The Fit in Faith Podcast
Women of Valor - with Melissa Blount

Women of Valor - with Melissa Blount

October 15, 2020

When I think of a woman of valor. i think of a woman dressed in a military suit adorned in medallions and upright and confident and strong. And when I found this beautiful woman and she introduced me to the women of valor collective where I had the beautiful opportunity to write and share with her community, I was enamored by how she provided confidence. day by day, by the stories of others into the insight of the valor that they could own under the love and adoration and promise of our Father in heaven.

So today, Melissa and i unpack what this community means to her, how it was established, and designed even from her town testimony. And isn’t that exactly what God would have us do. He’d have us go through the fire to come out stronger. Perhaps in intimate situations, uncomfortable situations…well mainly all uncomfortable! If you know anything about my story there was not a lot of resting and not a lot of being and a lot of doing in how I was striving so hard to become. So it was such an honor…and honor and valor go so beautifully together…To sit alongside her and dream cast over this growing community.

Hundreds of women submitting their own stories to be shared. No filter in that. Simply an act of ministry. To spread the good news and to showcase how God shows up in all of those situations. And how He becomes the change agent in which we get stand, adorned, with medals, saying I’ve done it. i can see Him hanging it over our neck as a daughter of the King most high and saying “well done my good and faithful servant.

So I hope today as you listen, you feel inspired to write or speak or share your story in some way. And if you do, then Melissa is your girl. Reach out and check out the incredible website and community she is creating. And speak and know that you are a woman of valor.

Don’t feel quite like the aligned, pristine, pressed white suit yet…know that it is yours for the taking friend.

 

Melissa’s Formal Bio:

 

Melissa is a wife and mother of four adult children; Jordan, Malachi, Ephram, and Trinity.  She is currently working as an Operations Director in an Insurance Sales Corporate office and has for the last Fourteen years.  When she is not at work during the week, she is enjoying trips with her husband, and traditional dinners with her children after church each Sunday.

Melissa was inspired to tell her story while attending a women’s meeting at her local church.  A year ago, she started writing her story down and witnessing to her friends, family, and small groups.  Her stories have entertained, captivated, and encouraged many women.

​She started a women’s online chat group that pray and encourage each other daily. The miracles, through the power of prayer, and the ‘God-incidences’ as she calls them, that have taken place within this group have guided her.  It’s really been the driving force that has encouraged her to create this Ministry, Women of Valor Collective and to learn how to follow what she believes is the will of God on her life. The next chapter.

​Her objective is to spread the Word, encourage and touch as many women as she can through speaking engagements, the completion of her book, and social media mainstreaming. When she speaks to anyone and shares her story, she finds they are receptive, attentive, and they always tell her she needs to share this with others.  She is no longer walking in fear and wants to guide other women to be fearless.

 

Connect with Melissa Blount here:

https://www.womenofvalorcollective.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvk0bEv3TqBVz_IRKIEIgDw?view_as=subscriber

https://www.instagram.com/womenofvalorcollective/

https://www.facebook.com/WomenofValorCollective

Find the Fire in Your Purpose - with Chavon Thomas

Find the Fire in Your Purpose - with Chavon Thomas

October 8, 2020

I feel like I want to start this episode with the special guest voice…her voice truly reigns power and that is all of what we spoke about on this episode. Unlocking our inner power, which of course is HIS power within us. What that looks like to operate within, to be called and to understand that we are leaders of the kingdom.

And I am so honored to have Chavon Thomas standing alongside me as we share tonight…creating holy fire for people, holy fire through the mics and lens. So I know, without a shadow of a doubt that this is going to bless you. And I just pray right now, that if you are feeling led to say YES to the experiences of standing in your power, or propelling that power into a place of business. That would essentially be a package deal,  with a really beautiful ribbon between Chavon and I and we talk all about it in this episode.

I’d love to hear from you. Get to know you.  And hear your thoughts on this podcast. We would be ignited right alongside you in this experience.

Thank you for tuning in!

 

Chavons Bio:

Chavon is a smart, enthusiastic, and kind woman, and she married her husband, Corey, in 2012. They went on to start a business together called Purpose Unwrapped, LLC. Furthermore, Chavon's love and ability to teach the Word with accuracy and power carries over into her everyday job. She is a special education teacher in the public-school system, and she works within the secondary level of education. She earned her master’s degree in Special Education.

 

Chavon is currently working on obtaining a Doctorate in Education in Christian Leadership from Liberty University. She is a certified Leadership and Life Coach. God has lead her to the area of leadership, and her passion is empowering and equipping Millennial Women in Leadership.

She is a woman who loves God, and through worship, the Word, and prayer she builds her relationship with God continually. ​She has spoken at youth events, women's events, and church events. Chavon has published 4 books that are available on Amazon. These books are sure to empower, encourage, strengthen, and uplift every reader.

​In 2018, Chavon was nominated for ACHI nominee for Author of the year and Educator of the year, and in 2019 she was nominated for ACHI nominee for Educator of the Year and Orator of the Year! She is a volunteer leader in the Young Life Program, a Christian Fellowship Program for students, where she works. She is also a part of the mentorship program for young ladies at the school she works called Pretty Me. Finally, she hosted a book club with the high school basketball team where she works and a tutoring program in connection with her church's youth ministry.

 

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Www.chavonanette.com

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The Love Offering -  With Rachael Adams

The Love Offering - With Rachael Adams

October 1, 2020

There is a revolution happening...a LOVE revolution! And today’s guest unpacks how.

 

Stemming from long before Covid, a concept emerged, but the conversation starts around the blessings of love that are existing in this season, that has basically taken  over all  of 2020. So many are trying to move into 2021  already,  but even now has purpose and we have a beautiful opportunity to still show up and love.

 

She shares about her history in truly understanding what love is and how she came to learn the fullness of his love, which didn’t fully happen until after she had children. And as you may know, this is a big part of my story too so I  totally understand and relate to her. Thank heavens for church communities like MOPS for helping us through the isolation of motherhood.

 

After reading the happiness project she awoke to the concept of a service project and asking God how she can continually serve. Later sitting in a church pew God Revealed the monetary giving concept of a love offering, but way beyond the concept of money. Which speaks to my  soul in this season as I have been resonating on RICHness and Wealth and the lens of the lord on abundance.

 

 

Metaphorically - we as human beings ARE the love offerings, because we are the hands and feet of Jesus. And though his example of love…and giving us the ability to exist and extend our heart to others as God has to us. This is our call as believers and disciples.

 

Tune into her beautiful podcast, The love offering and go follow Rachael Adams. She’s already got the book dreamt up so let’s pray that into existence too, because we all need a little more insight on how to LOVE like Jesus. 

 

Enjoy the episode and her sweet soul.

 

 

Rachael Adams Bio:

 

Rachael Adams is a writer, speaker, and host of The Love Offering Podcast. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women to live out their faith by loving God, others, and even themselves. Rachael and her husband live in Kentucky with their two children. Connect with her online at www.rachaelkadams.com or on Facebook and Instagram @rachaeladamsauthor.

 

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-love-offering/id1448057435

 

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Follow The Light To Discover the Calm - With Danielle Ireland

Follow The Light To Discover the Calm - With Danielle Ireland

September 24, 2020

If I had to choose 1 word for today’s episode it would be CALMING. And don’t we all need a little more CALM in our lives right now?

 

Today’s guest, Danielle Ireland, who’s also a licensed therapist and speaker, shared about her expedition of how she chose to create her own position and design a life she loved. Even after professional dancing and acting, which actually fell into her lap very early on, she had an OH SHOES moment, as my sister-in-law likes to say…but she says it a little different than how she says it and I love it. But that led her to unpacking her ego and learning and leaning into her call.

 

And we hear this topic of calling all the time now. And I think a lot of people visualize a bunch of white clouds and rainbows, but there is so much more to it. She actually explains how she went through the season of falling in love with her husband and during that time she realized from that experience what she was missing in that area of her life. And I just loved that understanding.

 

So if you are operating at any point today in one realm of being and you experience abundant light and then you walk into the next realm of your life and the next activity and the light is removed then there is so much analysis to such occurrences.

 

That finding and searching experience led her to many other positions and hobbies and developments which led to her career now. That consulting and therapy point, she discovered a root. And for me in business that deeper root is a place to unpack the mind, body and soul set of our existence. She explains it so beautifully here…and she does so through our shared mentor, Brene Brown, through vulnerability and authenticity.

 

I just encourage you to journey through your own life searching for light so you can show up in those places more!

 

Danielle’s Formal Bio:

 

Prior to her work as a licensed therapist, Danielle worked as an actor and ballroom dance instructor. Her journey from performer to therapist wasn’t a clearly defined path, but rather a sweaty, awkward, and exhilarating process of step, stumble, fear, learn, repeat. And like everyone else, she continues to blaze her own trail of self-discovery and healing.

 

Danielle's also the creator and host of the Don't Cut Your Own Bangs podcast, the remedy to comparison and feeling like everyone has it figured out but you. And she firmly believes that when we see the best in ourselves, we can bring out the best in others.

 

Links to follow:

 

https://danielleireland.com/

https://www.instagram.com/d.ireland.d/

https://www.pinterest.com/danielleirelandLCSW/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-ireland-3aa661161/

https://www.facebook.com/d.ireland.d

 

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A Call To Be ON WATCH - with Brittany Dunn, The Safe House Project

A Call To Be ON WATCH - with Brittany Dunn, The Safe House Project

September 17, 2020

When I first received education around today’s topic I was dumb-founded.

I felt betrayed even.

and then I felt guilty.

Like I had been living under a rock by choice.

The emotions entangled in the moment couldn’t possibly lend themselves to the entangled experiences of the actual victims.

And it was in that moment, that I knew I was forever moved to help.

 

Today’s conversation with Brittany Dunn, co-founder of the The Safe House Project, is unlike a traditional entrepreneurial or wellness podcast you might hear from me, but it is surely footed on a firm foundation and circling a topic that I feel honored to speak up and out about and I truly hope serves you in a unique way to find understanding and voice around sex-trafficking - a topic that seems far from reach, but is actually happening in your very neighborhood right now…and I don’t mean that figuratively.

 

Please tune in and more importantly, please go to iamonwatch.org/ in order to participate in the free 1-hour online training that will be a life’s resource to you, your community, your children, and many more.

 

I refuse to live under a rock, no matter what false information is presented…let’s be better. Let’s be advocates for others when they are out of control or ability to advocate for themselves.

 

Let’s be on watch!!

 

Brittany Dunn has the honor of helping leading Safe House Project as the Chief Operations Officer. Prior to Safe House Project, Brittany Dunn spent 10 years in International Business Development at CareerBuilder.com working around the world. Brittany Dunn has a B.A. in Economics and English from Wellesley College. She has her MBA, and graduated top of her class from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a military spouse, mother of two, continual learner, world traveler, and protector of the vulnerable.

 

Link:

https://www.safehouseproject.org/onwatch

 

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Innovate Your Life - with Shawna Lum

Innovate Your Life - with Shawna Lum

September 11, 2020

I so love unpacking the adventure of other people.  Mainly because I feel like I’m living vicariously through them, but also because it ignites me to GO! Literally and figuratively!

 

And today’s guest, Shawna Lum, is such a GO getter, that she even moved across the world, multiple times in fact, in order to pursue what God has ahead of her.

 

You all know the people on social media that appear to be living their best life in another country, traveling, experiencing, and snapping amazing photos along the way…though of course, not in intent cause FOMO or comparison, but instead with intent to help you innovate your own life to be the best version of what is promised…?

 

Well, that’s our girl today. She’s a beautiful blend of reflective and energetic.

Running from perfectionism. Chasing joy! But also living the entrepreneurial dream outside of the umbrella of the American Dream.

 

You all are going to be blessed by today’s beautiful worldly conversation.

 

Tune in and LET’s get innovating our lives today.

 

BIO:

 

Hey I am Shawna! After a crazy neck injury a year and a half ago I had to stop the office job and really focus on healing! Since then I have had  the blessing to  create an agency specializing in web design and getting your messaging right! I also am a social media manager! I help business owners and entrepreneurs who don't have time to:

💻 Build a professional, modern and responsive website or

💻Redesign their site

📱Manage Social platforms - IG, FB or Linkedin curated posts,

📱get their messaging and captions right on Social Media.. aside from work I love snowboarding, swimming, dancing and giving a helping hand. Excited to be a part of the show!

 

Connect with Shawna!

 

yourlifeinnovated.com

instagram.com/yourlifeinnovated

facebook.com/yourlifeinnovated

 

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The Head of Happiness - with Alice Edgerton

The Head of Happiness - with Alice Edgerton

September 3, 2020

I have a little nugget of info that you can use at the dinner convo today - the #1 current google word right now...can you guess? 

It's HAPPINESS. 

Could you use a little more happy right now? How about joy? How about unspeakable joy? That is surely what I want! 

So today's podcast guest gave us this insight and instead of just leaving us dry she talked to us about fulfillment and she has a ministry called Fulfilled After 50 and y'all know I'm not 50, but I'm totally touched and enamored by everything you said! 

You have to tune in if you're a mom or not a mom. If you're a health advocate or  not. Or a 9 to 5'er or in the grind of the American Dream. I think you should tune in if you're in the beginning stages of something new, middle or end of something new. If you're in a place of burnout, depression or anxiety or overwhelm. Fulfillment!

Fulfillment that Alice shares about that begins from within. And she unpacked the most beautiful 5 things that you can do right now today to seek and find that joy. That happiness that so many people want. And guess what? It's so achievable! It's taking it back to the basics! 

These 5 things are filled with so much good stuff and it doesn't matter if fulfilled after 50 is your mantra or not, they are 100% applicable to her millennial children (that's some of you!) and our own littles we are raising right now. It touched my soul!

The quick token of advice it starts from within, it starts in the head. Stay tuned...she blew my mind. It felt like she was on stage and I know in my heart of hearts He is getting the glory out of this one! 

WATCH THE LIVE SHOW here! 

Guest Bio:

Alice Edgerton is a life coach to the midlife woman who is searching for the calling God already has placed in her but cannot pull it out. She leads women in this season of life through a community of other Christian women who share their life experiences, encouragement as we fill each other's buckets up.

 

Connect with Alice!

https://www.fulfilledafter50.com   

facebook.com/thealiceedgerton

 

 

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From the Pit to the Palace with Ashton Cantou

From the Pit to the Palace with Ashton Cantou

August 27, 2020

Holy Moly you guys! Today’s episode had me on the edge of my seat and just SO Joyful on how God does so much within his daughters and sons that ignites fires in other people because He’s blowing on embers and if you get close enough there is no way you can’t catch fire!

 

And today, with Ashton Cantu, our guest, she just lit me up. I left on such a high and I was so grateful I started my day that way. You guys, she came from a place of pain. And you’ve heard it said before that God will use your pain for purpose. And she doesn’t like tag lines or catch-phrase but this is exactly what He’s done in her life and just like He’s done in mine, just like He’s done in so many other women who walk in purpose…knowing that their identity is not based in the place of pain or the story line of their history, but instead in the identity of our Father.

 

She talks all around what it is that she walked through and how ultimately it was the fall, the pit, the place (actually happened multiple times) multiple rock bottoms, that she realized Jesus shows up for her. And He just continued to offer promotion after promotion after promotion in her life both personally and professionally, which you’ll get to hear all about her entrepreneurial journey and how that became to be.

 

She has two things she wants us to take away, but honestly there are 1000 things. But two things you’re about to have goods on is:

 

  1. To dismantle the lies. The lies that have been cultivated time and time again in our own lives form deep roots and things that ultimately shouldn’t be there. She’s going to tell you how she got past them and how you can too.
  2. Creating community and doing this thing, this walk, this life, this purpose drive joy-filled life with others and just like God is a community cultivator and lover, Kingdom maker…that’s the whole reason He didn’t just leave Adam alone to roam the earth. Even in His animals and plants and everything that exists…so to know that there is a support system and you don’t have to do this thing alone. So Ashton and I have partnered in that process to just be here and walk this out with you.

 

You can do this with, through and by Him. You can establish your business with His roots and His identity and how you will flourish in submission. And you will flourish by accepting His love, but also learning to give it.

 

I hope you are blessed by this episode!! And tune in to the joy that Ashton brings and the programs that we both are launching are all around this…so enjoy!

 

Bio:

Ashton Cantou is a Transformational Life Coach, Leadership Coach, and Speaker. It is her absolute mission to help people thrive. The heart of her work is servant leadership. She lives to be a woman of God,  a vessel for truth, and an example of what's possible. In essence, Ashton is committed to expanding her capacity to receive and hold joy, love, abundance, prosperity, and success as she inspires and help others to do the same!

 

Connect with  Ashton:

https://www.instagram.com/ashtoncantou

https://www.facebook.com/ashtoncantou

 

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Practice the “JUST THIS” Strategy with Carmen Ohling

Practice the “JUST THIS” Strategy with Carmen Ohling

August 20, 2020

This podcast was so fun. I discovered a pseudo replica of myself that lives on the other side of the United States . Like twins separated at birth and now our paths are being led back to a beautiful place outside of the country.

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I’m going to declare this right now. Carmen Ohling, Todays guest, will be in Tulum, Mexico together one day! And no I’m not being prophetic, I just hope Carmen comes on the upcoming retreat happening in February for all of us - YES you’re invited. It’s going to be epic for personal and professional growth in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. You should totally put it on your calendar and come. You can check it out right now and book your stay for a new year getaway. I’m also proclaiming that all this hoopla with covid will be clear and well be able to not even wear masks on the airplane. Just dreaming over here…

 

Anyway, back to THIS, we talk about our health, nutrition, coaching, transformations and so much more. We unpacked our ability or honestly the lack there of to do #allthethings and how necessary it is for us to do The one Thing - or as Carmen so elegantly proclaims it - having the “JUST this” mentality. Ya’ll if you get nothing else out of this episode - you’ve got to catch this.

 

What if we could be fully present doing “JUST THIS” right now.

 

BIO:

Carmen Ohling is a mentor to high achieving women, a holistic nutritionist, and transformational speaker. Carmen’s mentorship programs and in-person events allow women to discover, learn and grow, while making lasting life changes. Carmen has a unique ability to connect with diverse audiences and inspire them to take action so they can become obsessed with their own lives. She is as sought-after thought leader, serves as one of the top experts on Fox21 News and Living Local, and is the host of The Permission Slip Podcast.

 

Connect with Carmen:

 

IG: https://www.instagram.com/carmenohling/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/thepermissionslippodcast/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CarmenOhling/

Web: https://carmenohling.com/

 

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No Matter The Event, Glow-Get Em’ with Cammie Petty Palmer

No Matter The Event, Glow-Get Em’ with Cammie Petty Palmer

August 13, 2020

Woot woot who doesn’t love a Glow getters? It’s the whole reason this show exists. Y’all light is foundational...I could go on an entire rant right now about this…God made light…you know the shtick, but did you also know that when we were conceived the reaction within us actually causes a microscopic light?! Ah I just love this and totally why I wanted to start this episode sharing about the light that’s emitted through all of us every single day…

 

Cammie Petty Palmer, today’s lovely mama multi-preneur. Ohh I like the way that sounds…I might have to pick that up in my bio. SHE IS A GLOW GETTER - a light chaser. Anyway, she Stared out in 2010 with a wedding planning business and Then shortly after, she pivoted, before pivoting was a coined Covid term, into developing a creative rental business. During that development she hit a rough patch in her personal life - don’t you love a good reminder that God’s blessings exist RIGHT THERE in the mist of what we think is impossible and hard.

 

I’ll let you hear the full story of Cammie’s hardship, but for quick dissection, it deals with abuse, divorce, consideration of abortion, a solo-parenting journey, newly dating as a mom, and warning signs on your body. Meanwhile, she started turning her side hustle businesses into a full time business instead of working for others. It goes to show that what you may see on the outside isn’t always what’s happening on the inside. So please give others grace.

 

Cammie was a breath of fresh air and truly dove deep. I’ll be honest, I was caught off guard because we had worked together professionally previously. Again…don’t just a book by its cover y’all.

 

Cammie, I’m amazed that all you’ve been able to cultivate and grateful to have that time of dissection and development with you and keeping connected to WHO And WHOSE we are, and letting go of the hustle and owning the joys of operating within our passion through the passion giver.

 

Intro from Cammie:

Hi there, friend! My name is Cam Petty Palmer - I’m a mom, business owner, and serial entrepreneur dedicated to helping you grow in your personal and professional life through my new educational course, the Rental Biz Academy! I began my rental business, Beautiful Event Rentals, in 2012 located in Dallas, Texas. As an entrepreneur constantly curating new business ideas, I’ve navigated the ups and downs of the event and rental industry, and I’m ready to share all I have to offer with you!

 

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https://www.instagram.com/mscamalexandra/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cam-petty-palmer-a791b4105/

 

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