Nashville: A New Season

“Seasons is a wise metaphor for the movement of life, I think. It suggests that life is neither a battlefield nor a game of chance but something infinitely richer, more promising, more real. The notion that our lives are like the eternal cycle of the seasons does not deny the struggle or the joy, the loss or the gain, the darkness or the light, but encourages us to embrace it all -and to find in all of it opportunities for growth.”
Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Sorry that it’s been awhile since I’ve given you an update on my life. I have spent the last several months grieving {walking away from an organization that you helped build and lead was more difficult than I could have imagined}, reflecting, processing and doing a lot of much needed self-care.

I have searched deep within myself for clues to who I am and what I need from the next chapter of my life. I have returned to square one and reconnected with dear friends, but most importantly I’ve reconnected with myself.

“I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”
Matthew 18:2-5, The Message

And I have intentionally been slow to make decisions about what I might do and where I might live. I didn’t want to be hasty or to make good decisions for the wrong reasons. But a month or two ago I finally felt a little clarity on what is next for me. I am moving back to Nashville next week.

Yes, for those of you have been around for awhile, this will be my third time moving there in ten years. Some might say I’m crazy or flighty but the truth is I feel like I’ve mostly tried to be obedient and willing.

“Some journeys are direct, and some are circuitous; some are heroic, and some are fearful and muddled. But every journey, honestly undertaken, stands a chance of taking us toward the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

As always, moving cross country brings on ALL THE FEELINGS. I’m sad to be leaving a town I love and people I love. I am both ecstatic and anxious to return to a city that has all four seasons, is always growing and changing, and that feels like home to me. I know I am returning to a different Nashville than the one I left three years ago. The good news is that I am returning a little different, a little more seasoned, a little more sure of who I am and what I value.

“Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already posses.” Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

So that covers the where, now for the what. Here’s what I will be doing once I settle back in Nashville. Through the end of the year, at least, I will be doing some coaching and consulting with people and organizations that I am passionate about helping grow. I’m am thrilled about being able to pour into a myriad of things and having a little freedom and flexibility while I do it.

One of the projects I’m most excited about is partnering with my long-time friend and leadership expert Jenni Catron on a Coaching Group for non-profit leaders.

Click here for more information.  And please help us get word out to non-profit leaders who might benefit from some personalized leadership development and a community of like-minded peers.

As always thank you for your constant prayers and encouragement. It has been a tremendous comfort in this season of change. I am grateful to have such a loyal community surrounding me and cheering me on. Hope to see you somewhere along the way!

Lindsey

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  • Excited for you and this new chapter.