Do you let your job define your identity? Do you hustle and strive even at the cost of your family? I used to. 2017 was that year for me. A bit more of a personal post today….As an entrepreneur owning my own faith+fitness business, I just wanted to make a difference and provide for my family financially. But then I began to chase success rather than Jesus. 2018 is different. Here is what I can tell you now.
Coaching is not my identity…it’s a placement and position where I can make an impact every day and help my family financially. I no longer hustle and strive trying to force success. I believe my only responsibility is to be faithful in loving people, serving them, encouraging them, sharing with them, providing them with quality programs + tools, asking them questions, inviting them to pursue Jesus and take care of their health with me, and lead my team with humility…then the outcome is in the hands of God. If I succeed, it is because God allowed it. It takes His grace and sovereignty + me owning and committing to my daily responsibilities…the outcome is His.
One of the scriptures my dad shared with my team last night on our team call was from Proverbs 21:31: “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” We have to be prepared and do our part in our work…and then the victory is the Lord’s.
Regardless of what your job is, I pray you understand that your job is not your identity but simply your profession. Honor God in it and work as though you are working for HIM…then trust Him with the rest. You don’t need to let it consume your life and be all you do…you don’t need to strive to the point you neglect your family and other God given responsibilities. Work well in the time you DO have and then leave it. If ever you have considered the coaching business alongside myself and my team, I hope now you have a better understanding of who I am as a team leader and coach. I don’t want coaching to be your life or consume your life. It would simply be an extra platform to serve, make an impact, and provide for your family. That’s it. Don’t overcomplicate it. If you're interested in becoming an online faith+fitness coach alongside our team, click the button below!
Good morning and happy Saturday! I am excited to start blogging more consistently again. I've missed it!
As many of you know, May I started taking a nutrition class that has put me on a path to experience food freedom. I was so ready to stop the yoyo cycle, stress + emotional eating, and just straight up lack of discipline with nutrition and this course did just that! It simplified everything again. No counting calories, containers, measuring stuff...and exercise was extra credit. What? So different. But it was everything I needed. And then my mom came to visit last week.
Our human nature is to choose what is easy and comfortable isn’t it? I avoided the hard look at nutrition because I knew it was messy, undisciplined, and felt intimidating to tackle. Until now. Can we also talk about how amazing my mom looks?! She has come a long way herself! One of the most important things I wanted to do as a health coach was influence my own family system first and I’m so proud of both her and my dad for how much they’ve transformed their kitchen and mindset!
Back to nutrition, if food continues to be one area in your life that feels as messy as it did for me...maybe even hopeless, this course WILL change your mindset and leave you empowered. It’s not too late to join my friends and I as we go through the course from the beginning this week! If this course is tugging on your heart, find the registration form>> here <<for us to connect.
Best part is now on the 3 days off, my husband son and I are enjoying 20 min jogs together! Luca LOVES being in the jogging stroller! I am not the biggest fan of running but this gives me life...being with my family. And it's not just me loving the flexibility and grace this program provides. Check out some of these testimonies so far from the ladies in our faith and fitness group for this program:
Our world is quick to seek a short cut and choosing the wide road over the narrow road. The truth is, faithfulness isn’t easy. Quitting is easier. Short cuts are easier. Faking who we are is easier. Lying is easier. Netflix is easier. I could go on…
Choose faithfulness today and if you need the accountability, I am always here and willing.
Jesus spoke to my heart and simply said “Talk with me while you run as if we are two friends going for a run and catching up on life.” He knew I had been struggling to get the words out for some time about how I’ve been feeling. But through running, I was somehow completely myself and totally unfiltered. I talked like a child…His child. Here is the heart of the conversation:
When it comes to my faith + fitness business, I set goals to impact lives every day. This month alone I have a goal to impact 20 homes in faith and health. I literally printed out a sheet with 20 empty circles that I pray over and fill in each household’s name as they commit to working with me. I am consistent, passionate, relentless, and disciplined when it comes to that mission. I take it seriously as my responsibility. But somewhere along the way, I lost sight of THE mission.
What if I became THAT consistent, passionate, relentless, disciplined, and focused on those empty circles not just for an impact in health but as lives encountering JESUS. As I was running I began to pray asking for clarity. I KNOW there is a calling with what I do as a coach. I KNOW it can be an extension of THE mission and is a way to advance the gospel but could it be that it I’ve allowed it to hinder me from day to day opportunities to advance the gospel? Have my business hours stopped me from speaking to my neighbor and getting to know them? Have I had to rush home from church or any social event to work on my social media platforms when I was needed to stay and further the conversations I was in? Have I been saying no to other ministry opportunities because I don’t want to take away time from this platform as a coach?
I love Jesus. I love how gentle He is with us as His children. I felt the warmth of his heart as I was nearly hyperventilating on that run (I don’t run-worth repeating). I felt Him gently speak to me and say “Caren, coaching IS a calling for you and it IS a platform I am using through you and will continue to. You CAN reach many in my name using health as a stepping stone to deeper conversations. I am not saying leave it, I am saying give me that same effort, that same heart, that same passion, that same discipline, that same consistency, that same fire, that same joy in the mundane and unexpected opportunities that aren’t on your agenda. Give me the space to reach people through you in ways you least expect and don’t turn them down because you worry about having less hours to accomplish your other responsibilities. Learn to depend on me, fully. I can do more with your less than you can do with your more. Oh and when it comes to Luca (I use him as an excuse a lot for why I can’t do things), take him with you. You are here as an ambassador parent to represent ME as His Father and the mission I have also called Him to as well. He needs to witness it daily from his parents. So stop using him as an excuse and take him with you.”
Wow. You know, it is scary to share my heart on this subject because it can be taken many different ways. Perhaps for a minute you thought I was turning away from coaching. Not even close. If anything, it continues to be affirmed. I see now that God desires to widen our perspective to help us impact lives locally, regionally, and globally. Coaching allows me to do that and I am so grateful for that responsibility. What happened on that run is I was reminded that there is a world right outside my front door that needs the Good News and I can become so busy and caught up in my own to do list that I miss it. So while I will continue praying over homes to impact in health, there is a fire in me to daily look for opportunities to share Jesus with others boldly. We are in a race, brothers and sisters. We can’t lose sight of WHY we run. The gospel wasn't intended to stop with us but to be extended through us. That is why we run.
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!