2017, attitude, believe, expectation, faith, His way, Isaiah 55:8, job, question, spoiled, spoiled brat, testimony, tuscaloosa, university, university of alabama, work, workout, write, young adult

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

We’ve all had those moments in life where something happens that will forever change us, whether for better or worse. April 1, 2006, was one of those days for me, and even more than a decade later I can remember everything as if it were yesterday. But it was the choice I made in response to those events that would…

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2016, Alabama, aspartame, baby, baby fat, baby weight, bills, diet mountain dew, fat, fit, fit to fat to fit, fitbit, jeans, krispy kreme, lifetime, meal prep, mountain dew, parents, patience, pinterest, restaurant, sleep, social, south, southern hospitality, stress, workout, worry, young adult, young mom

Fit to (Baby) Fat to Fit

It had been a bad day so I gave in to emotional eating and sat down with a big box of . . . strawberries. Had it really come to this? I had given in to the temptation of stress eating, but couldn’t even muster up the nerve to go for ice cream. Instead I chose strawberries, and not even…

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2016, ABC's, advice, blessed, blessing, boundaries, change, Christian, college, communication, compromise, counseling, exercise, expectation, forgive, friends, honesty, husband, Jesus, kindness, love, love languages, marriage, marry, memories, money, money management, patience, people, quality time, relationship, relax, respect, struggle, time, tragedy, Uncategorized, vacation, workout, young adult

The ABCs that Saved My Marriage

With my younger cousin’s wedding and our church’s marriage retreat both falling on this weekend, I’ve thought a lot recently about marriage. I feel that my husband and I have a good marriage, but it’s not by luck or happenstance. We had to work at it just like anything else in life that you want to see succeed. So many…

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2015, attitude, baby, birth, blessed, blessing, clothes, compare, complain, cup half empty, daughter, emotions, family, God, hospital, jaundice, labor, maternity, newborn, NICU, parenting, perspective, preclampsia, son, struggle, thankful, thanksgiving, Uncategorized, wendy's, workout

It’s All in Your Perspective

Thanksgiving was a little different for my family this year. OK, it was a lot different. My sister stopped by and picked up our 3-year-old son to go have lunch at my mom’s house, as we do each year. Then my father-in-law picked him up to have dinner at his mother’s house, as we do each year. My husband and…

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2015, autumn, campus, college, costume, cpstume, diy, exercise, fall, fantasy football, football, Halloween, high school, holiday, labor day, marriage, marry, pumpkin, rv, school, shopping, Sorority, soup, south, target, trunk or treat, university, weather, wedding, workout

Fall is Finally Coming

The weather today feels so awesome! Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant, but this summer has seemed extra hot! In honor of this beautiful day I want to celebrate the upcoming season and encourage others to look around at all the recent signs reassuring us that fall is just around the corner! 1–The sorority girls have wiped Target clean of diet…

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2015, anorexia, Anorexia Athletica, athlete, blonde vegan, compare, comparing, comparison, craving, diet mountain dew, discipline, dying to be thin, eating disorder, eating patterns, exercise, family, food, food blogger, fried, friends, hangup, help, ice cream, instagram, jealous, jealousy, macro, magazine, muscle, obsess, obsession, Orthorexia Nervosa, people, rachel ray, restrict, self, snob, social media, south, southern, stress, stuff, testimony, two, Uncategorized, vegan, workout, worry

Saving Myself from Food Snobbery

As if working out intensely for five days a week and wearing a size 2 was not good enough, I was determined to “get ripped.” I had finally overcome my fear of the scale and felt content with weighing an average of 7 more pounds since before I got pregnant with my son a few years ago. I looked smaller,…

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2015, actions, aguilera, Alabama, bikini, britney spears, cheerleader, Christian, christianity today, church, Daisy Duke, dancing, DWTS, exercise, facebook, feelings, genie in a bottle, God, guys, lust, men, midrift, physical, respect, Sadie Robertson, southern lady, tacky, Veronica Partridge, walmart, workout, workout class, yoga, yoga pants

Why I Wear Yoga Pants

During a lesson on sexuality and sin, the last two words I expected to hear in Sunday school this morning were “yoga pants.” Apparently there has been much debate lately about Christian women wearing yoga pants. Then as soon as I got home I changed from my slacks to a pair of Walmart yoga pants almost mindlessly. After coming home…

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2015, app, Bible, budget, exercise, facebook, goals, help, language, proverb, resolution, workout

Helpful Apps for the New Year

Resolutions, life changes, or any other goal is much easier when you make it a priority. Personally, I think organization helps anyone keep his or her life prioritized. We may live in a digital age full of distraction, but for every game and Facebook page, there is also an app or Website that can actually work toward helping you diminish…

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2014, 2015, blessing, Christian, diet mountain dew, exercise, friends, God, God's creation, happy, help, helping others, kindness, mom, needs of others, New Year, prayer, resolution, southern, southern belle, thankful, workout

Here’s to 2015!

Last year I made just one resolution: Do something nice for somebody else every day. Sure, I had other resolutions in the back of my mind (like cut down on caffeine, be more productive, spend more quality time on my son, advance in all the careers I dabble in), but ultimately that one resolution to do something nice stood out.…

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chick food, chicken salad, exercise, lifetime movie, mani-pedi, maternity, mcmansion, mom, mother's day, respect, slow clap, target, workout, workout class

A New Respect for All Moms

It was barely lunchtime on a weekday. Dressed in workout clothes with no makeup and my 15-month old in his car seat, my friend and I pulled up to the new “women’s food” restaurant in town (as my husband sarcastically called it) after our workout class. Not until we had sat down with plates of chicken salad did I have…

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