Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

where the spirit of the lord is there is freedom Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

 

Happy Monday ! I actually got inspired to write this post while listening to the song “Freedom Reigns” by Jesus Culture. I began to really think about the phrase & about the sermon at church from over the weekend. I know a lot of you know my story, but I just wanted to share the POWER of how the Lord can truly give you freedom in your life. I’ve been going through many trials the past few months, but would you have known that about me if I didn’t tell you? Because of the Lord I am able to stay joyful through it all. Let me tell you how the Lord has changed my life because where the spirit of the lord is there is freedom.

Here is just a list of all the things I was struggling with only a few years ago:

  • I was overweight. I was an emotional eater. I ate horrible foods.
  • I drank a lot of alcohol. I was drunk every night.
  • I smoked cigarettes. A pack a day if I had a day not drinking (which was unlikely). Days that I drank I probably smoked two packs.
  • My happiness depended on my boyfriend. Without him around I was miserable.
  • I had no self confidence. I had poor self body image. I didn’t believe in myself. I spoke negatively to myself daily. I didn’t believe my dreams would ever come true or were possible.
  • I was shy. I was afraid to talk to people I didn’t know. I was afraid to share about myself when I did meet people.
  • I was at a job that was draining me emotionally. I wasn’t treated fairly.
  • I didn’t have many meaningful relationships or friendships. I would just hang out with the people who would drink with me.
  • I was far away from God. I had no idea what having a relationship with Him was about.

Now to counter all of these things, let me tell you how my life looks today:

  • I lost 60 lbs. Yes, I’ve gained a few because of muscle. But, my eating is under control. I eat delicious nutritious foods that give me energy & help me stay healthy.
  • I rarely drink alcohol. It just ruins my goals & progress.
  • I quit smoking. It disgusts me now to be quite honest.
  • I’ve been single for  two years & couldn’t be happier. I found myself again, have been growing myself, & my relationship with God.
  • I am way more self confident. My body image is improving. (It’s a process for me.) I believe in myself & KNOW that all my dreams will come true & that they are possible. Because anything is possible through Christ.
  • I LOVE being social & being around people. I love making new friends. I’m an open book! Anything I can share, I will, in hopes it’ll help others.
  • I now get to do what I LOVE & am passionate about. I would do it for free. My business is filled with a bunch of amazing people & I am so blessed.
  • I’ve become friends with so many great people & formed so many meaningful relationships. People that are like minded that also dream big & love God.
  • I found God again & Jesus is my #1 homie! I love my devotion time, being in the word, my church, my life group, & doing anything I can to help further His kingdom.

freedom Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

Do you see now that where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom? I would have not been able to do any of these things without God. Once I found Him again, He helped morph me in to the person I am today. I used to worry so much about every little detail. I used to want to control every situation. It’s still hard for me to not have control (it’s my personality), but I know that everything happens in His time (even if I don’t like it) & that He has a plan. There is no need for me to worry because I know God is by my side. I feel like I have broken the chains of bondage. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Restore Your Relationship with God

Relationship with God Restore Your Relationship with God

Have you ever felt like you’re on an emotional roller coaster that just won’t stop? You’re not alone. I’ve felt that way the past month or so since moving to a brand new city & state. I was seriously having emotional breakdowns several times a week & thought that things just wouldn’t get better. After talking to several of my close friends, going on a road trip, & praying a lot I’ve finally figured out what was going on. I realized that I need to restore my relationship with God. Today I want to share with you how you can help calm down your emotions even when you’re going through some really tough times.

I’ve been battling a lot emotionally due to being in a new place, feeling lonely at times, binging due to being on a restrictive diet, & some financial things as well. I continued praying, but felt like nothing was changing. Then I realized something huge – I was not putting my relationship with God first. You CAN restore your relationship with God just as I have done recently. So here is what I started thinking & doing that I thought would help y’all out as well:

  • Don’t worry about things out of your control. Do everything you can to improve it & give the rest to God.
  • Don’t let a bad day turn in to a bad week or year. Things won’t always be a struggle.
  • Keep your friends close & don’t spend too much time alone when you’re going through hard times.
  • When you feel like it’s too hard to stand, get on your knees & pray.
  • Remember the good things that you have that going on & be thankful for them. Just don’t think about the bad.

Those were just things that helped me out mentally. I also started doing new things in my daily routine that have helped me out with restoring my relationship with God:

  • Listen to worship music first thing in the morning & spend an hour with God & in prayer.
  • Go outside & be active. Take a walk. Do some jumping jacks.
  • Call a friend. Skype a friend. Hang out with a friend. (Don’t be alone when you’re down!)
  • Listen to Elevation sermons & get plugged in to other similar resources.
  • Cook something fun that makes me happy.
  • Read more. Read personal development. Read books for fun. Read books about God.
  • Listen to worship music at night while falling asleep. Spend time with God during the day.

Worship God Restore Your Relationship with God

Doing these things the past couple of weeks have truly helped my mental stability & my emotions lately. I feel so much happier than I did a few weeks ago & I feel comforted by God. I’m no longer worried about all of the things I was a few weeks ago. I realized I needed to stop trying to control everything & run to God & let Him know how much I need Him. I know I cannot do anything without Him & I don’t know what I was thinking before!

So I really hope you know if your relationship with God has faded like mine did for a bit, it is possible to restore your relationship with God. He will be waiting for you with open arms icon smile Restore Your Relationship with God

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Beachbody Coaching Gave Me Life

Many of you have asked me why I moved to Charlotte. Am I here for a job, school, etc.? Nope, Beachbody Coaching has changed my entire life & given me the life I have always dreamed of! I never thought that I could have a life of flexibility & freedom doing my passion, what I love, something I would do for free.

Okay Jess, so why are you in Charlotte? I’m getting to that y’all! icon smile Beachbody Coaching Gave Me Life

I was able to pick the place that I wanted to live & God led me to Charlotte.

Why did you pick Charlotte? What do you do with Beachbody coaching? You may still not understand what I’m talking about icon smile Beachbody Coaching Gave Me Life

In today’s video I share a little about my dark past, what God has taken me through, & how He has helped me live the life I have always dreamed about. Anything is possible with God if you just trust.

So let’s watch today’s message on how Beachbody Coaching gave me life.

Just click below to watch!

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Please RT &  share with anyone this may help! If you’re interested in doing what I do as a coach, I would love to have you join my team so that I can help you live the life you’ve always imagined.

As always, don’t forget to  love yourself!

Until next time friends <3

xoxo – Jess

Celebrating Freedom & Dependence on God

Independence Day Celebrating Freedom & Dependence on God

Happy 4th of July everyone! In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to share with you how I celebrate my freedom & my dependence on God. He has truly helped me overcome so many struggles in my life. I seriously feel like I went from being in bondage to now breaking those chains & being in freedom. It feels amazing!

I celebrate God giving freedom because I fell in love with Jesus and learned how to have a relationship with God. Now, I work every day to live like Jesus. A few years ago I was dark, depressed, overweight and far away from God. I went through my teenage years being tormented through a verbally abusive marriage that ended in divorce at age 19. After that in college I lived a life of partying . I lost 60 pounds at the age of 21. My body was healthy but my mind and soul weren’t. I hit rock bottom after a bad break up and became depressed. I decided to start attending church more often. I got baptized, joined a life group, started volunteering at church and in the community, started reading my Bible and praying daily.

Celebrating Freedom Celebrating Freedom & Dependence on God

My dependence on God is what has helped me through so many difficult times and obstacles in life. He has given me vision for what He wants me to do with my life. But I’ve often felt stuck not knowing how to fulfill that vision. One night a few months ago, I surrendered my entire life to God. I spend a lot of time with Him in prayer and ask for help with specific things so that I can help others through my fitness coaching. After praying more and seeking Him each day, He helped me get to the point with my business that I could quit my full-time job. I feel so blessed. Now I always say, “God is working in all of us, He just needs you to stop trying to control everything yourself, let it go, seek Him, and just have faith!”

Have a safe & healthy holiday friends! Remember to praise God for what He has given us & honor those who serve our country so that we can have freedom.

Please share or RT, too! Leave comments below, too, on how you have freedom through God.

And remember to always love yourself! <3

xoxo,

Jess

Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life

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As most of you may know from how I’ve been raving about the Beachbody Coach Summit 2013, I literally had a life changing experience! The picture above is a photo opportunity I earned with our amazing CEO Carl Daikeler. And if you don’t know have a clue what I’m talking about, I’m a Beachbody Coach & I just got back from our annual conference in Vegas, the Beachbody Coach Summit.

I became a Beachbody Coach in May of last year, but wasn’t really committed until October. Fast forward to today and I’ve now quit my full-time job at the age of 25. I didn’t think it would ever be possible, that I could ever be like one of those successful coaches that I heard talking about quitting their full-time jobs. I now get to make my own schedule & work from home. I am almost completely debt free. It has been a life changing journey so far going in to just one year as a coach. I have helped change hundreds of lives. THAT is what gets me out of bed every morning & puts that fire in my belly.

Now that you know a little about my story as a coach, I can get on about  the Beachbody Coach Summit icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life I arrived in Vegas last Thursday & flew in with one of my coaches I mentor, Whitney (see our picture below). We actually met through Beachbody, she was a customer assigned to me & we had never met in person before. I have seen so many amazing changes in not just her coaching business, but also her personal life since I’ve become her mentor. She’s lost over 30 lbs, gotten a promotion, & has increased her business tenfold this month. I’m so proud of her! It was our first time meeting &  I just love her to pieces! We checked in to the MGM Grand, where the conference was, & the life changing experiences started happening icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life

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Anyway, after checking in at the hotel we met a bunch of the girls on our team at the pool, around 25 of us went. We spent some time in the sun & then headed to the opening session. Carl Daikeler flew in on cables, he’s so funny! Then we got to hear some amazing success stories from the top elite coaches, new product information, & celebrate together. This was followed by the White Party, which we qualified for since we achieved Success Club consecutively. It was great music, tons of fun, yummy food, & lots of dancing!

Friday then started out with a workout with the trainers from Les Mills Combat at 5:30AM & then another workout with Sagi Kalev from Body Beast directly after that. Once we finished working out we headed to the personal development workshops with the top elite coaches & learned about how to grow our business this year. After that around 5:30PM we did another workout, this time we tried out T25 with Shaun T & it was absolutely AMAZING! I thought I was in good shape & didn’t feel like that after trying it! So, I decided to make it my next program! icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life Then a big group of us went on a party bus & toured Vegas!

Saturday started early again around the same time, but this time we did the super workout on the Vegas strip with all the celebrity trainers. We got to workout with the Combat trainers, the Brazil Butt Lift trainer, Chalene Johnson, Shaun T, & Tony Horton. We even got a photo with Chalene (below – my head is to the far left & is half cut off, but it’s okay) after the workout! Our day was chock full of more amazing personal development that will change my life & my business.

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Then the night ended with the Beachbody Challenge winners, which was a total tear jerker hearing these transformation stories! Andy lost 221 lbs. & won $100,000 for his transformation using Beachbody workouts & Shakeology, check out his story - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klVD8HZ61iE&feature=youtu.be. The top 10 coaches of 2012 were then recognized & we ended with a bang at the closing party. This was a lot more fun, dancing, great music, & a wonderful time with a community of positive like-minded people.

This experience was so life changing to me just because of the experiences during this trip. I was able to be around 7,000 other positive people who have the same mission in life as I do: to help others lead a healthy & fulfilling life. I absolutely loved having fun at the live workouts & at the parties! I love the fact that we are all on a mission to help people & the competitive part of me loves the fact that when I’m in the Top 10 next year & Top Coach 2015 that I will be on stage & be recognized in front of thousands of people.

I just KNOW that I will achieve those goals because all of the other top elite coaches started just like me – their first paycheck was only $38 when they first started! Believe it or not, that’s the exact amount of my first paycheck one year ago. I wrote all of this out to just share with you in hopes that I can help change your life. If you read about how my life used to look just a few months ago, you’ll see that anything is possible. Coaching has literally changed my entire life & I now have a life of freedom & happiness & love helping others achieve the same!

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If you’re ready to change your life & have thought about coaching, but you’re just not sure if it’s for you I so understand. It took me a couple months before I decided. It’s a big decision & a lot to think about. But, I will tell you my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. This is the only job out there where you can work part-time but earn way more than a full-time income. I’m well on the way of earning a six figure income & know that since I’m committed & consistent with helping others that it’ll happen. How many other jobs allow you to do this & love what you’re doing? If you’re ready to join, I encourage you to read about how to join my team. I can’t wait to help change your life! icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life

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Remember to always love yourself! <3

xoxo,

Jess

What Exactly is Coach Summit 2013?

Summit What Exactly is Coach Summit 2013?

Many of you have asked me this week “what is Coach Summit 2013?” since I keep talking about it. Well, to sum it up – it’s an amazing & absolutely life changing experience! I figured I would write a blog post on exactly what it is & what I do.

So, I decided to become a coach because one of my co-workers, Lindsey, at the university I was working at full-time kept posting on Facebook about helping people lose weight. I thought, “wow, I want to help people, too. I know just how much of a struggle it is to lose weight.” I talked to Lindsey & decided to start as a coach with Chalean Extreme & Shakeology. That is where my coaching journey started.

I struggled at first because of my lack of self-confidence, I was afraid to talk to people about Beachbody, & I didn’t know if it was God’s will for my life. I prayed for a long time for God to reveal to me what He wanted me to do & had an emotional break down one day telling Him I couldn’t do it without Him. So, I knew if it didn’t work out, it wasn’t His will for my life.

Then God make it very clear to me that coaching was exactly what He wanted me to do with my life. He helped improve my self-confidence, I began sharing with more people, & realized how passionate I was with helping others achieve their goals. Coaching is what I breathe, eat, & sleep, but I also had a full-time job at the university still.

God spoke to me one morning & told me it was time to quit my full-time job since He helped my business grow. I was so scared, but I knew that I had to step out on faith & just trust & know that He would provide no matter what. I cannot tell you how many times a day since I made that decision last month God has revealed to me that I am following His will & that I made the right decision.

I didn’t think it would ever be possible, that I could ever be like one of those successful coaches that I heard talking about quitting their full-time jobs. But trust me, no prior experience to being a business owner or fitness professional like so many think is required.

In April, at the age of 25, I quit my full-time job as I mentioned above. I now get to make my own schedule & work from home. I am almost completely debt free. It has been a life changing journey so far going in to just one year as a coach. I have helped change hundreds of lives. THAT is what gets me out of bed every morning & puts that fire in my belly.

Coach Summit What Exactly is Coach Summit 2013?

So what is Coach Summit 2013? It is our annual conference & we will be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I will be with 7,000 other coaches & surrounded by a community of positive like minded people. I will be getting up to workout at 5AM daily & multiple times a day with celebrity trainers like Shaun T & Chalene Johnson, a photo opp with CEO Carl Daikeler that I earned, tons of workshops on personal development, lots of fab parties, time with my team, & an overall life changing EPIC experience!!! How many other companies do you know that throws on such an amazing annual conference? I’m so blessed, praise God! I really think He designed this job just for me. And most importantly we are all working towards ending the trend & helping this country get healthy!!!!

If you want to read more about it, here’s a link - http://www.coachsummit.com/.

Freedom Through Christ: How I Depend on God

Freedom Through Christ Freedom Through Christ: How I Depend on God

Do you feel a sense of freedom through Christ Jesus? I do! I depend on God for everything in my life. I have no doubt that everything I’ve achieved in my life is because of Him. Because of that I truly felt the need to share with you how I celebrate my Father giving me freedom & how I depend on Him.

I have freedom through Christ after a life of feeling like I was seriously a prisoner. I celebrate God giving freedom because I fell in love with Jesus, learned how to have a relationship with God, & I strive every day to live like Jesus would. A few years ago I was dark, depressed, overweight, & far away from God. I went through my teenage years being tormented, through a verbally abusive marriage that ended in divorce at 19, & a life of partying after that in college.

I lost 60 lbs at the age of 21 & my body was healthy, but my mind & soul weren’t. I hit rock bottom after a bad break up at the age of 24 in 2011 & was at a very depressed state, so I decided to start attending church more often. I then got baptized again, joined a life group, started volunteering at church & in the community, & reading her Bible & praying daily.

Having dependence on God also gives me freedom. My dependence on God is what has helped me through so many difficult times & obstacles in life. He has given me visions of what He wants me to do with my life, but I’ve felt very stuck before not knowing how to fulfill it. One night a few months ago, I surrendered my entire life to God, I spend a lot of time with Him in prayer, & ask for help with specific things so that I can help others through my fitness coaching.

After praying more and seeking Him each day, He helped me get to the point with my business so that I could quit my full-time job. I feel so blessed & now I always say, “God is working in all of us, He just needs you to stop trying to control everything yourself, let it go, seek Him, and just have faith!!”

Power of Prayer Freedom Through Christ: How I Depend on God

I hope this post helps encourage you & just shows you what God can do through your life. You can also have freedom through Christ if you learn to depend on God & celebrate that freedom He gives us daily. Please tweet this our share on Facebook if you know someone else who needs to hear this story.

Remember to always love yourself!

xoxo,

Jess <3