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Revisit your goals, reset your focus.

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What’s keepin’ your heart pumpin’ & spirit movin’? January is over. How’d you fair on your new year, new you goals? Did you set expectations that were S.M.A.R.T. (we can discuss that further), did you make sure you kept your F.O.C.U.S.?

Hold on, let me pause for a second, I really want to show you this. Maybe you’ve seen this already, or maybe you could use a reminder…

You feel that heart beat in your chest…that means get up & do somethin’…

Wasn’t that AWESOME? Don’t be boring…anybody can be boring!

So, I committed to a 30 day challenge and I’m proud to say it’s now day 31!!!

I started the challenge originally in 2011 with a totally different mind set. Yeah, I was quite negative and condescending. Consequently I had only completed the first half of the challenge. With that in mind and a biblical truth-anchored (Matthew 6:33) mantra of “FIRST THINGS FIRST”; I put my life, hope, trust, goals, priorities and family in His hands. I fixated my thoughts on the decision that where He says go, I’ll go, when He closes a door I’ll trust that He’s got something better.

I’ve prayed some big prayers over the last 30 days, focused and anchored in the truth of Gods word! The greatest opportunity in all of this, knowing that God has plans for my life (Jeremiah 29:11) and I have full access to those plans!

It feels like my life got a full detox, inside & out!!!

As a result of this challenge, one of the habits I’m working to develop is getting organized. I was gonna say more organized but that would be a lie, I’ve kinda got this system of piles going on.

I’m actually pulling together the February challenge so we’ll really sort through some things, we’re gonna learn what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss.

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I read a blog on simple space & money savers…things like arranging packages so expiration dates are visible & keeping an inventory so you know exactly what you have, laying boxes on their sides saved space, etc. I can’t wait to get the next challenge started!!!

I’m jazzed about the progress I’ve had so far so I decided I might use some of my new-found F.O.C.U.S. to I tackle the office closet, y’all I found priceless fitness material I had previously researched and never used …SCORE…ooh the things to come from that treasure find! Anyway, I found a box of over 9 years worth of journals. Some bible study notes, others heart reflections that literally had me in tears. So much proof that God was watching over me & answering prayers. It really got me to thinking, some of the stuff I found, under all those piles of clutter, I had been scratching my head and flipping my house upside down trying to find it. Other stuff I was literally like whoa I forgot I had this. So I wondered, what could I find that I already have that might be hidden under a cluttered thoughts, cluttered expectations, cluttered vision. What hidden priceless knowledge or talents could be uncovered if I just learned what to keep, donate or toss? Where there prayers that have already been answered but I just couldn’t ‘find them’ under the piles of organized chaos?

How do you know when God has answered your prayers?

Know that God has heard your prayers!

This 30 day PUSH challenge isn’t over. Honestly, not to sound cliché or cheesy but I feel like I just got started. I’m still nose deep in the self inventory of You’re Already Amazing and since I synced the chapters parallel to the calendar and this challenge I’ve cried so many tears of joy over the current chapter of “What Does God Want Me to Do with My Life”. Holley Gerth coaches us on how to uniquely craft a LIFE statement. She says…

In our culture, that’s often called a mission statement. And while I think those can be helpful, it feels like the title can be a bit misleading. As believers, we all ultimately have the same mission. God gave it to us in Galatians 5:6: (The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.) We’re here to express faith through love – for God, others, and ourselves.”

So instead of writing a mission statement, we’ve used the following prompt to create our L.I.F.E. statement. (Love Is Faith Expressed)

I am created and called to express my faith through love, especially by…

+ (WHAT) + ( WHO ) + ( HOW )

Holley’s example reads: I am created and called to express my faith through love, especially by bringing hope and encouragement to the hearts of women through word.

What would be your L.I.F.E. statement? I’m still working on mine, praying over it and letting this scripture guide me.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG

We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:13-18 MSG)

You’re already amazing, be blessed in knowing this…

“God is love-whatever he directs you to do will be loving to others too.

Your house doesn’t have to be spotless.

Your work doesn’t have to be flawless.

You don’t have to please that finicky member of your family.

You don’t have to look like a page out of a magazine.

You’re already enough because Jesus is enough in you. ” -Holley Gerth

Keep movin-

 

 

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Holiday Body Challenge: Wordless Wednesday Christmas preparations

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Focusing on Christmas
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Finally lookin’ like Christmas
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Tastes like Christmas
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The smell of Christmas
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Finishing 2012 Strong
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Preparing for 2013, knowing is half the battle

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for God purposing & processing me giving me function when life looks and sometimes IS dysfunctional!

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Success is not found in “arriving” but in constantly pursuing new goals and facing new challenges with all your heart, mind and soul. – God’s Little Devotional Book on Success

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Happy Thanksgiving

Get it in & earn your turkey! Eat well not until you’re stuffed!

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September: My *inner*active!

“My strength alone will never be enough, But Your arms keep lifting me up…

You tell me I’ve been made free, You give me everything I need to walk in my dreams
You whisper words that free my soul, You’re the reason I have hope, You’re everything I need and more, You made me, You made me free!” -Free by Dara Maclean

We’re wrapping up the Back To Basics Challenge, and since this is a holiday weekend, I’m not going to start the posts for the September inneractive CORE Challenge, cuz most of y’all would be like WHATEVER I’m gettin’ ready to splurge this 3 day weekend. So I say, have at it, but in the back of your mind keep that 80/20 rule!

Here’s a little wrap up of how awesome this BACK TO BASICS: EAT, PRAY, LIVE challenge was for me! And I’ve had a ton of folks ask me for my playlist, so you can find that if you scroll down just past the video!

“A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit, nor does a bad tree produce good fruit. Each tree is known by its own fruit. People don’t gather figs from thorny plants, nor do they pick grapes from prickly bushes. A good person produces good from the good treasury of the inner self, while an evil person produces evil from the evil treasury of the inner self. The inner self overflows with words that are spoken. -Luke 6:43-45 CEB

Zumba for Japan

Here’s that playlist I promised. Nothin’ gets my heart pumpin’ & my spirit movin’ more than a good beat with a solid message in the lyrics! Let these tunes move you!

Be sure to stay tuned for the September “My inneractive CORE challenge”! We’re answering the question(s): How do I get a tight core, what should I be eating, what should I be doing…

Playlist:
Good morning – Mandisa & TobyMac
Wanna be startin’ Something- Michael Jackson
Barraquillero Arrebato [Salsa](Zumba Zin)
Loco [Cumbia] (Zumba Zin)
Indian Moonshine [Zumba Zin]
Baila Mi Son [Zumba Zin]
Car Wash [Rose Royce]
Quebra as Cadeira [Zumba ZIN music]
Balans [Zumba ZIN music]

Back to Basics: Knowing what gets your heart pumpin’ & spirit movin’.

‘For in him we live and move and have our being’ – Acts 17:28 NIV

What moves me? Literally a great rhythm with lyrics that make you want to tear down obstacles & take on the world. Music has an awesome power! Whether it’s a melody soothing my spirit or a beat that thumps deep down in my soul, it has a way of moving me toward my goal. And as Nike put it, helps me to find my greatness!

Link love: Inspired by my fellow FitFluential Ambassador Fitness Cheerleader I’ve compiled my top 5 workout songs that seriously get my heart pumpin…

1. Walkin’ on Water – Lecrae
2. Don’t Wait – Addison Road
3. World Hold On – Bob Sinclair
4. Shake, Break, Bounce – Chemical brothers
5. No Te Cambio – Funky

So back to the basics, What get’s your spirit movin’? What drives you to be inspired toward finding your “Sweet Spot” as Max Lucado refers to it. Use this fun little acronym S.T.O.R.Y. to find your spirit movin’ potential.

S.T.O.R.Y.
S-Strengths
What verbs would be used to describe you?
Done with little to no effort
Knowing your strengths will lead you to your sweet spot and people will pay you to live there. Romans 12:6

T-Topic
What are your nouns?
What objects do you enjoy working with.

O-optimal conditions
What factors trigger your motivation?
What gets you going? Building or maintaining, clearly defined or open-ended possibility, assembly-line assignments or boundary less opportunities?

R-Relationships
Some people are stimulated by groups, others function better alone,
Know your ideal relationship pattern

Y-Yes!
What are your yes moments when you say “I was born to do this”?
When do your strengths, topic, optimal conditions and relationship patterns converge in an ultimate YES!!!

Source: Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado (S.T.O.R.Y. pg 143)

Better you…then me (baring one another’s burdens)
Secret Millionare inspiration.