If you have been following my Facebook page the past few months, you may have noticed the posts chronicling my spiritual and fitness journey. You may have also noticed my posts have increased in frequency during the past month or so. Why is that?
Why am I doing this? There are so many reasons, including these:
I used to be that painfully shy girl, practically afraid of her own shadow.
I used to be that quiet girl who got picked on because she didn't know how to stand up for herself.
I used to be that girl who cringed at the thought of being noticed at the same time wanting desperately to be accepted as is.
I used to be that girl no one wanted on their team in gym class activities. The one picked second to last, before the fat girl.
I used to be that girl who was so insecure she worried constantly what others would think if she drew attention to herself in any way.
I used to be that girl who thought something was wrong with her because none of the boys ever liked her back.
I used to be that girl who tried her hardest to be invisible because she didn't think she had anything good to offer the world.
I used to be that girl who was just drifting through life, sometimes treading water, sometimes sinking beneath. But unable to leave the water.
I used to be that girl who thought she was a lousy mother. A lousy wife.
That was who I was growing up. That is who I was for many of the years as a young adult, even during a lot of the time I've been married. Afraid the other shoe would drop. Afraid the good stuff would come to an end and not come back. Afraid to learn who I was and what my purpose was. Afraid to be brave and bold.
THAT WAS THEN. But NOW???!!! Let me tell you!
Thanks to my God, I know I have a purpose and He has a plan for me. He allowed me (and is still allowing me) to go through all the bad stuff so I could be grateful when the good stuff came. There is so much good stuff! I can do nothing apart from Him who strengthens me. I'm an Italian girl, which means I am genetically programmed to feed the people. We love to cook and we love to eat, and we love to show others we love them when we cook for them. It's what we do. So, I'm a cook. I'm a creative soul. I sew and crochet and craft projects. I love to create for others and share that God given gift with people. We are commanded to share our gifts and talents, and I just want to love on everybody!
Thanks to Beachbody, I am healthy, both physically and mentally, and getting stronger every day. I only get to live one life in one body, and now I know how to take care of it. I am never bored and there are workouts of all kinds for all kinds of people. I am brave now and I am bold now, and I am fearless. I learned how to persevere. I've learned how to be happy and content, including knowing I am ALLOWED to be happy and content. I've learned how to be grateful, even on the hardest days. There is always something somewhere in the day to be thankful for.
I am so excited about the changes in me that have both come from the Lord and from Beachbody. The inside and the outside, physical, mental & emotional, and I'm so freakin' grateful for it! That is why I became a Beachbody coach to pay it forward. That is why I'm posting about wanting to help others feel as good as I do, and will continue to post about it. That is why I want you to join me and do this with me! There is no better feeling than to do something you never thought you had in you to do, to overcome something you thought had you beat. Come be brave with me and take the challenge with me! I want to be there for you!!
And there's something else I want you to do. Tell me how I can pray for you. Send me a message here and not only let me know you're ready to be brave with me. Tell me also how I can pray for you. I strongly believe in the power of prayer and it would be my privilege to do that for you!
with love & blessings,