Life Lately in Tennessee and End of Challenge Update

Hi friends!!

Well week one of being in Nashville and starting a new job is officially in the books!  You guys, I have to tell you that I am absolutely loving my new job.  It really feels like a perfect fit for me right now.  It is challenging, but manageable and this job leaves me with a very rewarding feeling at the end of the day, which is really important to me.  It also feels really nice to have a schedule and be in a routine.  After a few months of traveling and moving, my body was craving some stability.

But I sure am missing these ladies. 😦  I almost cried the other night thinking about how I can’t just see my sister any time I want anymore.  That is most definitely the hardest part about leaving Dallas.


I can’t believe it is already February! I feel like January flew by so quickly.  Speaking of January ending… my 28 day challenge (Ashy Bines) is complete and I am feeling great!  I am sleeping better, feeling more energized and feeling stronger.

I really liked the workouts from the program… they were a mix of high intensity, yoga, and strength training and I could do them all from home, which was really nice.  I even managed to throw in a couple Body Pump classes each week accompanied by lots of extra stretching.

I was really diligent about food prepping and always having something on hand in case I got hungry.  I prepped breakfasts and lunches ahead of time each week and then cooked dinner each night.  This made my days stress free and left a lot more time for exercising and just not always being in a rush.  I have been exercising in the mornings before work and while it is hard getting up so early, it is nice to start the day off on the right foot and to have my nights free to hang with my pups and family.

The biggest change for me was mentally.  My mind just feels clearer.  Does that make sense?  I just feel really at peace and calm.  I think the biggest reason for this was cutting out alcohol.  I have also seen some physical changes with my legs getting stronger and my stomach feels flatter too.  While I am not strictly following any eating/exercising plan now, I have implemented a lot pieces of the challenge into my daily life.  I am still making a lot of the recipes, doing the workouts throughout the week, starting my day with a big glass of warm lemon water (I crave it when I wake up), taking more walks, drinking more water, and still avoiding alcohol (I might have a drink or two soon, but I will be limiting it).

On another note… we are still waiting for our house in Dallas to sell.  We have had 30+ showings in the last month so we are hoping it sells soon so we can begin really looking for a new house here in Nashville.  There are a few different areas of town that we like, but I am excited to explore a little more before we actually buy a house here.  Nashville has changed a LOT since I moved away for college so it really is kind of like exploring a new city and learning about the different areas of town.

Time to quit rambling and get this day started!  I hope you all have a great Tuesday!!


  1. Best part about your job?
  2. What is the first thing you do every morning?
  3. Do you wake up at the same time every day?


9 thoughts on “Life Lately in Tennessee and End of Challenge Update

  1. Aw yay happy to hear that your job is such a great fit! It makes all the difference when you actually like your job! The best part about my job is that I’m not micro managed. My boss basically just lets me be/nor is he really ever in the office. The freedom is great. And overall, we’re just a very chill laid back office.
    Also I’m so with you on meal prepping. I need to get more consistent with it but on weeks that I do get around to doing it, it makes my life sooo much easier. Its just one less thing you have to worry about. And helps my wallet during lunch time at work lol

    xo, JJ


  2. So happy you love your job! Changing jobs is always challenging at first, just the NEWNESS of it all, but the fact that you already LOVE it is amazing. Congrats on completing the challenge. We are about to do pretty much the same thing, no alcohol, clean eating etc….just for a reset. You gave me inspiration by saying it made you feel better physically AND mentally.


    1. Thanks Donna! I am so happy I love my jobs… the days and weeks fly by!
      Good for you!!!! I am rooting for you guys! You will feel so much better!! I am still feeling great and continuing to eat better. Just get past the first week or two and it gets so much easier and you will start noticing a difference.


  3. So glad you’re getting in to your new routine and liking your new job–always amazing when you can enjoy a job you have to go to every day! I have to be at work by 7:30 so Mondays-Fridays I have to be up at 5:30. Saturdays and Sundays I sleep with no alarm and sleep in til around 8 usually!


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