Hello friend. My guess is that you're here, because you want more out of life. Something isn't working for you. Am I right? If that's the case, you're definitely not alone.
Maybe, people see you as super successful, but you're dying inside for meaning and purpose in life. Or, maybe your kid is starting to leave the nest, and you're left wondering who you really are. Or, maybe you've experienced a divorce, job loss, death in the family, or a medical crisis, and you feel lost.
I get it. I've been there, too.
Twelve years ago, I had everything I thought I ever wanted. I was the founding pastor of a growing church with three locations and a dozen staff. I was married to a beautiful, hard-working woman, and we had two amazing kiddos.
The problem was...I was miserable. I was a workaholic seeking to fill the void of my not-enough-ness by growing the church larger and larger. After some unhealthy decisions and filing for divorce, I finally hit rock bottom and was forced to ask soul-searching questions like, "Who am I? What do I want? What truths will keep me focused?"
If you feel like something isn't working in your life, I get it. It happens to most of us at some point, and it's not fun. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be forever. There's a solution that will allow you to embrace your true identity, clarify your life's vision, and empower you to rise up and start taking powerful steps to create the life you truly want.
A dozen years ago, I re-launched my life. Propelling myself from a new foundation...my true identity...I got clear about what I really wanted in my marriage, spirituality, and life passions. The result...a life that I enjoy now more than ever and the opportunity to help others do the same.
I created Inspiration Rising as a community dedicated to helping women (and the men who support them) rise up in life, love, and leadership, and I'm so happy that you're here. My clients have included high-performance executives, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, and women from all walks of life. Without a doubt, you are not alone.
There are so many ways to get connected and grow around here. Subscribe to the podcast, join our Facebook group, sign up for a class, and enjoy the ride!
If you feel like you're ready for things to finally change in your life, I invite you to schedule a free, 20 minute Clarity Call with me to see if the Launch Your Life coaching program is a good fit for you. I'm here for you!
Keep rising up!
Married for over 26 years, David and Laura live in southern California with their two almost-grown children (Waverly and Emerson).
• Only child. People ask if I missed having siblings? How am I supposed to know?
• Started dunking the basketball when I was a freshman in high school. I can’t dunk anymore.
• Built launch ramps and quarter pipes long before a skate park was a reality in Kentucky. I never stole wood, but I broke lots of boards.
• Moved from Kentucky to California when I was 16. My accent and clothes didn’t help me make friends very quickly.
• Photo editor for my high school yearbook and newspaper. I won first place at the Fresno State University high school photo competition two years in a row. (Yes, I may have told that little girl to kiss the cow’s nose.)
• Worked as a sports photographer at the Lodi News-Sentinel during high school. Yes, real film and developing prints in the darkroom.
• Met my wife at Vanguard University when I was a sophomore. After dating three weeks, I professed my love and told her that we would get married. (She flipped out.)
• We got married in between my junior and senior year of college. See…I was right.
• Crossed the graduation stage twice in order to pick up my BA and MA after four years. I was so burned out that I never finished my thesis…and didn’t get that MA.
• Completed a different MA in Cross Cultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. I went to night classes (over an hour from home) while I was working for three years at a paper distribution company that was the epitome of Dunder Mifflin before The Office even existed.
• Helped start one of the fastest growing churches in Orange County. It grew to over 1,000 people in a year, and I was way over my head at the age of 25.
• Co-founded a website that was a central resource for new-fangled churches in the ’90’s. In 1998, I left ministry in order to raise $1 million to fund a massive launch, and the economy tanked. No money, but the website exploded with growth.
• Founded a church with a dozen people, and it grew to 750 people, three locations, and dozen staff within 5 years. I was a workaholic.
• Spoke to crowds of over 20,000 people in India. I should mention that the translator helped tremendously.
• Started a 10,000 square foot furniture store in a challenged neighborhood. We sold used hotel furniture at a massive discount. People loved it, but acquisition was too expensive.
• Crashed, burned, and destroyed the relationships with my family and had a mental breakdown. I know what it’s like to hit rock bottom, and I’m incredibly thankful for grace, therapy, and second chances.
• Started a marketing business that I still run today. I help companies and non-profits clarify their existence and communicate it clearly.
• Co-founded a plush toy manufacturing company that benefits non-profits. It still exists today…they are so cute.
• Directed and produced three feature-length documentaries on social justice issues. All gained distribution, and the first was on Netflix for two years. Here’s the info on my IMDB.
• Directed and produced a scripted feature film that came out in 2018. The reviews are pretty good.
• Wrote nine books. Eight self-published, and one with a publisher. Does it really matter these days? Maybe, maybe not.
• Produced three photography books. They are self-published and available on Amazon.
• Travelled to India nine times for humanitarian projects. Picture orphans getting food and education while remote villages get water wells instead of walking through snake-infested fields to a nasty water hole where a cow is bathing.
• Lost 65 pounds on a low-carb diet. Tim Ferriss inspired me…to do everything. (Okay, that’s not quite true.)
• Fell down, screwed up, and learned lots of lessons. Feel free to learn from my mistakes.
• Love spending time with my family more than anything. I love launching projects and accomplishing goals, but nothing comes close to how awesome my family is.
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