One Saved Penny

At One Saved Penny, we Speak, Move, Breathe, Work, Dream, Set Goals, Play, and Live With Intention. This page chronicles my journey from despair to prosperity.

I will share my story, the things that have worked for me, the things I love, and lots of support and friendship for those who may be going through similar struggles.

Operating as usual


For anyone who may did not see my post within the challenge group yesterday:


Hello friends! I am looking for some feedback. Who would be interested in another 30 miles in 30 days challenge this April?


Look what I found in my desk drawer today!

Almost one year ago, I decided that it was time to upgrade my Ideal Protein with Penny/One Saved Penny office space. We were bursting at the seams, and I knew that in order to continue growing, it would require a move.

As with all things, I put my wish list in writing.

Do you want to guess how many of these items I was able to cross off my list when we found our new home just a few months later? If you guessed 100%, you would be correct.

There was a point where I thought I wanted a different building, and when it fell through, I was really upset. When I look back at this list today, I can see why it didn't work out. The parking was always full from the medical clinic next door. The reception area was very small, and would have been set apart from the retail area. The layout was wonky, and didn't flow well. Plus, it would have added an extra 10-15 minute commute both to and from work. At the time, I couldn't see any of that. Now that my list has reappeared, it is crystal clear.

Here's another fun fact about our space. I found it, not our broker. It wasn't even listed properly.

I know you all probably get tired of hearing me preach this, but let me say it again: YOU MUST WRITE OUT YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS! And then watch what happens next.


I would love to hear from others who have used their own "magic pencil" or vision boards! Please share in the comments, or send me a private message.

Photos from One Saved Penny's post 12/26/2023

Seven years later, One Saved Penny has come full circle!

When we live with intention, we don't always know what will happen or when it will happen. But I do know that it is almost always bigger and better than we would have ever imagined.

Stay focused, stay in service, and see what happens next!


Merry Christmas, Everyone!


Not all diets are about calories in/calories out. Where could you stand to lose some heavy baggage?

Dieting is about so much more than the food we put in our mouth. In fact, if you only focus on the food and the scale, you may find it extremely hard to maintain your success. Take a deeper look. Where else could you use a reset in your life?


Hey there, my friends! I know I've been MIA from this community for a while, but I promise it's been for a good reason.

Over the last 5 years, One Saved Penny has been growing and evolving. In 2019, I updated my health and life coaching certifications, took a huge leap of faith, and left my “safe” career to become a full-time weight loss coach. Since then, I have opened my own clinic, Ideal Protein with Penny. (The photo below was taken in 2020, the week before opening my doors for business.)

I have been able to unify the personalized coaching of One Saved Penny with the scientific weight loss protocol of Ideal Protein in a way that provides “the whole package” to my clients. This union has given me the ability to help so many people with their health, weight loss, and life goals, while completely setting me apart from the competition.

I've poured my heart, soul, time, money, and energy into this cause, and never could have imagined how successful and rewarding it would be. It’s crazy to think that what was once a dream has now come full circle in five short years.

As far as this group goes, I am still here for all of you. I want to encourage you, help you, and support you with your own goals and dreams. I would love to get some of the monthly challenges rolling again, as it was such a great way to get to know everyone and have fun becoming better and healthier humans.

I’m truly looking forward to what the future holds for all of us!

With Love,




Finding out that Good Samaritans DO still exist. ❤️😊❤️



Opening up my vision board folder and finding this particular clipping on top. This simple phrase really sums up the last 4 years. So much change and growth, and even bigger things on the horizon.

Be intentional with your dreams and goals, my friends. The best is yet to come!


And just like that, there are 3 little fuzzies.


And then there were 3 ❤️❤️❤️


HAPPINESS IS: A little spring-time surprise on our front porch.



Unconditional Love.



Receiving this gift from "the competition". There is something so special about women supporting women. Sadly, that seems to be a rare thing these days.

Thank you, Terri, for the beautiful flowers and more importantly, for your friendship!


HAPPINESS IS: Recovering at home with a 9 pound heated and vibrating belly weight, a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my workplace to brighten my days, and a huge pot of my mom’s recipe - chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes - prepared and served by my baby sister.

HAPPINESS IS ALSO: A clean pathology report, constant contact with my clients who I am missing terribly, my kiddos who have been checking in on me daily, a work family that has been picking up all my slack for the last 2 weeks, friends and family who have been messaging and calling, and a boyfriend who has really surprised me with his care-taking skills.

This has been the best two worst weeks I could ask for.



HAPPINESS IS: When the resort dog chooses your love over the other guests’ food handouts.

Love always wins.


Why wait for one “Hallmark Holiday” when you can do these things all year long? Of course, there’s no better time to start than right now!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Just wanted to check in to see how everyone is doing with their January Intentions.

If you have wins, share them here!

If you are struggling, share about it here!


⭐️To join the monthly challenge group, click on the link in the comments⭐️

For our January Challenge, I have decided that it's time to get back to the basics for what One Saved Penny is all about - Living with Intention.

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about how much my life has changed in the last 3.5 years, and the fact that it all comes down to INTENTION. If I had not DECIDED to make changes, I am pretty sure that I would be exactly where I was back then, if not in a worse place.

In the next few days, I want you to dig deep. Choose only ONE thing that you will put daily focus on for the 31 days of January. It has to be something that you have a burning desire to make happen, or it likely won't be something you will follow through with.

Choose something that matters to you. Choose something that has been on your mind for a while. Choose something you really WANT to do, be, have, or accomplish.

On Tuesday, December 31st, we will each announce the Intention we are setting.

Throughout the month, I will give you tasks to do and check in with you to see how things are going. Along the way, I encourage you to celebrate your daily wins, no matter how small, so that we may all celebrate with you. Struggling with something? Share that too. We are all in this together.

I am excited to hear what everyone comes up with!


HAPPINESS IS: A new friend for my new office.

A client dropped this little guy off for me this morning. I am going to promote him to Office Manager this afternoon.

It really is the little things that make me happy!

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