#173- A She’s Still There Story with Michelle Carter

#173- A She’s Still There Story with Michelle Carter

Today on the podcast I had the pleasure of  chatting with Olympic Gold Medalist, Michelle Carter. With disappointment behind her and obstacles in front of her, Michelle knew 2016 would be the year she would have to activate and walk in her faith. 

She shares what it looked like to act like a gold medalist before she was ever deemed a gold medal.


I appreciate her candor, confidence, and commitment to the goal at hand.  Even though it looked like things weren’t stacked in her favor, she still stepped up and showed up. And that is exactly what she is encouraging us to do today.  


Whether it be maintaining focus, being comfortable in the skin you are in, taking thoughts captive, or simply getting out of the bed and getting dressed in the morning, you have to be intentional in what you do and say. You may not get to choose the outcome of your situations, but you do get to choose your attitude and the effort you put forth to get closer to your goal.

As Michelle shares in the podcast–the words that come out your mouth and the words that you allow to go into your ears matter. So I’m encouraging you to listen as we laugh a little, chat about being honest with ourselves, forgiving ourselves, being comfortable with who we are, and focusing on who we know we need to be.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Gaining and maintaining Focus
  • Activating and walking in Faith
  • Moving past disappointment
  • Body image and being comfortable with you

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What thoughts do you need to take captive? 
  2. What are some ways in which you practically renew your mind? 
  3. How do you maintain focus? What do you need to focus on this week?

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  1. BONNIE J MCCULLOUGH June 9, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Chrystal!
    What thoughts do you need to take captive? So many. Most have to do with purpose. So much of what I think which is not beneficial is reactionary thinking. I will feel I have no control over my thoughts any direction they go. Most times I get caught up in only how I am affected by something or what someone said/did which leads to criticism or complaints over things I cannot control or change. I’ll think nothing will change with ongoing situations and ignore the fact that God is always at work on my behalf because I belong to Him and seek to please Him in spite of my many failings..I can despair or get angry or feel like I am wasting my life away.
    What are some ways in which you practically renew your mind? When successful, typically involves position change, singing, dancing maybe, journal although sometimes that takes a long time and might not have a real turnaround. It does reveal, however, the smallness of my thoughts. Working on affirming something of truth when it doesn’t feel true (e.g. looking grubby and stating, “I’m beautiful. The King’s daughter is all glorious within her chamber” or “This is happening to make me better. I don’t want to miss becoming better. Lord, you have this figured out.” when it is a situation I don’t like. That is a very new tactic that seems to be helping when I can remember to think along these lines.
    How do you maintain focus? What do you need to focus on this week? I have difficulty focusing on things that are only for me-home projects, education, etc. then lament that it isn’t done and I don’t feel ready for the next level of challenge in anything in life. Good days usually involve a list and telling myself, “No!” a million times over to get it done. I am considering creating a Christian affirmations audio/possibly video. The only ones I found had these guys that had strong accents. I pictured them with greasy hands, having just come in from working on the engine of an old Chevy and needing to get a little positive motivation happening before going back to it. 🙂 Still, I found my attitude was better after hearing it.
    Thanks for doing the podcasts. To hear that a gold medalist could have weight or discipline issues is a comfort! Both are areas I am trying to figure out how to navigate to move forward in what’s on my heart.
    How are you doing? .

  2. BONNIE J MCCULLOUGH June 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Another area i struggle in is related to singleness and the desire for intimacy.

  3. BONNIE J MCCULLOUGH June 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Perhaps the last note doesn’t need to be public in that way haha. Forgetting that anyone can see these things I wrote quite a bit.. My apologies for the overage of response!

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