Let me introduce myself.
My name is Ahna.
I am a DIY pro, nurse practitioner, and fitness and nutrition coach.
I am married to my DIY partner-in-crime, Zach, a high school computer programming teacher and football coach. Think handy – nerdy – smoking hot jock – and that is my man.
I am mom to the cutest little construction crew you have ever seen – Gracelyn, Caleb, Lillian and our son to come through adoption.
Being a mother is one of the greatest joys I have ever known. It is also one of the most exhausting roles I have ever held.
As a mom it is easy to lose sight of your own dreams as those of your children become a priority.
English novelist, Jane Austen, wrote that “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
The energy, enthusiasm, and vitality you once felt for life can become but a faded memory.
From a cramped, outdated kitchen to the extra baby weight that seems impossible to lose, the result of the inherently “busy nothings” of motherhood can leave one feeling tired and out of control.
But my friend, your story matters, and you are loved.
You need to know that you were created in the image of God and from the moment you were knit together in your mother’s womb you were wholly valuable.
You were defined with infinite worth given to you by a Divine Creator to fulfill a glorious purpose.
And NO ONE one can add to or detract from that worth.
NOT EVEN YOU.
You cannot be redefined.
But you can be redeveloped.
Redeveloped to see your imperfection as perfectly beautiful and mistakes as part of your unmistakable uniqueness.
Redeveloped to run the race well for as long as you are given to reclaim a life of confidence, energy, freedom, and joy.
As a certified coach for the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®, I teach fitness and nutrition strategies to lose fat and reclaim your energy.
As a DIY pro who has renovated 3 fixer-uppers, I share before and after renovations and DIY tutorials to help reclaim your home.
With 2 Masters in Nursing and over a decade of emergency medicine experience, I share health and wellness advice from the perspective of a nurse practitioner to reclaim your emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and social well-being.
The motto in our home is Work Hard. Play Hard.
Hammers symbolize work, sweat, and tangible outcomes – which is right up this girl’s alley, but there’s a reason this blog is not just called Hammers.
Hugs symbolize the idea of rest, togetherness, and the security of being loved.
The concept of togetherness, of loving and being loved – although perhaps not as tangible as hammering two boards together – builds a home as much as a hammer builds a house.
Welcome to Hammers N Hugs!