Showing posts with label Faith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Faith. Show all posts


LADIES, God will give us a season of ISOLATION to prepare us for a season of PROCLAMATION.

To receive that proclamation we may have to dwell in a silent season to be tuned to sensitively hear God’s STILL SMALL VOICE

Faithfulness is done in ALL seasons of life!! 

Even in isolation.
Even in silence.
Even in grief.
Even in suffering.
Even in darkness.

God’s promise remains and endures forever.
Don’t QUIT, your faithfulness will reap VICTORY.

Imperfectly Yours,


I doubt anyone has ever taken a day off work to avoid traffic. If people did that everyone would be out of a job!! So, what do we do?

Well, there’s nothing we can do about traffic. We have to wait it out and ignite our inner patience. Some will try to speed up the process and unintentionally cause wrecks.

I get it. We want what we want when we want it and how we want, but, like life, it just isn’t that way.

What is it in your life that you are desiring to achieve or attain? What have you decided to take every day off from because life’s traffic has discouraged you?

Pressure makes the diamond.
There’s no EASY way out. 

We can’t avoid traffic.

Stop waiting for when the traffic comes and start accepting the unavoidable. Prepare your mind by deciding to embrace the journey and every traffic jam ahead.

Change your perspective.
That’s where the preparation starts.


Imperfectly Yours,


Hubs: Hey, let’s see you do the POST course.
 Me: I mean, I’m good. I don’t even know it.
Hubs: Come on!! I’ll talk you through it. You got this!!


Hubs: WOW!!
 Me: How’d I do for my first try?
Hubs: You shot a 105!!
 Me: Is that pretty good?
Hubs: You have no idea how good of a shot you are.

Quick background, in order for an officer to pass the POST firearms qualification course they must fire through the full course at least four times, that’s 240 total rounds. They must achieve an average score of not less than 96 out of a possible 120.

I’m not an officer, but I’m the wife of LEO. I’m constantly learning the field of law enforcement because it is a HUGE part of my life and knowledge is empowering. Being able to go to the range with my husband helps not just him, but us grow stronger TOGETHER. 

I don’t wear a badge, but I will always stand with our thin blue line family. Whether that means being there at the end of a hard day to pray or coach them on the track to prepare for the requirements ahead, I’ll do it. 

This life is not for the faint of heart. It’s about standing up for what is just and speaking up for those who have been denied their voice. It’s about protecting those who have lost hope and serving others in need.

To my husband, I’ve always got your 6.

Imperfectly Yours,

Self-Defense Tool: GLOCK 43X
Holster: Bravo Belt 


I have wanted to do this for YEARS!! 

I’m not one to show projects before every single i is dotted and t is crossed. However, I’m dropping a teaser of something I’ve been working on BEFORE completion!!

My 6-Week Full Body Training Program will be available in digital form FRIDAY, JULY 23rd, of THIS WEEK!! 🀯 I have a vision of what can come from this program, along with many others I have waiting to be released. It’s currently MIDNIGHT and obviously I can’t wait to FINALLY share it all with you. πŸ˜†

Stop waiting on tomorrow!! 
Need a change?!? 

   With Health & Fitness Love,
      -Coach Katie


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We all have the moment that rocks our world and changes our perspective. We all have a moment that we can look back to and be like, “WOW!! You need to get it together.”
Mine was at 21-years-old in 2011…

It was nearly one year after my third sibling had passed away and I was giving away the best of me for the worst of the world. I was doing what others said I should and I had lost all care in the world.

So, as the impulsive ADHD brain of mine would have it — I signed up for my first marathon and never stopped running.

Since then, life has been FAR FROM easy. From other losses of family, to the near loss of my daughter, to the health issues of my own, and to the move that nearly broke me — life just keeps on going.

No matter what happens in life time is never going to stop. Even when we take our last breath and years pass by we can either choose to be a person worth remembering or one we ourselves would rather forget.

Once upon a time I wanted to be forgotten. It’s a dark place to want that for yourself. To have the need to be rejected because rejection has become your normal. It sucks.
However, keep going.
On the worst day, keep going.
Imperfectly Yours,


Stop living in the WHEN && live in the NOW!!

When we have a house…
When we have a better house…
When we have a car…
When we have a better car…
When we have enough money…
When we have more money…
When we have Have HAVE HHAAVVEE!!

I know that many times I stop myself from pursuing new goals based on the circumstances of my NOW. However, maybe I lost a WIN waiting on the WHEN!!

We have to start pursuing the NOW moments because if we don’t — WHEN may never come. If we can change the perspective in our mind — we can see it’s already been WON.

Besides, NOW is WON backwards.

Imperfectly Yours,


   [Caller ID: Ron Brown]
   I picked up the phone and ran outside.
      Me: Hey Bubba!!
      Man: Uhhhh, is this Katie?
      Me: Yyyeeessss…
      Man: Can I speak to your mom?
            At 14-years-old, I knew…

It’s been 17 years since I picked up the phone and you weren’t on the other end. 

Being born on Valentine’s Day has always had a “cool” factor, but being born on your birthday has been the real honor. As I’ve gotten older, without you, I’ve thought about how you would feel or what you were doing in the same age moments. However, today is surreal. 

Today, when I woke up I knew I had surpassed a moment in time that you never would. I became older than you did and that — that leaves me with a sour feeling of grief, again.

You will always be my big brother.
I love you, Ron Brown, always.

Your Baby Sister


To be honest, I may have just felt the urge to hug and kiss Thomas Edison. Between Hurricane Laura and actually UPROOTING OUR LIVES to move to an area that just so happened to be in her path last week, I’ve had a lot of valley moments.

We asked ourselves if the hurricane was a sign that we had made a mistake. We have had countless doubts and have experienced intense discomfort not knowing our future ahead.

However, I told my husband that if it were easy it wouldn’t be God’s desire. In my life, when it gets really hard and the storm clouds thicken, God’s call is just waiting on the other side. He’s a beacon of hope when the waves try to capsize everything I have left.

But — FINALLY — on the 8th day, the electricity came back on and we have solace from the three digit heat indexes, again. The climb to the top of the mountain never came without struggles, or even a full on avalanche from time to time.

So, we persevere and keep going.
Because — we were made for this.

Even when we don’t know what THIS is.....

Imperfectly Yours,


Many of us have heard the African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As a mom, this proverb speaks volumes and I was stirred with a word this morning that urged me to add more.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE — to remain hopeful.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE — to show kindness.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE — to give without expectation.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE — to unite when apart.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE — to feel love.

It takes villages around the world to remember why we’re here in the first place. It’s not about the economy or lack of toilet paper. It’s about the village; our communities, families that we cherish, and friends that we love.

“Distance makes the heart grow fonder” — reigns with even more truth, now. It’s about holding onto hope that we will hug one another, again.

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” 
-Psalms‬ ‭91:11‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)

I love my village, each of you, always.



Over the years I have been very transparent with the life I live. From running marathons to fitness competitions, from career choices to health struggles, and from the loss of family to my faith; I have spoken my truth. However, this is one piece I haven’t wanted to share. I’ve kept it close to my heart, literally.

I don’t want to share for sympathy or empathy. Knowledge of this struggle is an answered prayer to myself and my husband. I’m sharing for those that feel they are struggling alone to simply say, “I’m struggling, too.”

February 11th of 2020, just before my 30th Valentine’s Birthday, I was diagnosed with MVR (Mitral Valve Regurgitation). This a form of HVD (Heart Valve Disease) that is likely congenital and cannot be reversed. After years of frustration, from medical testing that resulted in misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis, I finally learned that every symptom I have been enduring had a source. Finally, my cardiologist had an answer.

As many know, in 2004 I had a brother pass away from heart disease at 31 years of age and because of that piece of my family history my heart disease didn’t go unnoticed any longer. My age has always thrown off doctors, but my will to find the source of my health problems has persevered. My mitral valve will need to be replaced or repaired at some point, but when is an unknown.

No two days are the same, each one is taken in stride, and every moment counted as a blessing. With God guiding the way and my family by my side — my heart continues beating.


Imperfectly Yours,


As we are promoted in position someone has to have faith and trust in our ability. If God, the one who created us all, had enough faith in NOT JUST His perfect son Jesus, but in the example He would set — why can’t we?

God didn’t JUST trust Jesus, but He trusted that the example would also change the lives of others. I feel He also had to have trust that we as humans would transform. God had so much FAITH and LOVE in US that He sent His ONE and ONLY son to die for our sins!!

So, next time you doubt your ability or the capability of another just think about how much God trusted His son and His example. Trust God that He set you in a position to promote others and trust the example He allowed you to set for others.

Whether it be in a workplace or in your children (I allow y’all to come back in 15 years and tell me the same thing about my own daughter and the example I set for her) you are positioned to lead, but you can’t lead WELL unless you FOLLOW Christ and the example He set for us, first.

When God gives perspective — life is never the same.

Imperfectly Yours,


At 10-years-old I was given my first inhaler for exercise-induced asthma. At 12-years-old I was diagnosed as a full-blown asthmatic. Doctors told me I would NEVER play sports or run long distances.

After the passing of my second brother I tried out for soccer in high school. My mother was apprehensive and I wasn’t all that great (I don’t need a witness on this). After practices I would use the track or go to the park to run — EVERY SINGLE DAY. I remember the first time I finally ran two miles without stopping, it was by God’s grace alone.

I always fed off what doctors would say, “You can’t this,” or “It’s not recommended that.” After my step-sister passed away, during my sophomore year of college, I lost myself and my faith to the world. BUT GOD!! By His grace, during a short and miserable run, I found my footing again. God picked me up in the middle of my HUGE messy life and carried me out of my darkness.

I’ve ran 13.1 miles at 20 weeks pregnant and some of the most world renowned 26.2 mile races. Being a marathoner with asthma isn’t common, but I choose not to listen to what the world says. Yes, I carry my inhaler and use it when needed, but I rely on God’s guidance with every stride I take.

He’s brought me out of some very dark battles and if asthma is just one of my thorns to keep me humble, I wear it proudly.

Overcoming is hard, but it’s a CHOICE worth making.

Imperfectly Yours,


If God gives you a revelation it’s probably an indication that you need to make an alteration somewhere in your life. 

Batteries won’t work if you never put them to use and the device they’re meant to activate will never fulfill it’s purpose. The Holy Spirit can’t work if you NEVER ALLOW it to be activated within yourself!!

Faith is activated by ACTION!!
Faith WITHOUT good God works is DEAD!!

“So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.” 
James 2:24

Maybe you're waiting on God to change your situation. You're tired, feeling weary, and the light seems to be getting dimmer at the end of the tunnel.

BUT GOD, but God is waiting on your obedience to what He is calling you to be persistent in, so that, His promise is fulfilled.


You want change when God needs a revelation for the transformation to happen!!

You are the change.
You are the revelation.
Let God use you for the TRANSFORMATION!!

If your situation hasn't changed, He's not done with you yet!!

Imperfectly Yours,


Your pain is for a purpose.
Your earthly loss will create a lasting legacy.
Your perspective can make all the difference.

A few months ago I went to my GP with a slew of problems. The list was becoming longer by the day and I was feeling pretty low. For the first time in two years, since acknowledging my gut issues, I had a doctor FINALLY listen to what I had to say and take the steps needed to help me.

The prognosis — an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease. Crohn’s is an autoimmune disease and a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and can affect any part from the time you intake nutrients until they have flowed through your body. It has no cure, but can be put into remission from time to time. 

A week after the initial consult with my GP, regarding this issue, I had a CAT scan that showed an inflamed liver, constipation (which we already knew was an issue) and a few other underlying problems, but nothing that could solidify a diagnosis. 

I had bloodwork done, upon my request, that showed some potassium abnormalities and showed a few other red flags. In the meantime, I saw another one of my doctors who found that the ph levels in my body were off.

I felt like someone in a crowded room screaming, but no one could hear or see me. I felt lost in broad daylight. Maybe it was from the pain and discomfort or my own stubborn nature, but I decided to take matters into my own hands, with my only guidance being how my body would or would not respond.

As of now I am nearing 12-weeks of adhering to a VERY LIMITED diet. I have had to eliminate gluten, dairy, soy, simple sugars (monosaccharides, including fruit that has a high content of natural fructose, and disaccharides), processed food, high fiber food, fried and spicy foods, raw vegetables (even salads), and meat. I’ve always done my best at maintaining a healthy diet, indulging in a small piece of cake on a special occasion or a bite or two of chocolate during the week, but this has been a new normal for even me. I track my macronutrients and micronutrients on a daily basis for the purpose of properly fueling my body.

In the beginning, I felt that it put a strain on me, my family, our relatives, and even friends because it limited me from being able to spontaneously go ANYWHERE without preparing my food for EVERY meal and snack. There were a lot of days where I felt lost, but I’m blessed to have people in my circle that are, without fail, always there to lift my spirits. Plus, I always love a good challenge and learning how to figure it out.

Maybe this is TMI, but this morning I had a colonoscopy and it’s true what everyone says — the prep is TERRIBLE!! The results did have a few things come up, but nothing that we didn’t already know. So, the big question — if the colonoscopy came back with nothing alarming, why am was I having SOO many issues? 

After talking with my GI she confirmed that I am being proactive with what my symptoms have been. I have been treating my symptoms as if I have an autoimmune disease already which, in turn, can cause an autoimmune disease to go into remission and become undetectable, when not in a flare-up. 

Basically, my body is being healed without the need of steriods or one million medications. I have had gut issues that have slowly intensified for over a decade and for there to not be damage, well, that’s God.

When it comes to my diet, I showed my GI all I have been eating, eliminating, and adding for the betterment of my health. In her words, "You are already doing alot more than most. Continue with what has been working and eliminate what causes abnormal gut problems.I asked about seeing a nutritional allergist, but due to her medical research and what I am already doing, my GI feels confident I know my body well enough to not need that referral. 

My take away from it all: ALWAYS, listen to your body because symptoms can be God-given indicators of underlying issues. If you can fix the problems by learning what works and staying that course of action, DESPITE what the world says it is a good God thing.

I’m thankful I was able to eliminate the inflammation and infection that had started to take residence in my gut. God gave me insight into my colon when I LITERALLY COULD NOT SEE!! No, I can’t eat like everyone else, but God didn’t create one of us like the other. Our journeys will be different because we each have trials God trusts us to pursue Him through.

God can give the remedies of healing -- ONLY IF we are OBEDIENT and CONTINUE on that path of listening to the vessel He gave us for this world.

Through my years in the fitness industry, I’ve learned that transparency is the KEY to relating to and trusting someone else. If this chapter of my life can help someone else when they feel hopeless, it’s worth telling. Sometimes God will allow us to breakdown to grab our attention for a breakthrough.

I urge you to embrace whatever it is you are going through. Your struggle is a testament of what God will do through you if you let the Holy Spirit guide your every step. 

Imperfectly Yours,


Do you ever feel exhausted from giving all of yourself to a world that still doesn’t see you as enough?

Society has a way of telling women who we should be. They say that unless we are doing more than the woman next to us, we are not doing enough. I wonder, what is enough?


…having more money than her?
…having a bigger house than her?
…having a nicer car than her?
...working longer hours than her?
…waking up earlier than her?
…training harder than her?
…having more degrees than her?
…having a better physique than her?
...having a better job than her?
…having more children than her?
…having a cleaner house than her?
…sacrificing more than her?
…running more miles than her?
…having nicer nails than her?
…having more Facebook friends than her?

To put this simply, these expectations are UNREALISTIC!! With these types of worldly standards, we will NEVER BE ENOUGH!! Praise God that He does not set unrealistic expectations like the world we live in. More is not always better and to define being ENOUGH based on someone else’s life is not what Christ intended.

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10 ESV)

Ladies, we have to start by changing the mindset we have of ourselves. We easily talk about self-love and acceptance to our children and friends, but fail to fully embrace and love ourselves.

We have to accept ourselves and stop playing this never-ending game of being MORE THAN. We need to embrace the lives we live, right where we are, rather than comparing our journey's chapter nine to someone else's chapter twenty. You may have the same goal as someone else, but that does not mean two people will walk the same journey to achieve that goal. We need to intentionally work together rather than comparing and pitting ourselves against one another.

There has to come a point that we stop adding the unnecessary pressure of an expectation that isn’t there. Personally, I am continually working on eliminating my perfectionist mentality. I am not an "expert" on self-love, but after years of seeing the downfall of validation through comparison -- be it of myself or clients from within the fitness industry -- it wreaks havoc on your physical and spiritual health.

Ladies, it’s so beautiful that we get to rely on God’s truth and stand firm upon the promises that He spoke into existence. I love to quote 1 John 4:4, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” God is within you; you are MORE THAN ENOUGH!! It’s time we show love to ourselves by living as the example we are preaching to the daughters and young girls of today.

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30 ESV)

The next generation is already here -- they are listening -- they are watching.

What unrealistic standards do you need to prune from your life and replace with a Godly truth?

Imperfectly Yours, 



I believe it is safe to say that we each have a goal or dream that we aspire to accomplish.

As children we dream of that day that we become a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a firefighter, a police officer, etc. (At least those were some of the dreams that my generation had.) Today, I find that many people are dreaming of any job that leads to instant fame and fortune — especially jobs that require the least amount of work possible.

Maybe we have all tried to accomplish our goal by taking the easy way out. As children we are taught that cheating on a test is wrong. Why is it wrong if we get the answer right?


Someone that I once considered a mentor said, "Katie wasted all her knowledge and intelligence. She was one of the best students we had."

When I first heard those words, about four and a half years ago, it hurt. It was an odd and unexplainable pain.

One man's trash might be another man's treasure, but is it JUST or RIGHT to tell someone that you feel they wasted their LIFE?!?


Dear Friend.


I just wanted to tell you that I love you and am thinking about you. On the good days and bad days you are still amazing to me because the weakness of mind cannot dictate the strength of the heart. 

On the really good days it’s easy to get up and get out, but on the bad days it’s like walking through quicksand just to open the door and look outside. 


I write this with love.
Authentic and enduring love.

Before you were Mom you were Wife.
Before you were Wife you were Woman.

We must TEACH our children to RESPECT our marriages.
We ARE their example of love. 

Continuously speak 
into the 
in your home.

He, in turn, should 
you are.

REMEMBER the WOMAN you were --
RESPECT the WOMAN you are --
RUN TOWARD the WOMAN you are to BECOME!! 


Imperfectly Yours,


Maybe I’m the only one that thinks this way, but I doubt it. I know we all have bad days, good days, depressing days, top of the mountain days — even just numb days. 

There are moments of some days when I think — am I really doing all I am capable of or am I allowing my submissive kindness, that society calls respect, of those who have matured in age around me to stand in the way of my potential? 

I guess I question more and more as time goes on whether my decision making, in the case of staying safe, has been altered because I want to make others happy. OF COURSE IT HAS!! 

In the past three years I’ve learned more than ever that my husband and daughter come first and foremost. Those two are my heart and I — I — I am my life. I can control whether I choose right, left, backward, or forward. The choice to go forward takes a leap of faith, but to remain is to choose now. 

Now is good, now is even great, but we can’t stay in now forever. 

I miss my siblings, those whom have passed away. What would they say to me today? I miss my siblings, those whom I never get to see. We’re so much alike it’s uncanny that we never grew up together, but in the end we always have each other. 

In the doubt that anyone will read this far, I’ll add this, too. I miss my sibling whom I’ve never known. That thought keeps me awake at night and even during the day — I hope their life is full of abundance today. Maybe, one day, I’ll get to know her. 

Here’s to late night ramblings and thoughts I should keep to myself, rather than typing or writing them down. I’m simple, but complicated and to my husband — he’s the epitome of love and grace on earth.

Maybe you’re in a situation with too many looming decisions, life seems overwhelming. You can trust the constant presence of Christ. He sees you. He hears you. He remembers your struggles and is ready to guide and comfort you and your loved ones.

Fearlessly Yours,