Welcome to Life Behind the Scenes. A glimpse of what really goes on and how we can support each. By the way, how’s your soul?
Can we just pause time for a moment here? I mean, really. If we could, I would tell you to grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and let’s talk life. What’s going on in your life? How’s your summer? What are you enjoying these days? Where have you traveled? Best thing you’ve eatin? How’s your soul?
Okay that last question is a little deep, but I truly meant it.
Soul talk meets coffee talk meets behind the scenes here at Cotter Crunch.
You ready? I’m about to get REAL up in here.
Behind the Scenes – Soul Talk Question number 1!
What Prayers have been answered in your life lately?
Come one, there has to be at least one! Look within.
Our Number ONE prayer that has been answered is that my husband has accepted a new job position! OMG the relief! The EXCITEMENT! Many of you know (or at least I think you know) that my husband was let go 5 months ago. In fact, the whole company he worked for was bought out and let go. So it’s been a good 5 months of searching and interviewing and trying to find balance in our life on one income. But GOD IS GOOD! He delivered and we are so excited for him to start a new career in just a few weeks. I also think God is pretty clever. He held out on James getting a job until we got our new vizsla puppers trained. Oh ya, did I tell you we got a puppy? Because life wasn’t crazy enough. More on that below.
Behind the Scenes- Soul Talk Question number 2!
What’s one thing that has recently changed your life for the better?
Whether it be a situation, a person, or a ..puppy?!
As mentioned above. We got a puppy. A vizsla. A needy, smart, cute, and active thing combined in tiny animal form. But don’t worry, she will be at least 40 lbs by age 2! WHOA!
I mean, we have all the time in the world to be puppy parents, right? Haha! Wrong. But here’s the thing. I’ve been visiting this puppy (who we now call Oakley) for the past 2 months. I kinda new we needed her. I kinda knew I wanted her. Not just for the sake of having the cutest face on earth stare up at me, but because I mentally wanted her. I had this feeling, that maybe, just maybe, getting puppy would help my anxiety and shift my focus on taking care of her.
Yep and Yep. For some reason, having a crazy puppy in the house has helped me ease up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still chaotic, and tiring, and frustrating at time. But it’s also brought my husband and I closer together. Man, I love that guy! He’s been a true gem taking care of Oakley while she learns the ropes of house hold. And all the while I continue to work from home. OYE!
You know what else this puppy has changed for me, besides my mental health? She’s changed our fitness program and made more me active. In fact, I’ve been more active over the past 3 weeks than I have this whole year. More walks, more trails, more magnificent views of Utah. Views I never would have seen without her pulling us out the front door at 6am.
Behind the Scenes- Soul Talk Question number 3!
What right now, at this very moment, challenges you to new heights? It can be as simple at eating more superfoods (I know, easier said than done) or more complicated, like say…. taking your business or passion to the next level. MOVING FORWARD!
For me, it’s both. I’ve been trying to add more seasonal superfoods to my diet. Like herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, dark chocolate (kidding, kinda), and all Farmer’s Markets finds! Seasonal produce makes me feel more alive. Thank you God for giving us this earth. Corny much? Haha, but truth!
Also, did I tell you I took on a new project? Um, ya. Brooke Lark and I are hosting not one, but three workshops over the next year! OMG! It’s call the foodie bootcamp and we are so so excited to put this on for fellow entrepreneurs.
What is this bootcamp all about? Oh glad you asked!
BATCH YOUR CONTENT. GET INSPIRED.
Create up to 16 Original Posts for your Food Blog
in one Intensive & Inspiring Weekend Workshop
. Imagine a weekend fully dedicated to shooting, writing, editing, posting and scheduling. Imagine being surrounded by professional mentors who can offer hands-on help in the moment you need it. Real life recipe developers, food photographers, Lightroom experts, pro copywriters, SEO, branding and social media experts.
As food bloggers ourselves, this is everything we’ve been craving. And it’s everything we’ve designed this weekend to be.
WORK, getting organized, community, growth, and just about everything your (our) blogs need to thrive.
The first of three will be held this October. If you’d like to come, please comment so I can give you a major discount and freebie headshots for your blog or business. Mmm k?
Behind the Scenes –Soul Talk Question number 4!
What book or TED Talk or devotional or speech, etc. has awakened your soul lately? Ironically, mine has been a devotional, this one, and the book SOUL REST on audio tape. The sub title alone is what caught my attention.
Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life. Return to Sabbath
“In the midst of a cacophony of noise, finding true rest is nearly impossible.With so many responsibilities and distractions vying for our attention, too many of us have built unhealthy cycles of rest. As a result, we burn ourselves out, striving and straining against God’s intent for our lives. We can only sustain a life of purpose if we learn to truly rest.”
I will admit I have not followed the patterns of SOUL REST yet. It’s about practicing the sabbath and resting from work. More mentally then anything. Gosh, I yearn for this. I am working on this. But the busybody in me is fighting it. His words ring true to my…. SOUL. I know that real rest and trust is God’s provision is needed for me (us) on a regular basis. I’ll get there. I’m determined!
Lastly, I’ll be heading out of the country next week for a press trip. Ya, I know. Not resting. But it’s a trip of a lifetime! Any guesses where to? If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be sure to see all the sights and adventures. Remind me to really rest when I come back, ok? I’m holding YOU ALL accountable.
So really… how’s your soul?
Reply to this email or Let me know below. For reals!