Back home in Japan after an amazing weekend in South Korea visiting my husband! I’m exhausted and the first few days after saying goodbye again to Josh always feel weird. But I wanted to say hi and thank you for being here with me over the years from California to Texas back to California and now Japan. Sharing my life and pictures on these squares has been a huge blessing and I have made the best friends and connections because of it. So thank you ❤️ If you’re reading this, please tell me where you live, I would love to be able to picture a map and your light shining bright on it ⭐️ I’ll start, hi from Japan 👋🏼
Hello Fall! 🍁🍂Keep on eye out for our latest posts every Tuesday & Thursday!
Upcoming posts will include:
-reflections on simplicity
-new ways to pray the Rosary
-the beauty of veiling at Mass
-Marian Devotion (consecration & scapular)
-how God speaks to us through animals
-courtship vs dating
-battling depression & anxiety
-stories of our favorite saints
-recognizing that we are pilgrims on Earth
-getting through deployment
-bookish and geeky topics
-and so much more!! 👉Don't miss out! Be sure to like our page and find us on Facebook and Pinterest!
One of the reasons I wanted to grow an at home business was to rediscover myself. I’m sure other moms have felt the lose of their identity after getting caught up in the joy of being a parent. 🤷♀️⠀
I didn’t want to *just* be the mom of the three under three, or the mom with three kids who’s names all start with Z... or the airman’s wife.... etc ⠀
So I have big dreams for myself again, and one of my goals is to push other women to rediscover themselves and love the lives they’re living. 🌿⠀
Have you felt a loss of identity?⠀
Are you wanting to take back yourself and your happiness?⠀
Do you want to join of badass mamas who are rekindling their OWN passions?? 💫⠀
Girl. Don’t wait. Awesome things happen in our lives when we let them. 💕
I full heartedly believe in love at first sight.
I knew right away that you were for me. There were no reservations, no second thoughts.
I saw you and knew in an instant.
Unexpectedly, and sudden.
The best kind of relationships begin unexpectedly.
You get that astonished feeling and everything happens suddenly.
One moment changes everything. This person who came out of nowhere, suddenly means the world to you.
That’s why you don’t look for love. You pray, have faith, and trust in Him.
God will always give you the desires of your heart.
I literally have the best husband in the entire world. My favorite pizza. My favorite breadsticks. Extra sauces. Even dessert. And it was a total surprise. He’s over 7,000 miles away and still managed to buy me dinner. ❤️😭🍕
MAGICAL MONDAYS ✨
Well I made it through my first day of this deployment. So to keep it going, @jessmcandelaria and I took a sister trip to Disney today. ☺️
To pass the time during this season, I will be crafting a lot. I’ve already started with Coffee Cozies and have a bunch of Disney ones ready for purchase! $10 (+ tax) for one or 2 for $16. DM me if you’re looking for the perfect addition to your coffee cup or need a great gift for your Disney loving friends. ❤️
Do you ever go to bed struggling with guilt because you’ve yelled like a crazy person, lost your patience too many times, still have laundry piled from 3 days ago, more to wash, & a load left in the dryer... dirty dishes lingering in the sink because, well, sleep. Make-up still on... and you think to yourself, “Man, it would feel so good to wash this mess off, but not as good as this pillow feels on my face!” 😝
This is my life, in some form or way, every. single. day!! 😝 Some days I feel like, “Yasss... #winning ” 💪🏼, some days I’m just chugging along, & other times I feel totally defeated!
A super sweet girl at my gym, who actually had no idea my husband is deployed, says to me today, “I think you’re doing a really great job!” 🤭😩
And so, my kids are finally chillin’, watching a show (Yes, I entertain my kids with TV), and I’m literally laying on the floor in my garage, resting against a pile of garbage bags, full of pillows & stuffed animals from our head lice adventure 2 weeks ago... thinking of all the things I “need” to do... & thinking of all the other moms who may feel like me sometimes.
Because you know what!? This is real frk’n life! And you are right in the thick of it! But you are not in the thick of it alone! 👋🏼 I wish I could put my hands on your cheeks & tell you like that sweet girl told me earlier today!? Because I bet you’re doing a really great job!!
Always remember... God’s mercy is new every morning, even when nothing feels new in you!! Fight this good fight... and know you are not in it alone!! 💪🏼🙌🏼🤘🏼
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Feeling the strongest I have EVER felt.
In my life.
💪Physically, mentally, emotionally.... It is because of the set backs.
It is because of the struggles.
It is because I stopped saying, "why is this happening to me" and starting saying, "it is happenings for me." This month I'm working with a group in my Operation Jaw Drop virtual weight loss studio.
I'm going to teaching my ladies self love, self care, and EMPOWERMENT to regain confidence, energy and LIFE back.
I'm confident, in the end, my girls will experience and look at fitness & self care in a whole new light with other like minded ladies in my private virtual gym.
And together...we will RISE
I can’t sit here and act like everything is perfect! We all know perfect is basically non existent in a marriage, right? Throw in some deployments and you really test the strength.
We all handle situations differently. I want to plan through and talk about EVERYTHING, he wants to sit back have light conversations here and there and pretend like it is not coming.
Finally today he was ready, he acknowledged it was coming quick and we had some things to think about. Luckily, I had printed off this awesome deploymentbinder from @themilitarywifeandmom, I highly suggest you head over and check out her blog. It was extremely helpful to organize my thoughts and all that we needed to do. .
We were able to review it, make some changes and we are now one step closer. Ready or not, it’s coming!
The drop off. The tears. The day has finally come.
We’ve done a lot of “first” together. But this deployment will definitely be a big and important one! We’ve anticipated this moment for a year now and that inevitable "see you later" has come. The hardest one of them all! Yes, I’m going to be a mess for a few weeks, maybe even a few months. But I’m praying that this time goes by just like the others. Enjoy the world and the more “first” that come with it baby. I’ll be here waiting for you. However long that is. Safe travels, fair winds and following seas. I love you wherever you are in this world!
Until we’re complete again.. see you later
These arms getting big... the best motivation i heard was from the bro @turbskee ... he told me “you will never catch me lil bro, if you ever catch me I’m not doing my job”... so those cold words, with love are what i gave to my soldier @thetexassoldier a few weeks ago... sometimes motivation comes in the form of an unbeatable challenge... doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try... #deploymentstrong#selftaught#gains#fitness#arms
It’s insane to imagine that just 4 years ago we were sitting on nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of debt.
There’s not a single day that goes by that I’m not grateful for the experiences I have gained on this financial freedom journey and the growth that has occurred.
We weren’t “smart” with our credit cards.
College (my bachelor’s and certification to compliment) was a decision I don’t regret.
The loans were a choice
The cars we owned was a decision.
None of that above even included the house we owned at the time.
Nearly 4 years ago we buckled down with our finances.
Nearly 4 years ago I started a side hustle (scared out of my mf’ing MIND btw)
Nearly 4 years ago WE decided that we’re going to put more of our tax returns and extra income to debt.
And a year and a half ago...when we sold our house in AZ to PCS...we chose to pay off a shit ton of debt, play with some for vacations, use some for PCSing (thank GOD we had that money too bc the hotel cost us $7k out of pocket!) and the rest in savings.
And I’m SO thankful every single day for the side hustle turned full time income.
It has meant that I can choose when and how I work.
It has meant that even when we move, I can still work (or deal with military life stuff, go on vacations, ANYTHING!). >>I still have that income<< And that’s fucking POWERFUL.
I am now learning how to look at debt differently.
I’m choosing not to let it rule my fucking life. (I RULE MY LIFE)
I’m choosing to see it as a blessing.
Because I’ve seen the path I’ve gone down before. And it didn’t serve me.
I saw how much I let it stress me out to TEARS and amping up ANXIETY.
And I know that money is consistently flowing into my life and for that I’m grateful.
I get to pay it forward to my family.
I get to empower women around the world to life THEIR best lives unapologetically.
And there’s just no words for that.
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To my Marine: Somedays it feels like it gets harder than it gets easier. Somedays feel like they should be a giving up day. Sometimes it feels like I cry more than I laugh. Sometimes I get too tired and too weak to fight through it all. But I promise this to you and us...I’ll never give up on you and I’ll never give up on our future. Through the blood, sweat, and tears...I’ll always and forever choose US. I trust God’s plan and future that He has for us. This can and will only make us stronger. I love you more than love itself 💕✨💍 I’ll never let go 💍💍💍 @smoore_s #militarywife#militarywifelife#marinewifelife#marinewife#deploymentstrong#deployment
The only way to facetime their daddy while hes deployed is with this craziness. The kids play with the phone with him on his down time. I pick up the phone to talk and end up looking like this. I'm glad technology is the way it is now and we are able to facetime him while hes in Africa. The kids were only 3 and 4 on his first deployment. This time they know what's up. We do the best we can at co parenting and making sure they come first.
I did a boudoir photo shoot yesterday and it was one of the biggest confident boosters. I needed it so much right now. I’m starting to learn how to love myself again. I’m starting to learn how to find beauty in myself again. Struggling with eating disorders and body dysmorphia is something that I can’t describe. It eats at you to the point that it takes over your whole life. I hated taking pictures because I would tear myself apart. Yesterday was so empowering. I felt beautiful and I know I was beautiful. It’s time to start letting myself be happy and letting myself enjoy the way I look. Love yourself, you only get one life. I can’t wait for my husband to get home so he can my new found confidence. #bodypositivity#loveyourself#boudiorphotography#beauty#marinewife#givememyhusbandback#deploymentstrong#almostthere#militarylife#supportthetroops#thankful#confidence
My brother @jesse.r.phillips enjoying a little bit of home all the way in Afghanistan!
He was my best friend growing up and long time coffee drinking buddy. He was the one who introduced me to my sweetheart and is currently deployed with the same unit @limaco_323_marines.
Serving on two separate bases they didn't get to see each other til the other day as they begin the process to head HOME!
Knowing two of my favorite people got to grab a workout together made my Sunday💙
We either make no sense or we make all the sense... The adventures of tall and small-in chronological order (with a snippet of a deployment video I made for my favorite Lieutenant). Happy 12 years to the one I love the most! Stu, there’s nothing we can’t weather together, even this next deployment year. I think our height differential gives us extra powers, but I know our faith continues to strengthen our marriage with every passing year. #12yearanniversary#tallandsmall#deploymentstrong#12yearsstrong#ilovemycoastie#milspouse#nothinginmoderation @jencykphotography
She snuck extra kisses before he left, and has been telling me she misses him all weekend...I don’t know how she’s gonna deal whenever he leaves for his next long training 😫counting down til he’s home again-today btw(only been 2 days)😂😍man, deployment did a number on my babies-he can’t grab his combat boots w.o a full on interrogation from them.😫 .
Homecoming ceremony Friday!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 I am so ecstatic and so thankful to have my husband back!!!! It was a long 8 months 😭😭 Watching all the families, especially the kids, wait for their parents to walk on that field was so heartwarming ✨ Then they give you the go ahead to run out there to get your loved one. It was a herd of children running and screaming with excitement after their parent they had missed for 8 long months. Seeing the children reunite with their mom or dad is my second favorite part. Zim being number one of course ☺️❤️ Then our little baby girl was so happy to see Zim walk through the door. The last pic you can see her resting her head on Zim’s lap ☺️💖 My welcome home sign is an inside joke if y’all are wondering 😆 It was either that or potato foot and I didn’t have enough “Os” 🥔#deploymentstrong#deploymenthomecoming#doneson
"There goes my hero, watch him as he goes"... watching my best friend leave never gets easier, the heartache feels like the first time, every time. Just the time apart becomes easier to manage. His 5th deployment has begun, its also my 2nd. I know the sooner you leave, the sooner you'll be home. I'm so proud of you, who you are, what you do, what you represent. I love you baby. Can't wait to have you back home. #deployment#armywife#armystrong 🇺🇸 #supportourtroops 🇺🇸 #deploymentstrong#lovehim#love