Posts Tagged ‘passions’

What Can I Possibly Offer This World?

Morning, friends!! It seems like the mornings just come earlier and earlier this week. That will happen when not getting as much sleep thanks to night time potty training. Oy! Plus, I keep feeling like it’s a day ahead. At least tomorrow is actually Friday.

About to head off to the gym now for some more treadmill fun. I plan on doing my recent treadmill interval workout again this morning since I had such a good time with it last week. It felt kind of weird printing off a workout from my own site this morning, but at least I can remember what to do in my sleepy fog.


Which reminds me – the “Print This” feature didn’t show up originally on last night’s two strength training workouts. If you were interested in those workouts and want an easy print option, I fixed it for ya! Smile

How Do We Recognize Our Gifts And Talents In Life?

For the longest time, I would hear others talk about their passions or seem so naturally fulfilled by something they loved. It seemed like certain parts of their lives just flowed. They could somehow tune in so perfectly to their skills and really make a difference.

I felt like I stumbled through life, going through the motions, with nothing that I could call my own. Nothing that truly lit me on fire. Then came motherhood. And then came sharing my story.Then came the a-ha moment that I needed my decisions and actions to mesh with who I am at the core.


How do we even know what our gifts are? Our discussion in our adult study group this past Sunday focused on identifying two things:

Step One: What Comes Naturally To You?

  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What do you spend your time thinking about that makes you happy?
  • What can you do with ease while others seem to sometimes struggle?

Pay attention to those because they almost definitely add to your life, but also to others’ lives as well. Especially when you consider…

Step Two: What Do Others Compliment You On Often?

Really think about the compliments you receive most. They are people recognizing your natural talents! Strong organization? A good listener? Motivational? A creative mind?

The message we watched on this topic made a point that took my breath away:

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Talk about a wake up call with that part of the discussion! I know I do that.

We don’t have to use our gifts as our careers. We don’t have to use our gifts every single day. But we should be in tune with them and leveraging every possible opportunity to use them. It will add to our lives.

I’m still learning myself, but I know paying attention to what ignites me and what I do well really helped me find me more and more. And I couldn’t be happier for where it has led me.

  • What do you think are some of your gifts?
  • Have you ever thought about dismissing compliments in that way?

Posted by on September 29th, 2011 44 Comments

One Month To Live: Live Passionately

I recently began a new book called One Month to Live. The book focuses on living life to the fullest through Biblical principles. I am in love with it! The book is broken down into four parts - one for each week -and each part has a different motivational reading for each day. After getting into this book, and hearing your interest in the study, I decided I have to do a weekly feature sharing some of the great insights I picked up from each day. So, let’s get started!


Don’t Fear What Excites You: Many people’s favorite day of the week is “someday” – meaning that we will put off our hopes, dreams, desires, and goals because we can’t get to them TODAY. We will also think life will not really satisfy until that day comes and lose appreciation for TODAY. The biggest thing that holds us back? Fear! Keep a God-centered perspective and those big giants that make our passions somewhat scary quickly become small ants from His viewpoint. Our biggest dreams require faith.

Use Time Wisely: Don’t live life frivolously. Time is our most valuable commodity and we should use it on the things that really matter to us. We must engage ourselves in the present and take a close look at our lives, our days, and what ways we waste our time. This passage instigated my one and only goal for the month of August!

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Stay Connected to God: For spiritual health we must remain connected to God through communication (prayer) and confession (so we can move past troubles). God can work through us and fulfill our lives. That is His responsibility. Our responsibility simply comes in staying connected.

Take Care of Yourself: Notice that the popular Bible verse saying the second top commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself”? Yea. That’s right. God wants us to love ourselves and care for ourselves. How you treat your body and spirit has a direct and lasting impact on the quality of life you can enjoy.

Don’t Have A Narrow View Of Life: God wants to work through us. We can’t get so caught up in trying to control our paths that we don’t see other possibilities and opportunities for growth that He readily gives. Stay open to God’s plans.

Live The Dream: Our dreams tug at our heartstrings for a reason – they are God given. Remember that when facing doubt or challenges or waiting periods in the dreams and passions you pursue. If it’s from God, it will find a way to work.

Failure Doesn’t Matter: We will have failures. We will have mistakes. However, God doesn’t view our mistakes and then shout “I told you so!” at us. He looks on us with compassion and helps us power through. The failures teach us something. They have a purpose and we can’t allow them to hinder living our lives.


Good stuff, huh? I will now leave you with my favorite quote:

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. For what the world needs is people who have come alive”. – Howard Thurman

  • Which of the seven days’ lessons struck you the most?

Posted by on August 7th, 2011 32 Comments


Catch Up With Recent Posts

Announcement Time

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

Well, I have had a whirlwind of a few weeks over here. I missed all of you so much! I can’t express enough gratitude for your patience while I got some important things sorted out. Some scary things. Are you ready for the announcement? Here goes! I will no longer be blogging at Faith Fitness […]

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Self-Love Reflection: The Road Not Taken

Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hello FFF readers! Nice to meet ya! My name is Carissa and my husband and I blog at Fit2Flex.  Well, I blog…he consults! We are both certified personal trainers with a passion for healthy, active living and clean eating.  I am also studying to become a registered dietitian, a race announcer, and a runner.  Stop […]

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Healthier Eating For Kids

Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute "Quest for Yum!" video and see what happens! As parents, we want the best for our children. We help them to feel loved. We strive to teach them […]

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Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hey, everyone! I wanted to pop in and say I am working on some new and exciting changes.  As a result,I may not be posting as much during the coming week.  Please stay tuned for the big announcement! Love you all! And still feel free to find me on Twitter and Facebook for the time […]

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Where The Change Happens

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else. The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go. Making The Cut includes a lot of […]

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From Beginning To End

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Good morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this year. I hope I can return a little bit of that love through this here blog as well. So yesterday I had my first parent-teacher “conference” for […]

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