Hey Everyone, this is Hugh! ✨ Quick update: Nat’s brain surgery went well and she is in recovery now. (We snapped this picture right before her surgery yesterday!) Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers! We are sorting through a potential complication that’s causing her some discomfort, however we are hopeful it’s just temporary and that she will be discharged by the end of the week. Please keep the prayers coming and will will update you with details as we know more.
Ready to kick some brain tumor-booty tomorrow! Pre-op MRI complete 💪🏼 Let’s do this!
Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. — Bob Goff . This is the second time in a month I’ve shared this quote. It hits home. Whether you are building a business, facing a diagnosis, or stepping into a new season of your life... the uncertainty you face today could one day be the most beautiful chapters of your life looking back. Have faith, give yourself grace, and step forward courageously.
It’s surreal—today is my LAST day of work before brain surgery. . The neurosurgeon teased me that most people are excited to take time off... and there i was trying to convince him that it was too many weeks to be out of the office. He said that i was lucky. Most people don’t love their job ‘that’ much to argue for LESS time off. . Side note: You deserve to wake up every morning and pour your heart into something that you believe in. When your purpose becomes your passion and your profession—it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like a giant piece of your soul extending out into the universe. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t difficult and at times overwhelming... but, it should bring you joy. It should be fulfilling. . Welp! i finally gave in and accepted the fact that i might not step foot in the @risingtidesociety + @honeybook office until the New Year. Recovery time isn’t something you mess with. It’s mandatory for a reason and i wholeheartedly accept that. . If you are like me and you love what you do, please listen up. Your health must come first. Your business won’t crumble when you take time to rest, rejuvenate, and recover. That’s a lie we tell ourselves—born from the fear of falling behind, from the worry that we won’t be able to catch back up. . What you have built, the person that you are, will all be waiting for you on the other side... i promise. #communityovercompetition | Photo by @comeplum
It’s a funny thing to attend a conference four years in a row and think about the amount of transformation that has taken place. Friends who once carried notebooks under their arms now hold babies on their hips. We’ve experienced love and loss—times of immeasurable joy and moments of uncertainty. . However, looking back at the past four years I’m struck by just how much these relationships have shaped us for the better. . No matter what season sits ahead—i face it courageously because I know that I won’t have to walk it alone. Community isn’t bound by a hashtag... it’s woven into the tapestry of our lives when we have the courage to open our hearts to others. . Don’t be afraid to extend your hand, to reach out and foster relationships with others in this industry. Looking back, it has made all the difference. #communityovercompetition
One week from today, I’ll be going in for surgery... but NOPE... not today! . Today, I’m surrounded by sweet friends, margaritas, laughter, and the Arizona sunshine. ☀️ I just finished prepping poolside with @jennakutcher for our keynotes tomorrow at #showitunited2017 and I feel honored to be sharing this season of my life with a room full of people I care so much about. . Don’t waste a single second of your one, short, precious life. Squeeze the ones you love tight and tell them how much they mean to you.
I have never been more ready to kick this tumor’s butt 💪🏼 than I am right now. . Here’s the truth: I cried last night reading through your messages. It felt like this massive weight was lifted off my shoulders—finally being able to open up about this thing that I have been worrying about and struggling with in private for so long. . Yesterday, you reminded me that we should NEVER have to walk through our struggles alone. You showed up for me in a moment when I was feeling my weakest... and you made me feel strong. . I’ll never have the right words to thank you for your support... ♥️ I can only hope that somehow I can return the favor. #communityovercompetition
Five years ago, we discovered something that changed my life—a benign brain tumor. I was scared and shocked, unsure of what this would mean for my future, my marriage, and my career. . This is something I chose to keep private over these last few years as we continued to monitor the tumor for any changes. A recent MRI showed continued growth of the tumor that made it clear it is now time to operate. I know that this news may come as a shock. I care deeply about those who have followed my work and supported my career over these last eight years, and I want you to know what’s ahead for me and my family. . In a few days, on November 13th, I’ll be heading in for neurosurgery in San Francisco to remove my brain tumor and begin the recovery process. I will be taking time off from work through the end of this year to recuperate and will be leaning on the support of my friends and family during that time. . Here are a few important things—Yes, I have fears and anxiety around this upcoming procedure. I know that I have an incredible care team that will be there every step of the way. I’m grateful my friends, family, and community have already shown me more love and support than I ever could have asked for. So in the midst of fear, I am choosing hope. . I’m choosing hope because I believe the truest example of #communityovercompetition is what I’m experiencing right now. During a time of hardship and vulnerability, I am being given the gifts of grace, support, and encouragement. . Thank you for your kindness and love as Huey and I process this next step in managing my diagnosis, and for your continued support in the weeks and months to come. We could not do this without you. I’ll be sharing on Facebook Live at 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific a bit more about what’s upcoming and what to expect during the time I am recuperating. [Link in Bio] Photo by: @comeplum
We are all walking through different struggles in our lives. Many times, our hardships get hidden behind the curated images and highlight reels that we share on social media. - Our fears, our struggles, get tucked away into the corners of our hearts as we put on a brave face as we step out into the world each morning. It can be easy to forget that we are not alone. - Let us always remember that we are all just doing the very best that we can. We are a team... a giant family... a true community working to rise together and leave the world a better place. #communityovercompetition
Wishing you the happiest Halloween! What did you (or your kiddos) dress up as this year? 🎃 I’m dying over all of your cute Instagram posts! I was a cat... and then our community team transformed into a group costume! You can see the insanity on today’s Instagram Stories! #risingtidesociety