My name is Carlyn McClelland. I’m 36 years old, I’ve been married for 11 years, and I have two sons, ages 9 and 7. And I’m on a mission to inspire people to work hard, learn skills, and persevere.

Four and a half years ago, I was like many other young mothers—I was unhappy with my body, lacking energy, and looking for something I could call my own outside of caring for my family. After the devastating stillbirth of my third child in the summer of 2012, I made a decision that changed my mind, body, and heart—I would get healthy for my family and live the life I was intended to live by moving my body and doing hard work. Four and a half years later, I’ve lost 150 pounds and maintained that loss for almost 3 years. What I’ve gained in life, however, is the real story:

A woman in a man’s world

Allow me to introduce you to my mother, my favorite woman to blaze a trail in a traditionally male profession. My mom went to Michigan State University in the fall of 1969 on a music scholarship. She was a gifted violinist and played first chair in the Flint Youth...

A boy and his boots

My baby got his first pair of work boots this past week. He saw them sitting on a shelf and begged me to try them on. I sighed a little (I’ll explain later), but seeing the excitement on his face, I wanted to give them a shot for him. His face lit up from ear to ear...

The Dining Room Project (Part 1)

Remodel your dining room over Spring Break, they said. It will be fun, they said. It's only one wall and some wallpaper removal. That one wall may be a beast, but it will get done with time to spare and will be so worth it. We can get the project done for right around...

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