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Hey there! My name is Brittney. I am a reader, a writer, and a blogger. If you have known me longer than 5 years you would also know I am a singer/songwriter/musician. Sadly, my musical endeavors have moved to the background of my life to make room for the reading and the writing. Adding to my list of titles, I am a college student. I am working towards my BA in Healthcare Administration. I was born and raised in Georgia, but I have also lived in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. I prefer Georgia because of the lack of cold weather. I was lucky enough to find the love of my life, and got engaged to him in October. He is the calm to my crazy. I just wish he read more books, and was a Bama fan. In my spare time I like to read, play guitar, take pictures of my dog Jewel, and text Devon (the fiancee). I love meeting new people even though it may take me some time to open up and become my normal goofy self. If you want to get in touch with me I am on all social media outlets. Send me a tweet of slide in to my DMs. I promise I won't kick you out.

3 Days with Down Dog

As I have gotten older one thing I have noticed is I am getting stiff. I know some of you are probably thinking, okay sure; or it happens to the best of us.It is just a part of life. Well, I am going to just put it out there. I say NO!!! Not today Satan.

See here’s the thing, I was told when I was ten; around the time I started deciding to ask my own questions to the doctor that there is no cure for cerebral palsy, and not just that horrible news, but also that it will get progressively worse. I am starting to see that happen. AND I’M ONLY 24.

I am not one to wallow. I did something. I took my smartphone and instead of going on Instagram. I downloaded an app for yoga. It is called Down Dog Yoga for Beginners. It 3 days long. Each session is a little longer than the first. You can choose different types of workout depending on the results you want to achieve. I chose flexibility I did the flexibility plan for 3 days

Day 1

I admit it on day one I was thinking to my self, OOOh this is easy. I can do this every day. This aint nothing. It was true, day one was super easy. I could not touch my toes, but it was just day one. It would come. I did not have any issues accomplishing the poses. It really was not painful either. It lasted 10 minutes, and I was not tired or sore afterwards. I actually felt like I had some energy that I have no idea where it came from too.

Now what I did have issues with, and what I recommend before starting any yoga exercises or yoga class, Get a yoga mat. I thought I would be okay to do my first day on a folded up sheet. Bad idea #epicfail. I slipped and slid the whole time. This is also why I skipped a day between day 1 and day 2. I went and bought a yoga mat . They don’t have to be expensive. The one I bought was 5 bucks from the Five Below in Pooler. Also, it was super cute and a decent length, which comes in handy for my next point.

The next issue I encountered, and I don’t really wanna call it an issue because it involves Molly, my fur baby (if you can think of a different word for me put it in the comments).is unless your fur babies have an interest in yoga find something to entertain them. Molly, whom I love like my child tripped me up this first day, so many times. She also proceeded to lay down on the sheet where I was trying to do yoga. I don’t know what she was trying to do, but it was not downward dog.It did make for some cute pics though

Day 2

I felt it. I was sore I felt the muscles pull. I was sweating by the time it was over. I guess that meant it was working. Day 2 was 12 minutes long. It involved new poses. They utilized the mat more. I was doing poses laying down standing and sitting. On the first day it was just sitting. The yoga mat was a Godsend. It is long enough I have plenty of room to do yoga and Molly can lay on it too. Day 2 really just built on day one.

Day 3

Longest 18 minutes of my life. I hated day 3. My husband had to spot me because I was not able to keep my balance during a pose. It deter me, and I finished the whole workout, but I laid there for a good half hour afterwards. They combined everything I learned on day one and two. After it was all over I was able to see how it helped. I had more energy during the day and I even noticed some increased flexibility.

The for beginners app only has 3 days of workouts. I recommend it for people who are new to yoga. The parent app just down dog app has more than one day and a paid options as well as free ones. I have continued my yoga journey using the down dog full app.

Are you a fan of yoga? Are you considering trying yoga? What do you think I should write about next, or try next? Let me know in the comments.

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Here Comes The Bride…Finally

I have not posted in a little over a week. I’m so sorry, but I promise I am about to make it up to you. The reason I have not posted is because I was getting ready for my wedding. If you are thinking I thought you were already married. You are right. I got married August 9th, 2018. I did not have a wedding though, and I got married in my work uniform. It was also just me, my husband, and a preacher. We did things the way we did it because my in-laws were not approving of me at the time, and were not on board with us getting married. Devon and I decided that on that day we wanted who ever was there to be happy for us, and if they were not they didn’t need to be there. Fast Forward 1 Year I won’t tell you things are perfect, but they are getting there. The family is slowly coming around and have accepted the fact that Devon and I are together, and will be together. We decided it would be a fun thing to do to have an actual wedding ceremony with family and friends in attendance. On July 6th, we did just that.
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The Whole Family…little blurry sorry
I pulled out all the stops. I got a gorgeous wedding dress for 68 dollars from Goodwill. I stayed at my best friend slash maid of honors house the nightr before, and didn’t see my husband till four oclock the next day. I even got my eyebrows waxed! Shannon and I woke upuo  her mom steamed my dress and did my hiar. Theb we headed off to the mexican resturant in town for lunch with my dad and mom. My dad surprised me by having my grandfather there. I did not even know he was coming, but Devon did. He kept the secret all day. Of course I almost cried in the mexican restarunt cause I was surprised, and had not seem my grandpa since my 18th birthday.
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my BFF
We ate lunch and then headed to Wax and Wane for my eyebrow appointment. After the appointment we headed to my in-laws where we were holding the ceremony and reception. I got ready upstairs, and when the time came my father, who drove all the way from West Virginia walked me down the aisle, and put my hand in Devon’s. We said our own vows, and kissed in front of everyone this time After we walked back up the aisle we danced to Angel, by Casting Crowns. I danced with my  father to Ready Set Don’t Go by Billy Ray Cyrus. Devon and his mom danced to My Wish. by Rascal Flatts. We took pictures and I changed into a cooler dress because it is too hot in July in Savananh. We all sat down to eat a low country boil, and have brownies and fruit. After that we all hung out my dad, grandfather, and father in law played guitar, drums, and sang. When it was time to leave we noticed our car was vandalized by Jessica and Lexi with Honk we just got hitched 🙂 It is still on the windows a week later. It was the best day of my life.

Outlander review

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I have severe emotions when it comes to Outlander. It has made me feel so happy. I have been terrified. I have been ripped to shreds by this book. I have fallen in love.
Jamie Fraser a fierce lover, strong protector, and loyal friend. He has the honor to match men twice his age. There is nothing he won’t do. Despite essentially being an outlaw and being on the run because he is wanted for a murder he somehow maintains the respect of his clansmen and holds on to his dignity.
Then by what can only be described as fate, he meets Claire Randall. A woman who comes to the past via some gigantic stones arranged in a circle at Criagh Nuh Dunn. She is catapulted backward from the 1900s to the 1700s. She lands right into the hands of the evil Jack Randall. Jamie rescues her and in turn, she mends his wounds.
As the story progresses she and Jamie marry essentially to keep from having to turn Claire in to the English.
My thoughts
Gabaldon is an exquisite storyteller. She wove a narrative that made feel like I was in Scotland. To be honest, I did not know a lot about Scotland or its history, but after reading this I felt fairly educated. For a first novel, Gabaldon displayed natural talent and skill. For me, she brought history back to life.
Claire and Jamie are my favorite couple by far. The longer she was with Jamie the less I felt bad for Frank. Claire and Jamie’s relationship pulled at my heartstrings. I love how Jamie was able to allow her to express her opinions at least to him when in that time women were seen not heard. I think Claire is perfectly suited for Jamie as he is always needing to be mended and taken off of his high horse.
I would root for them in any century.
I believe what makes this book so loveable is the characters. You fall for them yourself.
I did not like one part of the book. Laoghaire. She made my book boil. She was just vile not to mention an accomplice in an attempt to basically commit murder. Other than that evil person I loved the book.
All in all, Outlander is a book of history, a book of love, and a book of hardship. It is worth the read or in my case the reread.



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Cerebral Palsy Today

I have waited on writing this post simply because it is super personal. One thing I pride myself on as a writer, blogger, and even as a person is being open, honest, and real. With that in mind I felt I had to write this.

First a little back story

I was born with a condition called cerebral palsy. I am able to function normally. I can walk, run, I was a cheerleader in high school. I work a full time job. I live a pretty normal life. Honestly, if you looked at me you would probably wouldn’t even realize it. I am pretty lucky.

And that is why dealing with this has been so hard.

I don’t want to be ungrateful. or feel sorry for myself. I have a great life. a husband who loves me. I career I love. I have all I could ever want. But, lately I have been plagued by the thoughts that my cerebral palsy is giving me more trouble. I feel like my legs are not as strong as they used to be. That I am slowly becoming unable to do the things I could do even at 17. I know as you get older things change you aren’t as capable. I am 24. I shouldn’t be unable to stand for 8 hours, and essentially bed ridden for 24 hours afterwards. But that’s what is happening.

As I said I don’t want to seem ungrateful. I was struggling up until now in silence with really what I live with everyday. I feel like I am angry at the condition getting worse.

This is my life right now. I am trying my hardest to get it under control. I have always felt pretty good about myself. Just not the past few weeks.

I am writing simply to vent,and simply to put it out there that everyone has a battle they fight. Some of them you can see with your own eyes, and some you can’t. That does not mean you have to do it alone. You do not have to suffer in silence.

Now I have told you. I am going to talk to my husband when I get off tonight. Thanks for listening.

The First Morning

The way the grass was this morning.

there was a slight change of plans. I went home when I got off work last night and was telling my husband about my knew plan for self improvement, and he had to be a buzz kill. He pointed out that I was lucky enough to be off tomorrow. If I got up at 5 I would just be in everyone’s way :(.

I got up at 8. I had cake for breakfast. I did skip the glass of water since I won’t drink out of the tap because it is city water, The bed got made and I started a load of laundry. So I got off to a good start.

As far as how I feel; I can say I don’t feel sluggish or tired. I actually feel like doing stuff.I am not tired and I think I might actually finish my to-do list

Sadly I can’t say the same for Molly Pollock. She seems to be having major doggy anxiety over the multiple storms we keep having here on the Savannah Coast.

Becoming a Morning Person

We write this to make our joy complete

1 John 1:4

Hit like if you have at least 3 alarms. Now hit like and share if you have at least 3 alarms and you snooze all of them. My name is Brittney and I am that person. Now hit like if on a normal day you sleep till noon. Some days that is also me.

Here is the problem. On my 12 noon days I feel sluggish all day. I skip 2.5 meals, and workouts. My to do list doubles because I push whatever I did not do to the next day. On top of all that being an” Afternoon person “ does not fit my wife lifestyle I live now. I have decided to make a change.

I have been doing some research, on how to evolve myself into the morning person I so desperately want to be. Some of the things I have found are pretty common throughout all of the pages and posts.

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  • Go to bed earlier. This seems pretty standard. It makes sense and will probably be my first move.
  • Open the blinds and make my bed. My husband will not do this, so I guess I am on my own for this one.
  • Do at least 15 minutes of yoga in the mornings. I am downward dog for this one.
  • Drink water before doing anything else.

With the common factors in mind that is probably what I am going to try first. I have downloaded a free yoga app on my phone. I have set an alarm for 5:00 in the morning Now I guess wish me luck. . I will post tomorrow evening and fill you in whether I was successful. Also, if you have any tips of your own I am all ears.