Monday, August 15, 2016

#PrepWithPurpose - August 15, 2016: Shina Mitchell Dean

For backstory on what #PrepWithPurpose is all about please read the blog entry and/or Instagram Post.

Hey Friends,

It's Monday! Instead of saying ... ughhhhh ... say it with me .. YAY!!!! I am alive, I am able, I am given a fresh new week! We often dread Mondays but today let's try to rejoice in the fact we are given the start of 7 new days. Take a moment to reflect on what you can do TODAY to help make this the best week ever!!

I have a few new "visions" (if you want to call them that) in my life. Possibly some changes I'd like to see happen. I want to take this week to really visualize them becoming reality. See how that makes me feel. Will they? Should they? Who knows. But for this week I'll think about them as if they will and reflect on how that makes me feel, etc. To be really honest with you guys ... I am still having a really hard time finding my purpose in life now that I'm done shooting my last tv gig .. with no freelance gigs in site for the immediate future. So I pretty much spend my days as a busy housewife (i.e. also Doug's life assistant, lol), working out, blogging and helping people with supplement plans, etc.

Today is grocery shopping and meal prep Monday. Since this takes a big chunk of my day, I usually make this an off day from "lifting" and do one of my short HIIT sessions since they only take 22 min total (including warm up and cool down.) Whatever I do today ... it will be for a sweet girl that many people in the Tennessee #FitFam know very well. She is not only a #FitMom .. but part of a glam team in town that gets all of us girls make up and hair ready for stage. Her name is Shina. She was in a car accident a few days ago and suffered MANY severe injuries. With time she will heal physically. But there is one wound left from the accident she will never recover from. One that will remain open forever. Read on and please remember Shina and her family in your thoughts/prayers during this horrible time.

Prep With Purpose - August 15, 2016: Shina Mitchell Dean

On August 4th Shina Mitchell Dean was in a car accident. She suffered head trauma and lots of broken bones. But the deepest of all her wounds is losing her baby that she had been carrying inside of her. Shina only had a couple of months left in her pregnancy. In fact .. just days before the accident she was picking out "looks" and preparing for a maternity shoot to take place that week. She says this when looking back at the pictures:

"I can't help but to look at these pics in my phone and wish he was still alive and ready to meet us in a few short months! So here are my pics, my forever favorite selfie pics... 💔 my tummy is now flat with no precious baby to nurture. I am beyond devastated and really don't understand life right now. I need so much prayer please y'all...

Shina gave birth to her little boy (Jaxson Dean) just after the accident and she and her family were able to share a few precious hours with him before he went to heaven.

Her words about losing her child are heartbreaking to say the least.  "It's hard to comprehend that just yesterday he was moving around in my tummy! Please say hi to our sweet angel baby... He's so gorgeous! Dark hair, big beautiful lips like his Big Brother Braxton and perfect hands and feet. He is the perfect baby and has now joined Jesus and the Angels to watch over us until we see him again.

Shina spent 9 days at Vanderbilt Medical Center (undergoing surgeries, etc.) and has now been moved to a rehab facility in Kentucky.  Her wounds will heal with time. In fact... because of her fitness background she is bouncing back quicker than expected. But losing a child .. that is something she will never recover from. My heart breaks for her. I simply can not imagine the pain she is experiencing.

One of the most touching posts on her Instagram a picture she took of a wound ... next to a tattoo that she got years ago. Take a moment to really reflect on her words.

Sometimes you get tattoos just because....God gave me this scripture, a scripture I wasn't really leaning towards. This weekend I found out why, I found the purpose... Bc he did cover me with his feathers and he now has my angel baby in the softest feather bed you could possibly ever imagine. God is good, God always knows and God always heals. My heart hurts beyond words and I'll never really fully understand but I will bc of my hope and trust in God... Bc without his feathers covering over me I wouldn't be strong enough to do this...

I ask that we all lift up and for Shina today as she lays heartbroken in rehab facility trying to regain her strength and get back to life.... life without her baby. Each of us have two working legs, two working arms, a healthy beating heart .. one that likely isn't broken from losing a child. Don't you dare take advantage of that. Life can change in the blink of an eye. It did for Shina. It could for you too. Cherish this day .. the abilities that you have been given .. and everyone that is important to you.

Shina .. everything I do today will be for you. I will lift up your name over and over with every stride/rep. I will lift you up and pray that God not only heal your broken body quickly .. but somehow heal your broken heart. That He give you a peace that passes all understanding during this dark time. I hope you feel the extra love.


I want to continue this project/prayer chain. But I'm finding myself spending HOURS searching for people to "lift up and for" because I'm not getting any requests -- I know you guys have to know someone (or have heard of someone) with an ongoing or urgent need for physical healing?
Please send me all details possible, a pic if they don't mind sharing, etc.

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