Last month I had the opportunity to speak on the importance of choosing Courage over Comfort, at the Empowered Women Empower event, presented by R. Riveter. During our breakout sessions we explored What it looks likes on an Individual basis to choose between comfort And courage in our personal, professional, and relational endeavors.
Starting out in my vocation I felt a leading to one day combine my passions for intellect and creativity, and thought what better way to do that than with a magazine. But the vision for the magazine wasn’t always so clear, nor the community in which the magazine would support. In actuality, there was a time in 2009 that I would have happily supported my husband in letting his contract run out with the military so that he could pursue almost any other career. For some reason, retreating to a place that I found more more comfortable and accommodating of my personal desires, sounded far more enticing than choosing daily to be a vessel for the Change that I hoped to see in the world.
But in 2011 my husband and I declared together, “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God my God”. So in 2012, when we felt a leading for my husband to reenlist, I felt inspired to pursue ways in which the experiences of service member families, couples, and spouses could be enriched. I had choice to make - did I choose what felt familiar and comfortable or did I pursue what the Lord was calling me too? While I wish I could say I instantly chose courage, it probably took a longer than it should, but when I did there was once again a peace that surpassed all my understanding.
My journey began by pursuing graduate school in personal, professional, and relational counseling, with an emphasis on how these areas relate to military culture. It was in 2015, while working creatively alongside spouse owned organizations, that the idea of turning these collective experiences into a publication was first born. It's through the encouragement of these individuals and the grace of God, that the dream of Legacy Magazine is today becoming a reality. While stepping out in faith might feel uncomfortable, the more often we choose courage the more second-natured it can become.