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Shine 2.0 or Shine 2020?!?

I began Shine in 2014. I have written hundreds of blogs. (Over 70 pages on my website) I have led nearly 2 years worth of challenges. (Not consecutively) I have offered 1:1 and group coaching programs. I have FB Lived a ton--sometimes 30 days in a row! I have posted...

We must faith our fears!

Today we honor the great civic leader and amazing man-of-God, Martin Luther King, Jr. Without a doubt, he is one the world's greatest leaders of all time, and his mission to overcome hate through acts of love was brave and honorable--legacy-worthy for sure. As you...

“What would I have been like if I wasn’t messed up?”

Book excerpt In Beth Moore’s book Get Out of That Pit, she recalls a conversation with her husband, Keith, where he queried, “What do you think I would have been like, you know,...if I hadn’t been messed up and turned to so much sin? What do you think I would’ve...

Why I think New Year’s resolutions are a bunch of bologna

Last year I did a Facebook LIVE video explaining why I believe New Year's resolutions are stupid. My belief was further affirmed by something I read in Levi Lusko's most recent book, I Declare War.  "Astronauts on the International Space Station orbit the Earth every...

I couldn’t wait for the next issue of Playboy to be released

This is a picture of me and my brother at my dad's house in Hubbard, OH. The recliner is behind us and the magazine rack next to the door. Elephant.Semi truck.Light bulb. If you envisioned any of these objects, you’ve experienced what research proves. We think in...

It’s time–a break and a book

With just six days notice, I accepted an invitation to go on a very spontaneous trip to St. John last weekend. It was life-changing.  Restorative. Reflective. Necessary.  Prior to leaving for the trip, I had already decided to unplug from social media in preparation...

Rest. Reflect. Restore.

Rest. It's referenced a number of times in the Bible. It's even given to us as a command.  Yet we seldom honor a time of slowing down, reflection, and restoration. But that is exactly what I am doing, sunshine. As Holy Week is upon us, I am taking time to rest. I am...

Lost and found

I saw this picture on Instagram, and it struck me. Not only did it resonate because of our Biblical reference to lost sheep, (which, btw, are not the smartest animals) but the story that accompanied it was most powerful.  Here's the summary: The sheep was found after...

What would you rather be?

Last year I read If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey. The book had me shaking my head page after page agreeing too many times with Ivey's "What-was-I-thinking?" non-God-honoring moments.  Even though it's been months since I've finished the book, I...

Who’s ‘all in’ for April?

You know I am an action taker. You know I am a sharp shooter. You know I am passionate about helping people reach their goals and committing to being healthier, stronger, and more confident using God's Word. So I am going to do something different for April's...

“What if…?”

"I hate the way I look in the mirror." "Nothing in my closet fits." "I feel like my pants are going to bust at the seam." "I'm embarrassed to go out in public.""I saw a picture of myself and was disgusted." These are just a few of the reasons people contact me for...

What will you do with 1%?

So, this weekend you set your clocks ahead--let's be real, your Smartphone did it for you, sunshine.  And if you're anything like me, usually the first week after the spring daylight savings time change, I drag and feel it is my duty...

Do others notice that you’ve spent time with The Son?

This past weekend I went walking with a friend on Saturday morning. The sun was ablaze, and we soaked up every ray of the Florida sunshine on our 4-mile-power-walk. (My apologies to our friends in less than sunny places this time of year--I don't mean to brag.) Within...

NOT

Not a trending diet.  A lifestyle. Not for a guy. For my health. Not for a day. Everyday. Not for a class reunion. To feel good wearing what's already in my closet. Not for a beach vacation.To honor Him daily. Not for a competition. To...

How do you spell “love”?

My pastor often asks us the question: "How do you spell love?" If you're like me, sunshine, your initial reaction is l.o.v.e.., duh?!  But Pastor Ken quickly retorts, "Love is spelled: T.I.M.E."  sunshine, February 14 has come and gone,...

I stopped. I started. And then…

Over the last month I've committed to a number of different habits in an attempt at becoming healthier and stronger. Intermittent fasting, eliminating chemically-laden, sugar substituted items, completed the 100 rep challenge, and varied my...

2019 is starting off strong!

So this month, I tried a number of new things. Some I enjoyed. Hello, new locally owned restaurants! Others, I stomached--literally. A hearty swig of apple cider vinegar before bedtime every night. (Lots of scientific research about this multi-purpose health elixir so...

It’s time to get busy

Last week I invited you to complete a real age survey and in the same week, my friend Karen posted this quote from Priscilla Shirer. It was an awakener.   "You cannot judge whether you are old or young based on your birth date. It has to be judged on your death...

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...

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