in our own lives. It will not look like everyone else’s.

It should not look like everyone else’s.

So Brave is my word for 2018.

What is yours?

Tiffany Harper

Do a New Thing

I had already shared awhile back that I was leaving Beachbody. I had shared that I really felt God was leading me away, and also, because I really have felt for the longest time that I was on the wrong seat on the bus.

Let me explain.

As someone whose job it was to help people reach their health and fitness goals with the programs and tools I offered, I started to really take notice that while people were encouraged by my words and my actions, I was not the one they went to in order to REACH those health goals. They would go somewhere else. They would hire a personal trainer, join a gym, try a different product or program, whatever. And that is not me blaming them, whatsoever. They were doing their due diligence in finding the best solution for them.

I was just not that solution. And that is okay to admit. I have never, ever wanted to be a personal trainer. I had a Cize Live certification, but really, that was as far as I was going to go with any type of fitness certification. I had no interest in being a fitness professional.

So it really made me think about whether or not I was on the right seat on the bus. My answer came to a defeating: NO.

I also realized that in this business, because I wasn’t gaining customers (people who wanted me to help them with their fitness goals), most of my income was coming from my team. And that was not the reason why I joined. While I realize with Direct Sales/ MLM’s that is part of it, building wealth by building a team, I didn’t want that to be the only way. It wasn’t right to me. The only way you are really successful is if your team is successful. That is a good thing. But I also wanted customers. I wanted to have a business helping people and get them the results they were paying for. That mattered to me.

So it made sense to walk away. And be open to new opportunities that fit who I am a little bit better.

To provide my family with the financial portion that we needed (and we do need it).

To build relationships with other women.

To have fun.

And my favorite part: to possibly do it with my sister.

And I found it in Vegan hair care.

Hair care? Seriously?

Yes. To be honest, this is outside of my comfort zone. It requires being more social. And leaving my house, possibly. And actually talking to friends and hanging out over wine and coffee and not be a hermit. Or cling to staying indoors.

But the opportunity is huge. And honestly……it is just shampoo. That’s it. It doesn’t require people to change their habits or behavior or force them to adjust their budget to add something they have never had before. It is just fun. It is just shampoo.

I have been using it on myself and my family the last couple of weeks, and I can say it had made a difference in my own hair. It feels so much cleaner and more manageable. But that is all I will tell you.

Because this isn’t really about my old business or my new business.

It is about being okay with walking away from something that was good in your life, but realizing it may not fit what you need anymore, and being brave to pursue or open to something new. That can be anything in life.

Just as many of us will leave good jobs for greater ones, for a myriad of reasons, it is the same with everything else.

We pray. We weigh the pros and cons. We try. We fail. We win. We learn. We grow. That is how it goes.

So, if you are stuck spinning your wheels, and you know something needs to change, but you aren’t sure how….be open. Be praying. Be brave. Try. Fail. Then try again.

And be okay with walking away from good to get to Great.

Love,

Tiffany

Gifts To Give This Season

I know Christmas is not about getting gifts, but I sure do love buying and giving gifts to those I love.  It is probably one of my favorite shopping season because of all the deals that can be found in nearly every store.

I like to shop at the big box stores as much as anyone, but I am going to encourage you this season to buy a few of your gifts from small business owners. Trust me when I say that you will get personal care and customer service when you order from a fellow mama.  That isn’t to say big box stores don’t care or offer good customer service, but it is different. You will see.

A few gifts I am eyeing to give this season:

Lola Jane Naturals Bath and Body products.  I discovered them on Instagram while stalking Magnolia’s Silobration IG stories.  They were one of the vendors at the event and I just ooh’d and aah’d over all of their products.  They have fizzing bath cubes in different scents, natural body care for mama and baby, skin care and so much more.  They are a natural company using the finest ingredients and I am just obsessed. Their sets will be perfect as gifts!

Accessories, leggings, scarves. Those always make fantastic gifts. They are easy and well priced.  I know that my sister and my mom always love a good scarf or a good pair of fuzzy socks as gifts because those are gifts that they will use all the time.  Practical gifts are good, folks! You can find some fun goodies in my Poshmark closet!

I am part hippy. I admit it.  I love the idea of filling up my home with holistic care than with a whole bunch of over the counter medication.  I realize those do have uses, especially when natural remedies don’t work, but I want us to utilize nature first before reaching for the drugs.  Essential oils are my favorite and this company, Plant Therapy is one of my favorite oil companies to purchase my oils from.  My kids are obsessed with having their own set of oils that are safe for them to use and diffuse in their room during the day or at night when they have trouble sleeping. They are an incredibly family owned business and I highly recommend them!

They don’t just offer oils, either. They have other products as well such as diffusers (this one is on my Christmas wish list) and other accessories, books, tools and more!

My friends up in Washington have this gorgeous shop called Born Again Brand. They are a Scripture Typography company and you have to check out their items. That coffee mug you see is one of them listed and is available for purchase. I love a good coffee mug as a gift. I can never have too many mugs. They have homegoods, wall décor, travel mugs and their designs are beautiful and each come with an inspiring scripture designed onto their products.  LOVE.  Go check them out and tell them Tiff said Hi!

What are some of your favorite items to give as gifts?

Also, if you are looking to earn cash back for shopping, be sure and check out Ebates.com. There are a ton of stores that have partnered with Ebates and you get cashback on your purchases from (anywhere from 1%-sometimes 8% Cash back!). It is totally free to join and a great way to make back some money while shopping.  You can use this link to get yourself set up (I do get a small credit if you choose to signup through this link).

Then get to shopping! A few of the shops I listed offers cash back through Ebates!

Happy Shopping,

Tiffany

 

PoshMark: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Hi guys!

So on my Instastories the other day, I posted a poll to get a sense of whether or not my followers and friends understand what Poshmark is.

My desire is to bring cute, modest, stylish clothing for the everyday woman.

Whether she works outside the home, or she is busy taking care of the littles in the trenches, I don’t think looking and feeling good in the clothes you wear has to be for the elite.

It can be for you, too.

Because come on, who doesn’t feel good in an outfit that she kills it in. Am I right?!

What the poll on IG told me…….

Most of you don’t get it.

And that is okay. Allow me to explain.

What Poshmark is:

*A FREE app that allows you to buy and sell clothes to consumers.

*It is super easy and simple.

*Priority shipping on every purchase.

*Absolutely safe and when you buy an item on Poshmark, payment is not released to the seller until YOU VERIFY that you received the item and you looked it over and verified it as described.

*Ability to buy gently loved items and even barter so that you and the seller can agree on a price you both can feel good about.

*You can make great cash on Poshmark if you have items in your closet that are still in great condition, but you want to make room for.

*Again, the app is FREE!

*If you sell on Poshmark, the money you make on your sales can be used toward any purchases you make on Poshmark, or have it directly deposited to your account or sent a check.

*It is a huge fashion community (check out @poshmark on IG) and you can get a better sense of what they are about. I promise, it is kind of addicting!

*If you are a seller, and you have had a minimum of 10 sales and 4.5 star reviews, you can buy wholesale on Poshmark and sell for retail in the boutique section of your closet! This is what I just recently started doing and let me tell you, it makes the shopping love inside of me so excited. This is what I want to do!

One of the gorgeous scarves I have on sale in my boutique.

What Poshmark is Not:

*It is not a garage sale or a thrift store. This one is hard for newbies because I think they believe they will see mostly items listed for $5. But that will not be the case. A lot of sellers use Poshmark as their way of bringing in supplemental income (some are even making six figures!). Also something to note: a lot of times newbies will try to offer a really low price on an item, and then they find themselves blocked or even reprimanded for doing so. Poshmark takes 20% from each order ($2.95 from orders under $15) so it really upsets a seller when they feel a buyer is disrespecting them with their offer. So if you are one who is buying on Poshmark, be considerate!

*It is not a trade site! No trades. It is actually stipulated in the rules on Poshmark that trades are forbidden. Those who are selling really aren’t interested in trading.

*It is a clothing, accessory and beauty site for buy/sell. So you won’t find things for your home on this site. All items should be gently loved without major issues, or if brand new with tags, labeled as such and whether or not they are boutique items (if you are qualified to have a boutique).

Those are the basics. It is really simple to use. I know on IG it can be hard to understand, but I highly encourage you to download the app if you haven’t already, find me (@tiffharper143) and look around.

Also, if you download for the first time, use code “tiffharper143” at signup so you can save $5. Trust me. Do it!

Now, let’s go shopping!

Tiffany

Moving Forward is the First and Hardest Step

Seven years ago, I began an incredible journey towards getting healthy.  I was tired of how I looked. I was tired of how I felt.  My second born was a year old and I still looked (and felt) like I was five months pregnant.  We were eating fast food almost every single night, and I was tired of seeing my precious babies shove French fries in their mouths.

I wanted a change.

No, I needed a change.

For myself, for my health, for my family. We deserved better than McDonald’s and sickness.

So, I pulled out an old DVD, laced up old running shoes, and pushed play. Then, I learned how to select fresh, whole foods from the grocery store, searched for healthy recipes, and learned to cook for my family instead of going through the drive-thru.

Then, after nine months of hard work, and twenty pounds lighter and more pep in my step and more energy than I had when I was twenty, I discovered that I could help people get healthy. To do what I did, which was exercise and eat right, and help them get results.

As well as make fitness enjoyable.  Fitness is fun. It really is.  I know it doesn’t feel like that at first, but it really is when you discover what you enjoy doing.  I learned three years into Beachbody that dancing was my soulmate workout.  Cardio? No. Heck no. Unless it involved dancing.

I spent six years encouraging and promoting a message of being beautiful in your own skin. Being beautiful in the way that God made you and living well.  Be a Size You was a very personal message for me and I wanted to spread that message all over the country and even the world.

I still do.  I still believe in the mission behind Beachbody, and I still believe in the message of Be a Size You.

But at some point, some things come to an end.

For a long while, I have felt that God has been leading me to lay down this business.  It makes no sense to people on the outside, and truthfully, I have a hard time really expressing it verbally.  It comes out in one giant emotional word vomit. Ha!

But when it is time to let go of something, you do it.  You do it. You don’t overthink it, even if it doesn’t all make sense.  God led our family to live on the side of a mountain a couple of years ago, and we lived in a trailer as a family of four. It was the craziest thing to people.

Yet God was still God there on that mountain and He moved constantly in my heart and in my life and in my faith.

Even when you love something as much as I love Beachbody, and I truly do love them because they are the BEST (I know, totally biased), you still have to let go.

I am excited to see what God will do next for our family.  I am excited to see where God leads my husband in terms of his career and his leading of our family.  Good things will happen, even if it looks different than I had originally pictured.

To those of you who have supported me, encouraged me, purchased from me, been a part of my challenge groups and online fitness communities, THANK YOU.

Thank you for allowing me a window seat into your life and allowing me to walk along the journey of being a healthier version of you. I know it wasn’t easy and it was so hard at times. Know that I am still rooting for you.  I want success for you.  I want good things for you.

I want you to continue to live well, and give God the glory.  Be a Size you is not a one size fits all message.  It is for everyone.

I will still be blogging, and still be getting my sweat on and sharing my faith and all the things that matter to me. Because even though health and fitness won’t be my vocation, it doesn’t mean I care any less about it.  And yes, Cize dance videos will still be happening on IG! Holla!

Thank you again for loving me and allowing me to serve you in health.

Be a Size You Forever,

Tiff

It Is Okay

I am going to talk about something that makes the Christian community incredibly uncomfortable.

It is okay to want to use an opportunity to create a better financial future for your family.

It is okay to go towards your dreams.

It is okay to own a business and want to make money.

It is also wise to remember, as we work towards building a financial future for our family and even working towards making dreams come true, that when much is given, much is expected.

So if you are fortunate to build wealth (and honestly, that looks different for all of us. You define success.) much will be expected of you.

It doesn’t mean you are not kingdom minded if you are rich. Or become rich. Or have a successful business.

I talk to many wives and mamas who feel crushed under the weight of financial stress. Unless you understand the feeling of not knowing how you will pay for your groceries, pay for needs in your home, pay bills, do not assume that the woman you see working her business daily is not Kingdom minded. When a woman wants to stop fighting with her spouse about money, and is willing to do something about it, that is kingdom minded.

She is fighting for her family. That is kingdom minded. That is kingdom impact. Because she realizes that providing for the needs of her family and her household is how she will encourage those in her care to grow, trust, share, show compassion, have faith, and more.

Totally put this devotional on my Christmas list.

I have been praying a great deal about what I want to cultivate for my family. As we remain in transition, it is getting harder. And to be 100% honest with you, I am tired of it. But that is what happens when things are hard. You go through a multitude of emotions and feelings. And that is okay.

But I have made some big decisions lately, decisions that I will share later in the week, but I am confident that it will be better for my family and better for me and for my gift mix and abilities.

I am scared as heck, but it seems the word that has been repeated over and over again in my heart is “Brave.”

Brave will be my personal word for 2018. Still praying over our family one. But Brave is mine. Because I will have to be.

To do new things.

To face new challenges.

To let go of what is good and go for great.

That takes bravery.

So if you, sister friend, are sitting behind your screen critical of your friend or the mama who seems to be working toward wealth and you feel the need to judge why, take a moment to shoot her a message and ask about her story. You might be surprised.

And to you, sister friend, who is working so hard on your job or your business to provide something different for your family, keep going. Keep Him first. Pray for your business/job and remember that with much given, much is expected.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany