Lately

HELLO & GOODBYE 2017

My friends! Hello! A huge, gigantic welcome to my refreshed space.

I've spent 2017 missing my blog, missing my YouTube channel and mulling over the best way to start incorporating these pieces into my business and daily life again. I took an unexpected break from YouTube this entire year and it was needed and good. I put my focus on my families health as well as my Babe Brigade and Lindbergh businesses. 

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2017 was an incredibly challenging time for us. My husband and I walked through the beginning stages of healing for his mental health struggles. We've had many dark days and MANY victories. More of which I hope to share with you in the future. In short, I'm so in love with this man and proud of how hard he has fought and pushed forward in healing this year for himself and his family. We've also put a lot of focus on Soren and the therapies that he has needed for his Autism diagnoses. ABA therapy has been a complete godsend and we are forever grateful for how much it has helped Soren THRIVE! Although Soren is considered non-verbal right now, we have seen him grow and develop SO much in his communication and start to actually use words little by little. This is a big year for him and we are praying and believing in more communication breakthroughs for our sweet boy. 

The man I consider my second dad, Jon's father, was diagnosed with cancer in the fall. We have wept and grieved over his diagnoses but we have also come together as a family to fight. He is a strong man and is doing so well in his treatments. We are forever grateful to our Papa and the incredible grandpa and father he is, we are praying for healing and complete remission. 

We've had to hold onto each other tightly this year. We've had to put down a lot of selfish desires to be a team, encourage each other and remain strong. We have learned so much and experienced so many growing pains, and there is still a long road ahead but our foundation as a family is strong and unshakable. So we'll make it through together. 

For the moments we celebrated, my brother and his beautiful wife had their sweet boy, Oliver in the summertime. He is all smiles and rolls and I just love him. They moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana so it's been a few months since I've seen them but they were in town for Christmas and I loved seeing them and holding my sweet nephew! My baby sister got married in August to a wonderful man and my new brother. It was a beautiful wedding. God brought them together in a beautiful way and we loved celebrating through tears and laughter. They are expecting their first, a boy, and we are all SO thrilled!

This season, has also been a beautiful time of community for me. I've had girlfriends rally around me, allow me to be myself, open up their lives to me, let me cry with them, let me laugh with them and watch lots of The Bachelor/Bachelorette (sorry not sorry). I am THANKFUL for rich friendships that are deep and loving and encouraging. So to you ladies, you know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it's true that you're a combination of the people you spent the most time with, I'm honored that it's you. 

Let's get to the big question, what now? I am SO excited about 2018. This site represents a lot of exciting focuses and projects. My Babe Brigade community bloomed in 2017 and it's been such an exciting thing to be part of! This blog will be an extension of that in some ways as I write not only about life but also share beauty, wellness, motherhood and some really fun DIYs with you. Blog posts will be showing up in your feed 3x a week and they're gonna be gooood! I'll be back at it with my YouTube channel too! Yes, it's really happening! I've missed my YouTube community so much and I can't tell you how excited I am to come back. Things are going to shift around a little since the last time I posted. I want my channel to feel like we are BFFs chatting in my room about awesome stuff and things we love. I'll be doing casual VLOG style posts as well as sharing more about beauty, wellness and lifestyle there. My first video in a year is coming next week and I'll be posting regularly 1x a week! 

I've also got a couple of projects up my sleeve, including an e-book I'm planning to launch in January/early February. I CANNOT WAIT!

So, feel free to take a second and explore the space! See what I'm up to and join in! Thank you so much for reading and being part of this little community we've created here!! Also, MERRY (belated) CHRISTMAS!!

Life Lately

Why is it already the end of April!? We got sick near-ish the beginning of April so naturally this month became a time warp and I feel like one of those abductees from X-Files that lost time. It should be only mid-april rn...NOT days away from May! I'm learning to accept this and move on. ;)

You know what I love about this blog? It has no rules. I needed this space, just someplace to post when I want about what I want with really no rhyme or reason or schedule. I have intentions for the future. I always do. ;) But for now, this is my little getaway space free of expectation and I love it. Today, I really just wanted to brain dump on you and share a little bit about whats been going on as of late and a few things I'm really into...

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1. You know what takes forever? Insurance! We've been in the process of getting Soren "started with ABA therapy" for months and months. We are on the literal verge of getting things going and I'm doing my best to be so so patient. I'm SO excited about getting him started and I know it will make such an impact on him and in our home. So I'm counting down the days. Last I heard, they were working out scheduling so....I'm crossing my fingers for May! 

2. I went to an amazing conference last week called Business Boutique and it rocked my world. It is probably one of the most practical, applicable and actionable conferences I've ever attended and is perfect for my dreamers, starters and builders out there that are creating or growing their own business. I found all of the information super applicable for any woman whether you have kids or not and whether you are a small biz owner, blogger or part of an MLM structure. SO good! They are doing their full 2.5 day event in November in Nashville and I'm so going! Christy's book, Business Boutique was also released recently and I can't wait to dive into it.

3. Podcasts! Twice a week I drive Soren to speech and OT and 1-2 each week, after the kids go to bed, I head out for a meeting or some other type of shenanigan while Jon's at home. I've been working on being more intentional with my car rides and do some podcast listening. Lately these are my LOVES: Business Boutique, yep she also has a podcast, so good! The Goal Digger, a good variety but mostly business focused. The Marie Forleo Podcast, she's a business genius and I love her. And for fun...Rose Buddies, I love their reviews on The Bachelor franchise...hilarious! Lore, creepy folklore told in an amazing way. 

4. So this month I bought actual, real live plants. I'm usually known for having a slew of fake plants all over my house from Hobby Lobby and Target. They look great and I only have to dust them! This month, however, I made the leap and bought myself some somewhat hardy plants to work on taking care of even though I've typically been the opposite of a plant lady. I guess being a plant lady is learned and is a choice?? Hah, well...I'm happy to report that all of my babies...the ferns, the rubber tree, the snake plant, the hens n' chicks and the herbs are HAPPY! And growing! *movie clip from Hook plays...."You're doing it Peter!! You're doing it!"*

5. This Sunday my family and friends are getting together to participate in the Autism Speaks walk in Atlanta! I've never participated in anything like this before so I'm not sure what to expect but I'm so proud and excited to be walking alongside my loved ones in honor of Soren! I'm even making matching t-shirt because I'm in hardcore mom mode rn. ;)

6. For the remainder of April, 10% of the proceeds from our candle company, Lindbergh Candle Co. are going towards Autism Speaks!

7. Did you know I have an obsession with essential oils? Come hang out with me over on my @MamaTribeOils instagram account where I make A LOT of DIYs and post fun tips and recipes for using your oils!

8. So about the whole YouTube thing...guys, I want so bad to get back into the swing of things. I don't know when this will be if I'm being honest. It will happen again, just not sure when. I miss it so much tho!

9. Aria's favorite words right now are "Cracker" "Good Girl" "MORE!" "Ball" and "Baba". She is also a dancing fool. Can't wait to put her in dance when she gets a little older. :)

10. Jon and I are celebrating 7 years of marriage in May. We are doing a mini getaway for two nights with a huge priority on going out to eat and eating really good food! CANNOT WAIT.

Thanks for catching up with me friends. Chat with you again soon.

With love, Sav.