What Makes a Woman Inspiring

what makes a woman inspiring

What makes  a woman inspiring? I am getting into this one big time with an acrostic. Oh and before I get to it, this is part of the Fit Dish link up with Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch. Feel free to join in on the fun and write a post about what you think makes a woman inspiring. There is way too much negative in the world and we can make it more positive. We have the power!

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Initiates. She asks for what she wants and isn’t afraid to hear the word no. She takes risks to reach her goals and gives things a try. Why not?!

Nonjudgmental. Everyone is judgmental at times, but an inspiring woman chooses to reduce judgment and stay open-minded. She is willing to listen to others and empathize. She can relate!

Strong and confidentAn inspiring woman is confident in herself and can overcome adversity. She is resilient!

PositiveShe is optimistic and believes that her positive spirit can influence those around her. She strongly desires to make the world a better place in some way.

Independent. An inspiring woman enjoys being around people, but does not need someone else to make her who she is. She loves herself enough to make it on her own, but chooses love of others to add spark to her life.

Realistic. She stays in tune with what is real versus idealistic. She does not reach for perfection, because let’s face it… what is the fun in that?!

Imaginative. This may sound conflicting to the one above, but it isn’t. An inspiring woman has an imagination and isn’t afraid to dream. She is creative and illustrative in what she wants. Then she goes for it!

Not Afraid to be Herself. She is comfortable in her own skin and thrives by staying true to her values. She does not let other people’s opinions guide her every move. She walks to the beat of her own drum!

Gets Back Up. Life is not about avoiding the lows. It’s about not letting the lows keep us down.  An inspiring woman learns to get back up when she falls. She tries again an goes for the gusto, not letting fear overtake her!

So there you have it… a quick look at what makes a woman inspiring. I am sure I missed a couple or a lot, but I like this list. And I will remember it whenever I am choosing who to set as my role models. I have heard before to go through social media accounts and only follow those that make you feel good. If you follow an account where you always feel bad about yourself afterwards, it is important to use that simple button duly noted as “unfollow”. So here’s to following those that inspire you and not worrying about the rest!

Let’s inspire others. What makes a woman inspiring to YOU?

Wedding Series: 2 Weeks to Go!

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Two weeks until the big day! I am kinda freaking out. But that’s okay, because I have not felt the nerves until now. And a bride is supposed to feel some nerves, right?

Anyway, I have a quick 3 minute vlog about why the nerves are a bit high. Check it:

I am stressed about the dress. Any other brides out there, past or present, feel my pain? I hate feeling this way because I know it sounds so vain, but a bride does want to look beautiful on her big day. Especially when SO MANY EYES are on the bride and groom at all times.

I can officially say that my advice for future brides is to make sure you order a size up EVEN if the seller tells you that you are the exact size of the dress. I should have followed my intuition on this one, but I disregarded it and followed the seller’s advice instead. You want to be able to alter some things if needed. My dress fits everywhere else wonderfully, but is a tad too tight around my rib cage. The back is beautiful and needs to be able to button up without any snags or drags or whatever the word is that I am looking for. I am hopeful that the seamstress can let it out just a tad, but honestly she should have done this weeks ago at my last fitting. Which leads me to another word of advice for brides: get a seamstress you trust and can communicate with easily. If she has a million dresses in her office, go with someone else. Nothing against her, but she probably has her hands way too full.

Enough about the dress.. that really isn’t the most important part of a wedding anyway. I get to marry a wonderful man whom I love so much. And that is a beautiful thing. I cannot wait to be his wife!

Before I go, here are a few pictures from my bachelorette party this past weekend:

Turkey For Me, Turkey For You

Do I have The Thanksgiving Song by Adam Sandler in your head yet?!

I had the pleasure of eating at MOOYAH the other day with MK. He had raved about that place for awhile, but I had not been yet. When I heard they had turkey burgers and black bean veggie burgers, I wanted to give it a whirl.

MOOYAH Turkey Burger

Okay, turkey.. you are delicious! I ordered the turkey burger and was impressed. It was huge so could have provided two meals for me if I would have packed up the other half too. Oh and MK and I definitely split some fries. It was a burger and fry kinda night!

The turkey used at MOOYAH is from Jennie-O so of course I have been trying out Jennie-O turkey lately at home. I made a Taco Soup yesterday, Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps a couple weeks ago, and a simple spaghetti with meat sauce. I love that I can easily replace beef in various recipes and not alter the taste. Turkey tastes just as good! Now don’t get me wrong, I still like my beef too every so often but it is good to mix things up.

I feel it also appropriate to mention that MK and I have been talking a lot lately about vegetarianism. WHOA, where did that come from? I know, how can I talk about turkey and then hit ya with one of these wowzas? But, seriously, I think it is ALWAYS important to be authentic and while I do like the taste of meat and am still an omnivore, I often wonder if I should be a vegetarian. Maybe some of you are going through the same thoughts… we can help each otha out!

I have mentioned on the blog before (or think I have) about having this moral dilemma going on in my mind about eating meat versus not eating meat. I love animals so why do I eat them? People have eaten meat since the beginning of time so it is okay for me to as well, right? These are the two conflicting thoughts I often have. This is a very personal decision and one that should not be taken lightly. One does not become a vegetarian overnight or for silly reasons like “jumping on the next diet bandwagon”. I do not think everyone has to be vegetarian just like I don’t think everyone has to eat a diet high in meat and protein. I honestly believe that your journey is up to you. Mine is up to me. That is what is SO great about the world we live in. We have choices and we get to be CEO of our body and what goes in it. So, while I am not a vegetarian currently, one day I may be consuming the black bean burger at MOOYAH instead of the turkey burger.

And on that note, I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite turkey recipe? And have you ever thought about going vegetarian? Eat well, friends!

Wedding Series: 3 Weeks to Go!

Wedding Series

Holy moly, I am almost a Kennedy. And that almost rhymed. Almost. We are 3 weeks out until the big day. I am so stinking’ excited. So excited that I even use the word excited SO MANY TIMES in my video blog AND in this sentence. 🙂

You know what I love about weddings? Well, besides the dancing, of course? The camaraderie around weddings. Hope I spelt that right, but I don’t feel like checkin’ so no judging if I didn’t. I love that weddings bring together people from all over. Family from near and far and friends from other mothers. Everyone getting along and having a great time. And ours will be no different. So here’s to that!

Here is my wedding vlog for this week. Eventually I will get my professional video editor (aka MK) to edit my videos and pump them up, but for now they are still 100% Bri-made. New back drop though… I got a new MacBook Air (LOVIN’ IT) so now I can travel with my iPhoto. Who knows?! Next one may be outside…. whoa!

Check it…

I have my bachelorette party on Saturday! I am going to Ft. Worth with a few friends to enjoy a night out on the town. My madre was going to join us, but she has decided to sit this party out. I can’t blame her… she has dog duty with my dad out of town! Anyway, I must say I am looking forward to a fun girls night! Perhaps I will have some pictures to share on the blog soon. 😉

Have a great week, my friend! What is one of your favorite things you have done at a bachelorette party?

A new favorite: pHenOH

My New Favorite Sports Drink!

I was given a box of pHenOH to try through Sweatpink and let me just tell you, I was shocked! I am not a huge fan of sports drinks by nature. Never got on the gatorade bandwagon. (Sorry, gator!) But pHenOH has been a game changer for me lately.

Not but a couple of weeks ago I was talking with my brother’s girlfriend about Aloe vera. She puts it into her morning smoothies. I got interested and wanted to get some, but was on the lazy train a bit with that. Then, literally a few days later, I get a notice about trying out pHenOH which contains aloe vera. Score! I was so pumped to try this out. If you don’t already know, aloe vera has some health benefits, especially in regards to digestive health.

What is pHenOH? It is the first alkaline sports beverage specifically designed to match the ideal pH of your body. Only 7 simple ingredients go into the beverage. You know I dig that! But seriously, the best part is that it tastes magnificent. My brother’s girlfriend will no longer have to disguise the aloe vera juice into a smoothie with lots of other fruits and veggies. She can have this solo!

If you are like me, you may be interested in pH balance and what all this means. Basically, the body is kept at about 7.4 pH balance. Above a pH of 7 is alkaline, while a pH below 7 is acidic. Many of the foods and beverages we consume are acidic (soda is at about a 2 for example), but the body runs optimally when in balance. Remember homestasis from your grade school science class? pHenOH was created as a non-acidic sports drink since most sports drinks are the opposite.

I regularly shop at Target and have not seen pHenOH at Target yet. Maybe someday?! A girl can hope. Currently, in my area, pHenOH can be found at Central Market. I do love a trip to the good ‘ol CM every now and then so will have to pick some up when I run out. It’s so easy and refreshing to grab and go after a workout.

Disclaimer: While I was provided the pHenOH free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Quick Workouts Just For You!

Quick Workouts

Who else needs quick workouts every now and then? I do not always have a full hour to devote to physical activity, even though I love getting active. Many times I simply do 1 to 3 twenty minute sessions throughout the day instead.

Today is the Fit Dish link up with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers. We are all getting creative with quick workouts. I have not created any myself in awhile and to be honest, why recreate the wheel when there are a TON of awesome quick workouts out there?! So, I will be sharing my favorite quick workouts just for you!

These are all workouts I turn to regularly…

  • TIU Love Your Body with HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training is a GREAT way to get sweaty in little time. This has been one of my favorites for over a year now. I turn to it whenever I need a little boost of energy in the morning. I did it yesterday, in fact!

  • Yoga with Adriene Freedom Flow. This is one of those yoga routines that always puts a smile on my face. It is a GREAT way to start the day. I turn to this flow at least a few times per month. I do some of her other yoga videos on the regular too, but this is one of my all time favorites.

  • Tara Stiles Yoga for Strength and Focus. Another yoga video, but I am all about yoga these days. Not only for the strength and flexibility I feel from doing more yoga, but also the connection to self and the WAY I feel after doing it. It can be life changing if you let it.

Hope you enjoy whenever you need a quick HIIT or yoga routine! And don’t forget, you also have a VERY quick and easy way to get active… put your tennis shoes on and GET OUTSIDE. The weather is nice now so a walk or jog can provide a well-deserved escape!

Wedding Series: 1 Month to go!

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Exactly 1 month to go until our wedding day. Both MK and I feel beyond blessed and excited for our big day. I have spent more of my time with the wedding planning these past few weeks and work is still super busy so blogging went to the wayside a bit, but I realllllllllly wanted to write a post today so took some “me” time to write.

A few updates since my last wedding series post…

  1. The dress fits! And it is at home with me. 🙂 The shoes are perfect.. not too tall and the color matches (my dress is ivory over light gold).
  2. MY MOM IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, that is excitement you can sense from my words. She got back this past Saturday and is in town until end of May or early June. I am one lucky lady! We are going shopping for her dress Saturday. She is going to look gorgeous. I can’t wait to find her perfect dress!
  3. We have flower girl dresses and the suits and ties for the guys. I am not one to get excited about ties, but I kinda wish I was a dude for a day so I could wear one of these bad boys MK and I picked out. They are nice! And the flower girl dresses are adorable. My mom is going to add some plum flair (probably just a sash) to them, but for the most part they are complete. I have to say, Macy’s was the place to go for both the flower girl dresses and the ties. Suits we got from Jos A Bank.
  4. Photographer, officiate, and DJ are paid for. One of the things I am finding with wedding planning is that I love getting certain things completely done. That includes payments. The less I have to worry about on my big day the better.
  5. No shower. We decided not to have a bridal shower. Most ladies in the South get a million showers, but the part I hate the most about events is the invitation process and accidentally leaving people out. Plus, we really do not need anything. We 100% would rather our peeps donate to charity!

My mom is so cute. She has been wanting a “task” so I have sent her a few to’do’s. She is currently in charge of the party favors (well, getting the stuff ordered b/c then we will make them together) and the welcome bags for any hotel guests coming from out of town. She is also in charge of getting lots of family pictures together.

One of the things I love about a wedding is all the “love” that surrounds it. It is not lost on me that I am able to love another soul because of the love that I have been given throughout my life from family and friends. I cannot express enough gratitude to those important peeps in my life, including the man I am about to marry. Love is a gift meant to be shared, y’all!

So with that, much love to ya…