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2020 – The Year for Self-Care

Self-care. We all need it. Yet, few of us really make time for it. Me included. The funny thing is, when we don’t take time for self care, things tend to happen that make us take the time to take care of ourselves. I’ve come to believe, that’s what 2020 is all about. With COVID, renewed awareness of racial disparities & rioting, polarized politics, and the natural disasters, like when our acreage caught the northern edge of the derecho that tore through the Midwest on August 10, 2020, we need self-care more than ever. Ask, and ye shall receive I’ve

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Finding Freedom in Praying Often, Eating Well & Moving More

July’s theme is Freedom. When I think of Freedom, many things come to mind. Obviously, I think of the 4th of July and the birth of our nation as we declared our independence over 200 years ago. (Not forgetting changes we still need to make to ensure freedom for all.) I also think of the Freedom we find when we fuel and move our body, mind and spirit according to God’s design by praying often eating well and moving more. Finding Freedom in Food Earlier this month, I ran a free Eat Well to Feel Well 5 Day Challenge in

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What Growing Closer to God Does for Your Health

June’s theme is Grow. This week, the focus is Growing Closer to God and how that affects your health. I did a similar article last year titled, Why Spirituality Needs to be Your #1 Health Habit. This article will dive into some of the chemistry (don’t let that scare you off!) behind why God designed us to be close to him. And what do I mean by chemistry? I’m talking about hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemicals our body makes that govern our health. I could just say God commands us to stay close to him. Hence the 1st biblical truth

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Open to Change by Eating Seasonally

May’s theme is all about being open. Flowers are opening up, on Mother’s Day we were reminded of how Mary’s openness to God let him change not only her world, but the entire world – forever! Participants of the 6-week Pray. Eat. Move. Transforming YOU! Program are in week 4 and it’s all about Eating Well. So I thought it would be a good time to share about how easy it is to be open to changing our food choices by eating seasonally. Some of you may still be wondering why I don’t offer a ‘1.2.3. just eat this’ or

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Finding Trust Through Love

Trust. It’s been a tough 4 weeks for all of us. Change, quarantine & uncertainty shaking our routines up. Those routines we’ve come to trust, like work, school, family & friend gatherings, how we get food, how we move our bodies and how we pray. With it being Good Friday, I can’t help but think Jesus, the apostles and other disciples must’ve felt their trust waiver too-probably more so. As one to look for solutions, I am drawn to what Jesus did and how we can model his behavior during this time. WWJD? You may think, “What?!?! Jesus was brutally

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Trusting God as we Move into Holy Week

Boy am I glad March’s theme was Letting Go and April’s is Trust. I like to send my email subscribers a newsletter at the end of the month, but it just didn’t happen-for the second month in a row…. Not what I want for my subscribers. I like to keep my promises, but it is my reality, right now. I was waiting for the final touches to a big announcement to share with them, but was having technical issues. (I’ll share more next week!!!) And while it’s still not “perfect,” I’m trusting it will all be OK. I’m also trusting

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Letting Go…Dusting Ourselves Off to Let Our Light Shine

Totally fessing up here. Try as I might, it’s been tough to pray often, eat well & move more this week. I’ve been swept up in going from one public health website to another and then back again–just in case something changed… While it’s prudent to be informed, I realized all this fact-finding was eating away at my prayer time, eroding my trust in God. This, in turn, causing a domino effect in my productivity, creativity, connectivity as well as my eating, movement and sleeping patterns! I was letting my light dim. Here’s how I’m dusting off all the stuff

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Navigating the Winds of Change by Praying Often, Eating Well & Moving More

Change…. It can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but can become downright stressful when it’s been thrust upon us as quickly as things have changed over the last week. It’s hard to know where to start or what you can do when so much is out of our control. Getting back to the basics of praying often, eating well & moving more are among the best things we can do to help us bounce back from most anything life throws our way. Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,

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Physical Ways to Let Go….

There are so many ways to let go of things, ideas, thoughts, emotions, limiting beliefs, past hurts, regrets and the list goes on and on and on… Last week, I shared one way to become aware of what you need to let go of and how to place God at the helm in letting go by using JOY as your compass. As physical beings, in a physical world, experiencing life with physical senses, sometimes we need physical ways to let go, too. Let’s explore a few that have and have not worked for me. Prayer Box I read about this

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Letting GO! Step-by-Step Approach to Let Joy be Your Compass

Can you believe it’s March already!?! Crazy! The winds of change are in the air. Literally as the upper 2/3 of Iowa is in a Wind Advisory today, and figuratively during the season of Lent. As an RN, health coach and child of God, I recognize the importance of letting go to allow space for all the goodness God has to offer. But sometimes the thought of letting go can stir up feelings of fear, doubt, possible regret or dread. Any kind of change can be hard. Even when we know the things we want to let go of are

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