SimpleTalk: Finding Myself

In about one month I will be turning 26 and I can honestly say I am happy with the person I am today. It took a while but I’ve made it to a place where I look in the mirror and love the person smiling back unconditionally.  Self-esteem was never a big issue with me outside of the normal insecurities we all go through.  I always carried myself with respect and pride, but in my early 20’s I struggled with figuring out who I was in this universe. I knew I couldn’t box myself into a single category because I’ve always been a multilayered person. By 24 I had a clearer understanding of who I was:  A woman who enjoys laughing at random things, has a big heart and sometimes gets a tad over emotional, is a protector to my loved ones, loving, Appalachian-raised girl with big ambition, and a lover of life. Fast forward almost two years later and I still believe I am all of those things with the additions of becoming a wife and most importantly mother. I’m a firm believer in change being natural and ongoing. My foundation is set on the aspects that make me who I am but different materials are added here and there to help keep me supported and grounded.



SimpleTalk: Embrace Your Strength

***Thanks to my AMAZING Husband for writing this article***

Embrace Your Strength: Why Women Should Lift Weights

In the last 4-5 years weight rooms have seen a pretty big influx of females looking to do some serious damage. Soccer moms, college students, nurses, and even grandmothers are no longer limiting themselves to the pink 2lb. dumbbells in the cardio room. Rather, they’re rowing, squatting, and deadlifting more than many of the so-called “aspiring bodybuilder” guys around them. After reading this I bet your response (as with many ladies) is something like, “well those chicks must be big, monstrous, and bulky to lift those kinds of weights.” Honestly this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Take a look at these women who are proud to declare their avid use of heavy weights and I doubt you’ll qualify any of them as “big and bulky”.

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Don’t trip though. The idea that heavy weightlifting will result in an undesirable body type is a common misconception and unfortunately us guys aren’t helping. Yeah there are plenty of good dudes out there encouraging women to dominate in the gym, but for every one guy like this there are five more telling females:

“Don’t get too muscular. Guys don’t like a bulky woman.”
“Maybe you should focus on losing weight instead of lifting it.”

As a result of BS talk like this many women feel as if they should never leave the cardio room for fear of looking like The Rock if they touch a barbell.

As a man I apologize for my dumb counterparts. They have no clue what they’re talking about.

In reality weight training offers a plethora of physical and mental benefits for men and women alike. Do you need the physical strength to move a TV without having to call someone over? Weight training can help. Would you like the confidence to take on challenges at work or school that no one else will? Weight training can help. Do you want to continue being independent into old age by having strong bones and a body that can prevent and withstand falls? Weight training can help. With all of these benefits, on top of potentially looking like a demi-goddess, weight lifting should definitely become part any female’s exercise routine.

If you’d like more in-depth and detailed information on this subject check out the articles listed below. Embrace your strength!

An Open Letter to Everyone Who Has Told Women “Don’t Get Too Muscular”

8 Reasons Women Should Lift

The Beauty of Lifting Heavy Weights

Women Should Not be Afraid to Get Strong

Girl Power: Why Lifting Heavier Can Be a Life Changer


Girls Gone Strong

SimpleTalk: Mommy Moments

I can honestly say having my daughter showed me the true definition of love. In October I’ll be entering my 10 month milestone of motherhood and it has been amazing. Of course there are days when I feel I’m completely crashing and burning at this motherhood thing but then there are days that I feel I deserve the mother of the year award. This post is not meant to give any advice about being a mom, but rather show that being a mom can be a crazy emotional rollercoaster ride full of drops and turns. Just make sure to hold on tight because the thrill is different for each person 🙂

So today I’d like to share with you my top ten mommy moments.

  1. Seeing my baby girl for the first time
  2. Her first gassy smile
  3. Before she could crawl she would slide on her belly like a walrus across the floor
  4. The first time she bumped her head
  5. The fact I can say anything and she will crack up laughing
  6. Watching her interact with her dad
  7. Standing and clapping like a big girl
  8. Cuddles when she is feeling sick
  9. Countless hour of Jake and the Neverland Pirates (seriously I easily know the theme song by heart)
  10. Most of all she has given my life so much more meaning while inspiring me to work hard and enjoy every second of life.


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