As far back as I can remember, I have been drawn to people different from myself. My friend group spans through so many different backgrounds and belief systems; and I like it that way. In the past I’ve been questioned on why I don’t make more friends who are more like me. I’ve spent a lot of time wondering why I was even asked that question because it never felt (to me) that I was avoiding any one type of person. I just truly enjoy time spent with people who can help me gain a perspective different from my own. I find so much value in listening to the beliefs and experiences of other people. And I truly believe that when it comes down to it, we all have way more in common than we do different.
A few years ago, I came across a wonderful organization known as Multiply Goodness. I love everything they stand for - bringing together women of different faiths to build bridges and friendships. Their mission really resonated with me and I have loved following along with that community they are building. And I just kept wishing that I could be in Utah so I could participate.
I have also loved attending different conferences that bring people with similar passions together. I think that’s why I was drawn to different MLM companies for so long. They have this way of creating a strong bond among their advocates/coaches/consultants - whatever you want to call them - they build relationships on common ground. I had the opportunity a few years ago to share some personal health experiences with several hundred other coaches at a Beachbody event. The energy and support I felt from the people in that room was invigorating. Then last year, I had another opportunity to share some more spiritual life experiences with close to 2,000 women at Time Out for Women. Again, I felt energized and walked away with new friends and feeling supported by women with similar values and life experiences.
It was after that experience at Time Out for Women that I felt something shift inside me. I am not a planner by nature, but I had this nagging feeling that I needed to create a space for something. I have toyed around with many ideas over the past year, but nothing ever felt just right. Until a few weeks ago. Why couldn’t I combine the reasons I love all three of the communities I just mentioned? I see other people doing similar things…all the way across the country. Don’t we deserve to have something like that where I live? Sure, I could buy a plane ticket and call time spent away ‘self care’. And don’t get me wrong, I’m okay with that idea! In fact, I’m sure at some point I will do just that for myself. But, the Lord put something on my heart and He has made it pretty impossible to ignore the promptings.
And thus, the idea for The Gathering was born. This is not my event. Every single day for the past few weeks, I have had distinct impressions to reach out to certain people. As I have done so, the response has taken my breath away. The details are being worked out, but this is happening!
If you are local, I hope you’ll join me! And please share…I have some amazing women lined up to spread light and wisdom with you all. I cannot wait to gather together to share goodness with each other.
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