Beachbody Coaching (and how it has changed my life)

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I’ve been a Beachbody coach for two months… I chose the craziest months to start: finals and the holidays…

Still, in those busy TWO months, I earned almost as much money as I earned working a retail job for three months!

Do you know what else?

For my retail job I was spending anywhere from 2-3 hours a week in the car commuting (depending on traffic) and paying $20+ a week in gas. For Beachbody I do everything from the comfort of my home! No driving time or gas money required.

So what have I been able to do with this money?

As you may or may not know (since I haven’t really talked about him *yet* on the blog) my wonderful boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship (he lives in TX and I live in AZ). Long-distance can be tough at times and the cost of travel can prevent many couples from being able to see each other on a regular basis (plane tickets aren’t cheap!). This is where Beachbody comes in! The money I am making has allowed me to pay for plane tickets (without decimating my savings) so that we never have to go more than a month without seeing each other!

Why do I share this?

I have never shared the Beachbody coaching opportunity publicly before. When I first joined an accountability group and started drinking Shakeology and working out everyday that was something I did for ME. It didn’t take long, however, for me to realize that I LOVED this community and the lifestyle change it had enabled me to embrace and I wanted to share that with others! That’s why I’m so passionate about Beachbody and my monthly accountability groups. It’s not a way for me to “get rich quick.” It’s a way for me to help others transform their lives while transforming my own!

If you are reading this right now and thinking “Wow! Personal lifestyle transformation + helping others achieve personal lifestyle transformations + extra $$$! How do I find out more?” EMAIL ME! I would love to fill you in on the coaching opportunity and share more with you about how it has changed my life!!! This is the perfect opportunity for college women that want to earn some money in college while also growing the opportunity as a career or side job that would enable you to have career options after school.

Brownie Balls w/ Sea Salt and Peppermint

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Recipes are my enemy. I like to go into the kitchen and play around with ingredients until I create something edible. Occasionally, however, I happen upon a recipe worth following (at least, mostly… I still can’t keep myself from playing around with it a little bit). This one was shared by a friend, and I modified it to suit my fancy. Enjoy!

*Note: Coconut products speak my language! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle AND controlling the sweet tooth cannot be done without an ample supply of coconut milk, oil, and flour! If you’ve never tried coconut flour prepare yourself for a real treat!

1/2+ cup coconut flour (play around with it – you will probably need a little more than 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder)
3-6 “dashes” of salt
1/2 cup Kerrygold butter – melted (or coconut oil if you’re not a “butter believer”)
1/3+ cup REAL maple syrup (OR sweetener of choice – to taste)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (or a little more if you’re vanilla obsessed like I am!)
OPTIONAL: (2 drops of peppermint Essential Oil from Young Living – I can’t recommend the consumption of any other brand of EO)

-Mix
-Roll in small balls
-Roll balls in either sea salt, crushed peppermints, coconut, or nut pieces
-Refrigerate for a few hours

*Note: I’m not a fan of peppermint + chocolate together, so I made two batches of these brownies – one with the peppermint EO rolled in crushed peppermint and one without rolled in sea salt. I personally devoured the sea salt bites! And I was told my the peppermint lovers in my home that the others were just as delectable.

Hello, 2014 // 17 weeks of summer // April-August

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” -Sarah Dessen

Week One // Scottsdale, AZ – Phoenix, AZ – Sedona, AZ

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Week Two // Miami, FL

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Week Three // Naples, FL


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Week Four // Naples, FL

unnamed-14unnamed-15“This guy graduated tonight! I’m so proud of him for overcoming life’s challenges with grace and accomplishing so much already. I’m blessed to call him one of my very best friends and I can’t wait for him to join me in the herd this fall at GCU!”

unnamed-16 unnamed-18“I love these two so very much. They fill my life with the kind of laughter that transforms, tears that heal, and love that conquers pain. Although we don’t always see things from the same perspective, our differences ultimately challenge each other to grow stronger, and bring us closer as friends. They have both encouraged me in countless ways, and been there for me through the trials of life. From late night talks over the phone when we’re far away, to costume parties in FL, to adventures on the beach with wild horses in NC, to hikes in the Grand Canyon in AZ, to cuddles with the best family in the world all around the USA – we always have the best times together. Let’s be best friends forever.”unnamed-19unnamed-20 unnamed-21unnamed-23

“It’s going to be a long summer without either one of my best men by my side. These two have been with me through the best of times and the worst of times. They have been the cause of many belly-laughs, and the witnesses to my greatest breakdowns. No one can make me feel emotions – from happiness to sadness to anger to contentment – as poignantly as they can. Goodbyes are hard, especially when you’re leaving your two protectors and confidants behind. I love you both with all of my heart, and although my spirit is heavy to leave you, I’m thrilled that you will be spending the coming months together. Take care of each other boys (and remember I have my ways and I will be watching you little weasels from afar – so stay out of trouble for my sanity’s sake). I can’t wait for the cuddles and stories we will share when we meet up in the desert in only a few months time!”

Week Five // Hamlet, NC

unnamed-24unnamed-25unnamed-27“Both of my parents mean the world to me. When I’m weak they are my earthly strength. They cover my life in prayer and bless me with the “little things” Starbucks dates, deep discussions, movie nights, and laughs over the silliest of things. They have not only loved me, but all those around me as well, by opening the many homes our family has shared across the country to the motley crew my siblings and I have collected along the way. The best bit is that they don’t just accept them, they love them as their own. Thank you for opening your lives to others without question, and thank you for teaching me through your example to love unashamedly, to serve others, and to live a life of joy in the time that has been given me.”

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“Today I said goodbye to Josh for the summer and sent him back to Naples. I’m going to miss him so very much. Growing up with him has been a honor, and I’m so proud of the mature, humble, godly man he has become. The next months won’t be easy without him by my side, but I’m excited for the adventures to come for the both of us! Sarah Dessen once said “Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” A little piece of my home now resides in Naples with the best twin and my childhood haunts – thankfully I’ll take “home” in the form of their love and memories and hopes for the future with me to NYC for the summer to keep me company until we are together again.” 

Week Six // New York, NY

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Week Seven // New York, NY

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Week Eight // New York, NY

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Week Nine // New York, NY

unnamed-46“What do I do when I get lost in Manhattan on a Sunday morning? Stop in the first bagel shop I find and (after waiting in the out the door line) experience this.”

unnamed-47unnamed-48unnamed-49unnamed-50“Today I heard an inspiring grace story of God creating beauty out of the dust of a broken life – Dear Lord, thank you for Joseph and his testimony. Thank you for giving him a voice to share your love with all those he meets. Thank you for for allowing him to live with joy because, as he says “I’m too blessed to be stressed.”‘

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Week Ten // New York, NY

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Week Eleven // New York, NY

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Week Twelve // New York, NY

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Week Thirteen // Naples, FL

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It’s wedding time!

Week Fourteen // New York, NY

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Week Fifteen // New York, NY

unnamed-84unnamed-85“I just want to take a moment to express my love for this girl. Her servants heart and her love for people inspired me this summer! I am so thankful for the wisdom, encouragement, and prayer she spoke into my life. God is using this women in HUGE ways as she strives to seek Him and to follow after His heart above all else! Her friendship has blessed me abundantly and I can wait to see where the Lord takes her as she continues to love all those whom He puts in her path.”

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“We like to eat $1 dumplings & drink bubble tea in Chinatown, explore thrift shops & get a sugar fix in Williamsburg, watch a movie & take touristy pictures of each other in Times Square, and snack on junk food & ride the subway looking for our favorite performers. This night was a special one that I will never forget, but really, every little moment spent with you is adventure enough for me. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for making me feel safe. Thank you for listening and praying and caring. Thank you for being my friend. “Well it seems to me that the best relationships – the ones that last – are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can imagine yourself with.” – Gillian Anderson”

Week Sixteen // Scottsdale, AZ

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“Back with these cool kids! This summer was the longest we’ve ever been apart, and it feels so good to finally be back with my people.”

Week Seventeen // Scottsdale, AZ – Phoenix, AZ

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Mixing the new and the old as I enter this next season of life. I’m absolutely giddy as I wait to see what God has in store!

J – living with joy

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Last month I was humbled beyond belief by an encounter clearly orchestrated by God.

His name was J, and upon first glance there wasn’t anything striking or particularly noticeable about his appearance. With his sweat-stained, mismatched clothing and hunched demeanor he seemed just another one of the many homeless men and women waiting around on the sidewalks of Chelsea, hoping for something as simple as acknowledgement.

I was there with a friend that day. We were working with an organization called Relief Bus, to not only feed the homeless who gather on the sidewalks and benches near Chelsea Park, but to gather together in community with them as well. J was sitting on a folding chair away from the main hustle surrounding the bus. My friend approached him and started up a conversation that would change not only my day, but my perspective on joy in this season of life.

Once upon a time J was a successful nurse, making a living here in New York City. Then one night while walking home from work, J’s whole life changed. Simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, J became the target of a violent gang initiation. After receiving multiple gunshot wounds to the head and stomach, J was left for dead. However, God had a greater plan for J’s life. Instead of dying that night, J spent the next 18 months in a coma. During that time all of his savings and resources were depleted. When he was finally released from the hospital to face a new life with a false stomach and other medical limitations, he was also forced to face a new life of homelessness.

J spent the next two months sleeping on park benches and eating at soup kitchens. With no friends or family in the city J fulfilled the terrifying expression that “we are all just one medical emergency away from homelessness.” Although most people would turn bitter and hopeless at such a fall from grace, J did the extraordinary. He praised God even in the midst of such an impossible situation. Somehow he kept a positive outlook on his current circumstances and his future. He was faithful, and his Savior did not abandon him in the midst of the storm.

One night while sleeping on a bench J was approached by a man. This man started up a conversation with J, and asked him questions about his story and his family. The end result was this: the man offered J a shower, some clean clothes, some food, and a plane ticket out of the city to rejoin the remaining family he had across the country, whom he had previously had no way to reach or contact.

The day I met J he was joyously awaiting his upcoming flight, a mere 24 hours away at the time, with ticket in hand. As he told his story, he constantly pointed people to Christ, reminding them that He was the reason for his joy.

J challenged me. When I met him I was feeling discouraged in my life, spiritually and physically. As I spoke with him, however, I knew God was using this encounter to teach me something important about living a life of joy in every circumstance.

Over and over again that day, J repeated his catch phrase, words that will stick with me, and that will forever conjure up in my mind a picture of J’s face and a reminder of his story of endless grace, “I’m too blessed to be stressed.”

O Lord my God, I cried to You for help,
 and You have healed me. -Psalm 30:2

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.” Psalm 5:11

http://www.reliefbus.org