• Christian Living,  Leveling Up

    Something More

    Do you ever feel that restlessness inside? … The one that says, there’s gotta be more to life than this? I believe that’s what is meant when the Bible says that God “has set eternity in [our] hearts…” (Eccl. 3:11b). Too often, we tend to get caught up in our earthly life, and we forget that this earth isn’t our home. We are here for a purpose — one that’s so much greater than ourselves. It’s easy, in the busyness of our day-to-day, to fall for the lie that our lives our all about us. But they aren’t. God placed each one of us right where we are, at this…

  • Health & Wellness,  Leveling Up

    Finding Your “Why”

    When is the last time you tried to change a habit? How did you do? Were you successful? A lot of people do okay for a little while, but then things come up, and they find themselves reverting back to their old ways. In the past, you might have been told, and/or believed that you just needed some stronger willpower. Nowadays, however, it’s coming to light that that’s maybe not the case. Instead, a better method is to find your “why”. Your why is the soul-deep reason behind the changes you’re wanting to make. In her book, “F.I.T. 10 Steps To Your Faith Inspired Transformation“, Kim Dolan Leto recommends that…

  • Health & Wellness,  Leveling Up

    Unfollowing

    Doesn’t it drive you crazy when a friend or family member suddenly gets on a health-kick, and starts putting their running log and/or sweaty selfies all over Facebook? You think to yourself, “Well, gee, good for you… but I don’t want to see that!” So {click}… you unfollow them. Five years ago, I did just that — I’d unfollow anyone who was working on bettering themselves and sharing their progress on social media. Why? Because it reminded me of how much I, myself, wasn’t doing in my own life. It highlighted the truth and my weaknesses, and that made me uncomfortable. So, it was easier to unfollow these people than…

  • Health & Wellness,  Leveling Up

    The Best Version of You

    What would the best version of you — and your life — look like? Have you ever given that any serious thought? Most of us have at least one area of our lives that we would like to change (if not many). Consider the following areas: health relationships (love) work spirituality finances leisure shelter friends/family What is ONE thing you’d like to change (or, upgrade) in just one of those areas? Better yet, what is one change you’d like to make in each of those areas, in order to get you closer to what you feel is the “best version” of yourself and your life? My own list looks something…

  • Christian Living,  Leveling Up,  Random,  Relationships

    Like Little Children

    “Why so serious?” – The Joker (The Dark Knight 2) Do you ever let yourself relax enough to feel like a kid, again? Do you splash in puddles, or do you complain every time it rains? Do you ever run away from your significant other, sing-songing, “You can’t catch me!“, or are you too worried about what others might think? As adults, for whatever reason, we seem to lose our ability to play. Instead, life becomes serious, and we worry about keeping up appearances. In Matthew 18:3, Jesus says that, in order to get into heaven, we need to become like little children {note: He doesn’t say become children, but…

  • Health & Wellness,  Leveling Up,  Random

    Why Authors & Writers Make Great Network Marketers

    What do you think of when you hear the term “network marketing“? Does it make you skeptical? Do you envision pyramid schemes? Well, did you know that it’s actually a legitimate business model endorsed by people like Sir Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Warren Buffett, and even President Donald Trump? Today, I’d like to provide you with a little more insight into what this model is about, but also why I believe that writers make great Network Marketers! But first, a quick story… For the past decade, or so, I have had the feeling that God would like me to become a Writer. I’ve fought against this, though (Jonah, anyone?) because…

  • Health & Wellness,  Identity, Values, & Worth,  Leveling Up

    How Can I Be a Health Coach?

    I don’t look like a “health coach”… I barely act like a health coach (yet). So, why do I call myself a Health Coach? Isn’t that a bit hypocritical? These are the thoughts that run through my head. But, to answer all of the above… (1) I deeply care about the health & well-being of others, and want to help them (you!), learn what I have learned –and am still learning– about eating, exercise, and mental health (2) I am a Health Coach because I am actively working on improving my own health and well-being, while I work to “pay-it-forward” and help you to improve yours. The way I see…

  • Health & Wellness,  Leveling Up,  Warrior Women

    Refusing Average

    I’m not great at consistency. I admit that. But I am definitely working on improving that. I’ve also never been one that’s comfortable with sharing about my day to day life with everyone — mostly because it just feels boring… too “normal” or “average”. But you know what? My everyday is UNIQUE to me … and that’s what makes it something that has the potential to be interesting to others. We all love stories, right? We enjoy knowing we aren’t alone … that there are others out there who live “normal” lives, too. However, I refuse to let my life be “AVERAGE”. For far too long, I’ve settled for just…

  • Leveling Up

    Embracing the Struggle

    I was listening to the morning conversation on 98.7 AMP radio, and they were having a mock court session. On one side, two of them believed it’d be great to live in a Virtual Reality (VR) world — a “Matrix” of sorts. The other side disagreed. And their argument was as follows: If you are able to escape to a VR world, to change the things around you that you don’t like, you aren’t able to develop any empathy. You need to FACE your struggles, head-on, in order to grow! And, I have to agree. There was a time when I’d have wanted to be able to escape to an…

  • Journaling,  Leveling Up

    A Sneak Peak: Into My Journal (02/17/2017)

    Here is yet another installment of the “Into My Journal” series, where I share a snippet from my own journal in order to show you the benefits of journaling, and to (hopefully) encourage you through the lessons I’ve been learning through my own writing. This past week, I’ve been researching “giving yourself permission to succeed” (and to earn money), and it has been really insightful. I so often subconsciously wait for “permission” before I move forward. And mostly, it’s because I am afraid of making the wrong choice — of having to start over again. I hate doing something “for nothing”. Though, really, there are 2 truths here: 1) It’s…

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