Changes Coming Soon!

Standard

Hi friends! First, I want to say a huge “Thank You!” to everyone who took my survey. I so appreciate your feedback. (If you didn’t get a chance to take it–it’s not too late! Just click here).

And now…I want you guys to be the first to hear about some exciting changes coming to my blog over the next few weeks. Which means it may be offline in between now and then–but don’t worry! I’ll be back! And hopefully the blog will be more helpful to you than ever.

I’m refocusing my writing, trying to get clear about the best way I can serve you, and I’m super excited about this new direction. I’m re-branding and re-launching the blog, and it’s going to be called: Dropping the Act: Because Honest is Better (specific strategies to help you live a more authentic life). The site will have some new features, like quizzes (because who doesn’t love a good quiz?! I know I sure do. Probably a little too much!) and solid action steps you can take after each post to help you live honestly. Some of you who responded to the reader survey said you struggle with authenticity and that you connect with my honesty about things that you wrestle with like doubt, dealing with people, and suffering. I just want to assure you, this new launch will not be a huge departure from what you’re used to reading from me, just a little more focused on helping you get more honest with yourself, God, and other people in your life, with the purpose of strengthening and growing those relationships.

So, here’s your chance to help me shape the new blog! Leave me some comments about topics you’d like to see me cover. And I’ll see you in a few weeks with a brand new look (hopefully it will turn out better than the haircut I got that made me look like a mushroom)! Look for links on Facebook for the new launch and help me spread the word 🙂

Just a small FYI to those of you who currently subscribe to my blog via email–I’m going to try to convert your emails over to the new site so you continue to get updates when I post new content, but you may have to re-sign up! If you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! 🙂

Don’t forget to leave your comments about topics you’re interested in/struggle with, or your thoughts about the new direction I’m headed (positive thoughts only please, I’m not sure I can take any criticism (haha! Just kidding-for real!) Feel free to be honest!!….

Love you guys! And excited to be on this journey with you!

Get Real

Image
Let's leave the masks to Nacho Libre and Spiderman

Let’s leave the masks to Nacho Libre and Spiderman

On my route to Target (love that place!), there’s a giant sky blue billboard for the Better Business Bureau that declares simply, “Start with Trust.”  That’s a great slogan for the BBB, but for almost anything else in life, especially relationships, such a difficult thing to do.  Those three simple words got me thinking about all the things I place my trust in…airplanes, my deep freeze, my hair stylist, my husband, God, and a few sweet friends.  The more I thought about it I realized that I put my trust in objects much more easily than I do people, and sometimes, even God.  With people, the stakes are so much higher, and the potential for hurt so much greater.  If my hair stylist lets me down and I end up with a mullet–it grows out (I would probably cry every day until it does, but it would grow!)  So far, with each of my many trips in an airplane, I’ve arrived at my destination in one piece (although there were a few trips with Air India that I wondered).  And when my deep freeze was on the fritz and I ended up with a bunch of rotten meat, I was bummed out, but we replaced it.  However, when a friend that I’ve trusted breaks that trust–it hurts, and it’s not something that I can easily fix.  But trust is the starting point of any relationship where we can be honest, transparent, and vulnerable; and if we never get to that point in our relationships we risk never experiencing all that God has for us.

Vulnerability, or it’s cousin–authenticity, is something that everyone craves–I know I do.  But craving it and achieving it are two very different things.  In my experience, you have to first give it to receive it, and that’s hard to do.  It’s never easy to lay your heart out in front of another person.  However, nearly every time that I’ve been honest and vulnerable God has used it to help someone else–and often times that person is me.  There’s so much freedom in realizing we don’t have to be perfect, because none of us are!  I think it would be great if we started creating a culture in our circles of influence where people are free to be vulnerable and honest without fear of judgment or rejection, and instead, they would know that as they share their struggles we’ll be there to encourage them and cheer them on on their journey.  We need each other, and we need each other to be real!