Faith Fitness and Laughter


on December 8, 2012

Hey hey!   How is your Saturday going so far?  Mine?  It’s been great!   I was able to sleep in this morning and I loved it!  It was probably about 7:30 when I got up this morning and let me tell ya, it felt great. 




What was the first thing that I did??



Well, I cleaned the inside of my car.  What?  You drink coffee first thing, I clean my car!  lol! 


I also did some more decorating around the house.





Later, I did some baking.









So I received some pretty cool and exciting news the other day!  One of the blogs that I follow is ran by the super cool chic Caitlin Helsel….. Chasing Chels nominated my blog for the Liebster Award!!  Caitlin, I want to thank you SO much!!  This totally made my day!





Here are the super cool rules that you follow when you are nominated:


  1. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions give to you by the blogger that nominated you.
  3. Create 11 new questions.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in the post.
  5. Thank the blogger that nominated you and tell the bloggers you nominated.




11 Random Facts:


  1. I have been on 11 mission trips.  5 were in Mexico and 1 was in Kazakhstan.  The rest were instate mission trips.  All were an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to go on the next one!
  2. Growing up I called my brother Jay instead of his given name Jason because it reminded me too much of the horror movie Friday the 13th.  Lol!
  3. I love history!  Everything about it!  I love to read about it and watch documentaries on it.  I once watched a marathon about the Free Masons.
  4. I have been in banking for nearly 17 years! 
  5. I am a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan.  I think that everyone should watch those movies!!  I can’t wait for The Hobbit to come out!
  6. My brother and my two cousins were in a band called Kids In Company.  We were big.  Really we were.
  7. I’ll wreck a car before hitting an animal.
  8. Growing up, I was so in love with New Kids on the Block.  Yes, before NKOTB.  Seen them twice in concert and stayed overnight for one of those just to get tickets.  I was going to marry Jordan. 
  9. I collect Starbucks coffee cups.  Love em!
  10. I love to be outside.  I especially love to go hiking!  There is something so special about being out in the open and in creation.
  11. Yes, my name is Brandi and I am a coffee-a-holic.  I love the stuff!



Caitlin’s Questions:


  1. What is your favorite color?   It would have to be blue.  Any shade of blue will do. 
  2. What is your favorite baked good or dessert?  Hmmm, that would have to be cookies.  I love to bake them!  I love searching the internet for the best recipe.  I also love to make this honey bun cake!
  3. What is your favorite sport?  Probably figure skating.  Yes, it is a sport.  Smile  I like football a lot, but not to watch on tv.  It’s cool to actually be at the game.
  4. Do you enjoy reading?  If so, what?  Yes!!!  I love reading anything really, but right now I am into Dystopia type novels.  I also love Nicholas Sparks.
  5. What do you want to do with your life?  I will always want missions to be a part of my life. 
  6. Do you have a hero, or a role model?  Yes.  I have many in my life.  My mom, sister-n-law Lynn, ladies I attend church with.
  7. What is your favorite number?   7
  8. Where is the craziest place you have ever traveled?  I wouldn’t say the craziest, but Kazakhstan was the farthest I have ever been from home and the most out of my comfort zone.
  9. Did you go to college?  Where?  I didn’t attend college, but would love to take some classes.
  10. What is your favorite cereal?  Right now, oatmeal.  Cold cereal would be froot loops!
  11. What is your favorite way to pass the time and/or relieve stress?   Hmm, I love to clean when I am stressed out.  Odd, I know, but there is just something about cleaning that relaxes me.  I also like to mow the yard if I am stressed out.  Or go for a run.  I love to pick up a book and waste the day away.  I also love putting in one of my favorite shows on DVD and spending brainless hours re-watching it!



My questions:


  1. When you were a child, what was the one thing that scared you the most?
  2. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
  3. If you were on an island and could only take three things with you, what would they be?
  4. What is your favorite cuisine?
  5. What is your favorite type of book?
  6. Name three things that you do first thing in the morning?
  7. Favorite quote?
  8. New Zealand or Australia?
  9. Who was the last person that you talked to on the phone?
  10. Talk or text?
  11. What is your favorite holiday?






  1. Kate at Kate Moving Forward
  2. Laura at Laura Lives Life
  3. Running In Boise
  4. Nikki at Life After Swimming
  5. Danica at It’s Progression
  6. Abby at Live Laugh Run Today
  7. Amy at Recipe for Disaster
  8. Emily at Emily Bites
  9. Steph at Steph’s Bite by Bite
  10. Elizabeth at Running for Bling
  11. Julie at Sweetly Balanced




Welp, there you have it!!   These are some of my favorite blogs and well worth a visit!






My workout today is a 3 mile speed drill, but here is how yesterday’s run went.


4 Mile Run:

Mile One:    9.29

Mile Two:    9.05

Mile Three:    8.56

Mile Four:    9.00

Total Time:    36:23

Average Pace:    9.05





I hope you guys have a great rest of the day!!


12 responses to “Beloved

  1. Laura says:

    Thank you so much for the nom! It was just what I needed today. I loved learning about you and your missionary trips! Your faith is such an inspiration to me – so thank you!

  2. I feel so special!! Thanks girl!! I’ll answer these ASAP! Also, I’m glad you are a LOTR fan! Me too! My group of friends from high school is getting together to watch The Hobbit at 12:01 on the 14th! We saw the midnight showings of the last to LOTR trilogies so it will be like old times, except we all have to get up and go to work the next day! Ha!

  3. chasingchels says:

    You are more than welcome 🙂 I couldn’t have not picked you! And these are some awesome facts! As a former figure skater, I will, in fact, confirm that it is a sport 😉 And my favorite number is 7, too! Plus, I love LOTR…the hobbit coming out is going to make my december! Cleaning when you’re stressed totally makes sense, since a messy environment makes it worse (for me anyway) and I can feel myself become calmer as I put things away, tidy up, and get rid of the dirt…and Kahzahkstan?! That’s awesome! I’d love to go there…or anywhere for that matter haha

  4. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says:

    I loved reading these facts Brandi – it was great to learn more about you 🙂 Also, your Christmas tree looks amazing!

  5. Oh em gee love the Christmasy pictures!

  6. oh these are so fun and congrats for the award my dear!!
    okay, i’m a big reader too, hmm, surprising?? hehe. but my fav’s are stephen king and dean koontz…a little dark side of cait?? 😉

    and oh my GOSH i always wished i could actually be good at ice skating..sooo beautiful! 🙂

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