2017… you were good!

I know I am a bit late on reflecting on 2017, but I was on Christmas break last week and just fully enjoying that.  And I sat down last night to work, this post was on my to do list and… my excel spreadsheet I use to track my health and fitness business GONE! I accidentally deleted and yes deleted the trash folder too, spent all night trying to recover it with no luck.  I then prayed about it and felt God telling me “it’s a brand new year with a complete new clean slate.”, still sucks though!

Any who not at all what this post is about. I wanted to take time to reflect on 2017 as so many amazing things happened!

In February I ran my first ever and pretty certain last half marathon! I am not at a runner by nature, but completing a half marathon was a bucket list item and I put it on my vision board for 2017.  Not only did I want to complete it, but I wanted to complete it by running the whole thing and… I did! I was so dang proud of myself! The cherry on top was that I went through this whole experience with my mom and no doubt in my mind I would have stopped running at mile 6 if it weren’t for her!

IMG_4299

Then in April my boyfriend and I went on our first ever solo vacation, not just any vacation either… an international vacation! We both did not travel much growing up and it’s something I especially have always wanted to do! I am a health and fitness coach with Beachbody and by helping people every month get started on a journey I earned this trip.  We went to Punta Cana for 5 days and it was absolutely amazing!

Since starting my health and fitness journey the hardest thing for me personally is my eating, I just love food! So another goal of mine was to successfully complete the Ultimate Reset. I started sharing that journey on here and failed, sorry y’all! It’s basically a 21 day eating plan that completely resets your body in the very best way.  It really helped my with some of the stomach issues I was having. It took LOTS of prep work, it took a lot of mental work, but it was so worth it. And again I asked my mom to do it with me and she did!!!

In June I got another chance to travel thanks to Beachbody! This time I went to New Orleans to attend my second Summit. Summit is once a year, it’s the biggest coaching event where we get to workout with celebrity trainers and learn from the top coaches! This year two of my personal sponsored coaches joined me and we had the very best time!

In July a brand new fitness program launched called Shift Shop and of course I had to do that! This is a 3 week program with a ramp up in workouts and a ramp down in your nutrition. Basically each week your workouts get longer and harder while your nutrition gets even more dialed in. The trainer of this program, Chris Downing, is so incredibly motivating and inspiring that the program is so good for your mind and soul too!!

In late July our family grew and I gained a niece. Sweet little Brinslee Rae made her entrance quickly and unexpectedly, but she was healthy!

brin

In November I started a new job. I am now a speech language pathologist working in the school system (never thought I would do that), but I am finally working with deaf and hard of hearing kiddos! I am still adjusting to the new job and trying to get used to group therapy. The hours are amazing and having off two weeks for Christmas also amazing!!!

And in December well… I celebrated my 25th birthday and ended the year spending time with family.

2017 was an amazing year with lots of memories made. I did not accomplish everything I wanted to in 2017, but I did my best and at the end of the day that’s all you can ask for.

Here’s to 2018!

Advertisements

It’s been super quiet, sorry!

Hey y’all!!! Sorry it’s been so quiet over here life kinda got the best of me, but I am back!!!

A lot has happened while I was gone and I promise I will catch everyone up!

So I finished Insanity Max:30 right before I headed to Punta Cana for a Beachbody Success Club trip.  Here were my final results:

IMG_5766

Basically Beachbody takes coaches EVERY year on a paid for vacation to reward them for all their hard work.  Not just every coach get’s to go you have to EARN the trip!!! This was my boyfriend and I’s first vacation alone and it was absolutely amazing! Here are some pictures from the trip.

We also got to experience live workouts with celebrity trainers. I worked out with Autumn Calabrese maker of 21 day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, Fixate, and Country Heat.  I also had the privilege to workout with Beachbody’s newest trainer Chris Downing…. talk about AH-MAZING!!! He was seriously so motivating and inspiring during the workout that I cannot wait for his program “Shift Shop” to release in July.

When I got back from Punta Cana I dove right into doing the Ultimate Reset.  I will make several separate posts to update you all on that.

As of Monday (6/5/2017) I started Insanity: The Asylum which is a 30 day program created by Shaun T.  I will keep y’all updated on that as well.

 

❤ Britt

First day as a CF-SLP

The day I have been working towards for the past 5 years, finally happened!!!  I have spent the last 5 years studying Communication Sciences and Disorders in order to be a speech language pathologist (SLP).

Once you graduate with your masters degree you must complete a clinical fellowship and that is what the CF in front of SLP indicates.  I am a clinical fellow speech language pathologist (CF-SLP).

Enough of the back story… Let’s get to TODAY!

Yesterday I had my friends on Facebook help me decide on a first day outfit.  It was between these two outfits and I also gave them an option C incase they thought both were awful.

14192560_10209962214789925_2751762934433618391_n

Today started like every other day for me… Working out from home, a yummy healthy breakfast paired with personal development reading and then…. The rushing around set in!  And I was off to my first day of work.

14237718_10209966903227133_3403804371422519430_n

The day began working with two younger clients who took a lot of convincing to work on their speech and language.  I had to pull out a few tricks that I learned over the summer through my internship.  They worked… Thank goodness!!!

I completed two evaluations on my own… BOOM! Very proud moment for sure! Now I just have to finish up the report… Boo! 😦

Then the one mishap of the day… I was walking up the stairs with my client and I tripped.  As I was chatting with him I told him it was my first day and he followed up with “I can tell”.  This really shocked me, so me being me I asked him how he knew. His response “You tripped coming up the stairs and you can’t even get your papers back in that thing”.

Kids you gotta love them… Right?

My first day was a success! I am very proud of myself and ready to tackle day two tomorrow.  Tomorrow I will see kids in a private school.

It’s time to get off and get to planning for tomorrow.

 

❤ Britt

Back to School

It’s back to school time and for the first time in 18 years I am not going back to school.  This is truly such a bazar feeling that I am still trying to process.

I feel that I have been going to school nonstop since I started kindergarten… Literally and now just like that it is over.  The day I kept wishing for is here and it does not seem real!

How can little ole me be done with school and enter into the working world.  I was good at school.  I studied when I needed to.  I did all my projects on time.  I went over and beyond to do my very best anD it’s done!  All my hard work is over… Kind of!

Let’s do a quick timeline to put things into perspective.

Five years ago I was starting my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida.  Thanks to timehop I know it was exactly 5 years ago.  Starting my college career was SCARY! I came from a small hometown where I had been with the same people in every class for 13 years and now I was in classes with 300-400 students who I had no idea who they were.  I was a little tiny fish in a big ocean.  For the first time in my life the teacher did not know who I was and to be honest they could care less who I was or what I did.  My first year at UF was HARD!!!! I struggled in some of my classes… I had to go to professors office hours and get extra help in some classes… I NEVER had to do that before, but it was necessary.  I learned during my first semester in college that I had no clue how to study and the fact that I was in the top of my class in high school no longer mattered.  It was a big learning curve, but I survived.

IMG_6475

Three years ago I was embarking on my senior year as an undergrad.  Again thank you timehop!  I was in much smaller classes now because I was in my program instead of the general courses.  I had figured out how to study and I had made lots of new friends.  I would be graduating in December with a bachelors of science in communication sciences and disorders.  A lot of unknowns were happening at this time: GRE testing, applying to grad school, where I would attend grad school, what I would do if I did not get into a grad school, would I have to move…. Just to name a few! I knew I loved what I was studying and I knew that one day I would make a good speech language pathologist (SLP).  I just needed to get the unknowns out of the way first.

IMG_6476

And then two years ago I began my graduate studies to be an SLP at the University of Central Florida.  Guess what it was HARD too! A whole new level of HARD and again it was a learning curve.  In my very first class of grad school, which I think was at 8:00AM, our professor said two things that I will never forget… 1. Continue to make time for LIFE.  On the weekends go out and have fun.  Do not let grad school consume your life.  and 2. If you do not wear glasses now you will when you get done with this.  I made sure to get a picture with her at graduation.

IMG_6019

So to those of you beginning your undergraduate or graduate studies I want to give you some insight….

  1. It is going to be HARD! You are going to struggle.  It’s okay, you are not alone.  Do not be ashamed to ask for help when you can and just do your very best.
  2. Learn the best way for YOU to study! Everyone studies differently and you have to figure out what works best for you.  It’s a total trial and error thing.
  3. Continue to have a life because when college is over you are going to want to have friends. 🙂
  4. Your name is on EVERYTHING you turn in… Make sure it is your very best work.  Even when you think your professors don’t know you, they do! And one day those professors will be your colleagues.
  5. YOU WILL MAKE IT! When you feel like there is not light at the end of the tunnel, take a deep breathe and know YOU ARE THE LIGHT.

IMG_6410

So back to school for me is over and it’s time for this girl to start her career as an SLP.

 

❤ Britt