I witnessed a miracle

I’ve committed to sharing my faith and how God has impacted my life.  Although there are every day miracles, this video documents how prayers from my son and I over a bigger issue were answered almost immediately.  There is no other explanation other than God’s intervention.  I still get teary-eyed thinking about it.  I hope it inspires you not to give up on praying (or just to start)!

 

List of Personal Development Books

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5 dimensions of personal development: spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social

I used to look at personal development books and think they were cheesy.  But when  I became a Beachbody coach, they kept talking about the importance of continually growing yourself through these kinds of books.

I decided to put away my own pride and start reading my very first PD book called The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.  It only took about 10 pages before I realized this stuff was extremely powerful.  Now, my goal is to read personal development every day along with my daily quiet time with God.  Here’s a good list to get you started.  Some are business related, and others are about improving your life, mindset, marriage, time management skills, finances, etc. Remember, choose an area that you feel weaker in so you can strengthen that area of your life!  Happy reading!

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A Rescue Mission

Life is full of ups and downs, trials and triumphs.  It’s certainly not predictable.  Often times life can be going along just fine, and then without any warning, it happens: a struggle we didn’t see coming. One that flips our world upside down and makes us reevaluate what’s important.  I like to think that I’m a pretty optimistic person and one that tries to find value in every situation, so when I had a life-interrupting struggle last year, I looked for meaning. This story is about how my struggle became a rescue mission. A time when God rescued me from myself and returned me to the life He intended for me. Continue reading

Being Thankful Isn’t Just for Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year…the time when a lot of people focus on being thankful.  When I was growing up, we’d sit around the table on Thanksgiving and share what we were thankful for – often times it was family, friends, a safe house, and food on the table.  These days, this practice has evolved to sharing on social media.  How many of you are taking the challenge where you identify things you’re thankful for each day and post them on your Facebook wall?  I think it’s a great idea, and here’s why:

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My Life Interrupted

I’m having a bit of a struggle right now. Not a mind-blowing, life-altering struggle, but it is a life-interrupting struggle. You see, I am temporarily handicapped. Two ligaments in my ankle were surgically repaired after I was told my ankle would never be the same, that I’d be susceptible to ankle sprains and my ankle popping out of socket the rest of my life if I didn’t fix them. Excuse me? I can’t have ankle sprains all the time. Ow, painful life, and besides, I’m way too active for that. I thrive on running races, exercising, and just being active. So now I’m on crutches for four weeks, in a boot for two weeks after that, and who knows what comes next? Maybe back in my brace for a few months?  Anyhow, I’m not allowed to put any weight on my injured leg. GAH! This is not a good thing for a mom who’s used to being on the go, getting things done, and being self-reliant. You don’t realize how much that skill (and by skill, I simply mean walking) impacts the rest of your life. Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 3

So here it is, peeps…my third and final installment of my journey from self-critical to self-confident.

Wondering what else could possibly happen?  If you read part one and two, you now know that my prayers were answered about my body image, raising my confidence through the roof and putting an end to my self-criticism, but my story doesn’t end there.

There was another aspect of my life that was causing me anxiety (yes, more, I’m finding I was quite a mess). I’m such a planner and somewhat of a control freak, so it made me super anxious to think about what my future had in store for me in terms of a job. Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 2

You know, being on a journey is an interesting thing.

There are ups and downs, steps forward and steps backward.

But in the end, it becomes clearer why each step is important. They test you, show you where your weaknesses are, and make you stronger. I appreciate these steps much more at the end looking back, of course, but I truly realize that each one is an important piece to the puzzle.

It was October 2012 when I made the decision to give control over to God to help me be less critical about my body.

For a year I tried so hard to stop thinking about myself and instead focus on what was important in life: my kids, my husband, my relationship with Him. And things started coming around for me. I wasn’t nearly as critical as I was before, but I still wasn’t confident in my body.

And in the summer of 2013, it became crystal clear that even though I wasn’t beating myself up like I used to, I still had issues. Continue reading