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Dream and Fight For It!

Dream and Fight For It!We can overcome the junk that has weighed us down in the past and go after the dreams that have been fighting to be acknowledged from the recesses of our heart. Sometimes we just need to keep our focus, other times we may need to tweak our plan, but almost all the time we need to continue on the path and trust that it is all going to come together because we can see it. We can taste it. We can feel it.

It takes more than just motivation and drive though. It takes planning, it takes skill, and it takes a whole lot of gumption. Know this: whatever it is you feel you are called to, be it in a lay-capacity, volunteer, or full-time ministry or business, you will become a much more rounded and fully alive person as you slug it out. Don’t give up! It may be painful as you stretch and learn, but it will be so worth it when you get closer.

I have a dear friend who has had a dream for as long as I have known her to have her own bridal shop, designing and creating custom gowns for the bride-to-be. That dream has finally come to fruition, but she has made sacrifices, mistakes, and learned plenty about herself along the way. She is a strong, capable, illustrious, hard-working woman who believed in her dreams and her gifts, and has honed her talents as she forged ahead. Get this: she contacted me the other day because she is still dreaming and planning on how to make her business unique and about the “whole woman” who comes into her shop, so among other things, she believes that offering  Arbonne skincare in her shop is a perfect fit. Music to my ears! Giving out samples and encouraging her brides to take care of themselves in another way, to feel beautiful and healthy… what a marvelous idea!

(You can find Shannon on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/vuedesign or her website here: http://home.vuedesign.net/about/ )

Be creative. Be focused. But above all, just BE YOU. We need you.

With love,


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Is it a Scam?

This is what I received in my inbox this morning:

frustrated Scam Alert!

Beware: many friends and family have fallen for it. It is a program where you work your tail off for 40+ hours a week for 40 years to earn a $40 Gold watch and then try to live on 40% of what you could not live on while working 40 hours a week – known as a JOB.

It has been known for leaving people J.O.B (just over broke) after participating for 40 years or more yet millions of people do it daily.
If you have been a victim – I can help.


To be honest, this blurb caught my attention because I have listened to my co-workers and my friends, and have caught snatches of conversation not meant for me (is that eavesdropping? nah!), and all have touched on this exact thing: I’m working so hard now to end up with what later?

True enough, many love what they do for a living. There is satisfaction in their chosen profession whether it be in the medical, legal, or business fields, or as a tradesperson. Of course it’s a good thing to love what you do. And if we are good stewards of our money, as  Dave Ramsey teaches, then there’s no worry.

I’ve wanted to run my own business and leverage my time for a while. I can remember my pastor teaching on the book of Acts and something he said about the apostle Paul stuck with me. In chapter 18:3, it says that Paul stayed and worked in Corinth with his friends, because he earned his living by making tents just as they did. So here was the greatest missionary, evangelist, apostle, Good-News-spreader-ever making a living by making tents! Why has that stuck with me? Because my passion in life is to point women to the fullness of life with Jesus. I’m not Paul (duh!), but I do know there’s more with Jesus!  Yet I couldn’t figure out how or what I could do to bring that dream of pouring into other women about. I worked too many hours already while raising 3 kids, so how was I to squeeze something else in?

What if we could cut our hours back without sacrificing pay so we could be with our kids more, do what we love, and give to what is important to us? When I think about what I want now, and what I will want and also need later (retirement), I realize that I would like to avoid living on the low end of the scale just to survive. There is so much more to life than putting in so many hours a week just to get by. I want to add to others’ lives with both my time and my resources, but can’t do that if I’m tied to a job that leaves me tired and barely making it, working full-time for someone else.

It’s taken me 7 years of internal struggle and growing in faith in the One who loves me, but I know now that being in business for myself is more than just being about the money. It can change other people’s lives, turning bank accounts into opportunities to serve others. I also am convinced the idea didn’t just come from me. The Author of my dreams planted the seed, and even though I asked to have it removed, it has grown. My God goes before me, He comes behind me, and His hand of blessing is upon my head. (Psalm 139:5)

Do you have a dream to do more with your life? What do you plan on doing? I would love to talk to you. Jump over to my Facebook page and tell me what you are doing, or want to do.


Be your best,




Messin’ with the acceptable

confusedfaceSomebody asked me why I would write about the things I do, and then go and spoil it by talking about skin-care and nutrition stuff. Aren’t I pimping? My answer is simple: No. I write about living fully, and to me that includes loving what we do for a living.

I realize that not everyone gets to work their dream job. There’s lots of people grinding the daily 9-5 or crazier and to be frank, it’s important that they do it or we’d have a breakdown in something somewhere, right? But… there will always be somebody to do some of those jobs. Those “easily-replaced” kind of jobs.

So, just for the sake of being difficult, tell me this: do you know what your passions are? What are you good at, what motivates you, gets you excited, makes you want to share it with others? And to push the point even farther, what if you had the opportunity to make money doing what you’re passionate about? Think it’s too good to be true? Why? I know of virtual assistants, fitness coaches, foodies, business coaches, health & wellness enthusiasts, motivational coaches, crafters, and direct selling consultants who all have made a living for themselves online (as well as in the real world) doing what they love! Why can’t you?

There are plenty of resources out there (like arealchange.com, or marieforleo.com  for example) that can help you get moving in the right direction. Lots of free stuff as well as stuff you pay for, but it’s quality info, and all you need to do is take the 1st step by checking out the possibilities.

Here’s another thing: I think that Christians can tend to get a little bogged down with some not-so-accurate theology, believing that being poor is equal to being godly. I’m not saying it’s wrong to not want money or “things”. But I also don’t believe it’s wrong to make and have money… it is the love of money that is the root of all evil, not money itself. Having more than enough means that there is more to give to those that need help, organizations that fight injustice, or provide clean water or care for children. Yeah, I know. I’m messin’ with the acceptable aren’t I? I am completely convinced that God is my Provider. He is the giver of every good and perfect thing. He also gives us dreams, passions, and desires, and when we are tuned into Him and allow Him to love us utterly and completely so that it transforms us, all His goodness begins to spill over. So why do we put a halt to the good things when it has to do with money?

We are each responsible for our thoughts, our actions, and also our beliefs. I believe that God is good, and He desires to do good things through me if I will let Him. I am still ultimately responsible for how I perceive and translate (and hopefully not distort) His goodness.

In a nutshell, I will continue to share the good things He brings my way, and my hope is that if it turns out to be something you can use or take advantage of then… yay!

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Be your best,



Failing to achieve my goals- and how I fixed it!

frustratedSo, its February. How’s the New Year’s eve resolutions panning out? If you’re anything like the rest of the population, maybe the fire within has dimmed a wee bit now that we’re a month in to 2013.

I got an article in my inbox this morning that spoke right to this resolution-sapping phenomenon, and I’d like to share it with you. Dr. Mark Hyman addresses something that often escapes our radar because we are so downright determined to accomplish what it is we think we have set out to do, and often trip ourselves up in the process. It took me a long time to finally realize this about myself, and so maybe this can help you to fast-forward a bit and skip the tedious wandering I was trapped in for too long.

Dr. HymanI like Dr. Hyman’s approach to living because he focuses on what’s important, what is needed, and not just how to cover up or shmooze over an issue. Here’s the article:

Eat better, sleep more, exercise more, learn more, love more, love better, be a better son, father, friend, be a better doctor, reach more people, heal the planet, end obesity, starvation, and global warming – ARRRRRGGHHHHHHH!!

It’s enough to make me want to stay in bed and watch movies on iTunes.

How can I do all of this? How can I wake up and figure out what do to first, second, or third? How can I achieve even one of these things? I actually fail all the time. There is absolutely no way I can achieve my goals.

Our culture is awash with endless pressure to do more, do better, be skinnier, be richer, be happier, be fitter, and be healthier. We are offered endless lists of what do to, how to achieve more, reach our dreams, lose weight, attain the five steps toimmortality, find the seven ways to stop wrinkles, or how to lose 100 pounds in ten daysget the story