A new beginning

At the beginning of each year, I create a vision board of where I think the Lord will take me. This may sound weird but I really try to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Each year, I have mapped out the year and each year, the vision board has proven to be truth-telling of the year to come.

In 2016, the theme was community.

In 2017, it was adventure and fun.

This year, 2018, the theme of my vision board was embrace the unexpected.

By January, I had joined Hustle Phoenix, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs in the Phoenix-area start and build their businesses. I had intended to start a business as a fashion stylist for people with disabilities but the night before I was supposed to start class, I was convicted about it. I decided to start a business helping churches spread the gospel in the mental health community.

I didn’t want a nonprofit. I had been in that sector since 2004 and I was ready for a change.

At the time, I had a great job working with some of my favorite people. Everything was going swell.

And then, by May, things started to unravel.

I found myself on the receiving end of a conflict-of-interest issue with the nonprofit I was working at.

Within a matter of months, I found myself jobless, evicted, couch surfing and finally, at a job teaching, all while trying to grow and learn at Hustle Phoenix.

I had lost so much by pursuing my business and I honestly began to question whether or not it had been worth it.

Two weeks before my luck started to turn around, I had a crisis of faith with God. I told Him I could never trust Him again.

What had been the point? My business was not heading anywhere.

As my luck began to change, I caught myself mulling over what to do about my business. In the last week of Hustle Phoenix 202, I surrendered to God my business and agreed to file for nonprofit status.

Everything started to make sense. God had blessed me with a career in nonprofit only to take it away because He knew better. I couldn’t start a nonprofit and work at a competing one at the same time.

Tonight is our Pitch Night Celebration. I’ve spent all week reflecting on His goodness and my rebellion. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m totally unprepared.

When I get the video, I will post it but for now, say a prayer it goes well.

I appreciate you all.

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