Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Here are a few of my favorite things–the topics that really make me tick. I love to focus aspects of life that are already good and find ways to make them even better. You’ll find content here that I hope will add value to your everyday. We’ll discuss faith, travel, home, organization, fitness, podcasts, and more topics that will cheer you on to live your best, most abundant life.

Lifestyle

How to (Actually) be Motivated to Make Healthy Choices

Hi friends! I’m diving into health and wellness with today’s post and I hope it’s something y’all are interested in talking about. I think it’s a topic so many of us struggle with on a daily basis, so why not break it down like everything else? I’m not a health guru by any means, but I think we can all offer encouragement and what we’ve learned from our own personal…

Lifestyle

5 Ways to Switch Your Brain Off At Night

Y’all have probably gathered by now that I’m very into getting good sleep and having a strong nightly routine. My sleep and the routine I rely on to help me get that sleep are two things I really try not to sacrifice no matter what day of the week it is. But it occurred to me recently that I haven’t shared much about what I do before my routine – you know, what…

Faith

10 Tips for Memorizing Scripture

My brain feels constantly overloaded, so the thought of memorizing anything feels impossible to me on most day! Anyone else feel that way? Even though it feels challenging, I know it’s important. Especially as I have shared with you guys about my desire to grow in prayer and using scripture to pray. What better way to pray scripture than memorizing it? But back to the fact that it feels hard.…

Faith

When You Feel Like Your Prayers Aren’t Working…

I think we have all had those times when we feel like we are praying and asking God for something and it feels like radio silence on the other end. Some prayers are things I can afford to wait on, but some prayers feel more desperately urgent and waiting on an answer for longer than a day or a week feels like torture. I figure I’m not alone in this,…

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My Spring Cleaning Faves from Amazon

I think we can all relate to how AMAZING (and cathartic!) it feels to get organized and have a clean home, RIGHT? I mean with all this Marie Kondo-ing going around social media who isn’t jumping into their closets and pantries to get rid of items that don’t ‘spark joy’?! Also, with it being officially March, the spring season is upon us and we know that means the spring cleaning…

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How to Make Spring Cleaning Way Freaking Easier

We’re officially in the Spring Cleaning Season, which I personally kinda love. (I even wrote a whole post on how to clean up your ENTIRE LIFE, which I love thinking about in terms of more than items.) Anyways, it’s funny how it takes a certain season to make us all motivated to finally clean out our closets, but hey, I’m OK with that! My problem most years, though, is that…

#BrightonBrain

3 Things I’m Focusing on in March

First off, how the HECK is it March?! Like wow. But here we are! I shared what I do to start each month in this post and something that’s come from it has been finding personal ‘focus areas’ for the following month. I basically assess my month prior (like I mentioned in that post) and then see what I’m feeling/missing/needing in my life. Usually the focuses come pretty naturally and…

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Home Decor Items I’m Loving Right Now

I don’t know about you, but with the new year I always end up wanting to change some things up in my house! I feel like a few new items around the house make your space feel a little updated and fresh! And changing a few smaller items is an easy and relatively affordable way to freshen up your decor. Speaking of fresh, I am really ALL about greenery right now.…

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8 of My Favorite Books and Why I Keep Coming Back to Them

If y’all can’t tell, one of my themes for February on BTD has been books. It’s nothing new (I freaking LOVE to read), but I’ve realized I need to do a better job at sharing books with y’all. Because like you might have noticed from this Instagram comment section and then this blog post, y’all seem to like books as much as me! I’m trying to think of a smart…

Faith

The Power of Praying Scripture

There have been so many times I’ve sat down to spend time with God in prayer – and my mind just seems to go blank. Other times I feel like a broken record, bringing the same things over and over before God. One day, I was reading a verse out of Psalm 119 that said His word is a “lamp for our feet, a light on our path.” In that…

Fitness

Q1 2019 BTD Beats Playlist + Cute Workout Wear

We are coming to the end of January (I know, CRAZY), so it feels like a good time to release my Quarter One playlist for Team BTD. If you’re new around here, each quarter I release a new playlist with all the songs I’m listening to throughout the quarter! If you’ve been following along for a bit, then you know that these playlists are about as random as it gets!…

#BrightonBrain

My Life Was Incredibly Unbalanced and I Couldn’t Figure Out Why

I had another blog post scheduled in my editorial calendar for today. It’s titled “Why You Need to Know What Your Priorities Are & How To Figure it Out.” I’m still going to publish it, but I wanted to write a less formal, more personal #brightonbrain type post to walk you through HOW we got here – to me wanting to write a post on priorities. About a year ago,…

Faith

Why We Should Pray Specifically, with Expectation

I think we can agree or have at one point felt like praying is hard. It’s one thing to pray when you’re desperate or don’t have any other place to turn, but it’s another thing to pray because you can’t imagine a day without it. I don’t know about you, but I want the latter. And so it’s been my focus to really invest in my prayer life this year and…

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How to Make Winter a Happier Season

I don’t like starting a post being negative, but it’s a fact of my life: Winter is my least favorite season. I’m pretty sure a lot of y’all feel that way too right? But since it’s a season that takes up 1/4 of our year every single year of our life, I’ve realized that being a grouch about it isn’t doing anything productive for myself. While it’ll never bring me…

Lifestyle

7 Gadgets For Your Best Year Yet

I hope y’all know that my blog is here to serve content that motivates, inspires and encourages y’all to live brighter lives (or ‘Brighton Your Day’ if I’m being cheesy!). And sometimes I wonder, how can I do that best and in a quick way? Well, a few items help me do my job and life more effortlessly, so I thought it might be helpful if I shared a few…

Faith

3 Tips To Transform Your Prayer Life

Prayer is something I really want to focus on this year. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never really been super intentional about my prayer life – or at least not consistently. I mean, I make an effort to pray. And I do my daily quiet times, but I haven’t really spent time consistently pursuing a prayer discipline.  Personally, I’m more comfortable journaling or studying or doing something more active…

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5 Things I’m Buying to Get Organized for 2019

I’m really in a season of buying less (which I’ve talked about a few times on BTD like here), and honestly it’s been great. I’ve been focusing on quality over quantity and only buying things that bring me joy or I need for work. It’s kinda messy since part of my job is sharing clothes and things, but I think I’m doing a balanced job of it. I’m honestly almost…

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Lessons I Learned in 2018

This year I learned a lot about how to deal with being overwhelmed and doing something when you feel like you can’t do anything. So many of my days in 2018 were spent taking one small step in a positive direction. I would get so STUCK. I’d think about ALL the things I had to do or what I wanted to happen or how I didn’t like how things were…