Finding Your Identity In Christ

struggles identity Finding Your Identity In Christ

So often we have struggles that we are going through that end up turning in to our identity, they become a part of who we think we are. Or we may have a particular struggle because we are trying to fill a void where we aren’t allowing God in to our life in that specific area.We may be placing or identity in the fact that we are an emotional eater or overweight. So you must work on finding your identity in Christ so that you can realize the truth & what God thinks about you. THAT is who you are; not a binge eater, not a lazy person, etc.

This is the first step of the process of treating our body like a temple because we must overcome our identity in other things or struggles and place that identity in Christ. Once we do that, we can overcome any eating struggle & start treating our bodies like a temple & honoring God. Because we may feel weak or that we can’t do it, but with God anything is possible.

Do you know what God says about you? He says that through Christ you are more than a conqueror. And Christ is within you & the Holy Spirit resides inside of you. So THAT is why we must treat our body like a temple because we need to make it a comfortable place to reside. Otherwise we will be lacking & overcoming struggles on our own become impossible.

Finding your identity in Christ can be a process because so often we tell ourselves all that we aren’t or what our struggles are during that time. I encourage you to just dive in God’s word & see what He says about  us & meditate on that. Focus on the good things that are going on right now & what you are thankful for that God has blessed you with.

Don’t focus so much on your struggles that you get so obsessed & wrapped up in them that they become your identity. Believe me, I have been there all too recently by putting my identity in my money, my business, my weight, etc. It’s so freeing to let go! Give it over to God because finding your identity in Christ will completely change you & give you peace.

Finding your identity in Christ is the first step in honoring your body like a temple because the process is mental and spiritual. Our thoughts & feelings turn in to actions so we must feed ourselves with spiritual food that will in result cause us to make healthier lifestyle choices (eating, exercise, etc.)

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple & that God’s spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, & you together are that temple.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16,17

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Xoxo,

Jess <3

Finding Your Identity In Christ

struggles identity Finding Your Identity In Christ

Last week I told ya’ll that I would be diving in to more details about why we should treat our body like a temple and how exactly to do that. So to break it all down, I want to start off by talking about finding your identity in Christ.

So often we have struggles that we are going through that end up turning in to our identity, they become a part of who we think we are. Or we may have a particular struggle because we are trying to fill a void where we aren’t allowing God in to our life in that specific area.We may be placing or identity in the fact that we are an emotional eater or overweight. So you must work on finding your identity in Christ so that you can realize the truth & what God thinks about you. THAT is who you are; not a binge eater, not a lazy person, etc.

This is the first step of the process of treating our body like a temple because we must overcome our identity in other things or struggles and place that identity in Christ. Once we do that, we can overcome any eating struggle & start treating our bodies like a temple & honoring God. Because we may feel weak or that we can’t do it, but with God anything is possible.

Do you know what God says about you? He says that through Christ you are more than a conqueror. And Christ is within you & the Holy Spirit resides inside of you. So THAT is why we must treat our body like a temple because we need to make it a comfortable place to reside. Otherwise we will be lacking & overcoming struggles on our own become impossible.

Finding your identity in Christ can be a process because so often we tell ourselves all that we aren’t or what our struggles are during that time. I encourage you to just dive in God’s word & see what He says about  us & meditate on that. Focus on the good things that are going on right now & what you are thankful for that God has blessed you with.

Don’t focus so much on your struggles that you get so obsessed & wrapped up in them that they become your identity. Believe me, I have been there all too recently by putting my identity in my money, my business, my weight, etc. It’s so freeing to let go! Give it over to God because finding your identity in Christ will completely change you & give you peace.

Finding your identity in Christ is the first step in honoring your body like a temple because the process is mental and spiritual. Our thoughts & feelings turn in to actions so we must feed ourselves with spiritual food that will in result cause us to make healthier lifestyle choices (eating, exercise, etc.)

Next week I will talk more about some action steps to honor God with your body by treating it like a temple.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple & that God’s spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, & you together are that temple.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16,17

Until then, don’t forget to love yourself!

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Xoxo,

Jess <3

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

Are Your Emotions Controlling You?

Thoughts Control You1 Are Your Emotions Controlling You?

Do you feel like your emotions are completely controlling you? I’ve been there before & I still struggle with it to this day. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter you’ve seen my posts this week about my workouts. If I didn’t know better, I would let my emotions control me.  I haven’t felt like doing them, but I’ve pushed through & done it any way & felt amazing afterwards. There’s been days where I haven’t felt like getting up when my alarm goes off because I’m just so comfy. But, I know I have to if I want to achieve the goals I set out for myself this year.

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I am so blessed to have found my true passion in life. Yes, that makes it a little easier to get motivated. But, honestly not all the time! It has not been easy getting where I am now. God took me through many hard times & struggles to get there, but now I can understand why I went through everything. If I would’ve never been 200 lbs half my life, gone through a terrible divorce, & worked at a job that was not suited for me & made me depressed, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I was letting my emotions totally take control of me.

We are all guilty of letting our emotions run our life at times. Our emotions control a lot of decisions we make on a daily basis. Do you ever feel too sore to go for a run so you convince yourself to take a day off? How about feeling like you’re too afraid to go after a certain goal because people may judge you, so you just don’t do anything? What about feeling like you’re not good enough to achieve a certain goal or you can’t do it like someone else did because you’re not like them, so you don’t ever live up to your full potential? Maybe you don’t feel like quitting smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or giving up bad foods because you just don’t know how you’ll live without them? Or how about the classic, you don’t feel like cooking a healthy meal so instead you go to the drive thru?

We’ve all been there friends! This was seriously me my whole life! I always let my emotions control me. I never thought that my life would look the way it does now, even if you would’ve asked me 60 days ago, I would’ve had no clue!

So, I can truly relate to others when they’re struggling through hard times in life because I know exactly how it feels. You may think that my life now doesn’t include any struggles, but you’re completely wrong. I have days where I don’t want to workout & make excuses in my head of why I shouldn’t do it, I don’t always eat perfectly & occasionally have a horrible eating day, & I still struggle with negative & toxic thoughts on occasion. I have days where my emotions seriously control me & I don’t do my best.

Becoming a coach & being a part of our challenge groups & a community of amazing like minded people is what has changed my entire life. Being in that community has caused me to not let my emotions control me anymore. I may have lost 60 lbs before I became a coach, but it’s not easy staying motivated on your own. It’s a total life changer having a community of positive like-minded people who also have goals & will help you achieve them.

And speaking of fitness, I absolutely love this saying, “Good things come to those who get off their butts, work hard, & never give up.” That is so true! Sometimes we may not feel like doing or workout, but keep your goals and your “why” in mind. Don’t forget them!! ☺We cannot let our emotions control our entire life!

My 12 Day Challenge just ended & almost all of my clients lost around 8 pounds! They stopped letting their emotions control their daily decisions about health & fitness. They are full of ENERGY, thanking me for pushing them to get started, saying they love what they learned during the challenge, & they now feel motivated & excited to exercise & eat healthy. Check out this quick video I created about what exactly a 12 Day Challenge is & how it can work for you:http://youtu.be/fNEwrPt4RyE.

Weight Loss Are Your Emotions Controlling You?

Being a coach has seriously changed my life! I absolutely love it!! I am so glad that God helped me overcome so much & that my emotions do not control me anymore. I get to help people achieve their health & fitness goals through motivation, inspiration, & encouragement. I am an accountability partner because it is always easier to achieve your goals & stick to your plan when you have someone right there by your side checking in on you. Many of my friends have health & fitness goals & I check in with them daily to see how they’re doing & see if they need anything.

I am so blessed to be a part of this & it touches my heart to hear this amazing feedback. This is what I do ya’ll – I’m helping CHANGE LIVES! So are you ready to change yours? Are you sick & tired of letting your emotions control you? This is my passion ya’ll – I want to help YOU! I’d love to have you in my next challenge – why wait?! ♥

Struggling to Find Yourself? You’re Not Alone!

Let Go Let God Struggling to Find Yourself? Youre Not Alone!

Do you feel like you’re struggling to find yourself? Are you unsure of your path in life & where you’re supposed to be going? I felt this way for most of my life friends.

I stumbled across a wonderful quote on Pinterest that I wanted to share with you all. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us” – Joseph Campbell. This particular quote truly hit home with me because of what I have been through the past five years of my life. I had no idea who I was because of many different experiences I went through.

I will make a very long story short because most of you probably have watched my You Tube video or read my story. I was overweight most of my life, was struggling emotionally, had no self confidence, & I didn’t respect myself or anyone else. I got married and divorced by the time I was just 20 years old. After that I was in a long distance relationship for a few years & that ended badly.

During all these bad breakups in my college days, I decided I had to make a huge change & get healthier. I transformed that aspect of my life in just a few short years & lost 60 lbs. I also quit smoking (I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day) & stopped partying. That process & my breakups were extremely hard on me, but those struggles lead me to open up my eyes to letting go of what I thought I was supposed to do with my life. I thought I knew who I was & where I was supposed to go, but God had something else in store for me.

When I graduated college with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration I was certain I was supposed to work in the marketing field. God had other plans for me because that didn’t work out. I ended up in education working at a university in Georgia & even got my Master’s in Higher Education. I worked there for almost four years, but then God really showed me His path was much different than where I thought I was supposed to go.

As most of you know, I quit my full-time job to pursue my passion as a Beachbody Coach. If you would’ve asked me just a few months ago if I would’ve ever imagined that I would be able to quit my full-time job, double my income, & work only 20 hours a week I would’ve laughed in your face. But, I know my God & Savior has huge plans for my life because I can already see them coming into fruition. I’m just so blessed that I can do it for Him & to serve His kingdom!

Struggling Struggling to Find Yourself? Youre Not Alone!

I have grown so much closer to God & He has seriously transformed every aspect of my life this year. 2012 has been the best year yet for me because I had faith in Him & trusted what His will is for my life. I’m not sure yet where the rest of my life will lead me, but I’m not going to stress it. I’m going to let go of what I thought I was supposed to do and give it to Him!

I wanted to share this with you to let you know that we all struggle sometimes. Heck you guys half of my life was a struggle in more than one way! If you’re hurting in some way, I’m here for you & so is God. Just keep your faith & stay strong because amazing things are to come!

How to Overcome a Negative Mindset

Changing Your Mindset How to Overcome a Negative Mindset

This year has been an amazing year for me because my God is an amazing God. I have truly learned that you must overcome a negative mindset in order to live the life you’ve always wanted & you must believe in yourself. You can rely on God for His strength in order to carry you through.

If you would’ve told me 3 years ago that I would be a fitness coach & love working out  I would’ve laughed in your face. My favorite pastimes & hobbies used to be smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, getting drunk every night, eating fried foods in excess, disrespecting myself & others, the list goes on. My God is an amazing God though who saves & He carried me through all that! I’m so blessed that I’m now healthy & love myself & that I have the opportunity to teach others how to do the same. I know God designed this life for me & I know struggling for half of my life was all for a reason. And to me it is so worth it because I’m helping shine His light in this world. ❤ Praise God, I’m so thankful & blessed!

In January & May of this year I went to two conferences by Dani Johnson that literally have changed my entire life. I learned how to improve my professional life, relationships with others, with myself, my spiritual life, learned tips on getting out of debt, & how to be successful with my business. I also learned how to get past those things that were holding me back from my success. We all have those things that we’ve held on to because of being hurt by others in the past. I realized I had some apologizing to do to people as well & reached out to each of them & just asked for forgiveness.

Everything that I learned at these conferences were EXACTLY what I needed to hear. I tend to doubt myself & not have much confidence because of the struggles I’ve gone through in my past. Dani talks a lot at the conference about how 98% of Americans have big goals & dreams for their lives, but they don’t feel like they can actually make them happen. Only 2% of people actually believe & do what it takes to make their wildest dreams come to fruition!

I was doubting myself a lot before going to this conference. I felt guilty for wanting success in my life, but then I realized at this conference that God wants to bless us! He blesses those that are faithful to Him & that help show the love of Jesus to others & help further His kingdom. God gave me a vision this year to become certified as a personal trainer (which I did!) & that one day I will write a book & become a motivational speaker.

Those are big & scary goals to me because I don’t have a background & health & fitness, nor writing, nor motivational speaking. But, I know now that I have to change my mindset – I CAN DO IT! God will help me do it! I am seeking out the tools & resources that I need so that I can help change others’ lives in a positive way. God helped me literally transform every aspect of my life. I went from being overweight, depressed, & in the dark to losing 60 lbs, being extremely happy & helping spread the light & love of Jesus!

It’s seriously all about mindset y’all! What I’m about to tell you is what I learned at the conference & I desperately needed to hear this to apply to my life. I wanted to share it with you in hopes that it can inspire you as well. I have no doubt that what I learned & applied from the first conference in January is what took my business to the point where I was able to quit my full-time job.

Trust God How to Overcome a Negative Mindset

Life & death is in the power of the tongue. You have to appreciate what you have now in life. What you feed will flourish & what you neglect will die. Gratitude & thanksgiving are the combination to the lock that opens the vault to blessing. I’m living a life of freedom now & I never thought it was possible. But, I had to get over a lot of excuses I was making for myself & stop complaining about my situation that I was in. I learned to appreciate everything that I have & if I want to change something, then to figure out a way to do it.

I say this all as encouragement for all of you out there, too. None of this has been easy for me, I’ve had so many struggles. But is it worth it? Absolutely! I wouldn’t trade anything for it!

So, is there something that you need to change in your life? If so, can I pray for you? Please let me know in the comments below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or email. I’d love to help you ❤

Ready to Live the Life You’ve Always Imagined? How I Retired At 25

Dream Big Ready to Live the Life Youve Always Imagined? How I Retired At 25

I cannot even begin to tell you how very excited I am to share this with you today. I know that it is going to set so many people free. I pray that I will be able to help you on your new journey of a life of freedom.

Just a month & a half ago I was working at a full-time job that was high stress, demanding, I wasn’t using my spiritual gifts that God put in me, & I was on call 24-7 so I couldn’t leave the city I was living in. I got one to two weekends off a month & could leave the city then if my schedule permitted. I also lived on site with the students (as a requirement of my job) in an apartment that was owned by the college.

I was honestly drowning in feelings of emptiness, knowing there was more to life, & I felt like I didn’t have a life. I didn’t get to see my family often, I barely had time for my friends, I didn’t even have time to do the things I enjoyed.

I was drowning in debts I needed to pay off & wasn’t taking care of my own health as I should have been. I didn’t feel like I would ever be able to truly enjoy life & true happiness. I had no self-confidence & didn’t know what God wanted me to do with my life.

Towards the end of last year, I decided to become a Beachbody Coach because one of my co-workers had also started helping others lose weight. 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. Then God spoke to me one morning & told me it was time to quit my full-time job since He helped my business grow.

As I mentioned, it has been a month & a half since I quit & I am now living the life that I have always dreamed about. I only work 20 hours a week, my income has doubled, I can work whatever hours I want to work, I have time to see my family, spend with my friends, travel whenever I want, enjoy the beautiful outdoors & sunshine.  I just traveled to Pittsburgh for a life changing conference & just got back from Charlotte as well. Here’s how my life looks now.

Freedom Ready to Live the Life Youve Always Imagined? How I Retired At 25

I have also grown my team & increased the number of coaches I’m mentoring to teach them how to be successful & help others as well. I have the time to give them personalized one-on-one attention & it feels amazing. I’m living a life of freedom! Most importantly I’ve become closer to my God & Savior!

I also wasn’t sure where I wanted to live & God led me to this amazing apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina. The apartments are brand new & right in the heart of uptown (the Panther’s stadium is right across from me). I will be able to walk anywhere I want to, shop at healthy grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, enjoy healthy restaurants, go to the mountains, white water rafting, go to the lakes, & BEST OF ALL join Elevation Church which is within walking distance of my apartment!!!

AND if I move in August, I get TWO MONTHS of rent FREE! So, my move-in date is August 1st. GOD IS SO GOOD!!! Here is what my new place looks like!

Retired at 25 Ready to Live the Life Youve Always Imagined? How I Retired At 25

So, like I said, 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.

I want to help you realize that right now you have the opportunity to say “no more” to that life. You deserve the absolute best – God wants to bless you & He wants you to be happy. You deserve the level of accountability that you get as a coach that will help take you to the next level in your life. You deserve to have a community of positive, like-minded people who will encourage, motivate, & inspire you to achieve all of your goals & have your back no matter what.

Coaching is about more then just fitness. It is about finding a new life for you & your family. It is not too good to be true. It is real & I’m the living proof.
Don’t wait a second longer to start your journey transforming your life & following God’s will for your life!

 

Remember to always love yourself,

Jess <3