Inhale Faith. Exhale Love. This is the tag line for Core Compassion Project, a non-profit offering post-rehab Pilates scholarships for women battling breast cancer I started just over one year ago. I never realized how much those words would mean to me until this week when I cried myself to sleep.

We all face challenges in our lives. I know my challenges are so much less than some people, but I have feelings and my feelings were hurt. I shed some tears and lost some sleep. I felt multiple feelings…doubt, fear, anger, but not much love. In fact, I had to hold back from saying something I might want to take back later. Now that I’ve had a few days to stop and think, I am glad I kept it to myself, except for a couple of close friends I knew I could get advice from in confidence. And of course, my Nana, who I call frequently for advice (she’s always on my side even when I’m wrong).

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That’s my Nana…80 years young!

Today I was reminded almost one year ago when I was trying to create a way for women battling cancer to receive Pilates I felt the same way. Doubt, fear, anger, hurt. Why couldn’t people understand where I was coming from? Why couldn’t they agree this was something women needed? Shortly after, I spent a day at the beach alone praying and thinking. When I was about to give up on Compassion Project, the roar of the ocean and the beautiful sunshine reminded me of my faith and that it was important for me to proceed.  I couldn’t expect everyone to feel the same way as me, because that may not be their place to serve. Instead of anger I needed to react in love. I moved forward with the non-profit and we just awarded our third scholarship recipient.

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This is Terrie, Core Compassion Project’s first scholarship recipient!

How can you have faith without love? How can you have love without faith?  For myself I am speaking on a spiritual level. For you, it may be something completely different, but we all want to have faith in something.  This week for a brief moment I lost some hope in humanity. But we are human. Life is tough. It’s easy to let things you read on social media, in the newspaper, or hear from others get to you.  Today I was reminded of that special day on the beach when I chose to act in love. When I have doubt…when I am angry…when I face fear my new motto is to inhale faith, exhale love.

Whatever you may be going through today will make you stronger tomorrow if you choose to act in love. Breathe in the good of your life, the things that make you happy and exhale those things that just aren’t important and bring you down. But do it with love. Chances are, those who hurt you have no clue. Chances are, you and I are not aware of someone we have hurt. INHALE FAITH. EXHALE LOVE.

Healthy Please XOXO,

Jill


24 comments


  • Alicia February 23, 2014 at 02:02

    I love this! Especially that last paragraph… so true. Thanks for writing 🙂

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 02:30

      Yes it is Alicia.

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  • cindi February 23, 2014 at 02:19

    How ironic you posted this the same time I reached out to you. Each day is full of something. Let’s make it love!

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 02:30

      God’s timing is always perfect friend.

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  • Erika February 23, 2014 at 02:46

    Jill, love your messages as well as your children! Thanks for offering a great site & location for health seekers. Would love a private yoga session w you

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 03:10

      Thank you so much Erika. Give me a call and I’ll get you in :0).

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  • Pam February 23, 2014 at 03:13

    I love this Jill, you are such a great example!!! I’m proud to be not just your aunt but friend also! Love you!!

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 03:21

      Yep Pam, my friend and the big sis I never had. I love you so much and love serving with you.

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  • Camilla February 23, 2014 at 03:32

    This was sent to me from a dear friend, so glad she did. “Inhale Faith, Exhale Love”. You inspire me in so many ways. God Bless!!

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 03:35

      Thank you Camilla. Love Love Love. Godspeed.

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  • Your Brother February 23, 2014 at 03:50

    I just want to say im proud of you and proud to call you my sister. When you said you were gonna open your own pilate studio a few years back I knew you would but just kind of thought it would be one of those “Jill” things that you do (and do well I might add) and then realize you didnt care for it anymore and move on to the next chapter in your saga called life. But I think you have finally found your calling. I never would have expected you to be as successful as you are this quickly into the process. Not that you couldnt do it, but you know how challenging it is. But your determination is remarkable and I admire your drive. But i am mostly proud of how much you have given back. Its so easy these days to get greedy but you have never lost focus on how you got where you are and who got you there. So dont ever stop what you do. And most of all keep in your giving ways and start sharing with me. Live ya Jilly Bean

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 03:59

      Tommy, I think I may hang this on my wall :0). Thank you. I love you. I am chuckling because I didn’t know I did “Jill” things…apparently I do. Too many folks have told me in the past two years.

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  • Renn Farmer February 23, 2014 at 03:51

    So needed this today. It was a blessing to me…and I am sure you are a blessing to so many others.

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 04:01

      Thank you, Renn. I needed your comments today. Hang in :0).

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  • Kristi February 23, 2014 at 04:23

    My sweet friend Jill. How proud I am of you! We used to see other weekly (miss that). But keep up with you and your many accomplishments on here. I am so proud to call you friend and sister in Christ! You have found your niche! What a blessing you have been and continue to be in people’s lives! I read gour blig and am si uplifted and encouraged! Thank you for being you and following your heart/calling. Love you. Kristi

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    1. xoxojill February 24, 2014 at 01:47

      Thank you Kristi. I miss seeing you! I hope you are doing well and thank for the encouragement. Love ya!

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  • Stephanie Belk February 23, 2014 at 04:58

    Great message. Your a wonderful person doing a wonderful thing. Glad to be able to call you my friend.

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 17:25

      Thank you Stephanie. I learn from people like you.

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  • Keitha February 23, 2014 at 12:43

    This was the first thing on my news feed this morning & just what I needed to read to start my day. Just remember, even if you’ve had some disappointments, etc. this week you’ve also made a difference in a lot of people’s lives, too. I know this because I was one of them….thanks for the encouragement, positive thinking & just plain “believing” in me! You’ll never know how much it means…

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 17:26

      Thank you Keitha. We need to lift each other up as women. Your comment made me smile. I do believe in you. Thanks for believing in me.

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  • Ash February 23, 2014 at 17:56

    Very well said. I love you & you are such an inspiration! Keep your head up! <3

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    1. xoxojill February 23, 2014 at 18:27

      Thanks Ash! I love you, too. Heads up!

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  • Jennifer Hornberger February 24, 2014 at 12:58

    Jill – Love this! Love you! I am so proud of you for pursuing your dream and giving your all to your passion and also making it a priority to be very active in your kids lives as well. You’re so much like me, when you put your mind to something, you will get it done. And, by the way YOU DO IT WELL! 😉 Miss you!

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    1. xoxojill February 25, 2014 at 03:53

      Thank you Jen! I appreciate it. Love you too!!!

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