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Time for Life

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Time for Life

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton



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In this fast-paced world we live in, the question arises; “How Can We Find Time for Life”? Finding time to enjoy the many simple things that life provides us can be challenging. We tend to overload our schedules to the point that we feel we don’t have time to get the proper amount of sleep. We must do this or we must do that, leaving us little time for rest…we think. Jesus relaxed, and he never felt guilty about it. Even God took a day off after Creation. Who are we to think we’re too busy to get the proper rest?

When we think we don’t have time for rest and don’t get it what happens next is we become overtired and try to boost our energy level with caffeine, sugar or carbs, which ultimately leaves us more tired and less productive than before. We are in a state where we are less productive and right back where we started from, behind in our work, and not having time for life!

The best way to boost our energy level is to take time to re-energize our mind, body and spirit by taking time for ourselves. Sleep is one way we re-energize, another is practicing time management. Setting aside time for ourselves during the day to go for a walk, turn off the cell phone, and to bring ourselves into the present moment. It is important to take time to feel, smell and touch the things around us. By taking this time we will feel better, have more energy, and be more productive. Meditation can be a great way to re-energize and is something you can do in the office or at home.

You may be thinking to yourself, this sounds good but my day is filled, I just don’t have time! If we begin by taking small time increments for ourselves, and slowly increase those increments over time, we will ultimately find ways to make time for ourselves to re-energize. Once we start feeling better, more rested, and happier, we will see more productivity, and as we become more productive it will free-up more time to take care of ourselves.

By freeing up more time to take care of ourselves, we also will eat better because there will be more time to shop for healthy foods, and more time to cook healthy meals. It will give us more time for life.

“The Mind that is Anxious about Future Events is Miserable”


(4BC – 65AD)

Guest Post: Rise Up

Rise Up

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton


    The saying “when life hands you a lemon make lemonade” simply put, it means, that no matter how bad your day is getting, you should look for something positive to take from it. Life will throw us a lemon from time to time, the question is, how will we handle it when it happens? Will we rise to the occasion and make lemonade or will we say “oh woe is me” and just accept it.


When Jesus went to pray in The Garden of Gethsemane he was deeply troubled and frightened over what he knew was about to happen, let us revisit that night in Matthew 26:37-42    37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”


Because of what Jesus did we now have faith and hope we will be spending eternity with him in Heaven. He gave this to us by rising to the occasion (in more ways than one). We may not always like what life presents us, but what matters most is how we respond to it.


     April Reflection – Lord, I am ready and can rise to the occasion.

Guest Post: Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton



      Have you ever put together a large jigsaw puzzle and found that when you reached the end you were missing a piece? The first reaction is disbelief, the second, an all-out effort to look for the elusive piece. Life can sometimes be like a puzzle, we start with the basic pieces (usually the outline) and as we age we begin to fill-in the rest, similar to a puzzle. When we are young we have the basics from our upbringing, and as we age we keep adding more pieces to ourselves through our experiences, education and faith. This usually helps to determine our characteristics, traits and personality. It is our hope that we have all the pieces so that we become a totally well-rounded person.


     But what happens if during our lifetime we don’t collect all the pieces we need to become a totally well-rounded person, or if during our life we have lost a piece or two, can we still become that totally well-rounded person we had hoped to become? Of course we can! People grow and experience life at different stages and times, because of that, we ALL grow into who we are at these different stages and times of our lives. You can see that especially during the teenage years when some opt to become young men and women, while others wish to cling to their youth a little longer. Not that there is anything wrong with either path, it just shows that change differs in each individual’s life.

     There are three areas that can help us to become a totally well-rounded person, they are:


Physical Wellness – first, when we pay attention to things we put into our bodies, making sure that we are eating foods that are good for us, and that they provide us with our daily nutritional needs. When it comes to eating I coach my clients to “eat what you need, not what you want”. Portion control is an excellent way to keep the extra pounds off and can be as effective as any good diet plan. Second is making some form of exercise or physical activity part of our daily life.


Mental Wellness – this comes in many different forms, from meditation to an afternoon fishing on the lake. It’s that place we go to “turn the static” off, and just enjoy the present moment. The importance of mental wellness cannot be over-stated, we must take time to quiet our mind. By taking the time to quiet our mind we help reduce stress (which is now the number one precursor to most major diseases). Eliminate the stress and it will add years to your life!


Spiritual Wellness – spiritual wellness is food for the soul, when we are happy in spirit everything changes. Life’s problems no longer seem so large. We are less stressful and for the most part we are happier. When we are happier those around us are usually happier too.


     These are the three areas I refer to as “Total Wellness” – when mind, body and spirit all come together as one in good health. This is the foundation to my “Total Wellness” Health Coaching Programs.


If you would like more information on “Total Wellness” or if you would like to schedule a FREE 50 minute personal health consultation with me, I can be reached at mike@mikefentoncoaching.com

“Energy and persistence conquer all things”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Guest Post: Crossroads


Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton


   In our lifetime we come upon many “cross roads” It is a time in our life when we must make crucial decisions to which road it is we want to go down. Deciding to attend college or join the work force, to get married and have children or not to have children, these would be a “cross roads” decision, as all involve commitment, dedication and are life changing events.

     However, the “cross roads” decision that involves the most commitment and dedication is our decision to accept Jesus Christ as our savior. When we accept Him as our savior, our life is truly changed forever.

     This is not going to be easy however, and we must pay attention! We read in Matthew 7:14(NLT) “But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it”. When we arrive at the “cross roads” we must remember to take the right road and know that we are going to be challenged along the way, not to mention Satan will be doing his best to distract and deter us.

     If we remain strong and faithful in our convictions we are reminded in John 14:2 (NIV) “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you”? Is this not the road we all want to be on? Is this not the most important “cross road” in life, the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior?

Strength in Purpose

Strength in Purpose

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton


         Have you ever noticed that when you have a reason, or when you have purpose, or a cause for which you are fighting for you have much more strength than when you don’t have a reason? This is because when we believe in what we are doing that belief gives us that additional strength. For some, the answer is easy, they have put their faith and trust in God. In Psalms 34:19-20 it says “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; (20) he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken”. Wow, talk about having someone to help us through our times of trouble!

     This is something we can all have when we make the decision to live our life as followers of Jesus. When we live our life as a follower of Jesus, we live our life with purpose. When we live with purpose we have belief in what we are doing, and when we believe in what we are doing, we have strength.

     The best part of this is, we are invited to come to the Lord when we need rest. In Matthew 11: 28-30 we read “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

      We do not have to do it alone!  


  February’s reflection: Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need”.


Mike FentonAt Mike Fenton Coaching I help people make lifestyle changes that will give them healthier alternatives to prescription medications. In doing so they experience happier healthier drug-free lives, and save money. I will provide personalized diet, wellness and nutritional counseling through online programs you do in the privacy of your own home. Together we work to achieve “Total Wellness” – when mind, body and spirit all come together as one in good health. If you have been thinking about health coaching now is the time to schedule a FREE 50 Minute Personal Coaching Session with me at www.mikefentoncoaching.com

Stop Doubting and Believe

Stop Doubting and Believe!

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton

Things aren’t going your way? You’re not progressing along as quickly as you hoped; whether at work, school, or just life in general? We’ve all been there before, and we got through it, right? So why the doubt now?

     Doubt has brought many to their knees because once we start doubting ourselves we start to lose faith in ability to overcome the situation, and once we stop believing, we lose hope. Life is full of many challenges and we may not win them all, but when the reason we did not win is because we started doubting in our own abilities to succeed, we have lost faith, and the result can be heartbreaking.

     The reason(s) we begin to lose faith differs from person to person, just as the amount it takes for one to lose faith varies from person to person. It depends largely on your tolerance level and what you have going on in your life at the moment.

     If you’ve started to doubt yourself and your abilities, here are some things you can do to get yourself back on track:

  • Write it down on paper, take an honest realistic view of things and write down where you’re at now, and where you want to be in whatever time increment you would like to experience this change. By taking an honest realistic view of things and writing them down, you focus on the things that mean the most to you.
  • Set goals and goal markers, once you’ve come to terms with what it is you want, make a plan on how you are going to get it. In the plan, set goals for when you want things to happen and goal markers that will let you know you’ve reached each goal.
  • Don’t overwhelm yourself, taking on too much at one time can sabotage our ability to accomplish things. Start with those things that mean most to you and give them your full attention.
  • Outsource, when its possible let someone else do the work! Using a virtual assistant can save you a lot of time and headache. There are many sites out there that do that type of work for a good price. www.fiverr.com  is an option, www.odesk.com  is another, and both sites are good. At home if there is a task you don’t care to do, hire someone else to do it and use your new found time to do something fun.
  • Believe, have faith that you can get the job done! If you have fears look to God to help you with them. Psalms 34:4 tells us if we seek the Lord he will answer, and He will deliver us from all our fears.
  • Reward yourself, as you start reaching your goals and are starting to make the changes you desired take time to reward yourself for making these accomplishments. It’s a good reason to celebrate and it gives you incentive to keep moving forward.

     The above steps will help you become more organized and focused, which in turn will give you clarity of thought. By becoming more organized and focused we find even the most daunting task no match for us now!

“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives”.

William James (1842 – 1910)



 Mike FentonAt Mike Fenton Coaching I help people make lifestyle changes that will give them healthier alternatives to prescription medications. In doing so they save experience happier healthier drug-free lives, and they save money. I will provide personalized diet, wellness and nutritional counseling through online programs you do in the privacy of your own home. Together we work to achieve “Total Wellness” – when mind, body and spirit all come together as one in good health. If you have been thinking about health coaching now is the time to schedule a FREE 50 Minute Personal Coaching Session with me at mike@mikefentoncoaching.com

Biz Tip: Embracing Emotion

Embracing Emotion


Embracing Emotion

Embracing Emotion

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Purposeful Pathway is the haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. Part of my mission is equipping faith-based businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.

The theme of this post is embracing emotion!

Emotions are a part of life and certainly a part of business too. Oftentimes we view painful emotions as “bad,” and it is no wonder why. They are uncomfortable at best and, at other times, downright heart-wrenching. Yet we are blessed when we embrace emotions, even the painful ones. Underneath the pain we discover treasures for our businesses and joy for our journeys.

How exactly do we embrace the good of “bad” emotions? Let’s explore five practical yet powerful steps:


  1. Resist running. When a painful emotion arises, do not judge it or run away from it. Allow it to surface in its fullness. Feel it completely and appreciate it for the gift that it is.
  2. Dig deeper.  Oftentimes our emotions have less to do with present situations than they do with past wounds. The current situation is merely a trigger to the emotion. Perhaps a situation triggers a feeling of abandonment, and this feeling is rooted in a situation of abandonment as a child. Or perhaps a situation triggers a fear of financial insecurity, and this fear stems from a childhood situation when there was lack. Pray about your emotions as you dig deeper to learn the true sources of pain. Study the Scriptures to savor verses of comfort based on the emotions you experience. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
  3. Heal with hope.  Having dug deeper, seek Jesus for healing. Place the situations and the people of both past and present into His hands. Forgive each person and wash every situation in His limitless love, forgiveness and mercy. Doing so consistently will bring peace, joy and clarity. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
  4. Strategize your Steps. Having dug deeper and sought healing, look now at the current situation with clearer eyes and calmer heart. Determine your best reaction to the situation and people at hand; strategize proactive steps that support the highest good of all involved.
  5. Journey with Joy.  When we embrace emotion, dig deeper, heal with hope and strategize our steps, we discover that Jesus’ joy melts away our pain. Cling to Christ, seek His wonderful wisdom and immerse yourself in the joy of His holy heart.


I encourage you to follow wholeheartedly the Holy Spirit rather than emotion. Yet, in embracing the gift of your emotions, you can learn much about yourself, others and God Himself. You can grow in Christ via the chisel of painful feelings. Choose to find the good in your “bad” emotions, as doing so will boost your business, deepen your joy and enrich your journey!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”

Jeremiah 17:7-10


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Let’s Pray: Joyful Jesus, we thank You for the glorious gifts of our emotions. Thank You for the treasures we find in them, and help us to discern Your direction from them. We love you with every fiber of our beings, every moment of every day…and it is in Your Name we pray. Amen.


I Treasure Your Thoughts and Comments!

Poem: Make My Spirit Fly

Make My Spirit Fly Poem

Make My Spirit Fly

Timeless Treasures Poem

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“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)


When my heart is heavy,

When tears brim in my eye,

When I long like a bird

To escape and to fly,


When the way is dim,

When I am weak and weary,

When all about seems

So dark and dreary,


I see a glimmer

Of Your love-filled light,

Like the dawn of day

You shine through my night…


And my heart cannot help

But feel a surge of peace,

As into Your hands

All I am I release.


Every worry, every woe,

Every trial, every tear,

Every pain, every problem,

Every fight, every fear –


All I release

To You, Jesus, my King,

And I embrace the goodness

Your loving hands bring.


You pave my path

With bright light You shine,

You kiss away tears

With Your love divine,


You instill a song

Ever beautiful, ever new;

Yes, lovely is all You are,

All You say, all You do.


You make strong my bones

Once weak and weary,

You make bright the valleys

Once dark and dreary.


Yes, You restore the sparkle,

The pure joy in my eye…

Jesus, You are my light,

You make my spirit fly!


© COPYRIGHT 2014 Caroline Gavin

How does Jesus make your spirit fly?

I treasure your Thoughts and Comments!


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Baby Steps to a Healthier Life

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Health: Instead of New Year’s Resolutions – Baby Steps to a Healthier Life

Image courtesy Ann Musico at www.threedimensionalvitality.com

Image courtesy Ann Musico at www.threedimensionalvitality.com

Guest Post by 3D Vitality Health Coach Ann Musico

It’s almost the middle of February and my question to you is: So how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? If you are like the majority of people, most of them have been long forgotten as you settle back into your default behaviors. If you’ve read my blogs for any length of time, you know I favor taking “baby steps” to a healthier life. And it doesn’t matter how long you stay on each step – speed is not the point. Making each change a true lifestyle change is what really will make a positive impact in your life.

I did two interviews with Iron Jen last year where we discussed simple and easy tips to a healthier life – spirit, soul and body.  Here are the links for each if you’d like to listen: Interview 1 and Interview 2

If you are discouraged by your own lack of follow through and you still want to make 2014 your healthiest ever, don’t despair! It is only February. You still have the bulk of the year ahead of you. My suggestion is to decide what areas you feel need the most work and then list no more than 3 changes you would like to make. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight, which is #1 on most people’s list. Honestly assess your current habits. That’s the best way to see what you are doing that is contributing to the problem rather than moving you toward the achievement of your goals. (If you’re not sure where to begin, I can help.)

So let’s say you drink a couple of sodas a day, eat fast foods and carbs are your preferred food for every meal. (Don’t laugh, I knew someone who ate pancakes, pizza and pasta every day and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t losing weight!)  Anyway, my suggestion is to begin with one change – let’s take the sodas which if they are sugar-sweetened are empty calories and if they are “diet” sodas, will make you crave more sweets.  Anyway, make the quality decision that you will replace one soda with 16 oz. of water. That’s all.

Even if you drink 3 or 4 sodas a day and you only replace one for the next 2 weeks – consider that a victory and congratulate yourself! In fact by choosing to make one small, simple change over a two week period, studies have proven that people are better able to incorporate those changes long term. Once that becomes habit, replace the second one. Take as long as you need. As long as you are moving in the right direction, it will pay great dividends.

If you need help doing this I would be honored to help you. If you subscribe to my free, weekly No-Nonsense Nutrition Report, I will send you free, as my gift, my Simple Steps to a Healthy Life to help you get started!

How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theironjen/2013/02/26/ann-musico-three-dimensional-vitality  Interview 1

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theironjen/2013/08/06/ann-musico-tips-for-healthy-living Interview 2



Guest Post: SAD


Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton



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     During this time of year it is easy to become affected by what is known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder”. Typically a person will be affected by this during the same time each year, so if you get depressed during the winter months but feel much better during the spring and summer, you may have SAD.

It is most common among:

  • People who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are big changes in the amount of daylight in different seasons.
  • Women.
  • People between the ages of 15 and 55. The risk of getting SAD for the first time goes down as you age.
  • People who have a close relative with SAD.


     Usually the culprit behind SAD is the lack of sunlight. It upsets the sleep/wake cycle as well as other circadian rhythms, which in turn causes problems with the brain chemical serotonin.


     Most people that are affected by SAD will notice their energy levels are down, and they have less tolerance for normal daily activities. This is probably directly related to the interruption of the sleep/wake cycle I talked about earlier. Most folks are in a much better frame of mind when they have a good night’s sleep. Another sign of SAD is you will eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta.

     It is difficult to tell the difference between non-seasonal depression and SAD simply because the symptoms are very much alike. If you are going to see a doctor to find out if you have SAD he will want to know if:

  • You have been depressed during the same season and have gotten better when the seasons changed for at least 2 years in a row.
  • You have symptoms that often occur with SAD, such as being very hungry (especially craving carbohydrates), gaining weight, and sleeping more than usual.
  • A close relative-a parent, brother, or sister-has had SAD.

     If you are diagnosed with SAD your doctor most likely will prescribe light therapy. There are two types of light therapy:

  • Bright light treatment. For this treatment, you sit in front of a “light box” for half an hour or longer, usually in the morning.
  • Dawn simulation. For this treatment, a dim light goes on in the morning while you sleep, and it gets brighter over time, like a sunrise.

     Light therapy works well for most people with SAD, and it is easy to use. You may start to feel better within a week or so after you start light therapy. But you need to stick with it and use it every day until the season changes. If you don’t, your depression could come back.

     If you or someone you know is affected by SAD you can lessen its affects by keeping in good mental and physical shape, and by watching your diet. Make sure to fit that trip to the gym in your daily schedule, and if you are getting cravings for carbohydrates resist them, and choose something healthier to curb that carbohydrate crave such as apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon.


“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances”.

Martha Washington (1732 – 1802)