Fitness is my passion, and to be consistent in this area is not hard for me, since I love it! And it makes sense, I’m a Personal Trainer. But, I want to talk about how fitness and life are related. First of all, as with any goal, we have to take action. Just wishing for something wont make us achieve it! Let me tell you how I learned to enjoy reading. I pretended that I was enjoying it. Years ago, I used to go to the beach and do whatever, but reading wasn’t one of my choices. But then I met my husband, and he is a book lover. In the summer, of 2017 we went to the pool often. At the time I didn’t speak English at all, so what did I do? I pretended that I was reading a book, in English. Since I had to learn the language, and I had the desire to love to read. I had to pretend for a while. First, I pretended that I was understanding, and second that I was enjoying that time. So, I kept pretending until I really did enjoy it! And now, today I do love reading! Not just books, but audiobooks, and I’m also a podcast addict. I love to write, and I have a blog. Was it easy? Not at all. But instead of just wishing for it, I took action and made it happen. In my beginning journey, when I was living in a basement by myself, and in a bedroom with different families, feeling afraid in a different country, and not speaking the language, working hard just to survive, all of this had been teaching me that if I did not do for myself, no one was going to do it for me. The same goes for the fitness journey. Northing that is worthy comes easy. You have to pretend that you like it until your mind believes. Start with small changes. You don’t have to start extreme. You don’t have to go do crazy exercises or do extreme diets. Remember, that these changes are for the rest of your life, so you have to make changes achievable in the long term. Let’s go back to my book story. I didn’t try to read ten books in one day. I pretended that I was reading the same book for months. That’s how it works. It takes time. Be patient. Enjoy the process. Be proud of yourself for trying hard to grow. I don’t know about you, but I love to read the bible, pray, worship, read books, listen to a podcast, go for a walk, and have a conversation with God, It helps me to keep going. I do that every day. Every week. Every month. Every year. Consistency is the key! And remember, every single one of us struggles in some area of life, and we are not meant to do that alone. That’s why I share my journeys and my struggles. We have each other, to encourage and motivate so that we are capable to achieve and do hard things. The key is never to give up. I’m going to finish up with my favorite verse in the bible, ” Have I not commanded you? Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. For the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go! ” So, be strong and courageous. Go for your goals and dreams and make it a beautiful journey. Have faith, believe in yourself, and enjoy the process. I believe in you, so should you! https://anchor.fm/shegotwings/episodes/I-Believe-in-You–so-do-You-ekohqa
Can I ask you a question? What are you struggling with right now? What’s that obstacle holding you back? How bad do you want to reach your goal? Are you willing to go for it? When I say willing, I mean to put in the hard work. Not just saying you desire it, but are willing to go all in! I lived for years and years limited in my mind. I was taking care of my body, my muscles, eating healthy, but the inside of me was unhealthy. My soul was dying. I used to spend my time in front of the tv, or scrolling my cell phone. I wasted so much time in my life. But, like the quote says, ” When you know better, you do better!”. Today I know who is by my side, I’m brave, I’m bold. If someone said to me at the begining of 2015 my next 4 years would be a life where I was happily married, living in the United States, speaking English and passing the NASM personal trainer certification I wouldn’t have believe it. First of all, 4 years ago I didn’t speak English at all, and second, I wasn’t a believer. I didn’t have a relationship with God at that time. Today if someone says to me that in 4 years or even less I’ll be on big stages speaking or that my book will be a NY best seller I’ll now believe! Cause He made me bold. He made me a new person. Cause today I know that He is in me, and with Him, we can do the impossible! So, I want to encourage you to take action today! Not tomorrow or next week. I mean, TODAY! Take the action to have faith, to believe in yourself, to do exercise, to choose better food to fuel your body, to choose better books to feed your soul, to love, and take care of yourself. You are worth it! You are the son and daughter of God, so we have to act like who we are! He loves and chooses us to rise up in Christ. https://anchor.fm/shegotwings/episodes/Be-Brave–Be-Bold-eiumi7
What did you do for you today?
It can be a little action that can make your day better. You are worth it! And taking care of yourself is not a heavy thing that you should feel that you have to do, but a pleasure. That’s for you! You deserve it! Drink more water, go for a walk, eat fruits and vegetables, read a good book, enjoy your company, learn something new, wake up with plans, and repeat it again, and again. Choose a little step per day, per week…but choose to move! Be willing to make better choices FOR YOU! It sounds cliche but life is short! Decide to wake up with dreams, and trust that you can achieve it. Then chase them, and never ever give up! https://linktr.ee/InConstantMovement
Months ago, we planted the seeds and started the process. We have been watering the plants every single day. Every single day when I open the door, my eyes go to the sunflowers. I was looking forward to seeing the first leaves. After a couple of weeks, the leaves were there. They grew up! The next step was the flowers. I was very excited for that day. But one night the deer ate the plants, and when I opened the door the next day, I got an unexpected surprise. The plants were missing some of their leaves and were bruised. I got so annoyed with the deer, even though I think they are cute. So, we had to figure out a solution. We bought a spray that helps prevent the deer from eating them. So we had to start the process again. This time not just watering, but spraying as well. That’s life! We have to plant the seeds and understand that it is not going to grow overnight. We have to be commited, just as in life. Plant the seeds, and work on them in order to grow every single day. And just like what happened with the plant, we can feel pain many ways during the process. But the key is to never give up! The key is to turn to the light and restart the process. But this time it is going to be different, cause we learned the lesson, we got wisdom. And when we do not expect it, the plant will sprout. Turn toward the light, be committed, be patient, trust the process, and believe me…the results will blow your mind!
As a Personal Trainer, I try to compare the workout routines with my spiritual life. I like to see how each, a person building a healthy lifestyle and building faith resemble each other. The first step is the desire. There’s the desire, but still, one does not feel capable of achieving it. I remember when my mother decided to buy a car several years ago. She said “this one is the right one! God showed me.” I knew of faith in others at the time, but it was not yet part of my life. Faith doesn’t grow by itself. Like a muscle, you need to put in the work! It requires dedication, persistence, and patience. Simply having desire won’t achieve it. You have to go all in. Just as a muscle needs activation, the right food, rest, and daily dedication, faith is no different. To be 100% healthy is much deeper than what you eat and how you exercise. Pay attention to what you feed your soul, how you spend your time, what you listen to, who you surround yourself with. Life is short, so make that life intense. To be healthy from the inside out is powerful. Those on the outside cannot understand this, but they still can sense that there is something powerful happening! https://anchor.fm/shegotwings/episodes/Faith-is-Like-a-Muscle–the-More-You-Use-It–The-More-Powerful-It-Becomes-eib9jf
Until 2015, I was living hopelessly. I had toxic friendships and relationships. I was drinking to escape reality. I tried to find “happiness” and fulfill the emptiness in my soul with trips and parties. I realized that I wasn’t living, I was only surviving. I had never thought about God or even read the Bible. I was too busy with my crazy life to think about that. But in His grace, I met His unconditional love, and I was born again! That’s why, no matter what, I’ll keep spreading the word about His power. I know where I came from. I know how sad it is to have a smile on the face, but darkness in the soul. I’ve been humiliated, criticized, hopeless, sexually abused, verbally abused, I didn’t believe in myself, I was living as a victim. But everything changed when I heard God saying what He thinks about you and me! We are beloved, chosen, the daughter of God, and He called us by our name. We all have a call, we have a mission, we have each other to support and keep strong. We will go forward on faith, cause we know that with God all things are possible! I’m so grateful that God has put beautiful souls in my journey who speaks to my soul. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your support.🌻
And for all of you that are reading this post, that feel afraid, discouraged to have big dreams, to believe in yourself.I want you to know that you are not alone, there’s a whisper answering your prayers, just pay attention in the details. 🕊
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9Continue reading “There’s a whisper answering your prayers, just pay attention in the details.”
I’m reading the book “The War of Art.” for the second time. If you have not yet read it, I highly recommend this book. I love the Rule of thumb that says, ” The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.” Can you relate to that? Oh, man! Since starting my blog, I said to myself that I was going to write in the blog at least once per week, and guess how often I am writing in the blog? Once or twice each month. The resistance has held me back. I love routine! I love to be productive. I have work, I have a course to study for, I have my workout, I have the bible to read, I’ve got to pray, I have books to read, and at the end the day, oops! I didn’t write in my blog, again. I can tell you that I do very well in my daile routine, but the Blog, oh well. Resistance or enemy, you name it! It tries to keep us busy, distract us to stay away from our call. Another Rule of thumb that I loved in the book is “The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” I can’t tell you how many times I decided to start my blog, and then I just let it alone for the so called “right time” or for the time that I could feel “ready.” Or when I went to my first interview at the gym as a personal trainer with zero confidence in speaking English. I thought many times to just wait, God knows why, but the waiting was my comfort zone. Can I be more honest? I didn’t sleep well that night, and my belly hurt until the interview finished. Do what you have to do, even when you are scared, even when you don’t want to do it or if you just feel to tired. These actions are the answer for achieving your dreams. Listening to that voice inside of you, for it can change everything. We have been living in a world so distracted that we can’t even listen to our soul. Get out of the resistance, be sensible for the details. God is giving signs, we just have to be willing to hear them. This week I met a beautiful soul, and got so many answers from her. She was willing to be a vase. She said “He IS working in you. We just have to be silent sometimes to really hear Him, you know.” Heck YES! I do know that! These words went through my soul, I needed to hear that. Sometimes we need someone to remind us. As I said, sometimes we let the noises keep us busy, but just as I needed these words, I hope that in someplace somebody else can be touched and just decide that we have a call for our soul evolution, and I hope that after you read this, that you can put the resistance in the back seat and go forward with what God says that you are meant to be or to do! God has plans for every single one of us, like the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I Know The Plans I Have For You‘ Declares the Lord, ‘Plans to Prosper You and Not to Harm You, Plans to Give You Hope and a Future. ‘” https://anchor.fm/shegotwings/episodes/OVERCOMING-YOUR-WORST-ENEMY—RESISTANCE-egvh77
During the last few weeks we have been watching the mom bird feed the babies in her nest by the window. It was interesting to see her do this beautifull work every single day. So, finally, the big day came! The little birds had to get out of their nest and face the world. I’m so blessed and glad to have had the opportunity to watch this big moment since I had been watching the mom do her work from the very beginning. There were five babies. They had a hard time figuring out how to take flight. Four of the babies did figure it out quickly and flew beautifully, but we had one left. He took a while, he was scared, and he fell many times. My husband and I were by the window, looking forward to seeing him take his first flight. We were cheering for him and trying to encourage him even in the times that he felt scared and shaking. Many times we too can feel afraid and alone, but God is there, even when we can’t see! He’s there, cheers us, encourages us and looks forward to us taking our the next steps. The little bird fell many times, he took a long while, but in the end, he did a magnific job of flying. He had to get out of the cozy nest and face the world. He’s going to discover the new. This little bird reminds me of myself. When I was a little girl, even now, I feel afraid, at times I feel as though I am not ready. I too will fall as I try to take flight. But like my husband and I cheering for the bird, I know that God is beside me, beside us saying, You can do that! You can do hard things! I’m with you! And in faith, I do the moves by His guide, cause I know that Who’s with me Does the impossible. We are not late, we are not old, we are not what people say about us, we are what God says about us and we are at the right time. Like the birds, four of them took flight immediately, but the one that you watch in the video, he had to face his fear, he took his time, and at the right time he flew. And what I noticed was, the four who first flew were beautiful for sure, they were really brave! But that last bird, his flight, for some reason was POWERFUL. His flight brought me a message. His flight brought me a powerful message.
I woke up at 6am, I went downstairs, and I started to put my writing into practice. I’m working on new projects and while working on these, my grandmother came to my mind. Unfortunately she is not here anymore, but she had a beautiful journey and a beautiful and blessed marriage. She was an example of faith. I remember years ago when I used to have terrible nightmares. I couldn’t sleep one full week cause I was afraid I would be bothered with these dark nightmares. At the time I didn’t have a relationship with our father. The creator! But on this day I was desperate and I called for her to pray for me( I followed my mothers advise). I’ll never forget! She prayed and she said, ” My daughter, go to your bed and have a peaceful sleep, God will give you that peace that you need!” I went to my bed and I had the best sleep ever! Unfortunately, she didn’t see me when I decided to give my life to Christ and become baptized. She didn’t see the miracles God was doing in my life. That’s life! But one thing I know for sure! Everything that happened, and is happening has my grandmother and grandfathers prayers. Like she used to say, ” I can’t see with these eyes, but I already can see with my faith eyes.” I’m so grateful that God gave me these two blessed people to have in my life. They weren’t rich, but they gave me the most valuable thing I could ever ask for, they gave me FAITH! —Rafaelle Schwartzbart
My prayer is, Jesus, save me from me! Every single day we have to let go of something. It can be bad habits, thoughts, or attitudes. It can be the way we think about ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I used to be so mean to myself. I used to think that I wasn’t smart enough, that I wasn’t the person with the necessary values to conquer big goals, that it wasn’t for me! I even used to think that some people were born lucky, and others, such as myself were not. So one day I had my back against the wall. On this day I understood that it was not about luck but being the person capable of following through no matter what! To quit is pretty easy, what is hard is to keep going even when we can’t see the light . I love to compare my struggles in the US with my clients. Many clients have the struggle to keep going to the gym, to eat healthily, to create a healthy habit. I had the same struggles with going to ESOL classes after work each day, to listen to the same episode podcast when I was sick of it, to keep studying for the course even when I wasn’t able to understand a single paragraph. By the way, the same struggles that many of you had, I too had several years ago. But one day, I decided to start. And knowing that in practice, I decided to do the same with my goals outside of fitness. So I said to me. Ok, Rafa! Do you want to learn English? Do you want your certification? Right! It’s not gonna happen in the short term, it’s gonna take a while, it’s like any other fitness goal that you had, so just enjoy the process. The same goes with if you want to lose weight, get muscles, learn something new, or start to be more productive. No matter what you want to do, it is not gonna happen overnight. You have to create a routine. Sit down, take the big picture for your life, create a plan to get it, put your plan into action, and most importantly, follow through with persistence. And you know where everything starts? In your mind! Be careful of what you think because all of this can turn into reality. If you are unhappy about something change it! You can turn it into something better. You need to focus your thoughts on what’s more important. Strengthen your mind and put the focus, interest, and enthusiasm on the actions that matter the most. Then, try to take one step after another to get there. Another thing that I learned to do is say aloud what God says about me. Since I opened my eyes to the truths in Scripture, God began a new work in my heart. We are chosen. We are beloved. We are holy. And we can do all things through Christ. And that’s what I’m challenging you to do today: Let go of your insecurities and take hold of your true identity. Cause when we know who we are, we know what to do! I have homework for you. Write down the vision. The big picture of your life. Does it look too crazy cause of how big it is? Great! Write it down. I have crazy ones as well! We all do! The difference is, some of us truly believe, persist, and get it! Habakkuk 2:2 Then the Lord said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he who runs may read it. Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Writing the vision down helps you remember what the vision is. It gives you the big picture right in front of you with smaller steps to achieve it. When God speaks to you, when you feel in your heart, or when you hear the voice that does not use words, write it down. Make it a habit to regularly read it. As you do, it will build faith in your heart so that you can put action to your vision and run with it! Remember…
Vision without action is only a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. A vision with action can change the world.