When in college I began to really struggle with life and questioned what is the meaning of life, what is my purpose. Up to that point in my life my identify was tied up in golf. I was known as the good golfer and played well enough to earn a college scholarship. When I played well, life was good, when I played poor, life wasn't so great. But I wondered, do you just go to college, get a job, get married, have kids, retire, and die?
I became very depressed in college and developed an unhealthy coping mechanism (binge eating disorder) by trying to use food to drown out my feelings. I tried setting goals and reading self-help books and that didn't help.
Then, I met someone who told me how God helped her in difficult times. I never thought about God. But, one night after binge eating and feeling hopeless about my life, I cried out "God if you are real, I need you. I can't go on living like this!"
Shortly after that I began to seek out churches to see what God is all about and came across a church that has a course on Basic Christianity. I learned who Jesus is, why he died, how to read the bible, pray, etc.
God used the eating disorder and my hopelessness in life to bring me to the end of myself and see that I am in need of a Savior. No matter what I do in this life I can't earn my way to heaven. And for someone who is so achievement oriented, that was good news to me! I was loved by God even when at my worst. That's amazing love! God is the lover of our souls and pursues us with a jealous love, even when we are not pursuing him.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life"
Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
Friends describe me
Energetic, disciplined, organized, go-getter, loves to travel, always doing something
Fit Body Boot Camp, golf, photography, travel, spending time outside
Fantasy dinner guests
Anyone who has overcome significant adversity and obstacles in life - to hear their story
Best advice I ever received
Love people more than things
My undergrad alma mater
UAB (Undergrad & Master's), University of Toledo (PhD)
My worst subject in school
In college I drove
Plymouth Reliant (can't remember year)
If I weren't a professor, I would
Probably own a fitness franchise, do Life Coaching, or full-time ministry
Bible, God is Able, Experiencing God, Don't waste your life
Greatest Showman (story line), Spiderman 2 (4K special effects), War Room (most influentual), End of the Spear (inspirational), Bella (God used to change my life)
Chicago to visit or Orlando to live (for year round sunshine and warmth!)
Nobody knows I
I wanted to be an NFL scout in high-school. I loved watching football and thought it would be a great job to get paid to watch football.
My latest accomplishment
Survive parenting a teenager and see her earn high-school diploma.
Recent 3-5 years:
1. Weight-bearing hip rotation range of motion
2. Orthopedic walking boots
1. Assessment of Academic Success Camp
2. Exercise and mental health
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