My 9th Half Marathon

Hey there SuperStarrs, it’s Super Cool that I’m able to chat about My 9th Half Marathon!!! It’s hard to really tell ya the spiritual feeling I had holding my guitar bling, looking at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Pyramid & realizing, what was once a Dream & Desire, just happened!!! This trip was so full of Awesomeness that I can’t possibly write about it all in one post. It started with me picking up my race packet as soon as we got to Cleveland, Ohio.

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The Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio

While there I found a cool coffee shop called Rising Star Coffee Roasters. Of Course I love coffee & being a Starr I had to check it out, even though I already had Starbucks in hand. LOL!!!

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Inside Entrance 

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Coffee Break

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SuperStarr Coffee

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Outside Entrance 

Then we headed to check out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & meet up with my friend Cristy & her family!!!  I will make a future post with more from that visit because it’s gotta have it’s own. Such a cool place that every music lover should check out!!!

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Cristy & I With Our Munchkins!!!

We spent the entire day there before parting ways so they could head home & I could sleep. The next morning was the Half Marathon Race.  Now here’s some videos of this Amazing race!!!

 

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Start

 

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Finish

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Getting My Bling!!!

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Deborah Busy Bee!!!

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My Feet Hurt From Kicking My Own Butt!!!

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My 9th Half Marathon

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Miguel My Running Buddy This Race.

On the way home from the race we had to make a stop at A Christmas Story House . For years growing up I’ve spent every Christmas Eve watching this classic movie.  So when planning the trip to Cleveland, Ohio I knew this was a must stop.  It was AMAZING & the kids had so much fun.  I will post more of our visit on a later time closer to Christmas. Here is a few pics for now.

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Ralphie’s Red Ryder Rifle!!!

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A Major Award!!! Actually I’m Wearing Mine Around My Neck!!!

After having fun at the house we the headed home but stopped on the way to have dinner & ice cream @ Ducky’s Snowballs with Cristy & her family.

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Cristy & I

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Our Boys, Ethan & Kaleb w/ Melody!!!

It’s so Great that our kids get along so well & they never want to leave. So that was our time in Cleveland & we all agree that CLEVELAND ROCKS!!! 🙂

It’s AMAZING that my next race is gonna take me into double digits!!!  I will forever be able to say that I’ve ran 10 Half Marathons in 7 states in 3 years time!!!  And to think back that it all started with a Dream to finish just one.  God is so AMAZING!!!  Seriously SuperStarrs if He can take me from sitting on the couch doing movie marathons to running 9 half marathons, He can do anything for anyone who dares to dream!!!  I believe that the dreams inside us is there because He put them there!!!  So whatever you got stirring in you, start now going for it.  It’s Your life.  Believe in Your Dreams!!!  Ask God for help & put your faith in Him!!!

SuperStarrs What’s Your Dream???

What are ya doing to make it a reality???

Make Healthy Choices & Be Patience “In The Weighting”.

It’s A Wonderful Life!!!

SuperStarrs, it Really is A Wonderful Life!!!  I think we all have days when we need reminded of all that we have to be Thankful!!!  In today’s video I’m sharing all of that and so much more.  It’s A Wonderful Life is one of my Favorite Holiday movies but it’s not just a Christmas Movie.  It’s so much more!!! Watch & Listen.

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Watching Jimmy Stewart in this movie reminds me so much of my Grandpa, Darrell Hawkins. He was tall, slender, handsome and dressed like Classic Hollywood Actor.  Grandpa always wore slacks, nice sweaters & hats.  He had a cool collection of hats!!! And I’m not talking about the beanies & stocking caps guys wear now because they are to lazy to comb their hair. Grandpa did always had a comb in his back pocket to fix his hair whenever he got caught in a wind storm.  However its not just about his appearance and the memories of watching this movie with him.  It’s more about the story of a man trying to do the right thing but somehow there’s always some new obstacle to overcome.  My Grandpa might not have had a lot of worldly riches but he did have the most important!!! He was rich in his Faith, Hope & Love!!!  He loved Jesus & his Family!!! My 1st memories of my Grandpa is driving me to Sunday School in the church bus.  He shared God’s love for everyone, with everyone, everywhere he went.  In fact it was just this Summer that I found out, he was written up a few times at work for sharing Jesus & praying with others at work.  He often left reading material in the men’s bathroom. This happened so frequently that the company encouraged him to retire early!!! I LOVE IT!!!  I just wonder how many guys were encouraged or learned for the 1st time of God’s love for them while reading during their bathroom break???  My Grandpa is now with Jesus, so he knows and I will be patient “In The Weighting” until I get there, to find out.  My Grandpa raised 7 boys… yes you read that right SEVEN BOYS!!!  My Grandparents tried & tried to have a girl, seven boys later decided it wasn’t happening for them but, then I was the 1st born Grandchild!!! 🙂  However that’s another story for another time.  My point is that My Grandpa’s Children carry on the Hawkins legacy & name.  In fact at our Hawkins Reunion every year, we make up over 2/3 of the people that attend.  If ever we all decided to stop going they’d only have a handful of people there.  I am the oldest of 18 Grandkids, there’s currently 18 Great Grandkids and another one on the way due in March.  Grandpa was the youngest of 6 in his family so he did come from a big family. He just really lived out the “be fruitful & multiply” verse found in Genesis 1:28.

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My Grandpa Darrell Hawkins on the left Jimmy Stewart on the right.

My point is My Grandpa was Awesome & I AM SO THANKFUL FOR MY HAWKINS FAMILY!!! We are not perfect & we have had our share of drama throughout the years. As with ALL families.  You can’t do life with this many people and not have had it!!!  We have all made a lot of great memories along the way.  We all live our own lives & do our own adventures but we also make time a few times a year, to get together to make more memories!!! We always know that we have each others back!!!  I know that is such a Blessing because not every family has what we Hawkins have!!! (Yes I know I’m a SuperStarr now but I’ll always be a Hawkins!!!)  Ya see what some people have and take for granted, others are praying for!!!

Even if you don’t like the house you live in, someone is praying for one.

Your job really sucks somedays, someone is praying to get hired where you work.

You son or daughter is being high maintenance this season, someone is praying to become a parent.

You’ve been frustrated with your spouse lately, someone single is praying to find their future spouse.

So SuperStarrs, we all have something to Thank God for.  Even if we are not where we want to be or have what we want, we can still be rich in Faith, Hope & Love!!!  It’s up to us everyday to continue choosing them!!!  We choose how rich in them we want to be.  No one is in control of our thinking or actions but us!!! No matter how others treat us, we can choose Faith, Hope & Love in Jesus!!!  The Greatest of these is Love!!! Love God, others & ourselves!!! When we keep it simple then, we can really see It IS A Wonderful Life!!!

SuperStarrs, I really want you to know that You matter & God’s got Great plans for YOU!!! There will never be another You!!! My Husband has identical twin. Even though they both look & act alike, they are both two totally different people. God is using both of them for different purposes that they can only do!!!  Bob builds & fixes with his hands.  Bernie plays drums & helps lead worship for his church.  Bernie can’t build a house & Bob can’t play the drums.  They are both irreplaceable for their purpose.  You can not be replaced!!! It’s so important for you to know this truth!!!  If you have believed a lie, then replace it with this Truth.  You are Loved & Irreplaceable!!! Having a healthy mind will help you to be successful on your journey.  Our thoughts become our actions. Our actions become our habits. Having healthy habits lead to having a healthy mind & body.  That’s the end goal!!!

Who are you Thankful for???

How is Your Life Wonderful???

What are you gonna start doing to choose Faith, Hope & Love daily???

Remember You are a SuperStarr!!!

Be Patient & Make Healthy Choices while You are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

 

When Life Stinks!!!

Hello SuperStarrs!!! How’s it going??? I pray you are in a sweet spot and life is great!!!  Somedays or seasons just stink, however don’t let it get ya down.  Watch the video to hear what really stinks!!!

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When we are in a stinky situation sometimes we know why it is so hard. Because we are cleaning up whatever mess we got ourselves into.  But sometimes we don’t always know what the purpose is or why we are going thru this stinky situation.  In those times we gotta go to Jesus to get the strength and energy we need to be able to continue on our journey.  Don’t get so overwhelmed thinking about all that you can’t do, just focus and do what you can do.  God only expects you to do what He has asked you to do.  If He asks you to do something then He has put in you what you need to do it. Keep on keeping on…even when it stinks!!! Then you will get to where you want to be and receive the blessings God has for you!!!

Remember, You are a SuperStarr!!!

Remember, You are Loved and God has Amazing plans for Your life!!!

Have you ever had to run on garbage day or another stinky situation???  Share with us your story!!!

Are you in a Stinky situation???

What can you do to improve your situation???

How can you help someone else who in going thru a stinky situation???

When you find yourself focusing on the negative, what is your plan to help you remember this is just a season???

Keep making Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”.

 

 

Stop Dreading & Complaining!!!

Hey SuperStarrs, do you ever dread or complain about workouts or eating healthy???  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! We all have days or will have days, where we will be tempted to have a bad attitude.  So I am here to encourage you on how to handle those days when they try to creep up on you.

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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to find the negative in things of life??? SuperStarrs In order to have a life of Peace & Joy, You will have to work for it!!! You will have to purposely choose Peace & Joy everyday!!!  It doesn’t just happen, we have to choose daily to have Joy & Peace.  If you are really struggling getting your workouts done, change it up.  Try something new or play a sport that you love.  Take a Dance class. Sign up for Martial Arts class.  Think of something that you’ve always wanted to do or used to be able to do, that you want to be able to do again. Like a pull up, the splits or a handstand. Maybe it’s a Real pushup or sit-up.  Whatever it is, if it’s something that you really want, you can keep working at until you are able to do it.  Have fun while you are getting healthy!!!

For added Bonus here is a funny out take video for ya’ll!!!

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What negative things are you gonna stop saying and thinking???

How are you gonna be more positive in your words and thoughts???

When you were younger, was there something you always wanted to do or a sport you enjoyed playing???

How are you gonna Have Fun???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”.

 

My Morning Routine!!!

Hey SuperStarrs, today I’m chatting with you on how important your morning routine can be in helping you to be able to get stuff done!!! Seriously when you are able to get your workout done 1st thing, then you feel so much better, you will have more energy to be able to get more stuff done!!!  So I’m sharing with ya’ll what works for me and hopefully you’ll find a few tips that will help you out in starting off your day.

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I pray that you are having a Fabulous Summer and able to enjoy your family & friends.  Get outside and enjoy this Amazing weather and get some Vitamin D from the Sunshine!!!

SuperStarrs, how do you start your day???

What will you add to your mornings???

When do you get your workouts and Jesus time in???

Where do you get away to be with Jesus and refill your cup…yourself and coffee cup???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

My Life Verse

This is it!!!

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SuperStarrs I am so excited to share my story with you about my life verse.  I hope it encourages you wherever you are today and gets you Dreaming about Your Tomorrows!!!

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It’s Super Cool to be able to share this story with you while Bob and I are celebrating 12 years of marriage!!!

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GOD IS SO GREAT!!! He never leaves us and is with us throughout all the storms of life.  He has Great things planned for us, even when we don’t feel like He does or can’t understand what’s going on.  Trust God and Believe that you have Amazing things coming to you.  Things Bigger than we can Dream for ourselves!!!

SuperStarrs, Do you have a Life Verse???

If so, Please share with us!!!

What new promises have you discovered in the Word???

Do you remember a time when you were going through a storm and God brought you good out of the situation??? Trust that He WILL do it again!!!

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

 

Sparkle

This Last weekend I was so Blessed to be able to share with all my SuperStarrs at Sparkle, The Ladies Conference at RockChurch in East Peoria, IL.  RockChurch is our Home Church, where Bob and I met, and where we are raising our SuperStarrs in church!!! Our kids have been dedicated and Ethan baptized here. In fact years ago when I graduated High School and had no clue what I was gonna do with my life, it was the same day RockChurch was started. May 31st 1998. Only God knew that a few years later I’d be looking for Church, the same time they’d be looking for Hair and Make-up Artist for a T.V. Show they were taping called KDOT.  My first visit was in 2001 and it’s been my home ever since.  Friends have now become Family and our kids are doing life together.  So you can understand how Super Cool it was to be able to share at RockChurch!!! Added Bonus was to be able to do the Conference with SuperStarrs, Maureen Gray and Annette Tate.  Chuck and Annette Tate are the Pastors of RockChurch and Chuck Tate is the author of 41 Will Come.  We had such fun weekend together that went by so fast!!!

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Annette Tate, Maureen Gray, & Me!!!

For those of you who were not able to make it, You are in luck because we recorded it!!!  The full Sparkle Conference will be available on RockChurch’s website http://www.rcpeoria.org and the RockChurch app, that’s free and available thru your app stores on your mobile devices.  Here is my session SuperStarrs.  Enjoy, comment, like and share away!!!  More people need to know how AMAZING JESUS IS!!!

 

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Ya’ll know my Bestie Michelle!!!

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SuperStarrs Jessica, Me & Michelle!!! 

SuperStarrs What are you rooted in???

Do you need to change the soil and uproot where you are planted???

What changes are you going to make in order to be able to maintain your garden so that you can be as fruitful as possible???

Do you have a Church that you are rooted in and call your Home Church???

If you live in Central Illinois area, I want to invite you to come be a part of My Church Family!!!

SuperStarrs, make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!