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

because who can relate to perfection?

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In this episode, we got to sit down and chat with the lovely Sarah Brooks! Sarah is a pastor's wife, a mom to FIVE beautiful babies, and a Beachbody coach! My favorite thing about Sarah though is that she is totally and completely REAL.  I found her page on Instagram about four years back and was immediately drawn to her because of her honesty and transparency. Over the last four years, I have seen her fearlessly live her purpose through every season that life brings by pouring her heart into others both inside and outside of her home. It's been amazing to see her bravely step into what God has called her to do---no matter what God calls her to do---as both a mom and a coach. Not only has she encouraged me by sharing her journey, but it's been such a blessing to see her family grow, her team grow, and the fruits of her labor blossom as she presses on each day to live the life that God has called her to. In doing that, she has encouraged me to do the same, and I ha...
Does anyone elses husband have an internal alarm that dings for them to shave their entire body in the bathroom sink seconds after you've cleaned it? How about a wife that leaves the bathroom door open when she's using it? NO?! Just us?! Well this is embarassing... Over the last seven years, we have had plenty of ups and downs, but just like every other AHR topic, we want to shed light on the "downs" because no matter how perfect the relationship, one thing is guaranteed...hard times will come. While the little things above definitely do have the ability to become the "big things," we are going to talk about some of our more serious struggles in hopes to encourage you all to know you aren't alone! There are plenty of relationships out there that talk about their cinderella stories, and quite frankly, we've had enough with the fluff. If you're constantly comparing your HighlightREAL to someone elses HighlightREEL, it's easy to...
This week, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the one and only Sarah Sliman! Corey and I absolutley adore Sarah and everything she stands for, and we have a feeling that after listening to this week's podcast, you will too! Sarah is a fitness guru, personal trainer, and speaking from experience, an absolutely amazing health coach---but that wasn't always her story. In this podcast , we get to hear her talk all about how she got to where she is now. Spoiler alert: It took her learning to leave behind a victim state of mind, and choosing to use her struggles as a catalyst to help others. If staying stuck in victim mode (guilty) is something you struggle with, you have to take a listen! During her story, we covered everything from the struggle of comparison and feelings of not being enough to getting rid of the stigma around fitness culture. I dont want to give too much away in this post because the podcast was that good and I want to enc...
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 gut...
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...