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About Etta Dale

Etta Dale has spent 12 years as an Educator teaching both English and Acting. Her love for fitness led her into bodybuilding competitions and later into a career as a personal trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada in English and minors in Sociology and Spanish, and a Master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Theatre from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A Father’s Day Message: It’s Complicated

Father’s Day. It’s complicated. So, I’ll get straight to the point and say Robin was the only Father I really knew. He was my host father. I met Robin and his wife Kathy when I was 18. I was barely fresh out of high school, heading on a plane to Nova Scotia, Canada, for university. [...]

By | June 17th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on A Father’s Day Message: It’s Complicated

How Do You Want to Age?

You’re going to your high school reunion and you want to look fabulous. But your back ache seems to have become your new best friend. Every day that you look in the mirror, you’re reminded that change is inevitable, and with change, comes loss. Too often aging is characterized by limited mobility, pain, loss of [...]

By | June 2nd, 2018|Health, Wellness|Comments Off on How Do You Want to Age?

Lessons of Self-Care I Learned from My Mother’s Skincare Regimen

When the water turns a clear turquoise green from my plane’s window, I know I am in The Bahamas. I soon see my mother waiting in the front seat of the car, smiling with a twinkle in her eyes. Each year when I visit her, I look to see how her face has changed, and [...]

By | May 13th, 2018|Wellness|Comments Off on Lessons of Self-Care I Learned from My Mother’s Skincare Regimen

Loneliness and Our Need to Hide It

Never Alone addresses a major health issue we seldom speak of—loneliness and social isolation, which are often overlooked despite being vital public health concerns. Negative health outcomes linked to loneliness include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, disability, cognitive decline, depression, and even early death. Tiffany Bluhm shares her amazing journey of life--her struggle of loneliness and how [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|Interviews|Comments Off on Loneliness and Our Need to Hide It

Whose Body Is It, Anyway?

Breast Augmentation $6,450. Eyelid Surgery $4,500. Facelift $12,125. Liposuction $6,025. Injectable fillers $1300. 100% Virgin Human Hair $500. Your body? Really? Priceless. It’s mine. It’s not like I am going to become a pastor or a pastor’s wife, I thought. So, I took my first fitness model shots. For the most part, I really liked the [...]

By | April 17th, 2018|Blog, Christianity, Health and Wellness Bible Study, Spirituality|Comments Off on Whose Body Is It, Anyway?

Book Review: Overcoming Hurtful Words

Overcoming Hurtful Words: Rewrite Your Own Story (Worthy Inspired) by Janell Rardon, ©2017 You have power—an incredible amount of power—to rewrite your story, and “you don’t have to do it alone”, says Janell Rardon, author of Overcoming Hurtful Words: Rewrite Your Own Story. Our life’s story begins the day we are born into this broken world. [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|Book Reviews|Comments Off on Book Review: Overcoming Hurtful Words

God, Pleasure, and Intimacy

I volunteered for one year at a juvenile detention center. I taught a program called “The Family” through drama. At the end of one of the sessions, as we were debriefing, I asked my participants what the one thing was they felt got them into trouble. One participant said the inability to delay pleasure.  All [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on God, Pleasure, and Intimacy

Total Christmas Makeover: A Re-Newed Christmas Mindset

The Christmas spirit is really a mindset. What is that mindset? Do we need a total Christmas makeover?  Melissa Spoelstra, author of Total Christmas Makeover, would say we do. Misplaced Christmas Mindset It’s Christmastime, but some people may have good reasons for not being in a celebratory mood, says Melissa Spoelstra: Perhaps they lost a [...]

By | December 19th, 2017|Book Reviews|Comments Off on Total Christmas Makeover: A Re-Newed Christmas Mindset

Is Self-care Counterintuitive?

Most of us would agree that self-care is important, and if we think about it long enough, most of us would also agree that it should be a priority. The key word there is “should”, but so often self-care is not. Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of [...]

By | November 7th, 2017|Wellness|Comments Off on Is Self-care Counterintuitive?