My favorite love story <3

Everyone has a great love story but ours is my favorite ❤PicMonkey Collage

A couple days ago I celebrated a very special milestone with my husband. It was a day that, 15 years ago my life changed completely. I met my husband and I wasn’t looking for a relationship as I had recently had my heart broken. I was living alone in an apartment with my puppy Brinkley. I was working and doing my best to carry on with life.

On 1/2/2001 I was outside walking him and Dallas came home from work. I am very friendly so I said hello to him. He grumbled something to me and continued up to his apartment. He says he made it half way up the stairs before realizing he was rude and came back to say hello. We chatted for a few minutes and then I told him where I lived and said if he needed anything he could let me know, he said the same thing.

The next day there was a knock at my door and wouldn’t you know it would be Dallas. He invited me to a bible study and I didn’t go. I didn’t want to go somewhere with a guy I didn’t know. But he kept coming over and he slowly created a spot in my heart that I wasn’t prepared for.

Just 2.5 months after that first meeting we got married. It was insane, crazy and completely out of character for me. Everyone told me I was nuts (looking back I can see that they were 100% correct) and tried to talk me out of it. But I was stubborn and had my mind set on marrying this crazy dude I probably didn’t know so well.

In 15 years we’ve lived in 7 different homes, 2 different countries and 3 states. We’ve had 3 kids, lost family members, went through several deployments and had a rocky transition out of the Air Force.

There is no one that knows me and loves me more than Dallas. He gets me like no one else and loves me for my little quirks. He is patient and kind, he is funny and always makes me laugh. He believes in my dreams and is always supporting me.

There have been times we’ve both wanted to give up but we’ve fought hard to make it work. It hasn’t always been perfect, but it’s been perfect for us and none of it would have happened if we hadn’t met 15 years ago today.

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Fear No Monday!

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Monday has such a bad reputation. It’s the most hated day of the week. And this Monday, the first after a holiday…dreaded. No one wants to go back to work or school and face another week full of long days before another weekend.
 
Today I challenge you to flip your stance on Monday. Don’t fear Monday, embrace it. Monday is a chance to have a new start. Whatever happened last week is now behind you and there is a brand new week in front of you. Step into your routine with a smile instead of a grimace.
 
–> Change the way you look at Monday and maybe Monday won’t be so bad after all!
 
What are you doing today that is going to start your week off great?

O’Dark Thirty

Time: It never seems to be on anyone’s side.

“I don’t have time to workout. You don’t understand how busy I am”

Trut12246904_10208532177170095_2376940590055972353_nh: Everyone is busy. You are no more busy than anyone else. Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “It’s not a priority” because that’s the truth. <— Ouch. 🙈

I’m not special and I don’t have any super powers or extra hours in my day. Here is what helps me fit in workouts with a busy schedule:

–> Be selfish with your time before anyone is awake. That might mean sacrificing some sleep. I promise losing 30 minutes of sleep to do a workout will actually make you feel more energized throughout the day.
–> Put yourself on your own calendar. If you don’t plan a time to do it, your day will run you over.
–> Push yourself when you don’t want to. If you wait to feel like working out, you’ll be waiting a long time. You can’t feel yourself into an action but you can act your way into a feeling.
–> Find a workout accountability partner that you can text/call that will push you through your excuses.

Just do it. <— Simple advice but completely spot on!

Shoot for the moon.

RTC 227Yesterday I set a big goal for myself that’s really, really scary. I call it a BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL and when I think about it it makes me have butterflies in my stomach.

Is there a chance that I might fail? Uh huh!
Is it going to take a lot of work? Of course!
Does it feel next to impossible? Yes
Is it worth trying for? ABSOLUTELY!

Even if I fail, I will have pushed myself, grown and taken chances I wouldn’t have if I didn’t even try at all.

Do you have a big dream too? GO FOR IT!! Even if you fall short you’ll still have done some amazing things and landed among the stars!

Always dream BIG!!

With a BIG DREAM in my heart I carry on through each day. I smile through hard times, I find small blessings in the storms and I fuel my dreams on the haters who try to tell my dream isn’t worth my time.

Does it hurt to have someone tell you that your dream isn’t worth pursuing and that you’re wasting12072780_10208216941449399_1826589277426923016_n your time?

YES!!!

But it also makes me want to work that much harder to make my dreams a reality and prove them wrong!

Here’s the truth:
If you have a BIG DREAM someone in your life is going to try and bring you down. Your dream scares the haters and makes them want to bring you back to their level.

Carry on and fight for your dream! Use their unbelief in you as fuel to keep you going. Use their doubt as fuel to push forward.

Keep on dreaming and don’t let the small minded people bring you down!

Enjoy the gift of today!

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It’s easy to forget how precious life is when I’m going from one day to the next in constant chaos. I’m guilty of saying, “When all of my work is done, we can (insert some awesome family fun adventure).” or “If I could just get caught up with my chores, we can relax and be together”

But I’m losing days just waiting for the perfect moment to appear and for my “to do list” to magically disappear. The truth is, there is no perfect moment to enjoy life. I must simply embrace the chaos and enjoy each day. Walk away from the chores, turn off the phone and just be.

Do you know how hard this is for me? It doesn’t come naturally to me at all. But my kids are growing too quickly and if I’m not careful I’ll wake up one day and it will be over. It’s my goal to enjoy the gift of every chaotic day. Every day might not be perfect but there is perfect moments in each day.

Move forward but look back sometimes too.

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I’ve heard it said so many times, don’t look back…you’re not going that way. I used to believe it too. But I’m learning that sometimes you have to look back so you can be reminded of how far you’ve come.

I have always been driven and determined when chasing my dreams. I set a vision and trudge forward, no matter what obstacle is put in my place. I have high expectations for myself and I am always my own worst critic.

I think these qualities are vital to my success but at times they can actually hurt me. My expectations of myself often push me so hard that I lose sight of how far I’ve come. I can only see how far I have still to go and it overwhelms me. 

Sometimes there are obstacles that aren’t easy to overcome. It’s in those moments that the doubt can creep in and I start to think I’ll never make it. Today, I’m not looking forward, I’m looking back and remembering all that I have overcome. I’m hoping it will remind me of my strength to overcome all of the obstacles in my future.

Workout Wednesday: Live Shaun T. Workout

Workout Wednesday!!

While I was in Nashville I had the privilege of working out with Shaun T. Before we got started he talked about not just going through the movements of exercise but really focusing on something while you’re doing it.

My focus: to be strong, even when I don’t feel strong. 

Watch Shaun T. and ask yourself, what is my focus?

Are you just going through the moves or are you focusing on your goals and inner strength?

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LOVE YOUR BODY

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Your body is an amazing thing and you need to respect it by feeding it healthy food, taking care of it with exercise and loving it where it is today. Even if you’re not at your goal you need to love your body for all that it is today. Your body is doing amazing things for you as you work towards your goals.

Why Not You?

Why Not You

Have you ever felt like your life was completely out of control and the things you wanted were very far out of reach? Your heart was full of big dreams but you had no idea how you would make them happen? All you wanted was stability but your life was filled with chaos?

That was me last year when we moved to Washington. Our life of stability had come crashing down and we had to start over. I knew I wanted to stay home with my kids but I needed a way to help support our family financially. It was in those dark moments that I decided I would give Beachbody my all. I would do everything I could to grow my business and keep my dreams alive.

It’s been one year since I made that decision and In July I earned my biggest monthly income to date. My income grew from $249.85 last July to $3,283.76 this July. Over 1,000% growth in one year. WOW!

Do I share this to brag and boast about how awesome I am? NOPE. In fact, it scares me more than anything to share this with you. But I need you to know that if I can do it, SO CAN YOU!!

I’m not doing anything that I couldn’t teach you how to do. I don’t have any special secrets that help me be successful. The only thing that I’m doing is showing up every single day, working hard and pushing towards my goals. I have a huge desire to make my dreams come true. I want to buy a home, be able to travel and have freedom and financial stability.

If you’d like to know how I make money while working at home and helping people get fit and have thought “I could probably do that” but weren’t sure where to go from there, now is your chance to get some information.

Did I mention it’s FREE for active duty military and their spouses to coach plus it’s now FREE FOR ALL VETERANS who served in the military too?

I’m hosting a FREE Sneak Peek into coaching group where I’ll explain…
—> WHAT a Beachbody coach does everyday.
—> HOW it’s completely possible to build an income working part time doing what you love from home.
—> WHY coaching could help you live a more fulfilled life – in all aspects of your life
—> SEE IF it’s the right fit for YOU!

No pressure — no commitments — just learn more about it if I have peaked your interest! It’s a fitness lovers DREAM JOB — but you don’t have to be a fitness expert AT ALL! I want to shout about it from the rooftops because it has been LIFE CHANGING for me. Come hang out with me here on Facebook and see what it’s all about.

Comment below, “WHY NOT ME!” and I’ll add you into the group. If you have questions, send me a message at ashleyjoy80@gmail.com or to apply for more information: