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Pick Something

Pick something. Pick something today that you’ve always told yourself “I could never.” Then go and try it. Get a little dirty. Fall flat on your face. Fail miserably. Then go back and try it again tomorrow. Repeat this pattern every day until the thing you said you would never be able to do, becomes the thing you’re doing. Only then will you realize that you were never a failure, just a slow success. With the right attitude you have nothing to lose. Effort means you can only gain. You gain wisdom, you gain knowledge, you gain strength, you gain endurance, you gain self-discipline, you gain perspective and you get to learn a whole lot along the way. Once you understand that you are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for, the possibilities are endless. Then you get the privilege of encouraging others on their journey.


Hayley Elise

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Courage, Dear Heart

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33


Last night I got in bed completely depleted. Not necessarily filled with worry, anxiety or fear. Just one of those days where a tiny discouragement builds on top of another, creating scenarios in your mind that contain absolutely no truth. Moving away from my entire life, I was fully aware days like this would hit; it would be inevitable. How perfect of a situation am I in for the enemy to pounce?

No way could I ever blame God for this emotion within me.What I have chosen to do with my life was done in complete faith for Him and I will never doubt that decision.

“Commit your works to The Lord and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for it’s own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.” Proverbs 16:3-4

As I lay staring at the ceiling, these verses were running wild through my brain. My flesh may have a moment of despair, but what a great opportunity to trust. Every now and then it’s good to have days like this. Such a great reminder that even when uncertain of what lies ahead, always commit your works to The Lord; there will be greater purpose behind it than you can possibly imagine. If He has overcome the entire world, then why would I possibly need to question if He can handle the little obstacles on my simple path?

How lovely to have a moment of discouragement yesterday, because in it I was again made aware of how little I am in comparison to how incredibly big He is. An opportunity to be well informed of His grace, love, and mercy in my life; to be humbled by knowing the greatest ability I have is to faithfully depend on Him in all circumstances. Even when completely unsure of where He is leading me. What a blessing to have peace in tribulation, full knowing that He carries my life in His hands full of purpose!


“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

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Fat Kid At Heart

So I was at the gym today and I got to thinking, “It’d sure be nice to have a 6-pack right now…..a 6 pack of donuts that is.” My version of a day dream.

It’s no secret that health and fitness have never come naturally to me. To plop myself down on the couch with a loaded plate of nachos and a good movie has always sounded more appealing to me than, well…let’s just say it’s never not sounded appealing.


Crash diets were never effective. Working at places like Baskin Robbins and California Pizza Kitchen only added to the problem. Put me around food and my self-control plummets to about -34%. Getting through a meal without thinking about the next one was impossible. It sometimes still is, only now I try to plan it out in a healthy way. I will always be a true foodie at heart, but I finally had enough feeling uncomfortable, having low energy, being sluggish, and allowing lethargy to consume my body and mind. Honestly, it’s not that I had hundreds of pounds to lose, I just genuinely wanted a healthier lifestyle.

Five years ago is when I decided to make the ultimate change. If this was something I was serious about doing, then I would have to commit to it 134%. Everything I knew about anything was to be thrown out the window; starting from scratch at ground zero. Research had to be done, new habits needed to be created, goals had to be met, and my old ways of thinking; crushed. The hardest part was that I had no clue what I was doing! Discouragement almost took me down, so I started with the few basics I knew to be true about health and fitness.

Running. I started running. I don’t hate running….I absolutely loathe running. I even have a complex about running since my sisters always told me I look like a newborn giraffe trying to run for the very first time. It’s true, they make a pretty good point! But that was all I knew, so that’s exactly where I started. By the third day people were planting lawn chairs on their driveways for entertainment as I ran by! Just kidding, although sometimes I was worried they might.

The legitimate truth is that getting to know my body and educating myself on what it means to create a healthier lifestyle, has been a complete challenge. However, it has also changed my entire life for the better. I’ve never been so thankful for my health! I still may not be the strongest, fastest, skinniest, prettiest, or toughest, but I was given two legs, two arms, two eyes, two ears and I am the only one who gets to take care of them. Don’t want to take that for granted. The hard work, perseverance, consistency, endurance, diligence, and self control put in to this has trickled over into all aspects of my life stretching me in so many ways.

The reason I created this section is not to show off or compete with anyone else out there, Lord knows I’d trip over my wobbly, giraffe legs anyways. Besides, the only person I desire to be any better than is my old self. All I am here to do is to encourage those who face the same struggle I have. Sometimes a little extra push and a dash of motivation go a long way.


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