Finding my Tribe

To know who I’m reaching out to, I really have to know who I am.

I am a strong woman who wants to live fully and intentionally in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. I was a slave to sin, but have been set free.

My passion is to bring freedom to other women through a relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to help women understand the circumstances they are building for themselves by working through the question: Why do you believe what you believe?

Why is this so important to me?

I was raised in a wonderful Christian home by wonderful Christian parents. They made choices about my upbringing based on what they thought would be best for me. More times then not, they were right.

With that background you’d think I’d have walked right into church easily and happily every week, no problems, no issues. Not true at all! Why? Because I was taught about religion and about church and about God. I never experienced God as a real person that I could talk with and share with.

I don’t blame anyone in particular for this, other than a general acknowledgement that organized religion today can often come with its own set of rules and expectations that don’t come from God.

But how I ended up with a twisted view of church isn’t really the point. The point is this: God met me where I was, with all the lies about Him and His Church in my head, and He loved me and won me back. He didn’t stop there, though. He showed me the bondage I was under due to misconstrued beliefs about God and myself and began to set me free from my wrong thinking.

I’m certainly not done in my journey, but I have come so far from where I was. I want to help other women find their own way into a powerful relationship with God that can set them free.

Tribe Writers

I have just bought the writing course Tribe Writers through Goins Writer. Jeff Goins is first and foremost a writer, but he’s also an author, teacher, and speaker. I’ve been reading Jeff’s blog and listening to some of his free offerings as a way to determine if the price tag for this course was worth paying. Obviously, I decided it was.

The selling point to me was the full scope of writing to influencing. It’s not just enough to type away and have great ideas. You have to get them out there as well. Jeff’s perspective on serving is something that’s important to me as well. Learning to serve people with the words I put out there feels overwhelming right now, but I know it’s important.

Here are my goals for this course:

  • Gain better honed voice
  • Find a focus for my writing
  • Learn to influence with my words
  • Have a platform that is easy for people to find me through
  • Write with disciple and passion

This blog will be where I post writing assignments, practice pieces, real pieces, thoughts on the classes, and whatever else comes my way. 

Here goes nothing!

A Utopia I Can Hope For

Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton has a vision of the future where people own their individual circumstances (specifically around technology) and we are all self-employed. Now that’s a future I can get on board with! I would love to be self-employed.

Many people hear that term and think: lazy days doing whatever I want because I’m my own boss. In my opinion, however, that’s not self-employed, that’s self-unemployed.

In my world of self-employment, I am able to set my own success criteria, my own path for getting to results and my own journey of discovery on the way. No longer would the bottom line of my employer dictate the amount of time I spend on specific projects. Instead, my own vision of success would keep me working toward a goal that was personally fulfilling.

Yes, it’s utopia, but it’s one that I find exciting to hope for.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130402-a-self-employed-world

Hunting Down my Muse

I found this TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.  The talk is from 2009, so kind of an older one, but new to me. I loved her perspective on the muse and the battle creative people face with the fickleness of the creative process. I hope you enjoy it, too.

If the video doesn’t load, the video lives here.

He’s Speaking My Mind

Have you ever had one of those moments where you feel like your brain jumped out of your head and into someone else’s head just so they could write what you have been trying to tell yourself but couldn’t verbalize?

That’s what I feel like when I’m reading this guy’s blog, . Except, he’s writing to me from the “been-there-done-that” side of the fence while I’m on the “thinking-dreaming” side of the fence. Huge, huge difference.

I also am not thinking of becoming a full time blogger about blogging; that just sounds painful to me. I do, however, have dreams of my own for business and craft blogging. Here’s some fantastic food for thought about any goal setting and achieving.

How To Remain Productive When You Feel Like Giving Up

When facing emotions or circumstances that bring you down, he says, “One of the things I did and still do whenever I feel less than enthusiastic is to focus on output, rather than the external elements that bring me down.” I love this! I can do that! I can focus on output, no matter how I’m feeling. It gives me a question to evaluate what I’m doing: “I feel badly right now, but what can I do (absolutely anything) that will create output?”

Is It Really Possible To Create The Change You Want In Your Life?

In dealing with change, which on good days feels like pushing boulders uphill, he says, “When I say change, I mean real change. I mean the kind of change that takes you from where you are now, to where you really want to be, … .What I’m really talking about when I say “be” is the state you are in. It’s the change of state, the way you think and consequently act and thus experience, that I refer to when I mean change.” And futher on, he continues, “It was something about you on the inside that changed, that caused a physical change to manifest in reality. It was YOU who changed.”

Yep, I’ve lived that. More importantly, I continually try to keep changing that way. Not by outside-in philosophies of changing my behavior enough times until I force a muscle memory change, but actually changing from the inside-out. Becoming a new person on the inside so that my actions reflect the new me.

Yes, it’s harder than it sounds, and I prefer to operate hand-in-hand with the Holy Spirit.

Romans 12:2

New King James Version (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
There’s more good stuff on his blog, some of the others I liked include:

I hope you enjoy his perspective as much as I did.

Thoughs on Insignificance

I had a moment the other day that really put into perspective how very little I impact the world around me. I was out walking before work one morning and I paused at an intersection, waiting for one car to pass before crossing. As the car passed, I got to imagining myself in that lady’s life.

I could smell the coffee sitting next to her in the cup holder while she glanced in the review mirror to straighten an out of place hair. Her morning had been kind of rushed due to slightly higher hustle and bustle in getting out the door. She hadn’t had a bad morning, just a rushed one. As she drove through the intersection this morning, she was too distracted to even notice a woman standing on the corner waiting to cross the street.

Here I am now, I will never meet this lady, most likely. And even if i do meet her, I’ll probably never connect that she’s the one in the car. Odds are even slim that I’ll ever be at that intersection again, waiting just as I was to cross.

I have no relevance to her life, her family history, or her current and future family. There is no reason that my existence makes a cognitive difference in her life. Yet, her life is just as full and happy and relevant and meaningful as mine.

I felt very insignificant. Not in a negative way, but in in such a way that it gives me a greater perspective in the grandness of the world and the power of God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, and His great and amazing love.