28.09.2019
Joy in the Journey
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At the beginning of September we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and for us the celebration continues as today we celebrate the anniversary of our engagement on the day that John proposed 9 years ago. Amazing how it feels like decades have passed since we have been together and at the same time like it was yesterday.  That's how it is for us, we are so connected and familiar and like we have always been together and at the same time everything seems exciting and new, like the start of a beautiful adventure.   As I recall,  it was an unseasonably warm September night 9 years ago when John proposed.  Much like the weather we have enjoyed this week. We had been out on a date and as often we did, we stopped into the Adoration Chapel at St. Mary's to pray and sit with Jesus for awhile. St. Mary's quaint Adoration Chapel is a favorite.  I was in the habit of visiting the Blessed Sacrament every day. And I often went there on my own and also with John.  I was often there when either the Chapel was empty when I arrived, or only a few people and often everyone would leave and I would remain in the Chapel alone until someone else showed up. I never had a set hour and sometimes would visit for hours at a time, so I had had many occasions to be there on my own.  Just me and Jesus.  But that never happened anytime John and I were there together, there were always other people there praying as well. On this night, 9 years ago it was a first, everyone else who was there when we got there had left. At first I didn't notice that everyone was gone and that we were the only ones left in the Chapel, just us and Jesus. John and I were both each silently praying the rosary.  John reached for my hand and I thought that was so sweet to hold hands as we prayed.  But with my hand in his he stood silently inviting me to stand with him. John then lead me to the altar rail at the head of this beautiful small chapel where we knelt before Jesus. Over the years I had often seen people get up and go to the altar, kneel at the rail and pray.  But I had never approached myself. I was thinking that being alone in the Chapel we were going to the Altar to pray the Rosary at the foot of the Blessed Sacrament. And so I was a little surprised when as we were both kneeling, John on his knees turned facing me and he silently encouraged me to kneel facing him.  Both of us with our rosaries in hand.  Then he reached into his pocket and pulled out the most beautiful engagement ring.  He took my hands and right there with us kneeling at the foot of the altar, alone in the chapel and in the  presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament John professed his love, fidelity, commitment and desire to spend our lives together and he proposed and asked me to be his wife.  Tears of love and joy were streaming down my face and I am sure the look of surprise that this beautiful moment was happening was on my face as I too with delight and joy said yes and professed my love, fidelity, commitment and desire to spend our lives together too as he placed the ring on my finger. It was a proposal and engagement that was perfect for us and our relationship and it was an experience and moment in time that is and will be forever etched into my heart. We stayed at the altar rail together praying to the Lord offering prayers of praise and thanksgiving. After a time, we returned to our seats, newly engaged and bursting with excitement to enjoy the moment and to share the news. And as If on cue people started coming into the Chapel. As more people came in, it was our cue to leave and share the  good news with our families. And there is a bit more to this story that began many months before.  The Fede ring that John gave me on August 19th and my engagement and our wedding rings have a beautiful story all their own.  They are very special to us and have great sentimental significance not only because of the thought and effort that John put into creating them, but because they are made from a combination of my mothers Italian gold rings and jewelry and John's grandmothers wedding and engagement ring. John was thinking about proposing and during that time his mother was asking him when he was going to propose. After another inquiry from his mother he told her that he didn't yet have the money for a ring and thought that would stop the inquiry for a bit.  But soon after, his mom came to him with his grandmother Albertine's engagement ring and told him that he cold give it to me when he was ready.  John was really touched by this knowing that the he owed his relationship with Jesus to his grandmother and now she was helping him to start a new relationship with me.  John knew it was going to be special to have me wearing his grandmother's ring but he wanted to make it even more special.  He contacted my sister Anna and let her know his plans having a new ring made using the diamonds from his grandmother's ring and wanted to use diamonds from my mother's ring too.  Anna told him that I had my mom's jewelry.  So he had a decision to make.  To stick to his plan he would have to reveal the plan to me and ruin the surprise or he could just use the ring and not add anything to it.   But, my beloved loves to research and so he started looking into the traditions of Italian wedding rings and engagements. He found some information on what is called a Fede ring.  The Fede ring was used as engagement/wedding rings in medieval and renaissance times. The name Fede is from the Italian phrase mani in fede ("hands [joined] in faith" or "hands [joined] in loyalty").   So John decided on a third option.  He would purchase the Fede ring and give it me as a promise ring and then he could let me know about his plans for the engagement ring.   It was the perfect plan, on August 19th, 2010 John gave me the Fede ring. It was a magical night when he gave me the ring and I was so touched by the thought of him using an Old Italian tradition.  And when John told me about his plans for the engagement ring I told him that my mother's ring had a lot of gold but there were no diamonds that could be used in the engagement ring.  But the more we talked about it we came up with the solution of having the engagement ring made using the gold from my mother's ring and the diamonds from John's grandmother's ring.  And there was enough gold left over from my mother's ring and jewelry to make a copy of the Fede ring from my mother's gold for my wedding band.  And we used the gold from John's grandmother's rings to make a larger copy of the Fede ring for John's wedding band.  After the initial discussions about what we wanted and giving John my mothers rings and gold, John took care of everything and worked closely with a jeweler friend of ours to have the rings made so I had no idea on the timing. And it didn't matter.  When John gave me the Fede ring we promised ourselves to each other, hands in love, faith, fidelity and loyalty with the thoughtfulness of the mani en Fede he had researched so I had no idea the beautiful surprise that awaited that night in Adoration. When I look back I can see how the Lord's hand provided the perfect setting for us to begin our friendship, engagement, marriage and our life together.   The blessings and the growth over the years are many.  Our foundation of faith and unity with and in Jesus remains firm.  Jesus guides and sustains us both individually and together in our relationship.  And little anniversaries, like today, are affirmations and reminders of the grace of Jesus in our lives. And lest you think our life was and is perfect, it's not. Nothing is. But it's perfect for us. And our union has always had Jesus in the middle. And thanks be to God for that.  Like all couples we have challenges and obstacles amid the highlight reel. It seems sometimes at every turn we are challenged to grow and stretch and not always how we would like it to be. But in the process we have the opportunity to grow, to get to know ourselves and each other on a deeper level. And in the process we grow closer to each other and individually and as a couple we draw closer to Jesus.   How grateful we are that our hearts and our eyes are open to His love, we can share it with each other and with those around us and it opens our hearts to see the many many ways He spoils us.  We are both so thankful to have the special blessing of my engagement and our wedding rings made from John's grandmother, Albertine and my mother, Maria's rings and gold.  John is also blessed by his grandmother Albertine who also inspired him to make rosaries.  She and his grandfather used to make them when John was young. Last year after witnessing for years John's blossoming talent and gift of making beautiful and meaningful rosaries and items that deeply touch and bless the lives of others we founded and created Heart's Rosary Company.   A business and ministry that is not only a blessing to us, but to so many. Today, as I think back on the memory of our engagement and the beautiful and special rings that bind us, I offer thanksgiving and praise to Jesus for the gift of my beloved.  And I am reminded that our union is not just for us, for it is in the "oneness" that we have become in marriage that together as a couple we can touch the lives of others as we live out our Holy Sacrament of Matrimony.    Yes, Jesus spoils us, He spoils us in many many ways and He gives us so many gifts.  And when John and I use the gifts and talents that we receive from Him we can serve others touching their lives and spoiling them with blessings and love from Jesus.   How can my heart not overflow with gratitude and thanksgiving.
30.07.2019
Joy in the Journey
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Over the past few years I’ve learned a lot about myself including what I need in my personal tool belt to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. And I’ll tell you a secret...... I’ve got the winning formula. That winning formula is me!! Specifically me applying myself, staying in the right mindset, making the hard choices, staying the course even when it gets hard, and most important making the choice to commit not just to a healthy weight loss program, workout and nutrition plan, but making a commitment to myself and staying accountable to it. You’ve got the winning formula too! You!! But I’ll tell you another secret....... That winning formula works best when the journey is shared. That for me and I think I can speak for the ladies in our success group is the secret sauce in a nutshell!! So I’ve made a choice, as has my beloved to do 100 workouts. To start we are joining a VIP coach group with the super trainer who created the program to get a first hand look at the program and the first 10 workouts. We will also get personal access to her for tips, insights and questions so that we can learn and bring our best to our team and the challengers joining us in our 100 day challenge! Our 100 day journey starts Monday, August 12th and we are going through the end of the year. We don’t do one size fits all but we do follow a plan and I can help you create one that will work for you if you want to lose 10 or 100 pounds or maintain and gain some muscle. For our Joy in the Journey family it’s ........ A new day! A new challenge! A new commitment! A decision! A choice! A path to success! Together!! If you’re “IN” say so and go to Be 100 Success group to join our group. Let’s rock this 100 workouts together!! Together is the best path to success!
13.03.2019
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ROCCAMORICE - SAN BARTOLOMEO One evening after dinner our cousin Gabriele and his family took my sister Irma, nephew Mark and me to the hermitage of St. Bartholomeo in Ligio.   The cavern is located in the hills of the Maiella Mountains in the Abruzzo Region where our family lives. The hermitage is extremely old and dates back to before the 1200’s and the first hermits on Maiella and stands under a 50 meter long rocky ledge that is built directly into the face of the mountain and which can be reached by a sacred staircase, usually done on one’s knees.  This beautiful refuge is very remote, steep, and not easily accessible and is approximately 750 feet above sea level.      The heights were dizzying, the fresh mountain air intoxicating with the sweetness of wild herbs and flowers and the myriad of vistas absolutely breathtaking.   While standing on the ledge of the hermitage looking at the amazing work of the Lord’s hands I felt so very blessed and so very close to heaven that I thought I could almost touch the face of my Creator.  Visiting the hermitage of St. Bartholomeo was one of the highlights of my trip and a moment of deep spiritual awakening.  When we returned home later that evening I remained sitting outside under the stars long after everyone had gone to bed writing in my traveling journal of that days experience and eventually writing a short poem that I titled “Maieletta” which in English translates to “Little Sweater”.  I realized that our beautiful unexpected excursion to St.  Bartholomeo had brought healing and a deep sense of peace in my grief for my mother who passed away the previous November and whose pilgrimage to visit our family in Italy and the Shrine of her Patron Saint Gabrielle had brought us all together on this family trip.   I have also come to realized that that unexpected visit to Roccamorice and the brief but powerful encounter with the Lord was a transforming moment in my life and the beginning of a deep and intimate relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   And the blessings continued.  One morning before sunrise, Irma and I went with our cousin Gabrielle and his son and two of their truffle hunting dogs deep into the hills and woods high on top the mountain to hunt for truffles.  At daybreak we found ourselves in the middle of a clearing filled with butterflies, mountain peaks close in the distance.  Blessings and experiences that brought me closer still to my family and in particular to Jesus who I always knew in my head, but whom I was discovering in such an intimate and tangible way in my heart
13.02.2019
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I have the great blessing of coaching and helping others on their journey to a healthier lifestyle and I am on that journey too.  It's not always easy and there are struggles along the way and right now for many it is a time of struggle.  Coming off the holidays and into the new year.  Maybe starting off strong and then falling off, wanting to get back on track and stumbling more than we'd like.  Knowing spring is around the corner and wanting to get there strong......whatever the reason or wherever we are in the process I think we can all relate at one time or another. This morning I shared the following thoughts with my group: I was thinking about how sometimes we all get to a point when it's difficult to shake that downhill trend.  You know doing good for a few days, then sliding off a bit, getting back in and kind of that cycle. And where at one time or another we have been able to pull out for a good long stretch of going in the direction we want to be going in without frequent side tracks or derails that can set us back from our goals. And I was thinking about some of the things that I have learned from 2B Mindset and Ilana. So I wanted to share a few thoughts I had this morning: One - A consistent breakfast. A couple of staple breakfast choices that we can go between but that keep us on a steady path and help us to get the day started right and with us feeling full and satisfied in the thought that we will keep it going throughout the day. Two - Weight loss Mode. In short speak, MINDSET. Keeping the goal of losing weight at the forefront of our mind and having that be the choice maker when there are temptations, meal choices and derailing behavior that comes our way. And if you hold tight to faith, use it, look to Jesus and if you feel at that moment you are not strong enough to make the healthy choice, let HIM make it for you and just go with it. Tell yourself, there will always be other opportunities to indulge, to treat, to step off the weight loss platform. BUT THIS TIME, "I am going to stay the course" not going to vere, not going to cave, not going to "treat" just yet. I'm going to FROG it!! FROG - Fully Rely On God. And I am going to proudly walk the weight loss road. In my mind, in my heart, in my actions. Three - Openness to learning. Learning to lose weight is a LIFE SKILL and its going to take effort. Yes, we put in a LOT LOT LOT of effort, but if we are finding ourselves slipping, shifting, not able to get a good hold, we have to take a look at it. Are we really putting in all the effort that we can? Are we giving it 100%, 100% of the time. If I am honest with myself, it is a resounding NO and the scale is in my face to prove it. So I can continue to resist and not acknowledge I'm not fully in 100% or remind myself I don't have to like it or even want it at the moment, maybe I want to be rebellious, all good, but that changes nothing, I'm still going to do it, because I don't have to "feel" like it, I just HAVE TO DO IT! And that means learning new ways to look at things, new behaviors that replace the old ones, the old narratives that I have been telling myself. Learn new stories, be open to hearing them, go back through videos, research, google, so things to enlighten my mind to hep me keep my attitude positive, to strengthen my mindset so that it is serving ME in the way that I want it to, in helping ME to achieve those goals that I SAY I want. Plain and simple, it's going to take effort and consistent effort at that, even when I don't want to or feel like it. I am going to have to do it ANYWAY! Four - Be unshakeable, Be secure in what your doing, do not allow yourself to talk yourself into veering from your course. No matter how HANGRY we get, no matter how we want to soothe a hurt, pain, feelings and a suck day. Find other ways to soothe than food, a walk, a talk with a friend, a trip to get nails done or a massage, sitting in nature, sitting quietly and reading a book, listening to music, diving into an organizing or cleaning project, exercise, a workout, a self-help video or motivational one, anything that takes the mind off of indulging or treating when a treat is not the best thing right now. Self care and resolve to not let anything move you from your goal. get to the root of what is driving the desire to jump the rails and face it head on. Get a long drink of water, sit with a warm cup of tea, meditate, pray, walk away. Remind yourself what and why you are doing what you are doing and how good it feels on the other side of it. BE UNSHAKEABLE. BELIEVE!! I write this reminder, this cold February morning as much for me as for you. And the rest I wrote was personal to our group.  Support is key and that is truly the foundation of our group.  We have a quick check in once a week and a regular Saturday morning chat where we share about our week, how we are doing, areas that we are doing well in and areas where we struggle.  It's so much more, we have become a family and we support each other in ways that go well beyond making healthy meal choices.  If you want to make healthy changes and join us, I'd love to help.
31.01.2019
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 WOW, WOW, WOW So much to say about this but I'm keeping it brief and providing you with a link that can answer your questions and provide you with more information. I learned about Anthony William the Medical Medium and the benefits of drinking fresh Celery Juice from a friends post.  I almost discarded the idea without looking further into it.  Mostly because the idea of drinking celery juice was not at all appealing to me and also because I thought this may another fad.   But knowing that my friend isn't into fads, is health conscious and does her own thorough research.  And then taking the time read the comments on her post of others who were starting the day with fresh celery juice and following various methods recommended in these books  I was intrigued and decided to dive into a little research myself.  After looking into the Medical Medium, Liver Rescue and Life Changing Foods and scanning through the information and excerpts from the books I downloaded the Medical Medium on Audible and all three books on Kindle and in no time was more than halfway through the first book.   We made a decision a few years ago to live a healthier lifestyle and have been making strides in that direction with our nutrition and exercise.  I also prefer a natural and holistic approach to nutrition and healing and enjoyed reading about Anthony William's journey.   So we decided to give celery juice a try and we are loving it.   We now have a whole new arsenal of healthy recipes to add to our already lengthy list and we have been drinking fresh celery juice first thing in the morning for over three weeks now.   Both John and I are amazed how one simple addition to our morning routine has increased the energy we already have from our shake.  And how the celery juice and the other tips from these books compliment and add a multitude of additional health benefits to an already healthy lifestyle!! This article from the Medical Medium  about the top 21 questions on Celery juice is a great place to start if you want to learn more.  It's a bit long, but in my opinion covers a lot of ground and is totally worth the read.
26.10.2018
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https://www.facebook.com/lindasousa.joyinthejourney/videos/181649059381298/ We are capable of so much more than we think or know. If I never took that first step towards self care a few years ago my life would look a whole lot different today and I sure as heck could never have jumped while doing a burpee, let alone 11 of them in a row as an added challenge at the end of a half hour workout. I would also never known the blessing and joy of serving and mentoring others with their health, lifestyle and business goals. And the grace of helping them tap into their own beauty and greatness. I am so grateful that I have learned to challenge myself and stretch beyond my own self limiting beliefs to bring out my best self, live intentionally, increase my self-knowledge and confidence and walk in my purpose serving others. It didn’t come naturally, I work at it every day because I AM worth it, I was made for a greater purpose. You are too, and if you want to figure out your purpose and tap into your greatness, then we should chat because I can help. 📲
01.09.2018
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Have you ever taken a spontaneous trip or had a little adventure that turned out to be one of the best times ever? That was us celebrating our wedding anniversary in 2015.  We started out with a long weekend at the Cape and had a wonderful side trip for the day to Martha's Vinyard.  Then on Labor day we headed back home with a week off and no specific plan.And as we found out, sometimes those spontaneous vacations are the BEST! This one was for us.  The day after we were back from Cape Cod we had a relaxing morning and slept in and on a whim decided we wanted to go out for a late breakfast and take a drive to the White Mountains even though it was approaching mid day.On our way we found a great place to eat and then headed north. We began and as it turns out ended our day at Lost River, in large part because we got there so late in the day.  We walked and hiked the whole trail taking our time and enjoying every view along the way.  What a blessed trip it was, and what a blessings as I was on a healther journey and because I had been working out was in great shape for all the walking and climbing we did that day.  We spent the whole afternoon there and in fact they close at dusk and we were one of the last to leave.Next came a drive along the Kangamangus Highway, a beautiful stretch through the mountains of New Hampshire with little watering holes and campgrounds along the side of the road that climbs to high elevations and has spectacular viewing places along the way.  Our goal was to catch the sunset at one of the higher viewing levels along the way and to eventually get some dinner since we hadn't had anything but water since our late breakfast. The sunset at one of the lookouts was gorgeous and we spent some time there taking it all in. And being so grateful for God's beautiful creation and that we lived in such close proximity to so many wonderful places.  Instead of turning back to head, we continue to drive the long drive through the Kangamangus all the way around to North Conway.It was close to 9 PM when we got into North Conway. We were hungry and tired and still several hours from home.  And as it turned out noticed that we were driving right by a place we stayed before called Adventure Suites.  Adventure suites is a small fun boutique and Inn style hotel with themed rooms and hot tubs and two person jacuzzis in each room and it is located on the main road in North Conway. We made a spur of the moment decision to stop for the night.  No overnight bags, change of clothes or anything with us.  Neither of us had ever done anything like that before and truth be told it was kind of fun to be able to just walk in and ask if there was a room available.  As it turns out they had several, beginning of the week after labor day, at least for us was a good time to travel. The Innkeeper showed us a few rooms.  We had stayed in the roman and european spa rooms before.  It was a toss up between the Love Shack Suite with its disco, psychedelic theme and Love Shack song booming over the room speakers and the New York New York Penthouse Suite with its own putting green in the room, lady liberty on the deck and the crooning voice of Sinatra singing the theme song.  The putting green won out and without even a change of clothes, toothbrush or deodorant.  All things we found could be purchased at the 7-11 down the road, change of clothes of course excepted.  We ordered dinner from a local restaurant and brought it back to the room to enjoy and followed that up with a relaxing night and soak in our in room jacuzzi tub soothing those sore muscles from all the walking and hiking of the day at Lost River.The next day we continued the spontaneous adventuring and made our way to the Castle in the Clouds and spent a full day walking, exploring and discovering the beauty of estate and of course a delicious lunch.  We took this picture while on our way up the Castle, there are walking trails and spots to take in the views and explore the grounds even before you get to the Castle.  We took in every treasure along the way and that's were we took this picture.   A few weeks ago I was looking at some pictures and thought, how cool, we are celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary this year and we have so many many pictures from our anniversary trips and adventures over the past 7 years so I chose a different one to post as the cover on my facebook page every day.  In doing that, it reminded me of the many many blessings there are in our life together and the gift that my beloved is to me, a true gift from God and one that I cherish, appreciate and am grateful for every day. I also know with all my heart that we make our memories in the way that we live our lives every day and every moment of each day.  We don't need spontaneous trips and aventures to make things special, for me it is having gratitude in my heart for all things, the joys and the challenges, they are all opportunities to grow closer to God and for me to live my purpose and be the woman that I was created to be. But I can't help but also look back at the experiences, the planned, the unplanned and spontaneous an be grateful and thankful for every one. This picture reminded me of one of our most memorable spontaneous anniversary adventures.  And as we celebrate our 7th this year and God willing every one that the good Lord will give us after that I can't help but be excited for what is now and for that which is to come. But I will tell you this, I believe that those memories and moments that we look back upon with fondness and remembrance will always be there an they will always make themselves if while I am in THIS moment I fully focus on being fully present in the moment that I am in right now.  And that is just what I plan to do.   Only God knows what will be there to share in years to come. And that holds true for us all.  My prayer for you today is that your day be filled with grace and blessings and that you are fully present to witness every precious moment.
17.08.2018
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A few years ago I was talking with someone who was very much in to health and nutrition, juicing and making their own natural remedies. We got on the subject of water and he said that "cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment but can thrive in an acidic one". He said he only drinks water with a Ph level of 7 or above and it got me thinking. It also caught my attention because I have a spiritual Father who has for years promoted an alkaline rich diet. So I started to do a bit more research and came to the conclusion that there isn't much scientific data to conclude or make that statement that he made, but there is enough evidence to suggest that keeping a Ph level that is non acidic and more Alkaline contributes to overall better health. And I love my water and have long before I met Ilana and so a few years ago I started making little changes. So if you know me, like my beloved does, you know that I am a water snob. I refuse to drink Dasani and will opt for anything but, I keep Fiji by my bed and I drink it first thing in the morning and at night before I got to bed ( yes, I drink water before bed) and for economical reasons its usually belmont or poland springs. I have no interest in any of these companies by the way, I'm just sharing my routine. And I love ( though I often suffer through drinking it down) my power greens because they not only get me a full plus serving of veggies, that I can drink in an instant, they help maintain an alkaline Ph. My friends food is fuel, water is life, we need both. Make good choices, make the best ones for you, your lifestyle, your nutrition and health needs and goals and of course your budget. My point, dig in, do some research, arm yourself with knowledge and be your own best advocate. I kicked my high diabetic levels to the curb by changing my diet, my routine, adding exercise and changing my lifestyle. If I am not vigilant in keeping up these healthy changes I can be back there in an instant. It is all about making choices. And i's about loving and caring enough about myself to take good and precious care of myself. Because when I make the choices that are mindful and loving to the body I have been given, I am not being selfish I am being self-caring and there is BIG difference. Making the self-caring choices that align with being my best and healthiest self, and taking care of me, means that I am able to serve others, to care for others and do for others in ways I am not able when I'm not at my physical best. When I am at strong in my body, confident in my skin, I am capable of doing so much more. I can serve others and rise to the daughter of God that I was created to be, the woman, the friend, the sister, the leader the student. And being the student this morning I found this quick video thought it was a great way to illustrate the Ph in water. How did I get to this from sharing about what water I drink...... well it's all connected right? And one roles right in to the other, mind, body, soul and spirit.
06.07.2018
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 Flashback Friday...... There is so very much I could say and I think in one post or another I have said it all. I didn't go from having type 2 diabetes and taking 4 metformin pills a day, pills for neuropathy and high cholesterol to reversing my diabetes and NO pills save for allergy controllers by sitting on the sidelines. I didn't go from low self esteem, lack of confidence, a negative and loathing self-image, depression and daily bouts of fear, anxiety and insecurity to woman of courage, confidence, love and joy by sinking deeper into the mire. Instead with every breath I struggled to step out, and with every passing day I learned to manage and overcome the struggle. My faith is what has carried me, it got me through a dark and dangerous time in my life and grace saved me for without it, I KNOW without a doubt that I would not be drawing breath today and here to share this glorious journey with YOU. It's been a long road and the dust is far behind me. But the struggles are not. Grace is I've learned how to navigate the journey with the Jesus leading and guiding the way. And the journey is not only a joy, but a blessing. And today I can not only focus on the inside but the outside to shed the weight that I gained as protection, solace and comfort years ago. It did not come on in one day, and it's not going to go that way either. And I'm good with that because I'm on a journey and I am sharing it with amazing people. Every day and sometimes every moment of every day, I lift my eyes to the heavens and to my Jesus and wrap myself in my faith, for I know that is where my strength comes from. When people notice the weight that I have lost they want to know what I am doing. But most aren't will to make the investment in themselves that I did. And it's all good, because no one can help you if you are not willing to help yourself. But I will always continue to help myself, those that I love and those that want to be helped and those that I serve. So to YOU, who maybe wondering what and how I am making the these lifestyle changes.... read on. I share Jesus and my faith. I drink my shake every day. It has the nutrients of all the fruits and veggies I need. It gives me dense nutrition, vitamins and all that I need to fuel my body that I could never get in the food that is available today unless I was growing it myself. And it tastes like a treat, and sometimes I make it like ice cream and that satisfies my sweet tooth. But the best part is that it keeps up my energy, helps my digestion, curbs my cravings and keeps me full. And it has unexpectedly reduced our grocery bill because it replaces a meal or a snack every day. I eat everything and anything I want, with balance, moderation and mindfulness with my goals in mind. I fluctuate between weight loss mode and maintenance mode and I've learned how to do it without undoing all my good efforts. I keep my body moving and I workout. I don't love working out, but I love the results I get so I do it and I love that I do it. I focus on my mindset, personal growth and personal development and in being and becoming the best version of ME that I was created to be. I remain accountable to myself and to the people I serve and with joy in my heart and joy in the journey provide value, inspiration, motivation and community to help guide them to achieving THEIR goals and discover THEIR own beautiful greatness on THEIR journey to THEIR best life, THEIR best self. Isn't it time YOU got off the sidelines and took a chance on YOU. If no one has told YOU, then let me tell you this: I BELIEVE in YOU. YOU are unique and special There is greatness in YOU YOU are limitless if YOU can get beyond your own limiting self beliefs and I can help you do that YOU can be and do anything you want. YOU can change the narrative of YOUR life, improve YOUR health and do the things YOU dream of YOU are a CHOICEMAKER and I can help YOU figure out the best plan for YOU to achieve YOUR goals. WE get one shot at this life, it is amazing and beautiful and wondrous and filled with blessings, grace, opportunities, challenges and struggles. OUR perception and the way in which we handle those challenges and struggles is what makes the difference. Get off the sidelines, join me and our amazing success group of THRIVERS as together we squeeze out every bit of joy on this fabulous journey.........and yes we enjoy a nice glass of vino along the way too. Click here to join my group
03.07.2018
Joy in the Journey
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Last week it was the chimney this week the tree that went down during the last storm.........our trip to Italy 🇮🇹 and the pool have shifted to the back burner, that’s what happens when unexpected things arise. But you know, it’s all good and we are pretty good at making lemons out of lemonade and finding gratitude in the journey!!!There was a time that my stress level would go through the roof when something unexpected happened and we weren’t financially prepared.We’ve lived the delays in fixing things till we could manage it. Juggling credit cards that were maxed, paying this and holding back that, figuring out how we are going to put gas in the car, keep up with the mortgage, pay for groceries and make ends meet.It’s not easy and if both of us go back to a time before we married, we could share some truly difficult financial times and stories.Thanks be to God we have managed to work things out with a little part time income. It can make a world of difference. Especially when those unexpected expenses come calling.Maybe you can relate, maybe you can’t. What I know is that time is precious and fleeting and having freedom of time and more financial freedom and flexibility than we’ve had in the past reduces my stress level and gives me piece of mind.And I like being my own boss, making my own hours and living a mission that I am passionate about.It’s not easy or for the faint of heart, it takes sacrifice, resourcefulness, consistency and determination to stay the course when your so exhausted you want to throw in the towel. It’s those times I hold on to the freedom we’re experiencing today.Yup, a new chimney and taking down fallen and dead trees isn’t our idea of spending hard earned money on travel or leisure or even the basic necessities, but it’s gotta be done. And how grateful we are that we’re able to do it.Gotta love a side gig, platform and income that allows you to help and mentor others while working on being your best self.I’m always looking to mentor and expand my team but it’s a process, like anything it needs to be the right fit.If you want to chat about it click on this application

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