This could be your best year ever with one simple decision – you change your name.

I’ve never wanted to change my name. I’ve always liked Vicki Rhea Hensley Heath. I do remember though, as a teenager I started calling myself by another name. In high school, I never felt like I measured up. “Less than” was a name I started using. And then as a young pastor’s wife I felt many days my name should be “inadequate”.

When you look at yourself in the mirror what name do you call yourself?Failure? Lazy? Ugly? Loser? Pathetic? Unhappy? Hopeless? Too old? Too tired? When you introduce yourself to someone do you say in your mind, “Happy to meet you. My name is nobody.”? It’s time we stopped calling ourselves by these inappropriate names. These are not our names. What would happen if we changed our names to the names God calls us? What would happen if every morning when you woke up and looked in the mirror you said:

“Good morning, Treasure” – The Bible says “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deut. 7:6. God calls you His treasured possession! I don’t treasure a lot of things, but I do treasure my husband and my children. I treasure my wedding ring and my gold cross my husband gave me. And I am God’s treasure. I’m smiling now, “Hi, good to meet you. My name is treasure”. ☺

“Good morning, Masterpiece”– Seriously, can you imagine saying this to yourself? It may seem awkward at first but I dare you do try it. It is an absolute truth. Many of us are dissatisfied with the way God made us; especially how He formed our bodies. We are so critical of our shapes and sizes. The New Living Translation of Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s masterpiece….”which could easily be translated “work of art”. We are each one an original work of art, never to be duplicated. I am into art appreciation using my new name.

“Good morning, Princess”– He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and He is our daddy. Therefore, you are a proper prince or princess; a person of royalty. “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” – II Corinthians 6:18.

“Good morning Beloved”– This is my favorite name. What an endearing name. I know my husband Rob loves me. He fixes my coffee in the morning and brings it to me. He makes me feel cherished. How much more my heavenly father loves me! He blesses me with new mercies every morning, which are much better than coffee. He reminds me of His love and sacrifice every time I look at the cross. “My beloved is mine and I am his….” – Song of Songs 2:16

“Good Morning, Forgiven”– God has forgiven is for our sin. He does not condemn us so we should no longer condemn ourselves. We must choose to live as forgiven people. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I no longer call myself a bad person. He has made me good and righteous.
We have the name our parents gave us, we have the name we give ourselves and we have the name God calls us. We have the opportunity to choose daily which name to go by. The name God calls us is our true identity. God has the ability to look deep into our hearts, detecting capacities and possibilities that are hidden even from ourselves. He knows exactly what name to call us at just the perfect time. I am defined by His great love for me and not by how I look, feel or weigh. I know that nothing that happens to me this year that can separate me from His love. Because He has named me His child I have the power to live the Godly life He has called me to live. He has chosen me and named me to live holy and blameless in His sight … and I can!

My name is no longer failure – my name is victorious conqueror. My name is not perfection – my name is progress.

Your Best year ever is one name change away.

His Beloved Treasure, aka Vicki Heath

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Vicki Heath, National Director of First Place 4 Healthand Body & Soul Area Director in South Carolina.  Vicki is a popular well-known author and speaker focusing on health and wellness.  For more information on First Place 4 Health please visit www.firstplace4health.com.

Some women enjoy sitting in a comfy chair to meditate for their quiet time with the Lord. Not me. I either get distracted thinking about all the things I should be doing or I get sleepy. I enjoy walking and talking with the Lord. I start by stretching and taking deep breaths, thanking God that He’s given me another day to be alive and fully functioning. Drinking in the beauty of the towering trees, inhaling the aroma of wildflowers, feeling the breeze caress my face, I commune with God outdoors during my walk in a way I never could otherwise. As I walk, I talk to Him about five things:

  • Adoration(telling Him all the wonderful things I love about Him, such as how His mercies are new every morning, His incomparable strength, His compassionate character, and so on)
  • Confession(acknowledging the many ways I miss the mark and asking Him to reveal anything I’ve done or attitude that I’ve had that has caused Him to grieve)
  • Thanksgiving(expressing my gratitude for the multitude of blessings in my life)
  • Supplication(asking for a special blessing or His divine guidance in certain matters)
  • Others(intercession for my family and friends, the women God has called me to serve, my coworkers, and anyone else God brings to mind)

You might wonder, “How do you remember all that?” With the acronym ACTSO — Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication, and Others — I ACT by praying SO that I can feel connected to God. And His response is sometimes audible, not to my ears, but to my heart. As I confess, I often sense Him comforting me, saying, “It’s okay. I’m not going to let that come between us.” As I ask Him for guidance, He usually steers my mind toward a solution I hadn’t thought of before. As I pray for others, He regularly prompts me to do or say something specifically for their benefit. This response time is a vital part of my prayer life. He already knows what is on my heart without my saying a word. I need to make time to listen to what is on His heart because without listening, I’ll never have a clue. God often reminds me of this as I am walking and rambling on and on. Sometimes by the time I reach the two- or three-mile mark on my four-mile hike, I’ll sense God saying, “Remember to leave Me some time. I’ve got a lot I want to say to you today.” Does this make me feel special that the God of the universe wants time to talk specifically with me each day? You bet. And He wants to talk with you each day as well. Is there a spot in your planner where you can give Him a standing (or walking) appointment?

Enoch walked with God for three hundred years, then God took him away (Genesis 5:21-24). He never tasted death. I can just imagine that Enoch’s walk with God was so intimate, so joyous, that one day God simply said, “You know, Enoch, we are closer to my house than to yours. Let’s just go to mine.”

Don and Deyon Stephens, cofounders of Mercy Ships International, tell of Don’s Aunt Lilly, who had a regular walking date with God at 4 P.M. every day. “If you were visiting and Aunt Lilly disappeared around four o’clock, you just knew where she was going and that she’d be back around five. She never allowed anything to keep her from her date with Jesus.” Aunt Lilly died within the past few years, and when Don was preparing to preach her funeral, he inquired as to the exact time of her death. His suspicion was confirmed when the hospital stated her time of death as 4 P.M. Aunt Lilly didn’t miss her walk with Jesus.

Excerpted from Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge. Copyright 2003. All Rights Reserved. Published by WaterBrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Used by Permission. Not to be copied without Publisher’s prior written approval.


Shannon Ethridge is a million-copy best-selling author, international speaker, certified life coach, and advocate for healthy sexuality with a master’s degree in counseling/ human relations from Liberty University. Since her mortuary days of embalming many HIV+ and AIDS patients, she has boldly spoken to high school and college students, single adults, and married couples about embracing a lifestyle of sexual integrity, overcoming past sexual & emotional baggage, cultivating genuine intimacy in marriage, and instilling sexual values in young children.

“I breathe the air of freedom in knowing my life is better off in Your hands. The past is gone, what’s done is done, now I’m alive and I’m never gonna look back. I can never be free without You. I can never be me without You. This is the sound of chains breaking. This is the beat of a heart changing. This is the song of a soul forgiven. This is my freedom hymn…who the Son sets free is free indeed.”

What is your personal “freedom hymn?” Are you still feeling bound up in chains in some area of your life? Do you need to lay it down before the Lord and ask him to set you free? In this song Austin French sings about the true freedom that comes when we surrender to Jesus and let him control our life. At that moment the chains break, the heart begins to change, and we receive complete forgiveness. The past is forgotten, and we don’t have to look back. We can look forward and be free indeed. This is why God sent his son, so that all who believe in him will have eternal life. He did not send Jesus to condemn us; but to save us and give us true freedom. (see John 3:16, 17) It is the beginning of a transformed life! If you are ready to break chains and start your transformation, stop and pray now. Use the prayer in the back of your devotional booklet to get you started.

John 8:36“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Questions:Are you “in chains” in some area of your life? What steps will you take so that you can experience true freedom and transformation in this area?

Prayer Power:Dear Lord, I know you can break my chains and set me free. It is only in you and through you that I can find true freedom. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness. I surrender my life to you and trust you for personal transformation and freedom. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

“Don’t worry. Just lay it down; it’s not your fight. Don’t worry, it’ll be alright. Don’t worry; he will make your heavy light. Don’t worry at all. His love is always right on time.”

Are you a “worrier?” Most of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves worrying about things that we can’t control. It is at those moments we need to remember four things:

1. God is in control!

Whatever is happening in your life is on his mind and his heart, too. He is the one who can do something about the situation. He is at work!

2. Your “job” is to trust, to have faith, and to hold on to hope.

It is not your job to worry, fear and be stressed out. Pray and ask God to transform you from these emotions into the peace and trust and faith that you long for.

3. God’s got the timing!

We want the quick-fix. We want things to be made right—now! We are not good at waiting. But God lovingly shows us time and again that he is trustworthy and able. He knows the best timing for all things.

4. Pray and praise God as you wait.

Fill your days and your nights with affirmations and belief.

Read the Psalms—you will be able to relate to all the emotions there. Sing along with your favorite Christian songs or hymns. Lift your heart to God. When you do this, you will be amazed how quickly the time passes. And remember—God is always right on time!

Psalm 103: 1-5 “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits –who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that you’re your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 102: 1-2 “Hear my prayer, Lord, let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” (then be ready to wait on the Lord!)

Questions: What are you waiting for right now? Will you fill your life with prayer and praise as you wait for God’s perfect timing? Do you have a story of God being “right on time” in answering a prayer? Remember that and be encouraged!

Prayer Power: Dear Lord, help me to pray and to praise you as I am waiting for answers. Transform me into the person you want me to be. Help me to trust you for your perfect timing for all things in my life. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 (New International Version)

It took a lot of years for me to finally realize that cookies and chip dip weren’t to blame for the extra weight around my middle. Food wasn’t the culprit, but my unmanaged feelings were.

Whether I was anxious about my children’s safety, overwhelmed by my non-stop schedule or feeling lonely because I lacked meaningful friends, those feelings collided, creating a deep, aching pit in my middle. I often felt empty inside and at times, nauseous. It was an awful feeling that I wanted to make go away as much as possible. My solution? Food. More specifically, I tried to soothe my uncomfortable feelings with comfort food. However, that hole in my heart and soul was like a bottomless pit so no amount of ice cream, pizza or any other food could satisfy the emptiness within.

Not only did Jesus come to earth to show us what God was like, but he faced the full slate of human experiences that we struggle with today. In fact, Jesus provides a path to freedom for us when the emptiness within us screams for us to raid the refrigerator.

In Matthew 4, Jesus faced off against Satan after 40 days and 40 nights of fasting. According to our Western eating patterns, that meant that Jesus fasted for 120 meals. Even as Jesus was fully God, he would have experienced the same kind of emotional or spiritual stress that pushes us into our kitchen pantries for a salty-this or creamy-that to soothe our hearts and minds.

When Satan shows up to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, the very first tool of temptation he presented was a loaf of bread. In my imagination, I see Satan holding a platter of hot, yeasty bread under Jesus’ nose. As the melted butter drips from the side of the dish, Satan tempts Jesus to turn the stones around him into loaves of bread. Satan wanted Jesus to use his divine nature to satisfy his human desires. However, Jesus surrenders his human desire to his divine nature.

In the face of tremendous stress, this is how Jesus responded to Satan’s challenge: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[a]”

Even as Jesus experienced tremendous physical hunger, he recognized the greater spiritual need in his life, which was total dependence on God. There’s nothing wrong with food or enjoying food, but we will starve spiritually if we expect food to satisfy our need for peace, love, hope, forgiveness or healing. Only God can satisfy those deep needs!

Here’s a practical tip that you can use to help you test whether or not you’re attempting to use food to satisfy a spiritual need: Write out Matthew 4:4 on a notecard or post-it note and tape it to your favorite comfort food. The next time you reach for it, take a moment and evaluate whether or not you are truly hunger or if you need to put down the food and ask God to satisfy the spiritual hunger within.

PRAYER: God, only you can satisfy the deepest needs in my life. Help me to identify the deep hunger within and to bring those deep needs to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author who is passionate about equipping women to win at life with Christ-empowered strength and dignity. Barb loves speaking at women’s conference and leadership events. Barb is the author of multiple books and Bible studies, include her new Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle Bible study and book, Winning the Worry Battle. An avid traveler, reader, and lover of all things chocolate-peanut butter, Barb and her family live in NW Ohio. Visit Barb’s online home at barbroose.com.

"Heaven on Earth" by Stars Go Dim | Body & Soul Fitness

“Take my life and let it be set on fire for all to see. Break me down; build me up again. Don’t leave me the way I’ve been. Take my heart into your hands. Come and finish what you began ‘til I seek your kingdom first, ‘til I shine like heaven on earth. I want to wake; I want to see all of the ways You’re moving. Show me the need, ‘cause I wanna be a part of what You’re doing.”

This song is a prayer, asking God for transformation and expressing willingness to be transformed. This prayer outlines a process. First comes an awareness that we don’t want to stay the way we’ve been. When we are stuck in the status quo, nothing changes. The song also expresses an awareness that there needs to be some ‘breaking down” before there can be “building up.” Next comes willingness—this means being open and willing to place your heart in God’s hands and allow him to transform your life. Willingness is then transformed into readiness, and only God can do that. It is an amazing thing how God can take our willingness and transform us so that we are brand new, shining like a little bit of heaven on earth.

It is then when God can use us to meet needs and make a difference in this world. Let’s all consider making the prayer of this song our own personal heartcry —”take my life and let it be set on fire for all to see.” Let’s ask God to wake us up and show us how he is moving, revealing where the needs are so we can be a part of the solution!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Questions: Are you happy with your current “status quo” or are you in need of a transformation in some area of your life? Where are you along the process from awareness to readiness for change?

Prayer Power: Dear God, I am willing and ready for you to transform me so I can shine like heaven on earth for you. Take my life and let it be set on fire for your kingdom work to be accomplished through me. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

Good vs. evil. It’s the reason we love the story that tells of the knight in shining armor saving the damsel in distress, the hero defeating the villain, and the good guy winning the girl. The story never gets old and the excitement keeps drawing us back!

Be the Good | Body & Soul Fitness

You’ve likely heard “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” This is a tried and true motto. It reminds us to pay close attention to what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and say with our mouths. During this month as we focus on healthy hearts, it’s the perfect time to encourage you to “be the good” and renew your CPR certification – and if this certification is a new idea to you, that’s ok. Read on for reasons to make this life-saving skill a priority.

  • According to CPR Headquarters, providing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in the initial minutes of an episode of cardiac arrest can help circulate blood that contains oxygen to the victim’s brain and other vital organs.
  • More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States per year, out of which 70% happen inside homes.
  • Ninety percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest die prior to reaching a hospital or medical care facility.
  • Effective CPR provided by a bystander in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by two or three times.
  • According to an American Heart Association (AHA) study, less than 20 percent of Americans are equipped to perform CPR during a medical emergency situation.
    CPR aids in increasing the duration of electric shock provided via a defibrillator, thereby, making the process more effective.
  • If a bystander does not perform CPR, the survival chances of a victim will decrease 7% in every single minute of delay.

So, be a hero, get CPR certified, and BE THE GOOD!


Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.

Gravity | Body & Soul Fitness

“When the world is spinning out of control Your love is like my gravity. When I am overboard and going under, Your love will come and rescue me. And somehow You find a way to reach me, when I can’t see the road before me. When the world is spinning out of control Your love is like my gravity, holding me down.”

Does the world seem “out of control” to you? Whether it’s the daily news, or the latest family news, again and again we are faced with hard things that we cannot control, things that seem totally out of control. So where do we turn, when the world and our personal world is spinning out of control? This song has an answer. Turn to God’s love; know that he is in control, even when things seem out of control. It is his love that can be the gravity that holds us down, keeping us grounded in this spinning world. His love rescues us when we feel hopeless and helpless. His word comforts us in hard times. Spend some time reading the Psalms and note how David responded when he was being pursued by Saul who was ready to kill him. God’s love was his gravity, just as it is for us today. When you can’t see the road before you, trust in God’s unfailing love, just like David did.

Psalm 52:8b, 9 “I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done, I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”

Questions: Is there something spinning out of control in your life right now? Will you trust in God’s unfailing love to steady you in the midst of the spin?

Prayer Power: Dear Lord, thank you for your love that holds me steady in the midst of this spinning life. Help me to always look to you and seek you in your word. Thank you for rescuing me when I’m feeling like I’m “going under.” Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

Celebrate National Heart Month | Body & Soul Fitness

February is American Heart Health month and as any fitness organization, Body & Soul is all about celebrating healthy hearts and helping people strive toward the best heart health possible. According to the Cleveland Clinic, our hearts beat 100,000 times a day, pumping 1.5 gallons of blood each minute, and are about the size of our hands clasped together. In addition to these important and informative facts, here are a few things about our hearts that you may not know:

  • A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats per minute.
  • The more education you have, the lower your risk of heart disease.
  • The first heart pacemakers plugged into a wall socket.
  • Modesty prompted the invention of the stethoscope. Doctors pressed their ears directly against a patient’s chest to hear the heartbeat prior to its invention.

Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health, and the American Heart Association makes the following recommendations for exercise based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, second edition, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

  • Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Add moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (such as resistance or weights) on at least 2 days per week.
  • Spend less time sitting. Even light-intensity activity can offset some of the risks of being sedentary.
  • Gain even more benefits by being active at least 300 minutes (5 hours) per week.
    Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.

At Body & Soul Fitness, we aren’t only celebrating healthy physical hearts – we also love helping people strive toward the best spiritual heart health as well. As we meet in groups to challenge our physical cardiovascular systems, we also exercise spiritually. We hear Scripture song in the lyrics of upbeat, motivating music. We pray together and share stories that make up these beautiful lives we live. And we support one another as we pursue balanced, active lifestyles. Join us this month in a class in your area. We would love to celebrate with you!


Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.

“I’ve been changed. I’ve been saved; I can feel it now. Brand new day; I believe it. I’ve been changed; oh, I believe. Tell me why would I turn back now? There’s no end to the love I’ve found. Future’s bright, and there ain’t no doubt. I’ve been changed.”

What a changed-life story we hear in this song! Listen to the joy in Jordan Feliz’ voice and feel it in the music—he is full of hope because he has found the love of Christ and it has changed his life. He experienced the transformation from being lost to being found. He knows his future is bright, no matter what it holds, because he has the Lord by his side. What about you? Has your life been changed like this—or do you need to recommit or commit for the first time to inviting Jesus into your life? Take action and he will begin the changes that will give you hope. It is just a prayer today. Your brand new day can start right now. Your future is bright, too!

Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

Questions: How have you been changed since that moment when you chose to believe? What do you want your “brand new day” to look like? What is the most important thing that could change to make your future bright?

Prayer Power: Lord, I need to be changed by you. Help me to trust you and believe that you will guide me to a future that is bright as I trust in you. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org