Monthly Archives: February 2017

Turn Your Passion Into a Career

I came home from an incredible new leader retreat with the Team Beachbody, and I could not be more energized by what it is that I get to do for my job.

I get to work from home, on my own hours, and help women all over the US and Canada reach their health and fitness goals, as well as work on my own and stay accountable for my own health and fitness.

I didn’t grow up thinking I was going to work in the fitness industry.  I wanted to become an actress. I felt that for sure, with my acting and singing abilities, that was what I was called to.

My dream was to win an Oscar (anybody watch this past weekend?)

I got married to an amazing man and together we have two amazing children. I discovered five and a half years ago that I needed to take care of myself as well if I wanted to be around to see my grandbabies! I still looked (and felt!) five and a half months pregnant when my youngest child was almost two! So I pulled out an old Turbo Jam DVD, began eating clean, and saw results within nine months. I felt amazing! And while I was taking care of me, I discovered that I fell in love with health and fitness, with Beachbody, with helping other women find the right health and fitness solutions that made sense for themselves and their lifestyle.

And here we are!

I am now hiring and looking for passionate women who love health and fitness and want to help others.

I will be hosting a New Coach Bootcamp for those who join my team.

Here are some basics of what we will go over and some FAQ’s:

*There is no inventory that you have to store. 

*You will learn how to launch your business

*You will learn how to use social media so that you can share, not sell

*You don’t need to have prior experience to MLM’s or network marketing

*You will learn how to run your own challenge groups and how to overcome objections and become confident.

*You will receive 1:1 support and all of my guides, scripts, documents so you can have the best resources at your fingertips to grow a successful business.

And so much more. But, my New Coach Training will begin the First Monday of the Month, so don’t wait to let me know you are interested!

What is Team Be a Size You?

I started my Team back in 2011 because I wanted it to consist of women, moms, doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, college students who wanted to do something with passion. They loved fitness and they wanted it to mean more than just posting sweaty selfies.

They wanted to be a part of changing the world for good, one body at a time.

I am a lifetime 3 Star Diamond Coach which means that I have coaches on my team who are successful leaders of their own teams. We are constantly growing and for 2017, I want more people to join me on my mission of helping people live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

I have build my business from home.  I grew my business even on the side of a mountain in a vacation trailer with no Wi-Fi and when my husband did not have a job.  I have a persevered through even the hardest of times and I know what it takes to help you have a successful business, no matter where you are coming from or where you are starting from.

Beachbody has changed my life and my family’s financial future.  I am so thankful that Beachbody came along in my life when it did.

I was a young mom who loved her family, but struggled to love herself. Who thought taking time to workout was selfish, because I needed to sacrifice in order to care for them.

But I learned quickly that I could practice self care and be a good wife and momma. My husband and my children wanted me around for as long as God would allow and I wanted to be the best steward I could be with the body that He gave me.  I feel stronger than ever before, I have more confidence, I have found that my gifts are teaching and encouraging others to utilize their God given gifts and talents for good.  I can play with my kids without feeling like I need a nap everyday.  I can do more with my day because I have the energy, thanks to working out daily and eating clean and Shakeology.

Does this resonate with any of you? I would love to connect with you some more to see if Team Be a Size You would be a good fit for you.

Fill out the form below and I will get back to you right away!

My New Coach Boot Camp begins the First Monday of the month, so don’t delay!

To keep this legal, here is Team Beachbody’s Income disclaimer: Team Beachbody® does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our Coaches

22 Minute Hard Corps Week 7 Recap

It has been amazing weekend.

I am lying in my hotel room bed right this minute as I type this post. I have just finished an incredible conference with fellow new leaders in Beachbody, who earned the right to be here. We had to be invited in order to come.

My heart is so full of so many incredible messages, stories, encouragement, and good training. I have so much to share,  but I must take the time to process it all. Will blog more soon!

For right now, let’s recap how week 7 has done for 22 Minute HC!

On Monday, I hit a wall. For anyone who has done a program and get near the final two weeks, you hit that moment where you feel like you have done enough and you can stop. But I was and still am determined to finish this program. I told myself I would do it. I would PERSEVERE through it (more on why that word is so meaningful in another post) and make it happen. 

It was hard, but Week 7 ended strong. Monday through Friday, I was able to stick to the calendar. Saturday, I was at NLC 2017 and worked out with Joel and Jericho from Core De Force. But come Monday, it is back to finishing up my last week of 22.

I am a little sad it is over. It has been such a tough program for me physically, but I have fallen in love with it. I would tell everyone to do it! I mean, it is 22 minutes long! You absolutely can do anything in 22 minutes. I wish fellow mamas like myself wouldn’t put themselves down and would stop believing that they are not capable of erasing old habits and creating new ones and transforming their lives to be healthier. If you are a momma and you believe that, stop right now. Change your attitude. Believe me when I say that if I, an average, nothing special woman, can do this, YOU can too!
On deck for this week:

Monday: Resistance 3

Tuesday: Cardio 3 and Core 2

Wednesday: Resistance 2

Thursday: Cardio 2 and Core 2

Friday: Resistance 3

Saturday: Cardio 3 and Core 2

Sunday: Final fit test! Take measurements and photos!!! Aaaaahhhhh! 

Menu hasn’t been planned since I am not at home this moment, but stay tuned! 

Thanks for joining me. 

Be a Size You,


Health & Fitness & Your Daughter

Today I saw an alarming statistic posted on one of my favorite Facebook pages for pre-teens. It was concerning young girls and body image.

Image from Secret Keeper Girl

I have read these kinds of statistics before, and they should raise the hair on your neck for good reason. 

Here are some more from Oxygen Magazine (March/April 2017)

*9.5 teaspoons is the amount of sugar per day the American Heart Association recommends (6 tsp for children over the age of two)

*20 teaspoons is the amount the average American consumes!

*$147 Billion is what the cost of obesity is in the US

* 66% of the adults in the US are classified as overweight or obese

* 33% of children and adolescents in the US considered to be overweight or obese

Does that wake you up a bit. Where is that conversation in the churches? Because I don’t hear it very often. 

I am not saying that we should focus on weight. Both of the statistics that are provided are right. It should concern us as parents. And it needs to be addressed. 

Young girls are affected from all sides in regards to their beauty, their weight, their appearance and so much more. And as you and I both know, as they get older, it will get worse. The messaging from the world is confusing. 

But it doesn’t have to be. Not in your home. You can take control of this discussion and this topic. 

As a Christian woman who is a momma to an athletic pre-teen girl, I am taking very seriously these types of conversations. I am not perfect by any means, but I don’t shy away from this issue. Her health is important to me. She has also shared that she wants to be a competitive Olympic swimmer. Whether that actually happens or not is not the issue. I must deal with the topic of her body image and her self care and health. 

I never say in front of my kids that I am on a diet. I might share that I am trying something new to help my health, my body, or my physical performance, but I don’t say “mommy is fat and I need to go on a diet.”

I am not fat. Not even in the slightest. I have been unhealthy. I have been honest with Madi especially about my journey as a wife and momma and with my health. 

I don’t want my daughter to be fearful of the body she has. God made her. I want to teach her how to care for it because it is shows stewardship of what God has given us.

 I also do not shy away from saying what is not good for her (and Sean). I am their mother and I love them.  I love the sugary treat once in awhile as much as anyone. But I am very clear that a treat or dessert or surgery snack is not acceptable for every day. I am okay with telling them no to something that I know won’t benefit them or keep them healthy. I am okay with being that mom. 

But perhaps you are a mom who does need to lose weight. Perhaps the doctor has told you that you need to make changes because it is affecting your health.

Can I encourage you to not say diet in front of your kids? Can I encourage you to share with them (because they will notice that you are cooking differently and doing things differently) that you need to make healthy changes because you want to be around for them? Because you love them? And you love that God has created you and you want to honor Him? 

If your whole family has to make healthy changes, pray first how to address it. How will you speak in your home so that your daughter doesn’t see it as a fat vs skinny issue, but a health and stewardship one. That has to start with you. 

Your daughter will be fed many messages, especially if she attends public school or is active on social media or is away from you for any length of time. You can’t put the blame on them. It must start with the firm foundation you have set in your home. It won’t look perfect, and you will get some of this wrong. 

In my house I try to say this: 

“My body is a temple. Your body is a temple. God created it. How will I treat it?” 

I think as parents, especially Christian ones, we are afraid to talk about weight or health because it seems frivolous and vain and not Kingdom worthy. But it is. Your daughter’s heart can be affected by this. So yes, it is Kingdom worthy. If you care for your daughter, you won’t shy away from having this type of conversation. Too many young girls are struggling because we have shied away from talking about it. We don’t want to damage or hurt their feelings or seem like we are obsessed with body image. This is deeper than skinny or fat. 

Also, please note. For those whose daughters are now struggling with an eating disorder, it beyond self image, although that can trigger it. There are deeper issues going on at that point. Seek professional help and resources. Also, a great book to read would be by my friend Michelle Myers, The Look That Kills

Stop being afraid and start talking Mama. She may roll her eyes or think you are being lame or uncool. I don’t care. I care about her soul and her heart and her walk with Jesus. I’ll be uncool any day of the week if it means I am training her to see truth and not fall victim to the lies the rest of the world throw at her. But I have full confidence that for the most part, she will value the time she gets with you and that you want to share with her and talk to her about tough topics. 

A couple of great resources for you:

Raising Body Confident Daughters by Dannah Gresh 

It’s Great To be a Girl! By Dannah Gresh and Suzy Welbel 

These would be perfect books to pick up today at the library or from Amazon or even from Secret Keeper Girl! 

Be encouraged, mama. This doesn’t have to be weird. Or yucky. Pray. Seek truth. Even seek guidance. And go talk to that precious princess God has given to you to love and care for.

Be a Size You,


Beauty in the Weeds

When my son was a toddler, he would constantly pluck these yellow “flowers” and give them to me. He thought they were pretty.

He wanted to bless his momma with them. 

They would often come to me crumbled in his chubby hands, but I cherished them regardless.

Because even though most considered them to weeds and most of the time we wouldn’t pay much attention to them, my son did. He noticed them. He stopped to pick them for me and give them to the person he loved. They were pretty to him, even though they may be ugly to the rest of us.

Our family has been through several seasons of wading through the weeds. Whether it be through job transition, parenting struggles, marriage struggles, it is what it is. Being down in the weeds is hard and it can be difficult to find beauty during that time.

I remember one point when Dan had lost his job. We had no income to speak of coming in, except for my very small business which wasn’t making enough to cover rent or really anything else, and constantly stressed about how we would pay the bills and survive. What about our kids? How would we feed them? How do we nurture them when our world felt like it was crumbling all around us.

Then came the “flowers.” My son’s flowers. During that time when he would pick those little yellow buds from overgrown grass, it was at the time when Dan and I were uncertain if the lights would stay on. If we would lose our apartment. If we would have to move in with family (we did, eventually), if Dan would find another job (he did, praise God!). If our marriage would survive (obviously, we are going on almost 13 years of marriage!)

God opened my eyes to see that beauty and His hope is found everywhere. In all of my worry and anxiety and fear, I forgot to cling to hope. I was afraid we wouldn’t be provided for. And yet we were. He provides for us in our need, not necessarily our wants. We had to sacrifice, to be sure. We had to say goodbye to the things we had grown accustomed to. We couldn’t do as many fun things as we had liked or wished. 

But He still provided. And we are still together as a family. We still had each other. God mended our brokenness and brought us closer together so that while our time was hard, we still had our family. We still had love. And that made us fight harder to see beauty in the weeds.

I don’t know where you are today. Struggle seems to be all around my friends lately. I am lifting you up today. 

Can I encourage you, as you wander through overgrown fields of worry, anxiety, fear, uncertainty and more, that you look for beauty. You look for hope. And remember that the God of the universe cares for you? 

For even the flowers are cared for. They have no need to worry about what the day will bring or how to dress. God has taken care of it. 

And He, more so, will take care of you. Is that easier said than done? Sure. But believe anyway. 

“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30

Be a Size You,


Week 6 of 22 Minute Hard Corps

I decided to take some photos this week. And I am so excited.

Left: February 17 2017.  Right: December 2016

What? Yes. This is legit. I honestly don’t know how much weight, if any, I have lost. I haven’t been on the scale. I don’t hate the scale, but I rarely use it.

Pictures tell me a lot more anyway. 

I feel amazing. I officially finish week 6 of 22 Minute Hard Corps on Saturday and I only have two more weeks into the program. But I couldn’t wait to share my results so far. I am so dang excited!!! I know a lot of you have been watching me, but you haven’t really taken the leap yet to try this program out for yourself.

I thought I would answer some questions that I get pretty often.

1. Is it hard?

Yes. Absolutely. Is it doable? Yes. Absolutely. For those who maybe feel they have too much weight to lose before they do this program, Tony Horton specifically created this program so you can do it. They have a modifier you can follow for any move that feels too intense for you. Even one of his directives during the workout is “modify to finish.” He wants you to get the results you want and to finish strong. 

2. Do you need a ton of equipment or space? 

Nope. I workout at home and I only use my mat for core workouts, a couple set of light and heavy dumbells, and a resistance band for pull-ups/chin ups (which you don’t do often). 

I workout in my living room. I have worked out in a fifth wheel. So I am telling you, you don’t need a ton of space. You can get in shape anywhere.

3. Do I have to count calories or follow a strict nutrition plan? 

Well, let me ask you this? How serious are you about getting in shape? Do you kind of want to commit or do you really want results? You get what you put in! I am seeing incredible results because this is challenging. I don’t want to put in all this effort and then just feed my body crap. No thanks. So, I follow a more paleo diet along with Shakeology and Beachbody Performance. But if you aren’t willing to work on what is on your plate, don’t bother with a quality fitness program like this one. You won’t get the results you want and you will have wasted your time and your money. 

4. Why is it so expensive?

Because it is quality. Because you get a program that pushes you for two months, gives you a calendar so you know what day you are doing what workout (meaning you don’t have to figure it out on your own and that saves you TIME), you get a nutrition guide so you can know what meals to eat to get the most out of your workouts (which saves you from paying for a nutritionist/personal trainer because professionals put that nutrition guide together and Tony Horton himself is your trainer!) If you missed my post yesterday about what your health is worth to you, I highly recommend reading it! I see too many people paying for the cheapest gym, and yet they are stuck in the same spot because they don’t have a real plan together. That’s the point. Get a quality plan and stick with it! 

5. Do I have to drink Shakeology/Beachbody performance? I want to do the workout but I am not sure about supplements.

Totally get that. Short answer is no. You don’t have to. But again, I ask you. Do you want to get the most out of this program? Shakeology and performance are not quick fixes. They are to be used in conjunction with your healthy nutrition plan. But I will say that those who have gotten the best results from this program and others like it are those who have followed the plan and drank Shakeology/Beachbody Performance. They just work. They really do. 

So, what do you think? What concerns do you have? I want to help you overcome them. 

Be a Size You,

What Is Your Health Worth to You?

Quite often, the biggest reason why people will not join one of my Be a Size You bootcamps is because of money. Spending money on themselves when it comes to their health is terrifying to most because they either believe that:

A. It is wasteful and that they shouldn’t have to spend money in order to get healthy


B. They don’t feel good about spending money on themselves. It feels selfish.

I will be honest and say that it drives me absolutely bonkers when someone tells me that they can’t join my bootcamp to get healthier because of money, but literally I see them in Facebook groups buying hundreds of dollars in clothes, buying a pet, going to a concert….you get the picture?

I am not against those things. I buy clothes and like going to concerts. But they showed me that they placed their value not in their health, but in the stuff.

Let’s face it. Health and fitness is not exactly the way to instant gratification. Buying new clothes or going to a concert gives us immediate satisfaction. Like we got our money’s worth.

Fitness and health takes awhile. You don’t see results in one day. Most of the time, your investment won’t show any results until a few months in.

But is your health worth it? I think it is. Obviously, because I have been committed to working out and eating healthy and drinking Shakeology for the last 6 years:

But is it to you? 

How much would you pay if it meant you could play with your kids without feeling tired all the time?

How much would you pay if it meant you could reverse Type 2 Diabetes, have a stronger heart, be given a second chance to live?

What is that worth to you?

I don’t believe that health and fitness is free. It costs you a lot. It costs you your time. It requires sacrifice. It requires effort. It requires investment. I believe humans are worth the investment. New clothes or a new dog or new toys might bring satisfaction for a moment.

But for the person who invests in their health? They will see that investment go way farther than cute leggings ever will. (Again, no shame in buying leggings. I have a TON and I love them!)

Enough with the “I will do the bare minimum.” NO. Go all in. You are worth it! Do it. You won’t regret it!

I have spots open for my March bootcamp. For serious people. For those who are finally ready to really do something.

Take advantage of the All Access plan. You get every fitness program so you aren’t bored. You get these plans for one whole year. You get your first 30 days of Shakeology. You get me as your personal coach to really help you make this a lifestyle, not a short term plan. You will get me for as long as you want. I won’t abandon you. I want YOU to reach your goals. 

Invest in yourself for your life. There is no quick fix to this. Enough with those. What do you really have to lose, except maybe a few pounds or maybe the chains that have been holding you back from living a Be a Size You life? Email me so you can finally join. 

Be a Size You,

My Valentine 

It is easy to criticize your spouse rather than share all the good things about them. Marriage is the hardest relationship you will have. Don’t let the world fool you into believing that loving a spouse shouldn’t be that hard.

Loving a human being who also happens to be a sinner just like you is HARD. It will require a lot of grace. A lot of forgiveness. A lot of communication. A lot of hugging and walking it out. When it comes to humanity, love is hard.

I want to share with you my Valentine. He doesn’t appear on my social media pages very often. In fact, he would rather not have his picture taken. So when he does make an appearance, I like to tease him a little bit and make a big announcement. He just rolls his eyes 😂.

I try to catch photos of him doing what he is meant to be doing. 

Teaching. Sharing. Playing with his kids. Hanging out with me.

He will never tell you what he is good at. You have to ask. You have to dig. You have to be willing to dig deep and then push him to do the things he is good at.

He is not an insecure man. But he is encouraged by words of affirmation. Gifts encourage him. When I am affectionate and smile at him, it moves him to do more and to move mountains. 

He is BEYOND generous. I cannot tell you how many times I, the budget nerd, will have to tell him to stop buying lunch for fellow staff and friends because I didn’t calculate it in the budget. He will never stop though. He spoils me with gifts and he regularly buys the kids little things just because he thinks of them.And truthfully, God takes care of us. I would rather have a generous, loving man and a little less in the bank account, than an abundance of cash with a cold heart. My prayer with my business is that I can make more than enough so he can continue to be generous, and I won’t have to yell at him 😂. 

He is a leader, but he is not boastful. He has an uncanny ability to find leaders, even in people most would not expect to be leaders. At our old college group, he found kids that had a heart for Jesus but unsure how to serve. He gave them a chance on the leadership team. Quite a few discovered their calling to serve the local church. THAT is what a leader does. He inspires. Equips. And let’s them go do their thing. 

He is a great teacher. He loves reading God’s word and learning. He loves to share with you what God has taught Him. It is hard to believe that at one point in his life, this man struggled with a learning disability as a child, and was told he probably wouldn’t get through college. I am inspired by his story.

Our marriage has had a lot of road bumps. We have had job loss. We struggled to love each other through hard times. Hurtful words have been said. We have had to forgive each other over and over again. We have had to say I love you over and over again.

I am so proud of this man I call my husband. He is happy to let me do my thing on social media. Behind the scenes, know that I have this strong, Jesus loving man encouraging me through every day and loving this hard to love gal. 

Happy Valentine’s Day, my love,


22 Minute Hard Corps Week 5

Can you seriously believe we are finished with Week 5 of this program? I can’t.

I am still amazed that I have been going strong with this program. I am not lying when I said the first time, I quit after two weeks 😂.

 But let me show you what is capable in five weeks:

Stronger arms. A flatter belly. A greater appreciation for short workouts that push you but get you results.

Working out LESS but eating more. What?! Yes.

It was even that time of the month and ladies, we all know how rough that can be sometimes.

My body blew right past it. It did not slow me down in the slightest. I was a tad bit more tired (I tend to run low on iron during that time), but I just made sure to eat more foods rich in iron this week with plenty more protein and healthy fats so that I didn’t always reach for the salty chips, which was what I would normally do. 

I am not doing the Whole 30 anymore, but I am still eating a mostly Paleo diet. It is working really well for me and for Dan. While Dan is not doing 22, he has been riding his mountain bike and then cross training at the gym. He is slimming down quite a bit and he feels amazing. So proud of my guy! 

I have also noticed my back muscles are becoming more developed. I don’t have a pull up bar so I have to use resistance bands, so it might take longer for those to show, but they seem to be developing. And that makes me really happy. I am a girl who loves muscles. I am far more interested in that than the scale. The scale can’t measure my muscles. But pictures can!

No new meals this week. I will be testing out some new recipes during week six so I will be sure to share if those are a win!

On deck for week six of 22 Minute Hard Corps:

Monday: Resistance 1

Tuesday: Cardio 2 Core 1

Wednesday: Resistance 3

Thursday: Cardio 1 Core 1

Friday: Resistance 2

Saturday: Cardio 2 and Core 1

Sunday: rest and meal prep 

If you are looking for a workout that will have you in and out in no time and still get results, I would love to coach you through 22! Shoot me an email or let’s connect on FB! 

Fashion Confidence for the Average Gal

When I was in my 20’s, I wasn’t exactly the most fashionable of people. My husband liked to joke that I really only wore jeans, a turtleneck sweater and these faux snakeskin boots. Like, everyday. I also didn’t really wear makeup except for the occasional lipstick and some foundation, blush, and mascara. It was like a foreign language to me. And I was in pageants! (Clearly, not Miss USA material! 😂)

Lucky for me, my husband thought I was amazing enough to marry and we have been married for nearly 13 years. Gals, you don’t need to be a beauty queen to snag a guy.

Because before I dive into my fashion post, let me remind you.

Real beauty and confidence comes not from the latest trends and advertisements.

It comes from God alone. He has already defined beauty. It doesn’t change with the seasons and it doesn’t have a “color of the year” that you must adhere to if you want to “IN.” 

How word is clear on what a beautiful and confident woman looks like.

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news…” Isaiah 52:7

A woman who chooses to trust in the Lord, to praise Him all the days of her life, who chooses to be a rare jewel in a society of imitation. That is far more lovely than any fashionable outfit you could come up with.

Now, fashion is fun. I love clothes and shoes and accessories. I am inspired by the prints and colors that I see regularly on social media and in my favorite shops. It is okay to be inspired. It is okay to get creative. 

For those of you who feel like you have no idea what style is or how to feel put together because all you feel you are just a mom with her kids, doing the mom thing: you can still do the mom thing, love your kids, and feel cute. I used to be where you are. I found what works for me and I am here to share with you!

1. What do YOU like?

Do you? Do you want something that is easy to put together without a whole lot of thought? Do you prefer pants or dresses? Muted or bold colors? Accessories? A lot or a little? What inspires you? When you look at fashion photos, what are you drawn to? Usually, it is catches your eye and you admire it, chances are, that is part of your “style” so go ahead and replicate it!

2. Invest in a few good pieces.

I believe investing in a couple of pairs of really good jeans is worth it. You will wear them a lot, so having a good solid pair that can take a beating is worth it! A good jacket and/or vest and a little black dress is always a win as well. Most tops and dresses and even shoes you can get for relatively inexpensive (hello Marshall’s and Nordstrom’s Rack and Target!) If you do have to buy some new things, don’t feel like you have to buy everything at once. It is okay to buy what you can, and then go from there. 

3. Get inspired by fashion magazine and social media pages, but allow them to be the rule.

You set the tone for your own fashion. You like what you like. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that it isn’t in fashion, that it isn’t designer, that they don’t like it. If they wouldn’t wear it, great. But you are not dressing for them. You are dressing for YOU. You are dressing with confidence that fits your lifestyle, your beliefs, your ideals, your family. 

I wear a lot of Lularoe and stuff and other small businesses. Why? Because their clothing fits my style and lifestyle. I am a work at home mama with two school age children in sports and a husband in local church ministry. My style and fashion choices work for me. You do you, boo. 

4. Enjoy the process.

Your fashion choices WILL change as you get older. They are constantly developing. That is just the way it is. I am obsessed with wearing dresses right now, but who knows, I might be over it in a couple of months and just want to wear shorts and a cute t-shirt and converse and head to the beach! But who cares! Again, do you!

Some of my favorite places to shop:


The Mint Julep Boutique

Lularoe (my sister has just launched her own boutique! Go support her! 😍)

Be Still Clothing Company


Marshall’s/TJ Maxx 

Nordstrom’s Rack

Charming Charlie (for accessories and shoes and cute gifts)

Tell me all about your style? Your likes and dislikes? What scares you about fashion and dressing up? I want to see what you all come up with! You gals inspire me! 😍
Be a Size You,


*Disclaimer: I receive no commission from the links posted above. All suggestions and links are for recommendation only. None of the companies mentioned above has partnered with me in this blog post. *

Mama, You Should Rest

Every Sunday, after church and lunch, I take a nap. 

I believe and value rest so much that I make sure I do it. My husband laughs at me, but he knows that I need it.

I am an introvert. I can be around people and I generally enjoy talking with others and engaging with them. But when I have hit my max of interaction, I shut down. I go to my happy place of solitude. I rest my body. 

I work so hard each week. I work from home on my business and helping women get healthy.

I run my house too, menu plan, plan out the kids after school activities and where everyone needs to be. I pay bills, clean up, do laundry, and cook meals. 

I snuggle with hubby and kids and we have fun. I kiss boo-boos and give encouraging words. I work out six days a week to keep my body strong. I nourish myself and my family to keep the germs at bay and hopefully we live a little longer. 

So I rest. God says it is good too.

For God did it after He created the earth. He did it and looked over his creation and said it was good. He appreciated the hard work. Don’t confuse God with resting as if He took a nap.

No, he rested to look over his hard work with approval. It was good. He enjoyed it.

The same can be said for me and for you, mama. Being human, we have moments where our bodies must stop for a moment. Maybe you have more energy than I do, so a nap doesn’t appeal to you. But rest and slowing down should. We don’t have to be busy 24/7 to have purpose. I think being busy all the time will sometimes lead us to be distracted by all the wrong things.

I am a go getter. I love to accomplish things. I love to check stuff off my to-do list. The competitor in me likes to win.

But in order to get what I need to done, and to be present, and to focus on what really matters, I need to be able to rest to appreciate all the hard work, to be grateful in it. To enjoy it. 

And then, when my body has rested, I rise again, knowing it is time to keep going and keep doing the good work of raising a family and living a life that reflects Jesus. 

Sister Friend, take a moment to rest. Do something you enjoy. 

And then press on.

Be a Size You,