May I… Enjoy this

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”Eleanor Roosevelt

 

What brings you joy? 

Music brings me joy. And dancing. And seeing my kids smile. Oh and if you put all of those together I’m seriously feeling like I’ve touched heaven.

I’ve been trying to diligently live full of joy. A joy-filled life, eyes wide open, fully. To find moments of and rejoice in the small things. Not in a hippie-flower child peace, love and joy kinda way; although I don’t really see what could be wrong with that. But in an honest to goodness, Lord let me see the joy and hope in every situation sort of way.  Like the quote above says to “taste experience to the utmost”. That’s real joy.

I feel the need, the need for speed!

I feel the need, the need for speed!

 

Joy is one of those fruits of the spirit that you can’t turn off once you’ve found it.  You know that Joy, the kind you can’t really put into words because it’s indescribable. But you have it, it empowers you and brings you strength from the depth of your soul. I believe that’s what the scriptures meant when it says the joy of the Lord is your strength. That joy, that’s unsinkable.

Joy is a fruit. A fruit of our spirit. It’s an outward expression of an inward decision.

Joy is the ability to hold up because we know we are being held up. – Elisa Morgan Naked Fruit

Today I started a new study with the She Reads Truth community on the Fruits of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.

Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:19-23, HCSB)

Which one of those would you say you’re “good at”?

Which one, not so much?

I heard a quote the other day on our radio station, it said “critical thinking is good; critical spirit, not so much” #BeJoy

When we look at the list of fruits which would you say you are someone natural at being?

Which are you still learning?

Would it be safe to say it depends on the circumstance?

Friends I invite you to join me in the SheReadsTruth study on #FruitsOfTheSpirit not so that we can say we are “doing” a study but to actually BE the study.

Let’s take some time to turn inward and really see if we know what it means to get INNERactive. Since this month our FOCUS is on the transformation, it’s worth taking a look at where our fruit is.

I promised you resources this month. Here’s a few that I really EN-Joy!!

Cucumber, tomato, mozzarella salad with avocado ( tossed in a Greek Vinaigrette dressing). More recipes like this can be found at Eating Well Magazine 

Tomato, cucumber, mozzarella & avocado

Need some help with prepping meals and sticking to your healthy eating? Consider the 21 Day Fix Properly portioned – meal plans

Sample Meal plan:

  • Breakfast: Shakeology with a banana and 2 tsp. almond butter (1 red, 2 purple, 2 tsp.)
  • Snack: Oatmeal with cinnamon and an apple (1 yellow, 1 purple)
  • Lunch: Ground turkey sautéed with 1 tsp. olive oil, mushrooms, onions, and diced tomatoes served over spiralized zucchini with a baked sweet potato (1 red, 2 green, 2 yellow, 1 tsp.)
  • Post-Workout: Baked tilapia seasoned with lemon and garlic Flavorgod, and steamed broccoli (1 red, 1 green)
  • Dinner: Salmon with baked Brussels sprouts in 1 tsp. olive oil and 1/4 avocado (not shown) (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 tsp.)

 

Keep movin with this FITNESS CALENDAR MAY workout

Shift your thinking to move toward your calling. It’s all a matter of the habits we practice. Practice what brings you joy.

Joy is not just about what happens in life – the little boosts of positive emotion that cme when something makes you happy for a moment. Yes, that bite of chocolate will make you happy for a moment, so hey savor it. But deeper joy comes from peace and love and know you are living the life you were meant to live. – Valarie Burton

 

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12)

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Tennessee. This simplest do-nothing but enjoy everything getaway! 

Taking some time to enjoy the view. (Pigeon Forge Tennessee)

 

 

“You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

 

What brings you joy?

How can you DO joy?

How can you BE joy?

FOCUS: 25 minutes to FIT

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“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from OVERCOMING the the things you once thought you couldn’t!

Gimmie 25 minutes of your day & I promise to whip you into the best shape of your life!

Spirit, Soul & Body inneractive FITCLUB helps you strengthen ALL OF YOU!!!!

Fitness, nutrition, motivation and best of all you’ll feel & look your best!

You ready for summer?

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Boom! I literally just received a message on facebook from someone who said  this “yup I’m doing your SUMMER SLIMDOWN with T25 cuz I quit smoking which cost me $150 a month. If I could spend that on smoking, we’re using that money to get healthy”…

So let me ask you, is it worth it?

You can afford it…you can’t afford not to do it!

#adjustyourfocus with FOCUS T25!!!

ORDER TODAY, THE SPECIAL ENDS APRIL 30 

Comment below or send me an inbox message so we can get your challenge pack and you’ll be added to a private FOCUS group.

If you currently own FOCUS T25 and you’re not already working with a fitness coach, I’d love to coach you too!

Let’s adjust our FOCUS and #getinneractive (Comment below-if you’re ready!)

GET READY FOR MY SUMMER SLIMDOWN CHALLENGE!!! 

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Join my #SummerSlimdown order today, special ends April 30! Challenge begins May 5! 

 

FOCUS: Meditation & Confession

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Today we’re talking MEDITATION✨ (inspired by @SheReadsTruth ) To meditate:

“to engage in contemplation or reflection; to focus one’s thoughts on: reflect on or ponder over”.

“Researchers now believe that *any* activity that requires focused attention and being in the moment can count as your daily dose of meditation. This includes shifting your focus from what you’re doing, to a moment-by-moment consideration of the larger meaning of the activity in your life” (SOURCE: Natural Health Magazine)

When you give attention to allowing God’s words to be your compass, your coming & going, your ups & downs; He fills your life & passion with His light, this opens the door to allow your work to become an opportunity of meditation giving Him honor in your service. The ultimate goal is for our lives to be an outward demonstration of an inner conviction.

When I dance, it’s in a sense meditation. Even on the days that I’m teaching to huge crowds or presenting at a major health & fitness event I zone out. I know that God has given me this ability & this gift and it’s an honor that He chose me. So each time I get a chance to display what He’s done, it’s my opportunity to show off Him and His awesomeness.

Dancing puts me in my zone. My zone is a personal praise. During one of my Zumba classes we danced to the song Happy by Pharrell. Afterward, a student came to me and asked if it was wrong that she started praising God right in the middle of our dancing & whooping. I laughed and said “nope cuz I got my praise on too”!!!

Meditation is simply ‘thinking on’ something. Doesn’t the scriptures in Philippians 4:8 tell us to think on or think about;

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

Adjust Your Focus

Stop picking yourself & your life apart. Look back at that passage.

ASSIGNMENT: Recognize and write down the TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, PURE, ADMIRABLE, EXCELLENT, PRAISEWORTHY; when you’re making this list, do not listen to the lies! Any thought that sneaks into your mind that makes you feel less than any of those descriptions, throw it in the fire and let it burn!!!!

Keep Your Heart Pumpin & Spirit Movin

⚓️in the Spirit of meditation, reflect on these words.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:7-9 AMP) {feel free to read it in another translation if you need a more clear understanding}

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Join the conversation, do you meditate? How does it help you center (inneractive), balance and adjust your focus? >

FOCUS: Emotional eating

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SOURCE: Dr. Caroline Leaf

April is Stress Awareness Month and it got me to thinking about Emotional eating: aren’t we all emotional eaters?

We celebrate with food; we show condolences or support with food; we even gather around found just to show how much we need each other.

I wonder could it be that it’s not so much the food that’s the issue but our emotions.

What if we got control of our emotions. We can usually control the food we turn to during the emotional roller coaster; the food feels like a safety net or a gas pedal depending on which road you’re on. But what about the emotions. Don’t emotions come from a trigger of perception concerning the situation? Perceptions create our responses = EMOTIONS

What if our perceptions changed and we began to see things different. If even in the midst of a “this is way beyond anything I ever imagined”; we paused and let God filter our response.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places; and talents in unexpected people, and give me the GRACE to tell them so. – unknown

What if, in this new season we allowed God to help us grow right where we are. Allow Him to reach into our hearts and find those perceptions that send us full speed ahead on a collision with doubt, fear, anxiety, comparison, inadequacy…(feel free to fill in the blanks)

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18, 19 AMP)

Our emotions are real but we cannot let them continue to feed us lies! We cannot continue to allow them to take us down dead-end roads!

Join us for the April Spring Cleaning F.O.C.U.S. (I’m not calling it a challenge, cuz it seems we’ve seen enough of those but we have yet to adjust our focus. It’s time to adjust our focus otherwise we’ll keep facing the same challenges!)

Keep your heart pumpin, spirit movin & #getinneractive

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inspired by Confident Heart by Renee Swope

Ready for Spring? Join the April FOCUS

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Register for the April Spring Cleaning “Made Over” f.o.c.u.s. group!