Want to Grow with Me? (And a Confession…)


Ready to grow? Not in terms or weight or inches of course, but as a person.

As a learning, always-developing, human being.

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed since beginning this blogging and coaching journey, is the difference that the importance and focus on personal development has made in my life.

 

First 5

Obviously, I think the Bible is the best personal development book out there. Nothing is better than learning from Him how we are to live and love and grow. It’s the closest thing to a Life Instruction Manual that we have.

Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 4.38.23 PMWhile I try to start my day with reading a little something even before I get out of bed, that isn’t always the case.  I finished Cross Training Devotionals earlier this summer and I realized I haven’t gotten into a new routine yet.

Sometimes I’ll look at the daily Jesus Calling page, or just a read a little more around a random verse posted by someone on Facebook – but thankfully, my friend introduced me to the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries.

They’re reading through the book of John right now. You can take notes, share comments, and even set your alarm (with several lovely sounds to choose from!). It’s the perfect way to give me a little more focused structure for those “first five” minutes of my day. Join us! Maybe we’ll “see” you there!

 

30-Day Push

Plus, now with the back-to-school vibe in full effect, I’m feeling the need to find a little more organization with my life in general.

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Dreaming big dreams.

Being productive.

Using my time efficiently and effectively.

 

To help with this, I’m going to be working through the 30 Day Push (again) – a FREE video series by Chalene Johnson. If anyone wants to join me, sign up here: www.30daypush.com.

Nothing formal. No affiliate promotion.

Just something that I found really useful that I’d like to do again – and something that I think would be fun to do with friends at the same time. (I’ll be starting Day 1 on Monday, August 24th). 

 

A Confession…

And then, fitness-wise… gosh… it’s been an interesting month or so. I’ve honestly been very much in a vacation mindset. In reflecting back on my actions recently, I feel I need to make a little confession here…

As a fitness coach, I want others to realize that eating well is not about deprivation. But I may have taken that a bit too far. Some people in the fitness world will eat nothing but “healthy” foods in public – in order to “model” good eating habits.

From my (perhaps backwards?) approach, I’ve been “indulging” a lot lately with the rationale that I’m just showing others you can be healthy and still eat ice cream…and bacon…and cookies…and cheesecake…

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But, if I’m honest, those really weren’t all good eating decisions – and I apologize (both to my clogged arteries and the people in my company) if I made it seem that that’s part of a healthy living lifestyle.

It surely was not the most respectful way to treat this temple and His creation.

 

So now, I’m ready to get back to more disciplined eating and exercising. Not because of how my body looks, or if I happen to weigh a few more pounds, but because I know it’s the right thing to do.

To move these muscles and fuel this “Earth-suit” in the best way possible, given the short amount of time we have here.

 

If you’d like to grow with me in any or all of these endeavors, I’d love to have you! We need to learn and continually develop in order to know His will… and to do His will. Praying this over you all:

 

9 …We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will 

through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 

10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord

and please him in every way:

bearing fruit in every good work,

growing in the knowledge of God,

11 being strengthened with all power 

according to his glorious might

so that you may have great endurance and patience,

12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, 

who has qualified you 

to share in the inheritance of his holy people

in the kingdom of light.

Colossians 1:9-12