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“God led us to simplicity to give us abundance.” – #BunchofBaileys

If you follow my blog at all, you may have read my first post about Isagenix and the way the program came into my life. If not, you can see it here. In short summary, I got my butt off the couch and decided to do something about my weight this past January. I just didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and I knew it was time to change. I did what most people do… I joined the YMCA and made better food choices but to no avail.  I could not drop the weight like I wanted.  That was until two months later when a fabulous friend, Lindsey, introduced me to Isagenix. I started on the Isagenix 30 day program with such high hopes of dropping weight.  And I did! But what I didn’t expect was the major life change God was bringing to my life through this nutritional vehicle. When I wrote the previous blog post, I was only three weeks into the program and here are some before and afters at that time.


When these pictures were taken, I had already hugged God’s neck really tight and told Him that I was following Him.  I knew then that the dynamics of our family’s life was about to change.  I could feel it. Not only was I literally melting, but my energy level had skyrocketed and many ailments I was experiencing were obsolete. Since I’ve been on Isagenix, I’m sleeping better through the night, my energy has gone through the roof, and some of the issues that I used to have with my health have gotten so much better.  Isagenix does not claim to cure, prevent or treat, this is just what amazing nutrition did for my body! I had not done this on purpose — like so many, I was simply a product of my environment.

Such magic was taking place within me, I knew I wanted to shout to the world how amazing this discovery was for our family. I’m not a nutritional expert (actually, I’m far from it — I’m just a wife, mommy and photographer, right?!), so I started digging deep into the information on this product. I started calling friends, doctors and experts on this product. Why did I feel this amazing? What I learned is was shattering. Our nations food source is completely depleted.  Our soil is deficient. Even if we strive to eat 100% clean, organic food 100% of the time, we still cannot eat good enough. Our farming industry has been a victim of high demand and high expectations. The farmer’s have had no choice but to treat their soil with pesticides and herbicides. The animals receive hormone injections because our society needs more, bigger, and better. Does that saying ring a bell? Our family steers clear of more, bigger and better. The little light bulbs inside my head went off.  Actually, they were burning so bright, I could hardly see. I turned my eyes to the heavens and started to thank Him. I knew right then what was happening to our lives.

A transition is taking place in our family.  Physically, spiritually and financially. God brought together so many threads of our past, the humbling times when we prayed for answers. We desperately asked him what do we do next? and where will our family be five years from now?.  We listed to Him and took many leaps of faith, recommitting to our marriage, expanding our family,  downsizing our home, selling half of our stuff.  Without those very humbling times, we wouldn’t have the close relationship with Him that we have right now.

You can read more about our road to simplicity here, here and here.  In short, we focused on things that would give us more time together and more time to serve.  We wanted to spend less time on being busy.  I’ve had many of you ask me when I would finish my simplicity series on the blog.  I realize I left off and didn’t finish and now I know that’s because I didn’t quit feel comfortable yet.  I wasn’t quite sure what the end of our simplicity journey would look like.  I was still itching.  Something was still missing.  Then Isagenix came into my life. Isagenix was the simple vehicle through which me and my family would receive vital nutrition.  There’s no way I can cook three perfect meals each day as well as provide perfect snacks.  I do not have the time or money.  Well, I probably do have the time but I’d rather take my kids to the park, go on a vacation, volunteer or read a book.  Justin and I agreed, this fit simplicity.

I am going to save the business side of Isagenix for another post this week.  For now I want to focus on the amazing results we have seen physically from this product.  Why I felt so amazing was because this program is a nutritional program – not a weight loss program.  Each shake (meal replacement) was the perfect meal for my body.  The perfect nutrition.  100% clean, free of processed food or synthetic medicine.  Just 100% clean, organic food.  When I started putting this product in my mouth every day, my body started to change.

Then came the second part of the Isagenix program, cleansing.  Because of the way farmers are growing our food, because of our pollution, because of our water, and even because of the soaps we use, our bodies are overwhelmed with toxins.  Recent studies even show that prescription medications are in our water supply.  Our body reacts by producing fat cells that wrap around these toxins, protecting our bodies from their harm.  Cleansing, then, releases these toxins along with the fat our body no longer needs and the result is a melting weight loss effect and a renewed body from the inside out on a cellular level.  Mix that with abundant nutrition and my body in an alkaline state versus an acidic state and I am completely renewed.  Now, if I were sitting where you are today, I would wonder if this is really all true.  It is!  I am a living testimony to what perfect nutrition in abundance and cleansing can do to one’s confidence, energy level and body image.  My body experienced FREEDOM.

And now, my entire family is experiencing FREEDOM with good nutrition.  My husband started the program a couple weeks ago, but not to loose weight.  He simply wants to become more healthy and build more lean muscle.  My children (my 2, 6 and 8 year olds – not the baby) have shakes for breakfast and replenish (healthy sports drink) after playing outside in the heat.

I have now been on this program for almost three months.  I am down 37 pounds and 3 pants/dress sizes — only 25 more pounds to go!  But, I feel amazing and am dancing on could 9.  I am truly in a place where I can serve Him longer & stronger!  This program coming into our lives was no mistake.


Tomorrow I will be writing about the Isagenix products in detail – what are the ingredients? What is a shake day?  What do you mean by cleanse?  It was all very confusing to me too.  I’m was too busy changing diapers, making bottles, helping with homework, driving to soccer practice, watching gymnastics training, and singing and dancing to vacation bible school music to figure it all out.  Until my body and my spirit transformed so much that I couldn’t (and still can’t) shut up about it.  I will tell the world about this program.  I have prayed for God to show us a way to be totally present, to use our time according to His will, to give us the resources we need to serve.  And He has answered in a way we never could have imagined.

I hope you will join me as I blog each day this week about the different ways this program has affected our lives.  He first led me to freedom within my own body.  But now, our lives have changed completelyWe have been led to simplicity, but through simplicity, God has given us Abundance.


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We.Are.FAMILY!  Next May, Clint + Alisha will be married in Charleston.  Clint will become “uncle” Client.  We are one big happy family…

And this engagement session.  I can’t stop swooning.  Aren’t they perfect?!  We took our time with pictures over two days at Magnolia Plantation, Downtown Charleston, the Charleston Marina and Folly Beach.

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In a million years, I never thought I’d be typing this post. Even three short weeks ago, I never thought I’d be sharing this program. I have a senior session that I’m finishing and delivering, but I had to take a minute to share something on my heart.

God is amazing. He connects the dots of our lives in such a complex, but perfect way — when we least expect it.

Last August, we delivered Jack into this world, completing our family of six.  SIX! That means my very own body has built, sustained and grew four healthy lives and brought them into this world. The power of that is inspiring. God meant for this to be our family and he made each one of us so unique with our own special gifts to bring to others in the world. Daily, I strive to foster each of these children and their talents, desires and passions. I challenge them to shine their light.  In doing that, I have realized quickly that I have to be a strong mama.  I have to have energy, I have to feel good about myself, I have to have confidence and I have to be healthy. Justin and I agree that these are the most important factors influencing our children: our commitment to God, our marriage, our energy and our devoted time to them.

It is so easy to get caught up in the ‘busy’ of life. School, errands, work, ball teams, gymnastics, house cleaning,just any and all commitments that have to be made with purpose. As a mom, I find myself getting tired.  I often loose patience. A cup of spilled milk weighs too heavy on my shoulders.

Our plan as a family was to simplify.  I can’t even begin to tell you the positive effects a simple way of living has had on our lives.  If you’ve followed my personal posts, you know that we downsized our home, we drive older cars, we wait before we buy something, we limit our children to one extracurricular activity at a time, we have dinner at the dinner table, we limit electronic use, the list goes on…  God provides everything we need and want.  Our wants are much less. Living with less gave us the freedom to invest in our children, our family and even give more of our money and talents to further the Kingdom of God. We no longer have to be selfish. Don’t take that the wrong way. Our larger house with more things was not us intentionally being ‘selfish’. But, it commanded so much of our time and energy that everything we brought in was spent paying our own bills instead of sharing it with others.  It was unintentional greed. And it’s a sin.

All of that changed and our lives are amazing. It’s not perfect. We have issues just like everyone else. God gives us hurdles to bring us closer to Him. But it’s our version of imperfectly perfect.

One of my personal hurdles is my weight and health.  I’m healthy, thank goodness, but after four children, I can stand to loose some weight.  With demanding schedules and little time, I pushed health and fitness to the side and let anything anyone told me go in one ear and out the other. Until one magical morning that God forced me to look in the mirror and said ‘that’s enough.’  I wanted to loose weight and have more energy.  And I needed more patience because I have a little two year old that loves to climb everything – and spill everything – all.the.time!

In late January, I decided to join the YMCA to start working out an hour a day.  It provided an answer to so many things – an hour to myself, getting healthier, new christian friends for ourselves and our children.  I started eating less and a little healthier and found myself having more energy in a short amount of time.  There was only one problem.  I could not loose my baby weight no matter how hard I was trying.  I googled “how to loose weight”, “why can’t I loose weight”, “how to loose weight fast”, “what to eat to loose weight”.  While Google can be a great and powerful tool to gain knowledge, it can also be a death sentence when trying to find answers for our physical problems. I gave in and visited my mid-wife.  Still, no answers.  I am a healthy, 35 year old female who has given birth four times.  She said to keep doing what I was doing and be patient.  I do not have good patience.

A couple weeks later, I was talking to a good friend who told me about the Isagenix program. She told me about the program and the success she was having.  She felt amazing and her friends that were now on the program were seeing the same results.  Success in numbers!  I was immediately sold.  I was willing to try anything. I didn’t do my research, I didn’t care about the cost… I just said “Sign me up!”.  That day God opened a door and pushed me to do something that I would have never dreamt of doing, but for some reason, I accepted the opportunity and dove in.  I even paid for overnight shipping because I was so anxious to get started on this program.

At some point, I will share my day by day journal on this nutritional program, but for now (because this is getting long) I want to fast forward three weeks.  I have now been on this program for 22 days and I feel like God has once again waved his magic wand over my life in a way that only He can. I have lost 21 pounds and 14″ from my body. I have more energy than I can ever remember.  Maybe I had this much energy in high school!  I am patient with my kids. I am bouncing through my days on my tip toes with the endurance to be involved.  My mental awareness is clear. Within only a week on this program, I came off Lexapro which was prescribed for postpartum depression and my blood pressure had dropped back to below normal. I absolutely feel like I am on cloud 9.

Isagenix is not a diet.  Isagenix is a way of life. With this program, I am pouring good nutrition into my body everyday at an unbelievable rate.  The, two days per week, I am cleansing my body to rid of any and all toxins that are in my system. It is 100% natural.  This is the vehicle in which I am pouring God’s given nutrition into my body on a daily basis – It’s absolutely amazing what our body can be on the inside and out when we give it what God intended it to have.  This program is about abundance, not deprivation.

After experiencing this change within myself, I became a strong believer in health and nutrition. Another seed was planted and now I want to share this program with everyone because the product, or the vehicle rather, works.  Not only are we now living simply, but we are now living healthy and with so much energy.  Those priorities of Justin and I – a God centered home, a good marriage, time for each other, energy to shine His light and use our talents and resources to further His kingdom… this is all falling into place.

Within another week, I realized that God was using this system not only to help our family with health, but also finances.  I got a chance to speak with Amy Potvin, a christian life coach and Isagenix coach, and she introduced me to the three year retirement plan with Isagenix. Now, I want to tell you that I have always been turned off by MLM companies and ran the opposite direction as fast as possible, BUT again, I heard a whisper to listen. I am now so excited about sharing this program with friends, family, friends of friends, and anyone else who will listen because, even though it’s been a short amount of time, God has once again touched our lives and showed us His way.

I didn’t plan to find this program.  I didn’t plan to find this opportunity.  I’m just thankful that God pushed me to the edge and showed me this path and threw the business aspect of this company into my lap.  This is so big and so exciting that it can only be from the Lord!

If you would like to join me on this Isagenix journey, please let me know and I can get information to you.  Maybe you want to loose weight, maybe you want to feel better and have more energy, maybe you have debt to pay off, maybe you want to fit into that wedding dress.  Maybe God is pushing you right now to be your best self, because He knows what you have to give to this world! God has such an amazing way to connecting the dots of our lives – in only the perfect way that He can.

I am having an Isagenix party on Tuesday, April 28th at my home.  We will taste the shakes, as well as a few other products.  We will have shaker giveaways! And, we have the honor of listening to Christian life coach Amy Potvin inspire us in her own special way!  Here is a link to the Facebook event, as well as some before and after pics of my own progress over the past three weeks.  It takes a lot of courage to put this out there but I feel completely overwhelmed with His love right now and he is nudging me to share.  So I’m not going to shut up about it!


These are only iPhone pictures but I’m holding myself accountable with Wendnesday picture days!  Sorry in advance for the low quality… but Wednesday seems to be doing her job.  The first picture is me before any health and wellness program along with a picture of me one week into the Isagenix program.  The second picture is a side shot of me on day 1, day 14 and day 21 of the Isagenix program.

I’m looking for friends to do this with me!  Have an amazing Thursday!

xo Terra







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