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

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…

Lifestyle

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…

Lifestyle

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…

#BrightonBrain

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…

Lifestyle

What to Do for Yourself the Last Week of the Year

Hope y’all had a great Christmas wherever you spent it! I’m home in Baton Rouge before heading to Miami for a wedding and then back to Dallas, but finally back to the computer after some much needed time off. This is one of those weird weeks where you still kinda feel in holiday mode but it’s a work week – and it’s also the final week of the year. I…

Lifestyle

10 Simple Ways to Lead to a Less Stressful Life

Y’all may have noticed, but I’ve been trying to do less lately. Whether that’s posting less on Instagram (or rather, scheduling things out better!), hanging more at home, or even buying less, I’m in a state of less – and I’m really liking it. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot going on and internal pressure and freakouts that I’m not doing enough and stress, but overall, doing…

Lifestyle

Easy At-Home Date Night Idea

I know I haven’t shared much of #mysteryboy with y’all other than a few Instagram moments, but that’s mainly because I want to keep that part of my life private and protect our relationship. Plus, I kinda like keeping him to myself. So even though I don’t share much of him, I thought I could do a better job at sharing more about dating and what we like to do…

Lifestyle

7 Steps to the Best Bath of Your Life

Most of the time, I’m a shower girl, but when I was building my house I knew I wanted an amazing bathtub. Because every so often, this girl needs a freaking bath moment! Especially once fall and winter hit, I tend to take a bath every week or so, and I think of it as part of my self-care routine (that I’m always trying to get better at). When I…

Lifestyle

30 Ways to Nourish Your Mind, Body & Soul

Last week I took a week off of work (and just everything really) and it’s reminded me about the importance of nourishment. And I’m not talking about only healthy food or things like that – I’m talking about deep nourishment that cleanses you. That might sound dramatic, but it’s how I feel! It’s SO important and something that we can skip on when we’re in the chaos of daily life.…

Lifestyle

Best of Spotify Holiday Stations

I’m not someone who listens to Christmas music in October or anything, but by the time December rolls around, I’m usually ready for some holiday spirit. I’m such a music fan and always have some going whether in my house or car so I like to switch it up, too! Here are 4 really good holiday music stations on Spotify. They range from classic to fun and cover everything in…

Lifestyle

How to Do Holiday Cards in Your Twenties

Gosh, I’ve actually been meaning to tackle this subject for years, and season after season, I think about it when holiday cards start rolling in. First of all, I LOVE them! They’re one of my favorite traditions and I fill up my fridge and mantle with them. But I’ve never known what to do about them personally! Because here’s the thing – I’m not married and I don’t have kids,…

Lifestyle

5 December Expenses I’m Budgeting For

Does anyone else think that November flew by? Like somehow it should still be October in my mind? But here we are, December! Did you guys enjoy the blast post at the beginning of last month talking about budgeting in November? Based on the analytics on my end, it seemed like you did! So I decided to bring it back for December and share my thoughts on how we can prepare…