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When Being Brave Means Disappointing Others

“Do not think that you can be brave with your life and your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn’t work that way.”- Oprah Winfrey

I am not typically an Oprah Winfrey fan, but I fully believe that you can learn from others, even if you don’t necessarily agree with everything they believe in.

This quote from Oprah Winfrey, which she shared when interviewed by Brene Brown awhile back, really struck a cord with me.

I wouldn’t say that I am necessarily a people pleaser.  I tend to march to the beat of my own drum and am fairly confident in the things that I want to pursue.  I am a classic INFJ (even my husband was shocked at how well this description pegged me) and when my gut feels strongly in a direction, I do not hesitate to walk towards it, even though odds may be against me.

I am a dreamer. Details tend to bore and overwhelm me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find them important. They just aren’t my strengths. I don’t seek advice a lot, unless I really, really need direction and wise counsel in an area.  I want the best information possible if I have to make a big decision and I find myself stuck.

I am not a people pleaser, but at the same time, I really don’t enjoy disappointing people. I never want to make someone upset about my actions or decisions, even if they are the best for ME and MY Family.

But the reality is, I will disappoint people.  And so will you.

I have to imagine that when David decided to take on Goliath, even after well meaning people told him not to because he was young, not a soldier, and inexperienced, that it took some bravery. (Read 1 Samuel 17 for more insight onto this…plus, the story of David and Goliath is always a good one.  So many great lessons we can glean from this!)

His own brother was angry with David and mistook David’s willingness to go up against the giant as selfish and as a means to gain popularity and ranking, instead of seeing that David loved His Lord and wanted to serve and defend Him and state the truth of who God was and about Israel. David had faith that God was leading this incredible moment. Just a note, you will have family members who will mistake your bravery and direction with motives you didn’t intend.  Do not be afraid, but understand that it will happen.

365 times do the words “Do Not Fear” appear in the bible.  God says that to His followers many times, as a way to encourage them as they navigate the often treacherous and uncertain waters of their lives, or they find themselves in situations they are unsure about.

God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Lately, due to the many changes going on currently in our life, I have found myself embracing new opportunities and asking new questions about my life, my dreams and what I want to pursue.  I am not necessarily leaving behind current obligations, but being open and praying about how I can best utilize my gifts, talents, dreams and abilities to serve God and serve His people.

I have been writing more, which while does not bring me a paycheck, it has allowed me express my heart and share what God has been teaching me.  If I could never work again in my life, writing and blogging is what I would want to do.

I have also been taking advantage of my love of fashion and shopping and selling clothes on a fun little app called Poshmark.  This is another way to help bring in additional income for my family, and try out something new.  Many people will view it as a waste of time, but I am not really concerned with that.  It is fun for me and I have found myself enjoying the process of finding cute items to list, sell, then wrap beautifully and ship to a customer.  I enjoyed working in retail as a teenager, and I don’t think I would mind working in a retail store or boutique.

I am still working as an online health and fitness coach through Be a Size You.  I have really stopped focusing on challenge groups and have found that most of those who follow me are needing more individual attention and guidance and encouragement.  They are willing to buy a plan, but they aren’t comfortable yet with sharing with an entire group of women they don’t really know (and truthfully, it is hard to really know someone online.)  This allows me to build  a better relationship with the woman I am serving, and really help her be the hero in her own health and fitness story.  This decision goes against the grain of “do more challenge groups” and “sell a bunch of fitness plans and shakes.”  I love our fitness programs and I love our nutritional products, and those who do my 1:1 sessions do need to invest in one or both of those in order to get started, but we will journey through it together and they will have my full attention.

Are you about to embark on something new, and are afraid of disappointing others?  Be brave, sister friend. You are bound to.  But when others express disappointment in you because you are choosing to go down a different career path, goal, adventure, whatever……understand that most of the time, they just can’t understand what you are doing because they aren’t willing to do it themselves.  You aren’t doing it for them.

My WHY is always my family.  Every business decision, every relational decision, every heart decision….my family is the biggest motivator for them.  My dream is to serve them and take care of them. To create something wonderful that I could possibly pass on to them.  To live a life of faith and trusting in God’s goodness and mercy and grace and teaching my children to embrace all that the Lord has for us and for them and for their future.  Others will not understand it or your bravery, but it will be okay.

Be a Size You,



My Favorite Christmas Gifts For Those You Love

I know Christmas is about Jesus and not about the gifts.  This year, I really want to spend a great deal of time with my kids and reiterating the story of Christ and His birth and what that means for us. This is a time for joy and celebration!

That being said, I know many of you are looking for the perfect gift for those you love and it can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful.  But have no fear! I have some fabulous ideas.  This might be broken up into a few different posts (For Her, Him, Children, Teens etc) otherwise this post will be REALLY long.

With small business Saturday coming up, and today being Black Friday, I thought I would share some of the awesome deals happening from my favorite Small businesses!  I truly believe small businesses are the heart beat of the economy. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Amazon and Target….but knowing that I can purchase from a mama or a family and that my money goes to their business and to bless them, then I am all for it. Worth paying a little more in my opinion.

Here we go!

The Essential Oils Lover: Plant Therapy

Self proclaimed addict here!! And luckily, this small company is one of my favorites!!!  They just kicked off their 25 days of Christmas daily deal today and I know I will be grabbing some of my favorite oils and diffusers in order to gift them to loved ones.

Like this Kid Safe Set (I love this line!):

kid-safe-setOr this Holiday Set:


For the Fitness Lover: CrossTraining Couture; Beachbody

Cross Training Couture is probably my FAVORITE place to grab workout clothes. They have a positive message and inspire me to work out not for my glory, but for HIS. YES!

I have a ton of tanks and tops from this adorable company, and I encourage you to check them out. Head to their blog as well to read their story of how they began, to learn more about the amazing founder, Michelle Myers, and of course, support them so that they can continue the incredible work of spreading the Gospel and inspiring others.  They are the ultimate Be a Size You company!  A few of my favorite things:



Beachbody is my job, yes, but it has very little to do with having or attaining a Beachbody.  My mission is to help women, no matter where they are coming from, to love the bodies God gave them and care for them. Self-care is a great thing!  And Beachbody’s fitness programs, Shakeology, and their Beachbody Performance supplement line have really helped me these last 5 years maintain my health and my commitment to fitness.

I want the same for every women I come in contact with. Our goals may not be the same, but we can use the right tools to reach whatever goals we are hoping to achieve.  And bonus, this week, I am having a Holiday sale. There are a ton of great programs that are available for a great price. So if you are looking to give the gift of health for a family member or for yourself this year, these will be great!  And of course, my customers get instant access to my Be a Size You Bootcamps no matter what. Because support matters.

And that’s all for now! Stay tuned next week for more gift ideas!

Are you out shopping today? What was the best deal you grabbed while you were out?!

Be a Size You,


Maple Dijon Chicken

I love maple Dijon anything. I also love checking out Pinterest for meal ideas. There were tons of variations of Maple Dijon chicken floating around, so I thought I would try my own hand at making it with what I had in the pantry.

It was a total win! Even my picky six year old who pretty much complains at every meal (it is a miracle he grows!) loved it and asked for it to be in his lunch for school.

Yes. Go make you some of this! If you are doing the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Hammer and Chisel or any other program, this will work!

Fix approved Maple Dijon Chicken
Fix approved Maple Dijon Chicken

Maple Dijon Chicken with brown rice and steamed veggies

1 pound or more of boneless, skinless chicken thighs (You can definitely use breasts, but thighs have way more flavor. Be sure to trim the fat as much as you can).

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/2 TBSP Italian seasoning (or you can try dried rosemary, thyme, or favorite herbs)

2 TBSP Real Maple Syrup (NO AUNT JEMIMA!)

2 tsp soy sauce

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1 TBSP Olive Oil


In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, seasoning, maple syrup, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and olive oil. Pour over chicken in a 8×8 baking dish, making sure they don’t overlap, and chicken are thoroughly covered.  Cover, place in fridge and allow chicken to  marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

When ready to cook, preheat over to 375 degrees. Bake in the over for 45-60 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.

Serve with brown rice and favorite steamed veggies.

This is 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 green.

By the way, the marinade could definitely be used as a salad dressing. It was quite tasty on it’s own!

Be a Size You,