I had the opportunity to have Holley Gerth on my show on April 19th. She is the author of book You’re Already Amazing.
Here’s a little more about the book …
Women feel enormous pressure to be perfect. To have the perfect body, to be a perfect woman, to have the perfect career, and to have the perfect attitude. All the time. Under all that pressure and all those expectations are women carrying burdens they were never meant to carry and suppressing the dreams they were always meant to live.
In You’re Already Amazing, popular blogger and cofounder of (in)courage helps women understand and embrace the fact that they don’t need to do more, be more, and have more–because they’re already amazing just the way God created them to be. As a licensed counselor and certified life coach, Holley knows what readers need to hear. Like a heart-to-heart talk over coffee, reading this joy-filled book encourages women to forget the lies and expectations the world feeds them, instead believing that God made them for a purpose and that he loves them right now, at this moment, and always. Holley takes readers on a journey of the heart to discover their strengths and embrace all God created them to be.
I also had the chance to ask Holley to answer a few questions:
Q. What was the most important event in your life and how did it affect you?
I’ve recently come to look at what’s important in life in a different way. Rather than the big ones, I’m realizing those small moments are what matter most. Those usually happen over a cup of coffee with someone I love—like girlfriends or my hubby. Stephanie Bryant and I recently hosted what we called “Camp Creativpreneur” as a weekend for a small group of women to come and be creatively refreshed and connect with God and each other. We did crafts, ate yummy food and had the kind of conversations we often miss in every day life that women need so much.
Q. What was the saddest moment?
The saddest moment in my life recently was saying good-bye to the women who came to camp. It made me realize all over again how easy it is to become too busy for relationships and creativity—what nourishes our souls. It made me want to be even more intentional about understanding who God has made me as well as those around me then taking time to really connect.
Q. What was the happiest moment?
The happiest moment I’ve had lately was walking through an art museum in our area with the women who came for camp. We were surrounded by inspiration and seeing all of the creativity through that has come through centuries of people was inspiring. It made me realize again how big God is and how different he has made each one of us.
Q. Or what was the most difficult decision you have ever had to make? Why? How did you make it and what happened?
One of the most difficult questions I’ve ever had to make was stepping out of a full-time position at DaySpring (the Christian subsidiary of Hallmark) in order to say “yes” to some other things, like writing, that God was calling me to do. Looking back, God orchestrated every bit of that situation beautifully and I still have a strong partnership with them but it was definitely a major transition. I felt like Peter stepping out of the boat to walk on water. But I would totally do it again to be with Jesus and where he wants to take me during this season.
Q. How did you experience God during this event?
I experienced that God is bigger than our fears and that if we will just dare to take his hand and pursue his heart that he has more for us than we can even imagine. I learned that success isn’t about results—it’s about obedience. God is passionate about us becoming all he’s created us to be and doing what he’s placed us here on earth to accomplish. He will go to great lengths on our behalf to make that happen if we’ll only let him.
Q. What hope or encouragement do you have for others who may be facing the same situation?
I think we all find ourselves in times of transition or change. So I would say to other women first to draw near to Jesus. Then ask him who you really are and what he truly wants you to do. Then pursue that—no matter how scary or impossible it may seem. What you’re really pursuing is more of Jesus in your life and that is always, always worth it.
You can listen to the full interview with Holley on the Living Inspired podcast here! And be sure to check out Holley’s blog!