It has been awhile since I’ve posted but I’ve been in a whirlwind of “TO DO” lists that always follows after attending the Haven Conference. Aside from me speaking (which I’ll get to in a minute) I attended a couple of classes and learned a ton! However that lead to 2 pages of things to do, to update old posts and start new adventures, which I will also get to.
First let me tell you about how my class went. I don’t think I’ve ever been so terrified to do anything in my life. In my book, talking to a class of my peers is right up there with jumping off a cliff into the unknown.
The first morning I was sick to my stomach and all I could do was pray. I went to my classroom before my class, sat there and prayed that God would show up and help me get through it all. And He did.
God showed up and people actually showed up to my class! They asked questions, and they seemed to really enjoy the class. Of course it was helpful, on the first day, to have friendly faces of blogging friends sitting in the front row. It helped put courage in me, and helped me get through it, but something else happened while I was teaching.
I actually started to enjoy it.
Remember my post from earlier this summer when I talked about the “what ifs”, “what if I’m terrible, what if I fail, but then there’s also the question of what if I’m good at it, what if I enjoy it?”
Well that’s what happened. I chose to silence the fear and allowed myself to trust the Lord that He knew what He was doing when He gave me this opportunity. Because of that I didn’t just enjoy it but I had fun doing it and I saw something new in myself.
Because I chose to not partner with fear people showed up, they learned, they gave good feedback and one lady, on the last day, told me I was “radiant”, she said I was “radiating while teaching”.
I felt empowered.
Not empowered with pride and the thought that “I’m awesome” but the kind that makes me want to trust the Lord with more areas of my life because when I do I’m filled with courage, I learn things about myself and I’m free to enjoy more of life.
Who knows if I’ll ever teach a class, or speak in front of a crowd again, but what I do know is that I conquered a huge fear of mine and I would definitely do it again.
Another thing I learned, while attending Haven, is that people are actually interested in what I know.
I know that might seem obvious since people have been reading my blog for years but for me I saw it in a new light. What I was teaching were things that I care about, how I organize, what I think is important to teach your kids, etc., and people wanted to know more, they actually thought of me as an “expert”. A couple friends referenced me with that term and I laughed because I’ve never thought of myself as an “expert” of anything. But hearing that and feeling that from my peers opened up something else inside of me.
For years my mother-in-law has told me I should write a book about the stuff on my blog and I’ve always thought that was a silly idea. However I attended Abby Lawson’s class at Haven, and felt peace when she said “You don’t have to be an expert to write a book, if people read your blog, they already want to know what you know.”
And just like that, something else was unlocked in me and for the first time I felt like maybe it’s finally time for me to write a book.
So that’s my next adventure, writing an eBook. It’s funny because once I felt the freedom that I could maybe write an eBook, I didn’t get just one idea, I got 3!
Who knows how long that will take me (probably years) but I think it will be fun (and crazy), and isn’t that what new adventures are all about?
Now it’s just deciding where to start, and that’s where you come in.
I would love to hear from you, what would you love to learn about first –
- How to stay organized when you’re trying to do it all
- A guide to help you, as parents, teach your kids to be clean and organized
- My favorite cleaning tips and hacks
- My favorite organizing tips and hacks (that’s one I just thought of so I guess now I have 4 book ideas) 🙂
Tell me your thoughts, I’d love to hear them! I also want to say thank you for following my blog and for sticking with me for all these years because I would never be where I am today without you! (heart)