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My life was not always peaceful. I wasn’t always as fit and healthy as I am now. I didn’t always desire to simply wake up and be a blessing to others. Let me tell you my story – I will try to keep it short. At the end of this blog post, I will give you some links on Facebook, as well as my Instagram profile, where I concentrate on putting up posts that will help people on their journey towards health and fitness in every area of their life. I have been on that journey since 1996 and it’s been quite an adventure. If you feel that you could never make it because you keep falling off the bandwagon, I want to encourage you to keep going. When we get back on to the journey as quickly as possible, and when we come to the realization that on our own we can never do it, that is when God can start working amazing things in and through our lives. Remember the verse that says “What is impossible for man, is possible for God.” Rely on HIS strength and power when you feel like giving up.


My Story in a Nutshell

My name is Mirdza Hayden. I was born to Arlene and Viesturs Pavasars, who were missionaries in Colombia, South America, for 40 years, and then moved to Latvia, where my dad died 11 years later (that was his wish, and God granted that to him). My childhood years were very happy. Then, when I became a teenager, everything changed.


When I turned 13, we moved to the capital city of Colombia. I started going to a school where I did not fit in at all. I also started gaining weight at an average of one to two pounds a months, so around 20 pounds a year. That continued to happen all through my college years as well and I ended up having health problems because of that. My gall bladder got inflamed and I was put on a non-fat diet and pills for a month. However, the weight I lost during that month I gained back once I went back to eating normally and not taking the pills.


My journey towards a lifetime of fitness and health started in 1996 in the little town of Chadron, Nebraska, where I lived for two and a half years with my first husband, Brett Thomas Bohac. I took on running and doing strength-training with a 10-week program I found in a book; I also followed the nutritional program laid out in there. I lost quite a bit of weight, but eventually gave up running and started searching for another form of exercise. I didn’t end up finding my “soulmate” workout until many years later; the workout program that kept me coming back for more so I could learn to love exercising on a daily basis.


When Thomas left me, I ended up believing that God could not love me as much as my parents had said He did because He kept allowing things to happen in my life that made me depressed. I felt like an outcast in my highschool years, I almost committed suicide when I lived for a year in Germany when going to a Latvian school for a year since I felt like I didn’t fit in there either, and then my husband left me. What was God trying to do to me? I went my own way, but of course things got worse. I ended up getting addicted to sex, and eventually got pregnant; thankfully, I did not get a STD, though!


In 2001, after having my first son and working as a single mom for two years, I met the Dana Hayden, the man who I ended up marrying in 2002. I went to become a stay at home mom after we married and took care of my almost-3 year old son and Dana’s two boys (since their mom died a month before Dana and I married). After a miscarriage, we had a baby girl in September of 2003.


I dedicated myself to taking care of the home and homeschool my two kids, Emmanuel and Ziedite. It was not easy, but through it all God gave the courage to not give up on homeschooling them, nor on giving up on my marriage to Dana. My relationship with God has gotten stronger through my hard times, and I’ve learned to rely on HIS power and strength to get me through each day.


God has become the most important One in my life. He has become my very best friend and the best mentor I have ever had. He constantly shows me what I need to do next, and I’ve finally learned to just relax and allow Him to guide every moment of every day. I wake up in the morning now and just spend time talking with Him, allowing Him to speak to my heart and soul. He has taken me on a journey that sometimes feels like a roller coaster, but I’ve learned to really enjoy it. Through all the ups and downs, God has helped me to be a blessing to many people, both online and offline.



As I end this blog post, I want to give you some links to the places online, on the social media platform, where you can find help from me on your own journey towards fitness and health.

For Facebook fans:

- The Abundant Energy Healthclub: a page where I can help everyone with tips and articles, as well a recommendations to products that have been helping me along the way.

- Healthy To the Glory of God: a group for Christians wanting encouragement on their health journey.

- Confident Moms: a page where a group of us can inspire, encourage and instill confidence in moms at all stages.


For those who don’t like Facebook:

I have my family website where I am constantly adding blog posts on my any different subjects: The Abundant Peace blogsite.

I also have an Instagram account where I continually add pictures and pictograms hoping to inspire others in one way or another.

Finally, I also have a Pinterest account with several different boards. You can follow me there as well.


Connect with me in any or all of these online places. Let me know if I can help you in any way on your journey. I am just here to be an inspiration and helper in any way God desires me to be.

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27.07 | 11:51

So many great points here! And yes I love that this can be a vehicle to create time freedom ultimately allowing us to spend even more time with our creator.

25.07 | 06:58

Thank you for your comment on this post, Mary! Yes, when we seek Jesus and His Kingdom first, everything else lines up and we get to live peacefully.

24.07 | 16:37

I love how you cut away the fluff and busyness that we allow to distract us from the one who created us. If we seek Jesus first everything else lines up & flows

17.06 | 15:48

Yes, I agree

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