A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish!

I cannot remember where I heard or read "a goal without a plan is just a wish," but it has resonated with me.  It's so true.  I am a good dreamer/wisher ;).  Dreaming is easy, but without a plan, dreams just stay dreams. 

I have a lot of goals, but at this season in life if I am really honest with myself the ones that are most important involve my family.  One of my goals for 2017 was to get back to cooking for our family.  I know with nourishing meals and family time, our house just functions better.  We are better, nicer people.  Life gets crazy with the business, kids activities, and countless other commitments.  It's easy to push meal time to the side and grab something on the fly. 

Our time with all of us under one roof is flying by fast and furious, and it scares the heck out of me!  I want our kids to remember meal time as a family.  I want them to know that we love them enough to give them a good meal.  I want us to take time to connect as a family and hear about each others day.  We will never get these days back, so I created a planner to keep me on track.  It forces me to plan meals, create a shopping list, and track other fitness goals.  I printed a bunch, filled a binder, and have been using them to kick off 2017!  Click here and enjoy!



Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

There are amazing things going on in our country.  There are many heroes surrounding us with stories that are never heard.  They are buried in the communities that make up America.  They go unnoticed because heroes don’t ask for praise and they don’t announce their glory.  They help and do good because they are made of pure, good “stuff”.  The “stuff” that drives them to do good because it’s the right thing to do.  They do good because they love lending a helping hand for those in need.

What's with the name?

What's with the name?

here is a flashback to the beginning, four years ago…although it feels like it’s been a lifetime.

It was the first day of the Santa CaliGon Days festival in 2012.  My husband, Brandon made our shelves and sign holders. My mom and I sewed all the table cloths, curtains, and aprons.  I spent countless hours finding the perfect teas, packaging, and fabric.  I designed labels and found the best places to print the perfect packaging.  I shopped for and painted things until I had every detail just how I wanted. 



Of all of the people I admire the most, there is one thing they all have in common….they live life with balance.  They are real.  They aren’t perfect all (or even most) of the time.  They are always learning, always getting better. They are happy. They are optimistic. They see the sunny side of the world most of the time. They are compassionate. They are smart enough to know that life is about balance.  Smart enough to know that they will never know it all & will learn for the rest of their lives.  They are driven enough to work to be better forever.  They try to do it right most of the time, and they “splurge” on a regular basis.  They don’t take life too seriously. 

Even when it comes to their diet. 

Well Hello There!..

Here goes.....we wanted to create a place to chat with like-minded (& not so like-minded) souls about life, nutrition, tips, and any & everything else that we are inspired to chat about, so we created "From These Gray Walls."  A blog-ish space from the t.Loft family to yours.

 I am Jill Minton the founder & owner of t.Loft and I plan to contribute mostly to this space, but as with everything at t.Loft it is always truly a team effort.  I am blessed to work with some of the best people on this planet, including my husband Brandon.

As a former IT Consultant with degrees in Accounting and Technology, how the heck did I end up in the world of food?!  Well myself as well as a number of other family members were diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease in which your body basically attacks itself when it is exposed to gluten.  Gluten can be found in wheat, barley, rye, and malt.  As a reformed bread obsessed fanatic, I loved gluten!!!  Unfortunately, after years of extreme fatigue that continued to get worse, I was elated to figure out the cause.  So if gluten-full bread was all I had to give up to feel better than ever, it was a small sacrifice.  I went on a mission to repair and heal years of damage caused by this disease.  The healing process included tons of juice, tea, and some good, clean food.  This journey lit a fire in my heart to create a place that we can share with others.  A place that isn’t just about food, it’s about giving people a place to come together to enjoy this crazy ride called life!  Our mission is to do our part to make people feel amazing!  So excited to start these conversations with you.....