In the arena

I tossed this around in my head over and over . Should I share , should I not share! Will I be judged? Will my reputation as a Coach be gone after I share? Then I decided that I am going to be vulnerable and share! I remembered what Brene Brown said “You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” “I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” to be continued……

Divine Walls Review by Amanda Chance

cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11imageAs a member of CWA Review Crew I was honored to be given the opportunity to review  Divine Walls crafts inspirational and faith-based vinyl wall art.  My first impression of this product was how efficiently it was shipped. It arrived in a cardboard tube with the vinyl wall art rolled up without wrinkles, along with an instruction sheet about how to apply it to the wall.

I read the instructions and thought that there has to be an easier way to apply it.  I disregarded the instructions, partly due to the fact that I didn’t fully understand how to complete them. It could also  have been a result of  being under general anesthesia Tuesday for an out-patient surgery. I have noticed the  logical side of my brain is a bit foggy.  I pulled the backing off and completely messed up one of the letters. I improvised and used some decorative tape I had on hand to make my first letter. Then I cut out the outline of the rest of the vinyl words. Afterwards a lightbulb went off , finally I figured out how to apply it.

Overall I am very satisfied with the appearance of the vinyl letters. They are a cherished addition to my sacred living space! Go HERE to view the many designs available at Divine Walls and order a decal that perfectly suits your home.  You can also find Divine Walls at:


enLIGHTen by Trinity

PicMonkey Collage    As a member of the CWA Review Crew, I was honored to participate in reviewing Trinity enLIGHTment  cream  . Most of my adult life I have struggled with  uneven skin tone. When I saw that enLIGHTen cream  was available to review, I swarmed to it like a bee to a beehive!

My experience using the it was phenomenal. The texture of the cream felt luxurious like silk. A little dab goes a long way.   It has helped me to get into a routine of better  face care. Not only have I seen a difference in my facial tone, but my friends and family have as well. I am more confident about having my picture taken .  I am also in love with the aroma of the cream.

I recommend this cream to anyone who wants to lighten their skin or simply pamper their face. I believe it could be used as a moisturizer even if you don’t need your skin lightened. In my opinion you wont be disappointed in the look ,feel and results of this product.cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11Trinity enLIGHTment cream can be found for purchase here :

Halfa Moon by Joan Bannan

Imagine living seventeen years with a horrible sense of shame and guilt, without anyone  to confide in. Although there is one person who you knows about the accident , but you are already at odds with her.  These tragic statements belong to a character inside the book titled  Halfa Moon . 

Author Joan Bannan  masterfully draws the reader in from the very first page.  After reading the first page I had a hard time putting Halfa Moon down . Meg formerly named Margaret  and her brother are kidnapped by their mother from their own home , where they were all three residing with their father. 

Meg was four and her brother was a baby . She already at the young age of four felt the strained relationship ,between her mother and herself. The pain of feeling responsible for her older sisters tragic death seared Megs heart and haunted her in her daily life. 

With a nonexistent relationship with her Mother and step father , Meg finds solace in the stepfather Georges Mom. ,whom she lovingly names My Lady. Meg finds love for  piano playing and also a refuge within My Lady s home. 

Inside the pages you find a lot of different scenarios that today’s children, youth and adults are involved with or somehow  affected by. Some of them include Drug and child abuse . But are not limited to the two subjects there is also crime and romance. 

Meg  lands a job at a prestigious and highly secure cyber company . She later finds out she replaced an employee who was killed while working for the company. Once again Meg feels her guilt and shame surface after a colleague and friend suffer an attack that was meant for her. A second tragedy caused by Me, were the thoughts that ran through her mind. 

Throughout the book the characters are all intertwined together into a masterpiece that seems so real. Although I knew  Halfa Moon  was fiction , the characters seemed to leap off the pages and turn into real people .  I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the book. I loved it and didn’t want it to end. Hopefully Joann Bannan  will decide to revisit these characters in the future and write a sequel to Halfa Moon!cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-119072765


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Created to be Heard

Recently while engaging in physical therapy , I requested to be instructed by only the female therapist.  Due to a traumatic past , I  felt uncomfortable being physically guided by the young male therapist . At first I attempted to  uncomfortably strain through and ignore the deep anxiety that was surfacing inside me. After what seemed like an  eternity, I heard a voice inside me say,”you don’t have to be uncomfortable tell the therapist how you feel. ”

I chose to tell the female therapist that I preferred to only work with her. In that moment I didn’t provide a reason or justification for my request. . She honored my decision to only work with her. It felt empowering in that moment to make a direct request without having to give a justification .

Where in your life would you benefit from using your voice ? I believe we were given voices to express and empower ourselves! If it resonates with you ,I would love for you to leave me a comment about how you are using your voice or how you plan on using it.

A Nation Under Judgement: A Nation Apart From God~ Richard Capriola

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands , one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!

The pledge stated above is one that is familiar to most of us! Do the words still ring true for our country? Do we really abide by the one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for All ?

Is the pledge of allegiance , something we as a country have become comfortable reciting out of routine and not from a place of  truth?

A Nation Under Judgement: A Nation Apart From God challenges the belief of whether or not we are indeed a nation under God or perhaps , A Nation Apart from God. Inside the chapters author Richard

Capriola provides statistics backed up with scriptures from the bible to provide a picture of what A Nation apart from God might look like.

Numerous topics including Abortion, hunger, and homelessness are discussed by giving tragic yet true statistics along with what the bible has to say about these issues! I believe the book was written to wake people up to the fact that our nation is in danger of dire consequences . We as a nation can’t just turn our cheeks to the issues,cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11 as if they might disappear if we pretend they are not there!

If you need a wake up call to what is happening in our nation then definitely read A Nation under Judgement: A nation Apart From God. If you are searching for a pat on the back and a book that will make you feel fuzzy and warm then this is not the one to provide you with those feelings. I feel that I have a better understanding of the dire straights that our nation is in after reading this book.

Are You Playing By House Rules ~ Darren and Cara Grant

cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11  Are You Playing By House Rules is a Christian fiction book  that entertains and provides thought provoking information to its readers!

When you arrive at the hospital no matter how dire your circumstances are,you expect that the sanctity of your life will be preserved and protected.  Is this always the case at hospitals , that all human life is treated humanely and equal? Is every life treated with the same principles?

The questions I just posed seem to have easy answers ! After reading Are You Playing By Rules , although its fiction I have very different thoughts about whether or not all patients are actually treated equally after all.

The story begins with a socially elite couple who have travelled to the United States to have a liver transplant. Money can not buy time or quality of life but that does not stop the husband of a critically ill wife from trying to buy those precious commodities!

Meanwhile a young woman who is pregnant arrives at the hospital with what seems to be a very bleak outcome stemming from a tragic car accident . She is a perfect match for the socially elite woman who needs a liver.  What happens when a hospital wants to give up and husband refuses to lose faith? It becomes a battle of wills.

I found myself deeply and emotionally connected with the characters and their stories . It was definitely a book that I could not put down. The characters leaped off the pages and into my heart!

You can purchase this book on their website:  http:/AreYouPlaying/www.realarkministries.orgImage

Pieces of Me by Dianna Lynn

cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”~ Confucius

Are you searching for a light at the end of your dark tunnel?  Pieces of Me was written by Dianna Lynn with the intention of inspiring you to follow your heart, live  your dreams and have the best life possible.

Inside the pages of her book Dianna masterfully guides you through collection of stories she wrote based on her own life experiences.  Each story is filled with inspiration and wisdom.

An aspect of the book that I loved was that it was real and authentic.  Sometimes Jesus uses unique circumstances to meet us where ever we are within our own lives! He even meets us in unconventional ways as he did Dianna .

While I am being careful not to divulge the stories as to spoil the read for you , Jesus even used a psychic to give peace to his precious child! Each glimpse into the stories provides inspiration and wisdom.

Pieces of Me is written in two parts. The first part is titled Life and  the second is titled Lessons. Each story is written to guide you into the knowledge that although life has dysfunction and adversity , hope still prevails and ultimately wins.

In closing my review I wanted to leave you with a quote that I discovered within Pieces of Me.” Make time for quiet moments as God whispers and the world is loud .”



            You can purchase Pieces of Me — Life of a Recovering Dysfunctional on Amazon.


Finding My Voice

Jesus please let my application I am filling out be accepted.  I silently prayed to Jesus as I filled out the online Application to be a part of  the book launch team for When A Woman Finds Her Voice . After  wholeheartedly praying I left the outcome in His hands.  

I was ecstatic when upon checking my emails , I discovered that I was accepted to  be a part of Jo Ann Fores Book Launch team for her upcoming book , When A Woman Finds Her Voice!  The voice I had longed to use since I was a little girl was finally going to be heard. Although I was doing a Happy Dance to celebrate my acceptance another emotion lurked under the surface. The emotion was Fear.

Starting with my early childhood, fear had buried my voice deep within me.  There were many times in my younger years when I longed to use my voice . I desired so strongly to be able to trust someone  and tell them what was going on in my life.

Although I had been told throughout my life by teachers, parents and grown ups to speak up if someone was touching me inappropriately. Fear kept my voice silent. With each day ,I lost a bit more of my voice. Eventually I began to speak lies into myself ,such as those things didn’t happen to you and if you tell anyone they will not believe you.

At this point in my story you might be asking yourself, what would keep a little girl from using her voice! As I am typing ,  I am taking deep breaths and silently affirming to myself that its okay to use my voice and tell you why I buried my own voice and spoke lies to myself .

Details are not important , but in this instance help to explain why I had such an intense fear of speaking my truth. Imagine a young child who is trying to fall asleep and someone quietly lays behind her and wont let her get up . She attempted to leave her resting place because something in her soul knew that in that moment things were not going to be good. After attempting to fight and vocalize her displeasure and need for help , her head is violently slammed into her own pillow with the words If you tell anyone I will kill you! At that moment the little girl gave up the losing fight and what should never happen to a little girl happened . That night her innocence was taken and so was her voice.

As you may have figured out, I am that little girl all grown up! I have found my voice and am determined to use it. I feel it is important to use my voice to let women know, they are not alone . That they too can find their voice . Hidden underneath all the pain is a beautiful voice that longs to be heard. Will you bravely step out of your comfort zone and discover your voice that was never meant to be stifled ?

I am linking up with an amazing group of women from Jo Ann’s book launch team. Each of us are sharing how we are discovering and sharing our own voicesJo Ann Fore250472_4899259245238_1863239880_n

Five Minute Friday~ Present

List of Presents I am thankful for:

The air I breathe ~ after watching my Grandma not have enough oxygen to breath on her own , I became very thankful for each day that I wake up breathing effortlessly!

My Daughter~ My first glimpse of unconditional love .

My Home~ A few days ago we saw a man whom was holding a sign asking for help , the bottle of water we gave him was like Gold to him. His name is Frank please pray with me for him!

My bible~ some countries the bible is forbidden

Internet~ It has connected me with beautiful people inside and out

This list goes on and on I am also very thankful for My Creators Presence in my day to day life. He provides me with presence and presents daily!