unmotivated monday + vegan, GF, chocolate chip cookies

this past monday i felt like doing absolutely nothing. didn’t even want to go workout.


i know, right.

usually when that feeling takes over me, i’m struggling through my 1st trimester.

not preggo though.

stirring yourself up is hard sometimes.

if there’s anything i’ve learned from entrepreneur life, it’s that self-motivation and self-discipline are mandatory.

if you don’t have either of those, well, you’d better get’em. fast.

your goals absolutely do not care how you feel.

which brings me to why i’m so grateful for this spouse of mine. he helps me keep my emotions in check because i sometimes let them rule my actions (or lack thereof!)

whiiiich often times throws off my entire day(s).

halfway through my workout i still wasn’t feeling ‘it’. I told this to Sonny (multiple times) and he finally said, “just stop.” (referring to the TRX rows i was half-heartedly doing) “let’s get out of here.” he left me standing there, went to get Kosi from the child center, came back, got his stuff out of the lockers across from where i was (still) standing and motioned for me to follow him out. he drove us straight to lunch. lol. i mean, what better way to turn a day around? we sat down to our salads and he asked me a simple question that opened up the flood gates for our conversation: “what are your short and long term goals?”

a heart to heart with my husband did me way more good than a workout that day. we chatted until we had to go pick up the boys from school (bout 2 good hours) and i was able to refocus, and really just plain vent!! he also shared some of his goals for himself and our businesses and i listened with an open mind and heart.


well, in between Kosi’s shenanigans.

i left feeling encouraged, relieved, refreshed, and better connected with my better half.

that said, we have made a commitment to keep date (day/night) going at least once a week. they were few, far, and in between this year unfortunately!


staying hydrated, minding my business, and enjoying my lane and journey (frustrations, valleys, and all)!

James 1:2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 

for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 

good news: i eventually got my life together this past week and i just added this new vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe to my recipe subscription!

go and get it cause it’s UP! i’ve been testing so many flours (quinoa, spelt, oat, almond, etc., etc., etc.) and not only is this cookie dairy-free but grain-free! crispy and chewy at the same time.

you’ll see. let me know whatcha think! tag me on Insta, Facebook, or Pin away!

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and another thing


i’m just over here praising God for my 1003 YouTube subscribers, whoop!! i am so not a numbers person, y’all. i hate, hate, hate tracking my stats. watching my follower numbers rise and fall. keeping tabs on picture Likes, comments, and all that jazz… it can consume you. it has consumed me in the past (circa 2014, 2015). when working with brands, they request this info all the time so i have to go look. they monitor how well my sponsored posts do as far as engagement and it can be extremely frustrating, discouraging, and downright stressful. then i start the comparison thing which is ridiculous because you just don’t know what’s real out in these cyber streets anymore. fake followers, fake comments, fake/altered pictures… some days i am so DONE with social media!! but… i press on because i know His plans for me include using social media for good. so, i’m committing to doing just that. i’ll catch you guys up to speed about some recent changes happening over here, i promise. and another thing, i used to take unsubscribes and unfollows so personal! when you truly think about it, that’s a very silly thing to do. i don’t have to know a person’s reasoning for leaving and most likely never will. i now realize that i am simply not here for everybody (see above image). i’m here for the people God destined for me to serve. i can even use myself as an example concerning unsubscribing. my inbox used to be pure madness. every single day i would just login and delete, delete, delete. every single morning started with a deleting spree! finally i was just like, “Leah. you need to detox and UNSUBSCRIBE from like 98% of all these newsletters, blogs, etc.!” so, i did just that for my own sanity and clarity. no hard feelings! i followed some AMAZING bloggers, but i was fooling myself thinking i would ever have time to actually keep up with each of them cause i could barely keep up with my own life. i just had to get my life and inbox under control. people leave for different reasons; i can’t let that deter my obedience or keep me from doin’ my thang. as far as IG goes, I now choose to only follow accounts that bring me value, positivity, and inspire, uplift, and encourage me. most important, i follow accounts that make me want to be a better ME! i’ve got to protect my peace and guard my heart. also, while some people say, “keep an eye on your competition” that doesn’t work well for me. never has. when monitoring what others are doing, it stifles my originality and i have to try my absolute hardest not to duplicate. it’s like once my eyes have seen it, i have THE most difficult time creating or producing anything else! after all, when God wants you to do something in a whole new way, you’ve got to listen for and to His voice and instruction, not watch your ‘“competition’s” every move. (1) i don’t have any competition and (2) this is the whole point of FAITH. i can’t do this thing without Him. and another thing, if a brand/product is not in line with my faith and core values, or i don’t love or use the product myself, a collaboration is not happening. it won’t be genuine. i will most likely have to fabricate a story to make it “fit'“ in my feed. and i ain’t got time for that. there is so much power and freedom in the word No! no amount of money will ever be worth my peace. y’all. lol. this is a total, random word vomit. but it’s just what my blog has been missing. REALNESS. i love this lil’ space. i’m ready to fill it up…again. thank you for being here.

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