June 1, 2020

Hope for America

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:58 am by Broken & Brave

If you need encouragement please read a blog post I wrote just now…

Health & Healing For America

May 29, 2020

Prayer of Peace & Protection for America

Posted in Inspirational, leadership, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who got mad when I asked to pray for them. Even the most proud of persons can weep when someone genuinely cares for their well-being. Perhaps Lady Liberty needs our prayers?

I have written a prayer we can pray… for America and all of her gorgeous people…together.

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/prayer-of-blessing/prayer-of-peace-protection-for-america/

May 18, 2020

Level Up!

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Devotional, Inspirational, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:14 pm by Broken & Brave

Crowded Out To Level Up!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,“ Hebrews 12:1


Have you ever done any running? Ever entered a race? I’m not a runner per se. I go for runs and get exercise by running—but I am not a runner. My oldest son is a runner. I ran with him once. I loved it, but also felt bad for my son at the same time. He was kind and gentle as always, but I could see he had to hold back so I could keep up. Even his slowing down for me was a greater cadence than my pace was used to. Running with him really worked me out and challenged me to level up. If this wasn’t a challenge enough, he also took me on a different path that was a good 1.5 miles longer than the 2.25 path I was used to. He pushed me…in the best of ways.

 Our run was probably his warm up.

Sometimes deleterious things happen to us that push us down, push us back and crowd us out. Perhaps a lot of people can relate with that, especially right now given the current events of the world. 

 I have a meek and not so competitive personality so I have tremendous experience with being crowded out and pushed back my entire life. But something happened in me. God saw my heart and what was happening to me and He used it. He used it to stoke a fire in me and challenge me to fight for my place in history. God knows my heart after all. He knows I could care less about glam and spotlights and my name in lights. He knows how I please easily and don’t ask for much. So He polished a crown and set it aside for me. He surrounded me with a great cloud of witnesses, too. They cheer me on and they cheer for you. So pick yourself up. Life has maybe knocked you a few blows. The world owes us nothing, but God owns everything and He sees your strength and wants you to rise up, persevere, and run the race to win!

Level up and let yesterday’s best become tomorrow warm up!  It’s ok to compete for your space in this race called life. God will surround you with people who love you, celebrate you and are happy to see you win at life. Smile big and let’s get after it. 

Your best is yet to come!

~Nicole

April 4, 2020

Interrupted Life

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:43 am by Broken & Brave

I’m a trainer. Trainers love fitness. Trainers love weights, and movement, and all things physical fitness. I love my gym. I am what they would call a bit of a gym rat. The gym has been home for nearly as long as I can remember. I have been attracted to physical fitness, healthy eating and muscle since my very early adolescence. 


I have goals. I have routine, just like everyone else pursuing fitness. Just like everyone else, this whole COVID-19 thing interrupted those goals. It interrupted my routine— Interrupted life. 

If there is anything God has taught me or trained me in, its how to flow with interruption. The last thing to do is give up! So as far as my fitness routine goes, it looks different right now and maybe that is not a bad thing? The weather has been gorgeous so I’m outdoors a lot (which always makes me happy). But I’m doing different workout routines. I’m focusing more on overall maintenance and fitness. I’m using weights I have at home, but I’m also using a lot of functional movement tools. I’m using body weight exercises. I’m running more. Guess what…I’m kind of sore! As a trainer, I know the change up is good and will also help me reach some fitness goals!

In working with clients on fitness and nutrition I see patterns over the years. People may start strong and be full of zeal and ambition. They see some results which only validates their efforts and keeps them going. But then something will happen. Some sort of interruption in their routine. The interruption may be work, their schedule of their children, etc. Whatever it is—“the circle of life” steals their thunder and all that consistency and results gained goes under. They don’t get back their mojo. Why? Because they didn’t have a solid enough foundation. It’s like a tree that grows, yet has shallow roots. The storms pull it up from the soil. But those fit minded people who persist despite the resistance have deep roots that hold them steady toward their goals and they maintain the fit lifestyle.

“She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.“ Proverbs 31:17

How can we apply workout consistency and routine to our faith? Has Coronavirus  interrupted your faith mojo? Are you finding it difficult to trust God in a way you’re not used to having to trust Him? Don’t let this sidebar become center focus of your spiritual fitness litmus. Don’t fail the fitness test! 

The truly fit minded persist without exception. Let the same be said for our trust and faith and obedience to God!

 He… Has…Got this!
And He’s got you, too!
Flex yourself happy today and hold your soul strong! You can handle the weight because God’s been your spotter all along!
If no one else tells you today…
You are beautiful.
You are radiant.
Your smile is inviting and contagious. So good ahead and laugh. Allow the twinkle in your eye to magnify and stoke the heart and hopes of all you hold dear. 2020 will still be a stellar year! Get excited!

2020 can still be a magnificent year! Get excited!


“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.”
Proverbs 31:25-27

March 31, 2020

“When You Call—I’ll Be There”

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:44 am by Broken & Brave

There is a song in your heart that only you can sing. Use this abundant time to rest and refresh so when the season shifts you will be ready and equipped to handle it. God isn’t yet finished! He’s got you~

Nicole🕊

Click the link and read an inspiration to refresh and bless and get you going this morning!

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/when-you-call-ill-be-there/

March 25, 2020

Heart Strong

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:30 am by Broken & Brave

Grace—

It is heavy on my mind and heart that countless numbers of you are right now battling guilt, shame and un-forgiveness for yourself.

Forget about it! One breath of God is all it takes to wipe your stain away. Receive. Sometimes you still have to make things right with others, but God’s Grace once again is scandalous and his ability to restore and make like new is incredible. 

You are worthy.
You are loved.
You are joyful.
You are strong.
You are brave.

So take courage!
A tremendous amount of love has been invested in you!

You are an incredible gift. Yes, YOU! So receive for yourself the same beauty others see in you. You are exquisite. ~Nicole🤎

“You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,
    since God has blessed you forever.” Psalm 45:2


February 4, 2020

Impressive & Expensive

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:38 am by Broken & Brave

Big bows, big butts and a need for love amongst us.

brokenandbrave.com/mind/expensive…

January 2, 2020

Stolen Goods

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:43 pm by Broken & Brave

Have you ever had someone take something that was yours? It’s hard isn’t it? We feel violated and robbed of blessing. It feels a bit dirty even. Sometimes people break in and steal our property. And sometimes people steal our joy, our peace or our work. But honestly, we can find encouragement in the Word.

Turning the other cheek is hard.

The theft feels like a slap on the face, but God wants us to turn and offer up the other side as well?

Well—here’s my encouragement and reminder to anyone who feels any form of loss or violation…

Solomon, in all his splendor craved wisdom more than anything. God delighted in his desire and gave him wisdom and then added all the things the common man would have asked God for in the first place (fame, fortune, prestige, title). And with that wisdom he made a decision for two women fighting over a baby.

So when you feel violated or robbed or treated unfairly, remember—

The real Mother will always let the baby live.

Words to live by that add practical wisdom to almost any area of life. Hold tight. Your destiny didn’t need those cracker crumbs anyway!

~Nicole

December 26, 2019

Gladiator Mindset

Posted in Inspirational, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , at 4:21 pm by Broken & Brave

The Gladiator Mindset

Have you ever known someone who had an all or nothing mindset? I’d like to call it a Gladiator Mindset. Think about a gladiator of Ancient Rome. These men stepped into the arena knowing the only man leaving was the last man standing. He had to be all in. He must have laser focus. His eyes must be keen and aware of everything happening around him. Intent. His intent must be “victory is the only option”. Mindset is the fuel in his veins that bear the fruit and sweet taste of victory.

What would happen if we adopted a gladiator mindset for everyday living? We’d make decisions and choices based on long term outcomes over immediate comfort or relief. We would chose to train—our bodies, our minds and our spirit—instead of sitting around indulging our flesh. We’d have goals and action steps to achieve those goals. We would rarely select the easy path. We’d choose the victors path. We’d have vision and we’d cast it and harness it every single day.

When a gladiator stepped into the cage of battle he didn’t know the absolute guarantee of another day. But neither do we. We might not be fighting physically for our very lives, or are we? We’ve got to work, advance, bring in the cash. Perform. Perform. Perform or our job will find a replacement. So we’ve got to be intentional, growing, evolving and exploring our options every single day. We must have our head on a swivel and keep our strength in the middle. Balance is always fundamental.

It’s a lot.

But I dare say…I admire the gladiator. He knows exactly what he wants and he’s not afraid to fight for it. He is confident. He has a zest and thrill for life and he will own and protect it.

I admire the gladiator.

Cheers to all who possess and aspire to a gladiator mindset lifestyle. You are few and far between. So when we meet you—we recognize you and tip our brow to you.

As we finish strong our 2019, what adjustments need to be made to bring in an abundant 2020? God doesn’t do things second class. He is first cabin all the way. When your in it with Him, He’s in it to stay.

Play for keeps.

We’ve only one go round this globe.

Own it.

Make it worth it.

Brilliant and vibrant with color.

You can be both warrior and lover. Have a zest for life—

so few do anymore.

Cheers! Train hard, life moves fast. Have a blast. Who knows how many more tomorrow’s you’ve got.

December 5, 2019

Power People in your Process

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:15 am by Broken & Brave

Be One Who Speaks With Authority.

Speaking with authority is different from being authoritarian. Authoritarian leadership is all about manipulation and control. Do as I say or else kind of leadership. Authoritative leadership is about respect, honor and a rock solid guidance that builds confidence and a sense of security.

Authority is a level of conviction, confidence, maturity and knowledge in any given field or area of expertise. Leadership is authority guided by genuine love. Some have natural God given ability to rise as a leader. Some must learn and grow a bit more to obtain leadership qualities. But we are all expected to lead something or someone, even if it’s ourself. And we all have room to grow both as humans and as leaders. Quality leadership guides others and inspires them to try more, do more become more. People will never rise higher than the quality and capacity of the leader.

Believe

Leaders instill BELIEF. A quality leader will creatively and uniquely persuade you to believe in something. They will not only inspire, they empower and demonstrate they trust you and are in fact the one who feels honored that you would want to follow their leadership. This is because quality leaders have authority, but are still humble. They know they aren’t the leader if there are no people to lead.

Begin

An industrious leader will cultivate an environment that nurtures a duplication of their vision with practical and duplicatable actions steps. I am in the fitness and wellness industry. I inspire people to believe they achieve better health. They can perform an exercise, stick to their meal plan and achieve better health. I have special expertise in gestational fitness and post-partum come backs! This is because I did it myself first with five children. I had educational expertise, but I also have practical experiential success and knowledge.

Become

Great leaders foster fruit in vision realized. Every goal has a journey to get there. There will be time and commitment and consistency involved. There will be tough and challenging days and there will be days that seem the momentum carries you. As you “become” the effort isn’t as forced because habits and routines are established. Foundation has been layed and if it’s a sturdy foundation what you can achieve becomes amazing.

You don’t have to run a fortune five hundred company to be an effective and impactful leader. For example, who am I that I should be writing a blog about leadership? I don’t run a large company. I don’t have hundreds and thousands of volunteers at my disposal. I don’t have a multi million dollar budget. But here’s what I know… I know people, and the people God has entrusted me with I’ve been successful with.

Power People in your Process

You have to have the ability to connect effectively with people to inspire them to change. People need help to believe and then begin so they can become. People need relationship.

I’ve had five children. Therefore, I lead a small army, lol. One thing I have always tried to instill into my children is that they are a team. This has always been of great importance to me so I began sowing seeds and building foundation in their minds as young as toddler age. My kids know they are Champions and what is expected of a champion is clearly defined. As a team each persons greatest strength and qualities becomes that of their siblings as well, because we are a team. I encourage the knowledge that we help each other. We watch out for each other. We protect each other. When one succeeds we all succeed. There is no place for sibling rivalry on this team. We cheer each other on, pick each other up and move toward our goals together. We guard each other’s name because the family name is our crest and it represents all of us.

The family is the basic and foundational blue print for any healthy organization. We can learn a lot from the family dynamic. It gets harder and harder because healthy family dynamics don’t exist today as they did in centuries past. We’ve got a society built on generation after generation of family brokenness and dysfunction. So in some cases, even if the family dynamic looks light years better than what you came from, because of the severity of the dysfunction, it’s still a bit of a hot mess. There are fewer and fewer quality examples to learn from.

Know this…whatever your role on this side of Heaven, there is a place of leadership for you. As a believer in God, I am honored to lead others to the genuine and affectionate love of heaven toward you. God is like a Good, Gentle, Patient and Kind Father. He offers dysfunction free family to you. He offers genuine and appealing love. He offers resilient and stoic leadership. He is full of valor and is willing to rise off of His Throne to help you. He will guard over you and protect you. He will rise with you and celebrate you along life’s way. He will edify your soul and touch you deep with His Peace. He sees you as a Candidate for Victory in this life’s journey. He views you as all things extraordinary. He will always make room at His table for you. Feast yourself. Delight yourself. Partake in His Goodness and Love. That’s the kind of leader we can all learn from.

Strength and quality leadership does not just happen….it is built. Like a brick wall, layer by layer, brick by brick. Strength of a team is built with consistency, desire, discipline and belief. Belief of the possibilities is the foundation that your tenacity and strength are built upon.

Don’t be discouraged.
Never give up.
Build the foundation first, then every layer built upon it will one day achieve all that you have dreamed.

Not just in business…
Not just in fitness…
in life.

Stop being content with the mediocre.
You are capable of the exceptional.

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