What Are You Willing To Do?

What Are You Willing To Do?

There’s a great Jerry Rice quote that goes like this: “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” I love the sentiment behind this quote because it embodies a concept we see all too infrequently these days — Delayed Gratification. The idea that the work we put in today will somehow be compounded by time and we will eat of the fruit of our efforts in due time. In today’s culture of “fast forward everything” it seems nearly stupid to wait for anything. And yet, I want to argue that there is still tremendous value in planting, watering, tending and eventually harvesting the seed of expectation and vision in your life. I’m a Christian and I like to read the Bible. One of my favorite books to read when it comes to this idea of delayed gratification is Daniel. Daniel was a Jew and a prophet during a time in history when his people were exiled to Babylon under a pretty harsh king. And yet Daniel was selected to serve in the royal court and lead a band of magicians as he divined dreams and gave the king heavenly advice. Daniel was also aware of certain promises that had been made to his people. Promises that involved going back home. And as the appointed time drew near for this promise to come to pass, Daniel became discouraged because of certain peripheral goings on in the kingdom where he currently resided. Because of this, chapter 10 tells us that Daniel goes into mourning and the Bible says he begins to fast. No meat, no...
The Basics of Juicing

The Basics of Juicing

We are a fan of juicing! If you are new to the idea of juicing, I want to tell you that if this mom of three small boys can juice in the morning on a school day AND get her boys to drink said juice, it’s simple enough for you to do, too! What You Will Need: A Juicer — Do not freak out about which one to buy! Simply head over to Amazon.com and search “juicer.” Narrow your search to juicers costing between $50-$100 and by ones that have reviews of 4 stars and up. Then pick one! To get started in juicing you just need one that will extract the juice and isn’t a total bear to clean. By sticking with reviews four stars and higher, this is what you will find. Personally, we have an older version of this one. (Full disclosure: this is an affiliate link) Produce — The gold standard of juices starts with greens. That could be anything from kale to romaine to arugula (although this last one’s a bit peppery and bitter as a base). Then you want to add some other green veggies. We like cucumber and celery for their hydrating effects. Next, add in some veggies that have other desired effects you’re going for: carrot for some sweetness, beets for liver cleansing, herbs like parsley for overall detox. Last, select a fruit or two to add some pleasing flavor that will hook your kids or a new juice fanatic. This could be a green apple or a pear, pineapple or strawberries. Not too much fruit, though, or you will have...
The Waiting: When It’s Not Happening

The Waiting: When It’s Not Happening

I am writing this blog post from home today, but I’m not supposed to be here. I’m supposed to be in San Diego attending a national conference with my church family, but I’m experiencing a digestive flare and I wasn’t able to travel. When things like this happen it rocks me a bit. Here I am, a health coach and a minister of the word of God, unable to rise above the circumstances I’ve been dealt and just get it done. But life’s like that sometimes, and we can’t deny who we are made to be simply because we’re suffering through something. Suffering is something we go through; it doesn’t identify us. It may mark us, but we don’t have to allow it to steal our destiny. It’s times like this that my worst enemy comes out to mock me. It’s that thought that asks, “Who do you think you are? How is it that a health coach who teaches others can’t find a way to make themselves better? You must not be very good at your job.” Wow. It sounds convincing, right? But I’ve learned to fight back. The circumstances I am experiencing don’t have to dictate where I am going or where I will wind up. I actually don’t have to listen to the voice at all because my success as a coach and motivator has nothing to do with whether I can fix myself or not. My success depends on carrying out the mission I’ve been given — to help others find breakthrough and victory in their lives when it comes to finances, health, relationships, and life issues. My illness...
Holy Guacamole! (or How Taste Buds Can Change)

Holy Guacamole! (or How Taste Buds Can Change)

I never really liked avocado. But somewhere in my teenage years I heard that taste buds change every three years, so I kept on trying avocado despite it being a “thumbs down” for me each time. And while the research I’ve done recently on taste buds and taste development does not support this theory of the three year turn over, I am happy to say that somewhere in my twenties, because of my commitment to continue trying foods I wasn’t fond of, I began to love avocado! It all changed with this amazing guacamole dip that I tried deep in the heart of Texas. I have three small children — 7, 5 and about to be 2. What I’ve learned about taste from them is that it is possible train a child’s palate. Many parenting books tell you that kids may need to try foods anywhere from 10-15 times before they will accept the taste and texture as good to them. It may have something to do with the sensitivity of these new “taste radars” they’ve been equipped with. My kids eat pretty much everything under the sun. I credit this not only to consistently trying all different kinds of foods with them during their toddler years, but also to having a dinner table rule that says they must try at least one bite of everything on their plates. Even if the last time they ate it they didn’t like it. Like magic, salad has become acceptable on the dinner plate! And, remarkably, things like broccoli and spicy foods and coconut curry have always been on the menu for them. As we go through pregnancy and menopause (ladies) and as we age our taste...
The Story Behind Beacon Coaching

The Story Behind Beacon Coaching

My whole life has been a journey towards finding purpose. Ever since I can remember I’ve asked questions like: “Why do I like this? Why am I made this way? Why in the world was I born? What’s my purpose?” Each time I’ve made a major decision in my life — where to go to college, whether or not to move to another state, the right person to marry — there has always been a question bubbling just under the surface. “How will this decision resonate with the purpose I was made for? How will this choice make me more of who I am meant to be?” I guess you could say I am a certified “life purpose junkie.” My name is Erica and I’m the founder of Beacon Coaching. Beacon is the coaching business I started at the beginning of 2015, but the vision for Beacon Coaching has been bubbling up ever since I can remember. When I was six years old I would ride around my father’s gas station on a sparkly magenta, banana seat bike and speak to the crowds I imagined gathered in my mind. At the age of nine I would stand on the walkway beside our house and speak to the masses of people I could see in my mind’s eye. I would talk about all sorts of things. Anything from how to be the best cheerleader to the smartest way to organize your stuffed animal collection to the basics of astronomy and the universe (I had a wide range of interests!). I began to find that what made me happiest was synthesizing information, packaging it into a...