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Saturday, 29th April, 2017

An Explanation and an Update from the Easts!

Explanation

Andrew and I wanted sit down and tell you about everything thats going on with us and why our lives have been so crazy these past few years and also tell you about some exciting news! We do our best to walk you through how the way the NFL works and how Andrew has been on 4 teams in just 3 years.

Update

We are deciding whether or not we are going to continue living in Nashville. If we decide not to stay in Nashville, where is the new home? Find out by watching the video below!

I hope you guys enjoy this video- let me know if you’d like to know more.

-SJE

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New Years Goals…Let’s Be Honest

It’s that special time of year once again: a shiny new 365-day slate awaits us to be filled with exciting events, people and successes. You can shed the old year along with those cool shoes that were actually terribly uncomfortable and buy a new pair of fresh comfy kicks, but let’s be real. This new year also poses new opportunities for challenges, setbacks and even failures.

I have a few tips for setting new year’s goals that both challenge you, yet also keep your life in perspective. I have a lot of different types of goals: I want to learn more about how to be a wife and also cook two dinners a week. I want to make nutritional breakfasts every morning, reach 500,000 subscribers on YouTube (help!) and volunteer at least once a month.

But figuring out how to be a wife isn’t as easy as making a stir-fry. Some goals, especially ones to better your inner self, can take years to develop. Most of us can barely even keep a plant alive for six months. If your only goals are huge, and you don’t meet them immediately, it can be disheartening. Thus, it’s helpful to have a number of simultaneous goals to keep you well rounded. Make goals to have some fun, but also make more serious goals, such as spiritual, familial or career oriented.

Reachable goals involve being straight up with yourself, but also being determined. When setting any type of goal, give yourself a realistic timeline. Getting in shape is going to take more than a few weeks. If you do too much too early, restrict calories and workout too hard, you’ll burn yourself out before you reach your full potential. But you also won’t go anywhere if you skip too many days or treat your body poorly, perpetually saying “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Apply your determination somewhere in the middle.

This is where one more key to goal setting comes in: reflection. Take some time every so often to sit down and ask yourself “am I happy with what I’m doing, or is that just the coffee kicking in?” A goal is something you want, but the process to reaching a goal can often involve things you don’t want: discomfort, fatigue and sacrifice. If the process consumes your vision of the goal, take a step back, evaluate and readjust your goals. Yes, you are allowed to change your mind!

So if I want to read one book a month or find ways to connect to fans more often and in new and better ways, I’m not going to pick up from scratch and abandon my 2016 self just to reach these new goals as soon as possible. I’m going to slowly and naturally build into the goals that become the most meaningful for me.

Someone, somewhere, once said, “listen to the advice you would give to others.” When your friends and family struggle to reach their goals, you give them the advice you genuinely believe will help them. But it’s all too easy to criticize yourself for the same slip-ups. Take a step back and ask yourself “what would I do?” and do it.

Happy New Year!

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Southern Bride COVER!

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People Magazine Featuring My Wedding!!

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Kintamani Volcano & Waterfall

So in my first few days in Bali I decided to take a “relaxing” hike/bike to the breathtaking Kintamani Volcano and Waterfall. Now let me start with the disclaimer that I workout every.single.day. Enjoy!

I have added an excerpt from an email I sent to my then boyfriend, now FIANCE :)! when I returned from this adventure…

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Bali Bound!

I did it! I figured it out. I spent about a week after finding these pictures of this little piece of heaven booking every detail for my trip that was half way across the world. I also spent that entire time trying to convince my parents, my manger, my agent, and my boyfriend not to send an armed guard with me on my escape as well! That was a rough one…. but I eventually won 😉 So I had booked my escape and I was booked to leave in about a week.

Now, when I decided to go on this trip, I decided to go all out. Because I had never done anything like this before, and I needed time to myself, and I needed a true break from it all, going all out is exactly what I did. I not only booked myself to travel halfway across the world by myself but I booked a 3 week long trip! I booked myself first class, upgraded to my own little villa once I got there, and made sure I treated this trip like it was my last.

I’m not going to lie when I say this chaotic world of entertainment takes a toll on you. It’s a true dog eat dog world with people constantly trying to tear you down, rip you apart, tell you that you’re not good enough, and compete for your spot. It’s exhausting! So when I said I needed an escape. I meant it. I needed to be away from technology, emails,  social media, magazine articles, and work. I needed to get away from everyone and everything that was telling me and guiding me to be what they wanted and remind myself and rediscover what it truly was that I, MYSELF, WANTED. As cliche as it sounds, I needed to find myself and screw my head back on.

So after printing out packing checklists, running to the doctor to get all my required vaccinations, and loading up on comfy, ugly, I-don’t-care-what-I-look-like clothes, I was ready to go. 

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My Secret Spot!

Over the next few days I am going to be posting about my secret spot. Check back for updates!
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Friday Playlist

It’s the end of the week and you need a switch up in your playlist. Add my favorites!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Cure your Monday blues with this AMAZING dessert!

1 scoop of Labrada chocolate protein powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp Labrada Peanut Butter Protein Powder
1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
Mix together until you get a brownie batter consistency
*Add more Almond Milk if it is not the desired consistency
Toppings:
SoDelicious Dairy Free CocoWhip (found in freezer section)
Powdered sugar
Go to www.Labrada.com/shawn and get 10% off using the code “shawn10” for the above protein powders!
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Coffee Protein Smoothie

This is my go-to low calorie smoothie that packs a punch!

  • Keurig Coffee (whatever your favorite flavor is!)
  • A splash of Coconut Almond Milk
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Scoop of Labrada Protein- Jamie Eason Natural Chocolate Whey Concentrate)
  • Add 1/2 frozen banana for extra creaminess!

To get 10% off of any Labrada Nutrition products visit www.Labrada.com/shawn and use code “shawn10” !

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