Building Something Beautiful

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For Such a Time as This

What do I do? This is a question I often get asked. Are you primarily a speaker? A writer? An activist?

No, I’m not any of these, though I am involved in all of them.

My primary role is to build. I’m building Help One Now. Sometimes, building requires that I speak and write. But, my passion–what keeps me up at night–is processing how to build something beautiful, something meaningful.

I don’t build alone. I have a board, a team, and our amazing tribe. We build together and together, we are building something that matters.

When you build, you go through peaks and valleys. It is much like a sports season. You have to endure, you lose your way at times, you suffer injury. The game plan does not work, so you pivot.

But, if you keep going, you get better.

The first half of 2014 was a valley–a deep valley of uncertainty, frustration and lots of losses. But our team kept working–discouraged, but still filled with hope.

Money was tight, changes had to be made, hard conversation were had and a few “OMG, did that really just happen” moments happened.

As I type these words, I’m holed up in cabin deep in the heart of the smoky mountains. I can hear the water streams outside my window, mountain peaks are everywhere, and the thick clouds roll through on this unusually fall like summer day.

I had to spend the majority of this day working and not relaxing. That may sound sad to you, but to me, it’s exciting because the work is so good and the opportunities are beyond what I could have imagined, even just a few months ago.

This week, I head off to Plywood People, and then the following week, I head off to Catalyst to share my story. A few weeks after that, I head to Ethiopia; you won’t believe who I’m taking with me! After that, I will be in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

When I get back, I will prepare for Allume and Together for Adoption, and after that, we have this big party in NW Arkansas and we finally end the year with a vision trip for investors and pastors to Haiti.

This is what it means to be a builder. Key seasons create growth and impact; then you take a step back and make sure you have your processes in place and that systems are working well.

We will have wins and losses–good times and bad times. We will stretch ourselves to the limits and maybe even wonder how we did it all. But, then we will see the impact. The lives changed, the kids rescued, moms and dads empowered, and a tribe of people who are seeking to do good and do it well.

I’m thoroughly excited about the next few months. We are building the next phase of this beautiful story!

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About The Author

I’m the Founder/CEO of Help One Now. I live in downtown Raleigh with my family. I’m a justice advocate, who loves empowering leaders (and tribes) to launch movements for doing good.

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