I needed a good writing session tonight.  It's one of the many ways that I come and fill my cup.  I make deposits all day into my husband, children, my fitness challenge groups, my team of coaches, as well as sharing my story on stage in front of new faces every week, as well as listening to others open up and share their story with me, privately.  these are tears of joy and purpose.   please know that!!! when some people open up to me about their childhood or their past in any form, I know that it was triggered by my bravery.  and I know that their openness is healing them just a little.  the only way i'm able to stand up in front of a packed church and share my past is because i live with zero bondage.  zero guilt.  zero shame.  and zero hatred.  it's my true prayer ...

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I'm just a-jerkin' inside as I write this.  I'm happy.  I'm genuinely and undeniably happy.  I'm at a place in my life where I don't have to choose joy any more.  Joy is choosing me.  I have had an emotional week.  My emotions were hype as I set out on this wild and vivacious summer with the most important people in my life.  I am feeling so thankful, peaceful, and mostly deserving of this next chapter.   Even though I have no clue what exactly to expect, I'm fully and completely trusting, relying, and leaning on the same God who has never ceased to amaze or bless my life. I told the husband today that for the first time in my life, every single battle, struggle, and broken piece of my past makes sense.  Every last one of them.  I’ve been walking in a very healthy and happy light for the past 14 years, but up until this year, I still always ...

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did you hear about that family who just packed up their entire house, sold almost everything they owned, bought a fifth wheel, and is traveling the country this summer? you know...the girl with the blog?  the health and fitness coach?  with the really talented musician for a husband??  the one with a powerful testimony??? y'all know what family i'm talking about!!  (wink-wink) we are completely settled into our summer home.  we feel thankful in our hearts that we were able to buy this camper with cash.  absolutely zero financing.  and that in itself is just pretty much amaze-balls. i have been literally dying to leak pics onto my social sites, but i kept patient and waited until i got snap shots of our daily life as well.   i waited so that i could share with all my awesome readers the full effect. i kind of want you to feel like you are ...

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it's one thing to write a care-free blog about colorful quilts, picnic baskets, and the biggest bubbles you've ever seen.  those are easy to fire out.   but tonight, i want to draw attention to a lie.  and my only concern and sole purpose for this post is to grab a listener.  and if that's you, then listen up.   today i went for the most incredible run.  it was perfect out.  my ipod was on shuffle, and it shuffled just right.  i was running on beat with each new song.  i think i may have skip-jumped a few times.  and i certainly gave plenty of thanks to my Jesus while i escaped the demands of the day for a bit. as i took off down the constitution trail, and every single stress of the day dropped off, i began to get lost in my thoughts.  i was taken back to the season ...

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