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Let’s Get Real

If you know me or have been following me for a while, you know that I am a sharp shooter. (Although you I know also have the gift of gab.)  So, it's time to get real, sunshine. We are nearly a week into the new year, and I've enlisted you to a new...

I think “New year, new you” is stupid

Stand with me for a minute at the local grocery checkout line and read a few titles on the January magazines.  2019 is YOUR Year! New Year, New You! Don't Wait to Lose Weight! Why Put Off Feeling Good? Veggies You Must Eat, If You Want to be Petite!...

100 reps every day for 31 days– Are you in, sunshine?

You probably opened this email because you read the subject line: "I didn't reach my goal to lose -20lbs." I admit, I debated sharing this with you, sunshine.  I wondered if some would judge. How can she offer weight loss advice...? I questioned if some...

Christ among the Chaos

Gifts stuffed inside of bags from numerous successful shopping trips waiting to be wrapped.  Abandoned laundry taking a back seat while I finish last minute "to-do" list items.  A dishwasher of clean dishes waiting to be...

He came for the faithless

I was a good Catholic girl. I attended church every Sunday. I sang the lyrics to "Amazing Grace" (without reading from the misslette, I might add.) I committed the "Our Father" to memory. I recited the correct responses during mass. I even received several sacraments....

December Challenge begins today!

I don't want to speak on your behalf, sunshine, but even before Thanksgiving, I found myself making decisions that I would typically make over the holidays. You know--indulging in comfort foods that can be covered with something comfy like an oversized sweater!? Or...

Will you step up?

Years ago, my friend Suzanne stepped up to help a missionary couple who was ministering to street children in northern Uganda. As a result of a civil war in 2007, many children were left without an adult to care for them, leaving them to fend for themselves on the...

The Secret of Living

There have been times when I had to take money from my savings to pay rent. And there have been times when I've paid 3 months rent at once.There have been times when I've ordered only water and a side salad at girls' night. And there have been times when I picked up...

Are you a threat or are you threatened?

From the looks of this picture, you may think that I was in a knock-down-drag-out-fight. Well, I hate to break it to you, sunshine, I was. You may not have known because I took some time away from blogging and social media. Let me explain. For weeks, I was in...

Holy Ground

I woke up. Head pounding. Room spinning. Still buzzing from the cheap well drinks that I pounded several hours before. Nothing in the room was familiar. Where am I? Worse yet, I questioned, Who is that sleeping next to me?  It was 1998. I didn't have a cell phone....

A strong support system

If you know me personally or have been following me for a while, you know that I love to workout. But there is one thing that you might not know about my fitness fetish--there's one thing that I hate: removing a sweat-soaked sports bra. (For any male readers, please...

A few weeks ago during our weekly challenge to improve our professional/academic self, I read an article that had mind-blowing statistics about the millennial generation and the overall general landscape of our current culture. In summary, the present status of the US...

Only for today

In the coaching world, you often hear the expression, "Don't be attached to an outcome."  As a highly-motivated-and-driven person, this has been challenging for me to understand and to be really honest,sunshine, to adopt as a healthy life practice. Until a few years...

How did I get here?

Anointed and soon to be King David was being pursued by Saul and sought refuge in a cave of Adullum. Other in distress came and gathered with David--nearly 400 other outlaws. While in hiding, God sent David a messenger, Gad. Gad instructed David, "Do not stay in the...

I don’t mind being dumb…

We are half-way through October! Can you believe it, sunshine?! I have so appreciated your many emails and comments about how you are pushing through each week's challenge encouraged to become a better version of yourself each week. This is what this is all about,...

7 for 7

I loved hearing the too-many-to-count stories of the ways in which you blessed people last week with the Week 1 challenge! Thank you gifts for your postal carriers; donuts for the custodial and maintenance teams at work; pastries for your pastoral staff at...

It wasn’t what I thought it would look like

You may or may not have seen a FB LIVE video that I did last weekend; it was called, "Not What I Expected." (Log in and check it out from last Saturday.) Whether you saw it or not, here's the gist. I had an idea in mind of what I wanted the Goal Getting group coaching...

Random Acts of Kindness

Welcome to the last day of September and the first day of October, sweet sunshine! I am super excited to begin this challenge together! In case you missed it, last week I was inspired from Jen Hatmaker's book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, to rally Shine...

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

"Hey, pretty baby with the high heels on, you give me fever like I've never, ever known..." "I got my first real six-string, bought it at the five-and-dime, played it 'til my fingers bled, was the summer of sixty-nine..." "I got chills, they're multiplying, and I'm...

Ready to make room?

In a recent chat with one of my besties, she was telling me about a book she's listening to on Audible. (I'm surprised I haven't caught the Audible bug yet...some of my sisters live on that app! Are you hooked, too, sunshine?) She told me that Jen Hatmaker's book, 7:...

Who are your nutritional personalities?

I had a Steak-and-Shake burger for dinner. I know this is not riveting information nor do you care, however the reason I share is important. You see, sunshine, at any given moment you are a summary of many descriptions. You may wear the names of mother, grandmother,...