Healthy Over 30!


Today is a health focused post! Each Sunday I am going to include some health tips from different people in the nutrition/fitness community that I have been following. Feel free to tackle a few tips this week and comment to let me know how they worked for you. I will use the tag #healthyover30 so go ahead and tag your instagram pics, facebook posts, blog pieces, and tweets with #healthyover30 if you’re joining me on this journey. Isn’t this fun? 🙂

Before I get started with the amazing tips I have found for you this weekend, let me tell you my personal goals for this season of my life. I am 35 years old (so not a young spring chicken anymore!) and I feel like I am now at a place where I need to need to go big or go home. My kids are getting more independent and I am finding myself with a little more time to be able to really focus on me lately. (Woo hoo!)

For the past month or so, my friend, Jennifer, and I have been meeting to walk or run about three to four mornings a week at 5:15 a.m. Usually we finish 3 miles. This past Saturday we did a little over 5 miles. We also get together every Monday night and take Zumba from this seriously awesome chick at the YMCA. Her classes have been a huge motivator for me in my recent fitness journey! (I am going to include her FB page link in the tips below so you can watch her videos if you want!) I have also, in large part to Jennifer’s influence, started taking huge steps in the vegetarian direction. She has been a vegetarian for the past seven years and has shown me that there is so much creative freedom in this meatless lifestyle. I am turning over a new leaf, friends!

Here are my current #healthyover30 goals: (Follow me on twitter @Nspiritandtruth)

  1. Get my Zumba instructor certification in August to start teaching.
  2. Run or walk 20 miles a week.
  3. Start eliminating meat from my diet in gradual progression from one day a week to seven days a week. (This is a year-long goal I’ve given myself.)
  4. Post daily pictures of healthy meal options through instagram for accountability. (Follow me at hvheartsong)
  5. Journal the highs and lows of this process every Sunday for you to glean wisdom from along with tips to stay motivated.  

Now, on to some fun links and tips for you to read or watch when you get some time!

Here’s the link to my fave Zumba instructor’s facebook page:

She has her playlist on there as well as step by step video teachings so you can learn the choreography. And she’s a bit spunky so she’s super fun to follow. My fave routine from her class is to the Fifth Harmony song, “Worth It”!  

This is my new favorite Youtube channel:

This girl, Alyssia Sheikh, has some amazing recipe videos and workout tutorials on here. She posts new videos every Monday and Thursday with links to pdf files for the printable recipes. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater, she is your gal! Take a look at her meal prep video: 

Wanna know my go-to healthy living magazine for recipes, inspiration, and fitness helps? Well, here ya go! Skinny Mom

Lastly, here is my empowering #healthyover30 song choice for that extra push to keep going on tough days.

I hope that you will join in the fun and set some #healthyover30 goals for yourself as well. If you’re not over 30, you can still join in the fun. Just comment below with your hashtag of choice linking to your personal goals page and I’ll follow and cheer you on! Have some fitness or nutrition advice that you would like to share? Comment below to let me know and we’ll be in touch. I love hearing about everyone’s goals and journeys. Oh, and don’t ever forget:




Learning the Language of Love

As many of you know, I am reading one book per month as a personal growth goal for 2016. (See the list of books I’m diving into HERE.) February’s selection was an amazing book by Bob Goff called “Love Does.”


This book had been recommended to me atleast a dozen times before I actually got around to reading it. Now I know why! Here are a few things I learned about love from this life-changing book:

  1. Love is personal. Each chapter gives the reader a story from the author’s life where love was shown to him or through him. I was in awe of the many different ways he was able to recognize God’s love on his behalf. Goff has a natural knack for story telling and leaves us in a place where we are motivated to look for God’s ever present love in our lives as well.
  2. Love takes risks. Every story Goff weaved brought a level of challenge and adventure with it. He claims that “Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way.” (p. 130)
  3. Love doesn’t need a mission statement. You don’t have to join an organization that claims they are in the “love others” business in order to actually love others. He calls people who don’t flash their love around “secretly incredible people.” No capes to show off your love. No signs to promote your love. Just loving for the sake of loving.
  4. Love isn’t afraid of failure. In fact, love thrives off of going after our dreams even when the probability of success seems low. Goff says that failure is just an opportunity to think differently about some things.
  5. Love is audacious. It goes to extravagant measures to ensure others know that they are, in fact, loved. It doesn’t matter if people think you’re going overboard or caring too much. Love is more concerned with loving than with what onlookers might have to say about the way you do the loving.

I hope these reasons encourage you to check out this book. I know it is one that I will read again. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the story he told about his beloved, yet beat up JEEP:

“I know it sounds goofy, but I want to be like that Jeep. I want to leak from having been hit by Jesus. From having something crazy happen to me, something that flipped my life upside down. I’ve met people like that, people who leak Jesus. Whenever you’re around them, Jesus keeps coming up with words and with actions. I don’t suppose everybody gets hit by Jesus, but those of us who have talk about Him differently. We start steering funny; we start leaking where we stand. And it’s because we got thrown from our lives in a terrific collision.” 


(To see January’s book review, click here.)

Want to Read With Me in 2016?

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I LOVE to read. Almost as much as I love to write. And sing. I think the three habits/obsessions are tied, actually. Don’t make me pick just one! (Way to make me panic!)

Anyways, I thought I’d compile a list of twelve books that I want to read this year. Realistically, I will read WAY more than twelve books. That’s a given. But I’ve never really mapped out my reading in terms of a monthly schedule and review. This year, since I’m actively blogging now, I thought I’d do just that. Why not keep things interesting?

So, here’s the list. Mind you, these are not necessarily new books. Just ones that I’m interested in adding to my collection. 🙂 Some are fun, some are serious, some are controversial. My purpose is to learn something new about God, myself, and the world around me. Let’s see where this year of purposeful reading takes me!

January- Chazown by Craig Groeschel 

February- Love Does by Bob Goff

March- Live Love Lead by Brian Houston

April- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 

May- Wild and Free by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan   

June- Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? by Mindy Kaling 

July- Savor by Shauna Niequist 

August- Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

September- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert 

October- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown 

November- Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter 

December- Powerful and Free by Danny Silk 

Feel free to join me! Just comment below my monthly reviews with a link to your own post about the book! I look forward to hearing from you!

Pep Talk Time

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Nothing is going to stop you.

So get up even when you don’t feel like it.

Push yourself harder than ever before.

You can’t look at what happened yesterday, last week, or last year.

Keep your eyes glued to the road ahead.

Performance is never as important as dedication.

It doesn’t matter if you come in last place, just finish the race.

Noone can put limits on you.

So don’t listen to the negative talk (from others or yourself).

Everything you need to keep going is inside of you.

Give yourself the benefit of the doubt.

You were created to dream, explore, pursue, create, to RUN FREE!

What are you waiting for?

One Word for 2016

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Happy New Year!

Have you decided on your word for the year? One word to focus on for personal growth and spiritual focus? Well, I have!

My word for 2016 is “Steadfast”. God revealed to me last month that I’m going to need to dig in dipper with Him because of circumstances in my life that want to knock me off course. He showed me that in order to stand firm when life throws crazy interruptions my way, I have to be confident in my foundation.

So, this year I’m going to plant myself firmly on the word of God like never before. I’m going to be immovable and loyal in my commitment to put God above everything else. I’m going to stay true to what I know, to what I’ve always known: GOD IS GOOD.

Despite the scary outlook or negative news, GOD IS GOOD. Despite the bad report or unhealthy habit, GOD IS GOOD. Despite the betrayal, the disloyalty, the hopelessness, GOD IS GOOD.

“People with their minds set on you,
you keep completely whole,
Steady on their feet,
because they keep at it and don’t quit.” 
Isaiah 26:3 (MSG)
What’s your one word for 2016? Share in the comments below!


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Link up at #onewordcoffee with your word for 2016!

Personal Mission Statement

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I’ve been looking at my foundation lately to make sure it’s not faulty. We all need to assess our values and principles every once in a while to check that they line up with foundational truth. The nitty-gritty of my core beliefs is found in why I’m here and what I’m doing with my time.

So I thought I’d design a personal mission statement as I finish up 2015 and start 2016. I need to start this next year right. Don’t we all?

I’ve picked a quote that sums up my focus for 2016 and then chose 5 “to do/be” statements that follow the theme of that quote. Feel free to follow my example and do this for yourself as well. It’s a great exercise in creativity and focus! Here I go:

“Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.”
― Marcus Aurelius

  1. To be immovable in my commitment to my family above everything else- even if I really, really want to do it. If it takes away from my time with them (reasonably speaking), then I will choose my husband and kids instead. 
  2. To do only the things that add to my health, my happiness, my creativity, my purpose. I will say yes to the best things and have no guilt on my conscience for saying no if it is only adding “busy-ness” to my schedule. 
  3. To actively pursue relationships and opportunities that support my desire to help others who are struggling, desperate, overlooked, and hopeless. I will go looking for the weak and the wounded and purpose to love them to Jesus by helping them out of their pit. 
  4. To be consistent in my discipline, boundaries, and lessons with my children. I will be creative and thoughtful in my correction but always stay the same so that they can trust my response and be %100 sure of the rules in our household. 
  5. To live in a way that my faith is evident to all. I will choose to pray in the good and the bad times, speak the truth even if it’s hard, and give of myself to others at inconvenient moments if necessary.