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Goal DATE with KIDS

IMG_0818The Corum Crew is starting a NEW Tradition in 2016!  We have decided to take each child out with us alone so we can reflect on the past year, set goals for the year ahead and give them feedback on areas we would like to help them grow in >>> Spiritually, Physically, Academically, and Financially. It’s hard to get one-on-one quality time with each of my 3 kids, who are very different, to be able to sit down, in a calm way, and discuss important life principles, unless I am intentional about it.  It’s too easy to fall into the trap of doing things through discipline or in a rushed way.  


Our GOAL date will change that!.  Here’s to fresh starts and new beginnings.


We allow the kids to pick a place for us to discuss these goals.  As you can see in the picture above, Isabella likes coffee.  I use a Passion Planner Roadmap  that helps to map out your goals and put pen to paper in ACTION.  


Here are 8 steps that we go over to map our goals:



Set a timer for five minutes. For the next five minutes, imagine that this piece of paper is magical; whatever you write in it will come true within the designated time frame. Think of it as a wish list describing your ideal life. Ask yourself,

“If I could have anything, be anything, or do anything, what would it be?”

This also can be called brain dumping.  You do not need to be realistic, just write!   Start DREAMING… and allow your kids to explore and SHARE.  I was blown away of hear my daughter’s dream.  These moments are priceless.

Ready. Set. Go.

  1. Prioritize

Time’s up! Now set the timer for 1 minute. Go back and for each of the four sections, circle one goal that would have the MOST positive impact on your life.


These are the four goals that you are going to prioritize. Think of them as the most important destinations in your life right now. Now we are going to create a Passion Plan to map out how to get there. A Passion Plan is a mind map that visually breaks down your goals into steps that are Specific,  Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Time Bound.

  1. Create your first passion plan

Your Passion GameChanger is the goal that would have the most positive impact on your life right now. Write this goal down in the blank box below. If you are unsure of what to write, simply write the goal circled under your three month section. Set your timer for five minutes. Write down as many necessary steps you must take or tasks you must compete to get you to your goal; the more detailed the better. Connect each step to the middle box with a line (see example).

  1. Add specifics

Assign due dates for each of these tasks by estimating the amount of time needed to complete them. Be specific and be sure to indicate how much, how many, or by when.

  1. Create a timeline

Look over each task and write the number “1” next to the one that must be completed first. Add a number “2” next to the second task, and so on until all tasks are numbered.

  1. Make a date

Now write these tasks in the corresponding due dates in your weekly layout. Throughout the year, use these as checkpoints to keep you on track.

  1. Work at it!

For this goal, strive to do at least one productive thing every day before 10 AM to get you closer to your goal. Consistency is key: if you skip a day, be sure to make up for it the next day.

  1. Repeat

Repeat this process for as many goals as you’d like.


Teaching our kids how to set goals for themselves at an early age is important to their future success.  I want my kids to start dreaming about their futures now.  God has a plan for each of us, including our children.  By establishing objectives and meditating on these desires during our prayer time we will have a better understanding if our goals are in-line with God’s plans for us.  This is what I want my children to understand.  A Goal Date is a fun and interactive way to talk seriously about making plans and figuring out what desires our kids have for their life.  It’s important for me to know what ambitions my kids have for themselves now so that my husband and I can help them to accomplish their goals and we can also include these in our own quiet time with God.   

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S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting


A  S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Goal Setting

Have you decided that it’s time to make a change but aren’t sure how to get started? Or have you already set more goals for yourself than you care to admit-but keep failing to reach them?

It’s time for a new way of thinking. Change your MINDSET, and see how many Goals you can push through!! This is what I want to talk about this month.  It’s a New Year and time for a New Way of thinking.  Last year, I missed several goals.  As I reflect back on them I realize I did not follow these steps that I want to share with you.

This year will be different.  I have my Passion Planner  ready for ACTION. See that’s the deal, putting pen to paper is a MUST.  Period!  Click Here for Referral.  Then sharing your goal with someone who will Encourage you to complete these GOALS is also important.  As I start out the year, I look at four to five areas of my life:  Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Family and Business.  I try to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal for each one. Then, I will create my number one PUSH GOAL from these.   Chalene Johnson is my mentor for goal setting and establishing my PUSH GOAL.  You can listen to her podcast  How to WORK your Daily Plan?  and create a system that works for YOU!   You are the only ONE that can achieve your goals.  No one else can do it for you.

Here is an example for a Physical GOAL, following S.M.A.R.T.!

No matter how big or small your goal-whether it’s losing 5 or 50 pounds, walking a mile or running your first marathon-making change requires planning and S.M.A.R.T. goal setting.

Follow these guidelines to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and you will be surprised at what you can do:

  1. Specific. Your goal should be clear and easy to understand.
    • A common goal, “get healthy,” is too general. There are so many ways to get healthy. How do you want to do it? Is it losing weight? Start exercising? Stop smoking? Break it down and it will be easier to manage.
    • Let’s pick weight loss and make a S.M.A.R.T. goal out of it together. For example, “I will lose weight.”
  2. Measurable. A goal to “lose weight” is not enough. How will you track your progress and how you will know when you have reached your goal? Making your goal measurable means adding a number.
  3. Attainable. Before you can add a number, you have to know how high or low you want to go. It’s good to ‘shoot for the stars’, but don’t be too extreme. Likewise, a goal that is too easy is also not very motivating. Only you know your limits.
    • Let’s take our goal above. What percentage is attainable for you? Research suggests that a 5-10% weight loss is attainable for most overweight people.
    • A measurable, attainable goal could be, “I will lose 7% of my body weight.”
  4. Relevant. Set goals that are important to where you are in your life right now. Don’t set a goal that someone else is pressuring you to attain-that isn’t very motivating.
    • Examine our goal so far. Does it seem relevant to you? If so, let’s keep going. If you are not concerned about weight loss or this is not a good time in your life to focus on that, choose something that IS motivating to you.
  5. Time-bound. Include an end-point. Knowing that you have a deadline motivates you to get started.
    • Since healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week, set your deadline accordingly. For our example we can use 3 months. “I will lose 7% of my body weight in 3 months.”

Now we have a S.M.A.R.T. goal! With a goal like this, it’s a good idea to set a few more action-oriented S.M.A.R.T. goals so that you have a game plan. Here are a few examples:

  • I will walk 5 days every week for 30 minutes each.
  • I will drink water instead of soda every day this week.
  • I will bring my lunch to work instead of eating out 4 days this week.

Becoming a better version of you starts by being S.M.A.R.T. and it starts today!  Don’t let another day of this new year pass by without setting your goals.  We all know how quickly a year can go by and if we haven’t taken the time to establish meaningful objectives for ourselves to accomplish within the year then we are simply coasting.  I assure you that you will feel better about yourself a year from now when you are reflecting back on 2016 and you are able to evaluate your accomplishments.  Are we going to hit every goal we set for ourselves?  Maybe not, but if we have a focus and we are working everyday, passionately, about what we want to achieve then we stand a much better chance of feeling successful.  It’s truly about commitment which means to make a dedicated pledge to follow through everyday–whether is good, bad or ugly–you follow through!

This is why I choose to focus on areas in my life (Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Family and Business) that I can set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound goals for.  If you don’t know where to start then let’s get together!   I would love to walk this journey with you!  

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Find your TRIBE, New Coaches


Reflecting on the fact that this year, year three of a new business, I’m in the best shape ever, helping people and fulfilling my passion!

And yes, I still keep my family as my first priority. How the heck does that work? Work hard for what you LOVE. When your WHY is huge and you chase it daily, you get to enjoy it, savor it and love it to pieces. When you career and passions comes together it is a beautiful thing.

Passion results in freedom, financially, spiritually GROWTH for me and my family. How can I not share this with others. 

God has done and continues to do a work in me and I KNOW His blessings are more than I can imagine. If I’m already speechless then what the heck is in store and why aren’t you chasing your WHY with me?

Seriously. I’m taking on NEW coaches in January, and a fresh start that will change your life is a great idea. I’ll be personally mentoring each new coach and working with them to establish goals and a strong WHY. Message me if you’ve been watching from the sidelines and of you, like me, were looking for “something” that would help your family and help you stay accountable with your own heath and fitness goals. Message me or shoot me an below. Only serious inquiries.

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Ethiopia Trip 2016

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“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Dear Friends and Family,

We are underway in the preparation for our next trip to Ethiopia in February 2016!  Once again, Shanna will travel in Feb 2016  and this time she will take Illianna.  Our ten year old is excited for her opportunity to make this journey that both her older sister and brother have experienced.  As parents, we believe taking our children on mission trips is vitally important to their understanding of living out Biblical principles, outside their comfort environment, developing hearts for those who have needs beyond their comprehension.

This next trip will look a little different than our previous ones.  For the past 4 years, we have worked closely with our Compassion Project based in Debre Ziet, Ethiopia, ministering to children and supporting the local church with community outreach and visiting with and addressing the needs of the families of our Compassion sponsored children.  And, although we will continue to do all of these things in February, we have another opportunity that we are excited about.  Our partner church, Mehale Kale Hiwot, began a ministry a little over a year ago, partnering with an organization called Reach One Touch One Ministries or ROTOM.  The mission of ROTOM is to come alongside the church to help and support the elderly persons living in the community.  ROTOM also offers a sponsorship program similar to Compassion.

We continue to feel God’s calling for our service in Ethiopia.  It is such a blessing to be partnered with you, our dear friends and our family, through your prayers, your encouragement and your financial support.  Honestly, we believe God chose us because of you.  Your faithful support over these years has made our mission possible and we have seen so many souls won for Christ.  With your permission, we would like to continue the partnership we have established with each of you.  We are seeking to raise a total of $3300.00 for Illianna.  This includes all necessary expenses for our trip.  We were blessed to find reasonable air fares, which were considerably less than we have previously paid.  Also, we were able to secure Shanna’s airline tickets with travel mileage.  

I love this verse, 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

The power to grow doesn’t come from within us, but only from GOD.  God has placed each of you in our lives for a plan and purpose.  We are truly grateful and blessed for your prayers and support.    


In Christ we pray,

Shanna and Illianna

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#buildHERup October Challenge


I’m so excited about October’s challenge with

Girls compete with each other

Women empower each other

Women of God are united in power

God designed us to be better Together. Lift up others, inspire one another, and encourage each other in the good, bad and ugly!  It may not be easy for some, but Jesus calls us and shows us how to LOVE and Lift up others!

I use this analogy with my IPC3, (17,16,13) and our new bonus daughter (14)  because words do hurt.  I ask them a simple questions, “Did your comment or statement Lift up your friend or sibling or tore them down?”   As an adult, I use the same principle.  Competing with one another does not make me stronger or better.  But what does make you stronger is when you are able to build others up along the WAY.  That’s #purejoy when you see others SHINE and impacting the world for God’s KINGDOM.
I would love for you to join me on October’s challenge!!
 At least once a week use  #buildHERup  and #ShannaCorumBodyandSoul on social media and publicly praise a women who inspires YOU!
Tag yourself so I can follow you during the month.