Three years ago, I started a blogging practice I called 31 Days of Jesus. As an alternative to Advent, smack in the middle of the holiday crazy, I would post a contemplative meditation every day of December. The idea was to force (inspire?) us to slow down, hoping that it would help us to remember why we’re doing all that we’re doing for the holiday season. Last year, I’d closed down my blog in lieu of launching The Bomb Shelter, and so I couldn’t write my daily posts. I missed it. More than I realized I would.
I’m moving in nine days. Again. And honestly, I don’t even know where I stand with Jesus right now. But, in spite of that, or maybe because of it, I’m longing for shalom like nobody’s business.
In an effort to remain gentle with myself, I’m not setting out to write a post every single day of December (heh, I’ve already missed the first one). I’m just setting out to write. I have a few posts in mind. They’ll likely be short. They’ll all fit in one of the six major categories that have been swirling around in my bloodstream for the past forever:
Beautiful business and innovation.
And, dark nights of the soul.
In the past, I’ve suggested a spiritual practice each day. This will be a little bit different. Just thoughts. Ideas. A moment in time to think about something meaningful, perhaps in a new way. I would be honored if you’d join me. If you feel compelled, you are most welcome to riff off my post and write your own post or tweet of Facebook status. May these words penetrate and soothe you deep in your soul.
For the first (and second) day, this quote:
“It is precisely because we resist the darkness in ourselves that we miss the depths of the loveliness, beauty, brilliance, creativity, and joy that lie at our core.” ~ Thomas Moore, Dark Nights of the Soul.
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But, one time, a couple of years ago, I asked God if I should try to go ahead with all of my crazy schemes at the same time. I swear, God whispered, “I dare you.”
The other day, while I was feeling overwhelmed and unsure, I stumbled upon this post from Chris Guillebeau. He said, “just f—ing do it already,” and I knew he was talking to me. I knew that I could do it. That part of the thrill, part of the way I measure success in my business, is whether or not I can keep those balls in the air and still remember to breathe.
Because the juggling isn’t the hard part. It’s the breathing.
My brother had a stroke last weekend. He is a ball juggler, too. He is recovering. The doctor, I’m told, performed a miracle to save him. And now, to heal fully and wholly, he’s going to have to slow down. That’s not an easy thing for anyone in my family. We are doers. My mom, fraught with worry, is so frustrated that he won’t listen. That he won’t give his body the time it needs to heal.
But I think he will. I am, after all, a ridiculous optimist. I think he’s knows what’s on the line. And he’ll make the choices he needs to make so that he’ll be around for many years to come.
Because we are doers. And we get the job done. Even if the job is breathing.
I made book trailer to go along with one of my present crazy schemes. I hope that you love it. This blog encompasses three subjects that I’m super passionate about: a new kind of Christianity (what I often call shalom), feminism (or, breaking the stereotypes of what a feminist looks like, what a holy woman looks like), and entrepreneurial schtuff. Wild Goslings is, at its best, a collaboration of all three passions. It’s how we teach and learn from our kids. It’s intuitive. It’s wild. Like chasing a goose. It’s trusting. God. Ourselves. Our children.
I hope it inspires you to plot mischief of your own. And to breathe it into existence.
And I would be ridiculously honored if you would “like” this video and share it with everyone you know. And! Get excited for July 15th!
How do you know when it’s time to quit your job and pursue your passions full-time? How do you figure out the right price for your products or services? And what does non-skeazy self-promotion look like?
I’m on a mission to interview some of the most inspiring women I know about shalom-y leadership and entrepreneurial schtuff. I couldn’t not start with my sister from another mister, the fabulous Elora Nicole.
Gah, my first video conversation! And it only got erased once! I’d love to hear your thoughts. On self-promotion. On confidence. Have you ever had that visceral reaction where you actually ran away from a job? Did our video answer your questions? What would you add? Speak your beautiful mind in the comments below!
I'm Brandy. And some people say that I glow. I am a dreamer, and a believer in the possibility of impossible dreams. I think I might be an empath, too. Which means that when I say I feel you, I mean it. My husband is deployed right now. While he's away, while functionally operating as a single mom, I'm going back to school and chasing some BIG dreams. I believe with all of my heart that the world doesn't need more humble, suffering women.
If we want a better world, we need more women in power. I don't say that lightly. I know "power" can be a loaded term. But I think it's important we find that thing (or things) we're called to do and spread our own unique brand of shalom to radical places. I believe everyone has a purpose. And I believe we're allowed be hot messes while we're pursuing our dreams. This is me, not having it all together, telling my story with the hope that you might be inspired to write your own.