a few notes about Team Freedom.

Hey Princesses!

I wanted to answer a few questions here. I’m starting to get similar questions, and this is the easiest and quickest way for me to answer them.

BUT first a personal note: I am SO stinkin’ happy so many of you want to run again!! And I’ve gotten no less than a dozen emails from our ATL princesses who want to come down and run! This makes me SO excited. We had 134 women on the team this past year. I think we’ll have over 200/300 this year. God is good!

Princess Pasta Party this past February!







Common questions:

1. How do I register?

Registration is a 2 step process, not including the fundraising. You can find out more and/or REGISTER HERE!

ATL friends, this is your link to REGISTER. (It’s the same page with 2 exceptions. 1) It takes you to 93.3 website. 2) It reinforces the run is at Disney, and not in the Atlanta area).

2. I’m coming from Port Charlotte, Gainesville, ATL, where should I stay?

For Saturday evening, everybody will DEFINITELY want to stay in Orlando. And IF at all possible, on Disney property. It’s an early early early, did I say EARLY morning start, and you’ll want to be as close to the start line as possible.

Princess Sarah, Princess Tiff, Princess Abbey, Princess Molly

3. Do I register with Disney as an individual or as a team?

Individual. While we are absolutely, positively a TEAM, our team is being formed through The JOY FM.

4. Can I sign up for the Disney Princess Half and not raise money?

Yes. But you’ll not be part of TEAM FREEDOM. Sorry to sound harsh, but the point of TEAM FREEDOM is to raise money to help fight human trafficking. Please feel no pressure to become part of TEAM FREEDOM. The first time I ran the Princess Half it was for my 40th. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with running with a bunch of girlfriends just for fun. I encourage it! However, the goal, purpose and mission of TEAM FREEDOM is to raise awareness and funding for rescue and restoration of human trafficking victims. (otherwise, I wouldn’t be running! haha!)

5. Where is the money specifically going?

Abolition International

6. The registration at Disney is full, but I still want to run.

This was a question from last year, but I anticipate it again this year. Sadly, this will have to be the answer and I am SO sorry! here it is: TEAM FREEDOM can only take registrations until Disney is full. The JOY FM is not sponsoring the actual run, so we have no authority over capacity at Disney. If you’re really interested in running with TEAM FREEDOM, definitely WATCH the “% full” at Disney.

7. When do I get my T-shirt?

At the Princess Pasta Party on February 23, 2013.

8. When do I get my tiara?

At the  Princess Pasta Party on February 23, 2013.

9. When do I get my goody bag?

At the Princess Pasta Party of February 23, 2013.

Princess Tiffany & Princess Natalie

10. Can I bring my family to the Princess Pasta Party?

Due to limited seating and budgeted funds for the dinner, each runner is allowed to bring ONE (1) guest.

11. Can I bring my daughter/son as my guest?

Yes! However, I would highly recommend bringing children 14 or older. Of course, this is at each parent’s discretion. Like last year, we will have a few women speak who’ve been rescued from prostitution and trafficking. The subject matter is very hard, and isn’t suited for younger children. I will say that the testimonies of the two women who spoke last year, were some of the most impactful, life-changing words I’ve ever experienced in my life. Most notable was Telisia’s. Her life verse is Proverbs 24:11. She said, “We can’t watch people being led off to their slaughter, and say we did not know.”

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.  If you say, “But we knew nothing about this.” – Proverbs 24:11

12. Where will the Princess Pasta Party be?

TBD. I’ll need to watch participation numbers. We maxed out last year at our venue. I’m pretty positive we’ll need a bigger venue this year.

13. When will I get the details of the Princess Pasta Party?

When Abolition International receives your required fundraising requirements, they will notify The JOY FM. We will then send you an Evite with details of the Pasta Party. I most likely won’t design the Evite until after this first of the year. BUT, the Princess Pasta Party will be on Saturday afternoon, February 23, 2013 in the ORLANDO area.

14. Where the Princess Pasta Party be?

hahaha! I’m messing with y’all now! lol. Just got that question A LOT last year. It will be in the ORLANDO area, Saturday afternoon, February 23rd.

15. Is there a way I can connect with the other members on the Team?

YES! Once you’ve signed up for TEAM FREEDOM with us (The JOY FM), we’ll send you an invite to a closed group on Facebook. It’s been fun to watch this community grow and encourage one another this last year.

Princess Jacqueline

16. What’s on your playlist?

I will try and post that in the next few days.

17. I’m registered with Disney. And I’m registered for TEAM FREEDOM, but I won’t be able to make the Princess Pasta Party, how will I get my goodie bag, tiara & T-shirt?

When you RSVP “no” to the party in January, we’ll mail your goodie bag, tiara & T-shrit.

18. Is this event only for women? I want my husband/boyfriend/dad to run?

Sign up! Men can run this race if accompanied by a Princess (Disney’s rules; not mine). I think it’s AWESOME/HILARIOUS/FUNNY that I’m the only woman running on The JOY FM staff. So far, my co-workers who’ve registered to run with us are men. Jayar. Krispy. Fitz. Jake. Hitch. And I. LOVE. IT! They have a heart for this issue, and know that men play a vital role in abolishing human trafficking. I’m honored they’re choosing to stand with me in this cause. I work with some GREAT guys!

19. What is your training schedule? 

Working on it as soon as I’m done typing this blog. Will post with playlist!

20. I have an organization that is involved in human trafficking, I want to volunteer, or help sponsor something with TEAM FREEDOM, who do I contact?

Email princess@thejoyfm.com. I’ve assigned one our newest staff, Hitch, to help me with correspondence.

21. I have more questions that you didn’t answer.

Email princess@thejoyfm.com.

A quick note to the Princesses who ran last year: If you see someone comment on this blog post, to which you know the answer, would you help them with the answer please? THANK YOU!

And lastly, for YOU who are ALL IN with me, I love you SO SO much! It’s an honor to run with you.  Together, we’ll keep running for those who aren’t Free. To. Run….YET!

We ended up raising over $60,000.00!




Remembering why I laced up.


Watching Serey’s story. Knowing there are more Sereys. And remembering why I laced up….


TO BE FREE – Serey’s Story (Cambodia) from Abolition International on Vimeo.

Team Freedom.


Hey Guys!

A few notes about Team Freedom.

1. Like last year, registration will be a 2 step process. You’ll first need to register with Disney. REGISTER HERE. This is completely separate from The JOY FM registration. The JOY FM is not affiliated with the Princess Half Marathon. We simply participate in this event as Team Freedom.

2. Registration will open for Team Freedom on The JOY FM website on September 14, 2012. This event isn’t until the end of February. I’m just giving you a HUGE heads up, so you can begin training.

For those – like me 3 years ago! – who can’t run from here to the mailbox:

3. Start training! I absolutely, positively credit Couch to 5k for getting me running. If you have a smart phone, download this app and use it! You’ll be running 3 times a week. It’s an interval training program; you’ll be doing a walking/running combination. By November, you WILL be able to run a 5K. Promise.

4. I will post a Training Schedule Part 2 on October 1.  We’ll start at 3 miles (I know many of you will only be on Week 5. That is OK!! Promise.) Stay with it. I got to Week 6 and was able to run a 5K. It’ll all even out once we start adding mileage. Since we add incrementally, once you establish your base, it’s easy (relatively speaking) to add mileage.

5. Of course you can start walking now. August is just too hot for me. But a brisk walk, or even light jog is great. Just get your body moving.

Disney Princess Half Marathon
February 24, 2013

Training SchedulePart 1
Week 1 2-8 Couch to 5K  Week 1 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 2 9-15 C25K  Week 2  – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 3 16-22 C25K  Week 3 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 4 23-29 C25K   Week 4 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 5 Sept 30 – Oct 6 C25K  Week 5 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 6 7-13 C25K  Week 6 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 7 14-20 C25K  Week 7 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 8 21-27 C25K  Week 8 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 9 28- Nov 3 C25K  Week 9 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 10 4-10 30 Min Run || 45 Min Run || 3 mile run


“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.”

- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

I’m in.


Here we go. Three-peat.  And as nervous as Year 1.

But I’m in. Are you?

Let’s ROCK it another year, Team Freedom!


Decisions. Decisions.


alright, guys. I’m always painfully honest with you….so here it goes.

by the time it was all said and done, we raised over $60,000.00! God is good!

I am 100% conflicted about the Princess Half this year. And I really don’t know that I want to do it again.  Part of me does want to; and part of me doesn’t. It’s such a huge commitment.

Here are the thoughts rolling around in my head. They’re random and in no particular order.

Year 1 was a challenge I wanted to prove to myself. It was a thrill. And I loved celebrating my 4-0 this way! Truly loved it.

Year 2 was a motivator because we were running for something SO much bigger than ourselves.  Team Freedom absolutely, positively BLEW ME AWAY! We raised over $60,000 for Abolition International. And coincidentally, part of that money went to a home in Atlanta! Yes, Atlanta….where, oh btw, we added to our JOY family in December. I never knew Atlanta was one of the homes until Natalie was here at our Princess Pasta Party. Providence? I think so.

I started to love running; I’ve fallen out of love.

We had 134 people run last year. ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR people! How many would it be this year?  Would we pass 200?

Could we raise $100,000? And target 2 specific homes?

Would women be willing to pay $10 to help cover the cost of the Princess Pasta Party? Or could we get a sponsor?

Would a few of the women be part of a Princess Pasta Party committee? and help plan the event? Decorate? It required many hours and was disproportionate to mine & Mary’s workload. It was an exorbinant amount of work, y’all! But I also like things a certain way. So I’m picky, too. Would y’all be willing to work for an OCD visionary? : ) (just being honest! feel Dave & Bill’s pain!)

Would someone be in charge of correspondence? I can’t personally respond to the hundreds of (legitimate) questions from Team members. I want to serve. There’s isn’t enough of me to serve well. Last year, I recruited my daughter Abbey to help me return email. Child labor. And we’re running against this! haha! KIDDING.

I’ve had a number of folks tell me they want to “get healthy and have been inspired by my/our running the last 2 years.” (their words). Lord, really? Talk about using the UNQUALIFIED. I am NOT a runner. I am a fake runner. How in the world did God ever decide to use me to inspire running? Y’all seriously don’t know how laughable this is!  But, I will say each time I get an email or someone talks to me personally, it makes me cry.

I was so touched by all the women who responded to this event last year. Team Freedom happened so organically through a random tweet between Natalie and me. I’ve never seen such dedication, determination and heart.

I’ve received no less that 50 emails/FB comments/tweets since last year’s event telling me they’re starting to train for next year. No pressure, guys! : )

Will my friend Kellie be able to run with me? I don’t want to do it without her. She’s been by my side the last 2 years. And this doesn’t excuse you – Becca (Josh, she needs the weekend off). Molly (you’ll need to check on your knee. AND schedule a tour around this date). Alissa (nice excuse being pregnant this past year. You are NOT exempt this year if we do this. So NO more babies. 3 in 10 months is plenty!) Jayar? Krispy?

I will hate giving up every Saturday in November, December, January & part of February for long runs.

I will love how I feel after I run every Saturday in November, December, January & part of February for long runs.

I have an opportunity to go to Bangladesh in February. I’ll get home 1 week before the run. Of course, the trip is human trafficking related. Of course. Just like the Lord.

Can I just be a coach?

Am I just being lazy?

Is it fair to make Dave & Bill go one more round with me?  They’ve been so supportive and generous with the show as a platform for this cause.

I’ve permanently damaged 3 of my toenails on my left foot. It ain’t pretty. It will require pedicures for the rest of my life. Oh wait. Maybe that’s not so bad.

It’s hotter ‘n poodunkus and I know I really won’t start running until October.

I need motivation.

a few of TEAM FREEDOM at the finish line!

Bottom line: It’s a lot of work physically, mentally, and emotionally. For me, anyway. (Not talking to you experienced runners, who I really don’t like right now. hahaha!)

Of course, the physical, mental and emotional requirements pale in comparison to what innocent victims endure.

For some reason it feels like I’m “cheating” if I’m not running. Organizing a non-physical fundraiser is the easy way out.

More than anything, I don’t wanna let you down! But I know I won’t like you very much while I’m training. (Only half kidding here!) I know anything worthwhile in life requires a tremendous amount of passion and hard work. It requires you to dig your heels in and commit. There’s nothing in me that wants to do this right now, except for the feeling of what I should do.

So….there’s really no point to this post, other than letting y’all know what I’m thinking and to start the conversation. I’d love to hear back from you. Are y’all wanting to run? Are you willing to raise $350 to help free women? rehabilitate them from the sex industry?

Talk to me.







Psalm 39:4 …

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.”

Our lives are only a vapor. Literally a puff of air.

How will that change how you live today?

Who do you need to say “I love you” to?

Who do you need to go visit?

Who do you need to call?

Who do you need to forgive?

Who’s forgiveness do you need to ask for?

Who do you need to extend grace to?

Let go of the trivial stuff that doesn’t matter.

Make decisions that have ever-lasting impact.

Judge less on who people are, but see who they can become in Christ.

And remember ….. I’m journey with you! I don’t have any of this down yet! But striving to be more mindful.  Let’s live today with this verse in view.

Chris August has a new song on his new CD The Upside of Down called “A Little More Jesus.” (coming out in …. you guessed it! …. August!)  There’s a line in the song…. “I could use a little bit more of Jesus and a little bit less of me.” Truth!

Love you!



I’ve been parked on this scripture today. As believers, we need to be FOR one another. Sometimes we act as if our ministry/gifting/talent/artistry is the only one God can {and does} use. This is nothing but insecurity and pride. Let’s lose the competitiveness. Let’s be each others cheerleaders! And if you’re jealous of someone or some thing – either them personally or something they have that you do not – pray for that person or thing. Ask God to help you get honest with yourself. And with Him. Confess it, surrender it, and make peace with it.

That’s what I’m doing today.

James 3:14




Yesterday on the show I asked you to pray of my friend Chris. Pete & I have been friends with Chris & Kellie for almost 16 years. I was pregnant with Abbey when Pete came home from church one night after a meeting and said he’d just met a woman named Kellie. He told me she was super cool, and he thought we’d click. Well, obviously he knew how to pick ‘em because Kellie and I have been best friends ever since.  Without sounding cliche’, our friendship truly has endured the test of time.  I could write on this for days, but suffice it to say, God is good. And He has blessed us with the gift of each other. We often say we’re more sisters than we are friends. Kellie has seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and the really ugly in me. And she’s loved me anyway. Her husband, Chris, is the same way.  He loves unconditionally and is a friend to so many.

Pete & Chris. Windy Gap. December 2010

Here’s why I want you to pray.

The backstory:

Part 1. Kellie’s best friend from high school, Kym, battled breast cancer for years. Kym lost her battle to cancer a few years ago. Chris & Kellie were at Kym’s memorial service – standing and singing a hymn – when Chis passed out from the pain he’d been experiencing for several days. After the memorial, Chris went to see a doctor, only to learn he had cancer. It was a gist tumor. Clearly this was a one, two punch for Kel. Chris had surgery, incorporated some holistic treatment, and had been cancer free for the past two years. As recently as last September his scans were clean. Kellie had actually come by the station that day, and I remember cheering through teary eyes that we were another year, cancer-free.

Part 2. Chris’ older brother, Jimmy was diagnosed with melanoma about a year ago. Chris & Kellie were traveling back and forth to Atlanta caring for Jimmy. They made the decision to move to Roswell to care full time for Jimmy, and moved up there right before Easter of this year. I was jealous when they texted me telling me they were headed to Passion’s Good Friday services! Chris and Kellie had only been in Atlanta for a couple of months when Jimmy lost his battle at the end of May. Pete and I went up for the service. Chris memorialized his older brother in the sweetest, most honoring, and heart-felt way, leaving not a dry eye in the sanctuary.

Still fairly fresh in the grieving process of Kym, Kellie was now comforting her husband who was grieving his “bro,” Chris’ affectionate name for Jimmy.  Both victims of this horrible, evil disease called cancer.

Now for Part 3.

Three weeks after they buried Jimmy, Chris started to experience stomach pain. He went in for testing. His cancer was back. Another one, two punch.

I was driving home the Friday after Tropical Storm Debby. My phone rang and it was Kellie. I could barely understand her. She had just hung up with the Dr. after getting the news. As it turned out, they’d written Chris’ number down wrong, so the Dr. got ahold of Kel at work since they couldn’t reach Chris. She was pulling into the house to tell him. I was speechless. I played the tape in my head of what was happening in those moments. Of course, it would be a blow, but knowing Chris, he would be strong and face it head on. The Dr. wanted to see Chris right away that afternoon. After the visit, we learned he had 2 sizable lesions/tumors and many smaller ones on his liver and small intestines area.

Can I just pause right here and say how angry I was? Because I was!  And still am a little bit. But I know God is good. And I know He is in control. And I know He has good plans for us. And I know He is our Healer. And I know He can heal Chris.

Chris is one of the best men I know. He loves Kellie, his daughters, Hope and Caroline, and his family with his whole heart. Chris is the type of guy every woman would want as a husband, and every guy would want as a friend. His faith is unwavering, and he will give God the glory in every circumstance.  Even cancer. I (half) teased him the other day that he was the perfect candidate to be walking through this because he would be the one God could use to demonstrate to the world how you walk through a cancer diagnosis with FAITH, GRACE, and inexplicable PEACE. Naturally, I asked him to please stop being so perfect! Of course, he is flawed just like the rest of us, but there is a quiet strength Chris possesses that is very much seen and felt to all of those who get to call him family or friend. He’s been a YoungLife leader for years, and has pointed countless young people to Jesus. He’s so caring and so selfless. The other thing you need to know about Chris is that he is the picture of health! He’s an iron man! I can’t name all of the sporting events he’s participated in, but trust me, he’s done it all. Running millions of miles, cycling even more…all the while, coaching others to do the same. He eats as healthy as anybody I’ve ever seen (almost annoyingly so!) haha! I love you, Chris!! …and has a blog dedicated to all these things. 10:10 Wellness. He coached me, Kel and a few other of our girlfriends when I ran my first half marathon for my 40th. We definitely had the hottest coach! See pic below.

my 1st half marathon on my 40th! Chris coached us through it! Fawn, Alissa, me, Chris, Kel, Marci

We can already see God’s blessings in all of this. Just the weekend of the diagnosis, plans were already in place for Hope and her husband, Kip, to move from New York City to Tallahassee for Kip to start law school in the Fall. Chris and Kellie’s youngest, Caroline (Hope’s sister) is a student at FSU. It’s comforting to C & K  that Hope & Caroline are now together in the same town. One sidenote here: Chris, Kip and Hope are all Gators! But clearly Providence had a part in Kip choosing FSU.  On this same weekend, we (TMC) were scheduled to fly to Atlanta for the 1st ever Summer Cruise. (I mean, what are the chances? and that we’re even in ATL now?!) So 48 hours after Kellie called me, I was able to walk through her front door and be with my best friend. Of course she and I were crying, but eventually Chris said, “no more tears.” We went to Chipotle for dinner and then on to Passion City Church. Matt Maher led worship that evening because Louie, Shelley & Chris (Tomlin) were in Australia.  Matt led with the song he penned, “Your Grace is Enough.”  With both hands out stretched to the Lord, Chris sang, “your grace is enough for me.”

He believes it. And He lives it.

And I’m gonna believe it with him.

My partner, Dave, reminded me of the parable the other day about the persistent widow (Luke Chapter 18) who kept asking and asking and asking the judge for justice and help in the dispute with her enemy. She kept on praying, never giving up. Finally the judge granted her request just so she’d shut up! : ) I immediately thought, “I can do that! I got that down! I can be the persistent widow!” I will keep asking and asking and asking, always praying and never giving up! …. and I have been! Everyday. Throughout the day. Never ceasing.

As my extended family, will you join me in being persistent?  I know people get cancer diagnoses every day. But this one is so close to home. So personal. So please pray for Chris. For his complete healing. And pray for Kellie. My heart is broken in a million pieces for her. She’s been through so much. And I love her with all my heart. Pray also for Hope and Caroline. And for Chris’ sister, Cynthia.

I have a new level of empathy for those who are affected by cancer. Those directly battling it, or those whose loved ones are battling it. Praise the Lord our God is greater……

Chris has been blogging. I will be re-posting some of his blogs. Follow him here.




I’m not gonna go into all of the details here (gonna make you watch the video!)  But the short story is: Matthew (West) called us a few months back and told us his 1st single off his new record was called “Fogiveness” and that it was written for one of our listeners, Renee Napier. Naturally, we began a covert operation to surprise Renee with the song, and WITH Matthew!!

bill, carmen, matthew, renee, dave

This was hands down one of my Top 5 career moments.  Oh, and if you think you can’t forgive somebody, welp…Renee is proof positive you can. I love when she said: “choosing not to forgive is like you drinking the poison, expecting the other person to die.”

STOP what you are doing and watch this RIGHT NOW!

Matthew West – Forgiveness: Mother Forgives Drunk Driver Who Killed Her Daughter from matthew-west on GodTube.

LIVE from the Brown Stone Theater.


Welp, by now you’ve heard that Tropical Storm Debby rained on the Florida portion of our Summer Cruise parade. But we didn’t let her have the last word! We decided to have a LIVE streaming acoustic concert with Dara at the Brown Stone Theater. You’ve never heard of it? Neither had we! But it’s a cool new venue that just opened up in Tampa. Ha!

Dara Maclean

In keeping with the theme of Tropical Storm Debby, we invited 3 “Debbies” to be center stage with front row seats. We quickly turned my house into a studio, AND a place of worship. Thanks to Hammy, the evening was captured on film, and you can see the recording here. I do want to make note that the “curtain” hanging over my real curtain is the backdrop Abbey & Becca made for the Princess Pasta back in February. Yes! February.

If you have some extra time, please give yourself the gift of hearing Dara’s heart. And not to mention, you’ll hear how crazy talented she is too! She’s got soul all the way down to her big toe!! We love Kirk too!


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