Chase After Your Dreams, Goals, + Passions

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to relax, have some fun, and enjoy time with family and friends!

Today I want to share a little Monday motivation:

Chase after your dreams, your goals, + your passions.

Last week I had a moment where I almost decided to stop blogging. I wasn’t going to delete my blog…just stop for a while. I was getting discouraged about people not reading it, may not be interested in what I have to say, etc., and I was discouraged that my blog seems to be at a standstill when I want it to grow.

I immediately snapped out of it (after a few hours), and thought to myself, “Emily, what are you doing? People read your blog, they love what you have to say, and growing my blog isn’t something that will happen just overnight.

We all have dreams, goals, passions in life, and one of my passions is this blog. I’ve changed the name a few times since I’ve started blogging (To Love and Live fits me now), and I’ve been on and off with blogging too, when I get discouraged; but whenever I stop blogging, I miss it and I need it back in my life. I love to write and reach out to other people.

My goals for this blog are to not just reach people, and have people enjoy what I write, but for my blog to grow and be able to reach people all over! I want to help people through more than just my personal training, but through writing.

Of course, everyone’s goals, dreams, passions, are all different. Some are small, some are large, some are important and some may be for fun. We all have something we want to achieve though. You may have a goal of being able to do 10 pushups just because you want to, or for someone else it could be to build strength for everyday activities.

You may have a dream of being promoted at work, or just being able to land the job you know you will love. Whatever that is for you, chase after it and don’t give up.

I didn’t get the clients I have now just overnight, and my blog won’t get as big as I’d like it to overnight, but with hard work and perseverance, we can all be able to accomplish things we may have thought we couldn’t.


Setting Spring + Summer Intentions

The Merrimack-Webster online dictionary defines the word Intention as 1. a determination to act in a certain way and 2. what one intends to do or bring about

Since spring has arrived and summer is right around the corner, I started thinking on making intentions for the upcoming seasons.

2018 started out hard, but it was also a turning point for me to reevaluate my life, who I am, the people in my life, and my passions. It was time for me to start setting goals, being hopeful, and being open to new things.

While the year may have started out tough, I am the happiest I’ve been in a long, long time. Now that I’m in a great place in my health and happiness, it’s time to start setting some different intentions not just for the summer, but for the rest of the year and on.

1. Be open to new things/activities/adventures.

2. Discover something about myself I never knew.

3. Love more, worry less.

4. Be more present in the now, and not caught up in the past or future.

What intentions will you set for this season?

Let’s Be Honest With Ourselves

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I want to share something that’s on my heart this morning:

Self Love.

The last few days for me have been rough: both physically and mentally. I have had hardly any energy, I’ve been tired what feels like 90% of the day, I felt weak, “fluffy” (as I like to call it), not liked what I was looking at in the mirror, and in my mind I was picking out all my flaws and things I wish would change.

I’ve come a long way since my eating disorder (If you missed my story, you can read part 1 here, and part 2 here), and while I overcame it, it’s something you never truly heal from. I still have my moments and struggle with things.

I was complaining about it last night to Austin and this morning I woke up to him telling me “It’s a new day, just look forward and put in the work.” He also told me to stop beating myself up about it (referring to last night’s workout). This is exactly what I needed to hear! It made me realize how badly I was  beating myself up over the last few days. I need reminders like this sometimes.

We all have these moments, and this is where self love is more important than we realize. Self Love has always been a struggle for me. It dates back all the way to my early teen years when I had my eating disorder. We see more self-hate today than ever before. We are always seeing products advertised to make us lose weight fast or to look beautiful. Seeing girls on social media looking a certain way makes us think we look terrible.

Well let me tell you something…and I am not only telling you this, but telling myself…


Flaws and all, you were made in the image of God and He has you just the way He wants you. Yes, some days we all will struggle with wanting to look different, smaller, nicer, etc., but when these thoughts start consuming you, it’s time to rethink who made you to begin with: the master artist!

I was scrollingg theough Instagram the other day and came across an artist I have loved since her Disney Channel days: Jordan Pruitt.

She has such an incredible voice, wonderful music, and an outlook on life that I admire. She posted a picture the other day and what she put underneath it was what I needed to hear. We need to be honest with ourselves…accepting all that is and all that we are. I will leave this here as I end my post. Please remember you are beautiful, strong, and capable of amazing things…just the way you are.


If You Could Be Any Candy…

…what would you be??

I got asked this question a few weeks ago and I had to sit and think of my answer for a few minutes. Do you know how many types of candy are out there?? HA!

The question was asked to me in regards to what my personality is like. While my favorite candy is Reese’s (in any form), I knew it didn’t describe me well.

After careful consideration for a few minutes, I went with Almond Joy.

Personally, I don’t have these often. I like them, but they aren’t my favorite, so I actually tend to forget about them at times.

I am an almond joy because if you don’t know what is on the inside yet, all you see is an average chocolate bar/candy. But once you take a bite, you get a little bit of sweet (coconut), and a little bit of nutty (from the almonds)!

For many people, once they get to know me more, I open up more and you will see my nutty/goofy side as well. I’m no class clown, but I have my goofy quirks and I can be weird. 🙂


If YOU could be any candy, what would you be??

Please comment below, or if you clicked on this through Facebook, comment on there if you wish. I would LOVE to hear your answers and get to know people more. Plus, I think it’s fun to answer about your own personality!