Our Beloved Country by Zach Rayburn

Our Beloved Country

Our Beloved Country
by Zach Rayburn

America is home.
I wonder what our country will do with its power.
We could create jobs or go to Mars. We could also create war and anger.
We need to be smart with what we have or we can lose it all.

America sounds like peaceful beaches in Southern California.
It sounds like busy streets with honking cars in New York City.
It sounds like quiet falling snow in the Rocky Mountains.
In America I see policemen that help us live in peace with ourselves.
I see doctors who spend their time saving us.
I see eager fans watching their sports teams play.
I want everyone t0 try and help the homeless, abused,
and mistreated to feel like they are being looked out for.

America is a country we know will grow in power and live on forever.

In America you can pretend you are a pro-football player.
America feels joyful, special, and free.
I touch the green grass grown around the country.
I touch the ground were the pilgrims settled.
I touch the plane that was flown by an American P.O.W.
I worry about America losing strength.
I cry for the soldiers who have died at war.
America is strong.

I understand that millions of people have died protecting this country.
I say we fight for every soldier who has perished at war.
I dream that one day, I can fight for my beloved country.
I will try to thank all the people who have served in any war.
I will not disrespect our country in any way.
I will pray for everyone in combat.
I hope every soldier makes it home safe.
America is a free world for us all.

The Love Challenge – Week Two

The Love Challenge – Week Two

I “love” exploring words, and what they mean… Really mean. Upon realizing how much pop culture has turned rather mean spirited, I’ve decided to put out The Love Challenge. Week One was based on “Love is Patient” and it was really eye opening for me. My big areas for improvement are “driving” and people who perhaps have an over inflated and vocal sense of making sure everyone follows rules ? (i.e.: regular civilians not law enforcement) What are your challenges for showing love through being “patient?”

This weekend we watch a movie that unexpectedly shares the incredible power of Love called Warm Bodies. It isn’t a new release, but worth the rental fee. It has a Romeo and Juliet sub-story and hilarious dialogue. It is a Zombie movie unlike anything you have seen. The story isn’t really about a zombie apocalypse, but rather the story of the power of Love. For the weak of stomach or younger kids it’s got some gruesome content, so watch first if thinking about it as a family movie night.

Warm Bodies

Showing Love through kindness never goes out of style. We all love hearing “feel good” stories about people going out of their way to show kindness. Why not write your own daily stories of kindness? Instead of posting negative stories online, try sharing only positive ones this week. Challenge yourself to see if you have any areas where perhaps showing Love through Kindness isn’t your first instinct.

This Week’s LOVE Challenge:
Simply explore, discover, practice and evolve “LOVE is Kind.”
Would love to see some of your observations and life lessons. Feel Free to post on
The Healthy Habit Coach on Facebook


* Warm Bodies Movie Trailer – http://youtu.be/07s-cNFffDM

*The Love Challenge – Week One – http://wp.me/p2ihMc-15kK


Fast Food – WildFit AlkaGizer

Fast Food – WildFit AlkaGizer

Fast Food

It’s no secret that in the United States we put priority on convenience. In all my years coaching and in social media one of the number one reasons I hear people give for “not” eating healthy is that they don’t have time. The second reason is “money.”  My response to either excuse is still the same… “Pay now or pay later.” Do you have the time or money to be ill? If you do not invest in what goes in your body now, you will pay the consequences for filling your tank with “cheap fuel.” #WildFit

If you have followed my work you will know I’m about REAL Nutrient rich food and that there is NO perfect diet for everyone. There are however, constant principles that keep proving themselves over and over. Sticking to foods/beverages that do not have a “label” with a list of ingredients, additives, flavorings, etc is always preferred over something processed and denatured.

All this to say, while I cannot reveal all of my experience as I am taking the 90 Day #WildFit Challenge, I can share with you my variation on what those of us taking the challenge affectionately call the “AlkaGizer.” Thanks to #WildFit creator #EricEadmedes we are encouraged to put our own twist on our #AlkaGizers as long as we stick to REAL  food and ultimately no sugar.

I’m here to tell you this puppy is the “Ultimate Fast Food Connection!” I make a big batch in the morning and have anywhere from 2 to 3 containers to fuel me throughout  the day. Without giving away too much of the program here, I can say that we use fresh fabulous veggies and plenty of healthy fat from sources like avocado and coconut in our AlkaGizers. I personally love adding fresh turmeric and ginger as well as essential oils.

With minimal prep you can have accessible food on the run so that you don’t crash, get overly hungry or grab the “other” fast food on the run that ultimately causes you to crash.

Here’s my AlkaGizer this morning:

* 3/4 fresh jalapeño pepper
* handful of fresh spinach, mint, kale, fennel and cilantro
* 1 whole avocado
* 2 cups of holy basil tea and a splash of rose water
* 2 drops of food grade lime and peppermint essential oil (my add on)

To learn more about the 90 Day WildFit Challenge and follow the amazing adventures of Eric Edmeades – http://www.ericedmeades.com

*Morning Mix: Greens for Your AlkaGizer with a Twist

The Love Challenge – Week One

The Love Challenge – Week One


” When you love yourself, you will love others. And to the depth and extent to which
you can love yourself, only to that depth and extent will you be able
to Love other.” – Dr. Leo Buscaglia

My sister gave me the book LOVE by Dr. Leo Buscaglia years ago when I was just out of high school. I’ve been fascinated by the subject ever since. While poets and artists explore love, most of the time nobody is ever really taught how to love. In fact, most people are deeply effected by what happens with love disappoints, yet are never enrolled in a “HOW To…” class for love.  If you were fortunate enough to learn about love from Dr. Leo himself or other fabulous mentors in your life than you are in the minority.  Learning and practicing the art of love is an amazing journey. I hope to continue to raise the bar, not only on my understanding of it, but in my actually ongoing practice of it. Hence the birth of the LOVE Challenge….


Teenage and tweenage years are tough and can challenge the whole family. Add to that there seems to be a trend with younger people towards “mean” humor or teasing written off as “I was only joking.” Oh there is that phrase! I had a friend from Poland who detested how Americans would hide a measure of truth in a biting statement toward a friend and write it off as “I was just joking.”

I have good kids, but I’ve noticed this trend of joking… with their good friends mind you, of mean tones and jabs. Maybe it’s a push back to all the “Anti-Bullying” messages they get. Maybe it’s an offhand way to say something they feel that could be hurtful when said straight out or maybe it’s “just a joke and I don’t get it” like my daughter tells me. But how can you teach anti-bullying or simply speaking with respect to others in a culture with viral Vines/YouTubes showing people doing mean pranks or talking smack to others all under the umbrella of “it’s just a joke?”

While I look around at a lot of humor in our culture, as well as my own comments or actions that occur when I’m stressed or overtired and realize there is plenty of room for improvement.

What If regardless of our outlook, faith or culture we all really took heart with our own actions, comments and reactions to others with this oldie but goodie…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

If you’re like me, while I can point my finger at others, it will ultimately end up needing to point back to myself and how I respond to my family, friends and the world.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13: 13

… just sayin’

This Week’s LOVE Challenge:
Simply explore, discover, practice and evolve “LOVE is Patient.”
Would love to see some of your observations and life lessons. Feel Free to post on
The Healthy Habit Coach on Facebook

* 1 Corinthians 13
* Dr. Leo Buscaglia
* Tara’s LOVE board on Pinterest

Love is Patient