"Surviving R. Kelly," Can we separate the man from the music?

"Surviving R. Kelly," Can we separate the man from the music?
As the controversy regarding Lifetime’s docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” continues, so do our views of his music. I am attempting to write this post in the spirit of being unbiased, knowing full well that is difficult for me to do as I myself am a survivor of abuse by an older man when I was a teenager.... Read more »

Surviving the R. Kelly Docuseries' Comments on Social Media

Surviving the R. Kelly Docuseries' Comments on Social Media
I wish everybody would just shut up about R. Kelly! I know people are entitled to their freedom of speech, as am I, which is why I am speaking out publicly, for once and for all, about how I was abused by my mother’s boyfriend when I was 14 years old. He was 27. She... Read more »

To tip or not to tip, that is the question: my dilemma with the pizza deliverer

To tip or not to tip, that is the question: my dilemma with the pizza deliverer
Before debit cards and cell phones, when we ordered a pizza, we called from our home phones (because those were the only phones we had), and then we rushed to the door with excitement and cash, graciously including a tip.  It was the way of the world. Well, everything’s changed now. If you order frequently,... Read more »
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Seeing Drew Brees achieve lifelong dream inspires me

Seeing Drew Brees achieve lifelong dream inspires me
Like any other football night, I half watch the game because it’s really not my thing. I just like watching with my husband.  But seeing Drew Brees become the NFL’s all time passing leader gave me hope and inspired me immensely.  I wrote that it was his lifelong dream to do this but the reality... Read more »

SCW's "Midwest Mania" is Missing the Punch it Used to Pack

SCW's "Midwest Mania" is Missing the Punch it Used to Pack
Ever since I became introduced to fitness, I looked forward to Midwest Mania, hosted by SCW. I’m so old school that I remember when it was Sara’s City Workout, and I celebrated its progression to SCW which now takes place all across the US. Named after its founder and creator, Sara Kooperman, an attorney turned... Read more »

Investing in children is important

Investing in children is important
As a mother, you always wish you could do better or give more, but as a mother of three sets of girls–6 in total–there are times all I feel is extreme regret and remorse.  I just wish I could give them more. I know they feel that way too. I have one daughter who is... Read more »
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An open letter to my daughters' 4th grade teacher

An open letter to my daughters' 4th grade teacher
Dear Mrs. McGuire, The first thing you should know is that we have been praying for you. Madison and Morgan were really excited to start 4th grade with you in August. But, after the first month, you started going “bananas” as they put it.  Throwing books, screaming, and getting mad over the smallest things have... Read more »

Mirror work, a new practice for me

Mirror work, a new practice for me
It’s been long journey for me to heal. Therapy, drug use, 12-step recovery meetings, regular church attendance, and countless sermons and books have finally gotten me to a safe space to take my spirituality to the next level. It’s exhilarating and scary. I’m not afraid of boogeymen men or ghosts, but sometimes I think we... Read more »

Parenting is tough in today's day and age

Parenting is tough in today's day and age
Parenting is not like it used to be. You didn’t have to worry about your kids having access to pornography and explicit music with just a few click strokes on a phone or computer.  This is a new day and age and quite frankly I don’t like it. As a mother with three sets of... Read more »
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90 days left in 2018!

90 days left in 2018!
There are exactly 90 days remaining for the year of 2018, and there are about 90 things that I thought would have happened that didn’t. Earlier this year during the summer, this would have depressed me. In fact, for much of the beginning of the year, as much as I hate to admit it, I... Read more »
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    I am a wife and mother blessed to have six daughters who fill my home with love and laughter. My passion is writing and teaching, but most especially inspiring people to live healthy lives in my faith-filled fitness classes. My dream is to have my own faith and fitness TV show where people from all the world collectively join together on our "temple" building project of enjoying optimal health. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and earned graduate degrees in Writing from DePaul University, in addition to a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. I have seen and experienced the hand of God work and move in my life, and consider it an honor and blessing to be saved to serve.

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