I grew up in Corbin, a tiny little town in Southeastern Kentucky. In fact, the county I grew up in was and still is one of the poorest counties in the country. As a result, my family didn’t have a lot of money and we didn’t have a lot of educational opportunities, but as I look back, I can clearly see the advantages I did have.
I have parents who raised me to believe that I could do anything that I wanted to when I grew up. I have a mama who loves the Lord, and as a result, she had my sisters and me in church every time the doors were open. I also had the advantage of living next to my Granny and Papaw growing up. I have such fond memories of Granny cooking Sunday suppers after church, and my whole family squeezing together around the supper table. We would tell stories, we would laugh, and we would pray.
But, as I grew older and had the opportunity to go to college, I began questioning everything I had previously known, especially my relationship with God. Other hobbies and passions developed and my focus moved from my faith. It was during this time that I completely walked away from my faith.
While this was an unsettling experience for me, I truly had so many amazing opportunities when I look back at this time. I lived out a childhood dream of being a cheerleader for Kentucky basketball and football. I also experienced what it was like to perform in front of more than 60,000 screaming fans as a Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleader.
As the years passed, I continued challenging myself in the fitness world. In 2009, I trained rigorously and followed a strict carb rotation diet, all of which helped me win the title of Fitness Universe Champion. That same year, I fell in love and got married, and shortly after I had my son, Easton Jack.
From the outside looking in, my life seemed to be perfect. But, that’s the thing about life, it isn’t always what it seems, and I learned that it can change so quickly.
The year 2011 was the start of the most difficult time I have ever experienced. I went through a personal struggle that left me broken hearted and completely devastated. In a matter of months, I lost my marriage, my home, my identity. I just had my son, and I didn’t have a job at the time. I truly felt like I had lost everything.
I can still remember the night everything began changing for me. I was in a tiny room at my parents’ house, and I was on my knees weeping uncontrollably. I felt broken and shattered and I was a complete mess. I remember calling out to God, something I hadn’t done in years. “God, if you are real, I need you. Please, I really need you.”
At this moment, his grace and mercy met me right there, and he spoke to me. I truly felt it in my heart. He said, “Brooke, if you trust me, I’m going to restore everything you have lost, and I’m going to give you a life you could never dream of.”
This mercy was a pivotal moment in my life, and an experience I’ll never forget. It was like a switch went off, and I became determined to overcome the depression I was experiencing. I wanted to lose the weight I had gained during my pregnancy, and I wanted to connect with other moms who might be going through similar situations.
I started searching online, and when I couldn’t find anything consistent and helpful, I had a creative idea, and I built my first website. I called it Skinny Mom, where moms get the skinny on healthy living. I set out to not only inspire myself, but to inspire others like me. What started out as a small blog with a handful of followers (thanks, friends!) has now become a healthy living brand for millions of women around the world.
While the website continued to grow faster and larger than I ever imagined, my dreams and vision for the brand also grew faster and larger that I ever imagined. In 2014, I received an email from a large publishing company asking if I had ever written a book. At this point, I had only ever dreamed of writing a book. There was no doubt in my mind that God was opening this door for me, and after much prayer, I began to write my first cookbook.
This cookbook, Skinny Suppers: 125 Lightened-Up, Healthier Meals for Your Family, has a special place in my heart. Not only do I get to share my favorite recipes, many of which were inspired by Sunday suppers at Granny’s, but I also get to share a little piece of my story, one of faith and promise and something that I haven’t always been brave enough to share.
As I look back on my journey, I am just in awe of God’s faithfulness. With each day that passes, he continues to make good on that promise he made to me in that tiny room at my parents’ house. Every day, I continue developing my relationship with Him, because I know that with God, all things are truly possible. Where I am today, personally and professionally, is living proof, because trust me, God gets all the glory for my transformation and growth and success. I am absolutely living a life I could have never dreamed of, and I look forward to living out the plans He has for my future.
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Upcoming Events and Appearances
21, April, 2016
Yoga + Skinny Suppers Meet and Greet!
Erin Wachs Gallery
6880 Wooster Pike
Mariemont, OH 45227
16, March, 2016
23, March, 2016
25, March, 2016
Skinny Suppers Launch Party!
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208