This weeks Woman of the Week is my bonus daughter, Britt. She and my daughter were friends in high school and their daughters are just days apart in age. She has moved with her family to Montana so we don't get to see them much in person, but there is always a Facebook update. She's raising three kids and works as a Beach Body instructor, inspiring others in the health and fitness goals.
1: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say and why?
“You are you and that is your superpower.” I think it can be easy to get caught up in the comparison game, especially now with social media. It’s so important to remember that we each have our own gifts and talents and way of being in the world that is unique to us... that should be celebrated!
2: In the last five years what have you become better at saying no to?
Over the last five years I’ve learned that when I say “yes” to everything, I end up saying “no” to the things that matter most. I’m now protective of my time and energy, especially in this season of life as a mom to young kids... these years re precious! I’ve learned it’s ok to say ‘no’ and be intentional with my commitments and time.
3: What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the "real world"?
Oh man... the transitioning from college life to the “real world” can be such an exciting time but it can also be overwhelming. My advice would be to embrace the change and everything this next chapter has to teach you. College doesn’t prepare you to take on the real world... there is a learning curve but don’t be discouraged. There is so much to learn from each new experience, enjoy learning and never stop learning. “The day you stop learning is the day you stop living”
4: What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you've ever made? (it doesn't need be financial in nature)
The best investment I’ve made so far is in my health... not only through exercise but also making sure I get enough sleep, getting educated on vitamins and nutrients, eating (mostly) clean & making sure to drink enough water. I see such a huge shift in my outlook on life when I take care of myself and my body.
5: In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
I have learned in the last 5 years, that I can’t pour from an empty cup. I can easily find myself doing a million things, running around and taking care of everyone else but me... but I have learned that when I take care of myself last, everybody suffers. I can’t show up to life as my best self when I neglect myself, so I’ve learned to make self-care a habit.
6: How has a failure, or apparent failure set you up for later success? Do you have a favorite failure of yours?
My favorite failures so far have been in motherhood. Whether it’s messing up a Pinterest craft or a recipe or forgetting about ‘show & tell’ day until we have to leave in 5 minutes... I believe there is power in showing our kids that it’s ok not to be perfect and that mistakes happen, it’s how we react to our failures that matter.
7: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months or in recent memory?
My lavender, stress away and thieves essential oils... #gamechangers
8: When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
When I’m feeling overwhelmed or unfocused I pray. I also will take a step back and reflect on what is causing the disruption & how to move past it.
9: What is the book (or books) you've given most as a gift and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influence your life?
•You are a Badass
•Present over Perfect
•Girl, Wash Your Face
10: What is one piece of advice you would give to a woman that you wish you knew earlier in life?
Just how fast life flies by, so don’t overthink the small stuff. Always find time for the things that make you come alive
11: What do you think about the theory of "the love of your life", what does that phrase me to you?
Look, falling in love is easy... it’s staying in love is where it gets tricky. I believe that love is a choice. It’s a decision. It’s deliberate. You can choose to work and grow together as a couple and have that “love of your life” or you can choose to experience many loves in your life.
12: What is something that you would find most helpful in your life right now? (what would be the best problem solved for you)
I could really go for a glass of wine and a million dollars right about now... or if someone would like to come do my laundry, that’d be great too!