Favorite Friday: Shazzy Fitness + Giveaway

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I try to stay fit. Sometimes. It’s hard to stay in shape, but I love having a variety of workouts to choose from each day so I don’t get bored. I run on a treadmill, I walk around my neighborhood, I do sit ups, I swing a kettlebell, I go swimming in the summer. But one of my favorite ways to work out is by dancing. I have all the Zumba DVDs, and I enjoy them. But after awhile, it gets old. The same songs over and over, the same cues, the same moves, the same people on my screen. So sometimes it’s nice to get a new workout DVD!

I recently got this new Christian hip hop dance workout DVD called Shazzy Fitness.

You know how I’ve been telling you guys all about Allume? Well, while I was there I got to meet Kristy and Apollo. Kristy is the CEO and founder of Shazzy Fitness, and Apollo is one of the choreographers. So what is Shazzy Fitness? It’s new workout DVDs that are full of hip hop moves and Christian beats.

The DVD I have is called “A Time to Dance” — it’s a little more fast paced than the other DVD called “In the Beginning,” which is more for beginners. My DVD is split into several chapters. They have a section called “Favorite Moves.” I suggest checking this out first and learning some of the moves they will be doing throughout the workouts. Each move is split into it’s own section so you can watch it over and over until you have it down. Or you can play them all together.

There are two 10-minute workouts on this DVD — Freedom and Triumph. I love that they are only 10 minutes, so I can do this quickly before jumping in the shower and getting on with my day. Or if I have more time and want more of a workout, I can do all the workouts.

The first chapter to each of these workouts is kind of like a warm up song where you can learn some of the moves. Then, you do a new song where Apollo walks you through the moves as you go. The last song on each workout is just the music and moves — no cues. I love how they have them all separate so that I can do the second song over and over until I’ve really got the moves down. Then once I know the dance, I can just do the last song over and over. Like my own little living room dance party!

Shazzy Fitness also includes a bonus workout. This one is pretty fast, so I plan to get really good at these moves before moving to that one. The DVD also includes a snip-it about their message, intros to each of the instructors, and outtakes.

Here’s why this new workout DVD is one of my favorite things:

  • The dancers on the DVD represent all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. On Shazzy Fitness, everyone can be themselves.
  • The music used on these DVDs is Christian hip hop music. I hadn’t heard of any of the artists before, but I’m already enjoying these songs.
  • Shazzy Fitness is based out of Atlanta, GA — Represent! And even cooler, Apollo is from Indiana, my home state!
  • The Shazzy message is about finding your spiritual purpose. “You can’t step into your destiny without stepping out on faith.” — Shazzy Fitness
  • I love how they came up with the name:

The Hebrew prophet Daniel is a model of the power of faith. Despite dire circumstances, Daniel never let fear override his commitment to God. Daniel’s Babylonian name was Belteshazzar. If Daniel were alive today, his hip hop nickname just might be “Shazzy.”

They are talking about Daniel, the one who was thrown into the lion’s den for praying to God. But the lions didn’t maul him to death. God had closed their mouths and protected Daniel. Check out the book of Daniel for more on this story.

OK, so do you want a sneak peek into what these workouts look like? Check this video out:

Shape what the Father gave you! Love it!

Here’s the more exciting part! Shazzy Fitness is sponsoring a giveaway for ya’ll! You can win the workout DVD, “A Time to Dance” so you can praise Jesus while getting fit right in your own living room!

The giveaway ends Friday, Nov. 28, at 12 a.m., EST. There are three ways to enter this giveaway: Like Seeing Sunshine on Facebook, Like Shazzy Fitness on Facebook, and/or Follow Shazzy Fitness on Twitter. This giveaway is open to all US residents. There is no purchase necessary and odds are based on the total number of entries. A winner will be chosen by random and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and Shazzy Fitness alone. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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To order the DVDs, visit the Shazzy Fitness website. Hello Christmas presents!

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Seeing Sunshine on the Sunshine

I told you my husband and I were going “unplugged” for a week on my Facebook page. We unplugged because we were going to be out in the middle of the ocean. And we’d be too busy snorkeling, kissing dolphins, eating lobster tail and drinking coconut milk straight from the coconut.

We went on a Western Caribbean cruise on-board the Carnival Sunshine. And it was awesome. And it was awesome that the ship just happened to be called Sunshine. Believe me, I was seeing all the sunshine during this vacation!

Carnival Cruise 2014

The ship was huge, as I knew it would be. We stayed on Deck 8 in an inside cabin, which means we didn’t have any windows. It was wonderful! I love sleeping in pitch black darkness. At home, I’ll often sleep with a small pillow over my head to keep the light out. I did not need that pillow on the cruise because our room was so dark. We would wake up and we wouldn’t know if it was 3 a.m., 8 a.m., or noon!

We had two days at sea. We went to a couple entertaining shows with music and dancing. I love watching the dancing and seeing the costumes. I went to a Latin show and a Rock N’ Roll show. Both were really good!

Live Show

We loved going to the Comedy Club on-board. It was my favorite thing to do on the ship and they had several shows each night. They also had other shows throughout the week, interactive shows such as the hypnotist. Travis volunteered to go on stage and be hypnotized!

Hypnotized

We also loved the Hasbro Game Show. I wish we could have got on stage to play! And it was hilarious watching the Love and Marriage Show. We would have liked to have gotten on stage for that one too!

Are you hungry? You are about to be.

We loved all the food on the ship. We ate at different places for lunch each day. Sometimes we were off the ship, but when we were on the ship we ate at the buffet, Guy’s Hamburger place and the Mexican place! Every night we ate in the dining room for a three-course meal. We sat at shared tables so we got to meet lots of new people. Once, we ate at a table by ourselves too. We really enjoyed meeting a couple from Missouri and a mom and son duo from North Carolina. In fact, we met the four of them during our very first night on the ship and we spent our last night on the ship with them too.

My favorite foods were the chocolate melting cake (duh), the Caesar salad, grilled chicken, pasta, tacos, ice cream, cookies, shrimp, strawberry soup …

Travis’ favorites were the lobster tail, filet mignon, tiramisu, baked alaska, hamburgers, tacos, cappuccino pie, apple pie, sushi …

Food on the Cruise

Chocolate Melting Cake

Travis was really good at making the perfect ice cream cone! I had no idea he had such skills!

Ice Cream

Here are more pictures of us on our cruise!

On the Cruise

I enjoyed coming to our room each evening to find a new towel animal friend on our bed. My favorite was the elephant. One morning, we went upstairs to eat breakfast and there were towel creations all over the deck. Big alligators, monkeys hanging everywhere, and herds of dinosaurs all over the deck. It was so cute!

Towel Creations

This is just a recap of our time on the Sunshine ship. I haven’t even touched on all the places we stopped and all the adventures we had. So stay tuned for another post!

Currently {Vol. 8}

It’s been about a month since I’ve wrote a Currently post, so I think it’s time. Especially since you haven’t heard from me in over a week. Remember how I said my husband and I were going “unplugged” and wouldn’t be using our phones or internet for a week? Well, that was because we were going on a vacation! We weren’t using the internet because we were out in the middle of the ocean on a cruise ship! I’ll write a separate post recapping our trip soon!

And just so you don’t miss it, I have a giveaway coming Friday! So be sure to stop by and enter!

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Currently Vol. 8

Here’s what I’m up to currently

Thinking about: In my strive for hospitality, I’ve decided to invite Travis’ platoon over for a meal. This is Marne Week, so lots of sports activities and fun events are taking place for the soldiers and their families. So it’s the perfect week for us to have everyone over for Taco Night. I went grocery shopping to get all the onions, tomatoes, taco seasonings, etc. I have no idea how many people will show up, so I really hope I have enough food!

Reading: I could talk about books forever. On the cruise, I read Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. I loved it! Definitely recommend it! I just finished Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancy. I got both of those books at Allume and got to hear both of those authors speak! Now, I’m finishing Sacred Marriage. I just have a couple chapters left, and then I get to pick a new book out of my pile of Allume books.

Praying about: Honestly, I was really worried that something bad would happen while we were on our cruise. Not necessarily to us. I was more worried something would happen to a family member or friend while we were gone, and we wouldn’t know about it or be able to get home. Living away from home and knowing something could happen to one of my family members without me there freaks me out. So knowing I would be in a place where they wouldn’t be able to call me really freaked me out. I prayed a whole heck of a lot that God would protect my family while I was gone. That He would keep them healthy. So when I got home and everything was normal and everyone was OK, it was such a relief. So currently, I’m praying a lot of thank you’s. He protected them. He kept them healthy. I’m so thankful for that — so thankful that just writing this is making me cry!

Listening to: Viva a La Playa. It’s this song Travis has been listening to nonstop for the past two weeks. He made a video of all our vacation footage and put that song on there, so I’ve been hearing a lot of it. I’ll share that video with ya’ll in my cruise recap post!

Watching: We had lots of shows to catch up on when we got home. The last show we need to watch to be caught up is Red Band Society. I enjoy that show! I really loved watching the three part series of Chicago Fire, Law and Order: SVU, and Chicago PD. That was so good!

Eating: Healthy. Or trying to. I felt like all we did on our cruise was eat. I had the chocolate melting cake basically every single night. And the two times we got room service I got cookies or chocolate cake. No joke. So I’m trying to get back into eating healthy. I had a salad for lunch yesterday and we had salmon, rice, and steamed squash for supper. Hopefully we can keep that up.

Working on: Christmas presents. I know, I know… Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet. But I like to get started on presents early. I’ve been making lists of who we are getting gifts for and what we want to get them. And we’ve been getting started on purchasing or making those gifts. And it’s so fun! I would love to be able to win the lottery and only be able to use it for gifts for others. That would be fun!

 What have you been up to currently?

How Hospitality Can be as Easy as Learning One Word

One of my hobbies used to be swing dancing. I joined a swing dance club in college and learned a lot of fun moves. After the lesson each week during club, we would all practice the moves by dancing together. I went every week and saw the same people. I got asked to dance by the same guys a lot. There was one guy in particular who I had danced with a few times before, but every week he wouldn’t know my name. After swing dance club one night, I was telling my friend how much it bothered me that this kid couldn’t remember my name after weeks of dancing with him. I specifically remember saying, “Every time he asks me again what my name is, it feels like he’s basically saying, ‘You’re not worth remembering.‘”

It has always bothered me when someone can’t remember my name. I get that some people are just bad at it. I allow grace for the first couple times when I need to repeat my name. But then there are some people who take it to the extreme. I remember meeting someone in college probably five or six times, and every single time he acted like we’d never met. “You’re not worth remembering” is all I heard when he asked me my name and said, “It’s nice to meet you” for the fifth time.

How Hospitality Can Be As Easy As Learning One Word

We all long to be known. We all long to be seen and to be heard. And we all desire to be worth remembering.

Whether that guy in college ever remembered my name or not doesn’t matter. It’s not a big deal if that guy at swing dance club knows who I am … because there’s Someone who does. Even when we don’t feel like anyone knows us or hears us or sees. Even when we feel like we aren’t worth remembering. Even when someone straight out tells us we aren’t. There’s Someone who does know us by name.

This is what the Lord says — He who created you, He who formed you: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” –Isaiah 43:1

Yes, God knows each and every one of us by name. He knows us. He sees us. He hears us. He remembers us. For goodness sake, He knows the number of hairs on our heads! How much easier for Him to remember just our names!

Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet, not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, you are more valuable than many sparrows. — Luke 12:6-7

Do you know the names of people around you? Do you know the names of all your co-workers? Even the janitor who cleans your bathroom? Do you know the names of your neighbors? Do you know the name of the person slicing your meat at the deli? Or the person who scoops your ice cream at your favorite shop? What about your mailman? Do you even know the names of those who sit near you at church?

Being more like Jesus — something we are called to do — requires learning names. If we long to be known, so do those around us. We can show them we see them and we remember them by learning their names.

At Allume, I met Mandy on my first day in South Carolina. She was a part of the Allume team, so she knew a lot of people and had lots to do to keep things running smoothly. One day, Mandy saw me in the hallway. “Hi Tiffany, are you having a good time?” I was shocked that Mandy remembered me. She knew me by name — little ole me who had never been to a conference before and didn’t know anyone. This quiet girl who didn’t expect to be remembered, especially by someone on the team of the whole 400+ attendee conference. Mandy said hello to me every time she saw me. And she used my name to greet me. And it meant a lot. I felt worth remembering. I felt seen and known.

And there’s a lot of people out there who need to feel seen and known. A lot of people right next to us who need to feel like they are worth remembering. So go learn their names. It’s one word. One word that can make a lot of difference.

Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name. — 3 John 1:15

Longing to be Known

I Know These People

One of my favorite parts of Allume was meeting new people and hearing about their blogs. It felt good to connect with others who get blogging and love Jesus.

You know how when you meet a new friend and you really like her, you want to introduce her to the friends you already have? Or when you read a great book and you say, “Mom, you have to read this book; it’s so good!” and you let her borrow it? Or when you hear a hilarious speaker at a blogging conference and wish all your friends could be there too so you could laugh together?

That’s what I’m feeling. I met some really awesome people at Allume. People that I look at now and go “I know these people!” I consider my readers my friends. So I want to introduce you to the people I met.

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New Friends

First of all, I met Melissa from A Virtuous Woman. I’ve introduced you guys to her before because she’s in my mastermind group. That means we’ve been friends for a year and we just now met in person! It was great to see her face-to-face, hear her voice, and have someone to sit next to when we were both nervous at the beginning of the conference.

I met Debbie from Dare 2 Hear. She is a speaker and author. I loved having a deep conversation with her during our first night at Allume. I felt like I could open up to her and she spoke life into me.

When I met Debbie, I also met her good friend Patti from Old Things New. Patti was so fun — she pulled us all onto the dance floor during one of the Allume parties. I loved chatting with her at the Dayspring table. On her blog, she shows us how she takes old things like furniture and makes them new. If you love decor and crafts and furniture, go check it out. She also talks about how God turns us from old to new. And Patti introduced me to…

Jen from Hope for the StepsOK, this was just a God thing. This woman is going through a season in life that I went through just a couple years ago. She is in the midst of it and I’m on the other side. We told each other our stories in the 20 minutes before she had to leave to catch her flight back to Colorado. I was able to encourage her, although she seemed pretty darn faithful if you ask me. I’m so thankful that we were able to connect. I’m praying for you Jen!

 

It was awesome to meet someone my age who seemed to be in the same life stage as me. I loved how Morgan from Living a Page Turner has started a mentor program for three groups of women — high school girls, college ladies, and middle-aged women. It’s a three-tiered program, and I think it’s awesome. I wanted to follow Morgan around, sit with her at all meals, and basically be her new best friend. Did I mention I love Morgan’s style? I wish we lived closer because I would love to go on a double date with her and her husband.

When I met Morgan at lunch one day, I also met Amy from Divine in the Daily. I have loved reading Amy’s blog. And I think you will too. Yes, go check it out. (Well, after you read the rest of this post!) She has a beautiful family and is so sweet. And she has a dream of going on like 30 cruises! Whoa!

At the welcome mingle, I met Chris from ChrisMalkemes.com. When she found out I’m an Army wife, she took me under her wing. Chris made me feel more welcome and comfortable in a room full of 400 women. She introduced me to other military wives that I wouldn’t have otherwise met. She also gave me a book just because called Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. Isn’t that sweet?

Then there was Meg from Me with the Three, who loves photography and crafts. Her business cards alone show her creativity. And guess what, she has a House to Home series just like me! So go take a tour of her home!

I wish I had pictures with all these women! But I was too busy learning and listening and talking and connecting.

Other great women I met:

More posts about my time at Allume coming soon…