Time to Bare It All

On Friday I had a great conversation with a treasured friend who is developing her professional identity. We were talking about blogging and how so many bloggers gain an immense following and a lucky few even have to court multiple book offers from publishers. What sets them apart? How could she get there with her blog?

I suggested that she should tell her story. Be more vulnerable. Face the fear that kept her from going all out. It seemed the bloggers that inspired us, whose posts we shared and tweeted, had something in common. They shared pieces of themselves. Not little teeny pieces but “big honking” pieces of themselves. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable by telling their story with THEIR story, not just through generalizations, timeless quotes, and great pieces of advice.

I think she probably wanted to kick me and kiss me all at once.

But then guess what happened? In God’s usual way of sticking those darn signposts all over when He wants to get a message across, along comes BrenĂ© Brown on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I’ve been looking forward to this all week. No, seriously, ALL WEEK. And wouldn’t you know it but the first thing they start talking about is dealing with online comments, then they launch into vulnerability.

Hmm. Isn’t that just what I talked to my friend about? Advised even? Then I realized the scary truth: I was afraid of being too vulnerable too. Continue reading »

What’s My True Agenda?

2012 has had its share of turmoil, changes, and hard dates and deadlines on the calendar. My attempts to control the agenda and tame the to-do list have often been met by maniacal laughter (was that out loud?).

So what have I learned from this? Is it time to throw out the planner and just live free? Or do I need another planner maybe? Perhaps a wall calendar this time?

No, nothing quite so drastic. I’m taking a step back to look at this from two standpoints: the Practical and the Divine. Continue reading »

Doing vs. Being – A Lesson in Being Present

This past week I received a message from (in)courage about some new Facebook groups they were starting. Even though I haven’t participated in a group like this before, I felt compelled to join the “Marriage & Mommyhood” group, which subsequently met its max size and closed. Somehow the fact that I read that message at just the right moment to join before it closed seemed to confirm for me that perhaps there was a Message of another kind behind it – a Message with a capital M meant just for me.

Even though I am writing this “Week 1″ post a day late, I still wanted to express my thoughts – because the message of doing vs. being has resonated with me so strongly over the course of the last week. And also because I am interpreting this Message as another reminder that God has given me my creative gifts to be shared, not to be worried over and pushed aside in the flurry of daily minutia we all experience.

Be still and know that I am God.

Pause for just a moment in those words. How comforting and reassuring they are. How often do we really feel permission to do that? To BE. STILL. And just KNOW. Continue reading »