What is driving you ?

This is still surreal for me.  It’s been 25 days on the road in our 250 sq. ft. home with my family on an adventure across the country!

It’s been amazing and life changing!! I haven’t had many “workouts” but I’ve had lots of activity….

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I’m not sure which was harder snowboarding with my boys……or teaching my girls!

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We have hiked mountains, climbed down into caves, rode bikes and stayed very active!

We also have eaten so many amazing things….

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Beignet’s in New Orleans……

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The Man vs. Food Epic Pizza in Georgia….and so many little local restaurants that have blown us away!!

I’ve managed to be balanced by having my go to healthy meals too. I’ve kept greek yogurt, egg whites, raw veggies with my favorite ranch, lots of fruit both fresh and frozen that everyone has been eating! I’ve loved having my smoothies too!! Getting all our nutrients in one shake has been great for the whole family!!  Healthy salads have been a staple too!!

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Luckly the budget only let’s us go out when it’s really worth it…lol!!

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The biggest change as we drive thousands of miles away from the distractions of the world is my mind feels free.  Almost like a blank canvas on which God can open my eyes to what really matters. 

The question he has for me right now is what is driving you?    Eternity or security?

On this trip we have seen some of God’s most incredible creations.  We have also traveled through and stayed in some really desolate sad towns. 

We have stayed at nice rv parks as well as Walmart parking lots!  At a few of the Walmart’s, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been nervous.  A couple nights ago I ran through a Walmart nervous.  Our family stands out like a sore thumb and people have stood at the ends of the aisles to just stare. So I ran through, wanting to be back to the safety of our camper.

God whispers to me, really?  What is driving you?  Who has carried you, taught you, provided for you why would you miss the opportunity to love every person because of security?  Once again just as my fitness journey God said to me “this is not about you ” again, this life is not about me.   It’s about glorifying Him! 

So today I’m humbly starting over.  Lord forgive me for my selfish closed minded view and help me to see eternity as the only force driving me and my family!!!

Security is what stops us from living free to be exactly who God has designed us to be.  I can say I’ve found security in the past in food, in money, in fancy cars, in a nice home, certain clothes or even in friends. 
I’m not saying any of these things are bad but being and feeling secure can hold us back from God’s plan for our life.  So think for a moment what in your life…….what makes you feel secure?  Give it to God….just give it to Him, let Him know you want to be bold, you want to let go and trust that His plans are greater than you can imagine for yourself and that you want to live for eternity not security!

Have a beautiful day!!
Shannon

Change Doesn’t Have To Be So Hard

We are well into January! Did you make any resolutions? Did you already break them?  Change is so hard on your own!  I struggled for over 25 years with my weight and I made a ton of resolutions!! Nothing changed until I gave it to God!

From the day I let go of my life and said God Your will be done everything has changed!  He promise so many wonderful things through out the bible to those who love Him, trust Him, and seek Him! Even in the midst of storms I have clung to His promises.
” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Are you called according to His purpose or are you being led to your own purpose.  As long as you are using your strength to accomplish your goals you will struggle and most likely not stick with your resolution like 90% of everyone else.  You also miss out on the comfort and peace of the Creator of the universe carrying you.
” Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

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This was after an early morning run in Destin, Florida after the first week of our families cross country trip. (My goal is 1 big workout a week)  The trip God has completely put together is officially under way!!!!  If you would have told me a year ago we would be doing this I never would have believed you!  This is not something me or my husband ever dreamed about but I know it’s 100% God.  Looking at every detail brings me to tears!  A year ago it felt like my family was falling apart and now we are stuck in a little rv with no where to hide for two months!  God surely has a sense of humor!
In one week I have already learned so much but the number one thing on my heart is priorities and being present!
Work, school, friends, busy, busy, busy!  We are constantly pulled away from what matters most God should be #1 and our family right behind!    For me I’m always thinking about the next thing…trying to plan in advance. Instead of just enjoying the right now.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

No matter what your struggle or the journey you are on I pray you have the Almighty, King of Kings, Lord of Lord’s guiding you every step of the way!!

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Here is our families first movie, it’s just the first couple days!!

You are also welcome to follow us at Thelellifamily on Instagram!  (Don’t let any of it distract you from what’s most important though…lol)

Why I Bailed On Running the Philly Rock n Roll Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I have nothing against races and nothing against reaching your goals so if you run marathons or whatever I think that is wonderful!

This past weekend, on Halloween I was supposed to run in the Philly Rock n Roll Half Marathon but I didn’t.  I signed up because a few of the girls I work out with were doing it.  Honestly, I ran a half marathon a couple years ago and said I would never do it again.  Peer pressure sucked me in to sign up, we trained (barely) and I was doing it despite my lack of excitement.
It was just a couple days before and the mission of doing it out weighed my enthusiasm to run.  When I told everyone I’m not doing it they were sweet to try and sway me otherwise but I had such a peace and weight lifted from my shoulders nothing could sway me!!
Saturday morning I felt like I still wanted to run 13 miles and I was up early thinking where and how I would do it.  I plotted a plan in my mind and hit the road from my front door as soon as the sun started to rise.
It was cold but I had my Christian music playing, the sun was rising, and I was immediately filled with God’s presence.  It feels like a flood down my bones, overwhelming love, and tears just well in my eyes.  There is truly nothing greater then knowing you are right where you are supposed to be.
I come up to the road I “planned” to turn on and it had a detour, the bridge was out.  I immediately in my mind said, “shoot, I don’t want to turn around but I don’t want to go straight because I don’t know the roads that way.”  I here God say, “trust me, I will direct your path”.  As I type this tears fill my eyes because that is my only prayer.  I only want to be on God’s path not my own.
I went straight, and when I wanted to turn I kept waiting for God to tell me where to go.  He didn’t tell me in advance and He didn’t tell me when I was mentally saying where I wanted to go.  It was when I was quiet and listening, and when I HAD to make the decision and not a second earlier.  I went down the most beautiful roads that I have never been on, I went further from my home then I ever would have dared to travel.  The most incredible part was He took me down a main, high traffic road that was closed for the exact 2 miles He had me on it.  They were paving just the one side, it was crazy! As I started to loop back to my house, now knowing where I was I couldn’t believe how perfectly I was ending at 13.1 miles!

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I took a screenshot because it blew me away!!
I found this to be such a great example of how we need to live our lives.  No matter what everyone else is doing, close your eyes and trust Him, trust Him with every turn, every detour, every fear.  He is perfect!  His ways are perfect! We may not see it at the time but He works all things together for good for those who trust Him.
I know I didn’t run the big race but I am running God’s race He has set for me and there is nothing greater!!
This lesson comes as we are on the countdown to leave in an RV for 2 months across the country with my family….with God’s plan not our own!!

Have a great day,

Shannon

Pinch Me!!!

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This is me right now, jumping out of my skin for how amazing God is!!!

I’m not sure where to begin, but how about yesterday!

Over the past month I’ve been praying along with my children for God to soften my husband’s heart.  I had this desire to throw off what the world thinks and follow God’s direction for me and my family.  With the age of my kids and with our flexible businesses I felt like we should pull our kids out of typical school and drive across the country early in 2016. (I know that sounds crazy but I don’t care…lol) Unfortunately my husband was a brick wall “No Way, Stop talking about it, it’s not happening” were his exact words!  My desire though didn’t go away and my children and I prayed that God would soften his heart to follow what God wants us to do.  I knew if it isn’t God’s plan then I don’t want it to happen anyway!
So every night we prayed.  I also continued to look for an RV that God put on my heart…low miles, under $15,000, and enough room for our family of 6 to live comfortably.  (If you’ve ever looked into purchasing an RV you would quickly see this is impossible).
My other challenge and prayer was for someone to manage and care about my store (Planet smoothie).  I have a wonderful staff but they are young and I really needed someone to fill a bunch of spots all over the schedule as well as take more responsibility.  Not to mention I didn’t have someone to work this coming Tuesday for the start of my daughters preschool and Evan (my 9 year) was praying for someone to open the store so I could be home for his birthday next Tuesday (I’m only short handed Tuesday’s).

So back to yesterday……
My husband’s brick wall has crumbled, and his circumstances at work have freed his heart to soften.  We went to Lancaster as a family to look at an RV that God literally made for us (and we got it).  Then last night I trained the most amazing new employee who loves Planet Smoothie.  She can work all over the schedule and she is a sweetheart!!!

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(that is Trey doing a happy dance!!)

I’m not sure what will happen next, or when and where this camper will take us.
I do know the most incredible part was hearing my kids praising God last night for answering ALL of their prayers in one day! Also showing them there is nothing greater to walk every day trusting God with every detail of our life!  God’s plans are more exciting then anything we could ever try and figure out on our own!!

Let Go and Let God!!!
Have a beautiful day!!
Shannon

Ahhhhhh isn’t God beyond, AMAZING!?!?

A New Heart

Do you ever hear voices? Do you ever stand in front of the mirror and hear “you’re fat”, “you’re ugly”, “just give up you will never change”? Do you avoid pictures, changing rooms, and mirrors all together because of those negative feelings!?!

If you can relate to this I want you to get something straight….that is NOT truth!! Those are satan’s lies that he uses to beat people down and want to dive into a gallon of ice cream.

Do you know what it means to have a new heart?

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.”
Ezekiel 36:26

Do you know what God means when He says He will renew our mind?

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2

It’s an internal transformation to see the world from God’s perspective.  To love people the way God would, to seek after treasures in heaven verses the things of this world.  The most important part of the internal transformation is to see yourself from God’s perspective.

You are God’s girl, made perfect and loved more than you can imagine.  You were made for a plan and a purpose and you are beautiful!!

That is truth..no matter what you have ever thought in the past!

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So keep the #plankandpray Challenge from instagram going  (follow me at shannonclelli if you don’t already:). Paige added a new challenge today by sitting on my back…haha!

Pray that God renews your mind and gives you a new heart to see yourself and the world from His perspective!  Pray that He gives you eyes to see you are His amazing creation!!  Use the hash tag #plankandpray and challenge your friends to do the same!!!
With love,
Shannon

Trainwreck

Those that know me best know I am a mess in my own strength!  Actually, I say that all the time, but I don’t think they really believe me!

I really am, in my own strength I want to eat every bad food, I don’t want to exercise, I don’t want to do housework, and all I WANT to be is selfish!

In God’s strength my mind is transformed.  I want to eat and exercise to take care of the body God has given me.  I want to love my husband and children sacrficially, never thinking about my own agenda.  I want to help others and give to others everything I have without limits.

The craziest part is the first version of me, in my own strength, is miserable! That version complains internally and externally all day, is exhausted, stressed and worried.  That person is never satisfied and constantly wishing and dreaming of more or better!

In God’s strength it is effortless.  He gives me a peace, love, and joy beyond understanding.  I no longer am trying but trusting and life in that place is truly amazing!

How can you remember and stop to pray throughout the day to check your heart?

#plankandpray Challenge I posted on instagram

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So get down in a plank and pray all through out the day!  Set a goal as often as you can for as long as you can and keep starting fresh to choose God’s strength each time!

Grab your bible or a bible app and read 1 Peter 4…here is a little verse from it

“The end of all things is near.  Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” 1 Peter 4:7

Who will join me?

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Just Like That

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It’s over, summer is gone and I’m sad!  It went so quickly.  I had such great expectations but it flew past in a whirlwind!!
I have the timehop app on my phone and it’s killing me!

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Yup, that boy in the top picture that is almost as tall as my husband, this was his 1st day of Kindergarten!  Where does it go? Time just keeps flying by!!

Don’t let this life slip past.  I know God has great plans for anyone that will trust Him, seek Him and forget what they can do but look at what God can do with your life!!

It makes me think about the day I will stand before God.
“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
2 Corinthians 5:10

“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'”
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” Romans 14:10-12

Will I have wished I lived differently? Will I have wished I loved more? I don’t want life to pass me by in a whirlwind and I don’t want to be consumed by things that don’t matter in the end.

So as a new school year begins I want to live purposefully, set my goals high, and live each day seeking God and His will for my life!

I was so busy this summer with my businesses and kids that I’ve allowed my time with God not be my priority.  In turn my eating wasn’t great and workouts were here and there but not as consistent and I feel it and see it.  It’s amazing how these three elements- Faith, Food, and Fitness, truly affect every aspect of your life.

It is so easy to NOT spend time with God, to NOT exercise, and to NOT eat well.  Trust me Satan loves when we are in this place and he wants us to stay there.  Know that God has so much more for us!!! When we spend time with Him we can hear His voice, He can guide our lives, and He gives us peace, love, and joy that surpasses all understanding!

When we exercise we are taking care of the body God has given us and exercise greatly affect our quality of life.

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You are never to old to exercise and remember if you don’t use it, you lose it!

This will be a bit harsh but it is the truth.  God designed amazing food for us to consume.  He also gave us these incredible bodies that use His amazing food to nourish us with vitamins and nutrients to keep us strong!!  Food has become so processed with syrups, dyes, and chemicals that it’s no longer food.  These other products are making our world sick, causing people to over indulged, and because of the lack of nutrients our bodies will never be satisfied.

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  This is not how God designed us to operate and I know when I’m not taking the time to spend time with God everything else falls apart!!

Is food or fitness something you struggle with? I challenge you to stop.

Here is your challenge…spend time with God..get alone (even if it’s in the bathroom) lose distractions and cry out to God.  Repent of being sucked into this world and it’s desires.  Ask for Him to change you, one day at a time, one choice at a time, and let Him know you want to experience who He created you to be!! Prayer changes everything!!

  So DON’T give up, start fresh, and next time you don’t want to exercise or you don’t know what to eat, ask the one who made you and designed you perfectly to help you!!!

Who will take the challenge!?!