Twelve years ago I published a novel called Raymond’s Daughters.
It’s a work of fiction inspired by true events that is available on my online store today. When I wrote the book all I wanted was for one person that I did not know to read it and say that they liked it. My best friend purchased several copies and gave them away as gifts and one of the recipients (that I didn’t know) told him that they really enjoyed it. Goal accomplished.
I should have dreamt bigger.
Admittedly, I wrote the book for myself. I was going through a divorce and I needed an outlet to keep myself occupied and through that experience my novel was born. Some of the most beautiful things are the result of surviving a terrible situation. Which is one of the reasons why we shouldn’t balk when bad times come – it only means that something amazing is on the way (Romans 5:3, Romans 8:18).
When I wrote that book I didn’t have any vision. I had a goal – but no vision. Vision is what allows you to think outside the box. Vision is the foundation upon which your goals are built. Without vision, you perish (Proverbs 29:18)
We have to give ourselves permission to have vision. We spend a lot of time making excuses for why we cannot do this or that. Now, I find myself asking the question why not? Why not me? As I look back over the last 50 years I find that I have been holding myself back. No one else is to blame. While I have no regrets, I know better now and I plan to do better.
My vision is to help 1 million women live healthier lives
Healthy living isn’t something that just happens. We have to be purposeful but so many people just don’t know where to begin. I know I didn’t. I got help and now I’m going to pay it forward. A life of happiness cannot be achieved if you’re living in an unhealthy body.
How do you know if you’re living in an unhealthy body? Obviously, if your doctor tells you that your overweight, or your blood pressure or cholesterol are too high than you know you need to make some changes. But what about the subtler signs? Here are a few things you may want to look out for:
You are always tired – Your body needs rest in order to function properly. Chronic fatigue can lead to more serious issues down the road.
You are apple shaped -- Everyone is not supposed to be a size 2, however, if you’re carrying too much weight around your midsection you are at a higher risk for heart disease.
Your urine is dark yellow – Signs of dehydration. Drink more water.
You don’t move your bowels everyday – actually healthy bowels should move after every meal in order to rid your body of toxins.
Your lips are always cracking, especially in the corners – I used to have this problem and thought I should buy stock in Chapstick. My doctor said it was a deficiency in B vitamins.
What I’ve suggested here is not drastic: get more sleep, drink more water, eat healthier and take vitamins. If these small changes lead to a healthier lifestyle and possibly a longer life, isn’t it worth it?
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