If you’re counting on someone else to make you happy, you’re going to be unhappy for a very long time. Girls, true undeniable happiness comes from within ourselves. No man, no amount of money, no friend, no job, nothing is going to make you find your true happiness.
In fact all that does is fill a void for a short amount of time, just there to sugar coat, until you get to the point of needing to find happiness again because something didn’t go as planned. Then you’ll go searching for that next fix to “make you happier than you’ve ever been”. HAPPY starts with YOU. You have to do the work on yourself first before another person can make you happy, you have to take care of yourself mentally + physically, you need to learn who you are, be willing to grow + experience new things, and ultimately LOVE yourself. That in my eyes is true undeniable happiness.
I can tell you my confidence is where it is at because I’ve never been happier with Shannan than I am right now 🙏🏻💕
Dreams can be pushed down & away so easily. Don’t forget to let yourself dream. What is exciting for you to think about? At what moments in your life have you felt most yourself? If you could be anywhere + doing anything in 5 years, what would your life look like? God, our ultimate creator, made us in his image. Meaning, we have the creative gene instilled in us. Don’t believe the lie that your dream “might happen one day.” MAKE IT HAPPEN. Work towards your goal. Stop comparing your timeline to those around you and keep your gaze straight ahead & don’t tell me your dream is unrealistic. God is bigger than any financial need, unchartered territory or unanswered question. We believe God gave you the passions, talents and desires you have because he wants to watch you achieve them. God delights in you + the desires of your heart. Go capture those desires & live abundantly, the way God intended you to. #HatfieldAdventures
The person who bullied me the most when I was overweight was myself. I was brutal, telling myself that people didn’t want to be around me because I was the fat awkward kid. Kids are brutal too. There were instances when other people’s bullying reinforced these ideas. My relationship with food was toxic. It was a punishment on myself as much as a coping mechanism. Therapy and honest conversations with myself, and God, is what saved my life from a self destructing lifestyle. I had a lot of low points growing up. A lot of private conversations with God. Together we found a path that lead to health.
I started using my natural skill for theatrics when I went out. Getting dressed was putting on my costume. With this new game I learned to express myself. Self expression lead to enjoying myself. Growing up plus size is what gave me a love for fashion. I already felt like I stood out so I decided why not give them a show #theater
Losing weight didn’t make me happy or even enhance my fashion. It just changed how people saw me.
My body has changed. My curves are different. Everyone tells you to lose the weight, but no one tells you what to do with yourself once it happens. I’m still getting used to seeing my body and myself for who I am. Not what people tell me i should be. I struggle daily with body dysmorphia. Even though I am now the proper weight for my body proportions. I still struggle. For years I was told I was less than by The media, doctors, pastors, peers, even family at times. However, most of the damage was done by myself. I told lies to myself for years.
Luckily, I’m brave enough this time to speak out against the injustice of feeling less than. Style helped me find my voice, God showed me my strength, now it’s time to let my truth out. Time to stop holding myself back. By speaking my truth I hope it gives others the strength to do the same. #keeptalking #healthyisthenewskinny #happyisachoice #ichooseme #choosejoy #chooselife #youreworthit #newbegingings
“Essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it”. - John Updike
Purpose from the soul, and a heart to connect, grow and stand with other creatives. Because we’re only alone when we want to be.
For the past 11 years I’ve taken Xiola to school on the first day. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to today, but one of her BFF’s Mom took them both. Here’s to New Beginnings and a Great Freshman Year...I Love You So Much Zig! #HuttoHippos #ChooseJoy #SadDad #firstdayobligatorypic
One of my big dreams and goals is to be completely debt free. I got a doctorate in six years and had two unexpected surgeries (without insurance) and the amount I owe right now is scary high. I live in the burbs, stick to a budget, and pay every month but it doesn’t feel like it’s going away very fast. That was one of my big “whys” for becoming a virtual wellness coach. I hate the idea of living with massive debt over my head for decades. My coach (@kyle.a.cloud
)just paid all of her grad school debt off way in advance and it’s so inspiring to me. ❤️
Why do we settle for paying insane interest for decades? Why aren’t we comfortable talking about money and providing real solutions? You guys... have you ever thought about doing a side hustle? This one keeps me in the best shape of my life and providing realistic solutions to women wanting to change their life. If you have debt or want an additional income let’s chat! So happy to have this opportunity and this is me saying I WILL be paying my debts off way early! Let’s do this! 💪
What big dreams and goals do you have?? What would extra income every week do for you and your family?
Joy is defined as “an orientation of the heart; a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope”. 💛🙏🏼 and once it’s found, it’s not easily lost. But we can stumble and lose focus if we don’t navigate our hearts where they need to be... resting in His truth. #eyesonHim
☝🏼 Stay in motion of His grace and love, and don’t allow the enemy to intervene when times get tough. Stand firm then (Ephesians 6:11) and let nothing get in the way of the JOY - and purpose - He has promised and is faithful to fulfill. 👊🏼💛🙏🏼
My family 🖤 my all
I honestly don’t have many eloquent words to add to this, or a cool story to share, or any words of wisdom. I’ll let my words be few. I just love them so much.
FIRST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL IS DONE! 👏🏼 ANDDDD we have access to keys...I’m the real deal now. ✌🏽
While I’m confident I’ll be arriving early/staying late for the next 3 months...I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I can already tell my students are INCREDIBLE people + I honestly cannot wait to get to know all 68 of them over this next semester. ♥️ Now off to do more school work (+ jump on my coaching team call, too, because side hustles matter 👋🏽) + then the best sleep of my life. 😴
The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately!
Are you a hustler?
I am! 🙋🏼
The people in this picture......yep, they are too!
We are all learning our dreams WILL come true if we stay consistent with the things that may be uncomfortable or HARD!
If it’s fitness related or business, commit and make it happen.
CHOOSE YOUR HARD!
I want to share with you why I LOVE what I do and HOW I started on a road to changing our lives financially, simply by helping others!
If you've followed me for a while, you KNOW my heart is this business. You know that I love my team and I work harddddd. If you LOVE fitness, nutrition and could use some extra support on your own health journey - this may be YOUR thing! 😉
Check out the #tribe
application in my bio or the link in the comments! Let’s chat.
Things that make you go, Awwwwww! 😍💙💙💙Coming home from a walk we told my son to put his shoes away. This is where we found his crocs 🐊 nestled in my husbands sneaks 👟 I said “Aw, he’s already walking in your footsteps!” •
Today was one of those hard days from top to bottom where you talk to people who are facing some terrible things; cancer, death of a spouse, sick kids, strained marriage, cancer, cancer and more cancer. And as people come and go from your circle of influence every day all day long you have just this little window where your lives intersect and you can choose how you react, whether you pray, how you smile or squeeze their hand, if you can somehow have them pass by feeling better, more loved, more encouraged from having encountered you. And then they are gone until you see them again or sometimes you don’t know. And these tiny insignificant moments that make me smile and give me joy, like my sons shoes snug inside my husbands, are what fill my heart so I can go out and fill others. They are good gifts from above and no matter how small should not go unnoticed.
our top party animal! 😻 the cat ready for everyday celebrations & halloween kitty making an early debut for the season!! #pippacoshop
would you swap a pair of wool club monaco pants that fit “ho hum” and make you feel “meh” for a smoothie bowl? 🤔💕
〰️ i would! consignment is one of my favourite ways to swap clothing for cash, that you can then spend on a delicious coffee or movie date with a pal 💛
give this tip a try on your path to simplifying your wardrobe as the season changes 🍂
👉🏼 not to mention it’s good for the environment to buy & sell used clothing
My daughter has a Girl Scouts event at the park now. I'm not running errands. I'm not going back home to clean. I will sit right here by the lake and read. It's more important. #selfcare #booklove #reading #choosejoy #startnow
Works in progress!! Successful day!! Come on by our studio and purchase a work of art or join one of our fun and creative classes or schedule your own private paint party. Great for office parties or any reason to just have fun. You can always bring your own food and beverage!!
I am completely torn between making a joke to go with this photo and being serious ... 😜
But this is what I want to say!!
Married people - don't be afraid to publicly love on your spouse!!
We're in that weird age where half of our friends are married with babies and the other half aren't in serious relationships. And for the first couple years, we were so mindful of other people's feelings and not making them uncomfortable that we were often a bit awkward with each other 😐 and eventually that filters into your private life as well. •
I remember having a conversation at the beginning of our third year that I wanted to up our PDA. I didn't want to be embarrassed to show love to my husband!! And I can say that this year I've felt so much closer and intimate with him - and I think not being shy in public really helped with that! •
So don't be gross.... Somethings you can "get a room" for 🤣 but don't be afraid to show people what a healthy relationship looks like! And smooches and squeezes and tushie grabs are part of that. I'm just saying. 😉😚
High five to everyone who made it through today🖐🏻
I started out the day with a chip on my shoulder; mad at the world for no reason other than I just was. It has been a long day, I feel pulled in a thousand directions and can’t catch up, yada yada yada....
But I realized something: God gave me another day on this earth to be used for His glory, not my own, so if you’re reading this, then you are here too for a reason. I don’t know what it is, and you might not either, but we’re here. So high five to you, friend!🙌🏻
I genuinely hope your Tuesday was a great one. I just needed to get off my high horse and stop complaining. That’s all. Once I did, I realized how #blessed
Am i stuck or it’s just my hands?!
Eid Mubarak! 🎉
joseph’s sticky rainbow coat 🌈 i created this project three years ago + i still love it today! i print out joseph, cut out his coat area and put contact paper sticky-side-up behind it (to make his coat sticky). then i tape the pages to whatever color paper the girls want. they tear up pieces of tissue paper, crumble them, and stick them to make a coat of many colors ☺️ after, they color the rest of the picture. this project offers a fun sensory aspect, not to mention plenty of fine motor work for those tiny finger muscles ❤️
1st grade sure looks good on this girl. 😉 She loves tasks and will fly through 3-4 pages of each workbook. She is also dominating her chore chart. Does anyone else have a “task” oriented child? I notice the times she is most ornery is when she has down time..🤔. #lilablue #homeschoolkids
D A Y A T T H E B E A C H .
Inspired by the television show ‘The End of the F***ing World’.
Spread love. Kiss and hug your loved ones. Enjoy the moment. Live freely.
The best feeling in the world is when you can’t stop laughing. 😂
feeling lucky we were able to bring Ida on this trip and lucky that she has been such an angel ♥️ I know she is missing her siblings though and we are too 😏 bittersweet heading home tomorrow morning #moyersinpdx #IdaRedMoyer
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it everyday.” -Henri J.M. Nouwen
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