Do you feel overwhelmed? Does life get in the way of what you really want to be doing? Have you become lost in your identity as a mom? More »

Have you got a lot going on right now?

Do you find you have lost some motivation with your goals?

How about joining me and decorating a tree in December?! This chart will take you right up to the New Year, and help you move closer to your goals!  More »

“Mama, why aren’t they wearing clothes?” 

That question caught me by surprise. It was asked by one of my kids as I was working out. The women in that DVD workout were wearing sports bras and little booty shorts; the men were wearing shorts, with some (actually most) shirtless.

“Well,” I answered, “that’s just how they work out.”

It got me thinking, though.

When I go to the gym, when I teach a class, when I workout at home or in public, how do I dress? Not like the people in that particular program. I might be wearing spandex but I dress much more modestly.

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What did you want to be when you grew up? 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by stories of missionaries. I would read missionary biographies as a little girl and was intrigued by these men and women, serving God and sharing the Gospel in exotic, far-away lands. Missionaries are rockstars in my mind. I have always been curious about their lives and their calling, and I especially admire their love for God and the people they serve.

Now, as an adult, I have several friends who serve as missionaries and you know what? I still think they are rockstars…and I’m just as fascinated now as I was when I was 8-years-old! There have been times when my husband and I have wondered if God may be calling us into missions type work. God’s answer to that appears to be ‘no’ or at least, ‘not yet.’

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“How’s that working for you?”

 
That question may sound familiar. Back in my days of watching lots of daytime television, I remember talk show host Dr. Phil asking that of his guests, often before he helped re-direct their behavior or actions towards something more positive.
 

This is a question I’ve been asking myself recently. In the last two years, I’ve gained 10 pounds. Some people tell me, “It’s muscle.” No, oh how I wish that were true. How do I know? I know by the way my clothes fit, the need to go up a couple of sizes, not just in my pants but in my bras, too.

 

It’s so hard for me to share this. It was much easier to share my successes, as the extra weight was coming off. But the reality is I need to get a handle on this NOW before I’m back where I started in 2011. I’ve learned one of the hardest parts of weight loss is maintaining it once you reach your goal. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who may be struggling with this, and I wanted to share it here with the hope it will encourage you or another person struggling with this, too.

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Roosters. They have a way of interrupting the stillness of those quiet, early morning hours with their distinctive cry of cockadoodledoo. I took my children on a field trip to Jamestown today and we saw a few pecking around outside the fort. And then later, while wandering through one of the houses, I looked down and saw a rooster and two chickens standing at my feet. I couldn’t help but think of Heidi St. John in that moment. Heidi is The Busy Mom, and spoke at a homeschool convention I attended recently. She talked about roosters that day, and shared an acronym for “ROOSTERs” in our life.

A rooster, as defined by The Busy Mom, is anything that is keeping you from doing what God wants you to do. The first thing that typically comes to mind is social media. She called social media weapons of mass “distraction”…you hop on to check Facebook and when you look up, you find FOUR hours have passed! Where did the time go?! But social media isn’t necessarily the “rooster” in your life, or in mine. Before going any further, let me share the seven signs you may be a distracted mom:  More »