April 1, 2017

RenewMe Rouge

Live WELL. Spend your time wisely. Rest well. Be thankful. Love deeply. Be happy. REPEAT.

There's nothing "special" about me. I'm just a wife, former corporate climbing exec turned stay-at-home mom who is passionate about awakening radical change in my own life and the lives of others.

If you just stumbled on my page, welcome! I really hope you find hope, motivation and inspiration through being here. That is my hearts desire - to see women lifted up, encouraged and inspired to tap into their God given potential. You have a gift my friend. The world is waiting for you to see it and share it!

My story is full of lots of twists and turns - maybe there is a layer of the story you can relate to! Cliff notes - I've struggled with my weight and self esteem my entire life. In 2011 I was diagnosed with PCOS and after both of my kids were born, I knew my own journey needed my time, effort and attention. In 2013 I was inspired to start my own #RenewMe journey to re-focus my priorities {physical, mental, emotional and spiritual} to renew my life.

Since then I've struggled through mystery illnesses stemming from autoimmune diseases, but I've never let that define me or be the end to my journey. It's just a bump in the road to a destination far greater than I can hope or plan for. God can always use your mess to make a powerful message if you allow Him!

God doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called.

In 2017 God brought our family to a crossroads. He changed OUR plans and showed us how to trust and believe in HIS plan more than EVER before. This included allowing me to work as an affiliate for one of my favorite boutique clothing brands, Zig Zag Stripe, as well as igniting a deep rooted passion within me to help myself and other women regain their inner confidence through rediscovering their inner beauty and allowing that to SHINE outwardly. 

Renewal at it's finest by sisterhood, empowerment and helping YOU connect to what makes you-UNIQUE :)

My blog is full of great resources from favorite recipes, favorite skin care and makeup tips/looks, tips & tricks for creating healthy habits, business tips and so much more. Feel free to check it out at www.paytonpeoples.com

We're changing our lives and the lives of others every day. Grateful for the opportunity to get to know you!

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February 21, 2017

Beachbody On Demand :: All-Access Pass

Beachbody On Demand ALL ACCESS is here! With Beachbody On Demand, we’re giving you unlimited access to stream hundreds of world-class Beachbody workout programs — anytime, anywhere.
And, now, with our annual membership, you’ll get unlimited access to every Beachbody program on Beachbody On Demand, including all new releases. 
Beachbody On Demand is a website that allows you to stream P90X, INSANITY, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, INSANITY MAX:30, FOCUS T25, 3 Week Yoga Retreat, or any one of over 400 other world-famous Beachbody workouts that have helped millions transform their lives.
No matter where you are in the world — whether you’re in your house, at the gym, or on vacation — you can access your program guides, your workouts, and more on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. As long as you can connect to the Internet, you can work out with Beachbody, no DVDs required. What are you waiting for?

What Beachbody Workout Programs Are Included In Digital All-Access?
ALL of them!! Here’s a complete list of all available programs. PLUS, any new release programs during your 12-month membership you’ll also have all access to.

·       21 Day Fix
·       PiYo
·       CIZE
·       CIZE: The Next Level (exclusive to Beachbody On Demand)
·       22 Minute Hard Corps
·       Country Heat
·       21 Day Fix EXTREME
·       FOCUS T25
·       The Master’s Hammer and Chisel
·       Body Beast
·       P90
·       P90X
·       P90X2
·       P90X3
·       TurboFire
·       Turbo Jam
·       Brazil Butt Lift (including the Brazil Butt Lift Master Series)
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·       10-Minute Trainer
·       INSANITY
·       INSANITY: THE ASYLUM (Volumes 1 & 2)
·       INSANITY MAX:30
·       3 Week Yoga Retreat
·       Beachbody Yoga Studio
·       P90X ONE on ONE (Volumes 1–3)
·       Hip Hop Abs
·       Tai Cheng
·       RevAbs
·       Rockin’ Body
·       Slim in 6
·       Shaun T’s Dance Party
·       Total Body Solution
·       Yoga Booty Ballet
·       Ho’ Ala ke Kino
·       Power Half Hour
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·       Chalene Johnson’s Get On The Ball
·       Power 90
·       Project You
·       ChaLEAN Extreme
·       ChaLEAN Extreme Deluxe
·       Niche Workouts by Sagi Kalev, Autumn Calabrese, Joel Freeman, Jericho McMatthews, and Tony Horton (exclusive to Beachbody On Demand)
  *Your membership will automatically renew upon expiration for the same term you selected at the same price until you cancel. If you’re not completely satisfied with your 12-month membership, simply call Customer Service at 1 (800) 470-7870 within 30 days for a full refund of your purchase price—no questions asked.
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You'll get ALL-ACCESS for 12-month PLUS a months supply of Shakeology (your choice of flavor) AND the official Shakeology shaker cup and Portion Fix container system. You'll use all of these during your time in our private online challenge group to help you reach your personal goals. My groups specifically focus on helping you grow through health, fitness and spirituality. 

You choose your Shakeology flavor from the following options:
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  • Vegan Chocolate
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*mixed flavors are available. Contact me to discuss your options.

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February 1, 2017

How we sold our house in under 5 hours: for list price

2016 was a doozey for us. Murphy's Law was in FULL effect every time we turned around, but come hell or high water we were determined to make our dreams a reality. The first step on that road was to get our current home SOLD. We bought this house in 2010 fully intending on NEVER living here with children. Well, here we are.. seven years later and TWO kids - ha!

We have always taken pride in being homeowners. We've kept our home in great condition and anything that could have been an issue, we took care of before our house even went on the market. We spent a good 6-8 weeks getting our house prepped to sell. Mainly because when you have a family schedule like ours and two small kids, doing BIG projects or A LOT of work at one time just isn't possible. It was insane. A LOT of hard work and I felt like I had more plates spinning than I could handle, but it's a season. You will survive it!

We are so thankful that all our hard work and dedication paid off - and QUICKLY at that. Within an hour of our house going live on MLS we had multiple scheduled showings for that afternoon and an hour after the first showing we had a full price offer! Let me share my formula for making sure your home sells quickly.

Check your ego - do your pricing homework

This is your home. It's easy for you to get hung up on a price because you're emotionally attached to what this home means to you. Try your best to kick that to the curb. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. For a good 4-6 months I studied homes in our area that could be used as comps when we listed. Comps don't lie. They will ultimately determine how much your house can sell for. Make sure your realtor is up-to-date on what's going on in your neighborhood/area. They will be able to give you a good idea of where to start and keep you from being unrealistic. A prospective buyer may LOVE your home, but if it's not priced right, you'll never get to the closing table.

{{if you're in the South Atlanta area, I highly suggest Christie Hayes & Company. They are incredible to work with.}}

Take your pets with you

We have a dog and even though he's older and on the smaller side, he came with us when the house was being shown to buyers. Not ideal, especially when you already have small kids to tote with you as well BUT it makes a huge difference not to have a potentially barking animal in the home while it's being shown. We also made sure all signs of having any pets were put away - food bowls, crates, blankets, toys, etc. It was all completely out of sight.

Clean & De-Clutter

This is a HUGE one. The same day that we had the photographer come over to take photos {we will talk about that in a minute} we had a cleaning crew come in and deep clean the entire house. I wanted the house to look perfect for photos that would be listed on MLS. We also had the carpets professionally cleaned and we rented a 10x10 storage unit to get all the clutter out of our house.

Beginning to load the storage unit. By the time we listed the entire unit was full.

De-Personalize - THIS IS KEY

It is SO important that you DE-PERSONALIZE your home. Take down the stuff on the walls. If there are family photos, kids artwork, etc hanging everywhere it's hard for the potential buyers to imagine THEIR stuff in your house. Make it EASY for them and make everything very neutral and open. If you have drastic paint colors on your walls, repaint before you take photos and list your home. We have always kept our home very neutral colored with soft sage green in our living and soft grays as accent walls in bedrooms.

We removed EVERYTHING from the counters throughout the house, opened all the windows, turned on all the lights, closed all the toilet lids and just in general made everything feel very light, bright and open. We got rid of furniture, nick-nacks, emptied closets, emptied the garage, backyard and attic. There was not one section of this house that wasn't 100% cleaned out and staged.

Pay attention to curb appeal - back yard too!

If your home doesn't look nice from the street, you can forget it. It can be the most beautiful house on the inside, but if it looks like a hot mess from the outside you'll never even get buyers inside. We made sure we paid close attention to our yard {front and back!} even though it was January when we listed. I spent time raking and blowing leaves out of our flower beds and yard, we put down new mulch in the flower beds, we pressure washed any areas on the house that needed it, we washed the inside AND the outside of all the windows, put a new potted plant on the front porch with a new welcome mat and we got rid of ALL the toys in the back yard the kids used to play with. Stand back and take a good, objective look at your house from the street and back yard. If it looks a mess, FIX IT! 

Take great listing photos

This is another perk of listing your house with a realtor. Our team has a professional real estate photographer come in to take all the listing photos as part of their fees. If your realtor doesn't include this, I would highly suggest you looking into investing in this service on your own. These are the photos that will show up everywhere MLS listings go live - Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, RedFin, etc. I cannot stress enough how VITAL this is to the success of your home selling quickly (or at all). You cannot afford to lose a buyer before they even step into your home because of terrible listing photos.

Before any showings, I made sure of the following things:

1. House is in pristine, clean condition
2. House smells good (I chose to burn the Home Sweet Home candles from Yankee)
3. Soft music playing in the background (I chose the smooth jazz station on Pandora One Radio)
4. House is nicely lit with blinds open & lights on throughout home
5. All toilet seats are down/closed
6. Take everyone with you - including pets!

We hope this helps some of you who are looking to sell your home quickly! It should be noted that selling your home is a stressful event but the hard work DOES pay off. For us that meant we got our dream listing price and an under contract sign in our yard within 5 hours of going live on MLS!

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December 19, 2016

Throwing out the "New Year, New You" crap

2016 has been a flaming bag of dog crap to put it mildly and I know many of you agree.

Which means that the vast majority of us are CELEBRATING the idea of a NEW YEAR approaching!

But, along with a clean slate and a calendar year comes the "New Year, New You!" push.

Now, I'm not judging... because that used to be ME. I was convinced that the "new year" mentality would somehow change things. {{newsflash - it doesn't}}

If I've learned anything from this year of flaming dog crap moments it's that WE are in CONTROL. Not the date on the calendar. You have the POWER to create the change in your life you need NOW. Not just because January rolls around again.

Do you feel stronger already? You should.

And lets be honest - YOU need to STAY YOU. YOU don't need to be "new".

It's just your HABITS that need a little refresher.

So, that is where I'm focusing my EXCITEMENT about the new year. Not that I will suddenly be a "new me" but that I have a HUGE opportunity to create new behaviors and habits that will help me become a BETTER me.

THAT I am on board for! Are you??

Let's become BETTER together and make our habits and behaviors in line with the life CHANGE we want in 2017. Nothing "new" here ... just BETTER <3 and INTENTIONAL.

If you're ready, join us in January for the 2nd EVER Beachbody Health Bet! Again.. nothing "new" {{you can read all about how this works here}} but still an opportunity to make YOU and your bank account BETTER :)


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November 11, 2016

The Slow Fade

People never crumble in a day. It's a slow fade.

The beginning always seems like a very good place to start {who got the reference??} but it's hard to know when the beginning is for me. I do know that symptoms started to JUMP out at me in January of this year, so I guess we can start there.

Since January, I've been tested, re-tested, poked, prodded, scanned, sampled and spent more time in health care facilities than I care to admit. I've been moved around from specialist to specialist, words like tumor were used more than once by more than one physician and I've had to FIGHT every day to get to today. To this time where I've finally had the right amount of tests and finally the right specialist agree with me about my symptoms.

If you're not up to speed on where this journey has taken me, feel free to visit the Autoimmune & PCOS tab at the top of this page for a link to my past posts.

During all of this, it seems as though disease as just run itself DEEP into my family. My mother and grandmother have both been diagnosed with life changing illnesses. My mom mirroring a very similar journey to mine - long, lots of doctors, no answers, no cure - just management of symptoms. It feels and seems as though these issues are deeply genetically linked and it's like waiting for a bomb to go off and see who it effects in our family next.

There have been many, many days and nights of tears. Many nights spent praying. Many days spent wondering what this is going to take away from how my life COULD be. Many moments wondering "what if..." or "will I ever be able to do...."

After spending hours with a specialist who finally sat down, listened to my entire story and reviewed my pages of typed up notes, lab results and other doctors notes we determined a few things right off the bat. 

Asthma and Mast Cell Disease.

Asthma is treated with breathing treatments and daily prescription medications. This also helps prevent any infections that develop into raging bronchitis making it extremely difficult for me to breathe {like I've had to deal with multiple times this year already}.

Mast Cell Disease is a monster. Not only is it rare and not many doctors even know what it is, let alone how to treat it, but it's DIFFERENT for every person it effects. The short version is - everyone has mast cells. They are a type of white blood cell and they are responsible for keeping your immune system healthy, happy and working correctly. They also play a key role in the inflammatory process. MCAS is still a poorly understood condition and is a current topic of research.

Primary symptoms include cardiovascular, dermatological, gastrointestinal, neurological and respiratory problems - all things I've continued to struggle with. There are no known causes, but the condition appears to be inherited. The condition may be mild until exacerbated by stressful life events, or symptoms may develop and slowly trend worse with time.

I have good days where I feel almost normal again and I have really, really bad days where it's difficult for me to even get out of bed. There's no "answer" as to what causes the flare ups. There are just some known triggers that I have to constantly be aware of and pay attention to.

Common triggers include:
    -specific foods and drinks (especially alcohol, and high-histamine content foods)
    -temperature extremes
    -airborne smells including perfumes or smoke
    -exercise or exertion
    -emotional stress
    -hormonal changes, particularly during adolescence, pregnancy and women's menstrual cycles
Now we know why things like this started happening when I would drink alcohol...

And why daily, for the last year, I've broken out in hives all over my body. Most recently these outbreaks would start on my lips and face (which is scary considering breathing is necessary for life)

I've spent more hours than I can count in hospitals, doctors offices and labs desperately seeking answers for why this keeps happening...

I've also seen an Endocronologist who tested as sorts of other things relating to adrenal issues, hormonal issues and food allergies. You'll see below my handy brown folder. I take that everywhere because it's my holy grail of medical information about myself. Doctors can make much better informed decisions on treatment and tests when they have ALL the info. Never rely on your memory.

At the end of the day, I'm sick. The details on how, why, what, etc may never fully be understood. I pray that sometime in my lifetime those questions are able to be answered. With the way it's looking, that may or may not happen, but MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) was only recently given a name in 2010.

My plan now? Live every day as it comes.

Some days I feel great. I have energy, no triggers seem to bother me and I'm able to exercise without a flare up. But, then I likely suffer the consequences of "feeling good" for days on end. I may not have another "normal day" for a week or more.

It's all about living one day at a time. I'm learning to listen to my body, be EXTREMELY in tune with how I am or not responding to things, and always keeping my meds close by in case of a flare up.

I don't share this as a "pity plea" or grabbing for sympathy - the opposite actually. More to help educate the people around me and even those who aren't.

NEVER judge a book by it's cover. 
You never know the battle someone else is fighting.

Through everything it's inspired me to figure out how I can be my BEST SELF despite everything I have to deal with and I'm working REALLY HARD behind the scenes for what that looks like for you too. 2017 will be a fresh new start for me and I hope you will feel the same way too. I will have a new challenge opening in January called "My Best Self - Renewing from the inside out" that will be completely focused on feeding your spirit, sharpening your mind and transforming your body.

I hope you'll always consider the possibility that things aren't always as they appear when you find yourself jumping to judgement {don't skim over that - we ALL do it from time to time} when you see someone in person or online. Everyone has a story. Everyone's stories are important.


November 8, 2016

How to BUDGET for the holidays

"How much do you spend on holiday gifts?" is one of the MOST POPULAR questions in MOST of the groups I'm apart of on Facebook right now.

What's MORE surprising is the amount of people who have ZERO idea how much they actually spend! Is that you?

Here's some background about us -
  1.  We used to be those people
  2.  We regret it
  3.  We are budgeters now
  4.  Thank you Dave Ramsey

Now, I will say we are not the envelope kinda DR people. Do I think that's ABSOLUTELY effective? YES. But, I know what works for US and I pay attention to the rewards from companies by using auto pay, debit options, etc. Envelopes don't work for us. HOWEVER, a BUDGET works for EVERYONE.

Here's some things I look at when sitting down to make our budget -

  • Are we currently in debt pay off mode? If so, what is left over after making our snowball payments?
  • Are we traveling? If so, what money is needed for travel expenses?
  • Are we hosting any get togethers at our home that would cost money? If yes, how much?
  • Are we buying gifts for ALL family or just our spouse and kids?
After I know the answers to those questions, I can make a better decision as to what we have to work with. Because we're currently in debt pay off mode, we made the appropriate arrangements in the budget with that in mind. We're also traveling, so gas and food expenses have to also be taken into consideration. This year we are not hosting anything (we plan to next year once we're in our new home) so those expenses aren't in our budget this year! Gifts - we focus on gifts for family we will celebrate with.

A lot of people ask how we handle gifts for our kids and honestly, we keep it simple. For a few reasons:
  1. We don't ever want our kids to think that they are entitled to gifts
  2. We want to keep the main thing, the main thing - #JesusistheReasonfortheSeason
  3. Our family spoils our kids too
We keep gifts within our set budget for each child and within these four main categories:
  • Something you WANT
  • Something you NEED
  • Something to WEAR
  • Something to READ
Once you have a good idea of how you want your holidays to FEEL, this becomes MUCH easier to tackle. I'm able to see my kids interests, listen in to things they've mentioned, know what they NEED and I start making LISTS as early as the end of October. That helps keep things on budget because I know what I need and can keep my eyes out for the best deals. Plus it helps family know what they can purchase too.

Holidays can still be EVERYTHING you want them to be without racking up DEBT to make it happen <3

Enjoy your holiday season friends. Don't stress about how you can pay for everything. Make a plan and use it!

Happy Holidays!


October 22, 2016

Top FIVE books of 2016

Many of you who follow me know how important reading and personal development is to me. I make it my personal goal to make sure I'm in a new book every month, but definitely diving into something that will help grow my mindset every day.

I've read a TON of stuff over the last year - some were total duds and others were GREAT. I wanted to point out my TOP FIVE list for 2016 because each of these impacted my life and my business in great ways, so clearly I think you need to put these on your list to tackle ASAP!

.:. Payton's top FIVE books of 2016 .:.

I Am That Girl
You are a Badass
Make It Happen
The 10x Rule

Here's the break down of each book (because they each have something unique to teach you) and why I think you need to dive in >>

1. I Am That Girl - This is the ANTHEM for all women. This is by far the most lengthy of the bunch, but it's WORTH IT. It took me longer to get through because I kept having to go back and re-read sections, make notes, really marinate on each section before moving on to the next. There is a full blown manifesto that will set your soul on fire and make you want to be THAT girl - the girl you've always seen yourself as but not sure how to become. Here's your ticket! DIVE IN and make sure you're mentally ready to absorb as much as possible and come with an attitude of learning and adjustment.

Click here to purchase I Am That Girl on Amazon

2. You Are A Badass - If you are lacking in the self confidence department, I HIGHLY recommend you start here. This book will make you feel like you can do ANYTHING. Not by building up your ego, but truly helping you discover or rediscover your power that is unique to you. I never saw myself as a "badass" but after reading this book, I started to embrace what that meant for MY life. Huge game changer!

Click here to purchase You Are A Badass on Amazon

3. Make It Happen - This one is probably my #1 of all books I've ever read. Why? Because it focuses on surrendering the FEAR you've adapted into your life. You may not even realize that you've done it! Maybe you have.. but either way, this FAITH-BASED book will help you surrender your fear, take the leap and live on purpose. That is pretty much the soul of what each of us should be striving for every day!

Click here to purchase Make It Happen on Amazon

4. The 10x Rule - If you are someone who likes it in your face, reality and gut checks left and right and no BS.. order this RIGHT NOW. If you're someone who likes everything happy-go-lucky and sugar coated, you may need to order this one too because you likely need the kick in the pants this book will give you. Cardone breaks down the ONLY difference between success and failure and makes it VERY clear as to what you need to do, what changes need to be made and how you can be your BEST. It's intense, it's FULL of incredible nuggets of info and it's about as in your face/reality check as you can get. Get ready for your world to be ROCKED by this one!

Click here to purchase The 10x Rule on Amazon

5. #Girlboss - This one is more in the storytelling format. More like reading a novel of a successful woman entrepreneur. If you are encouraged by reading real stories of people who have done what you're doing and hearing every moment from their prospective, definitely pick this one up. You'll be inspired to take a lot of what the author shares and figure out how to use it in your own little world.

Click here to purchase #Girlboss on Amazon

I encourage you to start thinking about how you can really challenge yourself and grow your mindset these last few weeks of 2016. What you DO now, what you LEARN now, what you APPLY now, will only IMPROVE how amazing 2017 can be for you.

Check these out and let me know what you think!
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