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Today it’s Amber’s turn to hijack the braveWORDS blog.  Read up on her Shark Tank addiction, her obsession with Fridays, and find out why grey is her new favorite color.


141113_Amber Rees Portraits-2263This week’s #MondayMantra is:

There is something beautiful about living in the grey.

If you’re anything like me, you love to have something to look forward to. I love to have something vibrant and colorful to focus on whether it be an event, a party, a trip. Having that special something in my near future gives me something to talk about.  Friday. FRIDAY.  There is something special about Friday. It’s the release at the end of my week for all of the hard work I put in. I love Friday.



I have two sides to myself. There is the “Weekday Amber” and the “Weekend Amber”.  The “Weekday Amber puts her trainer pants on and her nose to the grindstone. She focuses all her energy on her work, her clients, and Brave Body Project.  She wakes up early, she works late and she lathers, rinses, and repeats throughout the week.

Then there is the “Weekend Amber” (that’s me right now, writing this).  I may not have anything planned for the weekend, but this is where I allow myself to relax.  I definitely still have work to do, but Friday is the moment in my week where I let loose a little. I allow an evening where I surround myself with my favorite people or even a simple night in my apartment with a movie and a glass of wine.  It is the gold at the end of the rainbow. It is the colorful end to my week.

This week as I sat down as “Weekday Amber”  to plan my classes, clients, BBP post and more I started to feel a little overwhelmed.  There was so much work to be done.  Friday, why do you feel so far away? A sense of anxiety started to set in.  Instead of putting my foot on the gas and charging forward, I stopped and put my foot on the break.  Why am I spending so much time looking ahead?  Looking ahead towards that trip, that party, that great thing we are going to do, to Friday.  What about now? I had a realization. I am passing by so many moments in my life. Sure, they may not be monumental. They may not be bursting with bright colorful lights. But, why can’t I enjoy each day and learn to live in the grey moments? Love the grey. Experience the grey. Breakfast, teaching classes, Brave Body meetings with Lindsey, making a playlist. Every day is a day to celebrate. A day to live in the grey.

So, right then and there, I decided to make a list of the “grey” moments in my week that I wanted to live in and celebrate.  To truly live, love, and experience the beauty of the simplicity.  Here’s what I came up with.

Breakfast.  I eat avocado toast every morning, and I LOVE it. I have a seriously emotional relationship with it and I refuse to apologize for that and all its greatness.




Teaching Class.  -I do this 3+ times a day. I love the energy. I love the people. I love jumping around, dancing, making jokes, and helping people reach their goals.




My Workouts.  Whether I’m in the gym alone or taking a class, I love working out. I mean, don’t get me wrong it’s hard. Some days it’s challenging and it sucks, but it really does change my attitude and my perspective. It’s therapeutic. I need to stop thinking of it as a task in my day, but as a little hug to myself. Giving myself a little time to sweat, get my blood pumping, my endorphins high and enjoy that time for me.



Shark Tank.  I love Shark Tank. I have currently have 25 episodes saved to my DVR and I watch and reawtch them all. Maybe it’s an unhealthy addiction, but I don’t care. I love to make dinner, sit on my couch and hear the absurd fights over 2% equity and the booming music that hits after they shout, “I’m out!”IMG_9066


These are just a few of the many amazing grey moments in my week to come. I am going to relish in them this week, next week, and from here on out.

What are the grey moments in your week that you can celebrate and live? T ake this challenge with me. Find the beauty in your life. Not in just the huge life changing moments, but the small ones too. The not so colorful ones. The grey ones. Find the beauty in the in between. There is something beautiful about that. There is something beautiful about the grey.

Be brave friends!



  • Natalie Palmer

    I love this idea of living in the grey. Everyone always thinks the grey area in life is so negative but I think that Amber out a really good spin on it. Enjoy the little things and in the end that will make the big things seem even more exciting. Amber and Lindsey you guys are he best thanks for the daily does of inspiration.

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