Friday, October 31, 2014

OVERCOMER: Terra Butler

If I didn't love her so much, I'd be done with this one alone just from her daily mountain views in her instagram feed.  She is teaching me so much about loving a visual moment.  About snagging the everyday and capturing it in a way to share with the world.  About not over pressuring yourself in the confines of your dreams.  About capturing what you can and making the moment happen again later if you missed it.  She challenges me in her diligence to her craft.  She is fighting for herself and creating a personal brand.  She is sassy, lets me say anything and whatever is exactly on my mind.  She gets it, life, and I adore our growing friendship. She makes me feel special when we are together and if I'm being just down right frank...she is just fun!

I give you my gal Terra and her very real truth about overcoming...

how can you not love her?!?!
  • What have you OVERCOME? Change
  • What was your turning point? Three and half years ago my then boyfriend/now husband and I decided to pick our life up and leave my hometown of Kansas City for a life in the hills of Northwest Arkansas. Taking that step has allowed me to see first hand that change is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it is awesome!
  • 5 word life mantra - make YOU happy
  • Quote you live by - "Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"  Mary Oliver

Connect with Terra (you'll be glad you did!):
  • Twitter - @ahoyfriend
  • Instagram- @ahoyfriend - start with 10/30 and go backwards!
  • Pinterest - ahoyfriend

Happy Halloweenie!!!  I'll let you decide if you want to be the trick or the treat. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014


Honestly, an October Overcomer celebration would NOT be complete without a celebration of Allison.  She is more than a fighter.  She is a pink boxing glove wearing warrior.  This gal came into my life during my last year at the American Cancer Society as she joined the ACS Northwest Arkansas board.  Her smile is contagious.  Her warrior spirit is evasive and she is just down right one rocking chick.  Allison is a cancer survivor.  She's been featured in Essence magazine and among the Proctor and Gamble Early Detection mouthpieces.  She will tell you to squeeze your boobs and squeeze them often.  Even after reconstruction surgery, she found another spot recently and quickly acted.  As a young 20 year old, she has had the luxury of having life put in perspective and she knows that these faces that look like the one she sees in the mirror do not always like to be vulnerable and face the realities of life.  For her, pink is more than a color - its a lifestyle!

Allison is a warrior, a fighter and WAY more than an Overcomer.  She lives life on the other side or victory...that's a rare glance than only a few view with nostalgia goggles.

  • What have you OVERCOME? cancer
  • What was your turning point? Finding myself in Christ! After being saved, my life changed for the better! No my life isn’t perfect, No I’m not perfect but God changed my heart so my desires and intentions are good! I am now more loving, full of joy and I am able to deal with the issues of life so much better…So grateful!
  • 5 word life mantra - LIVE the Life YOU LOVE! So many are just existing and not truly LIVING! LIVE every day to the fullest!
  • Quote you live by - I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.

Connect with Allison:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OVERCOMER: Giveaway announcement

So, I'm kinda behind on announcing, but it just gave more time for YOU to enter the giveaway!

Thanks to The Media Collective, Mandisa's managing group who offered a CD for giveaway during our Overcomer series, I got to bump things up a notch!

I conducted a very southern and scientific drawing.  I wrote the names of all who qualified down on their own piece of paper.  I folded them.  Put them in a bowl and shook it up (I was shaking to Good Morning off The REMIX album!)

I reached in and pulled out one lucky chick.... @Amanda_Farris1

She is hosting a month long series on Intentional Friendship you should totally go check out.

And, just so all of you feel like winners, here's a link to one of the songs on the Remix album.  Make sure you follow @MandisaVevo on youtube for all the videos that will get you movin!

And, just for those curious, we will keep this going as long as people want to, not to fret we will keep hearing the #overcomer stories into November.  Aren't you loving seeing all the bravery?!?!

OVERCOMER: Ashley Robbins

Met this gal when I moved to NWA.  We met as volunteer and staff partner and soon became friends.  Along the way I learned she was bravely chronicling her journey with trying to get pregnant.  It was brave.  She is brave.  She is a fighter.  She fights for life on a lot of fronts.  She was an amazing ACS volunteer and gave everything.  But, I also just love her company.  I love laughing with her in the wee hours of the foggy morning as dew sets in and she reads the name of community fighters.  Or the early Saturday morning as we watch the sunrise and 50+ runner take to the streets of Carroll Co.  Or, over BBQ as we celebrate Surviorship and life. 

Over the last 3 weeks, I've been overjoyed to see pictures of baby Sawyer sneak into my news feed.  The sweet little miracle is here and I love seeing her mama smile brighten her face. 

I introduce you to Ashley...aka Sawyer's mama...

  • What have you OVERCOME? Resentment
  • What was your turning point? I was reading a blog post that was shared to Facebook about infertility, this was a few months after our failed IVF. The author of the blog was talking about every feeling and emotion I was having, she was asking herself the same questions I was: Why me? Why us? Why God do you choose to bless that person or couple with a child but not me? Then came her revelation that slapped me in the face, the one God wanted me to hear and see at that exact moment… in John chapter 21 Jesus is talking with Peter and he asks him 3 times if he loves him and 3 times Peter says yes, Jesus goes on to tell Peter of the kind of death he would die to glorify God and he says to Peter “Follow me!” When Peter turned and saw that the Disciple who Jesus loved (the one who asked Jesus at the last supper who would betray him) was following them he asked Jesus “Lord what about him?” And Jesus answers: “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” After I read this, and it wasn’t the first time I’m sure, but after I read this it all seems so clear to me, what’s it to me if he chooses to bless that family with a baby? It’s not my job to question Him… it is my job to follow Him and believe in his word and blessings and know that he has great things in store for us we just have to be faithful and pray, and we cannot question Him. The most amazing thing about this is you can insert anything there, whatever you’re struggling with, Follow Him.
  • 5 word life mantra - I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
  • Quote you live by - A bible quote Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares The Lord, plans to plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

Connect with Ashley:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OVERCOMER: Alison Chino

Loving this sweet friend of mine.  She is a constant encourager, lover of the everyday and teaching us all to love life and live in the moments in between.  Alison lives on the other side of the world and we can't wait to have our Arkansas gal back on the mainland.  In the mean time, we are living vicariously through her adventure, envious of her morning coffee view and relishing in the lessons she is learning in the far off lands.  No, really, she lives an adventure...a lesson we could all learn from!

I'm learning so much from her lately and I hear her voice in my head when I look at the orange glow of leaves, wonder if I should make coffee at home or go to a local shop, and determine my next fatal weekend Bucket List...I give you, The Alison Chino!!!

  • What have you OVERCOME?    Dear goodness, so many to choose from. Depression, Really Bad Self Esteem, Other Peoples' Expectations. Um, all of these things are works in progress still but I have moments of overcoming...
  • What was your turning point?
  • for Depression: Calling it what it is. Saying it out loud and then being willing to give myself grace for the seasons that it knocks me off of my feet.

    for Really Bad Self Esteem: Listening to
    Brene Brown talk about how destructive shame is and choosing to believe I can live whole-heartedly.
  • 5 word life mantra - Be Grateful. Every. Single. Day.
  • Quote you live by - see above! and instead of reading a quote, please go watch the Brene Brown talk linked above, such a good 26 minutes!

Connect with Alison:

Monday, October 27, 2014

OVERCOMER: Gina Knuppenburg

Confession: yes, I had to look up her last name to make sure I spelled it right!

Gina K as I know her is a giver.  Honestly, I'm learning more about this friend.  But, when I think about her, I think "inclusive".  I love that she is always participating in our AWBU bloggers community, that she is encouraging and that she brought "flat" versions of our friends who couldn't make it to the conference this summer.  I mean she even went back when they got left behind at the Improv event to get them....that's serious friendship!  She is a giver and I'm getting to know this dear and beautiful writer even more!

Desperately seeking this friend and learning more about her....

  • What have you OVERCOME?   Inadequacy
  • What was your turning point?     I've been struggling with my day job for quite some time. The hour long commute, a change in responsibilities, differences in opinion with co-workers-they've all exacerbated the unhappiness I've felt with a job I've been doing for almost eighteen years. The real cause of my unhappiness, I've uncovered, is not the job or the co-workers. I discovered the real truth over the summer; it's my feelings of inadequacy and the fact that I've let myself settle to comfortably into a position that have created the discontent.
    I'd like to say I spent time reflecting, setting goals, and making plans to change careers.  But the truth is I just decided on the spur of the moment; wanting to move toward working from home or, at the very least, doing something I love to do. I closed my eyes and typed out a proposal.  I sent it off feeling silly and inadequate-not really expecting a positive reply.  The reply I received gave me the confidence boost I needed to kick that feeling of inadequacy.  That one little instance of asking for something I wanted led to asking for more these last few months giving me the opportunity to do more of what I love to do.
  • 5 word life mantra -     "Ask for what you want"  -a new mantra for me.  I'm setting some goals to ask for what I want at least once a month.
  • Quote you live by -      Stop comparing your place in your path to someone else’s place on their path.  I've seen this same quote all over the internet but this particular wording comes from Jacqueline Wolven, whom I admire and follow online.

Connect with Gina:


Saturday, October 25, 2014

OVERCOMER: Sherri Jones

I'm going to cut to the chase on this intro.  I'm so grateful for this woman for believing me.  I mean she listened to a woman who hadn't talked to me 5 years.  She took her word based on a conversation in the Clearance section of a Hallmark store.  She drove an hour to meet me.  And after listening to my story, she said "I want you".  She put her reputation on the line and put in a recommendation for me, she fought for me.  She was the answer to a prayer I had been praying.  She opened the door for me to tell my story, which started the first steps of my own "overcoming".  She is a dreamer herself, but she believes in the dreamer of dreams.  And, for that I will forever be grateful for my friend Sherri!

I challenge you to read her words...all of them.  She is a warrior. It is rare to meet a person who spends their everyday to make the life of others.  She is a rare breed and yet has a gift to breed a culture of giving of oneself for another.

  • What have you OVERCOME?   Loss
  • What was your turning point?    On September 12, 2003, I woke up with a weird feeling.  I called my cousin, Kristen on the way to work which I never did in the mornings.  It was strange.  She answered the phone hysterically crying and said she needed to call me back.  It left me wondering what was going on, but I decided to wait for her call back. I went on to work and went into my training.  You see, it was my first couple of weeks at my new job.  While sitting in the training room with no cell phone because we had to turn them off, someone came in and said “Sherri, you really need to call your mother”.  I knew it wasn’t good.  I picked up an office phone and called my mom.  She too was crying hysterically.  She said, we’ve been trying to reach you.  Kevin’s been killed in Iraq.  Well…you see, Kevin and I were cousins, but more like brother and sister.  We were 2 months apart in age and practically lived together when we were young since our moms didn’t work.  Kevin was only 34 when he was killed.  I remember breaking down and looking around at these people at work that I barely knew.  They were very kind.  They offered to drive me home, but I knew I needed to get myself together because I would need to take care of my Aunt and Mom once I arrived at my Aunt’s house.  So…off I went.  I drove from Little Rock to Benton that day and don’t remember anything about the drive.  The only thing I remember was pulling over in a church parking lot in Benton and calling my best friend and completely losing it.  Again…knowing I had to get it out of my system.  Crazy, but true.  I went into taking care of others mode for a couple of months.  I was so angry at God for taking him at a time in his life where he was really making a difference.  Kevin had a few rough teenage years, and the military really made a difference in his life.  He became a Christian and was holding Bible studies and really witnessing to others in Iraq.  I couldn’t quite understand WHY God would have taken such an active Christian off of the battlefield of Earth.  It took me several months to really grasp that Kevin had truly made an impact on so many lives…including my own.  I finally understood what it meant to give your life to tell others the story of Jesus.  It was at that point, I really started looking at my own faith and realizing that I could certainly do more.  I now teach small groups in the high school youth ministry and try to live out my faith on a daily basis.  Oh there are days when I fail, but I remember that Kevin was my biggest cheerleader while he was here and now he sits at the feet of Jesus and cheers me on daily! 
    The next reality check came in February of 2004, just 5 short months later.  My friend Lynnette had been battling breast cancer for a long time and it had metasitized.  She was only 35 years old.  She was one year older than me and had two boys that were exactly one year older than each of my girls.  Lynnette had not been doing well, and had been admitted into the hospital.  On February 20th, I received a call from another friend.  He told me that Lynnette is not doing well and she’s asked to see you.  You see, at this point I had not accepted the fact that she wasn’t doing well.  I didn’t know how to deal with her illness and I had closed myself off.  Of course that night, I scrambled around and re-arranged appointments and trotted up to the hospital to see her still thinking that everything was going to be okay.  When I arrived, there was a room full of people that night.  Her husband looked at everyone and said, let’s all go have some dinner and give Sherri some time with Lynnette.  My heart sunk.  I knew at that point it wasn’t good.  I waited until everyone left and pulled up a chair beside her bed and sat down.  Lynnette just smiled.  She had the most beautiful smile even when she felt so awful.  When Lynnette was healthy, we were lunch buddies.  She was fun, energetic and ALWAYS the life of the party anywhere we went.  We used to have the best times meeting up, eating and talking and of course solving the world’s problems in an hour.  Well…that night, it wasn’t much different.  We laughed, I cried and she told me that God had told her that it was time to come Home.  She shared with me that night a story of inspiration.  God had let her know that her boys and husband would be okay and told her not to be scared.  She was actually excited that she would be meeting Jesus soon.  She smiled more and of course I cried more…selfishly.  However, I left there that night with a gift.  She showed me that no matter what our journey, God always shows us the way and gives us the strength to get through everything.  I will never forget that night.  No one witnessed it…just she and I and God.  It was amazing.  She lost her battle with cancer two days later on February 22, 2004.  Now, fast forward 4 years later.  I would attend a ribbon cutting at the American Cancer Society.  A friend that worked at ACS caught me in the parking lot as I was leaving and said, you need to come work here.  I just laughed and explained to her that I wasn’t looking for a job.  I was happy where I was at the time.  Of course, she was persistent.  I started praying about it. God gave me the overwhelming feeling that I needed to interview and just see where it took me.  After interviewing, that feeling just kept tugging on me.  I had my Sunday School class start praying that if God wanted me there that it would be easy and I would not be able to say no.  My husband and I had just built a brand new home and leaving a job with salary plus commission just wanted smart.  Well, you guessed it, God had other plans for me.  I have now been with the American Cancer Society for over 6 years and I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I just know Lynnette is smiling and laughing that I tried to fight it at first.  This year, we are starting a brand new event in Central Arkansas…Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  I can’t wait to pour on the PINK and proudly remember Lynnette’s smile.  I will continue this fight in her memory!
  • 5 word life mantra - Life experiences make you stronger
  • Quote you live by - “Every day is a good day, some are just better than others!”  I’m not really sure if it was his own quote or not, but I worked for Jim Pledger for a few years.  He was the Chief of Staff for then Governor Clinton and then came to work at the Director of the Arkansas State Fair where I worked as an Administrator.  He took me under his wing and mentored me for many years.  Ironically, he too passed from cancer. 

Connect with Sherri:

Twitter: @SherriJones21
Pinterest: @SherriJones21

Friday, October 24, 2014

OVERCOMER: Whitney Sutherland

Whitney is one running fool.  I mean the last time I saw her, we were both looking rough...she had just finished a race.  I was just out at a farmer's market on a Saturday morning.  Seriously I love seeing how independent and fiercely she lives.  As a single gal in NWA, I'm so honored to have her in my corner. 

I respect anyone who can get up early and run before they start their day and I'm a little jealous that lately she's been able to see the Red Moon and the Ozark sunrise.  It almost makes me want to get up early, but not to sweat!

She hits the one thing that we all deal with.  It might not be the thing we listed, but we have all been there!  Thanks Whit for being so honest....(and for talking to me even if its on a random street corner!)

  • What have you OVERCOME? self-doubt
  • What was your turning point? discovering that if others believe in me then I should believe in me too.  It took doing over 300 push-ups in one workout to hit this turning point!
  • 5 word life mantra - Run your own Race.  I'm a running blogger so my mantra is based in running but applies to life too!  It's that reminder to run my own race or live life without comparison to others.  I can't train as if I'm someone else, I have to train to my abilities for the races and events that I'm doing.
  • Quote you live by - "Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving." By Albert Einstein. I also love "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined." By Thoreau.

Connect with Whitney:
Blog -
Twitter - @runningwhit
Instagram -

Thursday, October 23, 2014


This sweet friend is no stranger to you.  She kindly helped me celebrate my birthday this year by sharing with you her Pink Champagne cake (she knows a girl needs to celebrate with some pink sparkles!).  In that place, I told you about her, but you never really can tell all the things you've known about someone since braces, 6th grade plaid shirts, high school spirit week and middle school journalism class.  Yea, those are photos we have under lock and key.  But, no need because her life now is beautiful and she need not worry about them.  Like the rest of us, she is learning what it means to be a grown-up, a fantastic mom, a super supportive wife, business owner, and just a gal from Texas.

I always love when I get to share my friends with you and for all my Arkansas gals, you need to get to know this friend...if nothing else, she makes meal planning easy every week and that alone is a reason to hang out with her!  Seriously though, she is as genuine as her words and knows how to get more out of the minutes of every day than any one I know.  I treasure a pumpkin spice latte in her honor this time of year and am so grateful for our recent coffee date, playing some catch up.

I give you Shay (aka Mix and Match Mama)

  • What have you OVERCOME?    Worry
  • What was your turning point?     When we lived in Detroit away from family, I decided that having Jesus was really all I needed in life, so I stopped worrying and fretting about everything else. 
  • 5 word life mantra - It's going to be okay.  (Because honestly, it really matter what the outcome is.)
  • Quote you live by - The simple things in life, not the greatest things, bring you the greatest happiness. -Bob Hope

Connect with Shay:
  • Find my family blog here
  • Find my food blog here
  • Find me on Twitter here
  • Find me on Facebook here
  • Find me on Pinterest here
  • Find me on Instagram here
(and, I'm returning the favor celebrating her birthday this week!  Gotta love those Scorpios..)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OVERCOMER: Jeanetta Darley

Oh Jeanetta.  I'm just learning this friend, which is why I invited her to be part of this series.  I love her crocheted creations, her beautiful curls and the fact that she keeps it simple and just writes about life.  And, to make her even better, she went to Ouachita.  I'm even afraid we were there at the same time and didn't even know each other. 

She and I can figure that one out, but I give you my becoming friend...Jeanetta.  For Pete's sake (whoever he is), she quoted Noam Chomsky, we will be friends quick!!

  • What have you OVERCOME? "Myself" 
  • What was your turning point? I wouldn't say I'm at a full 180 but I'm heading there.  Not that I am completely changing me but I'm changing how I see myself and what I have to offer.  I only really feel like I entered the work force about 6 years ago.  I had been wife and mother since leaving college and while that is admirable I really didn't know what I was cut out to do once everyone was in school. I'm slowly seeing what I am truly good at and how I can use that to help others achieve their goals.  Recently, I made the biggest curve in my turn when I realized I was good at combining my art degree with website design.  And that theatre degree comes in mighty handy with marketing.
  • 5 word life mantra - Whacha see, is whacha get. (I fudged a bit on making the word count work. LOL.  I always was one for just skirting the rules)
  • Quote you live by - “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”—Noam Chomsky.  

Connect with Jeanetta:




other platforms -
Oh I can't wear those kind of shoes anymore.  I have had back issues in my old age ;) - love her!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Since my birthday is on the 21st of the month, I hold the 21st of any month as a valuable day every month.  So, I'm super glad to share the 21st of this month with my dear friend Lacey.  Lacey lived in the room across the hall from me my freshman year.  I cannot tell you when we first met. I'm sure there was some awkward freshman girl encounter.  But, she was there.  Every time I opened the door I saw her face.  Every time I needed to distract myself from doing homework, she was there.  Every Friday night I needed something to do, we drove to LR.  Her family took care of us in college.  I had more homemade meals in college at her mom's table than my own.  This one, she means so much to me.  We've had high, lows, loss, life.  She is a beautiful spirit.  She is still the one I can sit with until wee hours and have more topics we need to cover.  She sees life through a real lens, she provides great wisdom and yet she can speak the loudest with her sweet simple grin.  I'm so grateful for her place in my life and more in my heart.

My dear Lacey...

  • What have you OVERCOME?  Childbirth  
  • What was your turning point?   The turning point for me, to get over my fear of childbirth came at 6am Monday, March 19, 2012. I have said, since I was 15 years old, that when I get pregnant “they are going to have to cut it out of me, because I am not pushing it out”. So when I found out I was pregnant with our first child, I was very excited, but in the back of my mind all I could think about was what being pregnant really meant, giving birth! So I tried not to think about it, and between baby showers and getting a room ready for the baby, I almost forgot all about that part of the process. Then, at 39 weeks, my water broke at 3am. We rushed to the hospital, and those fears came like a flood. It was really happening, I was really going to have to do this. I had been told many times by my doctor that the only reason they would do a C-section was in an emergency, and trust me, I asked many times. So, I knew this was not an emergency and I was going to have to go through childbirth. Everyone that was there that day was wonderful, and reassured me that I could do it, and that they would be there to help me. It was a long day, and eventually, around midnight, March 20, 2012 I had my boy. It was over. I’m not sure if this is pregnancy amnesia or something else, but it wasn’t that bad. So, when the time came to think about another addition to our family, I was excited at the prospect of being pregnant again. For those that know me, I am not good at keeping secrets. When I found out we were pregnant again, I couldn’t wait to tell our parents and all my friends. All the while, I had this feeling in the back of my mind that something was wrong. I didn’t show it, but I was thinking it. Every morning, while in the shower, I would think about what we would say if we found out we lost the baby. How would we react? What would other people say? So, like before, I tried to put all those thoughts behind me. But I couldn’t. One day something was wrong, and I went to the doctor. Two days later we found out I miscarried. I was only 11 weeks along. But in those 11 weeks, we had already contemplated names, room d├ęcor and had our son saying he was a big brother. The miscarriage was a traumatic thing to experience. First off, it was emotional, we lost a baby. Second, it was physically traumatic. I had some complications that landed me in the hospital for a couple days. In those days, I found out who we were surrounded by…great family, great friends, and great doctors. But more importantly, we were surrounded by a great GOD who loves us and protected us in every aspect of that experience. I actually believe, those thoughts I had every morning in the shower, were preparing my heart for what was happening. And come to find out, everyone else had the feeling that something wasn’t right. We are overcoming this recent loss, and I’m not gonna lie, its hard. I think about it every day. But we are not going to let it scare us from continuing to grow our family. I know that in God’s time, it will happen again, and it will be amazing. I am comforted in the fact that I am actually looking forward to my worst fear…childbirth!
  • 5 word life mantra -    I don’t really have a 5 word life mantra. I do, however, have to say to myself several times a day “Let it go” (no, not from Frozen). Just “let it go”, forget about it. In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter. 
  • Quote you live by -    My dad always asks me, “Are you happy?” Sometimes the answer is yes, and sometimes it is no. But once you start thinking about what it really means to be happy and what is making you happy at that point in time, the answer usually turns to yes. I think he is playing Jedi mind tricks on me.

See, I told you she has a beautiful spirit....and is oh so brave!

Monday, October 20, 2014

OVERCOMER: Brittney Selvidge Lee

Brittney was one of my babies at Ouachita.  I've always admired how confident she is and how she just owned a stage anytime she stepped on it.  (I mean, the strong sisters have to stick together) I loved when she went off from Ouachita and got her Master's in communications and focused on blogging; the first I knew personally to study the topic.  She probably doesn't even know this, but one of her Ouachita professors and I would chat about how proud we were of her and I would kinda nerd out on the topic.  She gets community, but she gets blogger community.  She loves to contribute and is willing to be an "early adopter" and share her wisdom and knowledge with the rest of us.  Its no surprise to those to know her that the thing she has over come is what she chose!  She is a fighter and I love this girl.  I just decided its time for me to take a trip to Bulldog country!

I share with you, Razorback Britt...

  • What have you OVERCOME? Convention
  • What was your turning point? I've been on a healthy living journey for several years now.  However, in my mind, success was a pretty conventional thing - hit a "goal weight". I was wrecking myself trying to do the things I thought would mean I was successful. I tried running faster, working out harder, losing more weight.  My turning point was when I broke up with the scale and redefined success.  Success to me now means doing things that make me happy.
    That includes treating my body right, but that also means giving myself grace.
  • 5 word life mantra - Make choices just for today.
  • Quote you live by - Your happiness depends on you. Don't let anyone else take that from

Connect with Brittney:

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I'm so excited to share a SUPER FUN giveaway with you today. 

As I mentioned in my intro to the OVERCOMER series, I was completely inspired to title this after Mandisa's top hit (yes, the one that sit at No. 1 for 12 weeks).  When asking people to post and be involved in the series, I reached out to her PR folks to see if she might be interested in participating.  She was not able to at this point, but they kindly offered to be involved in another way... 

They mailed me a copy of her latest album - Get Up | The Remixes to giveaway to you.

Yes, seriously.  Her 2013 album title track Overcomer is on this album along with Stronger and Good Morning.  A 3 time Dove Award Winning Female Vocalist of the year and 2014 K-Love Female Artist of the year, Mandisa is committed to the things she sings about.  Its not just her faith that drives her, its a sheer female ambition to take the journeys and struggles in her life and bless us with them (yes, even her American Idol gig). 

Get Up | The Remixes just released Sept 16 and is a full remix album of her best hits.  Like the kind that makes you wanna shake your booty.  My Zumba gals and runner friends, this is your new mix!!!

So, how do you enter the giveaway?  Leave the one thing you've "overcome" in the comments below and leave a comment on at least 2 of the Overcomers who have shared their story with us so far this month. 

I'll draw next Saturday (Oct 25) and post next Sunday who the winner is. 

Thanks again to The Media Collective for standing behind Overcomers!!!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

OVERCOMER: Lisa Cooper

This past year, my heart has been so empty.  Wanting to pour into other women and use the experiences of life and the journey God has walked me through.  This summer I visited a community group.  My weekday schedule had shifted and I had time to join a group that met during the week.  I knew about this group in Fayetteville who had some really awesome women in it so I thought I would try it out.  The group did not disappoint and I started making friends with some great ladies.

Its amazing what being vulnerable will bring into your life.  Over the last 3 months, I've come to know Lisa. We have connected in a way my heart needed.  She has so bravely walked the journey with cancer as a caregiver - pouring all of herself into loving and caring for her mom and grandfather.  You know I think caregivers are the heroes in life and the ones that put their life on hold for another get a bigger golden star!

We were both feeling a similar calling on our life and how we wanted to use this fall.  I'm so grateful for her.  And, excited to introduce you to my friend Lisa.

I may or may not be enjoying pushing her out of her comfort zone!

  • What have you OVERCOME? Insecurities
  • What was your turning point? My mother's death in 2012.  She was my best friend, supporter, encourager, sidekick, therapist, coffee buddy, teacher of many valuable lessons and mother.  She had battled cancer since 1996.  She wanted everyone to remember her with a smile.  That speaks volumes for the way mom lived her life.  Truly grateful to God for allowing me to be able to call her my mom!  Her death has shown me what is most important in life.  Who you chose to call "family" and how loved by God I really am.
  • 5 word life mantra - "Moment by Moment"
  • Quote you live by - "Build your life on a firm foundation (Jesus Christ)"    Words my Mom told me long ago.  These words have been very important to me.  A reminder of The One you build your life on so that your world doesn't fall apart.