Hello? Can You See Me Now?

09 Apr 2013 | Categories: Off the radar | Posted by: LifewithBri

You ever heard the saying “If you want to hear God laugh, then tell him your plans?”  Well, that’s exactly how I felt as I designed, created and launched this blog site.  I planned exactly how I wanted it to look, feel and communicate, yet it seemed like everything was going wrong in the process.  Or was it going right? Hmmmm. I had originally planned to post an extremely candid video blog, and I still intend to do so, but that might just have to wait. Instead, I had to ask myself, what should I show to my readers in my verrrryy first blog post to make them understand where I’m coming from? So here goes nothing — let’s take a walk down memory lane.


The picture on the left is me when I was maybe eleven or twelve years old and the picture on the right is actually from just a few days ago (at the age of 23).  Yes, I may look different and I have grown from a young girl into a young woman, but reality of it all is that really– I am the same person.

Ten years have passed, yet the same things that affected me back then often still have a huge affect on me today.  I would not just place my story into the category of “successful weight-loss” because truth is, there was never really a “happily ever after.” I am happy, yes, but life is not perfect and neither am I.  You ever see those crazy, sometimes unrealistic ads on television? You know, the ones that are like, “I lost 50 lbs in 2 months with the help from (some crazy diet pill or workout video) and I couldn’t feel better.” – but completely ignoring the sides of the story that make the person actually seem human.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes those things do work and to an extent I believe that the people feel healthier in many ways, but instead my ad would probably sound something like:

“Just like many people (especially the youth) today, I have always struggled with my weight, self-image and self confidence. I gained and lost weight extremely rapidly at a young age, and I am thankful for what I have gone through,–it takes a while to cherish such difficult times, but the things I have learned about myself, the ways I have challenged myself physically, mentally and spiritually have all molded me into the woman I am today. I’ll be honest when saying, I have probably tried all of those crazy diets, detoxes, etc., but I have found that it all boils down to making better choices for you.” –pretty long ad huh? And, trust me I still had a lot more to say.

As I sit here and write this very first blog post, I want to make a promise to you.  I promise to share with you my many choices as well as to challenge you along the way. Let’s have fun with it!  Even with all of the craziness going on with graduation right around the corner, getting ready for my study abroad trip to China (yes, China) and trying to secure a “big girl” job, I can’t help but to realize how very blessed I am that I even have a story to tell. So, I am going to tell it. I am going to share with you the choices I have made in life and those that I continue to make a long the way.

Remember, I still plan on posting the video, maybe one day soon, but until then, take a chance to learn more about me and what you can expect from future posts on this blog in the tab above.  Welcome to LifewithBri. Enjoy! Feel free to comment and/or email me at talkwithbri@gmail.com.

MY CHOICE: Create a blog to hopefully inspire, encourage and motivate through my testimony and life experiences.  “We all have a story, why not tell it?”

YOUR CHALLENGE: Next, go read the “About Bri & the Blog” section and then take a chance and follow the blog!


  1. Miss B_27
    April 9, 2013

    <3 Ya doll! Keep moving and growing. So Proud!!

  2. Cherrelle
    April 9, 2013

    I am sooo excited to see this evolve into something that shows how creative and unique you are. Love you lil sis….

  3. Mekka
    April 9, 2013

    Go girl!

  4. Katie
    April 9, 2013

    Bri is such an inspiration <3 I can't wait for more!

  5. Nichelle
    April 9, 2013

    I think anyone can truly learn from this. There’s a huge lesson of honesty here. What one can get from being honest with themselves and being unafraid of showing that true self to the world. This is a common problem that people only bury, not noticing that MANY of us have been there. Even if not b/c of weight, everyone has an insecurity. Life is about that battle. Your journey has made you into an amazing person and I can only hope that through this, you will inspire the world! I know you’ve inspired me.

  6. Reyanna
    April 9, 2013

    I’m absolutely in love with this blog already. Its very courageous of you to share your story with us. Looking forward to the things to come! I’m proud of you and of what you’re doing!

  7. Pamela
    April 10, 2013

    I remember that girl in the left and she’s always been beautiful to me! 🙂

  8. Presh
    April 10, 2013

    Im sooo excited for you!!! Cant wait for the next one!

  9. DeAndre(DreHayes)
    April 10, 2013

    this is really cool, glad you have something that drives you. As this grows im going to be looking for more exciting things to come from you. Keep it up

  10. Camille
    April 16, 2013

    Bri this was awesome. So proud of your accomplishment! Keep going for the goal my sistAH. I love what you are doing and excited for more!

  11. Amber
    June 8, 2013

    You are truly inspiring and this has given me some great ideas for my own blog! Loving what you do!

    • LifewithBri
      June 14, 2013

      Thank you so much! & yes, if you are passionate about it, make it happen! I will def. support! 🙂

  12. Ninah
    March 26, 2017

    I am currently reviewing your blog… I adore it and I adore you! <3

    • LifewithBri
      March 30, 2017

      Thank you, Ninah! That means so much to me! <3

  13. June 14, 2017

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