Gone Fishin'

What is it about the start of a new fiscal year that causes so many of us to re-evaluate all of the little things that make our lives our own?  We set goals to eat more vegetables and lay off sweets so we can fit into those stylish jeans.  We talk about buying organic & supporting local farmers while promising to wash our faces every night before bed so we don’t continue to age ourselves unnecessarily. All great changes to make, but all merely changes to the surface.  Roll up your sleeves and push back your hair ladies it’s time to GO FISHIN’!  People who are always to striving to change their outsides more than likely need some changes to their insides too and what better time of year to help our friends find a little Jesus.

He is the cardiologist to the heartbroken, chef to the hungry, father to the fatherless and it’s high time we show folks just what his love feels like.

"While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed him."  Matthew 4:18-20 (English Standard Version)

Be transparent with the people you are in contact with daily.  Let his love shine through you.  Be open to answer questions about faith truthfully.  Above all, remain respectful as you share the word.  You role this time around may be as the seed planter.

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise."  Proverbs 11:30 (New International Version)

Most workplaces have No Solicitation policies, which often includes sharing written materials on faith.  Be aware of what you can and can’t do when it comes to fishing.  You can’t do much fishing if they take away your license.

Stoplight Prayer:  Father in Heaven, thank you for blessing me with all that I have and showing me all that you are.  Help me to show others all the wonderful things that your love has to offer.


With summer around the corner, you may find yourself in a different routine. Vacations and weekend get-a-ways can easily get us off track from our normal health and fitness routine. However, no matter where you are, you can build in a work out and incorporate a few simple tricks to eat healthy. The key is thinking outside of the box from what you may normally do.  If you routinely take exercises classes, what will you do if there is not a gym around?  If you walk each day, what do you do if there is not a safe environment or treadmill available?  My favorite new workout is Tabata.  This is a great 11 minute workout for the busy, traveling woman that is proven to get results. It can be done anywhere with minimal equipment or none at all.

If you have a few trips planned this summer, start thinking about what you can do to get a little exercise and be in control of what you eat.

Can you do this?

  • Call ahead to see if there is a gym available at your hotel or in the area
  • Have a friend commit to walking with you
  • Pack pieces of equipment such as an exercise band
  • Take a quick trip to the grocery store and be responsible for your snacks

To receive Crystal’s Picks, email me to get a list of quick healthy foods for a busy lifestyle and travel

  • If you have to get fast food, skip the value meal and go ala cart


Don’t get in a rut by thinking if you can’t do your normal routine, you can’t do anything at all, be flexible and change it up.

To learn more about the Tabata or for your own 30 minute work out that requires nothing more than an exercise band, email me at