Making Health a Priority

“If you put off starting a fitness routine until the time is right, you’ll never reach your fitness goals.” ~ Felicity Luckey


It’s been said that it only takes 30 days to break bad habits and implement new, more positive actions. Today our house embarked on taking a challenge to make healthy choices in regards to eating and exercising.  

We headed out to LadyBird Lake to walk 4 miles around the trail. Walking is better than being sedentary. Gradually we plan to add in some running and gym visits. 

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn

This anti obesity video which has been viewed more than 3 million times in less than a week also inspired me to make a few life changes not only for me but also my daughter.

I realize it’s sometimes difficult to make changes in our lives, especially with busy work and family schedules. As we make our health a priority I hope you too will make your health a priority this fall.



Factoids About Me as I Prepare for Declare


Oh I do Declare there is much excitement in the air. Last year I attended the Declare Conference in Dallas, TX.  This event greatly impacted my understanding, knowledge, and blogging direction.  I am thrilled to be returning in a few short days as it will be a sweet reunion with dear friends I’ve made through the blogging community.  I always welcome making new friends ;-)  Yep! I’m am a lover of people, AKA, extrovert.

Below are a few other factoids about me as I introduce myself and I prepare to meet new participants at Declare 2014.


  1. I’m a Texan girl.  Howdy y’all!  I was born in Amarillo and have lived in Austin since 1991. I’ve also lived in Germany, Louisiana, Arizona, California, and Virginia.
  2. I’m counting down the days to being married 30 years to Jon.  We have three daughters: Caryn is 25 and lives in Detroit, MI; Courtney is 23 and lives in La Jolla, CA; Cayley is 13 and lives with us ;-) Parenting a decade later is a lot more challenging because of social media.
  3. I passed out during our wedding ceremony only to be caught by my dear husband. The videographer stopped recording so that moment was not captured.
  4. My husband and I accepted Christ together after being married for two years, which completely turned our lives around. Praise Jesus!

My Beautiful Family


  1. I’m a little ADD making it hard to sit still and doing only one thing at a time thus I have lots of projects in various stages of completion.
  2. I’m also somewhat OCD as I can’t work, write, or focus if things around me are messy.  Benefit: I keep a clean house.
  3. I am most expressive with a camera and enjoy capturing moments. I’m obsessed with taking photos of milk art, sunsets, flowers and those I love.
  4. I like to gather information and share it with others, hence blogging.

Just a few of my many #milkart photos


  1. Writing and blogging is a love/hate relationship depending on the day.
  2. On Christmas 2007, my first blog entry read,  “I surprised Cherie this Christmas with her very own blogsite that she can use to share her insights and the wisdom God has given her along the way. -jon”  My hubby is the best.
  3. Because I tend to be a perfectionist, writing/blogging can be consuming. According to my husband, I write like I speak plus it doesn’t help that I am somewhat dyslexic.
  4. I am still trying to figure out the blogging and writing world but I enjoy the opportunity that it has given me to encourage, inspire, and motivate others.


  1. Spending time together with my family. We truly love each other and this makes me happy.
  2. I enjoy traveling the world and making memories.  I especially appreciate seeing God’s creation.
  3. My relationships with others. I appreciate how my life can encourage others through loving them well.
  4. LIFE, which is incredibly beautiful!


Release Control and Let God

Every single day we are faced with decisions which affect our lives and others.  God’s wisdom leads us to make the best possible decision which He promised to give us when we look for it.  I recently wrote There’s No Place Like Home, But Where Is Home. I shared about a decision regarding a job relocation to San Francisco that Jon was presented with over Memorial Day weekend.  My “old self” would have been paralyzed by fear. However, I sensed God say, “Cherie, Austin is not your home, and, for that matter, neither is San Francisco.  Your home is in Heaven, with Me.” This truth is seen in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 and Philippians 3:20.  At that moment I chose to release control and trust God. 

When we obediently seek the will of God, we can be sure that He’ll hear us and give us the wisdom we need to make the right choices. Matthew 7:7-8; James 1:5  And once we know His will, we have a responsibility to embrace His direction and obey Him completely.  Below is an acrostic I felt God gave me as we followed these principles when making our decision whether to stay or relocate.

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We have experienced incredible peace and confidence in knowing that we were making choices based on God’s guidance. Others might not understand or agree with our decision—but we heard from the One who matters the most.

So for now we will not be moving as there are

Austin memories

 I have no idea what tomorrow holds but I do know who holds our tomorrows.

What life decision are you currently facing?  What benefits might you reap by releasing control and letting God?