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 »

When Your Job becomes a J-O-B

When you start referring to your job as a J-O-B, I think the universe may be trying to tell you something.

I’m at a pivot point in my professional life right now. The business I ran with my husband for the last ten years is winding down since he went back to the corporate world in December. Winding down at least in the sense of what it used to be, not necessarily what it could be in the future. Now that it is only mine, I have a more or less clean slate to rebuild it to what I would like and need it to be.

But I’m still working that out in my mind, so I do feel like I’m in some kind of entrepreneurial limbo. Continue reading »