I’m a gal who wants to be an amazing mom, to live simply, and to shine my light. At Simplify Firefly, I focus on inspiring you to be your brightest. Whether your body needs a little fine-tuning, or your mental well-being needs a lift, or you simply want to enjoy life; I’m here to provide fresh ideas and reliable resources. I like to say we are warriors who fight for the light by igniting the light within us.
A bit of my story
My hubby and I produced a son in our mid-30’s. We’re older parents for sure. But our son has kept us young and has taught us so much about love and fun. Before we had our son we lived the corporate life and then started a business in property management.
What we didn’t foresee was a crash in the market in 2008 and a paralyzing pregnancy for me. One of the lessons we learned early on is that life is not about what happens to us, it’s about how we handle it. And boy, I’m still working on figuring out how to handle it, I thank God for going before me! But one thing I have learned is that light always wins. ALWAYS.
Gratefully, we got through that rough patch in 2008, but we had a lot more coming! Which lead me to want to start a blog and walk with others who might be going through the same stuff. One of those things is living with a specialty diet. It’s funny how our bodies change. You’ll find a lot of recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free. In fact, I personally think they are better than the real deals!
You’ll also notice I love quotes. The blog originally was Do More Than Exist a.k.a. domorethanexist.com, however, after 11 years I decided to change the name to Simplify Firefly, I felt I could relate to more people. I still breathe into the do more than exist vibe through my personal development page! You can find that here.
I’m super passionate about Jesus and how He’s here with us even when we can’t feel Him. He’s full of truth and we sure need that in this world!
My husband, Mark, genuinely loves teaching people how to manage their money and how to achieve a debt-free life.
Thinking of you always,
Founder/Owner of Simplify Firefly.
I simply strive to do my part with what I got. I love creating practical ideas and writing about topics that help us live an easier lifestyle. In my spare time, you’ll definitely find me outside walking the dog, tinkering in the garden, camping, or sitting in a snowbank on a clear night.
I’m a certified Life Coach (CLC) through Life Purpose Institute, a certified Life Breakthrough Coach, a certified Weight Management & Nutrition Consultant through Blue Heron Academy and a follower of Jesus Christ. Being an online business owner and retailer for over 18+ years fits my personality of wearing many hats. I owned and operated EverydayFruit.com for 10 years and Do More Than Exist for 11 years. I serve on the prayer path at church and volunteer at local parks.
What I wear every day – an apron, I’m messy when I cook.
My very first job – Corn Detasseler.
Best way to end the day – bath.
My goal at Simplify Firefly is to help people not stress about their finances, to simplify their money management, and to help them achieve their goals. I’m an outdoorsman; you’ll find me hunting, fishing, camping, or trekking when I get a spare weekend.
I am a certified Money Coach by the Dave Ramsey Group. Since 2003 I have served at church as a financial counselor and have coached over 1,000 people. In 2007 I started Compass Realty Services & Property Management in my basement and now have 25 employees…not in my basement. Genesis Waters is an organization where I serve as a board member and volunteer.
What I wear everyday – Confidence
Very first job – Milking Cows.
Favorite condiment – Red Hot.
CEO (Chief Environmental Officer)
At Simplify Firefly my job is to protect the work environment. I guard the office from furry intruders, I assure the atmosphere is light and happy (my looks do the trick all the time), and I alert everyone when a package arrives. I also oversee and lead the ‘brainstorm walks’ at noon. My favorite time of day is ‘break time’ when I practice my chasing skills with my amazing squeaky toy.
What I wear everyday – fur, blonde is my go-to.
My very first job – Snuggling…I still do this.
Favorite thing ever – my Elephant Pillow Pet.
Best way to end the day – walk, frozen yogurt, ear rub.
“Christy’s blog posts are loaded with valuable information about how to navigate life. Big issues, big options for taking on the issues, very full of good reading and good actions if you heed the wisdom and suggestions and do what moves you. Thank you Christy for bringing yourself and real-life experiences into all this. I have been truly moved and inspired.”
“I am SO incredibly thankful for Christy and her beautiful heart and insightful spirit. I was referred to Christy and found her immediately to be uplifting. She is an amazing woman of faith who reinforces courage to stand up and fight for the best.”