Today is my birthday and I couldn't be more excited to share some amazing news with all of you, my phenomenal family, friends, readers and supporters! Earlier this year, I embarked on an ongoing journey to a healthier life - spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. I have spent countless hours reading, reflecting, praying, journaling, and … Continue reading BIG Beautiful Birthday News!
During my 40 Days Lighter journey, I shared my struggle with embracing self-care. There always seemed to be something "more important" to be done. Of course, couldn't be further from the truth. Last week, I missed a couple workouts, for a variety of reasons. So yesterday, during a "tough love" conversation with my coach, he … Continue reading Late Night Thoughts: Timeout for TLC
In the days following the completion of my 40 Days Lighter journey, I have realized that it often takes more commitment to sustain change than to initiate it. I can be a serial project lover at times, making it wonderful to have new ideas. I feel great starting new projects, but as time goes by, my … Continue reading Living Free
As this 40 day journey - which I now realize is simply the start to a new chapter in my life - quickly comes to a close, I have been pondering practical ways to continue to live out the lessons I've learned, and maintain the changes I have implemented. I am privileged to have … Continue reading 40 Days Lighter – Day 37: Staying Inspired
These days I find myself repeatedly looking at my life with almost disbelief. In an incredibly short period of time, my life has changed in ways that I have struggled to make happen for years, to no avail. I began asking myself why I was unsuccessful all those times before and I came to one … Continue reading 40 Days Lighter – Day 29: All it took was one choice…
Over the next 2 nights, I want to share with you a few key observations from my journey that I believe will encourage you as much as they have encouraged me! As I am on this journey to healthy living, exercise has become a critical part of what I do, an integral part of my daily … Continue reading 40 Days Lighter – Day 23: Build Muscle & Burn Fat
In my efforts to declutter my closet and dresser, I have repeatedly come across items that I was, at first, either sure I wanted to keep, or I was seriously considering throwing out. This internal wrestling with myself became cumbersome, so I followed the instructions of decluttering expert Marie Kondo, and simply pulled everything out … Continue reading 40 Days Lighter – Day 17: Is It in the Right Pile?
I have finally arrived at the place where I look forward to going to the gym. And believe me, it's been a long time coming. I've tried working out at other times in my life, had two gym memberships at one point, but just couldn't wrap my mind around the idea that there was any … Continue reading 40 Days Lighter – Day 15: Growing Stronger
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 ESV As I continue to reflect on my reading of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith, I was brought back to a chapter where the author talks about "rehabituating our hungers". … Continue reading 40 Days Lighter – Day 12: Learning New Hungers
Today I decided to get a refresher lesson in the art of folding clothes. I know, it sounds basic, but in this mission to declutter and organize our home, folding properly - and not cutting corners - seemed like a necessary skill to revisit. Naturally, since I am reading Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying … Continue reading 40 Days Lighter – Day 6: Making Room for Change