God always knows what I need before I even do, and I always find the best gifts are people. The ones that stir you up for something good, who remind you of your call, who come alongside you to cheer you on. Thanks @quinnkailin for this morning— it means more than you know! ✨
Hey UK friends! I’m excited to share that I’ll be leading a little workshop at the From Where I Stand conference on how to share your story, and the power of storytelling. Early bird tickets are only on sale for a few more days so be sure to grab yours before the price goes up! Currently it’s only £25 (plus tax) for a whole weekend of goodness. The keynote speaker is @sarahbessey and I know she’s gonna BRING IT. 🔥Tickets are available at www.fromwhereistandconference.org
Here it is! My guide to postpartum skincare and acne! A lot of you asked me to share the advice I was getting when I reached out asking for product and practice recommendations, so I thought I’d compile everything in a little blog post. 💁🏽♀️✨Lots of fun stuff in this post, including a little matcha latte recipe for fun. 🍵 link in bio.
It’s been one of those slow days around here. The house is a mess, my lunch was a bag of chips and an overpriced kombucba. Even the tiny bear child has been sleepy-eyed and mellow since he woke up at 6 today. Accepting motivational quotes and speeches to encourage me to answer some work emails and start the laundry. 💁🏽♀️✨💪🏼🍂
Four more days. That’s how long until I get to keep @chrisrend for longer than two days at a time. So incredibly ready to have him home, but for now we’ll kiss him goodbye one last time. 😘✨🙌🏼
No. 2 I’m a little hesitant to share this one because I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but sometimes I feel myself missing things feeling “normal”. Missing my routine, my “normal” body, my “normal” sleep. But this morning I realized the flaw in mentally using that language. This is still normal— it’s my new normal. My new normal stretch marks, my new normal mornings, new normal marriage. The dust is still settling, and I have a feeling that once it does, everything will just be kicked up again. It’s teaching me the danger of placing your identity in your circumstances, abilities, in what you have (home, husband, family, brown hair, freckles) because everything has the potential to shift and change. And when it does you’re still going to be there standing, holding the fragments of what was. I’d rather hold them and see the building blocks for a new future, instead of the shards of what used to be. These days my future feels really adorable and bright, but I realize not all change has chubby legs and smiling dimples. Some change is more painful and leaves less of you in its wake. And all change dares you to rise like a phoenix from the ashes, and be reborn. It will dare you to find your new normal yet again. #onmotherhood
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No make up, homeschool braids and a mini donut breakfast. Winning at life (no but actually today has been lovely). 📷: @maeganbreanne
Mad freaking props to all you moms who found a way to work out after having a baby and stuck with it. Actually, props to any mother who has ever worked out after having a baby. Never mind the practicalities of finding a way to make it happen (which are hard!) but then emotionally dealing with yourself when you get there. Today I struggled through 30 modified pushups and could barely add the minimum resistance to my bike during my spinning class. While you know you’re strong and your body is amazing for making a human and laboring go give it life, it’s still hard to not be able to bounce back to your pre-pregnancy strength and cardio ability (especially if you’re impatient like me!) Today I️ had to cut my work out short to rinse off and nurse and am now just sitting here giving myself a mental pat on the back for just trying. So if that’s you today, and you’re just trying to make time for yourself and your health even if it’s just 10 minutes long— I’m in your cheering section! Sweating and wearing dorky socks with my riding cleats like a total mom. ✨🙌🏼 Also thanks to @allymisslove for this mornings ride even though I️ was struggling to keep up, and @kayla_itsines and @kelseywells for the postpartum #bbg workout! Week One destroyed me haha but I’ll be back! 💪🏼
Daniel Bear Llewellyn. Part boy, part bear, fully cute.
Not enough hours in my day, not enough hands to do anything. But I’ve been loving collaborating with @sudiosweden and these wireless headphones that let me listen to music while I️ get stuff done during nap time. I️ especially love how pretty they are 😍 If you wanna grab a pair of your own you can use my code to snag a little discount to get 15% off😘: GAB15 #sudiosweden #sudio #sudiomoments
No. 1 - I️ miss myself and am also fascinated by who I’m becoming. Some things stay the same though, and they feel cozy. Like my love of black coffee— it’s a space that feels like home. // These last few weeks I’ve been writing and journaling so much about what it feels like to be a new mother. After trying to post several blog posts and IG posts about the experience that have ended up in rabbit trails with no discernible point, I’ve decided to just occasionally post my observations numerically. This is number one. #onmotherhood
Well, I️ didn’t crush it, but I showed up and am feeling pretty proud of that. Thanks @innerlightyoganashville for letting this postpartum mamacita attempt an airplane pose 😂🙈 I’ll definitely be back! ✨✌🏻
Scrolling through old photos from two springs ago when we hiked through these mountains and wondering if we’re crazy to be planning a trip back here with a eight month old baby next year during the UK tour haha. 🤔😜Also kind of excited for the challenge of hiking with a chunky baby boy on my back!
Big plans to do nothing but be with my boys today. 🍁🍂
Monday morning work vibes. 〰️ Ryan Adam over the speakers, breakfast burritos and thick, cozy sweaters. Nashville you’re dreamy this morning.
Here’s to everyone who walked into church today limping. Who sat down in their seat with a sigh (relief, exhaustion, both). Here’s to everyone who had even more tangles in their heart than in their hair, who showed up and presented their mess because it’s what they had to give. Your brokenness is welcome here. I’m with you Team Limping. Team Mess. Team Wish You Were Handling Your Frustrations With More Grace. And guess what? He is too. There’s never been a better place to unravel than at the feet of Jesus. To break your alabaster jar knowing that it doesn’t even scratch the surface of enough. Your brokenness is welcome here.
Officially that Instagram mom who only posts pictures of her kid. But c’mon! 😍💁🏽♀️✌🏻✨
We’re gonna miss Nana.
When my mom is in town stuff gets done. #shebuiltthecrib #finally