Some days I’m crushing this mom thing and other days - I’m just surviving. ⠀
Some days I have dinner planned and prepped by lunch and other days the girls get McDonalds before dance. ⠀
Some days I actually wash and fold the laundry on the same day - who are we kidding - that never happens 😂⠀
𝐵𝒶𝓁𝒶𝓃𝒸𝑒 - the unicorn that doesn’t exist even tho we all strive for it. ⠀
Real life balance is knowing there are days when you’re going to totally crush it and there are days when the only thing you’ll accomplish is keeping your kids alive. ⠀
And that’s OK! Keep smiling and know tomorrow’s another day. ⠀
You got this momma! 🥂⠀
Unintentional mommy-daughter matchy matchy today! 😍 Surviving a #growthspurt together and getting as much extra rest as we can (which let's be honest, isn't much. 😂) Love from our family to yours ❤ be comfy and sleep well tonight. 😘
2 322 hours ago
Game nights 🏀 call for quick foods right Mama's - but what is quick and not #takeout ? Well, I've got one for you! I'm keepin it super SIMPLE, and healthy with this easy peasy white bean chicken chili. I literally threw all the ingredients in this morning and TADA, supper is done!
I know schedules are busy and the #momlife can keep you 🏃 I get it, we have several late night game nights every week, a full schedule of just LIFE and ALL the crazy too - but it doesn't have to mean we sacrifice good, NOURISHING food 🌱🌶🥑🥒
So who wants the recipe 🙋 Peek my stories 👀 to see how to throw this yummy dish together and when it comes to getting dinner on the table tonight, remember to KEEP IT SIMPLE SISTER! 😘
I've been hearing a lot lately about the "Marie Kondo Method." She has a show on Netflix about tidying up and asks if certain items in people's lives "spark joy." Her thing is if certain items don't spark joy they should be given away. .
It made me think a lot about the things in my life including this whole journey I have been on. I never knew how much this journey/business would spark so much joy in my life! I have gained so much confidence in myself. I have become so much healthier than I have ever thought was possible for me. I have earned an extra side income for my family. I have been able to help others start a journey of their own. .
This business has sparked joy for so many people and it can for you too! Maybe your not totally satisfied with what you see in the mirror. Maybe your not as healthy as you used to be. Maybe your not totally happy with your job. Maybe you want to stop living on a tight budget. If your ready to spark joy in your life, I'm looking for YOU. Message me or comment down below. .
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is the future. Today is your life. LIVE IT!!
4 473 hours ago
Well....today did NOT go as planned! Up since 2am with both girls and just couldn’t fall back asleep! 😕
Literally had no energy for my to do list, strictly survival mode! We made it! Didn’t get a workout in which bums me out so I’ll be doubling up tomorrow! It’ll definitely be a challenging 40mins! 😳
But.... I’m thankful for life’s blessings and tomorrow being a NEW day!!! 🙌🏻🙏🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻
Today G said her first swear word. 😲 I was completely caught off guard. I knew this day would come, I was just hoping it would be a little later. My husband calmly told her that word is not something we say. .
Has your little one said a swear word before and how did you handle it? This is new territory for us. 🤷🏻♀️
7 383 hours ago
You ever take a look at a picture from some time ago and instantly feel transported back to that point in time? Not just remembering but feeling the emotions of that point in time?
I was wonder if I'm the only person that feels that way. Like looking back at the pictures on the left I feel like the me who despite love and affection that I receive for my kids felt like I needed more. I felt like I needed validation from a man to feel like she was whole. And that's no one's fault but my own. I knew I had love for my family and my kids and I know that God love me deeply. But that wasn't enough. There is so much power and growing to love and know yourself! There is so much strength in spending time with you to find out who you are. Devoting time with God to allow him to show you who you can become! Although I'm far far from perfect now when I look at the pictures on the right I don't feel the feelings that I feel when I look at the ones on the left!
1 183 hours ago
Christmas belly bump!
1 193 hours ago
I did a thing!
I'm not sure when it started, but I had a desire to learn how to make my own pretty cakes. After Laurie's first birthday cake I learned A LOT and had a much easier go at it the second time when I made my mom's birthday cake!
What is the latest DIY you tackled lately? Where you successful?
Spent a lot of my day in the car, but I still got lots done! I borrowed my husband’s airpods to listen to a @beautycounter zoom call! Um.... I might need airpods for Valentines Day! ❤️ Or is there a holiday before Valentines? 🤣🤣
Do you ever sit down and want to cry because you realized that there are only 24 hours in a day and you have about 50 hours to complete all the things in your to do list?! I do! Pretty much on a daily basis! Everyday I get up at 430am and start my day. I get ready and have leave to leave by 6am to make sure I have enough time for my 1 hour and 25 min commute, and make it to work before 8am.
And then my day starts!
I teach high school
I am in grad school
I am a mother of a toddler
A wife to an extremely hard working man
And a caretaker to my mother and little sister.
I AM TIRED just writing it!
I get it!
But when people tell me I’m doing too much and that I should take things off my plate, I can’t because the things I have chosen to take on give me reason, give me life, these are the things that continuously motivate and inspire me to keep going and grow.
I go to work, yes because I have to, but also because I love it. I was once asked by a student, if I won the lottery would I come back to work? And I responded with yes! I would teach less, so I could go to school forever! And as the year went on and their frustration with math grew along with enthusiasm for math, same kid said, “ I really believe what you said about the lottery thing!” Working out is a choice that most hate. Of course, it’s almost never on a priority list. But to me it is, because to me, it makes me happy. Whether I’m tired, sad, disappointed, it always makes me feel better when it’s over! So even when I’m exhausted, and can’t seem to find the time or energy for a workout I make it possible, because I know what it does for me.
Think about one thing you enjoy that you stopped doing because you couldn’t find time or energy or even money to do it. Did it bring you joy? Why did you stop? Was it really impossible to do or did you just give up on something that brought you satisfaction because it was too hard to do?
Heads up! Usually the hardest things to complete being greater results!
Don’t give up on yourself because people have convinced you that you can’t do it. You show the world that anything is possible even when it seems impossible.
1 234 hours ago
New listing! Pink southwestern waterfall vest. Perfect country music festival look. Toddler girl sizes available in 9-12mo, 12-24mo and 2T-3T.
Swipe to see both sides of this reversible duster! ->
1 144 hours ago
I love when photos like this pop up reminding me what at-home workouts can do! 👊 This was me just to just a few months ago after completing my first round of our 8 week at-home program called LIIFT4. 🔥💪🏻❤️ I am looking for 🖐🏼 ladies who are READY to get started on their wellness goals NOW! 💃🏼 ▪️4 workouts a week 😅
▪️30ish minutes in duration ⌚️
▪️3 rest days 🙏🏼
▪️1 “treat yo’self” day! 🍩
▪️weekly meals plans and grocery list from a registered dietician 📝
▪️a rockstar accountability group with other women to help inspire you each and every day👏
▪️me to encourage you to reach your daily goals 😘
If you are looking to get back into shape or want to create a healthy lifestyle for the first time in your life, this is it. The workouts are EXTREMELY efficient! It’s weight lifting plus HIIT (high intensity interval training) plus core work! The nutrition plan is BASIC. No fasting or cutting out food groups, just basic down to earth healthy eating that is ACTUALLY sustainable and easy to do for the long haul.
I would be absolutely honored to lead you through it and share my best tips and tricks for a healthy yet sustainable life! Comment below with a 👊 emoji if you’d like more info!!! #ificandoitsocanyou#joinus#liveyourbestlife#goforit#progressoverperfection#throwbackthursday
1 194 hours ago
Without social media, I don’t know if I could have built my on-air/blog/consulting work from home (in suburbia no less!), sans agent/publicist/single employee ever. So why do I also wish social media would POOF disappear before my daughters are old enough to be on it?
I hope one day Alexa and Goldie can, if they so wish, create careers in the way they want, on their terms- and based on my experience, social media is a no-barrier-to-entry tool with which to do it. 🖤
More on the conundrum currently keeping me up at night toda on the blog (link ☝🏻)- and pls tag any friends who may relate or have words of wisdom in the comments- determined (selfishly, perhaps!) to crowdsource some insight and opinions with this one. xoxo
Last year, I wanted “MORE” out of life.
I wanted to experience “MORE”, do “MORE”, love “MORE” and be “MORE”. I added those words to my family photo last year and saved it as my home screen on my phone so I’d see it everyday and be reminded to not settle for less.
So, this is just a glimpse of the “MORE” that happened in 2018... I made new friends, rekindled with old ones, traveled the US of A, inspired women, helped women feel better in their own skin, gained confidence in myself, helped women in third world countries provide for their families, earned a quarter of my RN salary, deepened my faith, and even earned a spot to our very first Women’s Leadership Summit in Guatemala. I was awarded the Energizer Award at our Palooza [convention] back in July, amongst many “MORE” things. I don’t say these to brag and boast but rather to share with you that these things make me feel good and gave me the “more” I was looking for.... I thank the big man upstairs for putting this opportunity in my path when He did. Joining this company has been nothing short of amazing.... and, well, MORE! 🙌🏼 are YOU ready to experience MORE!?
2018 blessed us with a second baby 👶 to complete the Rustick clan. •
And anyone who has a baby know that babies rule the world. Which means one-on-one time for mom and dad is basically nonexistent... 🤪especially when we work opposite shifts!
So in 2019, I want to make our relationship a top priority again. 💕 •
Share with me 👇 what you do to “date” your spouse? Especially the parents of little ones because it’s not easy, but it is SO important 💗!
3 374 hours ago
Since I joined this team I have traveled to different states to stay with girls who have become good friends, even though I had never met them in person!
I have worked out with thousands of other people in the streets of popular downtown areas!
I have seen people change not only physically but also mentally and some who have even had their lives saved by saying yes to this team!
I personally have gained confidence, support and am continually improving my mindset. .
I have met phenomenol people from all different parts of the country that I otherwise wouldn't have met and I am better off form having them in my life!
These are just a few things that have happened since I decided to say yes!
This why I continue to show up! This is why I am asking you to join us!
2 284 hours ago
We registered my oldest for kindergarten last night and I may have shed a few (ok, it was more than a few) tears in the process 😭 I want her to stop growing, yet love watching her continue to blossom into the little girl she is all at the same time 😍 she made me a mama, and has taught me more about myself, my faith, and my own strength than I ever knew possible ❤️ hugs to all you mamas doing the same thing in the next few months 😘 and if you figure out a way to slow down time, let me know!! 😭😭
And just in case you’re tempted to think our lives are as perfect as this picture leads you to believe, here’s a little dose of reality: my children almost never wear matching clothes, their hair is rarely brushed, bows are a no-go unless there’s a bribe involved, and o ya... we bribed them to pose and smile perfectly with about a half bag of m&ms each 🤷🏻♀️ and the five yr old who I’m so sentimental over also tells me almost daily (in a super angry voice) “I’m not your friend!” and then storms off 🤦🏻♀️ to which I usually reply, “I’m not your friend either, I’m your mom” 😆🤷🏻♀️
A little Throwback Thursday for you all. I just love this photo of my little lady SO much.
Becoming a mom was a huge reality check for me. I realized how much I had let fear dictate everything I did (and didn’t do) and I never wanted Hazel to think she couldn’t accomplish her dreams or heart’s desires nor did I want her to miss opportunities because she was too afraid. I had to change something. It’s taken a long time and I am still a work in progress but she, my fiery little girl, is always my reason, never my excuse.
The girls explored A Whole New World, Every turn a surprise with a hundred thousand things to see. It was a thrilling chase, a wondrous place...a whole new world.. @waltdisneyworld
5 2134 hours ago
When mommy daughter dinner turns into a mommy/daughter dinner date with your bestie! Had a blast at our impromptu dinner @heyjreay
7 264 hours ago
I am listening to the song, "Beautifully Broken", and that is what inspired me to write this post. •
I am beautifully broken. As you have read many times from me, God has brought me through difficult circymstances in the last 3 years. But, man Oh man! I am so on fire for Him! And I just plain feel so incredibly blessed! God brought this coaching thing into my life at such a perfect time. It truly has changed me; my personality, my confidence and my zest for life!
I love helping other women feel the same thing!!! We are all going to go through crap in life. That's just how it is. But how we overcome those things is what matters. •
All of us in my Fit team are going through a new program and its been challenging. But we are all encouraging one another to keep at it!
As a woman, are you looking for a group of ladies to encourage you? Are you looking to get healthy; physically, mentally and spiritually? Comment below, or message me. I would love to talk to you more about it!
You Are BEAUTIFUL!
You Are STRONG!
You Are WORTH IT!
I use Fitness to remind me of these things! Fitness is not only my outlet whenever I feel like I can't control anything else in life. It is my form of self-love and it is how I am learning to show God that I appreciate who I am!
And He says that He made me fearfully and wonderfully. So if He thinks so highly of me why shouldn't I think highly of myself?
1 265 hours ago
Happy Therapy Thursday!! .
There are just so many activities you can do with a therapy ball 😍 and they come in all different sizes! .
For this activity, there was a bucket about 3 feet away to throw to. ➡️ If your child needs more support, you can support them at their hips instead of legs/ankles. ➡️ If your child is big enough, they can stabilize themselves by keeping their feet on the floor! ➡️ Also try placing the bucket behind your child to work on trunk rotation! .
Tag us when you try it 😎😍
Are you this girl too?!🙈
I was the girl who thought she didn’t need help losing weight. But was the first to hop on a “quick fix” plan and believe that I could keep the weight I had lost off, after returning to normal life.
But time and time again I would lose and gain the same 5-15 lbs. Honestly it was so draining. I thought I was destine to have those extra lbs on for life. Not only that, I felt so drained all the time even after drinking 3-4 cups of coffee ☕️.
I finally decided I was over yo yo-ing and feeling insecure in my own skin. I needed to give something NEW a try. .
I did an at home work out plan that spelled out exactly what I needed to do daily with my work outs along with a trainer I could stream into my home 🏠 ,followed an easy to follow eating plan and had a virtual coach to guide me a long the way.
That was 9 years ago.
I have never looked back.
I lost 30 lbs within 5 months (first weight loss was never documented bc I refocused to take pictures which I’m sure many can relate to 😳)
I even gained 27 lbs during my 1st pregnancy and lost it all within 5 months of having Tenley in 2016.
💪🏻Not with quick fixes but with a work out plan I could stream from anywhere (especially the comfort of my own home- yas!!!)
🍓🥙🌮An easy to follow meal plan that told me what portions to eat and gave ME the freedom of WHAT to eat .
👭👭And support from others on their journeys too! I had the accountability I needed & a safe environment to help me succeed
Open enrollment for my January Virtual Fitness Group is officially open 🙌🏻 all are welcome if you’re willing to commit to your goals 💪🏻
BONUS is that the first 10 committed get a fun fitness starter guide goodie bag from me with some of my fav supplements and snacks!
We start as soon as YOU are ready!
Want info on joining?! Drop your first emoji below 👇🏻or direct message me 💌
2 685 hours ago
Cable knit headwraps have been restocked! This cute order went out today 😍
3 175 hours ago
When I started my business, I had a four-year-old and a two-year-old. I was working outside the home as a tax accountant. I didn’t even stop to think about whether this would fit in my life. I just knew I needed it. I knew I would find a way. And I did!
If we stop to wait for when conditions are right, they never will be, and we will never do anything. We will never change anything, never reach our dreams.
When you feel an urge to do something outside your comfort zone, do it! Don’t wait. I’m so glad I didn’t.
📸 pic from 2014
6 475 hours ago
Day 4 complete.
I am also down 8lbs since Christmas. 🙌🏼🎉🙃
Message me if you want guidance.
Me: It’s cold outside I should close my jacket
My Brain: Keep it open so everyone can see your outfit
Me: But it’s co
My Brain: The outfit
-Literally most relatable meme EVER 🙋🏻♀️
10 745 hours ago
Can we talk about that damn car registration we have to pay each year?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Not sure why, I know that its coming since I own and been responsible for my first car back in the day ,BUT I just never budgeted for it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I got the notification last week and that brought back memories. I remember that “surprised” bill would throw me WAY OFF. There were a few years I had to use my credit card to pay it, because I didn’t want to be ridin’ dirty. But I did NOT have the funds to pay for it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So there I go putting myself in more debt and having to pay even more because of the interest. And yes this was even after my college degree and “real” job as some would say. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But I took a chance almost 10 years ago and when that “surprise” bill came last week, I was able to pay it, not having to use my credit card, not having to sacrifice paying other bills or giving up fun stuff, like the kids extra activities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I played that game for so many years of paying one bill this paycheck and being late another, just to get by or used credit card to make sure things stay on or with this case, of my car registration, I wouldn’t get pull over. AND I TRY TO AVOID THAT AT ALL COSTS!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But last week I paid that bill and still able to pay for the kids to stay in Capoeira and all the other bills we have first of month and DID NOT have to worry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am so thankful I took a chance, I took a different path and created a life of freedom for my family to not just survive but THRIVE!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Could anything be better than that, YES. I get to mentor other ladies to do the same. AND THAT GIVES ME SO MUCH FULFILLMENT and PURPOSE!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sister I can show you how I was able to do this for me and my family. If you ready to work for FREEDOM, I am ready to show you and to mentor you. PLUS you get the extra accountability you need for your own health journey!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If this speaks to you, LET’S GO!! I’m looking for hard working mamas ready to make that change!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
*Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income
1 315 hours ago
What is the actual reasoning a mother is so obsessed with her son?
3 356 hours ago
This princess 👸 .
She woke up in the middle of the night puking her little guts out 🤮!
As it was being cleaned up by amazing hubby and I was comforting her I just kept thinking how blessed I am to work from home and make my own hours. Years ago we would be either scrambling at 4am to find a babysitter or we would have gotten into an argument about who would have to take the day off.
Not anymore ever!! I chose a path that allows me to be there every second and I’m just so thankful I said yes when this opportunity was presented to me.
If you are kind of curious how I went from full time music teacher to full time work from home mom drop that emoji 👇🏼and you can join us for a little sneak peek next week and I’ll tell you all about it...no strings attached!!
I’ll tell you...I thought I was stuck forever but I have learned we are never stuck and we only live once...how will you live your best life???
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I hope you always take the time to stop and smell the flowers my sweet girl ❤️
3 10210 hours ago
This is us. Hazel goofin, Hanna holding something in each hand (can you see what she’s holding!?), and Brandon and I trying to keep them under control. Hahah!
If you’re new around here, my name is Alyssa. I’m thirty years old and I’m trying to kick off these next thirty years living my best life, it hasn’t started off exactly how I’ve planned, but I’m still here fighting for it! .
I’m on round 2 and a half of reading @msrachelhollis ‘ book Girl Wash Tour Face. And again she’s inspired me to take on the world!
How is your 2019 treating you!? .
Thank you so so much for all of the birthday wishes!! I feel SO loved! I had an amazing day with my sweet family #28 #birthday All outfit details linked in the LikeToKNOWITapp! 😘 #email@example.com
So I wanted to get something off my chest. Lately I’ve been seeing, on my account and on other peoples, complaining about “curated feeds”. People think that we are promoting our so-called perfect life style but that is not true. If you watch my stories, you will often see me without my make up in a messy mom bun with my crazy children making noise in the background. On my feed I like to post pretty pictures but that is not because I’m promoting perfection. I love capturing a REAL moment (perfect or not), yes putting a pretty filter on it and posting it. To me it’s all about perspective. Choosing to see the not so perfect in a different light. The message I want to send is that sometimes you can’t change things to make them perfect. But what you can do is change your perspective. I want to remember the not so perfect moments, but I want to remember them being still beautiful in their own way. Isn’t that what motherhood is all about, finding the beauty amongst the everyday crazy? This is my art! My creative outlet. A way to express myself and how I see the world. Not perfect, yet beautiful!! I feel like a lot of people don’t see that! Instead of judging, people should see that it’s a way of personal expression. I FULLY support and understand why so many are moving away from it. But for me, I’m choosing to stay my way!! And I hope this provides a little insight as to why!
Remember this mommas! NO ONE IS PERFECT! 😘😘🙌🏻
I always envisioned having a career and being a mom. But I never realized how tough it can be at times. When I had Tenley, I tried to shut off the part of me that ENJOYED running a business because I thought that was what was best for HER. However, I found a huge part of ME missing when I did that. .
It took me almost 2 years after having her to realize that my having a career and being a mom, I was showing Tenley what is POSSIBLE when you allow yourself to follow the path God has laid out for you. We all have different passions and purposes, and God (at a very tough age) pushed me toward health and fitness and helping people. The leadership side of leading a team of thousands while still living our my purpose as a mom and wife came on our of no where, but once I fully embraced it and stopped allowing mommy guilt to hold me back, I felt at peace. Tenley, my husband and our future son deserve a HAPPY mom that is living our HER purpose in this earth... not one who is trying to fit into another mold that she wasn’t even meant to be in.
Moms I hope this quote helps you to remember - whether you’re a SAHM or working full time mom- as long as YOU feel at peace.. and are HAPPY and your family is happy 😃 that’s what’s important to your family.