I got a Tambourine for my 30th Birthday!!! My sweet, musical friend Elizabeth and her husband Jody, helped plan a surprise Birthday for me and she remembered me saying, I wanted to learn to play a tambourine. It was such a cool gift and I know I squealed with excitement when I opened it.


Thanks for being so thoughtful! I look forward to learning how to use it. Maybe one day…just maybe…I’ll get invited to play it at First Wednesday Prayer Service at our church. Never know – I have to dream!!

Do you play a musical instrument?

I was a terrible student, but my Mom dragged me to organ lessons for a couple years. In Jr & Sr High, I played the trumpet and baritone. The motivation to staying in band…a trip to Disneyland!! Fond memories of that adventure with my friend Melanie.

Stay Amazing,


21 days…on Day 2!

My goal this month is to implement the habit of doing 30 mins of daily personal growth. Before having kids I did do this – so I’m starting again.

I’ve learned that it takes 21 days of consistency to make a habit. My friend Sonya has agreed to hold me accountable to my goal. I took it one step further and sharing with you, plus I’ve also decided to post a daily picture on Instagram.

Day 1: While folding laundry (one of the household chores, I don’t prefer – so I have to make exciting!)

Day 2: Listening while picking weeds in 90F Texas heat!

Do YOU want to join me on this journey?

Hope you’re having an awesome week!



Office Art

I love the view from my desk! This was the awesome swag from the Pink Impact conference I attended in April.


What do you “see” that is inspirational from your workspace?



Pink Impact

Hi beautiful!

It has been way too long since I’ve posted. I hope this finds you doing absolutely incredible!

In April, I turned the big 3-0! My Birthday month quickly turned into the biggest personal growth experience I’ve ever encountered. God lined up an opportunity for me to focus on my faith with Him, my marriage & ensuring He is the center of it, my career, and threw in a surprise celebration! I look forward to sharing a few details with you on all the adventures.

I had an amazing time at the Pink Impact conference at the Gateway Church! The event lit a FIRE under me to keep living on purpose, serving God. I know my calling & I’m no longer going to apologize for who God made me to be. I AM & will continue to Own My Zone!

Worship was electrifying and hearing Kari Jobe live was a sweet bonus.


The speakers were powerful – my favorite being Charlotte Gambill. I also loved hearing Christine Caine (she briefly talked about The A21 Campaign & shared a humbling video about the ministry), Priscilla Shirer, laughed & laughed listening to Judah Smith & loved Debbie Morris‘ bluebonnet analogy (I’ll share in another post)


Enjoyed awesome time with my sisters through Christ!


I’ve already bought my ticket for the 2014 Pink Impact conference!!

What inspiring women’s events / conferences have you attended / would you recommend?




One of my favorite Christmas gifts was this calendar! The title of it – INSPIRE says it all. I love the bright colors and quotes.



It was from my parents, but I know my Mom discovered it. That makes it even more special.


Do you have any inspirational items that make you think of someone special in your life?

Have an amazing week!

Live Inspired,


1 for each room!

I’m just in the process of taking down my Christmas. I know it’s February but since coming home from the hospital, it’s the last thing I wanted to do. Cuddling with my boys has been my priority. If you read my recent post, you’ll learn that we had a slight detour after the holidays that kept us from home for 16 days!

Back to my 1 in each room story. On a Friday morning I found out that my son Gradin was going to arrive 4 days later on a Tuesday morning. I’ll share details about my 2nd Baby Story one day. (Here was my 1st Baby Story!) This news came as a complete shock as I’d had an awesome 2nd pregnancy! Gradin was due on Christmas Day and when we got the news, he was going to arrive 5 weeks early.

I quickly contacted my amazingly talented friend Elizabeth, who is an interior designer. I asked if she could come over & help me put my Christmas up over the weekend before going in to have my son. I knew I needed to distract myself from panicking over the recent news and love Christmas – so was excited about the idea of coming home to it being decorated for.

I know Christmas is LONG over but I still wanted to share with you my trees because I was super excited how they turned out.

My girlfriend came over the next morning & helped me put up 6 Christmas trees! She inspired me after I saw her house the Christmas before, with a tree in each room. So after Christmas last year I stocked up on 50-75% off items.

This year I had 1 big, 2 med & 3 mini trees!! One for nearly every room!







I love Christmas and do remember the reason for the season. However I still enjoy decorating for the holidays!

How did you decorate for Christmas? Do you have lots of trees also?

Thanks Elizabeth for your amazing friendship & incredible help!!


Stay Fabulous,


Weighed & Measured In

On Tuesday a long time girlfriend and I were catching up via text message. Oh technology…keeping in touch by iMessages and Facebook today, what will we be doing in another 10 years? Anyway, I’m off topic already!

My friend was telling me that she was starting a weight loss program on Thursday! I asked if she would like an accountability partner, maybe even throw a Biggest Loser component into the mix. She was game!!!

The coolest part is, that we live 2200kms/1300miles apart! Our challenge to hold each other accountable is virtual!

10 weeks ago, I looked like this:


It was taken the night before I had Gradin! I’ve managed to quickly shed 24lbs and all of my pregnancy weight with nursing. Please don’t hate me if you gained more than me – God designed us all different! But now I’d love to get my BMI to the “normal” category instead of hanging out in “overweight” mode and lose some inches. Based on the weight that I have to be to achieve this goal, I don’t ever remember being in the normal range – maybe in high school!? If only I could grow taller to recalculate my BMI score!!

My accountability partner & I both weighed & measured in yesterday! I also had my hubby take a “before” picture of me. I won’t scare you with the before picture until I have an “after” picture to also show you! But this selfy was part of my motivation to get back to my goals (I’ll share my cobbler story in a minute)…


My double chin scared me!!

My big goal for 2013 is to run a 1/2 marathon. Which means I have lots of small, baby steps to achieve along the way that include – getting into shape, eating healthier and running a few 5K & 10K runs before the big one!

My amazingly supportive husband gave me this awesome book for Christmas! I was soooo excited for the cool, thoughtful gift.


I’m also incorporating some daily products to my new regime. Luckily, I can shop from my own health & wellness store. Since I’m nursing, I don’t use all of the products because I need to produce milk which requires extra calories. But “healthy & nutritious” calories is the hard part for me when I’m being Octa-Mom!!

The Arbonne Essentials line is AMAZING! I use lots of the products daily and in 2009 I used the entire program exclusively to lose 15 lbs. Here are a couple blog posts about that journey!

I’m using this time with my awesome accountability buddy to work on eating healthier and start training for my runs more consistently. My year started off a bit rocky with training since we had an unexpected ICU chapter. Did I mention that during our 16 days in the hospital, I ate “cobbler of the day” WITH ice cream everyday? Eeeeek!! I slept and stayed there around the clock and my meal as a Breastfeeding Mom was provided.

I’m excited to be back on track!

What are your fitness, personal &/or professional goals for 2013? When you step out of your comfort zone and share your goals, it is an element of accountability!

Stay Amazing,

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