Pray Sweat Eat Repeat

Life Always Finds a Way to Thrive

The past two years have brought many chains into our daily lives. We’ve had to change the way we travel and move about outside. It’s impacted how we train in the gym and what types of activities we can participate in. As I thought about […]

Where Should We Show Up?

It was his unbridled tilted-head-backward laughter that did me in. He searched the surveillance camera to see if the items I’d paid for made it into the bag. The video clearly showed that they did. After he finished laughing at me, I questioned him again, […]

Four Days and Three Nights

We made reservations and paid in advance for our stay. We eagerly counted down the days until the appointed check-in time. Upon our arrival, we receive a warm welcome.  Four days and three nights, carved out for our 40th anniversary get-away.  Standing on the seashore […]

Are Those Your Real Arms?

What is the most unusual question you’ve heard? I have to admit, “Are those your real arms?” still has me scratching my head.  After all, I’m confident he knew my arms were real, so perhaps there was another reason for his question. This encounter led […]

Are You Christmas?

Have you ever left a retreat eager to share nuggets of wisdom with the world? Could you do it in another language? On the train to Moscow, my husband helped three older ladies with their mattresses. The boldest of the three said, “Zhank you, Sir!” […]

What Moves You?

What moves you? My fitness journey began with walking. It’s a simple activity that nudged me from inactive to active, from pain to ease, and from insomnia to restorative sleep. Now powerlifting moves me— squat, bench, and deadlift. What activity gets you out of bed […]

Context Is Crucial

What do you do to delight yourself? It’s almost 8 pm, and I am stuffing my face with my favorite snack, popcorn. Most nights, I offer to share with my husband. But not tonight. Tonight I take pleasure in every crunch.  True delight takes its […]

The Process of Change

Change comes in stages for most of us. I remember knowing something had to change but not feeling quite ready.   My fear of failing, counting the what-ifs and overthinking caused me to hold back.  In pursuit of wellness and honoring our bodies as temples of […]

Find Joy In Every Season

I have my alarm set for 4 am, my eyeglasses broke, and I’m staring at a blank screen. As I go to cry on my husband’s shoulder, he reminds me that I’m doing all the things I love.  “You’re taking it all too seriously, and […]

Lessons Learned in the Gym

Saturday tore me down. I had expectations when I showed up at the gym. My thoughts spiraled out of control. I felt alone and invisible. As I was holding 110lbs over my chest, I told myself my presence there didn’t matter. The weight suddenly felt […]