tou_shae_ Great weekend with bae. 😎 2d

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tou_shae_ New fav tank. It reads: Champagne Campaign. Thanks @verbenaannarbor 5d

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tou_shae_ When Top Chef's @fabioviviani wants to take a selfie, ya don't say no. Such an awesome weekend with this guy supporting @mottchildren! He was hilarious and his heart was so amazing. He ended up donating his appearance fee back to Mott! So awesome. I really do have an amazing job! 1w

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tou_shae_ My favorite work event of the year is here! Champs For Mott culinary gala year 3, lets do this! 🏼 1w

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tou_shae_ Tuesday night vibes. You're looking at my goodies from the @scarletandgoldshop and @tula giveaway that I won! I am obsessed with the Tula skin care line y'all. And my Scarlet & Gold tee and phone case are my new fav. The Wholeheartedly is a singles devotional that I am obsessing over by @nataliemetrejean l! It's already flipped my perspective on dating completely. 2w

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tou_shae_ Y'all today was a great day! I got in a solid 3 miles and spent some time restoring in hot yoga. But that isn't what made today awesome...I've been praying a prayer for a while now and felt like God wasn't listening. Then, I started to think about all the other more important prayers that should come before mine and I felt pretty guilty. So I switched it up today and prayed He show me a glimpse of His plan for me when I become discouraged or inpatient in His answers. Well, He came through! He is such a good, good Father. If you need some inspiration for putting your wants aside and pursuing Him, go read James 4:13-15. Have a great rest of your week y'all! 2w

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tou_shae_ So honored that @sarah_jude asked me to celebrate her mom's life this Mother's Day by running the Ann Arbor Goddess 5k benefiting Ovarian Caner research. I never got to meet Mrs. Stachak, I know one thing is for sure, she would be super proud of you, Sarah! Don't forget you'll see her again one day and she is ALWAYS watching over you! I look forward to the day I meet her in heaven! 2w

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tou_shae_ Well, it was actually sunny + 65 in Ann Arbor today and it made me hate Michigan a little less. 3w

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tou_shae_ Nothing like ending a long day of work, followed by teaching a double, with chair pose at the barre. This is how I make myself feel better about not getting a personal workout in today. 🏼 4w

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tou_shae_ Monday night vibes. 🏼 April is winding down y'all, can you believe it? Last week to go and of course I am thinking ahead to May and goal planning. This is the prayer I am already starting to pray going into the month. I have been awful this year at trusting God. I seek Him, but still seek my own interests. I know I can't do both. Here's to submitting my wishes to Him fully and taking me out of the equation.
Have a great week friends.
4w

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tou_shae_ Travel necessities = Birks + Carmel latte. Not pictured is my global health podcast + basic French audiobook. Looking forward to getting home to West Virginia and spending time with my family. 1mon

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tou_shae_ Where there's a wall, there's a handstand... In my world at least.
It's been almost a week since I've posted because, well, life. Can I be honest with y'all... The highs and lows right now are so real. The past couple of weeks have been rough. Nothing terribly wrong, just little things that have mounted up and made me feel like I can't do this. I can't balance work (which is in full swing event season), teach 5-7 barre classes a week, run the barre social media, and lead a trip to Haiti in June. I sincerely was starting to believe I can't.
But tonight, stepping back and gripping reality, I realized my feelings were all coming from doubt.
Those things are just things-- Mini hurdles that I need TO and CAN jump over.
I stopped and remembered why I'm juggling it all. Because this is what it takes to follow my heart. Because I know there is no such thing as the right time. Now is the time for me to answer God's calling. It takes hustle. It takes long nights and early mornings. It takes sacrifices from hobbies and leisure, but it is worth it because I am giving this world all I've got!
Chase your dreams and following your calling y'all -- no matter what it takes.
Goodnight.
1mon

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tou_shae_ Thinking about my man crush like Jk. I am thinking about pizza, the weekend, and an Oberon. 🏻 1mon

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tou_shae_ Happy Monday y'all. I love starting my week with Jesus. I am an anxious person + the week ahead often intimidates me, but when I stop and spend time with Him, I am reminded that He has laid out my path in detail. He will not bring me to anything that is not intentional for me to experience. I am praying that He opens my heart + eyes to see Him throughout the week. Great is His love. "Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love + his wonderful deeds for mankind." - Psalms 107:8 1mon

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tou_shae_ Shout out to this beauty for coming up from WV to spend the weekend with me in Ann Arbor. She's hair stylist turned best friend. Love this girl. 1mon

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tou_shae_ In the last two years, God has told me no a lot, especially surrounding one particular area of my life. I have naturally grown frustrated with His answer and I started thinking about examples of God saying no in the Bible. The first one that came to mind was Jesus and the crucifixion. Jesus was so scared he sweat blood. He asked his Father if it could be removed from him and God answered no.

Think about how much power there is in God telling Jesus no. If you think about other examples of God saying no in the Bible, you'll find power in those stories too. Often times we forget that there is just as much importance in His answer of no as there is yes. He reminded me that every no is preparation for something greater He is planning.

He is giving me the answer He knows I would ask for if I knew everything He has planned for me! Wow!

How great is our Lord and His perfect plan? I am challenging myself to put my faith entirely in Him this month and accepting no without question, because as my mom recently reminded me: "God has never led you wrong yet." Have a great weekend y'all.
2mon

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tou_shae_ Y'all...I seriously love this girl. You know how you meet someone sometimes and you connect? That's how it was for me and @jenniferbowser22! Aside from that, her heart for Jesus and her dedication to love others and give back inspires me to no end. Wish I was in Chicago to hang with this sweet lady more. #soulsister #barristersball #chicago 2mon

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tou_shae_ i love you jenn-ay. (forrest gump voice) 2mon

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tou_shae_ Welp, last night of being 24 + I could cry. No not because I am getting older (although if we talk about how 30 is only 5 years away you might see a tear), but instead, because my heart is overflowing with the love I have felt from friends + family the past couple of weeks. From supporting my mission work to just spending time with me, I am so grateful. Thank you. You see, my time in Haiti really taught me the three things that matter in life: God, family, + survival. Today, as a 20-something I am equipped with all of those things. It feel so abundantly blessed. Throughout my twenties I have frequently felt lost. Yet, reflecting tonight, I see where God has connected so many dots for me. I don't have it all figured out, but thats where faith comes in. Let's do this 25!!! 2mon

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tou_shae_ And if not He is still good. I've been thinking a lot about disappointments lately. Over the course of the past two years, I've been rejected and told no a lot. I've equated this to God reminding me to let Him work and to stop inserting my own personal desires. But today on my drive home, I was telling Him even though they aren't His plans for me, I still feel a sense of disappointment. His answer: "Yes, but I am still good." Wow! Ain't that the truth?!! The amount of good He has created in my life as a result of what I considered disappointments is unreal. From my Michigan friendships to Haiti, God has never stopped working for me. And on this Easter Sunday I stop to thank Him today + always for His hand in my life. He is alive y'all!
Thanks for the photography skills @_snyderrr
2mon

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