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LaunchOut: One Question {Podcast Episode #86}

launchout   This episode is really fun for me. I just returned from a conferenced called Launch Out in Nashville last week. It was an incredible event about launching your dream and being encouraged as others shared their journey.

Rather than attempt to have multiple people on the show during the conference, which just wasn’t possible, I asked people a question.

“Do you think there is a difference between starting and launching?”

I loved the variety of answers. The audio isn’t great, but I think you will enjoy hearing from so many different perspectives.  I’m including a link to the person as they speak so you can check out their great work.

Amy Campbell

Amy Latta

Brett Smith

Brian Drinkwine

Carla Mussara-Leonard

Casey Lewis

Christa Newell

Clay Shaver

Combat Clark

Corie Clark

David Dollar

David Mike

Ebonita Sonnetbird

Emily Carlton

Heather Cloudt

Heidi Kleine

Jane Tuttle

Jennifer Kaufman

Jerrod Murr

Juliann Rager

Julie Reising

Kelley Coleman

Kelsey Humphreys

Kimberli Nelson

Kristin Fleck

Kyle Price

Laura Gutknecht

Libby Norcross

Liz Clark

Matt Ham

May Bohon

Michele Clark

Mike Lane

Mike Loomis

Ralph Edwards

Randy Langley

Ronne Rock

Ronei Harden

Tami Romani

Wes Hammons

If you’re interested in watching the videos of the speakers from Launch Out, check out the YouTube channel here. My talk can also be found here.

I’d love to hear from you. How would you answer the question? Share in the comments below.

 

Journeying through Lent

Last year was my first experience with Lent. Yes, I’ve heard of it for years and knew that people gave things up, but I never really understood the meaning behind it.

We walked through Lent together as a church community for the first time and it was really powerful. I learned so much about this tradition that people have been practicing for years, yet I was completely unaware of.

If you are not familiar with the meaning behind Lent, there is a great post about it by one of our pastors, Ben Thomas. You can find it here. Basically, Lent is an opportunity to be stripped bare and look in the mirror. To stop medicating ourselves and covering up what’s really going on inside. It’s the opportunity to slow down and truly become aware.

For me, Lent was a way to prepare for Easter in a new and refreshing way. I was going through a major career and life transition, so it took on additional meaning for me at that time.

One of my favorite quotes about Lent is from Ronald Rolheiser.

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Photo credit: The Orchard Community

 

Wow. “Stop eating whatever protects us from having to face the desert that is inside of us…..” Ouch! My career transition and the changes I was making were forcing me to face the desert inside of me. And I was pretty amazed at what I saw.

I saw a disconnected, fragmented life. There wasn’t anything horrible. But there were areas that needed work. There were things I needed to address in order to help me move towards wholeness. It provided an awareness that has led to significant changes and working on myself.

There’s a great Lent devotional book by Richard Rohr called Wondrous Encounters: Scriptures for Lent. It includes brief daily readings and scriptures and prayer. It is a really powerful tool. I highly recommend you pick it up.

Our pastors also talk about having two options at Lent. One is to give something up (chocolate, alcohol, gossip, etc.) or another option is to add something in (meditation, contemplative practices, prayer, etc.) I love that idea. It isn’t always about giving something up. It’s also sometimes about taking time to slow down enough to realize what is happening and to add a good practice into your daily routine.

My pastor, Scott Hodge, wrote this powerful prayer that I continue to pray.

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Photo credit: The Orchard Community

Learning to hold lightly and release quickly is something I am continuing to work on. It changes your entire perspective and can really impact how you live your life.

Tonight, we will have our second Ash Wednesday service. We will have interactive family activities and spread ashes. It was absolutely beautiful last year, and I am looking forward to taking time to slow down and set the tone for the upcoming season of Lent.

How do you slow down and experience Lent in your own life? Share in the comments below.

 

 

So thankful

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Art by Rachel Mayo

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am thankful for so many things today.

My health and ability to continue to work on living a healthier lifestyle.

My awesome two boys who continue to teach me how to love and live into who we are created to be.

My handsome, hard-working, dependable husband and his willingness to continue to work on our marriage.

Amazing friends, family and community who surround me with love and challenge me to be fully me.

The list could go on and on…….

Today, I also want to tell you that I am thankful for you.

You read my blog.

You listen to my podcast.

You interact with me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest.

You encourage me and inspire me.

Today, I am working on focusing on the people around the table, as my friend Sarah has challenged me to do. I would love it if you would join us. Don’t get caught up in the drama or the tension, but focus on being present with people.

Thank you for being YOU. Here’s to a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and love.

Cheers!

 

 

Startiversary {Podcast Episode #55}

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It’s been one year since Jon Acuff sent out a cryptic message that simply said, “Adventurers wanted.” I had no idea it would lead to an experience that would be so incredibly powerful. I have met people from all over the country and made friendships that have enriched my life. Even though I felt I had “started” a few years earlier, this group has helped continue to push me to be better and make positive changes in my life.

On this episode, we talk about:

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dreams

 

One of my favorite quotes from Start.

Thanks for listening! Please leave an honest review on iTunes. I’d be so honored!

 

 

What are you launching?

This weekend, some friends are gathering for an awesome weekend of Launching dreams. They’re gathering in Tulsa, OK at a conference put on BY dreamers FOR dreamers.

 

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Photo credit: LaunchOut team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow along on Twitter or Facebook by using the hashtag #Launchout.

I’m so excited for them. Many will be speaking publicly for the first time about their dreams and what they are working on. Also, the group is just amazingly supportive and helpful, and some powerful connections will be made by spending time together in person.

So, this brings me to the questions I have asked before, and I always love to hear your responses to.

What are you working on? Where is your dream taking you? How can we celebrate with you?

 

Share in the comments below! I’d love to hear!

 

 

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