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

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 17, 2019

Game of Life

Posted in health and wellness, leadership, true story tagged , , , , , at 8:01 am by Broken & Brave

Seasons change, people change, but the Word and Faithfulness of God remain the same!

Keep the faith! God always rewards faithfulness!

~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/game-of-life/

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.

October 22, 2019

Notes from Joe. . .

Posted in Inspirational, leadership, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:07 am by Broken & Brave

How bad do you want it?

Tap into your inner awesome. There is much great within you. The people who truly love and believe in you can see all the extraordinary you truly are right here right now, as is. But the deepest lovers of your soul will help you up and over to the land that flows with milk and honey. So keep going and keep growing! You’re not done yet!

How bad do you want it?

~Nicole

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http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/notes-from-joe/

October 21, 2019

Triage

Posted in Inspirational, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:30 pm by Broken & Brave

Dig deep with people. Go the distance. Saturate your heart, mind and soul with encouragement.

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October 11, 2019

Strength & Joy

Posted in Inspirational, leadership, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:09 am by Broken & Brave

“Be humble but EXCITED! God is arranging things in your favor. Diligently working behind the scenes. Be excited for all the good coming your way. “Feel” it…..” Gina Gonzalez

A woman who has become dear and close to my heart (who I met through my direct sales business) wrote the above quoted and I couldn’t think it more lovely.

Be humble.

Be courageous.

Be extravagant with Hope. Inspire and Aspire.

You are going higher!

We are all on a journey together, but our paths vary. The view is different, the Splendor varies, the destination by design unique to each individual because you and I…we all are unique in design and purpose. Every life has merit and worth and deserves dignity and a form of honor. All of life is honorable.

Replenish your heart with hope. Stay in the Presence of the Most Honored Holy Ghost. Feel His tingle in your bones, that’s the Anointing. His Presence has an actual Presence. Not everyone can feel Him, but He is there. Call upon His Good Name.

I write and post somewhere on social media everyday something that has inspired my pen or been leaned upon my heart. I don’t know who or how many read my words or even care to read them, but I write them just the same because I know it’s part of my path. You never know who you are helping. I receive messages, texts and phone calls from near strangers telling me details of how something I wrote equipped them to keep going. I absolutely love that part. You don’t have to know those kids of derails to follow the lead of the Lord. And when you are doing what you know God wants you to do, has wired you to do, you will have immeasurable Joy in doing it.

If there is no Joy, maybe it’s not your true path? Maybe you’ve hitched a ride on someone else’s? It may look glamorous or better, but it won’t feel better because it’s not yours. As a personal trainer and nutrition consultant I have to know my scope of practice and I dare not venture out of its borders or I become liable. The same is true for your purpose and identity. Don’t step out of your scope, there is heavenly protection within its borders.

Own the road, but be sure you know the road you are on is yours. Success isn’t success if it doesn’t stir your soul, positively equip others, empower belief and stoic understanding in your destiny. Purpose. Merit. Power.

Be complete…And know that every ounce of your completeness is in knowing the Lord and what He put you here for.

It’s never about being known…but rather it’s about knowing the one who owns you.

You belong to the Lord. I pray today He firmly stoke your Strength and your Joy.

Everything becomes possible for those who love.

~Nicole

“My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word.” Psalm 119:28

“When I am with You and You are with me,

Life will be self-forgetting Power;

Life ever conscious, buoyant, clear, and free

Will flame in darkest hour.”

George MacDonald

October 3, 2019

Discernment

Posted in Devotional, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:23 am by Broken & Brave

How is your discernment?

As Believers we need to be innocent as a dove, but wise like a serpent. How is your discernment? Few things will carry you as far as strong and keen as a sense of discernment.

Discernment will separate the right from the wrong, the correct from the error, the sin from the blessing. Discernment will bring wisdom, guidance and protection. We are rapidly headed into an age of deep shadows and false light. Shine bright and illuminate the night, but do it in love and do it with discernment!

~Nicole

“Lord, help us to see as you see. Navigate our path. Expose strongholds and false truth. Do it Lord! We depend on you!”

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

June 15, 2019

When Life Hits Hard: START SOMETHING!

Posted in health and wellness, leadership, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:23 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever read Psalm 42 in its entirety? It’s the heart of young David being poured out to his God.

“Deep calls to deep

at the roar of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and your waves

have gone over me.

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me…” psalm 42:7-8

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls. Wow. Can you feel that? Because I don’t just read it, I can feel it. If you have ever been in the surf of a beach—either on a board or body surfing the waves, you know what a swell can look like from underneath up close to it. Daunting. You don’t just see it lurch over you, you feel it coming, you hear it…just like David said, as a roar.

Have you ever been blind-sided by pain? Pain so deep you wondered where God is? Did he forget? Did he have something more important to do? Am I forgotten, or worse, forsaken? Why do we go through the trials we do? Why do some lead simple lives that are relatively uneventful while other live lives rich with activity and hardship? Life can bring drama, whether we signed up for it caused it or not, and it can feel like a tsunami swell headed straight toward us.

My husband and I have been apart of AdvoCare since 1995. This company impacted us supplement and nutrition/performance geeks 24 years ago. We both immediately fell in love with the products. I feel in countless ways AdvoCare was used by God to open up the marketplace and bring cutting edge nutrition in an era (the 90’s) when phytochemicals and their uses were being explored and discovered. Nutrition science was advancing at alarming rates. It was great. AdvoCare always stayed true to their word to improve the products as the science allowed.

We weren’t looking for it to be a business…that was something God did. We had been so impacted and our lives richly touched for the better we passionately shared with our family and friends who also experienced the same results we did. Before too long we were receiving calls from the company to congratulate us on our success and bless us. I had no idea what was happening. I just loved the products. But within a year I’d know myself to be pregnant with my first child. I was working two jobs (aside from our earnings in AdvoCare) and wanted the option to stay home. I kept praying for my husband to get a raise or hired as an athletic director somewhere (he was in Division 1 college athletics at the time). But every time I’d pray, I’d hear the Spirit of God say in a soft and peaceful voice, “AdvoCare”. In fact I continued to pray and finally after hearing the answer three times I also felt the Spirit quiet me to not ask anymore-AdvoCare was his answer.

Five children later we were still strong with AdvoCare and had built incredible relationships with people all over the country. AdvoCare is a true blessing to our life, and will remain to be so. The business structure may change, but the products remain. My earnings as commission won’t be in my bank account any longer the same way, but the friendships I keep. I will keep using and sharing and loving my AdvoCare. I want it that way. My God wants it that way, and I know Charlie, the founder of AdvoCare who passed away in 2001, he’d be honored by the Legacy we’ve all made.

The richness of leadership training and mentorship I received from AdvoCare is priceless! Charlie believed in building people (we build champions). And he put his money where his mouth was. Extraordinary leader and example. Mentorship from John C Maxwell and Leadership 2000. Norman Schwarzkopf, various sports heroes, Olympians, professional athletes and Andy Andrews, Jon Gordon, George W Bush (twice!), George and Barbara Bush, Bob and Elisabeth Dole, Alan Keyes, only to name a few! I gleaned so much from all of them. I learned a lot from Charlie himself.

So, we didn’t just loose an income, we lost a community, a culture, a family. Though the relationships remain, they will change just because. But God has used Charlie and his little Dallas based company to START SOMETHING.

And start something he did. We each, 100,000 distributors, are now being directed by God in different directions. Some remain all in AdvoCare building a retail business, some to other companies, some to nothing and some in full time ministry.

God gave us personally clear direction immediately. I am so grateful God didn’t make me wait in the hall on this one. The door closed suddenly, but God has directed.

John and I remain faithful to our AdvoCare brand. There is no doubt these products are good and are helping people. We will share them and use them. But while John will be as much support as he can be with AdvoCare Sports Advisory, I’m stepping out and trying my own to replace our income lost with DNA based nutrition. Anyone in nutrition knows this has been coming a while. We’ve come to the reality that we can use DNA testing to pinpoint specific nutrition needs for health and wellness and even fitness and weight loss goals. Cutting edge once again. So I am becoming like a two brand shoe store. I will share both product lines with my customer and clients for added blessing of finding the best fit for their needs (never mine).

John and I have always been a Holy Spirit Marketplace ministry operation. We do business as God leads. We get in peoples lives and help them mind…body…spirit. We love hard. We do life together. The name of my new business is ID Life. So far I am loving the product line. Compliments my other products very well. I’m nervous and excited. This is my baby. John has always been the leader. He has always taken care. I feel the Holy Spirit pushing me out of the nest to spread my wings.

So I am encouraged by David. He saw many and deep trials. He faced many giants, but he defeated every one.

I have faced many giants, and overcome. I am facing many giants right now, but I will overcome. I will stand firm and still and watch that tsunami wall of water as it comes for me turn into a drip of water right before me…unharmed. ~Nicole

“By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life…

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.”

Psalm 42:8 & 1

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