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A Summer of Adventures


As many of you know, this has been a summer for the records books around our house. (Well, we live in an apartment, but you get the idea) Hannah and I wrote a book, I traveled a few thousand miles to speak at churches around the country, our apartment flooded, we've had some major car issues, we got to vacation with Hannah's family in NC, I've dealt with back pain and more recently, I am helping facilitate the largest fundraiser I've even been a part of. More on that later! 

Whew. I think I either need a nap or another cup of coffee. I am really looking forward to this weekend, as Hannah and I are going on a staycation.  

I was reading a blog post that was written by one of our students that just graduated from American University, and this quote really hit home. She was writing about her experience as a freshman and how she connected to Chi Alpha through some of our crazy events. 

What matters isn’t the scale of the events, but the students whose college experiences are irrevocably changed by them. - Bethany T. 

You can read the rest of her post on the DC Chi Alpha Blog.  

Big Hairy Audacious Goals

I think it was Seth Godin that I heard about this from. Anyways, it's the idea that you and I need big hairy audacious goals to grow and learn. Well, this Summer, I am helping lead the charge for something that seems massive. DC Chi Alpha is trying to raise 10K in about 30 day so that every Chi Alpha Ministry in the city will be funded for Fall Kickoff. It's been fun and scary, much like the roller coasters at Dollywood.  

But I love what I'm learning from all of this! I'm still in the thick of it, but I'm basically learning first-hand that the bigger the vision is, the more uncomfortable you have to be willing to become. 

You can tweet that if you want.  

Anyways, I want to encourage you - whatever you're doing now that seems too big or impossible, perhaps thats just where you need to be. Not just so that the end goal is accomplished (I do hope we raise $10K) but so that we grow and increase our capacity for the future.  

Tell me about your summer. Any adventures or big projects? Crazy goals?  

 P.S. If you're interested in reading more about my crazy big fundraising project, you can do that here.