Meet Brianna

Hi!  I’m Brianna, the diva behind Diva and the Divine. I’m in my 30’s living in the Chicago suburbs with my husband and my little Yorkie, Gracie. While the Mister is working hard at a job that has him wearing suits and traveling a lot, I get to stay at home to be a housewife running the house and work on my personal brand, Diva and the Divine. I thank God every day for the blessing that this lifestyle truly is. 

I am very active in my church and very passionate about my faith, which you will learn pretty quickly when you follow me on here, Youtube, or social media. While many people stay away from discussing religion, I believe it is part of my calling to use this platform to tell others about the good news and love of Jesus.  There’s a lot more to me than that, but don’t be shocked when this comes up.

I also have a genetic nerve disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT for short). Long story short, because of this disease my muscles are a lot weaker than “normal,” but I’m working daily to become the fittest, strongest version of myself to give CMT a run for its money. I’d go into details here, but I have an entire video all about my life with this disease. Check it out!

I’ve been an on and off Weight Watcher since 2007. In summer 2011 I finally decided to get my act together and in November 2012 I hit my goal weight of 135 lbs after losing 57lbs. This was done on the Points Plus plan. Then, after a few years of maintenance, life got in the way and I gained 30 back, so I am now on my journey back to goal; a NEW goal, a BETTER goal, and this time I’m focused on health rather than being skinny.

Why “Diva and the Divine?”

Truthfully, my husband gets credit for coming up with the name.  I wanted a place where I could talk about whatever I wanted.  Originally, back when I tried to blog the first time in 2010, I had a blog that was specifically a beauty blog, and while I wanted to recreate that, I also had other passions (like weight loss), since I was moving at the time, I also wanted a place where I could talk about my life away from home, and I wanted to be able to express my Christian beliefs in God and Jesus if the topic came up.  Obviously, I am the diva (which comes from most music theater girls being called divas) but I’ve got that whole diva complex under control.  The Divine is a two-fold definition. 1: God.  Without the divine God, I wouldn’t be here, so it’s Him and me.  2: Sometimes it’s about the divine things in life; new recipes, food finds, music, lip glosses, and workout tips.  No one said divine things had to be huge!  Find the simple joys, and make them your fuel for life. A bite of quality chocolate after a long day definitely tastes divine to me πŸ™‚

10 (more) Things About Me

1. As I said, I have Charcot Marie Tooth Disease.  It can be a struggle sometimes, but I have defied the odds and made it work.  Luckily I have a husband who doesn’t mind that I have this physical issue, and is supportive and helpful.  He actually sometimes forgets what I can’t do because he never looks at me as someone with a physical handicap.  Read my full story on my life with CMT here.

2.  I have a major sweet tooth.  It’s what caused me to end up overweight, it can still be a struggle, but I work a little (or large, depending on how many PointsPlus I have left) something sweet into my day every day πŸ˜‰

3. I am a bit of a nerd.  I grew up a major Power Rangers fan and had the entire Pokedex of the original Pokemon memorized at one point.  My husband and I also host regular board game nights. No, I am not ashamed.  Not at all πŸ™‚

4.  I started singing at age 2 in the children’s choir of my church that my mom directed at the time.  They haven’t been able to shut me up since.

5.  I’ve always loved singing, but seeing Donny Osmond in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” live on stage at age 8 is what really got me into theater.

6. I love watching baking TV shows.

7.  Despite the fact I’m highly allergic, I LOVE dogs and often prefer them to people. 

8. Favorite musicals (well, a few of them): Wicked, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Last 5 Years, Children of Eden, and Once on This Island..among others

9. My favorite colors are purple and “Elphaba” green

10. My senior recital in college was entitled “Defying Gravity” inspired by the act 1 finale of “Wicked”

 

 

10 thoughts on “Meet Brianna

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  2. Victoria Smith says:

    Your muscular dystrophy I never really noticed or thought much about. I didn’t know it was a physical handicap situation.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      A lot of you kids didn’t notice because you rarely saw me stand up. I was always behind the piano. People don’t notice with me unless they look closely at my arms or they see me walk. I lift my legs higher than the average walker because I can’t flex my feet, and my arms don’t straighten all the way and I can’t lift them over my head. Technically, it is a handicap, but I’m functioning just fine with it πŸ™‚

  3. Pamela Von Stowver says:

    Hello,

    I’m a fan. I just restarted weight watchers, I am a singer, and a wife and now a mom of two adopted kids and love Jesus too. we have so much in common although I am years older I am very young minded. What kind of equipment do you use to do your youtube work?

    Thanks!

    Pamela

    • divaandthedivine says:

      It seems we do have a lot in common. I use a basic Sony camera (someday I plan on upgrading), and a diva ring light. Final Cut pro for editing and I work on a Macbook pro.

  4. Chicago Girl as well says:

    You prefer dogs over people? I guess they must be reading your posts more than people. You prefer dogs over people but then you need people read your blog and make it popular to get your hobby funded.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I’m entertained by the fact you seem to be genuinely offended by my statement, and I apologize on behalf of whatever circumstance or situation turned a goofy statement like that into a trigger for you.

  5. Heidi says:

    Hi there! Just want to tell you that I have watched a few of your videos so far and I find them very imformative! Thank you for them! I have also made the switch back to Points Plus, although I am so thrown off right now. I’m hoping to get my groove back. I also prefer dogs to most people, people get offended way too easily. ❀️ Keep up the awesome work! God Bless!

  6. Claudine says:

    I love people (as I know you do too, ha!), but my doggie thinks I’m the best person on earth even with my flaws, so I think I know what you mean. πŸ™‚ I think pets show us a glimmer of what God’s unconditional love is like.
    I enjoy your youtube channel. First time I’ve seen your blog. Came here for the chili recipe.

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