A Letter to My Hometown

Dear Belle,

A Letter to My Hometown

I’m a pretty direct person, so can we just start this out with complete honesty?

I’ve hated you for as long as I can remember. Until two months ago, I had every intention of continuing to hate you. Today, there are still moments where I can’t believe I could ever really love you.

But something is changing in me. God is changing my heart. My hard, bitter, scared, and judgmental heart.

The Worst Book I’ve Ever Read and Why I’ll Read it Again

I hate books that convict me. Books requiring me to stop ignoring the change I need to make in my life. Yet I keep reading books, so it’s my own fault.

The Worst Book I've Ever Read and Why I'll Read it Again

In July 2014 I bought Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less to take on vacation with me. The first few pages in, as I sat in the sun by the pool, I decided I wasn’t in the mood to read a book about discipline. It went back into my suitcase, then back to the shelf, where it stayed until December.


Essentialism (Virgin Books, 2014)

This is the must read book for 2015 and every year after that.

I loved and hated this book at the same time. Loved it because it was speaking to me. Hated it because it was convicting.

If you’re trying to decide what to pursue in life – the right direction to go, and how to get rid of the chaos in your life, this is the book for you.

If you’re tired of being busy without results and desire to live a productive life, this is the book. Be prepared for some hard truth to slap you in the face.

Turkey Cabbage Soup and a Giveaway

You never know what a simple action can mean in the life of someone else.

Turkey Cabbage Soup

Let’s take soup for example. This turkey cabbage soup was a catalyst in my 145 lb. weight loss journey.

On a fall evening in 2008, my friend Jennifer invited me over for dinner. It was a typical day for her, but an unforgettable day for me.

Six Signs You May Be Codependent

Hi, I’m Sundi Jo and I’m a recovering codependent. It feels good to get that off my chest.

Six Signs You May Be Codependent

I’m not sure if there are different levels of codependency, but if there are, I was at the highest level possible – probably president of the club.

I like things to be fixed. To find a quick solution to the problem so we can move on. It’s easy for me to say, “Move over and let me fix your problem for you. I know how to do it better than you.” I feel important when I “fix you.”

I’m excited to share with a group of Single Moms on the topic of Christmas at Life360 Church in Springfield, MO.

What is the real reason for the season?

To book me for your next event, visit my speaking page.


Date: December 6, 2014
Time: 12:30-03:00 p.m.
Event: Women's Christmas Luncheon
Topic: The Reason for the Season
Sponsor: The Caring People
Venue: Life 360 Church
Location: 3581 S. Kansas Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807
Public: Private

Pumpkin Protein Bars

I’ve been eating these Pumpkin Protein Bars for almost a year. They’re delicious, nutritious, and half the calories of a packaged protein bar.

Pumpkin Protein Bars

Don’t get me wrong. I still eat a Quest bar almost daily, but I start my mornings with these pumpkin bars.

They have just enough carbs and protein to help me crank out some cardio and strength training each day. See the nutrition facts below.

6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving (#2 is my Favorite)

Thanksgiving is upon us and so many are already prepared for the bloating, weight gain, and regret that often follows the “Turkey Day” festivities.

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What if we didn’t think that way? I believe there’s another way. I believe we can “have our pie and eat it too” when it comes to Thanksgiving.

You don’t have to be as stuffed as the turkey is that day.

You Are Who You Say You Are

It amazes me the words we speak over ourselves. We often talk to ourselves in ways we would never talk to others we love.

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I used to remind myself how fat I was. I was too ugly. No man could ever find me attractive. I would never amount to anything. I was going to stay this way forever. I was stupid.

If I were to hear you say any of those words to my best friends, I’d slap you sideways, yet I had no problem saying it to myself. The sad part? Not only did I say those things – I believed them.

Then I learned Who I was in Christ. That changed everything. This guy Jesus, who died for me and you, has a lot to say about us. It turns out, the above mentioned statements aren’t found anywhere in Scripture.