Shoulder day is DONE! There was a time that I was obsessed with being skinny. I thought reducing my calories and upping the cardio would get me to that goal. I thought lifting weights would make me bulky and not give me a lean look. A few years ago a decided to do my first weight lifting based home workout program that was being released with our wellness company. I fell in love with weights and loved how I felt and how my body was responding while using them. Feeling strong is a good feeling y’all! Especially when you’re someone that always felt weak prior to being a health journey! 🙌🏼❤️💪🏼 So now I like that flexed look but I’m not mad at the lean look when I’m not flexing either. These pics were taken seconds apart. One flexed and one relaxed. I only pull these guns out when I need too! 😂😂 Don’t be afraid of weights ladies you just might love how they make you feel! #mytherapy#momswithmuscles Thank you @sagithebeast for helping me learn to love myself and teaching me how to lift heavier! 😘 Your programs have had a huge impact on my life! ❤️
I have been lied to, mistreated, used, deceived, and cheated on. 😔 By both friends and significant others. 😖 Time and time again. Year after year. 😢 *
Then one day things started to click. How could I expect others to love and respect me 🤔 if I couldn't even love and respect myself?! 🤦🏼♀️ So I started working on ME! 🤗 And things slowly started to change.
Is it a coincidence that as my self worth ❤️ improved so did the quality of friends I kept and men I dated (and then married 💍)? Is it surprising that as I continue to love myself more I am better able to love others too? 💖
OF COURSE NOT! 😲 We show others how we are willing to be treated by how we are consistently treating ourselves. So start treating yourself like the mf queen 👸 you are and the people around you will get the memo 📰 that they're only allowed loving 🤗 positive vibes ✨ around you!!!
“Brittany - why are you always talking about your pelvic floor?” .
Well because it’s SO IMPORTANT! Ladies - mamas in particular- do you pee a little when you laugh or cough? Is sex painful? Do you get lower back pain? .
Your pelvic floor supports your bladder, uterus and colon. If it’s weak (which is NORMAL after having children) there are bound to be some embarrassing moments and painful sex. I’m not interested in any of that nonsense happening to me anymore 👎🏼 .
When they told me they wanted to encase my organs in mesh and tack them to my spine, I sobbed. Legit. I called Mike at work and cried hysterically. The more I thought about it, the more angry I became. I thought HELL NO - we are not doing this. So I WORKED and when I went back in the doctor was speechless and told me I had fixed it enough that we didn’t need to do the surgery but I needed to keep doing whatever I had been doing. .
When I heard @autumncalabrese had a new program coming out I knew I wanted to do it. She is my soulmate trainer. I was worried though. I didn’t want to overdo it and end up on the operating table. Little did I know this program would strengthen my pelvic floor like no other 😭 .
These little loops and sliders, well damn, they helped save me. .
I think we are so quick to take meds and go under the knife that we forget that we CAN fix some of these things on our own! Now I totally understand that there are some things that REQUIRE medication or surgery (hello I’ve had 7 surgeries) BUT not everything does. We have a lot more power than we give ourselves credit for. It’s amazing what eating right and moving our bodies can do! .
We were laughing so hard, tears ran down our faces. Last night Leilie asked me to read her a book from when I was little but instead I made up my own story, which was significantly better considering it featured a moments like snack stealers, and bunnies who were old and said “fan-dangled” too many times. Likely old bunny’s name was Earl and he also complained about “the facebooks” and kids theses days but the pictures ended before I could really flush out his back story. (He did have a purple cardigan sweater, knitted by Edith, RIP. Always wears a pocket square that’s yellow to clean his glasses he refuses to wear. Worries about the weather, doesn’t like to be out at night. Had a lot of political opinions, mumbled them under his breath. Doesn’t go out in the rain, an old superstition passed down from his grandfather who thought the sky had it our for him. Understandably considering the flash flood of 1876.) .
I left her room, after laughing so hard, feeling refreshed and realizing those are the greatest moments in life. The snuggles up close, laughing so hard, this is a memory now kinda moments. And of course when Lucy hears us laughing she wants to get in on the fun moments.
Don’t miss the big moments babes. They really are the wonderful-snuck-in-between-ordinary-day-moments. .
Sometimes busy tries to distract us from the magnificences of the simplicity of joy and laughter. Sometimes fear makes us not embrace joy because as soon as we feel how wonderful it is, we think something bad will happen.
I heard @brenebrown talk about embracing joy and it really has changed the way I live. Turn towards that joy with bravery. Not in fear something bad will happen but in appreciation for how wonderful moments like that are. .
Gratitude is everything. We are blessed with these incredible times that are surprises everyday. Pay attention. Don’t miss them. 💙💙💙
Hi! It's Bronwen. 😍
The most powerful lesson that took me the longest to learn is just... To be my best mortal advocate.
I grew up around a lot of anger, shaming, blaming and hearing and being told that effort wasn't enough. Show proof. Produce.
If it's not someone else's idea of perfect then it's wrong.
I'm the problem.
There has been a lot to forgive.
And it was the hardest thing! But as it came to a head I was about to lose everything, so I HAD to climb out of the pit of despair and finally get a handle on a skill that I had never tried.
Talking with myself.
Not to be confused with talking to myself.
I had talked with God, friends, experts, counselors... All whilst holding onto this idea that I was not enough, they we're judging me, and ultimately while the pain of wondering what they were thinking as I talked robbed me of the pleasure I could have had of getting to know them and... Myself.
This is how the FORGIVENESS PROJECT was born.
I'm preparing a class on October 6th with @kelly_bronwentv and we are laying the foundation of how to DeSuckinate life and solopreneurship by tacking the reasons behind time scarcity, money scarcity, and relationship scarcity.
It's the most important information I have ever finally allowed to change my vibration. Finally the relaxed feeling inside of me is attracting exactly what I was afraid I would never get... Success.
I've interviewed many successful business people. The thing they all say that was the key to their success?
You can't do grateful whilst holding grudges!
You can't do grateful while you worry about criticism!
You can't do grateful while holding onto scarcity beliefs around money, people, and time.
Must. Do. Forgiveness.
I've created a path for doing forgiveness and I want to teach it to you.
Love this post and I'll PM you with details on. How to attend our free class on October 6, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm whether in person (it's in South Jordan, Utah) or via live stream.
Participation = Rewards
Talk to you soon.
Going back to my “Dear God” journaling.
Writing out my thoughts, my feelings, my desires, my questions to Him ☝🏼 is the only way I feel truly at peace. It’s how I feel most connected to Him as I sit here waiting for his still, small voice to lead me and guide me in this beautiful journey called life.
I am not an eloquent writer, words don’t come easily to me, I’m more of a visual person, photography, creativity, it’s how I can easily express myself. That’s why journaling is important to me, it pulls out of me what is truly in my heart and my mind and places it all at His feet; true surrender.
My journaling friends, where are you? 🙋🏻♀️
Bend so you don’t break.⠀
I am taking 4 days to travel to Salt Lake City for a deeply driven purpose. ⠀
This is the 4th trip I’ve taken without my kids. It’s just not in me to go without them. ⠀
I know when I return Sunday I will see each in a different light. They really do change so much so quickly. ⠀
I’m also running on 4 hours of sleep so I’m interested on seeing how that affects me during the flights - I am such an anxious flyer. Luckily for the 2 peeps I will find myself squished between, I have an oil for this!
Thank you @chicago300blackwomen & @dr.tammy_ for such an honor! It’s something special when women recognize other women for using their influence in a positive and impactful way. 💓See you in January dressed in all black like the omen! 🖤
God is within KRISTEN, she will not fall. God will help KRISTEN at the break of day! The word of God is for you! Make it your own. Find your favorite scripture, insert your name and say it whenever you need a reminder of how God has your back. 💓💓💓 #WordBread
(Sorry if you saw this yesterday, things keep vanishing from Instagram lately.)
A week ago I did something that felt scary and big to me. I shared about changes that I hope will make this space more welcoming. Less fabulous cakes and fancy florals, more honesty in the what comes after the wedding day. The making of home, family, and the balance. More personal stirrings. Want to know what has been harder than sharing that first post? Sharing since then.
A million topics, thoughts, ideas, and questions are stored in my mind (and written in ink on the pages of my old trusty notebook), but I haven't been able to hit post regardless of the times I've tried. When I start to delve into the real it no longer looks perfect and polished. It isn't as styled and the colors don't mingle perfectly with the light, airy palette of bespoke weddings that have previously filled this space.
I wish I could express the insanity level of planning that went into being sure each image in the feed settled well beside one another. The literal hours of scheduling "person, thing, close, far, group, individual, cake, invitations"... each alternating flawlessly.
So, while it's hard and looks a little different, I'm ripping the band-aid off the aesthetic. Cheers to real, colorful, life- and more importantly heart things over pretty things.
And cheers indeed to these last few days of Summer!
I've said it before, and I'll say it every year from now until forever. I'm am so beyond thankful that God brought us together 9 years ago today. Never in my LIFE have I felt the need to cross a busy street to talk to a complete stranger, but that day in Gainesville was different. We've been inseparable ever since and I wouldn't have it any other way. Love you to the moon and back @clintstagrams ! #fate#anniversary#keeperofthestars#gainesvillelovestory
“Figure out what you love to do, and DO THAT” ✨
Sounds simple, right?
Except that often times our fear prevents us from actually following those dreams, or those things we love doing.
As I sat here in bed this morning, in my PJs, getting some work done, knowing the rest of the day I get to be home with my daughter — it all became clear to me how THANKFUL I am that I have pushed that fear aside & followed what makes me happy.
I love teaching
I love helping people
I love empowering women
I love health & fitness
I love leading
And most of all, I love my family
All of these things are so intertwined in my life right now & I could not feel MORE blessed for where we are 🙏🏼✨
So starting this Wednesday with the most wonderfully full heart, and ready to take on the rest of what this beautiful day brings 💕
“Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life” 🖤 I mean not entirely accurate because I work my ass off, but I love to do it! .
Becoming a fitness coach was such a scary choice in the beginning and it’s so funny to me to reflect back on those fears because it’s such a no brainer now...it is my normal to put my own life on blast everyday...and to be there for my amazing tribe of ladies...this week I’ve gone back to my workout roots and restarted Piyo for the hundredth time 🤗
It is my go to workout, because I love it! If you don’t like the style of workout you’re doing, you are setting yourself up for failure! It is not one size fits all! Just because Susan down the road runs 10 miles a day and doesn’t shut the fuck up about it, doesn’t mean you have to be a runner- Shut up Susan, I mean is someone chasing you?! Calm down! .
I love Piyo because it is my style, and after every lifting program, I do Piyo again to stretch out those gains, and see how my body improved ✌🏼 #whatsyourstyle