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Shine followers weigh in

So many people responded to my emails and posts of late regarding goals that you are working toward this fall. This is so awesome--I love being part of a community of God-seeking and goal-setting women!  Many were weight loss related, and it lead me to wonder about...

One Degree Difference

A retail supplier sold branded products to grocery stores in the mid-west. One of their client stores complained about the decrease of sales in the winter months. After hiring an observer to determine probable causes for the loss, they found that customers put their...

The momentum of change

While you have the power to make changes every day to improve your life, it is proven that there are two months of every year that people are most motivated to make significant changes: January and September. January is a no-brainer, but September might be a bit more...

After the after

If you follow me, you know that over the last few weeks, I've shared greetings from the middle of my mess. Let me state for the record, sunshine, I am ok with my messy life. In fact--I am loving and embracing it.  Seriously. I am in a good place--a very good place--in...

This question saved my life

I moved to Florida (the first time) in June of 1997.  That move was a transformational experience for me on so many levels. I had just graduated from college, lost my stepfather, and relocated to a new place with only a few family members nearby as my lifeline to...

Calling all goal-getters!

Correspondences with you. Conversations with loved ones. Sermons, podcasts, blogs. Connections with people in my daily interactions. Bible study. Wonderings during my coaching sessions. Prayer. All have inspired and lead me to create the Be My Vision retreat (which as...

They’re waiting on you

In April of 2014, I received a letter that I had "won" tickets to attend Live with Kelly and Michael show. (They're free, so are you really winning?!) If you know me, this was a jumping-up-and-down-nearly-peeing-my-pants-moment. First, I adore Kelly Ripa. Secondly,...

Life is not about the after moments

We live for before and after transformation stories. Don't believe me? Just take a look at the number of magazine covers at any grocery store checkout line. Woman's Day Sherry, -110lbs. lighter--Read How She Did It Inside! People Life as a princess--Read about...

Fear, He is a Liar

  While I like to believe I am pretty fearless, the personification of fear in Zach Williams' song hit home like a Grand Slam in a World Series game and made me realize, I believe fear too often.  He takes my breath. Anxiety. He'll stop you in your steps. Doubt. ...

Fix your focus

With a few minutes left before bedtime, we take one final scroll through our Facebook feed. We see our college roommate's...

Join us at Be My Vision this fall in Florida!

Imagine, sunshine. You are a world-class athlete, let's say a soccer player, and you've been selected to represent the USA at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. You train for years, dedicating hours every day to becoming your best. You have coaches, nutritionists, physical...

The BMI Lie

You may find this hard to believe but the former Mr. Universe and I have something in common: we are both obese. Well, this is according to the "expert standards" for BMI readings. Now hear me out, sunshine. I am not at all claiming that I am or ever have been or ever...

The Better Half

Back in March, I received hundreds of positive responses from a blog I wrote. The gist of the message was that if you devoted 1% of your day--that's just 15 minutes, sunshine,--you could be well on your way to accomplishing your goals. This was revolutionary. To many,...

The Power to Walk Away

Alright. You most likely opened this email thinking that I was going to pontificate on a political platform about Donald Trump. Now, here me out, sunshine. That is not what this message is about. At all. If you've been following me for a while or know me personally,...

The skeletons in my closet don’t scare me anymore

I used to be afraid of the dark, like deathly afraid. I think I was nearly a freshman (in college, don't judge me) when I stopped sleeping with a night light. And haunted houses?!? I'd rather have a root canal in every tooth in my mouth without anesthesia than walk...

Ready, set, go is out of order If you know me personally or have read my posts for a while,sunshine,  you know that I am an adventure-seeker. I live for experiences that others would deem borderline insane. When I get an idea that I believe is God-inspired, (and it's...

The day I met my grandmother

I remember my first trip to Italy very vividly. It was 1990, the summer after my first year of high school, and the same year my beloved grandfather, the patriarch of our family, passed away. 20+ members of my family ventured to the Motherland. The oldest in our group...

The Law of Five

We are creatures of habit. It's true, and I am not judging, because I am too, sunshine.  At home, I sit in the same spot on the couch for my a.m. Bible study. At the gym, I choose the same treadmill for my cool down. At church, I sit in the same row (or at least...

I know what’s right, but I don’t always do it

I am a lifetime member of the Clean Plate Club. I live for 2nds and 3rds, and not just at Thanksgiving Dinner. Nearly every meal. For real, sunshine. I guess you could say I love food.  Sunday Fundays. BBQ ribs and S'Mores. Friends reuniting. "Adult" sodas.  Pool...

Are you in, sunshine?

A few weeks ago, I was promoting a Bible study through various social media platforms.  I had too-many-to-count responses, emails, and messages asking if Healthy and Whole, a 7-week fitness-based Bible study that I am leading here in Melbourne (Florida, not...

Stop trying

I often joke that I am not good at anything, but I will try everything. Snowboarding. Kite surfing. Racquetball. Water skiing. Shooting at a gun range. Sky diving. Aerial yoga. Traveling solo cross-country. And those poor people who've seen my Zumba skills! Lord help...