I’m a gal who wants to be an amazing mom, to live simply, and to shine my light. My goal through Simplify Firefly is to help you find balance. Whether your body needs a little fine-tuning, or your mental well-being needs a different perspective, or you simply want to have more fun with your kiddos; I’m here to provide fresh ideas and reliable resources. I genuinely want to bring comfort and joy to your everyday challenges by bringing you creative ideas and solutions.
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. We flipped a couple of homes, turned around apartments (this was gross), and worked up to managing and selling investment properties. My husband is a rock star in this.
Our lives got more interesting when I told my husband I wanted to have a baby. Then “WHOA!” it happened overnight, seriously, the Lord blessed us with immediate pregnancy. What we didn’t foresee was a crash in the market in 2008 and a paralyzing pregnancy for me. Gratefully, we got through it all, yet what we learned ignited the development of this blog. The blog originally was Do More Than Exist a.k.a. domorethanexist.com, however, after 11 years we decided to change the name to Simplify Firefly. You can find our do more than exist page here.
I’m super passionate about Jesus, wellness, making life easier, and having fun with kiddos. My husband, Mark, is super passionate about helping people manage their money and to live debt-free. Mark and I want to save you time in learning the things we have already learned so you have more time to shine your light.
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 recently became an author of Simple Happy Wellness Strategies. 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 – comfy clothes, couch, cookie.
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.”