Good Questions, Resignations, and New Adventures

About a year ago, I was in Chicago for the Q Conference. I remember feeling a little nervous as I sat down at my assigned table, unsure of what exactly I’d gotten myself into, when a man about my age introduced himself and asked me what I thought were the standard conference questions. I quickly, and a little too proudly, spewed out what I thought he was looking for — my name, the company I worked for (I mean, it is the world’s largest Christian publisher, surely he would be impressed) and my job title. But instead of acting sufficiently impressed, pitching me a book idea, or casually moving on to the next guy, he paused and asked me if I felt like I was living out my passions. I think my jaw must have dropped on the table when he said, “Do you feel like you are doing what you were created to do?” When I shrugged reluctantly, he explained, “This conference might be tough for you…being surrounded by people who are.”

Ever since then I have struggled with those questions. Those questions are the fodder for countless conversations with close friends and mentors. Those questions haunt my comfortable American dreams. Those questions give me peaceful certainty that now is the time to resign my post at Thomas Nelson.

Earlier this week, I turned in my notice at Thomas Nelson. I will continue working with them until June 24, finishing up projects, transitioning duties and saying what I’m sure will be a lot of tearful goodbyes.

I can’t move on without saying, I love Thomas Nelson. I love the books we publish. I love all of the people I have worked with over the course of my tenure here. I love the business, social media, and life acumen I’ve learned from Michael Hyatt and many others. And I love that even though I will no longer be an official part of the team I can forever be a fervent champion and a loyal customer.

But it is time for me to embark on a new journey. Time to search high and low for my next step. Time for me to get to work, knowing that for at least a time I am right where He wants me, doing what I was created for.

So the obvious questions…

What’s next?

Honestly, I have no idea. I have a few leads, a few ideas of what my ideal career move looks like, but I am trying to keep my heart and my mind open to any and all possibilities.

What would your ideal career move look like?

I would love to find a role where I would be responsible for communications as it relates to community building. Several tech-start ups have created a Director of Community position. Ideally I would find something similar, but with a ministry, non-profit or social entrepreneurship, where I was fired up about their mission. But again, I’m open. If there is one thing I have learned from being single is that we can’t get too fixated on what we think we need or want 😉

What can you do to help?

Two things.

One. Pray. Pray that I will continue to feel peace throughout this transition. Pray that He will guide my path. And pray that I will walk bold, courageously, faithfully into the future.

Two. If you have any advice or know of any organizations that I should speak with, don’t hesitate to speak up.

I appreciate you following along with me as I set out on new adventures!

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • Anonymous

    Congratulations and good for you!  I’m looking forward to reading about your new adventures.  

  • Makeda

    Congrats Lindsey! I can only imagine how hard that was for you to do but kudos to you for being courageous enough to take such a MASSIVE leap of faith. You have inspired me today by your actions.  I will definitely be praying for you and trusting God to make the next steps clear for you. Sending you much love from the Carolinas!

  • Molly

    Lindsey, once again I admire the honest and real you. Trusting in the Lord as HE knows what the future holds and what that next chapter of your life is. SO exciting and so happy and SO am going to miss your face.

    Don’t be a stranger. You have a fan club here in Texas and friends that whenever you need a taco – will be here to join you. 

    • Looking forward to being in Dallas for this summer and lunches with my favorite WOFers.

  • Wow. I have a couple ideas. Going to email you.

  • Very proud of you, Lindsey!  Such a bold and faith-filled move.  Praying for God’s direction.

  • I’m beyond proud of you. So, so proud.

    • Ah, thanks. You have been such a great sounding board. So thankful for you!

  • Wahoo!  🙂  Spread your wings, sweet sister!  You’ve taken the leap, now comes the sometimes terrifying but always exhilarating act of flying faith!  I cannot wait to see where you soar.

  • Faith in action! Way to go Lindsey! Praying for what’s ahead of you. Enjoy this time and don’t rush it!

    • Thanks Justin. That is great advice. I am trying to give myself time to make the right decision. But I know that I will struggle with slowing down and not rushing it. Because I sure love a plan!

  • Wow! I can’t wait to see where God leads you. Thank you so much for taking “all of us” along for the ride 🙂

  • “But again, I’m open. If there is one thing I have learned from being single is that we can’t get too fixated on what we think we need or want ” Love this. Love you. Will be praying and have loved hearing your heart through this thing. Thanks for being so VULNERABLE. (-: 

    • Love you too! So glad we have connected this year. 🙂

  • You’ve offered a great example of a hook with your opening paragraph–surprising, open, honest. I wish you well in your next venture and am thankful to have connected with you through Mike’s blog on Intentional Leadership.

    Concerning the where-to-next, I can only offer you my prayers. I’m learning, thanks to the example of others, that’s no small investment.

  • This is so exciting, Lindsey. You’ll never regret a leap of faith. Prayed for you just now.

  • Hi Lindsey! been dealing with the same feelings. Looking forward to start working for a non-profit or ONG.  Cheer Up. At least, you just start walking, don’t stop. Will be praying for you. 

  • Hi Lindsey! been dealing with this too. Looking forward to start working for a non-profit Organization. Cheer Up. At least, you just start walking, don’t stop. Will be praying for you.

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  • Wow, not to worry, God will lead you. Excited for you as you step out in faith!!

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  • Wow! I missed this post…I’m super excited for you, Lindsey! My husband and I are doing much the same thing. He’s got one week of work left, then we hit the road to WA from CA. So far, God hasn’t shown us what we’ll be doing once we’re there, but we’re hesitant to take a safe job that isn’t what we are created to do. I look forward to seeing what comes of your transition!! 🙂

  • I was about to say good luck, but there’s no need.
    You’re obviously in God’s grip and I love celebrating others who are pursuing their passions! Praying!

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  • Kudos to you for taking the leap! I did myself about 11 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. Scary, yes at times but exhilarating in a fantastic sort of way. Praying for you and for you to be used by God in amazing ways.

  • Anonymous

    “The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:21) A year ago, I resigned my elementary teaching job because I needed to be full-time mom to my teenage daughter. Since my husband’s salary alone does not cover all our expenses, the choice felt like walking into financial darkness…but God was there; is here. Provision. Unexpected opportunities. And priceless time with my kids. The “people” who stayed at a distance did not get the same experience with God as Moses. He’ll be faithful.

  • Wish you God’s richest blessings. Over the past 40 years, I have moved on when it seemed not a smart thing to do at all. But God was leading, and new doors opened that I would have never seen. There will be times of “what if” as you look back over your shoulder. But the future is the only thing you can look at. 

    When I was a boy living on a farm, we used the tractor and mower behind. My father told me to pick out a tree at the end of the field and drive straight to it. As a 10 year old, about half way down the field, I turned around to see how well I was doing. After I finished that first pass, I discovered that the only “mistake” was when I turned around to look back.The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you 2 Cor. 13:14

  • Firepower11

    Amazing God we love, trust, & serve…beloved, read what I sent you in the fb message…it’s not a pitch, never was, it is His heart for you at this very moment in time…you’ll know from the beginning…I’m humbled & in tears, again, because He Is Perfect in All His Thoughts, Ways, & Timing!  All-In His Love & For His Glory, John

  • Amazing to see how one simple question…one in which you thought you knew the answer front & back has led to this journey. I especially appreciate your sharing so much of what went into your thought process, seeing as I’m facing a similar question of what the other side of chemo might look like and how or if my career ties into that place. Praying for you and I’ll be on the lookout for opportunities in Atlanta.

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  • Just now saw the news because of today’s post…and though this comes from afar, your decision and the reasons for it are so encouraging. Keep living and writing with this kind of brutal honesty.

    For me, this was the crux: “Those questions haunt my comfortable American dreams.”  This is raw…and great…and truth…and necessary.  You *will* be ok…in fact, you will be great. 

    • Yeah, think we all struggle with that one to some extent. 

  • Anonymous

    Sad to hear you are leaving TN, but I’m sure you will be just fine.  It’s exciting to just take that leap.  I pray that you will find exactly what you are looking for very soon.

  • Wow. It is amazing how a seemingly innocuous comment can change the the course of history, but that it is how it is when God speaks to us.

    “Do you feel like you are doing what you were created to do?”

    A similar thought has been going through my mind for a while now. I think I’m getting closer by stepping out and starting my website.

    I’ve only been following you for a few weeks now, but your writing style and insights have me hooked – keep us all up to date!

    – Neil

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  • Hiya Lindsey, Landed on this via Catalyst twitter.

    Here is an organisation that you might like to be a part of @watoto:twitter – http://www.watoto.com
    It’s an NGO that works with orphaned children, vulnerable women as well as former child soldiers.

    Will remember you in my prayers.

    xox

  • The most powerful first paragraph I’ve read in a very long time, maybe ever.

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