It seems like yesterday I had a dream. A dream to impact women and the way they saw themselves, their businesses and their families. What seems like yesterday to me in reality is only 18 months… 18 months of pure amazingness where one step of faith and a few friends has grown into a ministry impacting a few thousand. Only by the grace and favor of God I can stand here today with that testimony. Only He can take a girl, a dream, and a willing heart and do things like we are seeing today. I have been so blessed to get to watch countless women come into the ministry of P31 and be uplifted, encouraged and supported to chase their dreams. Women with other full time jobs, women with husbands, women with children, women balancing all sorts of crazy while trying to run their businesses. Every one of them I praise God for. Every one of them is an incredible gift in my life and I am so blessed to know them.
However there was always one group of women that I loved dearly but didn’t know how to help. As much as I cherish their friendships and support their endeavors I just don’t’ understand what they are going through. I am not in their boat.
That is why I am writing to you guys today…. A girl, and a dream, and a huge step of faith. Elizabeth Ann who I’ve grown to treasure deeply over these past 18 months came to me with an idea, a vision, a HUGE dream…. and I was speechless. This girl knows how to dream like few do. She has caught the heart of God and fearlessly walks where most are too scared to go.
She dares to be different. She dares to leave a legacy. She dares to take that step to change her path.
And I am so grateful to call her friend.
Today we are opening up a new chapter for P31 which Elizabeth Ann will be leading and I couldn’t be more excited…
but I think it’s only fair to let her tell you…
after all, it is her dream….
Love you Elizabeth Ann! So SOOO very proud of you! xoxo, Karen
Growing up, I knew there was something different in me. Not something better, just different. I was the girl that planned an entire women’s conference out to the T when I was 8 years old and had the names of every kid made up by 12. I was always the one trying to get in on the adult conversations because they were so much more intriguing than the kids conversations. I was a not-so-normal girl, living a very “normal” life. I would wake up, go to school, come home and do homework, play with the neighborhood kids, watch TV and then go to sleep. Normal to most, but not enough for me. From a young age I had huge dreams… Dreams to be a women’s speaker, to own a business, to be a mommy (okay a normal dream to have, but still:)). But somehow because of this crazy world we live in, I lost sight of those dreams. I lost sight of the unique and precious gifts and dreams that God put inside of me, and I began to fall back into the normal, mundane, not so “different” life. Three years ago though, God reminded me of that different me. He reminded me that He had created me for more than what I was living. Because you see from the outside, I could have had the “perfect life”… Good grades, awesome friends, an amazing church, etc… but on the inside I wasn’t satisfied. I knew there was more. I had a God defining moment and I knew I wasn’t going back to the ordinary.
From that moment on I sought out the plans that God had for me with everything in me. I began to let myself dream and actually go for those dreams without fear of failure. When I began to let go of these fears I started to see the things God had been preparing me for. He showed me that against all odds and limitations, if He was calling me to do something then I could do it. So, against all odds and all assumptions of this world, I went for it. I dove straight into the dreams and passions that were on my heart.
I think a lot of women feel this way. Especially young women. You feel like there are dreams and passions that exceed the expectations this world has put on you, and so hide. You know they’re there, but you don’t believe in yourself. Or maybe you’re afraid of failing. I was. I know what it’s like to have dreams and visions of big things and to feel like you can’t chase those dreams. I know what it’s like to feel stuck in the same routine. I know what it’s like to feel like because of your age you aren’t qualified. But I also know what it’s like to overcome that. I know what it’s like to walk in those dreams and calling no matter the cost.
Because of this, I am so excited to announce my newest venture, SHINE. SHINE was birthed out of the heart to empower young women (High school and college age) to step out of the “norm” and walk into their dreams and passions. Through this 4 day intensive of teachings, worship, devotions, styled shoots, and of course crazy dance parties, we will grow as women and walk away feeling not only empowered, but ready to walk into our dreams. Along with myself, the lovely Susannah VanDyke of Lukas VanDyke Photography will be joining me to help host and teach. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her alongside me! I am also so excited to announce that this intensive is completely sponsored by Pursuit 31, a PHENOMENAL ministry that Suzy and I are both actively involved in, started by my dear friend Karen Stott.
Some of our focuses for the week:
-The Power of Your Story
-What is my Place in this World?
- Dreaming Big Against All Odds
-Fighting the Limitations
-Tools to Jump-Start Your Business
-Clients that Trust You
-Working With People
-Social Media for the Glory of God
-Glorifying God through your Business
Sounds amazing, huh?!
So… the details. August 7-10th. $400. Birmingham, Alabama. The catch?! There are only 10 spots available! Yep, ten! So if you are a high school or college age lady, grab your spot fast!
If you have any questions please let me know! Can’t wait to dream big with you!
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