Remember that time we started a blog and then struggled to consistently update it? Well maybe you don’t, but it tends to creep up and haunt me every now and again. Often times we are our own hardest critics and I am no exception.
In the case of this blog, I have a couple choices. I could keep wallowing in shame and believe I am a failure, or I could simply try again. Getting back up and coming at this thing again from another angle, seeing how we do. Isn’t that life? Anyone else out there need to hit the reset button today? Well, how about this? Let’s just hit it together, no big fanfare. Let’s simply get up and try again.
The foundation of our walk with God is His desire to have relationship with us. He paid the ultimate price so we would be able to draw near to Him. In order to move into a deeper relationship with God we must have healthy communication. God is speaking, and the key for us is learning how to hear his voice.
We’ve begun a journey of a lifetime, one that is pushing us out of our comfort zones in order to grow and improve Cultivate Connection. Not only has this journey opened up the door for our very first live workshop on December 8th, it has and continues to push us to try to improve the audio quality of the weekly podcasts.
Each week I schedule the email for the new meditation announcement. It goes out every Thursday to our small but growing list of subscribers. Side note: If you’re not subscribed, I highly recommend doing so.
This past week was particularly interesting to me because our little list is becoming not so little anymore.
This is the third post of a series I’m doing. Links for the first two posts are at the end of this article.
Let’s take a minute to recap. There is a common something or someone that seems to be drawing us in. Like the power of a black hole, nothing can escape its pull as it draws everything into itself. What is this mysterious force pulling at us? Do we want to go where it’s taking us? Is it safe to go? How do we determine if it’s even the right force to give in to? Do we even have a choice in the matter?
The miracle of flight never ceases to amaze me. A plane can take off from Seattle, arriving in Hong Kong less than a day later. It’s not so much the speed at which it gets there, it’s the accuracy. With so many variables at play, it’s a wonder how after traveling 6,500 miles it’s able to line itself up perfectly with a runway that’s less than 200 feet wide. Incredible!
Expectations can be such a driving force in my life. I paint a picture in my mind of how things should go and often times reality comes out in a very different way. When we bought our van I expected we would be hitting the road, off on adventures and exploring the world right away. Turns out we spent the first two months of our adventure parked mostly at my parents place. Don’t feel sorry for me, my parents live in a little piece of paradise. A house right on the lake, and not just any spot on the lake but I dare say it is the most beautiful spot. Complete with beach access, a private bay for swimming, paddle boards, kayaks and stunning views. I grew up here every summer and might take it for granted sometimes.
I’m going to plant a seed in your mind; one that asks why and will forever change the way you think about professional development. Are you ready?
Over the past 15 years or so I’ve been passionate about personal development. This is ironic because I feel like I’m nowhere near as personally developed as I would expect to be given all the books, podcasts, and videos consumed over nearly two decades. Reminds me of a quote I’ve tweeted: “If more information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.” – Derek Sivers.
April 2 2018, it was Easter Monday and we were driving from Creston back to Abbotsford, British Columbia. While listening to an audio book along that drive, something awakened inside of us. A dream turned reality can be traced back to a seed planted that day. We didn’t know it at the time, but in 82 days our lives would look very different.
Maybe you have heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Lee and I have never met them, but their book The Magnolia Story impacted our lives in a significant way. In it, the HGTV stars share their journey together, including all the ups and downs leading up to their hit TV show The Fixer Upper. The thing that really resonated with us was Chip and Joanna’s desire to work together. This has been a strong desire of mine and Lee’s for many years, but for whatever reason we talked more about that dream than actually pursuing it.
Lately I’ve noticed I spend a lot of time disqualifying myself from the very things that are in my heart to do. I have compiled a long list in my head a of “not enough.” I am not good enough for this. I don’t have enough money for that. These are the comfortable excuses I used to shut down things before they even start. What happens when this list gets long? I start to forget the dreams in my heart all together. I tend to hide. Hide the struggle, get lost in busyness, binge watch Netflix, or find comfort in food. Choosing activities that numb and in doing so lose connection to myself in the process. Letting my dreams and possibilities fade into the background.