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

I Went Off Social Media for a Weekend & Here’s What Happened

Y’all might remember that a month or so ago, I went to Austin with #mysteryboy and went off social media for an ENTIRE weekend. I already shared a little about the experience here, but basically, I forgot about social media – it wasn’t necessarily intentional. We were just really busy and having so much freaking fun that social media and my phone in general weren’t a priority. It helped that…

Lifestyle

Meet Katie!

Hey y’all! Katie, here! I think most of you know me by now if you have followed Brighton for the past year and a half. But if you haven’t caught any of her stories with me in them, then Hi, nice to meet you! Here, I am wearing one of my favorite, favorite, favorite pieces from Mi Golondrina. Each piece is one of a kind (which really is so special),…

Lifestyle

What My Fall Morning Routine Looks Like (+ Ideas for Yours!)

Morning routines seem to be one of those things that EVERYONE likes to talk about – including me. Y’all responded really well to this post on morning routines (which I’m still pretty proud of TBH, so if you haven’t read it yet, please do). And it’s a topic that I see everywhere – from talking with people in my life to articles I read, etc. Everyone is so interested in…

Lifestyle

Cozy Fall Movies + Cute Loungewear Picks

One of my favorite things about fall is all the FEELS. More so than any other season, this time of year comes with so many things that feel like the season (OK maybe Christmas too but I’d argue that fall is even more intense, in a good way). From the first feel of a colder night, to the leaves falling, to candles, to pumpkin everything and boots, it feels so…

Lifestyle

Denver Guide

Spur of the moment trips are what weekends are made for & my trip with #mysteryboy to Denver last weekend is just what I needed – a break from the Texas heat/humidity and a real taste of fall. I love Denver because it has so many quirky places to explore & the fact that it’s surrounded by mountains is a MAJOR plus. The short flight from Dallas is pretty great…

Fall

What I Packed For A Weekend Trip To Denver

I thought it might be fun to quickly throw together a post on what I packed for Denver this past weekend. It was a super spontaneous trip – we booked it on Thursday! But it was one of the most fun weekend trips I’ve ever been on! I’m obsessed with Denver and can’t wait to go back! I’m also very proud to say that I packed everything in a carry-on.…

#BrightonBrain

Sometimes I Feel Discouraged Trying To Live Like Jesus…

Sometimes when I read the Bible and/or readings about what the Christian life should look like and how we’ve been called to live, I feel downright disheartened by my life. Often, it seems like the Bible’s “ask” is too big or aspirational for me to even attain – way too idealistic to actually live out.  I sure would love to live my life like the Apostle Paul or the Bible’s…

Lifestyle

Vitamins and Supplements To Improve Your Health

Y’all know that I like to LEARN and lately something that’s sparked my interest is vitamins slash supplements. I think getting closer to 30 and realizing that there’s actually a lot about my own body that I don’t know makes me want to soak up any info I can. And I’m kinda always interested in easy ways to be healthier or to help my body feel its best – think everyone is, right?

Fall

The BTD Fall Bucket List with Koolaburra

Now that we’re officially in fall, you know I’m trying to get all the fall feels wherever I can – it’s such a season of feels right?? Y’all seem to love whenever I do the seasonal bucket lists and I always have fun putting them together, so to celebrate the kick-off of fall, here’s the latest! I tried to pick ideas that aren’t necessarily Dallas related since I know a…

#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…