He Equips the CALLED

Want to hear or be reminded of a promise that could really give you some peace??

God doesn't always call the equipped.. but He does equip those who He calls.

Feeling a pull towards doing something?
But maybe you're worried that you're not ready, qualified or prepared?
God will equip you!


I've faced this several times in life. In missions, relationships & work.

Even when I started coaching, I had no clue how I was going to make things happen or figure out what I was doing.

But God put that opportunity before me & when I accepted it then surrendered it to Him as ministry + how I was choosing to support my family.. He's provided so many outlets for me to GROW.

Reason #9,351 why God is faithful.
He equips.

Follow His call, ready or not.
He'll open doors for you to grow.



Wellness, A Matter of the Heart: Another Throwback Thursday


This girl sure looks a lot different now.

Her priorities, attitude & even body.

Time is always a factor when it comes to these kinds of transformations, but my relationship with food/alcohol, my spouse & the Lord have been the biggest game changers for me as a person. 

A few years ago, I was living for the moment...Doing what "felt" good.Living with the wrong priorities.Not treating my husband like the spiritual leader I trusted he'd become one day.Coasting thru my job at work because it was familiar.Sinning because I knew God's grace was abundant.Was I a great gal? Sure!Was I my personal best as a woman & honoring Jesus daily? No.

Today..I try to live & make decisions in light of eternity.. aiming to please Jesus before myself.Making God a priority first, then my family.Honoring who I know Nate can be no matter his short-comings.Pursuing personal growth even when it's uncomfortable.Praying to be broken over my sin the way God is.Giving myself grace as an imperfect woman, but striving to be more like Jesus.

I tried off and on for YEARS to become "healthy".. aka be "skinny" (which wasn't actually a healthy goal at all) at whatever the cost. And the reason I was never successful was because I wasn't doing it for the right reasons. Failed attempt after failed attempt - it came down to a matter of the heart.

When I decided to begin this journey of wellness 2 years ago to become healthier - mind, body & spirit - I was coming to the realization that I needed to make changes because my health was bigger than just me. I needed to do it to be a better wife & woman of God. Of course, I still has physical goals that I wanted to achieve, but I was starting to understand the responsibility that my health truly was & what all I was lacking.As I've been chipping away at my goals & renewing my mindset the past several months.. theres a set of verses that keep presenting themselves to me.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Wellness is a sign of obedience to God.It's also a sign of respect because the Holy Spirit dwells within us.And when we take care of ourselves, we are better equipped to love & serve those around us.
Transformations are so much more than just our bodies.. but even that aspect of our wellness is IMPORTANT.

Take some time to evaluate your heart & make the mental shifts you need to, in order to change your motives. I bet you'll even begin to stick with your daily disciplines more because there's a greater purpose behind it.

#ThrowBackThursday is looking a bit different this week. But I pray that it's going to meet someone at a time of need.

I never imagined that being a wellness coach would give me this opportunity for ministry, but it has. And I'm SO incredibly grateful.

Thank you, Jesus.. for allowing me to turn my mess into a message of your faithfulness, love, forgiveness & promises!

#GracefullyBalanced




September REFRESH Mini Challenge: 3 Day Cleanse


Ever feel like you could use some sort of REBOOT, refresh, recharge or restart?
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Maybe you've let loose this summer, are craving a new routine or need to lose a bit of "fluff".
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I've been there a few times myself, y'all πŸ™‹
▪︎Needing to reset my system after a minor surgery.
▪︎Before a new program to kickstart.
▪︎In the midst of bad habits after a move.
▪︎When I was craving a clean slate.
▪︎To break thru a fitness plateau.
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Well, it's that time again for me. And I'm not going to do it alone! What if I told you that you could jumpstart your routine & feel renewed with me in 3 days?
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Good news -- you CAN! So, I'm gearing up for a 5 day mini challenge that will allow myself & a few others to work thru this 3 day, plant based cleanse!
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Here's what you can expect from this mini challenge:
☀️ 5 day {private} group
🍴 1 day of food prep
🍏 3 days of the program
πŸ“Š 1 day post cleanse discussion
πŸ‘― Group guidance + accountability
🌳 A plant-based cleanse system
πŸ“ Fruits, veggies, healthy fats - yep, you get to EAT
🌱 3 daily protein + fiber blends
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So if feeling lighter, brighter, refreshed & renewed is something your body or lifestyle needs, email me at lindseykollar@yahoo.com or message me to learn more!
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Group starts September 1st - must RSVP by 8/25 to join.


Follow my life on SNAPCHAT


As much as I try to stay raw & real on social media, sometimes it can become a "highlight reel."

My heart's desire is to truly share my day to day with the women who follow me on FB, IG, this blog & snap chat.

To transparently share the good, the great, the hard & the sometimes ugly in life. But to talk about how God uses EACH of those moments for good.

My PASSION is ministry & leadership, which is why I LOVE owning my own business as a coach.

My life isn't glamorous.

I post too many photos of my dogs & food.

But I see the positive in most things. And when I don't, I'm determined to try to find it.

I want to live a life that glorifies God, edifies others, shines a LIGHT, honors my family & makes WAVES.

NOW -- that's not all happening on snapchat. But I'd love for you to get to know me more. See my quirks & meet my little family a bit more.

Check out my workouts, meals, silly filtered photos, etc.

Near or far, let's do life together.

You can find me at πŸ‘»LindseyKGhoens

Happy snapping!!


Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai Recipe SHARE

Recipe & Photo Source: Beachbody Blog

Need a low-carb healthy recipe to add to your lunch or dinner menu this week?


Pad Thai with Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs.)
2 Tbsp. tamarind paste (or rice wine vinegar)
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 tsp. raw honey
2 to 4 Tbsp. water
12 oz. extra-firm tofu, cut into small cubes
3 Tbsp. cornstarch (preferably GMO free)
8 tsp. peanut oil, divided use
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¾ cup fresh bean sprouts
4 medium green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp. chopped peanuts
Lime wedges
Cilantro sprigs
Crushed red pepper


Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 350° F.
-Place squash on a parchment lined baking sheet. Poke squash 2 or 3 times with a fork. Bake for 60 to 80 minutes. Cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds. Scrape flesh into stringy noodles. Set aside.
-To make sauce, heat tamarind paste, fish sauce, honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add additional water is sauce is too tart. Set aside.
-Coat tofu in cornstarch in a small bowl; mix well.
-Heat a large wok (or skillet) over high heat.
-Add 2 tsp. oil, swirling to cover surface of pan. Add tofu; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until all sides of tofu are brown. Remove tofu from pan and place on a large plate. Set aside.
-Add 2 tsp. oil to pan; cook, over high heat, swirling to cover surface of pan. Add onions; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion are light golden brown. Remove from pan; place on plate with tofu. Set aside.
-Add 2 tsp. oil to pan; cook, over high heat, swirling to cover surface of pan. Add eggs; cook over medium heat. Do not stir. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath, creating a very thin omelet. When eggs are set, cut them with your spatula. Remove eggs from pan and place on plate with tofu and onions. Set aside.
-Add remaining 2 tsp. oil to pan, swirling to cover surface of pan.
-Add garlic; cook, over medium-high heat, for 1 minute.
-Add spaghetti squash, spreading squash into a single layer; cook for 30 second, stir and make another single layer. Repeat this 3 to 6 times, cooking for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until squash is warm and golden brown.
-Add sauce; mix well.
-Add bean sprouts and green onions; mix well.
-Add tofu mixture; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed and heated through.
-Transfer to a large serving platter. Top with peanuts, lime wedges, cilantro, and crushed red pepper. Serve immediately.


Tips:
If you can’t find tamarind paste you can substitute rice wine vinegar.
Thai fish sauce is Nam Pla, but you can use another kind if you have it.



*Feel free to share, y'all*



Mind Body Spirit CHALLENGE


Hey girl -- Do you CRAVE balance?πŸ™‹

Do you know self care is important, but YOU usually fall to the bottom of your "to do list" because of how BUSY life is or because of how FULL your plate is each day?

Or maybe you know self care MATTERS, but you're honestly not sure how to get started again in a healthy way that you can also MANAGE.

Listen.
HEALTHY looks different on EVERYONE.
But selfcare - of your mind, body & spirit - consists of some pretty basic principals that are basically the same for all of us.

-exercise to take care of your body
-eat whole, healthy foods to nourish yourself from the inside-out
-unplug to care for & heal your mind
-surround yourself with positivity & TRUTH to fuel your spirit

Simple right? (or maybe you're like "Girl, I WISH")
It CAN be simple. With the right tools & with the right support system.

Let ME & the Gracefully Balanced community be that system.
Let ME as your "coach" provide the tools & information to equip you.
Let ME as a fellow sister walk or RUN alongside you in this journey!

I want to invite YOU to join my next online wellness group.

I'm dedicated to showing UP & working WITH my challengers.
Holding them accountable, offering tips + support & encouragement.
Guiding them to a well-rounded lifestyle they can MAINTAIN.

This is how it works:

1. Make the decision to implement change. Open your mind!
2. Tell me your goals - where would you like to achieve growth?
3. Pick a program - something that will meet your needs + goals
4. Pick a flavor of your dense, natural superfood blend
5. Commit to plug in daily & do your personal best
6. Change your life, achieve balance & pay it forward

Still have a few questions? Or maybe you're READY to jump?

Email me at lindseykollar@yahoo.com to apply//chat!

Taking CARE of yourself is the best gift you can give yourself & the ones around you.

Make yourself a priority so you lead a fuller, more balanced life!

I have 5 spots left, ladies. Let's chat soon!

*must rsvp by 8/17*



Take a Peek at my FIRST Country Heat Workout!


Country Heat

Have you heard of it?

You know, the NEW - 30 day - at home - no equipment required - DANCE program.

The one getting people insane results with FUN daily routines & a simple nutrition plan?

Yeah, that's the one.

Check out my first EVER workout using Country Heat.

I was SO surprised at the end of the 30 minute routine to be SWEATING all over - and it was only the intro workout!

If you want to exercise, but need a FUN & simple place to start -- email me at lindseykollar@yahoo.com to learn more about this Country Heat program!





Gracefully Balanced : Will You Join Us


You watched ME start.

You saw the community I created take ROOT.

You saw Gracefully Balanced come to LIFE.

And you've watch us GROW🌱

So who are we now?

women (some fellas too)
sisters in Christ
wives
mommas
fur parents
military
veterans
yoga instructors
young creatives
bloggers
teachers
medical professionals
government employees
masters students
nannies
bible study leaders
department + training directors
musical talent
single parents
busy.people.
& so much more

You see, we're incredibly DIFFERENT ladies united by our COMMON pursuit of healthy, fulfilling FREE lives.

SO if you've wondered what it takes to join us.

What qualifications, transformation, education you need..

Just be YOU - uniquely, truly, unapologetically YOU.

Your life, your story, your gifts & your talents can offer SO much to the world.

Be your best self. Pay it forward. & create a life you love to live.

Our team is GROWING
& you should DEFINITELY join us.

New coach mentorship begins THIS week!

WHAT are you WAITING for, girl!?

#GracefullyBalanced #LifeByDesign #BusyGirlsWorld



It Takes ALL Kinds: Gracefully Balanced


‪#‎TBT‬ to last week hanging out with these ladies in Nashville, TN at our annual coach summit❤️πŸ‘―πŸŽΈ


While there were tons of gals on our team who couldn't make it (we MISSED y'all) - even just the three of us represented well our big, diverse coach family.


You see, it takes ALL kinds to make us as special as we are. Gracefully Balanced isn't a bunch of cookie cutter ladies.


We areπŸ‘‡


spouses-girlfriends-veterans-military-mommas-business owners-bloggers-teachers-masters students-young creatives-single parents-sisters in Christ-medical professionals-fitness instructors-department heads-nannies-administrative professionals-etc.


The list goes on.. We have different backgrounds. Different stories. Different things we've overcome. But we're UNITED.. By common goals, passions & community. By the hustle & heart we live by daily.


But what it comes down to is - we want to:


1. Be our BEST self
2. Find fulfillment in what we do
3. Use our natural gifts & talents + learned skills
4. Create more choice, opportunity & freedom
5. Live a life by design


You might have misunderstood who we are, what we do & who this opportunity is really for. And that's okay. But now that you know - you're morally obligated to decide if THIS could help you reach your personal goals.


Greatness lies within you & success is your DUTY.


So will you link arms with us? Email me at lindseykollar@yahoo.com to learn more about joining the Gracefully Balanced team as a wellness coach.


Why not you, gal??



BBQ Chicken Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

How about this quick, easy to prep ahead recipe that works for a packed lunch or family dinner? This healthy, flavorful recipe is available amongst many others on the Beachbody Blog.
Putting this recipe on my meal planner this week!
Ingredients:
2 small sweet potatoes, washed, pierced with fork
1½ c. shredded cooked chicken breast, boneless, skinless
¼ c. barbecue sauce, reduced-sugar
¼ c. Quick Pickled Red Onions (or 2 Tbsp. chopped red onions)
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (for garnish)
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Pierce each sweet potato 3 to 4 times with a fork. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until tender.
While sweet potato is baking, combine chicken and barbecue sauce in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise.
Top sweet potatoes evenly Quick Pickled Red Onions and chicken mixture. Sprinkle evenly with parsley; serve immediately.
Tips:
Look for barbecue sauce that has an ingredient list that does not contain artificial sweeteners, additives, or preservatives. There are many brands on the market that are sweetened with small amounts of honey, maple syrup, or molasses.
Use Healthy Barbecue Sauce as a homemade alternative to store-bought barbecue sauce.

Happy cooking!!


My LuLaRoe Experience + GIVEAWAY



Most of you have seen it on Facebook or Instagram - the new CRAZE that is LuLaRoe - a brand claiming to be the comfiest leggings EVER.


Let me start by telling you I was a skeptic.
I was added to several groups + parties where I felt like just a number. 
I saw the claims, but figured they couldn't have been any better than the stuff I could get anywhere else.
I thought they primarily offered leggings.
I thought they were all crazy patterns.


Now let me explain to you my personal reservations.
I believe in PERSONAL customer service & hate feeling like part of a mass invite process.
I love saving money OR saving up to splurge on fewer special items.
I don't wear leggings much, unless I'm working out - could this be for me?
I shy away from busy looking patterns - I'm more of a simple sally.


Okay - so now that you have my backstory. Let me tell you about my experience & how I got to this point.

My long time friend, Melanie Lemus, started her own LuLaRoe business recently.
We're fellow military wives who have known each other over five years - and now we're both entrepreneurs. I was added to her private FB group initially, but was never pressured to buy anything. Her page is professional & PERSONAL - she connects with the women in her group + shares photos/videos of herself, rather than stock photos. She also has a HUGE variety - something for everyone. From the Wacky Wendy type chicks to us Simple Sallies.


As my mind began to open & as I started silently stalking her page, Mel actually reached out with an opportunity that ended up becoming my first experience with LuLaRoe. Melanie knows how many women I work with on a daily basis & decided to do something pretty awesome for one of the *lucky* ladies who follow my blog. She decided to provide me with a set of leggings to GIVE AWAY for free.

Pretty cool, right? But she didn't just do that - she wanted me to be able to share about my own experience first, so I could present this opportunity to you ladies with a level of integrity that we both believe is absolutely necessary when you are growing a business.


So first, I joined one of her weekly sales, via her private group, & selected an item.
{Say hello to the NICOLE dress I'm wearing in the photo above.}

Once I selected my item, I worked through a simple, & QUICK checkout/invoice process.

My overall experience was both personal & efficient - using Google forms + Square.

And within just a few days, I received my package... this was one of my FAVORITE parts.

A good shopping experience includes the moment you receive your items in the mail.

That "first impression" moment shows the CARE that the company has for it's products.




I mean -- how ADORABLE is this packaging? It's FUN & colorful literally from the moment you open up the envelope!


Plus, she included a note & these little candies.

Ofcourse, candies aren't going to affect my opinion of the clothes, BUT it was yet another attention to detail that made the entire process even more thoughtful & pleasant.

So let's talk about the first time I tried it on & do some word association.

You say LuLaRoe, I say:

(smooth as)
 BUTTER 
soft
comfy
flattering
feminine




I wore this dress to church & got LOTS of compliments. While flattering your natural shape, the Nicole is also fairly modest! I was able to wear this dress several hours - from sitting in a bible study to visiting with friends to working with small children in the nursery. The dress is definitely an A+ in fit, color & quality.

THANK YOU, Melanie for such an awesome experience!

NOW -- let's talk about this GIVEAWAY!!

ONE lucky winner will receive a pair of comfy leggings courtesy of @LularoeMelanieLemus - And the pattern will be a total SURPRISE.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

1) Join Melanie's private FB group HERE
2) Follow me on Instagram @GracefullyBalanced and comment on the "lularoe experience" photo with your own IG username + tag a friend.
3) Follow Melanie on Instagram @LularoeMelanieLemus
4) Type in the comment section of THIS blog post with your IG name + FB name when you're done!!

I will verify each of these steps have been completed & choose a RANDOM winner on Friday, August 5th!

Who's EXCITED?!?!?

Cheers to fabulous comfort, my friends!


*This post was sponsored by Melanie Lemus - LuLaRoe*