January 6, 2021

Breathe…

Posted in Devotional, health and wellness, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:35 am by Broken & Brave

Word for this Wednesday…

All week the Holy Spirit has had one theme with me…”Breathe”. I have been compelled over and over again to listen to the song “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant. My devotional is on the theme of Breath of God. It resonates within.

Here’s what I know…

We breathe without thinking about it. Breathing is apart of the autonomic nervous system–things we need to do internally to live that we don’t have to think about. Another example is our heartbeat. We breathe to carry oxygen to all parts of the blood and body down to the cellular level. Without oxygen we die.

God is all around…we experience Him in ways we need every moment of everyday without even thinking about it.

We need Him to live, even if we aren’t thinking about it.

Today, during the day, when you may feel anxious, concerned, overwhelmed or stressed–take 45 seconds (that’s it!)…45 seconds to practice some mindful focus on God. 45 seconds to breathe deeply. Let Him get your mind off of the circumstances and onto Him. Breathe Him in…and find your heart, mind an soul refreshed and revived.

Just Breathe…

Nicole ♥️

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:6-7

January 1, 2021

2021 Strong

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:46 am by Broken & Brave

If you want to be excellent at something you study excellence. You practice the required disciplines. You show up every day, every moment regardless of how you feel. Obstacles challenging you? Find a way to overcome them by working a little harder, a little smarter and rising to the occasion with a flame in your heart and an unmatchable cadence to your pace. Don’t forget! A smile on your face that cannot be erased!

Every ounce of 2020 has equipped and prepared you for this upcoming New Year.

You’re ready to take it on! 🎉

Make 2021 your best! -Nicole❤️

P.S. I am pointing to my weight vest in the photo. Just like how adding weight makes you stronger, difficulties of life also make you stronger—if you embrace it! Live Strong!♥️

December 30, 2020

Nutrition Tips

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:27 am by Broken & Brave

When you realize just how valuable you are, you gain appreciation for the balanced importance of self care. So take care, You!

TIPS TO AVOID OVEREATING:

Use a smaller plate. This will control portion sizes.

Avoid having “treats” or “splurge” foods in the house.

Drink water before a meal.

Choose foods which are similar to what you would normally consume, but substitue a healthier alternative. For example, swap brown rice for white rice.

Identify obstacles or your personal “triggers” that are preventing healthful food choices.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS:

Write down the number of calories consumed to maintain a caloric deficit. You have to be in a deficit to lose weight, even if what you eat is healthy.

Determine calorie consumption targets (what you can eat and still be in deficit). I recommed you track your calories with a food journal-on paper or with an app.

Identify what makes it hard to choose the right foods or to stick to a nutrition plan.

Have a back-up plan. This will help to avoid getting derailed. Avoid keeping foods in the house you know you can’t resist. Instead, have an alternative snack plan. Maybe instead of chips, have carrots. Instead of a bowl of cereal, a bowl of blueberries. You get the idea.

Eat well & Live STRONG! ~Nicole🍽

About Me:

I’ve been studying nutrition since the late 80’s. I help people with their overall wellness by guiding my clients in their dietary habits, exercise for their goals and body type, and rest. Balanced living is essential! A component to my strategy is supplementation with only products I use and believe in. I select from quality, efficacy and ample scientific notations to support each formulation.

If you want to lose weight, gain strength and build a strong immune system as an act of prevention, I am honored to help. Contact me at:

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December 27, 2020

5 Keys To Live Attractively

Posted in Inspirational, leadership, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:50 am by Broken & Brave

October 24, 2020

Worn, Torn and Worth a Million Bucks!

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:53 am by Broken & Brave

I have this t-shirt. . .

it’s really more like a muscle shirt, that is black and has flames across the chest. It says “girl gang“ next to the flames. It has rips, tears and holes all over it that were intentionally put there. I’ve had this t-shirt for a few years now. I had forgotten I had it and rediscovered it this week and I learned something—not much has changed when it comes to the response I receive for this shirt. I get a lot of compliments of people liking my shirt each time I wear it. It kind of makes me giggle. The shirt cost me $3 at a discount clothing store. The return on my investment has been abundant.

Do you ever feel like a ripped up garment, full of holes from the bullets life has shot at you? Feeling like your worth about 3 bucks? Has discouragement left you feeling less than or incomplete? If so I want to tell you something. God looks at you and sees something worth His investment. He sees the return in your life He will get from His investment. You may think you amount to “not much“. You may not feel all that fabulous. But I’m here to tell you that you are. You are…. you are. You have fabulous inside and it’s imperative you know it. So shine, Baby. . . Shine.

James 4:6, ESV says:

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

~Nicole

August 25, 2020

Protected. Worthy. Loved.

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , at 6:47 am by Broken & Brave


These are the words that penetrate my mind first thing this morning. What a blessing because these are all words of special significance to me.


Protected.


“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.“ Psalm 5:11

Most people want to feel safe, but I think women especially have a need for this kind of security. I know I do. When we think of protection I think most people immediately think about physical safety. However, I think it is this and more. I think protection in its fullest includes protection of our heart and mind and soul. It even includes emotional protection. After all, human intimacy grows deep in an atmosphere of emotional safety. 


Protection is something God promises in his word, but it’s something he has guaranteed me especially in the last year as a promised reward in the midst of some specific obedience. Where I fail to receive this from people, I know I can receive it from God—and so can you.



Worthy.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.“ Philippians 1:6

The lie the enemy has whispered to me my entire life is that I was not enough. It was in my own self talk or the actions and words of others (who probably were acting out of their own worthiness issues). I felt less than, like I didn’t do it right, I was told I wasn’t doing it right, and because I was so quiet as a child I learned at an early age to feel invisible. I grew to become very comfortable being invisible, cruising below the radar and unseen. It was easier to self preserve this way, but it wasn’t God’s way or his plan. God designed us to be risk takers—this includes  with our hearts. One way he has spread my wings is to love and heal me to a level of worth that I am able to share in transparency by vehicle of my pen. Not ever easy or comfortable, but I have great comfort in him and my worth is tied to what God thinks of me and the edification that my obedience bears is the best I have known.


Loved.


“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 
1 John 4:9-1


There are many reasons why we should understand that God is real and he not only lingers above, but he made the effort and allowed himself the inconvenience to drop in on humanity and prove to us his enormous love. He dangled from a tree-scandalously-for people who didn’t deserve his love or forgiveness—and he did it to prove this love. 

God has spent my entire life working, sowing, mending the fabric of my soul and the health of my heart. Understand that he began the major portion of this work when I was at the age of 23. He has flooded me with his presence and carried me on his back. He poured himself into me so deeply I could feel his protection. I could discern my value and worth because of how he loved me. 

God speaks to everyone personally. For me he speaks with loving, gentle and kind words. Even when he is convicting me and correcting me—he is dove like. I never hear him yell. He knows my heart, I don’t respond well to that. I’m not sure God yells at all. If you believe you hear God yelling at you, I want you to consider it may not be God’s voice you are hearing. I know he dealt with the religious leaders sternly, but the Bible to my knowledge gives no explanation of him yelling in his discipline and he dealt with women and children differently than he dealt with men.


My friends, God cannot lie. It says so right in the book of Hebrews. But do you know who can? Satan. He is a thief and he will lie to steal your security. He will lie to diminish your belief of your worth—he will especially lie and tell you that you aren’t worth loving. Thank God I began to ignore that lie a long, long time ago. Be encouraged. You can forget that lie as well and time will pass and you will become so secure in his love you will begin to forget what it was like to dwell in the insecurity apart from his love.


Let me exhort your soul this morning. You have a safe space in the presence of God. He longs for your company so much he was willing to sacrifice his worth to give you worth and security. Discard every insecure thought you ever had about yourself. You are indeed worthy, loved and completely adored. God doesn’t see you through a lens that keeps record of your mistakes. His love is patient and kind. His love keeps record of no wrong. His love is faithful and long suffering. It sees all, endures all, and it never fails. His love never gives up! His heart is full of grace and his mercy runs deep and wide like the oceans tide. You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. Embrace this love. Allow it to wrap itself around you and hold you. Let it fill you to overflow and patch every broken piece within. Brokenness is not the end, it is the beginning. For it isn’t until we have allowed our will to be broken that God can make us new. Love is in the details and he missed no attention to detail when he created you. What a beautiful view.


Your smile looks lovely on you. Make sure today you share your smile more, drawing other people in so they can win against the lies of the enemy as well. Give your heart in to the full knowledge of what I’ve said. . . 
You are adored.


Protected. Worthy. Loved.♥️

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭

With love. . . 

~Nicole

August 20, 2020

Joy Is A Weapon

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:30 am by Broken & Brave

God’s Love. . .

There’s something so much more than a feeling, yet that is how it all begins. God taps into our emotions.

People have a mind… A heart…
A brain—And people have emotions. Our emotions are dynamic and eclectic and combine together to create a myriad of emotions on lots of levels of expression.

This thing with God…it starts off as something that sparks a feeling and then grabs hold of our attention. As we pay attention something gets highlighted in our heart. We become moved, inside to the out, by this thing…God’s love.

God’s love just loves.

It’s simple. It’s pure. It’s sweet and it is oh so special. It’s like nothing else and is difficult to explain because it is so personal. The personal attention and detail of it is part of its magic.

The purity of my pen comes from the purity of God’s heart. The uniqueness of how God uses me to exhort and heal is one of the sweetest sources of joy my life has known. This gift He has given me is quietly celebrated continually over and over again by a small heart that swells big every time it thinks of Him.

Other people will judge your purity through the filter of their own. Know this and dust off the residue that criticism can bring. Few things sting and tender heart more than undeserved criticism.
There is so much of that going around this year. It’s like somehow people everywhere feel they’ve been given permission to express their offense and bleed the wounds of their heart all over others thinking somehow this is how justice starts. I’m not speaking on one specific thing. . . there’s so much of it rampant and growing—I use an amalgam to contain it all.

So I find my thoughts on Jesus. He’s the one. He took all my broken pieces. All my jaded unwillingness to let people in and allow them to love me and get close to me—it took all of that and gave me himself first. Then He equipped me with the courage to allow others into my heart as well. He removed my numbness of heart and with Him I was given a fresh start.

The enemy of your life will always attack hardest the areas God is using in you and your life. So I think of Jesus. What did Jesus do when he was accused, blamed, cornered as the source of others offense?

He stood there and took it.

The Bible tells us that we are supposed to bless those who persecute us. We are to respond in love. I will forever be impacted by the scene in the movie the Passion of the Christ where Jesus was condemned to a death sentence-yet had committed no crime. The mob of people were judging him through the lens of their own purity. Yet he just stood there. He didn’t defend himself. He didn’t point out all of their sins. He gave in. He gave up. He didn’t give up hope—but he used the moment as an opportunity to spread hope. It didn’t look good in that moment. But look how his fame has spread like a net of love over anyone who has been willing to let his love in. Centuries down the road, the offended still want to crucify, just like they did to him.

So when you feel criticized when uncalled for. When you feel accused without a crime. When others point their fingers at you and mock you. Remember my small piece of advice…

The Joy Of The Lord Is Your Strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Do not retaliate. God sees. God knows. Whatever the trial, He has allowed it to draw out the gold in you. Humble hearts before God are a fortress of strength.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.“ (Psalm 27)

Don’t give up. God will shake things up and remove who He needs to remove and He will also surround you with others who will love just right. Love big. Love on purpose. Love with honor. Not because anyone may deserve it—but because honoring others is honor to God.

Love Honors God.

“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

(Psalm 46:5)

Serve Love—no matter how it looks.

August 14, 2020

Love Lavishes

Posted in Devotional, health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:37 am by Broken & Brave

I feel you

Just love people…

People can be a lot.

A lot of emotions.

A lot of opinions.

A lot of everything, good and not so good.

I am hyper empathetic. I feel people. Literally. I feel their heart, their passions, their pain, their joy, their tears. I feel even when I don’t want to. I know what I prefer not to know. It’s a lot to absorb, but I need to know. Why? Because . . .

God is such a Lover.

Anyone, like me, who is by far more lover than fighter needs to know how important it is to care for the mind, will and emotions as much as the physical body. We must train it all.

So know today, I feel you. I shower you with blessings and that you might become saturated with a love you’ve never experienced before. Lavished. Because soul health is just as important to your health as physical, mental and emotional health. The love is what will wash away any void or empty you feel inside even when life is full and you feel slight. Love Lavishes. . .

Nicole🤍

August 8, 2020

Mindset to Move Mountains. . .

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, leadership, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:38 am by Broken & Brave

“When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the Eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the cloud.” ~Unknown

Some of the biggest and best accomplishments this world has ever seen have been done under extreme duress and adversity.

Airplanes rise against the wind not with it.

It is the wind against a sail that makes the boat go.

Don’t turn back when others speak skepticism and lack. Don’t confuse wise and Godly instruction for criticism and do not mistake criticism for wise instruction. If it’s not with pure and loving intentions it’s not God. Sometimes even well meaning advice can be sincerely wrong. It’s easy to criticize. It is easy to see the difficulty in any circumstance. It doesn’t take much effort to be negative, see the negative or speak negatively.

I’d rather be known as one who encouraged, inspired and believed…

Believe big today!

It’s been a challenging year. The Enemy uses tactics to wear people down and out. When you become worn you become weary. When we are weary we stop our spiritual lines of defense. He fail to put on the whole armor of God found in Ephesians 6. Or we may have on our armor but we aren’t postured in a ready stance–shield and sword up and feet planted. The weapons we fight with are not carnal, but are alive with firefly power to tear down strongholds. We must be on the offense, girded and ready. We must be hemmed in right like those 300 soldiers who fought to advance Sparta and defend their borders and each other from the Persians in the Greek mythology movie named 300. When we are weary we are tired and it is so difficult to do anything.

Be refreshed! Make a joyful noise! Stop listening to the excessive negativity and fear spoken through your television. Turn off the news. Close your ears to skepticism and doom and gloom reports. Fear is a liar! This virus, like all viruses, has mutated and it mutates weaker not stronger. People have a 99% survival rate. But fear had wiped out countless people! We have placed our hope in a piece of cloth over our mouth instead of the Almighty. I’ve yet to hear anyone in authority educate Americans on how to eat proper, exercise, the benefits of the great sanitizer called the Sun. No recommendations for healthy lifestyle and wellness. That would help more than any mask! Eyes up my friends. Blaze a holy trail of determined fortitude. Understand the power of Heaven that dwells within you. You possess everything you need to move mountains of adversity. Think big and positive thoughts!

The radiance of Heaven and the power of the Holy Spirit flow in the peculiar and unknown. Live all of life with great fortitude!

~Nicole💗

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17

August 4, 2020

Re-Post “Preserved”

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:11 am by Broken & Brave

Did you happen to see the blog I wrote last week about self preservation and how we protect ourselves from being hurt by others?

http://brokenandbrave.com/body/preserved/

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