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Clay Shaver on Becoming the Best Version of You {Podcast Episode #43}


clay shaver I loved having Clay Shaver on the show. He has an incredibly inspiring weight loss story, and encourages us to become the best version of ourselves. On this episode, we talk about:

  • How he lost over 226 pounds
  • Weighing less isn’t necessarily better
  • Committing to a long term lifestyle change is important
  • If he can do it, you can do it too!
  • Learning to rock back and forth, instead of charging full steam ahead
  • You CAN become the best version of you
  • Don’t look for the perfect diet. It doesn’t exist!
  • Someone else has gone through exactly what you are going through
  • Find a lifestyle that you can live with forever

You can connect with Clay on Twitter, Facebook, or on his website. I also recommend that you listen to his podcast, Remodeling Clay. And when you do, be sure to leave him a review on iTunes as well!


Are you on a journey to live healthier? What inspired you on this episode?

Ethan Bryan on Baseball and Life {Podcast Episode #42}

LS Jamey Carroll & family

Ethan with Jamey Carroll

Ethan Bryan joins me on the podcast today. He is a lover of baseball and the Kansas City Royals. He is the author of Run Home and Take a Bow. You can read my recap of it here. He is known as a baseball contemplative, and helps us understand the connection between something he loves so much, baseball, and life.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Life is about learning to love your neighbor and do something you love
  • Making connections between what we love and life
  • Themes that have been with us throughout our life
  • Overcoming obstacles in life while chasing a dream
  • Good things will happen as you continue to find your voice
  • How playing catch has become his passion and helps raise awareness for human trafficking
  • Listen to your passions and what makes you feel alive
  • Watch and listen, and you will have more opportunities to make a difference than you could ever imagine
  • Ethan’s upcoming book

You can connect with Ethan on Twitter, or on his blog. You can find his books at Hearts and Minds Books.

Do you love baseball? What did you like about this episode?



Embracing Beauty


What beauty is waiting for you to discover it today?

Empty Shelf Challenge Books 7 & 8

It’s so fun to keep track of the books I’ve been reading this year. I’ve joined with a huge group of people who are also participating in the Empty Shelf Challenge. You can learn more about it here, and see the Pinterest board full of great books here.

Here is a quick recap of books seven and eight.


Book #7Faith Powered Profession by Elizabeth Knox

Until recently, I’ve spent my entire career in corporate America. I’ve read quite a few books written for working women. I’ve also read many books from a Christian woman perspective. I rarely agreed or recommended any of them, because I never felt like they hit both of these areas together well.

Faith Powered Profession is different. Elizabeth explores the question of whether a professional Christian woman can combine a vibrant faith with a productive career. It is full of stories and examples of how this is possible. The corporate world can be brutal sometimes, and often does not align with our faith. Elizabeth explores practical ways that we can have a great career and also live out our faith in the workplace. She explores why our work matters, and offers suggestions and guidelines for confronting the needs of this world with the skills God has given you.


Book #8 – Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez

This was a very difficult book to read. The writing was great, but the topic is heartbreaking. Elora addresses the topic of human trafficking through a story that tugs at your heart. Multiple times, I would be reading this book and my husband would ask what was wrong due to the disturbed look on my face.

I’ve known about human trafficking for a while now. I also support organizations that are working to stop it. But this story hit me on a completely different level. The thought of kids going through this is almost too much to bear. However, that’s why I believe in books like this. They help us see modern issues in a new and more understandable way. The reality is that stories like this are happening in our towns and neighborhoods. As difficult as it is to believe, it is the truth.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. It definitely stretched me out of my comfort zone, and reminded me that there are people all around us who are living in situations we can’t even imagine. It’s up to us to start paying more attention.


What books are you reading right now?



Michelle Howe on Helping People Finish {Podcast Episode #41}



I really enjoyed having Michelle Howe on the podcast. Michelle is a Leadership Coach, and Mompreneur. She is an authentic woman of God that gives encouragement, enlightenment and empowerment to those around her. She is a partner in I Woke Up Yesterday, and shares hope through daily wake up calls.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Sharing vulnerable wake up calls
  • We’re not promised to see the fruit of our labor
  • Sometimes people in the church are the last ones to support you when you are dreaming
  • People will question your motives. Be prepared
  • Confidently expecting and waiting versus sitting still
  • We are leading others to greatness or to their great destruction
  • Being still is hearing His voice and not just sitting still
  • Create a “why” behind your finish line
  • Produce new things that remind you that “you can”
  • God wants to take our ruins and build something new
  • A new challenge + new evidence = renewed confidence

You can follow Michelle on Twitter, or check out her book here. You can find out more about Weekend of Wins here.

I was really inspired by Michelle’s concept of renewing our confidence.

What is one thing you can do to challenge yourself to something that will help renew your confidence?



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