Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is one I’m a little (okay a lot) passionate about.
.....WE NEED MORE REALNESS IN THIS WORLD!! We need to stop believing the lie that perfection is a beautiful thing. We need more authenticity. More people to say, look I screwed up & it’s okay. Everything is still alright. Jesus already handled that for us on the cross✨
None of us have it all together and the more that we create this illusion that our lives are perfect, the more that we’re encouraging others to do the same. It’s exhausting! Not to mention a negative life lesson we’re teaching our younger generation. 
I don’t want to teach my daughter that the appearance of having it all together is important. I want to teach her that vulnerability is a strength, your weaknesses can be made strong, your mistakes can be used for good, and there is power and freedom in admitting that sometimes you just messed up🤷🏼‍♀️ I am loving this line in the new song “See A Victory” by @elevationworship .... “You take what the enemy meant for evil and you turn it for good” 👏🏻 Strive to do better, yes! but be okay with acknowledging that you’re human and some days we just don’t get it right. Say it out loud, share it with others, and encourage others to do the same. Your vulnerability can be a gift to those around you!
This is the power of community and healthy living. I truly believe this world of comparison and constant striving for more would come to a halt and people would have more confidence in who they are, when they’re strong & when they’re not🖤 life ain’t perfect. keep it real y’all! 
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Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is...

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under $50 high waisted jeans (fit TTS), this headband comes in a pack of three for $15, $12 ear crawlers (earrings ;) & this black faux leather coat is GOOD & on sale (also fits TTS) All details linked in my bio🖤 http://liketk.it/2F3x5 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under...

Find someone who lets you be you & doesn’t try to change you. Who trusts you, runs with your crazy ideas, and even pushes those ideas further. Someone who loves you when your broken and sees the greatness within you. Someone who pushes you in life but also let’s you be when you just ain’t feeling it. Someone who loves past the “feeling” of love. Someone you will fight with only to turn around and love them even more the next day. Someone you can look back and say, I’m so glad we fought for that. 
This is so cheesy but I 100% believe this is my husband. Thanks for being my person boo😘

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Find someone who lets you...

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from head to toe! The quality of this sweat suit is honestly amazing too! & only $40 total for both. I’m wearing a Small in both top & bottom (fits TTS). Shop it at the link in my bio⭐️✨ #ad #WalmartFashion #WeDressAmerica http://liketk.it/2EZzc @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKfit

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from...

#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our weekly wall and we had a great Sunday at church & then out to eat with our family. AND a Forty Niners win! This is rare for us guys... let me celebrate ;)❤️💛❤️✨
Outfit details linked- my bodysuit comes in a few colors and is only $35, I sized up to a US 8. Jeans are on sale for under $100 (size up). Exact belt is linked too. Click the link in my bio 
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#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our...

Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨?? I loooooove this dress & these new white booties too! Both fit TTS. As always, you can shop all of my looks at the link in my bio or by following me on the (free) @liketoknow.it app - search/follow Ellabrooksblog🖤
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Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨??...

Home sweet home (almost) 🖤 We had the best week at @azulbeachresorts in Riviera Maya. But nothing beats picking up Ollie🐶 & sleeping in our own beds👨🏻👩🏼👧🏼👦🏼👦🏼
Ps- my bikini is on sale and I just found my favorite self tanner on sale as well. Also my sunnies are only $11! It’s all linked in my bio!
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Home sweet home (almost) 🖤...

My boys don’t wanna be in pictures ;) & this girl has her poses down💁🏼‍♀️ @azulbeachresorts 
If you’re new around here, I do something called #truthfulthursdays every Thursday where I spill something that’s on my heart or mind. A little real life, behind the scenes, or just some real talk to this sometimes perfectly pictured space on the internet. 
So here it is... it piggy backs exactly what I mentioned above. Real life. There’s really no way to ever truly see what’s happening in real life behind these squares. I can preach real life all day long & share my heart out but the reality is, it just ain’t possible. This goes for everyone. Which brings me to this... kindness. It goes farther than you think. I love this quote I read on Pinterest... “If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each one of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, & care”  Strangely I’ve learned that while being kind benefits those around us, it also brings more joy to MY life. Have you ever noticed that?? Giving to others will always give right back to you. Everyone wins. Be kind, for everyone is facing a battle you know nothing about💕 http://liketk.it/2ESXj @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder100 #LTKunder50 #LTKtravel

My boys don’t wanna be...

You guys LOVED this coat and I’m happy to report that it’s back in stock (fully stocked) and 40% off! It runs big so I’d recommend sizing down💕 Wearing a size 2. Shop all outfit details at the link in my bio 
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You guys LOVED this coat...

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on sale for under $30 and can double as a bodysuit💯 Pants are from @zara and can’t be linked unfortunately http://liketk.it/2ERco @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKswim #LTKsalealert #LTKunder50

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on...

New Year, New Goals

2019! (insert surprised face emoji)… I never thought we’d get here 😉 Isn’t it funny how you never think you’re going to get older and times will change and people will change and life will change… and then it just happens?! That’s part of the reason I’m a huge fan of New Years resolutions. It makes us stop to pause and reflect on our past and think about how we can change and better ourselves for the future. I know people are always saying that no one ever sticks to their resolutions but you know what?! How about you be that one that does! You be the change. Prove em wrong! I know I will try every year again and again even if it means I fail every time. I don’t think it’s ever too late or wrong to try something new. It’s all apart of growing in who we are becoming and want to be.

There are a few things tugging on my heart as far as new years resolutions go and I think they all stem from one major change that needs to happen.

I need to slow down.

I need to not push so hard. I need to not feel the need to do and to overdo and to tire myself out completely again and again. It’s a vicious cycle I find myself in having a type A personality ( <—– It’s a blessing and a curse). I can look back and see so many things I’ve accomplished this past year. Goals I’ve achieved, places I’ve traveled, people I’ve met, campaigns I’ve worked on etc. – and I’m honestly so, so proud of it all (if I’m allowed to say that). I don’t know that I would go back and change the amount of hours I’ve put in this past year and the outcome from it all. It’s more so just knowing that the future needs to look different now. I have a peace knowing that the days ahead will most likely look different than the days behind me.

I think everyone’s life is split up in different seasons for different reasons. Sometimes we know why and sometimes we just lead with our gut.This season is going to look a little more calm than my last. It’s going to be about being more intentional with my family over work. It’s going to be about saying no to some work opportunities that in the past I wouldn’t turn down. There might be days or times I won’t be “present” on social media but I will be present with my family.

I asked this question on my Instagram Stories – “What is one thing you want to work on this year??” It amazed me the amount of responses that came in in regards to staying off social media more to be with family. This was a very common answer and I have a feeling a lot more people feel this way and didn’t say it. It has become such a powerful movement in a sense that I think it has unknowingly stolen a lot of time/energy/priceless moments away from people, moms in particular. & I get it. I do it too! Although it’s a little different for me being that my job revolves around being present on social media, I too find myself on my phone a little more than I should. And in fact because it is my job to be on my phone plus I get on it just to veg out, man that’s a lot of daily screen time! This is something I want to work on and want to encourage you to think about too.

Also, this quote.

This is what I want to focus on this year. Celebrating others while still believing in and rooting for myself. Man that can be a hard thing for girls to do! But I’m determined to break that pattern I see within myself. It’s negative, nasty, and nothing good comes from it. When we celebrate others it actually shows more about our character than theirs.

Another reason I chose to ask that question (see above) on my Instagram stories is so that I could share (I will block out the names) what people are struggling with and want to work on in the new year. I wanted to share this with everyone so that women can see that we all struggle. No one has it perfect. That whatever your comparing in your life to another’s is often misleading and not even comparible because we never see the whole picture, especially when it comes to Instagram and following influencers. We show you little snippets of our lives. We show what WE want to show you. Some of us choose to show the crazy, not so fun parts and some of us do not. And even if we do show the crazy, again, you’re still not seeing our whole lives. We’re showing you our version of crazy.

Another line I love from that quote says gratitude turns what we have into more than enough. A million times yes! Gratefulness in our lives changes everything. It changes the way we feel about ourselves, others, our desires, our thoughts. A lot of times all we need is perspective shift to see just how much we have.

And lastly, celebrate progress not perfection. This is true in any area of our lives. Whether you’re setting out to achieve a goal or are wanting to change something about yourself… it all starts with baby steps. Lots of baby steps that will get you to the end goal. Perfection may never be achieved, most of the time is isn’t, but it’s progress we’re looking for. A little bit of progress every day that will get us to where we want to be.

What are some of your goals this year?! I’d love to hear them! It always helps hearing/reading other peoples so that you can apply it to where you’re at in your life journey.

Hope you’ve had a great few first days of 2019!

XO,

XOXO
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