Category: Wellness

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 »

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 »

Rock-Tober! Challenging Every Area of My Life During October

Rock-Tober! Challenging Every Area of My Life During October
It’s the first day of the last quarter of 2018 and I refuse to end this year the way I began.  Instead of the  looming despair and agony I felt a few months back when I turned 50, as if I was running out of time to create my best life–this month–this awesome month of... Read more »

The Agony of Entrepreneurship

The Agony of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship. You can read books on it. You can go to seminars about it. You can pursue it. But know this: Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Why do we do it? Did you know that the pursuit of entrepreneurship means that you’re willing (and crazy enough) to work 80 hours for yourself... Read more »
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Since The Kids Are Back To School, I'm Doing a Different Kind of Home Reno Project

Since The Kids Are Back To School, I'm Doing a Different Kind of Home Reno Project
You know how it is. Finally. The kids are back to school. It’s amazing to me that we spend all of our childhood years wishing we didn’t have to go back to school, loving the idea of endless summers with carefree days poolside with friends, or traveling to fun, exciting places.  Then, we grow up,... Read more »

Daisy's is more than a vegan restaurant, it's an experience

Daisy's is more than a vegan restaurant, it's an experience
Daisy’s is a vegan restaurant in the south suburb of Phoenix, IL, just outside of Harvey.  I’m relatively new to the vegan scene so I’d never heard of this hidden gem that’s been operating for the past 8 years. For longtime vegans, they already know of the delicious meals and often place their orders in... Read more »

5 things you must do when you're under pressure

5 things you must do when you're under pressure
Pressure. We all get it. We’ve all had it. None of us wants it, but we can all learn from it–except when you’re under it, you don’t care that diamonds are formed by pressure or that pearls are produced from irritating sand pressurizing that oyster. “Who cares?!?!,” barks the person under pressure. I just want... Read more »
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Pushing through the pain: a lesson in perseverance

Pushing through the pain: a lesson in perseverance
Perseverance.  The sheer act of grit, tenacity, determination, and the will to win. It’s saying “I will not quit,” even when every opposing force is against you.  That’s the muscle I’ve been building. Like burning glutes after a million weighted squats, developing perseverance isn’t pleasant. I don’t know anyone who says “I’d like to practice... 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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