Notes on Courage
Inner work for outer action.
I first started blogging back in August of 2012. I had just found out that the "dream" job I thought I was a shoo-in for didn't even want to interview me. I could have taken that as a sign that I wasn't cut out for leading an arts-based youth organization, but instead I took the lessons.
Through the process of preparing for the interview I didn't even get, I learned that I had a clear vision that energized me and lit a fire in my belly. When the call didn't come, I was a little sad but knew in my gut that I wasn't destined to follow down another person's path. I decided to start blogging to get my ideas out of my head and into the world so the Universe could play around with them.
I was amazed how quickly doors started to open! By October 2012 I had a business plan because someone wanted to read it, in November I took a trip to California to learn more from an existing organization, and in January of 2013, courageous heARTS became a fiscally-sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts. (And as of a couple weeks ago, we're officially an independent nonprofit!)
In less than six months, the dream that I had tucked away deep in my heart had emerged into a thriving possibility.
That possibility took over my blogging time and all of my creative energy poured into the real-life mission and vision of heARTS.
I finally started blogging here this past August after realizing how important this outlet has been for my continued growth and healing. I missed having an avenue to share my voice with the world and needed a place to look inward and reflect, with the hopes that my lessons are valuable to someone else.
I don't know what it is about blogging, but since August more doors have been opening. I guest blogged for the Young Education Professionals network for the second time a couple weeks ago and was recently asked to speak at an upcoming EDTalks event put on by AchieveMpls. A look at my Instagram account shows some of the other awesome moments over the past few months. Big and small, these moments have filled me with gratitude for this life that I'm living.
This blog isn't a means to an end. It is a place for me to create connections and find meaning in all the moments of life. It will be the place where personal Lindsay meets professional Lindsay- and where I can come to untangle the two when life gets messy.
Writing- well, creating of any kind really- is where I face possibility, not fear. My energy makes big shifts as I open up to the highest good and leave the day to day worries on the sideline.
I suppose that's why blogging has become my gateway to the good stuff!
About the blog:
This space holds thoughts and ideas generated from my personal journey of healing and recovery from trauma, co-dependency, and white supremacy culture. Opinions are entirely my own.