Hey y’all!

My name is Shawnda and I am the co-creator of Breathe and Maintain. The saying “breathe and maintain” was instilled in me when I was 19. I even have a tattoo of that phrase. When I was 22, I met Raven and eventually was able to share it with her. It was encouraging for me to share that with her and since 2012 – it has been something we constantly remind each other of.

October of last year (2018) we decided to share it with all of you. We have taken this slowly because we want to be able to give you our best – we can’t wait to share this lifestyle of Breathe & Maintain with you!

So as mentioned above, I’m Shawnda. I am 29 years old, a wife to an amazing web developer (Jacob), a mom to three children: a 4-year-old daughter, a baby in heaven, and our rainbow blessing, a 2-month-old boy. I will soon make a post about our journey of secondary infertility and having a miscarriage. I love God and being a part of the Church and being involved at our church here in Huntsville, AL. I am a stay at home mom and even on really hard days, I love it! I enjoy being in the kitchen and going to target. I prefer Starbucks coffee (I’m basic: give me Autumn, pumpkin spice lattes, cooler weather, and scarves [my birthday is the day before Halloween so I’ve been basic since birth] – I’m very happy with those things). If you know about the enneagram lifestyle, I am a 7 through and through with the wing of 6, I love finding out what number people are! If you have taken the test, comment with your number. If you haven’t, check out and take the test!

On our website, I will be writing about parenting lifestyle – hacks and tips and just the craziness of being a parent – I will also write about cooking and baking, what I’m studying/reading, and co-writing devotions with Raven. I’m so excited to share all this with you and see where this all leads to.

On good days and bad days – BREATHE AND MAINTAIN

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