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Lis Williams

I’m Not Superwoman

  • February 3, 2016
  • Lis Williams

I’m gonna come clean with you. I’m not perfect. There, I said it! Oh, and while I’m at... Continue Reading

I’m gonna come clean with you.

I’m not perfect.

There, I said it!

Oh, and while I’m at it…I’m not Superwoman either. I can’t do it all!

I’ve tried and failed. I’ve made mistakes and fallen flat on my face, sinned and been wounded. And I’ll keep doing it.

Yet, here I am. Alive and breathing. Upright and striving. Taking epic chances. Pursuing bold dreams.

I’m strong. And courageous. And passionate.

You are, too! I already know this about you.

Because if you were drawn to the AWE Community you are looking for something better. A better way to live and a better way to give.

A better way to live.
A better way to give.

Not just for you. But for your family and friends, for your community and the world.

Here’s the thing, though. I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but I have to be honest.  In fact, I promise to be honest with you always because I care about you.

If you want to get to peace, joy and abundance. If you want to get to dreams come true. If you want to live life more fully. You’re going to have to do your work.

I’m not talking about your job here. I’m talking about your inner work. The work of the soul.

Do your work.
The work of the soul.

It’s the kind of work where you lay down your shield, take off your armor and stand naked in front of the mirror just staring at your reflection.

When you start to do the work, you start asking the serious questions of life.

Who am I? Who the hell am I?

If I’m not just a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, employee, volunteer, triathlete, rock star or astronaut…then who am I really??

And what is stopping me from being all that I can possibly be?

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What wound, or sin, or failure, or excuse, or regret, or fear am I hanging on to? And why on earth won’t I let it go?

If you’re still holding on—it’s time dear sister. It’s time to work through it and let it go.

It’s time to work through it.
It’s time to let it go.

Because if we want to be at our best. If we want to pursue our calling. If we want to be light in the dark and heal the world—we have to heal us first.

I know it’s scary. I’ve been there.

I know it’s a lot easier to just keep going about life the way we have. Stay busy because then you don’t have to feel.

But I can tell you that there’s no better feeling than the freedom of releasing the past, embracing your truth and becoming all that God created you to be.

I’ll be waiting for you right here when you’re ready to move on. You have to do this in your own time.

But please don’t put it off too much longer. Life is waiting for you. And the world needs your unique gifts and talents, your love and compassion, your strength and your beauty.

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Sending My Love and Encouragement,

Lis

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Road Trip

  • January 26, 2016
  • Lis Williams

A note: I wrote this piece sometime in my forties when I was trying to make sense of... Continue Reading

A note:

I wrote this piece sometime in my forties when I was trying to make sense of the chaos surrounding me. I didn’t plan to write it, but once I began it just poured onto the page. When I finished, the last paragraph was not yet written and I didn’t really like the ending. It felt incomplete and, frankly, a little depressing. I decided I needed to write a new ending for the story and for my life. So I added the last paragraph and I can assure you that so far being fifty is fabulous! So if you don’t like the way your story is turning out – then write a new ending!

I decided I needed to write a new ending for the story and for my life.

As a kid, I rode in the backseat of the car. My parents were in the front, and my siblings were beside me. We never wore seatbelts, and yet I felt safe. It didn’t matter too much where we were going, as long as we were together. 

Life was fresh and new.

At 18, my dad died. I was in college at the time, so I moved to the driver’s seat in my 20’s. I was on the fast track. God rode in the backseat. Typically, the music was playing loudly, so I couldn’t always hear Him. 

Life was great.

In my 30’s, I had children. So the backseat was filled with car seats and diaper bags. I asked God to move up to the passenger’s seat. I needed his guidance more and protection for myself and my family. I had never worked harder yet felt more fulfilled than I had as a wife and mother. 

Life was good.

Somewhere around 40, we pulled over at a rest stop. When I returned to the car, God was sitting in the driver’s seat. He asked me to ride in the passenger’s seat. He had some things He wanted to show me; some places He wanted to take me. I was skeptical and struggled to release my grip on the steering wheel.

I’ve had to become comfortable with not knowing the route; seeing things I hadn’t planned on seeing; going places that were not on my map. Not only does He ask me to let go, he urges me to have faith and enjoy the ride. 

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Life is getting harder.

I notice that friends of mine are also riding in the passenger’s seat. Some are taking great trips, staying at fancy resorts and dining at lavish restaurants. Many others, however, are on a far more difficult road than me. Their journeys are stopping at places like divorce court, the unemployment line, doctors’ offices, hospitals and, for a few, the cemetery.

I’ve come to discover that in many locations there is not a car ride at all. The journey only takes them as far as they can walk, on sidewalks and dirt roads. And yet they walk on, often times without shoes and carrying a heavy load on their back.

And so we journey. 

God always offers to provide directions. 

As we travel on, I notice that we make frequent stops to help a fellow traveler in need. We change tires, fill empty gas tanks, give life to dead batteries. We even pick up a hitchhiker or two, allowing them to ride along with us until we arrive at their destination and bid them farewell. God always offers to provide directions. Some gladly accept them, while others prefer to continue down their chosen path, certain that they can make it on their own. The need is always great, and despite our fatigue we drive on.

As the miles rush by, I find myself staring out the window reflecting on the journey on which God is taking me. It’s not at all what I had envisioned. The roads are bumpier, the hills steeper, and the route more winding.  My outdated map had promised smooth highways.

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At times, I’ve considered getting out of the car and letting God drive on without me. Surely a train or plane could get me to my destination faster and without all the hassles.

But something keeps me riding in the passenger’s seat of the car. It’s my desire to know if I can say, “Yes,” as Mary did. It’s wondering if, “Not my will but yours,” are words I can speak as did Jesus. It’s wanting to believe in the promise. It’s aching for the peace and joy that can only come from following Christ.

I have a vision of me in my 50’s. I’m still riding shotgun. But this time we’re in a convertible with the top down, and the wind is blowing my hair. My arms are raised high over my head in victory, and we’re laughing. My map and directions are crumpled at my feet. And this doesn’t bother me at all.  Life is everlasting!

With Love, Lis

PS: I want to hear your story, too. Find AWE Parnters on Facebook or let’s connect on LinkedIn!

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Happy New Year from AWE Partners!

  • January 8, 2016
  • Lis Williams

Happy New Year! Stop! Go back and read that first line slowly. Happy. New. Year. That’s right. It’s... Continue Reading

Happy New Year!

Stop!

Go back and read that first line slowly.

Happy. New. Year.

That’s right. It’s a “new” “year” and it’s gonna be “happy,” right?

If only it was that easy. If only we could just say the words and make it come true. Make our year happy and new. Or even better—make our life happy and new. Not just this year but every year. What if?

In my younger years, I typically felt pretty happy most days. But as time went on, life became more challenging. It finally got to the point where I didn’t feel much new or happy. I felt tired, weighed down and pessimistic.

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If my genes were anything like my ancestors, I was going to be around for a very long time, so I sure didn’t want to spend another fifty or sixty years feeling this way. Instead, I committed to doing whatever it took to rediscover happy and new. Only I called it peace, joy and abundance. Because that’s what I really wanted. That’s how I wanted to live.

What about you? Is life turning out the way you had planned? Is it everything you thought it would be? Have your dreams come true?

If yes, then you are likely on your way to yet another happy new year! Rock on, sister!

If not, then what are you gonna do about it? Because you can do something about it. And if that’s what you want to do—this is a great place to start.

The AWE Community is a long time in the making and a dream come true for me. It’s a place where women can come together to be authentic. We can reveal our imperfections, wounds and battle scars. We can tell our stories.

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But more importantly, we can begin to rediscover who we really are and what we really have to share with the world. We can find meaning. We can reconnect with our soul, our passions, our power.

That’s what Spiritual Philanthropy is all about. It’s about connecting with Spirit, however you experience it, so that you can fulfill your life’s purpose. It’s about listening for what your life is calling you to. It’s about clarifying your mission and going for it.

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If you’re looking for a quick fix or just want to know which charity to donate to—this is not the place for you.

If, however, you’re ready to make peace with the past, awaken the new and embrace life more fully…then welcome to AWE & Wonder!

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With Love, Lis

PS: Join me on Facebook or let’s connect on LinkedIn!

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