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

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.

November 10, 2019

Glow With It

Posted in Devotional, women of the bible tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:44 am by Broken & Brave

A chief objective in my life, part of my mission statement, if you will, is to help people become successful.

Click the link to read a little about how I do that!

Just GLOW with it

November 1, 2019

Intentional Living

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Tim. 4:8

Sometimes in life we’ve got to make a hard pivot! Click the link for encouragement toward healthy pivots toward better health, wellness & relationships.

Be inspired! ~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/body/intentional-living/

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

Click the link for a quick list of bullet points on how to succeed and overcome.⬇️⬇️⬇️

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

October 19, 2019

Broken Places Make Us Brave

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational tagged , , , , , at 7:40 am by Broken & Brave

Got Some Goals?

So every goal you have ever set for your health and fitness or every other aspect of your life–it’s not too late. It’s not forsaken, it’s not beyond you or behind you. He is still with you and if you keep going–so will He!

You have been forged from the Rock.

You MIGHT as well be granite because you are ROCK SOLID !

God is Intentional about your Redemption.  I think that’s pretty incredible. ~Nicole

“You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.” John 13:13

http://brokenandbrave.com/uncategorized/broken-places-make-us-brave/

October 18, 2019

Something from Nothing

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , at 7:03 am by Broken & Brave

is on the Throne and He still rolls stones! 3 days in a tomb locked behind stone, the Savior owned the keys to death, hell and the grave. It’s time for an overthrow of all things awful in your life. It’s time to rise! Grave clothes come off! You are a Radiant Bride!

And God will create for you, something out of nothing. 

Many Blessings, Nicole

Click the link for the full encouragement! You won’t regret the time spent drinking in pure exhortation!⬇️⬇️⬇️

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/devotional/something-from-nothing/

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