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.

#BrightonBrain

Can We Talk About Stress?

Usually, when I decide on a topic I want to pursue, I spend weeks pouring over the internets reading as much as I can on the subject. I find the best articles tackling the topic, take notes, and then start to formulate my own answer to the question in a way that resonates with me and that I hope will do the same for y’all. But I had this crazy…

Lifestyle

3 Simple Ways to Be Healthier in Your Spare Time

I go back and forth on a lot of things in my life (which I think slash hope is pretty normal). One of those things being my health and fitness. I’ve been an athlete, I’ve gone months without working out, I’ve worked out every day, and one time I ate nothing but ice cream for dinner for a whole week. #TRUTH. So you can say I’m kinda sporadic when it…

Travel

Austin City Guide

Austin is one of my favorite places in the world. I went to college in Austin at UT and ever since I left, I’ve missed it so much. Now that my boyfriend’s family lives there, I’ve been heading back more often so I’m loving that! IT just has that big city-little city feel and there are so many good places to eat, drink, and be outside. Plus it’s just a…

Lifestyle

We Tried Every Yasso Flavor: Here’s What Happened

I’d like to think it’s official at this point: I’m the internet girl who always talks about Yasso. Right?! Well, at least if you follow me on Instagram to ANY degree, then you’ve heard how obsessed I am with Yasso’s frozen Greek yogurt. Thankfully, it looks like y’all are huge fans too! It’s incredible – I get hundreds of DMs each week from y’all telling me how much you, your baby, your brother, sister, and all-your-people love Yasso too! It’s SO MUCH FUN. Personally, I did not expect this to snowball the way it has. I just adore the product, the colors, our BTD comradery: IT’S A WHOLE THING.

Lifestyle

5 Reasons Why I’m Inspired by The Pursuit of Less

The idea of pursuing less in a more intentional way is a topic that seems to pop up in my life every so often. I first heard about it at a conference years ago (the idea of less cell time), and now it seems to be an idea I’m hearing almost weekly. Whether it be in a book I’m reading, someone I’m talking to, or just how I’m feeling internally.…

Lifestyle

How to Actually Get 8 Hours of Sleep

I’ve been wanting to write more about sleep on BTD for like a year, but I honestly always thought it was *too boring* of a topic. I didn’t know if y’all would want to hear about the topic…or if it’d put you to sleep (get it?). But then I realized that it’s a habit that impacts ALL of us in a really important way. I call it a habit because…

Faith

How To Be On Mission When You’re Not In Ministry

A few months ago, I got a DM from a reader asking me this very question: “What are some ways I can be on mission when I’m not in ministry?” The question stopped me in my tracks. What a thought-provoking but also very real question. It was such a humbling question and one I really wanted to spend time thinking about before sending back some off-the-cusp or canned answer. It…

Lifestyle

The BTD Community’s Healthy Lunch Ideas

Y’all have probably noticed that I’m finally truly making some strides on a healthier lifestyle, and I’m actually serious about it. I’m feeling a lot better when I’m working out often, and I’m even trying to improve my diet (FOR REAL THIS TIME!). I still have a long way to go but I always love hearing from y’all when I need inspiration or ideas. And since part of my lack…

#BrightonBrain

4 Books I Just Finished

After sharing the books I’m currently reading (about to read, just finished, etc) on my stories, a few of y’all asked that I put together a blog post listing them out. So that’s what I’m doing. Y’all know I love to learn and reading is by far one of my absolute favorite ways to absorb new information, challenge myself, and think through the world around me. Here’s what I’m currently…

Lifestyle

BTD Q3 2018 Playlist

I feel like I’m always listening to music – whether while on a walk, while I get ready or even sometimes while I work. And each quarter, I like to share a little bit of what I’ve been listening to with y’all. I’m a little late with Q3’s playlist – given that we’re over halfway through it – but I figured better late than never! You’ll notice this playlist is…

#BrightonBrain

The Classic “What Is My Purpose” Crisis

I’m experiencing one my little “what is my purpose and what am I doing and why am I here” moments this week. I don’t think this is something that I’m alone in experiencing. This is something we probably all deal with from time to time and in different ways. Right now, I’m feeling some discomfort. I don’t think it’s new, but sometimes it just feels more real and present. I’m…

Home

My Laundry Room Reveal

My excitement level is at a solid 1000% right now because I am over the moon pumped to finally share my laundry room reveal with y’all! If you’ve been following along on IG stories, then you know this has been a long time comin’! It just took me a minute to get all my ducks in a row! But finally, here we go! And I can’t stop looking at these…

Travel

Travel Must Haves + Top Packing Tips

[I totally meant to publish this like 2 weeks ago, but I figured better late than never, especially with all the Summer traveling I’m sure y’all are doing! So here we go!] I’m packing up and heading to the beach tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun to do a quick little post sharing some of my favorite travel must haves and packing tips with y’all. I’ve shared about…

Lifestyle

How to Enjoy Weekday Summer Nights More with Plated

I always say that fall is my favorite season, but man summertime comes in a close second. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been allowing myself to have more fun so far this summer or if I’m truly embracing the season more, but I freaking love it. I’ve really been soaking up the last of every minute and trying to make my days full of more joy. Which sounds…

#BrightonBrain

Here’s What’s Really Going On (June 2018)

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been feeling a bit aimless lately. Y’all know I go through ups and downs with this whole blogging thing – where sometimes I’m super into it and inspired and then other times not so much. But that’s not really how I’m feeling now. This is different. I’m going to try my best to explain it to you – mostly because I need to get it out of my brain and into writing but also because I want to be honest with y’all.

Lifestyle

How My Trip with MacKenzie-Childs Inspired My Life

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of flying out to Aurora, New York. While this tiny town in rural NY might seem random, it’s actually home to a brand I was SO freaking honored to learn more about, MacKenzie-Childs. If you grew up in a home with an interior-loving mama like myself, you’ve likely heard of the brand – or at least seen their fun, unique designs on social media.

Lifestyle

How To Be A Good Roommate

When the word “roommate” comes to mind, a positive association doesn’t always come with it. And it’s totally understandable why. Many of us have had at least one not-so-great experience with a roommate – I’ve for sure had my fair share of not-so-ideal roommates experiences as well. Luckily, I’m in a great situation now, but I’ve definitely learned a lot along the way.

Home

How to Style a Coffee Table

If you’ve been following along on Insta stories recently, y’all know that I had to delay writing this blog post because I couldn’t decide how I wanted to style my coffee table (classic Brighton!). So yeah, I get it might seem kinda funny that I’m here giving you advice on coffee table styling but there’s always trial and error with interior design stuff. And I don’t want to be over here pretending I’m perfect and that it’s always a smooth and easy process (especially since I change my mind about what I like EVERY TWO SECONDS).