Thanks for your questions from the Q&A! I enjoyed letting you know a little bit more about me.
What is your favorite accessory -- the thing you wish you could wear with every outfit?
My favorite and signature accessory is my 4-strand, chunky pearl necklace. I absolutely love it!
Do you think you will ever go back to DC to visit, etc?
Most definitely! It is one of my favorite cities that taught me so much! One of my great friends, Natalie, lives there too and we like to plan a girls get-together about twice a year.
What is your favorite place you've been?
I have been to Alaska seven times. It is beautiful and peaceful.
What is your favorite workout?
Tonight, I warmed up with a 3-mile run on the treadmill and then took the Body Chisel Bootcamp class at Golds Gym. I was so sweaty, that I took my shirt off and finished the class in shorts and my sports bra. I would say that's my kind of workout -- anything that combines high cardio with weight training and loads of sweat!
What do you do to keep motivated, fitness-wise?
The feeling I have when I know I look good & people start to notice my hard work. When you have that feeling, you will do everything you can to stay in shape. Also, I try on my tightest jeans on a weekly basis to make sure they still look the way they are supposed to. Great question!
What celebrity do you dress most like?
Kristin Davis (Charlotte) off Sex & the City -- tailored and not trendy. Just classic pieces that last for years.
What is your favorite workout DVD?
I don't prefer them, but if it's all that is available, then something by Jillian Michaels. The Shred is a good quickie, but I don't think it burns enough calories for weight loss. I also enjoy Billy Blanks kickboxing DVDs.
What is your dream vacation destination?
Europe. I will be going, mark my word.
What is your junk food weakness?
Pizza, skittles & doughnut holes! I do partake of these, but on a limited basis.
How did you first react when your engagement ended?
Wow, what a question. I will try to sum it up as best as possible. I was dumbfounded, helplessly pleading for him not to do it, shaking as I placed my ring on the coffee table and walked through the house to collect my belongings...I thought I was in a dream. Who was this cold, emotionless man standing before me?! I had a two hour drive home through the mountains afterwards and had to pull over multiple times to weep. I had no cell service so I couldn't call anyone. I didn't eat for days, lost 10 pounds within a week and became severely depressed. Then, the cycle of healing began and I got mad. Real mad. Mad at all the lies I believed. Mad at the money my sweet daddy lost. Mad that there was never a sincere apology. Mad that I never really got an answer to my question, "Why?"
Then, one day I woke up and I was .... fine. I forgave him in my heart. Yes, it was the lowest season of my life, but God is so good and brought me out of it. Today, I am flying high as a kite for a new beginning.
Do you feel you've recovered or is it still a work in progress?
Being that I never have heard from him again, it made it easy to move along with life. I learned that this was not the first time, and I actually had the amazing opportunity to meet someone who was hurt by him as well. Her selfless encouragement helped me tremendously to see past my current pain. I am forever thankful to her for reaching out to me.
I am 100% fine and recovered. I have learned more about myself in the last six months, than the last six years combined. I get the opportunity to love again, which is such a gift. I will be excited when that opportunity arrives, but trust me, I am in no hurry. I am having a blast exploring me, Brittney, and learning more about myself. My professional life has flourished. I am living in a new, amazing city! Life is good!
I know I am rare and not the 'norm'. I realize that there are many girls reading this who have been through a broken engagement or breakup and it may have taken or may be taking much longer than six months to heal. That is okay -- everyone is different. I encourage you to keep pressing forward and praying to our sweet Heavenly Father, Jesus, for continual healing and comfort. He can and will do a mighty work through you, if you just ask!
As always, I am available to anyone with questions or if you need further support in your personal life. The Lord helped heal my heart and make me new and I owe everything that I am to Him.