Real Life. Real Lessons. Real Chaos. Real Messes...

because who can relate to perfection?

About Us
As time goes on and The Adkins HighlightREAL evolves, we have decided to give our updates less frequently in the form of a podcast. We are thinking the updates will be every month or every other month for those of you who have been following along on our journey of debt pay off, apartment living, healthy lifestyles and more! That being said, this podcast covers all of the above and the lessons that we are learning along the way!  So here we go! Apartment Living Aside from the fact that Corey may need to go to counseling due to our bedroom being "stuffy" and him losing a bit of space because we shifted our bed, it's going great! Seriously though, we have adjusted really well, and while there are many skeptics when it comes to the amount of space, we have grown to love it. The benefits of a low maintenance home WAY outweigh the limited amount of space. In this season, we know we are right where we need to be, and we are thankful we followed our guts...
For a good part of my life, I struggled with the answer to this question. I mean, I knew that the quick and easy answer would always be, "Yes" however, if that was the truth, why did it seem to be such a struggle to discover what my purpose was? Finding the truths behind this question were and still are a big part of why The Adkins Highlight REAL was born. I still can't say I have this concrete answer for what my purpose is, but what I have discovered is that's ok, and I want you to know that too. Every day Corey and I are uncovering more answers on this journey, and this podcast is all about our updates, discoveries, and outlook on how each and everyone has a place and a purpose in this world. So what's the answer to the question, "Do we all have a purpose?" Here's our answer: If you woke up today you have a purpose. And that's a message that we are passionate about getting out to everyone we possibly can. We know life can be ...
In this podcast I had the amazing opportunity to interview my dear friend Keisha Montfleury. In life we all face dark seasons, and Keisha was no different. Keisha faced an uhealthy relationship due to addiction and despite her best efforts, divorce ended up being part of her story. While none of us ever wish to go through that type of struggle, some of us do. It's what we choose to do with the circumstances in front of us that can shape the rest of our lives though. What I love most about Keisha is that she took that difficult season head on, and rather than using it as an excuse, she chose to learn from it and use it as fuel to help others to attain the tools necessary to prevent similar situations. Keisha talks about how she could have easily chosen to fail and fall into victim mode of being a single mom on one income. Instead though, she chose to embrace her circumstances, reflect on her choices, and grow. She then felt called to teach other young women the tools that...
August 2019 Debt Update! Hi Everyone! So this post is going to be pretty short, but as promised we are keeping you all posted on our journey. As you guys know, one of the things that we are working on is getting out of A LOT of debt. With a cross country move, job changes, and everything else that comes along with these transitions, it has not been easy to stick to our financial plan. This has been ESPECIALLY hard on the days that we feel like we are going no where fast. I'm not going to type out all of the details for this months update. Instead, below I will share our complete "Debt Update" video, but before I do, I just want to leave you guys with a few positive notes incase you are in the thick of something too. Things we have learned through sharing our journey: 1.) If you are working toward some type of change in your life, don't give up!  We are learning that often times the process feels super slow, but if we are doing a little bit e...
I wrote this blog post in 2017 in the midst of a super chaotic season. Fast forward two years, and we're in the middle of yet another first week of school. If the me now could say anything to the me back then (and any other moms that can relate), it would be this: Life is still crazy...It's still messy and full of chaos, but believe it or not, you were right. It doesn't have to be full of unrealistic expectations. I promise you this because I am here now. You'll find happiness in the mess. You'll find peace in the chaos. You'll learn contentedness in the things that you do have, and you'll be so dang proud of how far you've come...even if it's not how you pictured it. You took a picture today, and it still wasn't Pinterest worthy. It didn't have the chalk board or anything else that the other moms so beautifully have, but you know now that none of that matters. What matters is that you were there. You soaked it in. Your child went...
Like my professional photography for this blog post?! HAHA! Hey I promised to be REAL on this blog, not professional.  Also, if I'm being honest, this is a pretty good depiction of how my week has gone..and I've had to fight daily to get out of the funk... I'll be honest, most days when I'm tired and in a funk, the only thing on my mind is a bowl of Half Baked Ice Cream and some Netflix. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cave into those temptations a time or two, but I know where those habits lead and it ain't pretty! Just yesterday I woke up in a slump. I was tired and grumpy, and just not feeling life. I figured I'd attempt to bypass that black hole of Netflix, and glide through by doing the bare minimum. So, I started to chisel away at my daily checklist. Earlier this year, I set a goal for myself to attempt to plug into at least 1 podcast a day, and read at least 10 pages of a self-improvement book per day. Thanks to my goal, both of those thi...
So since January of this year, Corey and I have been working hard to improve ourselves every single day in one way or another. One of those pursuits is a life of health and fitness. We both knew that we wanted to do it differently this time around, but what that meant at the time---we weren't exactly sure. We are about seven months in, and I never would have guessed the shape that this part of my journey would have taken, ESPECIALLY because I have spent nearly my entire life obsessing about my physical appearance and weight, and I never imagined that I'd be satisfied without having achieved those goals. Like I said, this time around we wanted it to be different, and it absolutely has been. So, below I want to share what that has meant for me this year, and I hope that it will help you to find encouragement if you are on the journey as well. First of all, I just want to state the obvious...it's been seven months and physically, I look just about the same. Seven mon...