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#021 -Do Your Homework

We all understand the importance and necessary progression of going to class, looking and listening to the teacher, practicing new material, studying for exams, and taking tests.

Life is a classroom. These concepts still apply.

Many people just meander through their lives instead of taking the time to learn from others, integrate new information, and adequately prepare for the hard places.

Today, I share this concept with you in addition to sharing resources that can serve as a teacher, a place to practice, or helpful information to get you ready for various seasons in your life.
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We don’t have to go through life on a whim.

We  shouldn’t tackle things as they come up. Deal with problems as they arise. Wrestle with circumstances as we run into them.

There is a better way.

Today I share a list of resources that have helped me on my life’s journey.

 

By |August 18th, 2014|Family, Podcast|0 Comments

Faith & Fun Friday – Mercy

Last year, I met a local running group early in the morning.

As usual, I was one of the slower ones in the group.

Well actually… I was THE slowest one.

A sweet lady named Linnette made it her business to run with me even though I moved a little slower than her pace.

We got in six miles.

I totally would have understood if she would have decided to leave me… after all it was her morning run too.

I’m sure she was trying to max out her own workout and get in her own miles at her own pace..

But she stuck with me.

Not only that, but she helped distract me from the struggle of my own run by pleasantly chit-chatting here and there during our time together.

Blessed are the merciful...

Small acts of kindness.

Small mercies.

Small gifts of grace.

I can’t say that I’ve always done the same.

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#020 – Be PREPARED

In case you didn’t get the memo, my blog was hacked a couple of weeks ago.  I didn’t write or podcast last week as a result.

I’ve missed ya’ll!

But the hacking experience taught me something… as did the ten-mile run I went on yesterday.

Being PREPARED matters.

We can have the best of intentions but our preparation, or lack thereof, can make or break the life that we get to experience.

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So many of us go through life on a whim.

We tackle things as they come up. Deal with problems as they arise. Wrestle with circumstances as we run into them.

There is a better way.

Don’t ask me how I know.

 

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Join me for today’s chat by clicking  “play” at the top of this post or via iTunes or Stitcher.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

“Be PREPARED”

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By |August 11th, 2014|Faith, Podcast|3 Comments

Faith & Fun Friday – Content

I went running this morning.

It was another slow run.

I watched wistfully as other runners blazed past me.

The run is called the “Starbucks 5 @ 5″.  The idea is that you come out to run five miles and then, after about an hour, you are done.

I ran three.

I chose to run three miles because there was another girl who only wanted to run three miles and if I didn’t run with her then both she and I would be by ourselves.  It was 5:00 a.m. and still dark outside.  Not good to run alone.

So I stuck with her.

For a while,  I lamented the fact that even if I wanted to run with the five-milers and be apart of the group, I wouldn’t have been able to.

I found myself dissatisfied, frustrated, and discontent.

I know you may be thinking… “Chrystal! Get it together! You were outside running when most of the people you know […]

By |August 1st, 2014|Faith|28 Comments

#019 – Polish the Diamond

I promised you last week that I’d have a chat with a fitness friend of mine, but between her schedule and mine we couldn’t make it happen.

I’m happy to say that we got our act together this week!

Meet Bobbie… my “cute and fine” friend.

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I love her.

She is spunky.  She is fun.  She is super encouraging.

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And super positive about any person’s ability to change their life, one day at a time.

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As we close out the month of July and, with it, our theme of celebration, I thought it appropriate to discuss how to celebrate YOU on the last day.

If you are anything like me, normally words describing my body and the word celebration don’t go together in the same sentence. But my fitness friend believes those […]

#018 – Single and Satisfied

It’s the last Monday in July and we are closing out our theme of “Celebration”.

I introduced you to my friend Michelle last week when she came over to help me make Garden Vegetable Soup

Join me this week for a fun (and sometimes silly) conversation with my long-time friend where we discuss her life as a single and satisfied woman who is choosing everyday to enjoy her journey.

When I think about a person who lives life fully, I think about Michelle.

She has chosen to make her life an adventure and I always am inspired to live outside the box after talking to her.

I think you will be too.

Single and Satisfied

I have friends who are married who wish they were single.

I have friends who are single who wish they were married.

It seems as though so many people are on one side of […]

By |July 28th, 2014|Fun, Podcast|16 Comments

Garden Vegetable Soup

I’ve been friends with Michelle for 25 years. She has been with me through thick and thin. She’s seen me at my best and my worst and she’s still around.

She’s lived in another state for awhile and has made her way back to Texas for a short stay in between jobs. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to hang out in the flesh.

I think we get that our friendship is worth coming up with any good reason to be around each other.

She has gone running with me.

I’ve taken her to the new little “taco shack” I discovered.

We’ve upped our text messages to each other.

And we’ve recently decided to hold each other accountable with our eating.

So, we went grocery shopping to load up her fridge and mine with lots of food for our day of marathon cooking.

One of the dishes we made was Garden Vegetable Soup by Alton […]

#017 – Make Meals and Movement Memorable

What are you doing to lose weight?

I got that question about seven times yesterday at church.

My answer is always the same.

Eat less and move more.

That’s all it is people.

But I have been guilty in the past of eating less, moving more, reaching my goal, and then gaining the weight back.

I’ve been in a fight with the #fatdemon for most of my life.

Surely I’m not by myself.

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Losing weight has been a theme in my life…. seriously.

And if I’m honest, most of that process has had absolutely nothing to do with me being celebratory about the process.

Suffering would be a better word choice actually.

Misery may work too.

But what I’m realizing is that we start and continuing  doing things that have a positive association for us.

We do things that have something in it for us.

I’m learning that when I […]

Faith & Fun Friday – Simple

Almost a year ago, I had a small group of women meeting in my home.

We were doing a six week Bible study and each week the ladies drove on that windy road to get to my place with Bibles and food in hand.

We had a good time studying God’s Word together and eating getting to know one another better.

There were about 8 to 10 of us meeting on any given study night and we sat around on one of my couches or chairs, got comfortable and chatted.

During our time, one of the girls noticed that I was always adjusting and moving our sectional.  It is a second hand sofa that was an answer to prayer.  I literally asked God to give me a couch like this and not soon after, I saw this couch on the front of neighbor’s lawn for $100.  I was grateful for this couch so […]

By |July 18th, 2014|Faith|30 Comments

Follow the Yellow Lines

broken yellow linesI live on a rural road.  The kind of road where there are absolutely no street lights.  The road is black.  Headlights are great but bright lights are even better.

One night as I drove home, well after the sun had gone down, I realized that even with my brights on, I could only see about five to seven of those yellow lines.

You know.

The lines that keep you on your side of the street and that give you guidance as you drive.

As I approached a curve, I realized that those five to seven yellow lines gave just enough warning for me to know that I needed to bend my wheel slightly to the right to stay on the asphalt.   That small shift in the yellow lines was clearly marked.  But I only saw it because my eyes were on the […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Faith|10 Comments
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