When preparing for the big day we hire and work with vendors of all sorts. Most of these vendors are hired to help us get the space, the food, the music, and the booze ready. However, when I really think about my own thinking process one of the BIGGEST things that I worry about is honestly....How I will look in that DRESS!
I am sure you have seen the T-shirts that say Sweating for the Wedding....Well this month still being early in the year I really wanted to shed some light on another type of professional that can help you hit those health and weight loss goals that you have set for yourself.
While health and fitness are important ALL THE TIME.. Do not get me wrong here, you shouldn't just care about these things during the wedding planning process, but if you do not already have a routine that is best suited for your physical AND mental health...WHY NOT START one while leading up to one of the BEST DAYS EVER!
P.S. It is not just about the physical health practices leading up to that day, but also the mental health practices. Both our body's and our minds react to stress and sometimes we just need the right support to help us stay balanced.
I MEAN AM I RIGHT??
Now, if your anything like me...Knowing and understanding the best way to go about developing a health and wellness routine is not in my wheelhouse. So, just as I encourage all my design clients.... work with a professional!!! These are the type of people that are PASSIONATE about these categories and would love to work with you on developing the right routine that is unique to you.
Honestly, one thing that I have learned from my own journey is that NO ONE PERSONS health and wellness routine is the same. These individuals can work with you on finding yours.
Hey everyone! My name is Brandie, and I am a Michigander, born and raised. I love to be adventurous and explore our beautiful state, and others, whenever I get the chance. Outdoor activities such as, hiking, kayaking, and bicycling are just a couple things I enjoy when I am not working. I also love to read; I'm a podcast junkie, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, I find peace in writing, and I love me some coffee! I am also now registered to become a certified YOGA instructor!
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." -Zig Ziglar
My pre-workout is my favorite. It tastes like fruit punch, depending on my morning I am able to take 2 scoops instead of one if I need the extra umph, and it is packed with nutrients and vitamins to keep my body balanced and ready for any workout!
PiYo (Pilates and yoga mix): is one of my most favorite workouts to do. It's relaxing yet intense at the same time. In just 30 minutes I am able to work my entire body, while also improving my flexibility and focus.
Yoga: is my go to work out. It is relaxing, helps with flexibility, focus and breathing, and it can be practiced almost anywhere with little to no equipment necessary. Many people underestimate the power and the intensity of yoga; It is both a mind and body experience. It is a well rounded practice.
What is your biggest struggle?
Oh man, my biggest struggle?! If I am going to be honest, it is sleep; the snooze is my nemesis. I am one of those people that take my sleep seriously. I find it hard making sure I get to sleep between 9-10pm, so that I can get enough sleep to wake up at 4:30am to get my morning routine in. But my first step to fixing this was determining a bedtime for myself (9-10pm). I did that by deciding how many hours of sleep I want and need, which in my case, I prefer 7 1/2 - 8, if I can. The next step was forcing myself out of bed at the sound of my alarm. How do I do that? Put my phone (my alarm is on my phone) across the room! Not only does that keep me from scrolling through pinterest at 11 o'clock at night, but it forces my body to move in order to make the noise stop. Now as long as I follow those two things, I am good to go at 4:30am. Am I a saint? No. Life happens, we all know that. You just have to have the ability to adapt to the changes as they come about, while keeping your mind focused on your goals. If you hit snooze and miss your morning workout, find a way to increase your activity level throughout the day, or plan your workout to be in the evening instead. It's all about adaptation, focus, and mindset.
"One of the most memorable moments in one's life is their wedding day.
While working towards your big day, it is important for both to remember why you're waking up at 4am to workout, or why you're spending your entire afternoon grocery shopping and meal prepping, it is important to remember who you're doing it for, and why. First, you need to choose this change for yourself, no one else. Once you've done that, you need to talk with your soon to be spouse about each others goals and how you can support one another throughout their health and fitness journey. Then, plan, plan, plan! Choose a fitness program that suits your needs, and focus on your nutrition and water intake. Reach out to friends, family, coach, or community to share your journey, for accountability and record. Finally, crush your goals TOGETHER
With the start of my new journey, I also started a motivational wellness podcast called “Lattes with Ale.” In my podcast, I talk about how to balance life and stay motivated. Mindset is everything! Each episode is between 10-15 min.
If you want to join me, grab your latté and let’s get started!
Click here to check out her podcast:
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What is your advice for couples getting ready for their big day??
My biggest advice is to plan together! I bought a dry erase board and placed it in my kitchen. Each week we would write down our workouts, meals, wedding deadlines such as payments due, menus due, or meetings. This helps us get a snapshot of our week/month was looking.
Stress levels would stay low because we scheduled time to do everything that had to get done! Doing this also kept my fiancé in the loop and it didn’t feel as if I was planning everything on my own.
“Do the things today that will help the future you!”
I absolutely love drinking Shakeology. It’s a superfoods packed meal replacement shake. It helps with cravings, lean muscle, gut health, system support, and stress. I’ve been drinking it for almost 10 years now and love it!! It helps me stay on track when it can be tough and is delicious. I mix mine with coconut milk, spinach, 1/2 a banana, collagen and ice. It’s usually my breakfast every single day. Cafe Latte is my favorite flavor.
2B Mindset (a nutritional and wellness program) because it focuses on our relationship with food, not just a black and white diet.
Transform :20 (a home fitness program) because it supports a busy schedule while still getting in one of the most effective workouts I've ever had...in just 20 minutes.
One of the first ways that you can include your lovable four legged family members is by including them in your engagement photos.
Creating cute signs, and accessories to give them a voice makes the most adorable Save the Date.
"I loved her first"
"Mom said Yes!"
"My mom and dad are getting Married"
Are just a few.
So excited to celebrate one of our favorite sweet treat creators this month! Everyone... this is Amanda from Frost & Layer Bakery!
I have known Amanda for a handful of years now meeting through our 9-5. In fact, we have been known as " The Amanda's" and I think we both get a kick out of that.
I have asked Amanda to answer some questions for me and I am very excited to feature her as we end the holiday season on a sweet note.
As a personal taste tester of her product I can tell you she does not disappoint!!!
4. What have been some of your favorite weddings and why?
A: "All weddings are fun because each one is different from the last, but this summer I was the maid of honor for my best friend’s wedding in Marquette, MI. I planned it, I decorated it, I was in it, and I catered for it! Because we were so far away from home, I was baking and decorating 200+ cupcakes in a random AirBnB kitchen, so I really had to be on my game. It was a challenge, but totally worth it. Plus, she gave me complete creative freedom, which are always the best events to bake for."
5. What do you encourage clients to stay away from when planning their wedding/or when working with you and your craft?
A: "I always encourage trying not to worry to about every little detail – to trust in and leave all the minor pieces to the professionals who really own their craft. Too many options and too many ideas can create a really chaotic environment for the client. People who are passionate about what they do, will never deliver less than their best for their client."
One of the best things about this display is that it directly involved Jamie's clients. Throughout our time getting the display together Jamie held a Instagram contest encouraging her followers, and four legged customers, to submit their photo and a reason why they wanted to be a City Bark model! We took the submissions and randomly selected 6 dogs! These 6 dogs had their letter to Santa and photo featured in the display!
We had so many pups submit that I decided to address an envelope for each submission. This way when walking past the store her customers would see their name getting ready to be sent to Santa. This was one of the best parts. While setting up the display I would see customers looking for their pets name.
We had the featured dog owners send us their pet's letters to Santa and these became the driving factor for what product featured in the window for the holiday.
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