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One Word Concept, Focus

on the areas God has given me

My one WORD concept –  FOCUS 2017

The reason I choose the word, Focus is because the way my mind works is that  I can be going in a hundred directions at one time and sometimes feel like I don’t even know where I am headed or even what did I get accomplished.  Then I put a ton of pressure on myself if I don’t please everyone.  Seriously, I have been a pleaser for too long and God has spoken very clear on who I should seek my approval from.  I found this verse that God is using to keep my mind focus on HIM, His truth and I have no need to be ashamed of my passions, gifts and talents who God has designed within  me to BE.  

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15

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Here are a few areas of my LIFE that needs Focus and Intentionally.  

 

If I live intentionally, being true to my own personality, serving out of my God-given giftedness and calling, I no long feel a need to envy anyone else’s career, marriage, ministry, talents, or missions.  (The Intentional Women, study)

 

Focus on my relationship with Jesus Christ, through Scripture Writing and fellowshipping with other women in biblical community through bible study.

 

Focus on my marriage, “Soul Care” and honoring my husband.

 

Focus on being intentional with my three children, Isabella, Isaiah and Illianna  and teaching them to create a heart of obedience for the Lord.

 

Focus on my TEAM Body & Soul coaches, God has hand picked these amazing people to serve with me on this journey. I am focusing  more personal development so I am able to lead my coaches more abundantly efficient and healthy coaches.   As an entrepreneur, I want to continue to GROW a successful business which provides an income for my family and builds a legacy of health and fitness to my children.

 

Focus on my FIT Sisters and myself, who I am so passionate about helping them to gain more confidence and take back their body of hone God.  Equip, teach and guide them to become more physically and spiritually FIT. Self care is a beautiful thing!

 

Focus on serving others more in my community.  I would like to Launch a new service project for the homeless in Colorado Springs called  #Hashtaglunchbag.  

 

Focus on building more biblical community from my front porch. Loving my neighbors and sharing Jesus with them all.  Living life with others through the good, the bad and the ugly.

 

Without Jesus and allowing him to be my power source, I am not sure where my life would be now.  So I don’t take things for granted as much as I have done in the past.  Sin is real, life is hard, and we learn from our mistakes daily and by the grace of God.    

 

“The Lord is fighting for you, you need to only be still.”  Exodus 14:14

It’s time for me to listen, focus and be intentional on the areas God has given me.  

Remember, that praying for God’s direction will help you to determine what one word He is placing on your heart.  Always, allow Him to lead!  Once God has given you your word share it with others, find biblical scripture that brings additional meaning to it, and meditate on it daily to bring clarity and direction to how God is working in your life.

To learn more about how to discover your ONE WORD, CLICK HERE!

 

Joyfully, Shanna

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Personal Development Suggestions

 

Here’s a list of suggested Personal Development books. ALWAYS have a book you are reading CURRENTLY and one you plan to read next. DO NOT MISS A SINGLE DAY of PD (Personal Development)!  There’s a reason it’s one of our 4 Vital Behaviors! These books are not listed in any order of importance. Scroll through and pick ones that call out to you!  Most of these should be available on Amazon where you can read a brief synopsis about each one before ordering.

 

 

Struggling with your Faith:

The Bible

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

You were Made for a God-Sized Dream by Hollie Gerth

Famous in Heaven and at Home by Michelle Myers

 

Struggling with your Marriage:

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Fully Alive by Dr. Larry Crabb

 

Struggling with Confidence:

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Unlimited by Jillian Michaels

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

 

Struggling with Time Management:

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

PUSH by Chalene Johnson (www.30daypush.com)

 

Struggling with Leadership:

Girl Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis

Developing the Leader Within by John Maxwell

Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey

The Go-Giver Leader by Bob Burg

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John Maxwell

People Follow You  by Jeb Blount

 

Struggling with Nutrition and Challenge Groups:

Eat Clean Recharged by Tosca Reno

Made to Crave by Lysa Turkeurst

 

Struggling with Understanding the Business:

Go Pro by Eric Worre

Rock Your Network Marketing Business by Sarah Robbins

The Go-Giver Sells More by Bob Burg

Go for No by Richard Fenton

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

The flip-flop CEO by Janine Finney and Lory Muirhead

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

 

Struggling with Connecting to People:

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The Go-Giver Expanded Edition by Bob Burg

 

Struggling with Consistency and Achieving Your Goals:

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

 

Books from Beachbody Trainers and Nutritionist

The Big Picture by Tony Horton

SuperLife by Darin Olien

Push Goal by Chalene Johnson

 

PODCAST – Download on iTunes

The Chalene  Show

Build Your Tribe

Under Ten Fitness

Rise, Dave & Rachel Hollis

 

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  Team Body & Soul Calendar for PD

January –  The 12 Week Year

February- Eat That Frog

March-  Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

April- How to Win Friends and Influence People

May-  Go Giver (any of the three)

June-  Slight Edge

July-  The Gifts of Imperfection

August-  The Flip Flop CEO

September-  The Entreleadership

October- Start with WHY

November- The Magic of Thinking Big

December- Famous in Heaven and at Home

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Just Breathe, Tips for a Stressless Christmas

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The holiday season is the most joyous time of the year!  But, is it really?  Is it really a time of joy?  Have we taken the “joy” out of what this season should be?  Are we taking time to reflect?  It is the end of the year.  Remember last January when you were setting your goals for the year?  Well, here it is December!  Did you accomplish all of those goals?  Are you trying your hardest to achieve something that at this point is just not realistic?  Do you have crazy long lists from every member of your family with an outrageous amount of stuff that they want for Christmas?  Do you feel the pressure to make sure none of them are disappointed when it’s time to unwrap presents?  How about your baking?  Have you started yet?  And, that big Christmas dinner?  Is your menu planned and your grocery list ready?  Oh yeah, the parties!  You must have new outfits for the parties!  

Stress!  It’s real!  And, we are great at giving life to stress!  Why?  It’s called pressure.  We feel the pressure coming at us at all angles.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Yes, I said it!  STOP!  

A couple of weeks ago my daughter was performing in her high school play.  It was more of a variety show.  They titled the production, “Just Breathe”.  It was loosely based on the contemporary Christian hit by Johnny Diaz of the same name.

“Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor

It’s off to the races everybody out the door

I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life

Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can

Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand

So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life

It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day”

 

Can you relate to these lyrics?  I know I can!  It’s my life on a daily basis.  I am a working mom and wife who has a lot on her plate daily and I know each of you do also.  And, it seems like this time of year it’s only compounded.  Does it have to be?  The answer to this question is not an easy one.  Yes, it’s the holiday season and the expectations for all of us are higher than most other times of the year.  But, what I want to tell you now is “Just Breathe”

“When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel You say

Just Breathe, just breathe

Come and rest at My feet

And be, just be

Chaos calls but all you really need

Is to just breathe”

Sounds simple, right?  It really can be simple if we take time to breathe, to reflect, and to meditate on the true joy that comes with the season.  It’s also time to set different expectations for ourselves, our families and our friends.  If you are willing to take the first step in making a change, then I believe everyone around you will feel the release of the pressure that really is consuming us all.

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I would like to give you just a few simple ideas to help you manage your stress level this holiday season as you begin to just breathe.

 

  1. Set a Spending Budget

And stick with it!  Although spending money during the holiday season is unavoidable, you can control how much you spend. Some of the stress you feel over the holidays may have a lot to do with financial pressure. To help prevent stress over money, plan ahead, review your finances, and come up with a realistic budget for gifts. Buying gifts shouldn’t affect your ability to pay your bills, nor should it result in costly credit card debt.

Don’t let others pressure you into spending more than you can afford. Using a credit card is tempting, but it can also complicate matters. It might take several months or years to lower the balance. Decide on a maximum amount and stick to that budget. You can also get creative and think of gift ideas that don’t involve money. A friend or family member might appreciate the gift of time better than an actual item.  Also, don’t feel obligated to buy a gift for everyone!  

  1. Exercise

When you’re running around during the holiday season, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. What you may not realize, however, is that being active can elevate your mood and help you cope with stress.

Exercise and other types of physical activity stimulate the production of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are brain chemicals that function as a natural painkiller. They can trigger a positive feeling in the body, boosting mood and reducing feelings of anxiety and stress.

Understandably, you might be busy and have little time for physical activity during the holidays. However, it doesn’t take much time to maintain a calm mental state. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a minimum of three times each week. Find an activity that works for you and your lifestyle.

  1. Keep things Simple

The holiday season is particularly stressful when you have too much on your plate. This might be the case if you’re welcoming out-of-town guests and hosting family festivities. You don’t necessarily have to cancel your plans, but make sure you’re not setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to do everything yourself. Get your family involved and delegate. Know your limitations and learn how to say “no.”

  1. Take Time for Yourself and Breathe

Setting aside time for yourself is another great way to cope with stress during the holidays. With so much happening, you might not have a moment alone.  But, if you start your day out with quiet time with GOD and reflection focusing your mind and your heart on your most important relationship you will feel a peace and a calm that will boost you with the energy you need to get through each day.  Doing activities you enjoy, especially with your family and loved ones can help you gain the joy that sometimes goes missing during this season.

  1. Make Wise Choices

Remember you cannot do it all.  You have to choose what truly is important to you and your family.  A suggestion might be to create a calendar and decide which days you will allow to be “busy” and which days you want to truly focus on “joy”.  

I want to truly wish you a joyous holiday season filled with spirit of Christmas!  Remember to Just Breathe!

Joyfully,  Shanna

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What are your Non-Negotiables?

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Taking care of me is a non-negotiable.

 

There are several non-negotiables in my life that I take seriously.  What exactly is a non-negotiable?  It’s something that is not open for discussion or modification.  Non-negotiables are prioritized and they are not compromised.  They are ideas or objections that are set in stone.  To ensure you maintain balance and stability in life you have to set non-negotiables for yourself and it’s important that your family and your friends understand what they are, not only for the value you place on them but also for accountability.   

 

Some of us may set more non-negotiables for ourselves than others.  That’s okay because they truly represent who we are and what we expect from ourselves and what others should expect from us.  You may also have to prioritize your non-negotiables, especially if you have many, however, keeping in mind that if it’s a non-negotiable then it has to happen.  They are not something you can put off for tomorrow or next week.  They are part of who you are!

 

One non-negotiable I have is taking care of me!  My physical body, my mind, my spirit, my overall well-being is my biggest priority.  It’s an area of my life that is not open for discussion.  I will take care of me daily because I know I am a better person when I am healthy.  It’s not just exercise and nutrition, which are very important to me, but taking care of my spirit by keeping a focused relationship with Jesus Christ is my main motivator.  I know from experience that when I do not put this relationship before all others then I am not the person God has intended me to be.  You see, I can’t be me unless God is with me.  My daily prayer life, worship, and quiet time reading His word and taking guidance and direction from Him is what allows me to be the passionate woman that He has created me to be.  Yes, I am passionate about health, fitness and nutrition.  I know my passions come from God because He has revealed them to me.  I put 100% in just about everything I do.  This body I have, well, it’s was a gift and I was given the responsibility of taking care of it.  I mean, God dwells within me.  He is living inside of my body.  Why would I not want to take care of it?  It’s non-negotiable!  Taking care of me also includes daily exercise, healthy and nutritious eating habits, personal development, and community with other like-minded people who love me for who I am.

 

I am the type of person who has many non-negotiables.  I am an overachiever but not perfect  so I don’t think anyone would be surprised that I hold myself accountable for many different areas in my life.  Following are a few examples of other non-negotiables that are who I am and what YOU can expect from me:

 

-I keep my word and my commitments

-I follow through

-I hold true to my values

-I focus on ensuring I provide my family with health and nutrition guidance

The bottom line>> Jesus first, then my health, then try to the best wife, mom and friend to others.

 

When you feel great about you, your mind takes you to a new level of confidence and awareness. Trust me, this did not come naturally for me.  Four years ago,  I was unhealthy, and lacked the confidence as wife and mom.  And I did not any of these  non-negotiables placed in my life.  This is something that has evolved over time and it’s the compound effect.  Doing these non-negotiables over a period of time.  Am I perfect?  NO way!  Do I make mistakes?  Yes everyday!  The key is I have committed to a group of women in my Body & Soul Virtual Gym to work on my “SELF CARE”.  I have committed to exercising and following  one of our Beachbody Fitness programs each month.  Our fitness community helps me to stay aligned with the non-negotiables in my life.   Did you know that most people who share their goals with someone else are  more likely to achieve them versus someone that keeps it to themselves?   When others know.. YOU are less likely to QUIT on yourself.  When people believe in you, you will start BELIEVING in yourself as well.  

 

Ecclesiastes 5:4-7  (NIV)

“4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.”

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In this together, Joyfully!

Shanna

 

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Be The Person

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Have you ever held onto something someone said to you or did to you and allowed it to AFFECT you for years and years?

I want to share with you about why some of my passions are more intentional or more over the top than others.  And, why during this new season of life, it is important to me to be authentically and intentionally in the lives of others.    

I will never forget when I decided to get back involved in the local church when I was in my mid-twenties. I started attending Houston’s FBC’s singles ministry program.  I was ready to make some new friends, who were single like me, and who were walking with the Lord. I was at a point in my life when I needed community, and to be at a place where I felt like I belonged.  I did not grow up in Houston so I was not known by many of the others there.  There are two incidents that happened during my time in this singles department.   I remember walking into a huge room, for the first time, not knowing a single person there and everyone was talking among their friends and having a good time.  There I was feeling–unwanted, unimportant, scared, and literally out of my comfort zone!  I was standing there by myself with no one to talk to.  None of the others were reaching out to me, welcoming me or even acknowledging me.  I truly felt like an outsider.   A few months later, in August 1997, I decided to attend a church retreat at Glorietta in New Mexico.  Again, hoping to make some new friends.   I drove up with two girls who I wanted to get to know better.  We hung out together for parts of the retreat but not really connecting or engaging in any deep conversations with each other. On the way home I sat in the back seat listening to these two girls talk about their lives.  Neither of them even attempted to include me in the conversation or ask questions about me and my life, not ONCE.  I felt invisible!  The whole drive home I felt lonely!  I went home and cried like a baby.  

These two similar occurrences affected me for years.  I remember thinking to myself that I never want to be a person who would ever make someone else feel like I did.  I have always been a social person so to feel excluded was really uncomfortable for me.  I made a decision at that moment that I would always “Be the Person” who would make others feel invited, welcome, and included.  I took this opportunity to reverse the pain I was feeling to ensure others would not experience the same pain I did.  Not at church, not in my home, not in small groups, not at the park, not at school, not at work…NO where!  Yes, I would share love with everyone!     

Fast forward…20 years!  My passion is to love others and to be very intentional if I see someone new at my church, at my kids school, at the park, or wherever I am to introduce myself and make them them feel welcome.  On many occasions I have exchanged phone numbers and have connected people I have met with someone else who may have a common interest with them.  And, at times I have even found some people who have become really amazing CLOSE  friends!  All it takes is me introducing myself, saying hello, and letting them know they are welcome. In bible study classes I have invited someone new to sit at my table, breaking the ice to let them know again they are welcome.

 

#BeBrave and of #GoodCourage because the Lord is with you! #LiveRight before men and #WorkHard unto the Lord!-4

As a Christian, we all share posts on social media about being kind, compassionate, showing mercy, loving others and so much more!  Let’s put these words into ACTION.  As parents, we know that it is not natural for everyone to be outgoing, inviting or welcoming to others,  I get that.  My daughter was very shy in Kindergarten and she didn’t speak to anyone except her friend who was more bold and outspoken.  This friend would do my daughter’s speaking for her.  Our responsibility as parents is to teach our children to include others, lift up each other, invite others to sit by them in the lunchroom or at a table in bible study or class.  We also need to help our children to feel more confident and bold.  God made us all different but through His love and His word we are given strength to be courageous.  Unfortunately, we live in a world where not everyone is a Christian.  Our world is made up of broken people and we are not always nice and kind to each other.  We are surrounded by people who can make us stronger or they can tear us down.  We can let past incidents stop us from growing or from moving forward.  Or we can use the power of the Holy Spirit to break through the worldly expectations and share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone we encounter.  Let’s be intentional about what we have been commissioned to do. Let’s “Be the Person” that can help change the world.

I am far from perfect in this area, but I do have reminders that are always on alert of what others are feeling or thinking when it comes to being NEW to a church, school, or neighborhood.  I want people to feel loved and welcome.  We don’t have to be BFF’s (even though some will become that).  I truly want us as parents to teach our children to be the kids who intentionally include the new student, who smile more, who say “Hi” to the lonely classmate that struggles making friends.  Yes, let’s encourage our kids to make a difference in the life of someone by showing a little kindness that could lift an attitude or change a heart.  Believe me, this is real.  There are a lot of kids who are lost, lonely and struggling who need to feel loved.

We WILL make a difference by putting our social media words into ACTION as much and as often as we can!  

Be the Person to say Hello!

Be the Person to Welcome others!

Be the Person to Smile more!

Be the Person to ask How are you doing?

Be the Person to Invite a person to sit with you at lunch.

Be the Person to Include others.

Be the Person to Listen.

Be the Person to Break the ice and introduce yourself.

Be the Person to Wave across the street to a new neighbor.

Be the Person to Help someone with their locker lock.

Be the Person to ……………………………………..

Joyfully,

Shanna