When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They are sent to promote, increase and strengthen you! ——————————————
Every single legday is a big challenge for me. Figuring out if I can squat today and if I’m able to I need to figure out how much weight I can squat...Having a herniated disc really is no fun when you have goals that you wanna reach & you’re a very impatient person like me 🤷🏼♀️ Yess I wish I could squat 100000 times my body weight, yesss I wish I wouldn’t have to be careful deadlifting.....buuut I guess it’s another challenge which will help me grow. 🤷🏼♀️It teaches me that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster. I will for sure reach my goals no matter what (maybe not with Plan A but definitely with Plan B, C or D). 🏋🏼♀️🧘🏼♀️
Fair warning! This is a sappy post.
First off, my hubby is gone out on fire for National Guard. He normally works at ODOT, and I work from home. We've been through A LOT this last year with our son's health. Y'all, this time is hard on me, and I've had the most successful year to date in business. I can't express enough how thankful I am for my kind & understanding clients who just get it. Y'all understand that sometimes, I gotta take care of my son. Or, my hubby gets deployed. And at the end of the day, I will seriously loose sleep to get the work done. If in an emergency, your project is in the best hands. I know the best in town and will only refer you to those who care about their work. The community of seamstresses have proven their understanding and love for their craft this year. I believe in community over competition. I believe in family first, but in all seriousness, I'm not gonna let you walk down the isle without your dress. In closing, this man is my world. He is the hardest worker I know, and he is out working hard to keep your loved ones safe. I love what he does. Any military member always gets 20% off with Modern Cottage services. Tag a military member who is getting married this year! And comment below what you've seen #nationalguard do for you 💕
Does anyone else find a combo they love and then eat the hell out of it? Because that’s me lol.. this is so simple (as is 90% of the things I eat🤷🏼♀️ I’m just a #simplegirl ) and it’s SO DAMN GOOD. When I’m done eating I feel full and good and satisfied🤗
In case you can’t tell what all I’ve got in here:
•bed of baby spinach.
•red peppers (any bell pepper works).
•mojito lime seasoned grilled chicken (I forget the brand of seasoning but found it at @hyvee and it is my all time fav).
•I will top it with @tessemaes organic green goddess dressing because it is the most perfect dressing everrr🙌🏼
Pro tip: bulk grill chicken at beginning of the week to grab and go when you need it! I chop all the veggies for this salad the night before for lunch at work to make sure it’s all still super fresh! Enjoy babes✌🏼♥️💪🏼
If you’ve known me few at least 4 years you know how much I’ve always wanted to become a personal trainer. -
I’m so blessed that Im finally getting to pursue my dream. I don’t know why it took so long, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I’m taking action NOW! -
I also think that God planned it this way for me. I’m in a time of my life right now where I can put my full attention towards it, and also have the amazing support of my husband and family. Gods timing is everything and we must trust it.
Whats something that you’ve always wanted to take action towards?
Today was my last day working for the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville!After almost 2.5 years working for this office, I threw in the towel for a new opportunity! 👩🏽⚖️
I decided to get back in touch with my roots and go back to the nonprofit world! I will be taking a position with our local domestic violence center, like I did before I moved. 💜
I am truly sad to leave the amazing people I worked with behind!! I made some of the best friends working there and I loved our group of the victim advocates!! 😭
I’m sad of who I’m leaving behind, not what I’m leaving behind! But I needed something new; I was burnt out and I just want to be happy! Even though I was still working with DV victims at the SAO, it’s not the same like my time at Favor House. 😕
I can’t wait to embark on my new adventure with Hubbard House as their court advocate!! 🤩
Millie, my girl 😍
She’s the perfect pup. Oliver and I adopted her last February and I’m still as obsessed as I was back then. I had just moved to NorCal and was obsessed with getting a dog. We had thought Oliver was going to be deployed in October of last year, so I wanted a dog to keep me company. I spent hours searching online, constantly sent over pictures and profiles of dogs to adopt but every-time we couldn’t commit. Then came Millie! I immediately sent her profile to Oliver and begged him to drive 3 hours to go meet her the next day. I think he was sick of hearing me obsess over getting a dog that he said okay! So we drove to San Jose and fell in love 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now here we are, a year and a half later, Oliver’s deployed and I was right. A dog is the best company ever and I am so so so thankful for this one. ☝🏼 Especially grateful for our daily walks that motivate me to get moving when sometimes I don’t feel like getting out of bed.
I really just want to be real and straight up with y’all for a minute. This may get a lil long but I’m going to try to make it brief.... When I’m talking to people and I tell them what I do on the side of being a stay at home mother of two wild toddler boys (2&4) and recently I was a ‘single’ parent for a little over 10 months while my husband was deployed...they most always say “wow, how do you have time to run a business let alone workout?!” Many complain they can’t find time to take a bubble bath or workout.
When I say I understand the struggle of finding time trust me I do
Or feeling selfish for taking time for yourself. I know as Mothers and wives we want to give all ourselves to others and neglect yourselves!!! As crazy as this is about to sound... While my husband was deployed this community kept me from losing my mind, being lonely, they continued to check in on me and support me! It gave me something to focus on and get excited about. Becoming a health and fitness coach has taught me how important it is for me, to become a better mother and wife, I have to take care of me! Working the business has forced (in more than willing to do it! It barely ever feels like a job!!) me to workout, eat healthy, read personal development and grow a community of positive like minded ladies.
This job doesn’t feel like a job 90% of the time which is amazing!! The new amazing friends I’ve made that I would of never met is priceless, the extra money for a yard guy, pool guy, date nights etc is awesome and frees up time to make more memories as a family and husband and wife!
Who is ready to start building a second income for you and your family?! Who is ready to get up early and workout with me?! Who is ready to full theirselves up and overflow so much goodness into others!! Send me your email minus @ and I’ll be in touch. 😍💕
About 10 years, 2 babies, a 120 lb weight gain, an 80 lb weight loss, a whole lot of mindset work, and an immense amount of self love and respect for my body is between these 2 pictures.
At first glance you might not notice the lack of muscle, the puny arms and the huge lack of self care and confidence in my 1st pic. That girl was starving. For attention and love and food quite literally.
I think many women have struggled with disordered eating in one form or another, this can look different for each person and the severity of it can be dramatically different but it usually stems from the same underlying thoughts of not being good enough, not be skinny enough, not being pretty enough, not being successful enough. Not being enough.
I’ve been there and it’s fucking awful. I’d be lying if I said I had it all figured out now, I still get negative thoughts that creep in, I still have days where I pick my body apart, but the days of abusing my body are long gone. I accomplished this through a true HEALTH journey. Physical, yes.....but mental and emotional as well.
YOU HAVE TO FIX YOUR MIND BEFORE THE OTHER SHIT CAN FALL INTO PLACE.
Otherwise you stay in the cycle of ups and downs. This is how @_therapyfitness_ was born. It’s such a fragile journey, it’s more than just working out & eating right. It’s love, it’s care, it’s self acceptance, it’s community. It’s bigger than herding people in and taking their money and putting them through a workout and letting them leave. I know all of my girls, I know their stories, I know their struggles I can see it on their faces when they walk in and they are off. It’s deep and it’s important. The journey we are creating is for keeps, for life. We care about more than what the scale says. What we see in the mirror, how we feel, energy, hormones and the conversations we are having with ourselves change and bodies physically reflect this. It’s SO awesome.
Here’s the thing, HEALTHY will ALWAYS look better than unhealthy. You will be your most beautiful and vibrant self when your body is healthy, NOT when you are forcing yourself into unhealthy standards ✌🏼❤️✨
Those that know me well know Im obsessed with fitness but not for the ego. This is a raw look of my transition thru the last 8 years physically you can see the progress and the life altering changes but mentally I would have to tell you I was at my worst in the first 6 pictures. I was 285lbs in 2010. By 2012 i was 435 lbs, battling anxiety and depression it was no joke and is no joke and it contributed to what i looked like and how I socialized daily . all i have to say to those going thru challenges and tribulations as I have is: keep the fight keep moving no matter how slow just keep going. Fight for another day. Tomorrow could just possibly be the best day of your life yet. Where i was in 2014 in the 7th picture i was consumed by the idea of self image and feeling i wasnt good enough yet...the 8th picture from today sitting at 252lbs, shows you: I struggle every single day but i fight and i push and I keep going. The past 5 years has been all bout the challenge ans raising the bar between 6 mud runs, the us army and my goals here, and my fitness goals, college...The only way is forward. Understand that mental conditions are part of who you are learn to embrace your unique differences and turn your dark moments and weaknesses into your best strength. believe me you got it in you. Take it from me...I lost 186 lbs thus far not for just my health physically and mentally but to give myself something to feel and to give me an amazing #fitfam to belong to. Getting fit got me into the army...getting stronger and leaner is gonna get me into the national physique league. Goals are stacked, My vision is broad but tunneled, and my objective is to be happier and better than I was yesterday. Whatever your going through in your life just reach out and get positive support and always keep your head up high...your gonna make it. i still got a longn way to go...BUT I know where I wanna be and what I have to do and sacrifice to get there
When you’re a nervous rescue dog, dad has been gone too long, mom travels too much & you’re afraid to leave the house. Shout out to our amazing dog sitter / stand in dog mom for scooping Minnie up and taking her for a walk anyway.
One of the things I put into practice while going through a spouse on deployment was purchasing small bouquets of flowers for myself and displaying them in a vase on the kitchen counter. There is something that makes me feel so happy and at peace when I look at these beautiful flowers. Another example of beauty God has created!
STOP YOUR SCROLL. ✋🏼 Morning mama’s! We have officially opened up registration for our next round of camp and we are PUMPED! We make fitness fun, and this next round will be no different.
What you need to know:
1) 4 weeks with us will bring you
• Confidence • Strength • Friends • Drive • Knowledge • Results
2) We offer a Women’s Bootcamp, a Kickboxing Fitness class, a no impact Strength Training class, and a Circuit Training class. All of which are equally fun and challenging. These classes compliment each other so well, and we know this is why our ladies get results and get stronger each month.
3) These classes are for all skill levels, all shapes, and all sizes.
4) We have AM and PM classes available, along with multiple pricing options.
5) Once you are with us, once you experience this atmosphere and the community within it, and once you experience getting results and seeing the difference in your body, you probably won’t want to leave. 🤷🏻♀️😂 This camp has been running for over a year and while we are always learning and growing, we have found (and we implement) what it is that drives the best results.
We do this job because we are passionate about it. We love inspiring and motivating people to love their body, and realize the strength behind it. ✨
If you want to be a part of this movement, get healthy and strong for Summer, (and for life) and meet some awesome people in the process, comment below for details or check out our websitefor more info! We can’t wait to see who this next camp brings in, and we are SO excited!
#tbt to my first Marine Corps ball!
This feels like a lifetime ago. We were the perfect little family. Living in our 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with our Great Danes and gorgeous son. 👪 🐶🐶
I was a corporate woman trying to keep it together. Working a career I loved. But between my husband working nights and deployments at the drop of a hat PLUS being a new Mom...’doing it all’ was impossible. 👩🏼💻
Shortly after this I started my virtual assistant journey. The path to freedom. Sure we live in Bali and travel the world but there’s moments like today where I miss my big house, my dogs and my Marine in his blues 😍 .
Do you ever feel like that? Where you are so thankful for where you are now and everything is so amazing...but then there’s these quiet moments or something reminds you of the past. And however ugly or difficult that time was you still miss the good parts. .
12 weeks with my first pregnancy vs 21 weeks with my third pregnancy 🤰🏼 see a difference?! i know i sure do! between the fact that i had probably gained the same amount in each picture 🤦🏼♀️ or the fact that i was SUPER uncomfortable taking that 12 week bump pic. i used to take like 50 of them, delete them all, and then go cry 😭 my husband was deployed. it was my first pregnancy. i knew NOTHING about proper diet and exercise, and let’s be real, i was just a mess!
my second, and now my third time, have been WAY more enjoyable and easier. because i have cared for my body. i appreciate the vessel god has given me, and i nourish it with super foods, a balanced diet, and the occasional donut 🍩 ( go ahead and judge 😂 )
i preach about how important self care is and the rewards you get from it, and it’s because i’ve been both people. i’ve lived both experiences, and i want to prevent you from going through that torture. 🤦🏼♀️ TRUST 👏🏻 ME 👏🏻 GIRL 👏🏻 make life enjoyable and fun, but keep it healthy and REAL! and listen, i got you girl! i’m here for you when you’re ready! ✊🏻
I know I constantly talk about how good these two are with each other but I’m literally in awe of their bond. They love each other so damn much!
That being said I did over hear the funniest thing earlier... *kairo walked to aaliyah*
Kairo: daddy.. Aaliyah: I’m not daddy! Don’t look at me I’m not daddy!
Kairo: *pulls Aaliyah’s hair* Nope Nope.
So yeah they got the arguing business down to a T aswell.
I just love them so damn much! ❤️
Yesterday, I ran my last load of laundry at our house and today, I handed the keys over to the title company for its new owners. Now, we have to stock the fridge, clean the camper and put on our best dresses because life is about to get CRAZY AWESOME soon. 🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫
I’ve been getting to decorate a lot more cakes lately and it makes my heart so happy. Seriously so grateful I found an awesome job to keep me busy doing what I love and hopefully make this deployment a breeze.🖤