If there is one thing I don't like very much about Southern California...it can be the fall weather. I know, I know...that's why So Cal is so popular. We're known for a long string of 70something blue sky days in February when the rest of the country seems up to their eyeballs in snow...but I want a cooler fall. I want colored leaves and cider on a late September evening.
It's been a long extended summer. That's ok. I'll survive. Someday I think I'll have to move to Seattle or Colorado or Portland and get my life some fall weather.
I've lost all motivation to blog here on what now feels old. I'm working with Casey Glantner to redesign this space and I absolutely can't wait to show it to you. It's going to be really fun. Relaunch is on it's way this Thanksgiving. For now...I want to check in and share some of what I've been up to.
This fall has been part of a fresh new season for me. It feels exciting and has been full. Many of the things I've envisioned for my life and been building for ten years or so are present. Feels surreal sometimes. I can see things coming to fruition with Life to the Full and other projects. Now they seem about 50 miles down the road...rather than 500 as its felt in the past.
I've been able to speak to several groups and begin to finish up my work preparing Life to the Full for your church and for your home. I'm excited...really really excited. All of that will be clear and launching in the new year, so more later on that.
Of course as things have been good...and fruitful...the resistence of the one who does not want us to create comes down hard. The self doubt, the fear, the muddy relationships that come back to haunt. I want to be honest, it's been so good and also so hard. I'm grateful for a community of great friends who are willing to pray for me the minute I ask them to and who email encouraging notes that keep me moving. I'm growing, trusting and learning to admit how vulnerable I feel sometimes. This life is so complicated and hard...but also full of so much redemption and beauty. I'm finding my way through it all. It's a dance, there is a rhythm...it's never all good or all bad is it?
Let's see. What have I been up to? Why don't I show you? Pictures are always so good to illustrate moments.
Darling Magazine launched it's first print edition this fall, so that was really fun to be a part of. You must download a copy to your iPad and get on the subscriber list to get a print edition this December when it comes out again because it's revolutionary (and beautiful). There was a very cool party downtown, but the best moment was paging through it in my living room for the first time and seeing this dream come to reality.
And I got to speak at Forest Home's Briefing conference. That was so fun. It was a great weekend. I did two seminars. One was called "Live your Life Now" (based on my Darling article) and the other "Embracing Imperfect." I was shocked when the room filled up with half men, half women. I really hadn't excepted many men to come. I've experienced over and over in the church that a woman's voice speaks to women...a man's voice gets to speak to both genders. I don't like this...but I guess on some level I'd accepted it. I was pleasantly surprised and this has changed my approach to many of my projects and design of the new blog. September shaped up to be a time of training new interns at Malibu Pres, launching fall programs (Malibu Kids Club, Sunday School, MOPS, etc), speaking to a few MOPS groups on Healthy Connection and ended with a lovely trip to Steamboat Springs, CO to refuel, reflect, and spend some time under trees with FALL COLORS in FALL WEATHER!! with great friends, old and new on the Soulation Gold Gathering. If you don't know about Soulation, then you need to. My friends Jonalyn and Dale Fincher a doing great work in helping us all restore our souls so that we can become more appropriately human as we were intended to be. If you're wrestling with a tough question, frustrated with the church, or searching for God...Soulation can help you find your way.
Last weekend I took my sweet 7th grade buddy Zuzu with me to speak to the Venice Boys and Girls Club. They were hosting a Dove Foundation workshop on real beauty and self esteem and I got to do one of the workshops. I had fun talking to the girls and getting real about what I believe we're called to...unique beauty. I admitted that I've never liked my legs, but that I'd like to start having gratitude for them and liking their shape for what they are...rather than what they may not measure up to. I had 120 girls stare at my legs the minute I shared this. I guess that's one way to start that ball rolling...haha. I stopped and said, "Okay, yes, let's all look at my legs. There they are. Now let's get back to talking about you and your thoughts on beauty." We laughed together and had fun growing in some grace towards who we are.
I seem to need about equal parts people time to alone time...so you can imagine I'm sure that amidst so much people time there have been lots of naps and early to bed nights. Sometimes I feel like a grandma for heading to bed at 9pm, but I know that if I am going to keep walking in this direction, creating and leaning into the path I'm on...it's going to require the best of me and I need rest.
Pretty soon I'll post photos of our new church building at Malibu Pres! That's going to fill a lot of the next months of my life...an exciting fall it is...thank goodness it's finally back in the So Cal 70 degree range! At least I can pretend it's fall when it's a little cooler than 95 out.
Have a beautiful day!