6/17/14

The Post About Restless Rabbits: Week Three


Let's chat about what we've read this week. OR if you haven't read - there are still some great questions to discuss from chapter eight through thirteen of Restless by Jennie Allen. 


But first...our small group snack. My friend Elizabeth Hyndman posts her Friday Five each week and it's always full of goodness. This fella was stuck in the Las Vegas airport alone and made the most of his overnight stay with his iPhone rigged to a suitcase.


All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

Now to our reading.

In these chapters, Jennie presents up
"The Threads." She sets up the process of identifying the components of our story that mix and mingle to paint the picture of our purpose.

Here are questions to ponder. Answer as few or as many as you like in the comments.

What do you most hope to get out of the process of reading Restless?
Our IRL group shared many answers of what they were looking for:

  • clarity
  • focus
  • reduced fear of change
  • ability to get off the sideline

It can be difficult to step out to pursue our purpose because comfort will keep us content. Or at least that's true for me. For me, I'm looking to sit more at ease in this season of waiting. I'm not great at "at ease."

What would you do if you weren't afraid?
This is a question Sheryl Sandberg asks in her fantastic book "Lean In." My favorite discussion in our IRL group was how we often think of all the obstacles to living a dream - like finances, caring for parents, having young children. However, I must remember that thought process points straight to my arrogance to think I'm in control or that God won't care for the things I think only I can manage.

If I weren't afraid, I would write and train full time. That's as far as I've gotten because I don't know what to do to make that happen. To be continued...

Identify a highlight from each life stage when you felt pleasure in what you were doing. When were moments you remember being proud and satisfied. 
There are so many and I WOULD ADORE IT if you would share in the comments. For me, my first memory is being 5 years old in the community pool meeting Gretchen Davis for the first time. She said she would be in Mrs. Dodd's kindergarten class in the comings weeks and I was THRILLED because that was my assignment too. Feeling connected immediately made me feel less afraid. I now can see how I really enjoy meeting new people and making connections. It's also the foundation for my passion for social media - so many new people with whom to connect.

Now, get thee to the comments and share your answers and thoughts. Also, feel free to email me at jamiesrabbits @ gmail.com for some one-on-one.

This week's reading assignment: Chapters 14-18. 
We're still trekking through our Threads. Write down anything that wrecks you or confuses you and we'll chat it through on next week's post.

6/9/14

The Post About Restless Rabbits: Week Two


Let's chat about what we've read this week. OR if you haven't read - there are still some great questions to discuss from the first seven chapters of Restless by Jennie Allen. 


But first...our small group snack. I've been obsessed with super synced dancing since my friend Jen Clapp shared this treasure with me. 


Now to our reading.

In Part One, Jennie presents up "The Call." She sets up how we are called to dream, called to surrender, and called to run the race. It's a great introduction to what God has plotted out for us. 

Here are questions to ponder. Answer as few or as many as you like in the comments.

What was your favorite sentence or passage or idea in Part One?
My favorite sentence was on page 6: "I want you to dare to believe that God has a vision for how you are to spend your life." It's the paraphrase of John 10:10 when Jesus says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Our lives, our years, TODAY isn't just something to get through.

Can you know God's purpose? 
I'm going to answer this question with a question: How does God benefit...how is He glorified by hiding His will for us?

Do you know people who seem to be walking in God's purpose for their lives? What makes them different?
When I made my list of folks who seem to be camped out in God's will, a common thread appeared:  courage. Courage to speak or courage to act. Fear almost seems imperceptible in their lives. Although it's not the absence of fear, just the pushing through it to the other side, right?

Are you surrounded by dreamers in your life? 
I try to avoid friendships with those who bring drama. I crave those who balance thoughtful consideration with smiley emojis. When I told my friends I was quitting my job, they pondered and prayed and then high fived the decision. Because my closest friends are dreamers. Even my logical and bottom-line family members have wrapped most of their questions in encouragement.

When did you stop dreaming?
Another question answered with a question: Do you remember dreaming as a child and now those dreams seem long gone?

In Chapter 7, Jennie provides the running parable in which she shares four starting places. Where are you in the race?
A. Numb: Busy, surviving, somewhat content.
B. Thirsty: Not satisfied, don't know what to do about it.
C. Running Free: living it, feeling purpose, seeing God move.
D. At The Starting Line: don't really know God or have a personal relationship with him. Start here.

For me, I feel I'm running free. However, I also thought I signed up for a sprint and I'M ON MILE SEVENTEEN.

My favorite response to this from our IRL Restless meeting was: "My life is full, but it isn't really fulfilling."

Now, get thee to the comments and share your answers and thoughts. Also, feel free to email me at jamiesrabbits @ gmail.com for some one-on-one.

This week's reading assignment: Chapters 8-13. 
We're getting to the heart of the matter. Write down anything that punches you in the gut or furrows your brow and we'll chat it through on next week's post.

If you'd like to catch up and join us: Read the first chapter of Restless here and click "Look Inside."

6/2/14

The Post About Restless Rabbits: Week One


Let's read! 

Last night was week one of our IRL Highlands small group. We have a dozen folks sitting in my living room for the next six weeks tackling Restless by Jennie Allen. Restless explores the fact that God has called each of us to do great things, and then helps us discover what that might mean for each of us. 

Now, it's your turn.

As with any good gathering, online or not, we need to have a snack and introduce ourselves.

First, the snack.


I spent most of last week falling down a YouTube rabbit hole after searching for "Gender Reveals Gone Wrong." Heaven.

Now, for the introductions.

In the comments below, give us some of the same info we shared in our living room group.

  • First Name
  • Where You're From
  • Why You're Interested in Reading Restless
  • Share three facts about you, but two should be true and one should be a lie. I'll guess.

I'll go first.

This week's reading assignment: Part I: The Call. It's about 50 pages and it moves fast. Jot down things that strike you as fantastic, odd, or uncomfortable and we'll chat it through on next week's post.

If you're still not sure you want to join in: Read the first chapter of Restless here and click "Look Inside."

5/31/14

The Post About What Happens At The Party

Jamie's Rabbits is a safe place. It's just you and me here so let's confess.

What's the strangest thing that's ever happened to you at a party? 

This happened to me tonight.


As the photographer and my friend Stephanie Parker said "It's not a party until you start measuring head size."

5/30/14

The Post About A Song for Graduates

There's a lot of advice out there for graduates.

A few of my favorite recent speeches were given by Mindy Kaling at Harvard and Rainn Wilson at USC.

However, there's something missing at these graduation ceremonies...a great class song. Not an alma mater, but an actual song that some trio of capped and gowned graduates sings in harmony to canned music over bad speakers.

When I graduated high school, my classmates chose a song written a decade earlier. Not a classic ode to change or hope or wisdom.

They chose The Theme from St. Elmo's Fire.

THE LOVE THEME.



That's not all. There were lyrics for our capped and gowned singers.

We laughed until we had to cry
And we loved right down to our last goodbye
We were the best I think we'll ever be
Just you and me
For just a moment
We chased that dream we never found
And sometimes we let one another down
BUT THE LOVE WE MADE
Made everything alright
We shone so bright
For just a moment

YOU GUYS?!?!

I respectfully request a do-over. I nominate and unanimously choose "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles.



This song was originally composed at the end of a concert in 1958 when Charles and his orchestra had 12 minutes left to fill. Both the lyrics and music were entirely improvised on the spot.

Life Lesson #1: Sometimes your best work will happen when you throw out the business plan and the marketing strategy and just do it.

Charles doesn't begin singing until a minute and 30 seconds have passed.

Life Lesson #2: Be slow to speak, and quick to listen.

The song is almost seven minutes long. Most songs played on the radio at the time were two and a half minutes. Radio and record executives balked at the length but Charles stood by every second.

Life Lesson #3: What you create or your choices won't always make sense. That's okay.

Billboard magazine initially gave "What'd I Say" a tepid review: "He shouts out in percussive style ... Side two is the same." Charles' label, Atlantic Records, pushed the single despite a lack of critical acclaim. Within weeks, the track topped out at number one on Billboard's R&B singles chart, number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and it became Charles' first gold record.

Life Lesson #4: Not everyone will be on your team, but the ones who matter will be.

While the Beatles were developing their sound in Germany, they played "What'd I Say" at every show. When Mick Jagger sang for the first time with the band that would become the Rolling Stones, he performed a duet of "What'd I Say." The Animals, Steve Winwood, the Beach Boys, and Van Morrison counted the song as a major influence on why they were interested in music. It's been covered by Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Etta James  and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Life Lesson #5: Leave a legacy.

What was your class song? What would you add to a graduate's playlist?
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