Summer is finally here and I am so excited for what is on the horizon, but first, let me update you on what’s been going on in my life since the last time I posted. 

It’s been almost a year since my last post. My daughter is now 15 months old and has started walking. I have slowly gotten back into my daily routine of grad school, mom life, gym life. Yesterday was my last final and boy was it awful. It was 18 hours long and I had a week to finish. It took me 3 days. I hate finance! Thankfully, it’s the last finance class I will ever take. I have one semester left in the fall and I finish in December. I am set to walk and accept my diploma at the Harvard Yard in May 2019. I. CAN’T. WAIT. So freakin’ excited!

Anyway, with another baby under my belt, haha, I’ve had to lose the baby weight and started weight training. I’ve been lifting for about 6 months now, and one month into my training, several people asked if I was training for a powerlifitng competition. I had no idea what that even was and decided to look it up after a few people asked me the same thing. It looked like so much fun! For those of you who don’t know what it is, I’ll sum it up real quick: Lift as much weight as you can, with good form, for the bench press, the deadlift, and the squat. You get three tries for each and your highest scores are added up to get you a grand total score. You compete with others in your weight class and it’s SO MUCH FUN! Needless to say, I fell in love with powerlifiting. 

I started powerlifting training right away and competed only 8 weeks after finding out what it was. I surprised myself by taking 1st place in my weight class for my competition and setting a bench press world record of 215 pounds for my weight class. I competed in my 2nd competition 8 weeks later and once again took home 1st place and broke the record I had set the previous time with a 225 pound bench press. I have another competition, the CT State Championships at the end of June, 2018, and have been invited to Nationals in September 2018.

My newfound love for powerlifting, strength training, and anything to do with a barbell has inspired me to start a new line called BARBELLS AND PIZZA. This brand will be for food and fitness enthusiasts. So stay tuned for more details on that line. We are already partnering with a screenprinter in town to print a variation of the logo design on some tanks and tees and those will be in the shop soon. I am already working on new designs and I’m excited to share those with you too.

As many of you know, we are currently residing in Massachusetts, but at the end of the year we will be moving back home to Texas. My husband will be retiring from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service and will be joining RLD full time. We will be growing Reyna Lay Designs and all the new lines under it. There’s so much exciting things happening. I can’t wait to focus only on design and growing this business of ours. Also, I can’t wait to get back to interviewing some amazing creatives and entrepreneurs for the RLD Podcast. Expect season 2 in 2018!

I am looking towards the future and I hope y’all are excited too. Thank you so much for following along on my journey!

Much Love,

Reyna Lay

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