I love social media. I'm amazed at all of the good things it can do – all of the people it can connect. Five years ago, leaders that I respected were people I got to see on a stage or whose words I got to read on a page whenever they wrote a new book. But now because of social media, I can tell you Chalene Johnson DOES have days where she doesn't like to work out! It's fun knowing small details of the personal lives of people I respect.

But you don't have to be a celebrity to get a Twitter account, and just about everyone has Facebook. Because of social media, it's easier to get to know the ins and outs of people's lives. I'm currently reading The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy. (Get a copy!) Most of the book deals with strategies for intentionally mentoring others, but part of my reading yesterday included indirect mentoring, or role modeling.

Dungy defines role modeling as natural platforms we have for influencing someone's life. Are you a parent? A sibling? An uncle? A teacher? A team player? An employee? Regardless of whether your platform is a leadership position or not, all platforms influence the lives of others. It made me think… whether we realize it or not, our social media sites are platforms. In fact, our Facebook pages are one of the main ways our friends, those closest to us, shape their opinions of us.

So….what does your status update say about you?

Twitter wants to know what you're doing, and Facebook wants to know what's on your mind. Let's be honest. For me, I know how flawed I am, so those questions don't ALWAYS need to be answered. That's why in my mind, I pretend the questions say, "What can you post here that will encourage others and positively influence their life?" I've made a commitment that if my update doesn't answer that question, I won't post it. If I'm having a frustrating day, there's no need to bring others down with me.

Are your posts consistent with your profile?

Especially with the new Facebook layout, people have to really want to know what your interests are to look at your profile. Your posts make more of an impact than your profile. For example, I'm friends with many people who work for the same company I do. The work details on their profile elaborate on how lucky they are to work a job they love so much, how everyone should be so blessed, and how our products have changed their lives for the better. If you read this profile, then saw posts that they were dissatisfied with their current rank with the company, complaints of illness that never seem to go away, or bummed that it was Monday, would you believe their profile, or would you think their posts are more accurate?

It goes deeper than that. Let's say you have a disagreement with a pastor at your church or a change is made among a ministry you serve in, and you aren't on board. And though it's still wrong, it's easy to think that we are bringing dishonor to just one man or expressing frustration isolated to one ministry. But if the one follower you have who isn't a Christian reads that post and thinks to themselves, "See, that's why I don't go to church!" Was it worth it?

You wouldn't say it….but would you type it?

Especially with the last example, you may find yourself saying, "I would never say that!" Of course not. Most of us wouldn't. But I never cease to be amazed at the things that people are brave enough to type that they would never say to someone's face. A good rule to follow then should be, "If we wouldn't say it, we shouldn't type it." Plus, as great as social media is for communicating, I personally don't think it's the place for conflict resolution. Typing takes away a person's body language, tone of voice, and demeanor – all of which are left up to personal interpretation. You can just as easily think someone is angry when they are not as you can think an issue is resolved when it's not.

Social media can do a lot of good. There have been times friends have posted a quote or a verse that were just the reminder I needed. Facebook has helped me reconnect with a friends and family I haven't seen in years ! 
I'm not perfect in this area by any stretch of the means, but as I become more aware of increasing influence of social media, I think additional discretion is necessary. We can't fool ourselves into thinking part of our reputation isn't determined upon what we post on Facebook and Twitter.

We all have an audience. We all have platform. We are all role models. The influence we choose to have is up to us.


The 21 Day Fix, 3 Day Quick Fix

by admin on March 1, 2014

3 Day Quick FIx


The 21 Day Fix is proving to be a downright amazing program with nothing short of killer results.  I am personally on day 14/21 in my first round of the fix!  I can honestly say that I have never felt better in the entire 3 years that I have been transforming my life as a Beachbody Coach.  I was exercising, eating clean but I was missing a piece along the way! PORTION CONTROL!!!!! Once I introduced the fix into my life it was magical.  No more bloating, more energy, portion control and effective exercise in just 30 minutes!  Call me a happy camper! YES I AM!

3 Day Quick Fix Details


So the last 3 days there is the option to do this 3 day quick fix!  It is basically a little extra oomph to end the fix.

You would do this 3 day plan if you wanted to drop an extra couple of pounds before an upcoming wedding, event or vacation.  If you feel like you just need a reboot after a few bad nutritional habits this would work too!

So I am going to do the 3 Day Fix starting on Monday. I am going to be traveling on Thursday, so I want to be home when I do this 3 days. I will still be eating clean on my travel days.

This is a plan that Autumn Calabrese (creator of the 21 day fix) uses to prep for her bikini competitions and photo shoots.  It's not something you want to do for any longer than 3 days, but if done occasionally , its a great way to lose a little weight, fast.

It is truthfully a little challenging, so be ready for it!  I can say that I am a carb lover and only having carbs first thing in the morning will be hard for me!  Water intake is key plus making sure you do indeed get your meals in thru the day.

Here are the details:

  • Space your meals approximately two hours apart.  Set a time on your phone to remind you to eat if you have to.
  • Steamed veggie options recommended are broccoli, asparagus, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers or bell peppers.
  • Seasonings allowed are lemon and lime juice, vinegars, and spices.  No SALT
  • Oatmeal can be flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, or one packet (1/2 teaspoon) of stevia.
  • Drink at least one gallon of water a day. Spread it out as much as possible starting with a glass when you first wake up.  It will help you feel full while it flushes toxins from your system.  
  • Drink the extra virgin coconut oil with meals.  To prepare it, place the desired amount in a microwave safe bowl and zap for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Coffee or tea is ok to drink, but avoid creamers and sweeteners except stevia.  
  • No need to alter your workouts, the 3 day quick fix can be used anytime! It is also recommended during the last 3 days and only 3 days of the program for maximum results.
Meal 1:  (YELLOW) Steel cut oatmeal (cooked) (RED) Egg whites and 1 spoon of E.V. coconut oil.
Meal 2:  1 (RED) grilled chicken and 1 (YELLOW) steamed yams
Meal 3:  1 (RED) steamed fish and 1(GREEN) steamed veggies
Meal 4:  1 (RED) grilled chicken and 1 (GREEN) steamed veggies and 1 spoon of E.V. coconut oil.
Meal 5:  1 (RED) Steamed fish and 1 (GREEN) steamed veggies and 1 spoon of E.V. coconut oil.
Meal 6:  1 (RED) ground extra lean turkey 1 (GREEN) steamed veggies and 1 spoon of E.V. Coconut oil.
Repeat for 3 days!  Drink lots of water and NO SALT!!
If you want to do this with me, please email me:


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