Today is my birthday. Best way to start it is with this amazing man by my side on the beach. We prayed, appreciated the beauty of “The Painter” and kicked off my Project Sahara! Today, I decided to draw a line in the sand _____________ literally. I  made a vow to let go of the ONE thing that was truly holding me back. A promise, to go on a deep inward journey by relying on my inner strength and leaning more into God’s promise. I decided to give this personal project the name Project Sahara because it’s positioning myself in a place of solitude. Walking through my own “desert” that is the natural extension of the inner silence of the body … in order to grow and flourish within the…

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“Free Your Inner Misfit.” Sometimes on the road to self-growth, enlightenment and success … we have to walk alone. However, there’s a difference between walking alone toward something and feeling alone. I wanna ask you. Have you ever felt that you were someone “outside looking in?” For me, this has been an on-again, off-again sentiment throughout my life. Although it never stays for good, it does stays long enough to feel misplaced, which ultimately influences me to go inward and evaluate. Lately, this feeling has been on again. And last week, I took a time out to reflect and journal. During this time, I ended up researching this idea of “outside looking in” to see if there’s anyone else out there feeling the same way. And you guessed it … I’m…

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Have you ever found yourself picking yourself apart in the mirror? From your butt, your stomach, your arms, your legs, your teeth, your laugh lines, your hair … shall I go on? Do you even do this daily? What’s sad, but true, is that most of us don’t consciously even realize the frequency of these negative messages we send ourselves daily. Most of us are so used to them, that we don’t even realize they’re subliminally messing with us our confidence. In short, we women see images that – despite recognizing them as unrealistic, unattainable, and often not even real – we often times aspire to meet them and then suffer when we fail to do so. Between our personal past and the pressure from the unrealistic media images we see constantly this can lead to a poor…

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How Your Friends & Family Influence Your Fitness Journey Operative word here is “influence.” No one can make you gain weight, you ultimately have control. However, we are all human are heavily influenced by those we spend the most time with. I have personally experienced this “influence” not only with working on my nutrition, but when I was trying to quit smoking 10+ years ago. (Can you believe I’m an ex-smoker?! Yuk!) But don’t just take my word for it. British researchers from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, say that social norms can strongly influence the type and amount of food we eat. In other words, if your friends and family think that fast food, processed foods or big bag of chips determines a meal, you’re less likely regularly eat…

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To be a fit #badass is not about being skinny. 🙅🏻 It’s about being HEALTHY and being FIT based on YOUR unique body shape, goals, and genes. Other people can inspire you, but don’t compare yourself to them. They had a unique journey, and so do YOU! Confession time. Oh boy, did I used to compare myself to other people! I would pick myself apart. And I still need to remind myself not to. I’ve always hated the fact that I will always have cellulite and that my biggest problem area is my lower abs and outer hips. Can you say #greekgirl, anyone?! I’ve had to work SUPER HARD to get where I am today (have you seen my before photos?) And until I really worked on my inner strength, all…

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