Women On The Move Feature: Precious K. Williams

As the month of March is Women History Month I knew now was the perfect time to launch my Women On The Move series that has been on my heart for some time now. I love supporting women, seeing us thrive, and watching how we find a way to balance so many different things that life throws at us. As we are in a place where we sometimes still aren't seen as equal, I knew I had to make it my mission to showcase awesome, talented women that I've met here on my blog. I'm so glad to be showcasing GREATNESS and invite you guys to read the stories of these women including how they got started with what their doing, inspiration, and advice for you all. 

Today I'm glad to introduce my first Women On The Move feature Precious K. Williams of Simply Passionate Life! I met Precious here in Atlanta at an event we were both covering and instantly enjoyed her energy. She's a believer of Christ, wife, mom, educator, and an avid supporter of living a passionate life. She also has a website and blogs her life of faith, family, and fitness. Take a look below to learn more about Precious! 

Tell us about yourself and your brand Simply Passionate Life. 

My name is Precious K Williams and I am a lover, leader and joy influencer! I am a speaker in Atlanta that utilizes a variety of platforms to share my message of how to live a Simply Passionate Life! As a brand we teach women how to live a joy-filled life so they can be present and content in any circumstance! I love engaging people and enlightening them of the everyday moments that they should be capitalizing on rather than complaining about! Our main aims are faith, family, and fitness; however we endeavor to inspire women to love the life they've been given while they work for the life that they want.

What made you take the plunge and create your personal brand?

Its actually a funny story! I had been sitting on the idea for about 3 months and just really wanted everything to be perfect before launching! I was sick and tired of the negativity that was rampant on my timeline and really felt that people lacked joy! So the week of the 2016 presidential election it hit me! There are people that could care less about being perfect. They take leaps of faith and figure out the details later! If a reality tv star with no political experience can become a president why can't a counselor with a story work to empower women! Through this, have become a huge #believer in "start where you are with what you have!"

Through your passion of health and wellness, how do you encourage others to live passionately within that aspect?

I believe that your life is only as good as your mindset! Simply Passionate Life approaches joy from a holistic wellness framework. That means that we teach women to prioritize health from their minds, to their bodies, and to their souls. Through my own weightloss journey (75lbs lost from an 18/20 to a size 6/8) it wasn't until I stopped compartmentalizing my fitness and began addressing my mental and spiritual well-being as a part of the process that I truly saw results!

What is your favorite part of being a girl boss?  

My favorite part of being a girl boss is being able to impact other women. It's kind of funny because I don't consider myself a boss so I think it's a flattering question, but I do they consider myself a joy influencer!  I want to help women see that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. I also want to encourage those who may come from a setback that they can overcome. I didn't speak English until I was 4 years old and now I'm speaking in front of large groups of women telling them my story about self confidence, self worth, and self-determination. Being your own boss does not mean canceling out the need for others; it means impacting others along your journey to success!

What is your method of living passionately?

One of my models is that every moment is a message, you just have to pay attention! That is one way that I strive to live passionately. By looking at life as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than just tangible milestones to accomplish, I am able to find contentment even if the situations don't go my way. So many of us are on a hamster wheel pursuing some future destination that we don't learn valuable lessons along the way. It's so important to enjoy the journey! Don't let life happen; we must do the living and invest in the people that have been put along our paths!

What inspires you to keep pushing forward and excelling in your space?

I am motivated by the community. I'm motivated by the women that may feel overwhelmed or stuck in a rut and need encouragement to live with contentment. I believe life is way less about accomplishments than relationships. It means a lot to me to be able to build intentional relationships with women along my journey!

What is some advice you have for someone who wants to start their brand but afraid to do so?

My first piece of advice would be: feel the fear and do it anyway! If you are afraid, you are in the company of great men and women who have done some incredible things in history. The things that are the most impactful are the things that we think we are incapable of doing; so let your faith overcome your fear. I would also say “learn how to have it all even when you can't have it all". As a mom, a wife, and as a plain old woman, we want to have it all. We want to be everything for everyone and we can't. Some days you will be a superwoman, who gets it all done, and feel like you have it all. On other days, you will get none of it done and feel like “Lord Why?”. However, even on those days, remember you already have it all in Christ. We lack nothing in him! We've been given the power to overcome this world and to live for him and His glory. So even when we don't “have it all”, remember that everything that we get is just the icing on the cake. This leads to my last piece of advice: you must know your “why”. Why are you doing what you're doing? From having kids to getting married to starting your business to working at that body; why did you begin? Keeping this consistent reminder in mind will help you realize you already have all you need even when you can't literally have it all.

How can someone get involved with your passionate living movement?

The best way to stay connected with me is through my website www.SimplyPassionateLife.com
Not only do I have monthly meetups for my community, I have two coaching packages that both include a complimentary introductory passionate living call, and lastly I host a quarterly 31 day wellness challenge! I'm always excited to connect with people via social media as well so join us @simplypassionatelife on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram! (@simplypreshkw on twitter).

Hope you all enjoyed learning about Precious! Stay tuned for my next Women On the Move Feature!

My Skincare Favorites + Routine for Dry Skin

Happy Tuesday loves!

So I'll be bringing a new aspect to my blog - uploading YouTube videos! These videos will consist of the same style of content I create here (fashion, business, lifestyle, and beauty) but of course will be created in a video form opposed to creating a full blog post. I'm excited to bring add this type of content into my rotation and I hope you all enjoy watching it as much as I loved filming it!

Today I'm sharing my ultimate skincare favorites, giving details about my routine, and sharing my experiences dealing with my skin (the good & the bad). If you suffer from dry skin or thinking about trying out different skin care products be sure to check out the video below and of course let me know your thoughts! Your support is always appreciated and please like/subscribe if you enjoyed watching!

Also, if you have any video requests please be sure to let ya girl know!

Spring Time Ready: Off the Shoulder Top + Green Cargo Pants

Yay! It's almost Spring time and at this point I am literally counting down the days until Winter is completely over. I was so stoked when I checked the weather and seen we were going to have a pretty warm day in Atlanta this past weekend so I knew this look would be perfect to capture. I also had fun with this look because:

1. My top is thrifted.
2. It's a regular top that I maneuvered into an off the shoulder top.
3. These are the same cargo pants from my Fall Fashion Edit blog post from last year that I switched up.
4. I was finally able to style one of my favorite accessories from this season.

I recently picked thrifting back up as a hobby and I have been loving it lately! I truly enjoy sifting through the clothing & finding gems that can literally be found in store but for a fraction of the price (win-win!).

If you aren't new to my blog then you should know that off the shoulder tops are my jam! I love how it adds a touch of femininity to a look and can easily be dressed up or down depending on your mood and the occasion. I'm actually adding tons of off the shoulder tops & dresses to my online shopping carts so just know that you can anticipate seeing them during the Spring/Summer time. I decided to pair this top with my fave cargo pants because I believe the colors blend very well together and it just worked perfectly over all!

Are you ready for Spring as much as I am? Let me know below along with your favorite piece that you look forward to wearing next season!

Fashion Fun: Husband Styled Me

Happy Tuesday ya'll! I hope you all have started this new week on the right foot and like a boss! I wanted to incorporate something fun on my blog and happy to introduce this edition of Husband Styled Me! If you're new to Modernly Michelle you may not know that I am married to my lovely husband Brandon and have been for over a year now (we've been together for 7 years this year!). While Brandon is always involved behind the scenes I thought it would be fun to have him put together a look for me to wear and bring it to the blog for you all to take a look.

So for this challenge I had Brandon pick out every piece of this look - from my sunnies down to even my lipstick color. I allowed him to put this outfit together while I did my make up because I didn't want to be hovering over him along the way (lol!). I did pop in here and there to check on my status of the outfit building and it was so fun watching him sift through my closet and hold up various pieces to see if they went well together. 

Brandon thinks that this look is perfect for a quick meeting with a colleague or to a more casual networking event. My husband is definitely a business man so I figured the look he would create would be entered around getting things done while still looking polished. I think he did a pretty good job for his first time styling me and if you all like this series I'll definitely see if he'll be open to styling me more often!

How do you think Brandon did? Let me know below!

Fashion Must Have: Sweater Dress

When it comes to style, it's important to build a wardrobe that is both effective and easy to work with.  I used to purchase tons of things I didn't need either because they were on sale or a trend I thought I could pull off. This of course led to closet build up (let me know if you'd like me to chat about this topic below!) and fashion overhaul. A year ago I decided to simplify my shopping and focused on purchasing pieces that are timeless and that I could wear for years to come. If you can relate to how I was and interested in going the same direction of simplifying your wardrobe, I'm here to help! I'll be bringing you fashion must haves that I believe everyone should have in their closet and styled in a Modernly Michelle fashion. 

The first piece up is the sweater dress. I love sweater dresses because they're perfect to be worn in the fall as well as in between winter and spring. They can also be styled a number of ways including being worn with stockings for a bit more coverage or dressed up with a pair of heels and coat for a night out. 

Looking for a sweater dress? Check out these options below!

I had been waiting to sport this sweater dress for a little bit since it was pretty cold here in Atlanta and loved how simple yet chic the look turned out. I personally love pairing sweater dresses with boots (especially my fave thigh high boots from Boohoo) and opted for a gray one because you all know I love a neutral color palette. You can also wear your sweater dress with a belt to cinch in your waist and add another dimension to your look.

Hope you all love the look and be sure to stay tuned for my next fashion must have recommendations!