One week ago, I was heading in for brain surgery. . I didn't know what to expect on the other side of the anesthesia, but I knew that I couldn’t get through it on my own... I was going to need a lot of help. . The first seven days were a blur and my sweet momma and husband took care of me every second of the day... sleeping next to my hospital bed, waking up every few hours to check on me, and helping me in the most fundamental ways we often take for granted. . HoneyBookers + Rising Tiders organized a meal train so that we wouldn’t need to worry about where our next meal would be coming from (and every night I still get emotional when I hear who provided dinner). My mom read your encouraging comments and prayers to me... and when we struggled with complications from surgery, she would remind me that hundreds of people were praying around the world. She reminded me to have faith that everything would get better. . Beginning today, my friends are kicking off an entire month of Instagram Story takeovers and guest blog posts... they are a living example of #communityovercompetition and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to adequately thank them for keeping these channels vibrant + alive while I recover. . Be sure to show them your love + support! This community deserves the best and I’m excited to surprise you with amazing content in the coming weeks! Get excited to meet some amazing new people and see some familiar faces you already love! #risingtidesociety | Photo by: @praaaise of @comeplum
When I found out that I had a brain tumor, I prayed that I would never need surgery... and then I did. . When I learned that this surgery could have complications, I prayed that I wouldn’t have any... and then I did. . The truth is that it would be easy to look at the negatives, the bumps in the road, and feel like faith doesn’t have a place here... but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. . God has been so good to me throughout this entire journey. Even when the outcome wasn’t precisely what we prayed for, God showed up in hundreds of other ways. In home-cooked meals from friends, in encouraging cards that made me smile, in the steady hands of my surgeons, in comforting my family when hours passed without an update—He was there. God was good. I’m grateful for this experience because it has already changed me for the better. . When we walk through uncertain times we cannot control what is happening to us... but we can control how we react to it. We can choose love, hope, gratitude, and grace. We can choose to have faith. We can look for silver linings. We can embrace hardship with positivity and prayer. . My head may be aching, my road to recovery may be paved with uncertainty... but my heart is so full. This life has never felt more promising than it does in this moment. God is good, friends. He truly is. Thank you for always helping me to see that.
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