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Betting on God: Why I risked it all for Shazzy Fitness

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.   ~Philippians 4:13

I can’t honestly say why I risked it all.

There was no burning bush, no lightning bolts.  No apparitions and no voices in my head.

So many times I thought to myself, this is *really* crazy.  I mean, seriously … who does this?

When you are let go from a job, a job that you want to keep, it can be an extremely humbling experience.  The enemy starts by talking non-stop, like it’s stuck on ‘repeat’, over and over in your mind.

  • You didn't deserve that job.
  • You will NOT be missed and they SO glad you’re gone.
  • They don’t want you and no one else will want you either.
  • They never liked you.
  • They don’t need you.
  • You aren't good enough.

    Never dreamed I’d be there.

    But, as distraught as I was, I couldn't figure out why I also had this crazy, relentless idea in my head about cardio dance and Christian music.

    The first production company I called - a female entrepreneur no less - started by telling me that their services were outside my budget (mind you, she never asked me my budget) and ended by telling me she’d call me back the next day to get more information.

    She never called back.

    I took SO many wrong steps.  It felt like I was running on a treadmill.  So much activity, so little progress.

    So many times I wanted to give up, even started working on my resume. Remember, the enemy is crafty, using whatever it takes to distract us from the truth, trying to convince us to hide our inner light … whatever it takes.

    He starts quietly in your mind, telling you he is your friend, your only friend. 

    He’s just trying to help you, just looking out for you – and then of course… the thoughts start to creep in:

    • Don’t take a chance, you might fail.
    • It’s dangerous out there, you might lose everything.
    • Are you crazy???
    • You’ll be all by yourself.

      and the scariest thought of all time –  THEY WILL LAUGH AT YOU

      What could be worse than that?

      What I know now

      I have so many people who prayed for me, prayed with me, supported me, listened to me, let me cry (repeatedly) on their shoulders, never judged me or belittled me or made me feel bad.  They always, always, always filled me with love and kindness. I only have a few of these people in my life, but they are certified angels, sent from heaven, directly from God Himself – I am totally sure of that.

      There were those who tried to convince me to give up, go in a different direction, slow down, or think smaller.  Close friends were suddenly enemies, business deals vanished… all kinds of weird, unexplainable, hurtful stuff that came out of nowhere and almost took me completely out of this project – many, many times.  shazzy fitness dvds completely a walk of faithWhen first-level fear tactics don’t work, the enemy will resort to wreaking havoc in every area of your life.


      It’s such a scary thing, trusting in God when you don’t know what’s next.  I can’t say that I have the answer for you.  I can only say that I have the answer for me. 

      And I should say upfront – my own “answer” changes daily, sometimes even hourly.

      Obedience no matter what

      Obedience is the way.  

      Be obedient, and He will send an answer.  All the time, every time.

      Some answers I try to pretend I don’t hear.  Honestly, most answers I don’t want to hear. 

      And yeah, it’s scary as hell.  The scary part is actually required.  

      You gotta do stuff you’ve never done before, to get to places you’ve never gone before.  You gotta let some people go, tell some people ‘no’, take a chance on some people, get hurt by some people, be disappointed and disgruntled, and oh yeah… be laughed at by a few people. 

      There’s just no way around it. Faith doesn’t come in a box with a bow.  It can be uncomfortable and often painful, and the consequences of following God may not feel good for quite some time. Especially when you can’t see where you’re going.

      The Good News

      But… there is good news.  It does get better!

      Almost 3 years later….it is a really, really good time for us.  We have released the best Christian dance fitness DVD on the planet.  It is fun, faith-based, funky and family-friendly.  Our music is off the hook and our choreographers are gifted, talented and anointed.

      At Total Fitness DVDs, the largest privately owned online fitness retailer, we are currently the top selling dance fitness DVD.  That means a Christian fitness product is legitimately competing with the top secular dance fitness videos currently on the market. And given all those choices, people are choosing us.  



      It is by the grace of God that I can say today – I am CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Shazzy Fitness.  I can’t explain it, or take any credit for it. 

      He did it. All of it.

      I am in love with the Lord and remain in awe of His grace and mercy.  

      Romans 1:16

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      Kristy McCarley is CEO of Shazzy Fitness. She writes blog articles about faith, dance, exercise, fitness and wellness. Subscribe to the Shazzy Fitness email newsletter and be first to receive new blog posts from Kristy and the Shazzy Fitness team.

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      Kristy McCarley

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      January 14, 2017

      the past six mos were hard. both parents past away and im retiring from a sit down desk job. ive been asking God about jobs i can do without being stuck to a desk. ive done zumba 5-7 yrs. trained as instructor, not crazy about the R material own choreo and donw my own Cristian class for a short time. praying that this may be for me.

      Jennifer Craddock
      Jennifer Craddock

      April 14, 2016

      Hi Christy, I have also been let go (laid off) from a job that I held for 12 years due to our facility closing. You are right, it is a very humlig and scary experience. However, months later, I realize that God blessed me with precious time with my father before his passing from cancer and with the chance to achieve my dream also. I have completed 2 out of my 3 videos for the Shazzy Fitness certification, and I cannot wait to get started! I thank God for giving me the timing and the courage to work towards your motivating and inspiring Christian dance fitness program!
      Best Regards,


      November 06, 2015

      This really blessed me! When reading your article, I felt like I was reading my life this past week! I am already hosting workout parties in my home on Saturdays and thought the DVDs would be a great addition since we encourage each other in the Word afterwards. And when I received the DVDs in the mail, I’ll admit the moves were kinda hard for me cause I have absolutely NO rhythm! But I didn’t give up and would rewind until I got it! Point is, I kept moving, still burned calories and learned to laugh at myself for willing to have fun learning while looking so goofy. The music is off the hook and makes you feel charged and empowered! My home parties are growing weekly only by God’s grace. God has been faithful! I stepped out on faith and did it! Now I’m believing God for even more! Thanks for being apart of my vision for fitness and spiritual wellness.


      September 18, 2015

      I am so excited to find you! I am a Zumba instructor and love Zumba but some of the music and moves can be very uncomfortable for a Christian woman so I modify. I can’t wait to get the DVD on the mail! Great story and very inspirational

      Jason Sirotin
      Jason Sirotin

      September 18, 2014

      We always believed in you Kristy! Hope it keeps moving!!!


      September 17, 2014

      Great article! Your success is exciting an inspirational !
      Keep it moving forward!

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