Lots of us have had our world turned upside down over the past 18 months when COVID hit the United States and shut many of our communities down. The experience has proven to have both its challenges and its blessings. And in some cases, the challenges have been intertwined with the blessings.
There is perhaps no greater example of this than our vocational lives. At the outset, people assumed most folks would feel lucky to have their job in the face of the economic turmoil and be eager to return to their jobs. In some cases, however, just the opposite happened. People stepped back, looked at the whole of their lives, and realized that what they had been doing was not what they should be doing – so they made some important changes in their lives.
When I returned from my 3-week vacation, I decided to kick off a new series on the church’s YouTube channel called “Conversations that Matter”. Twice a month, I wanted to take a topic of interest – sometimes COVID related – and sit down with someone doing great things and see how they are negotiating the challenges. I also will try to pull out tools they might offer the rest of us to deal with our own version of the challenges they speak to.
Today, we dropped a conversation with a member of our church by the name of Andrea Frazer Paventi. While it was the first conversation I taped, it is the second one we released.
Andrea has had a variety of positions in life – Hollywood screen writer, blogger, published author, educator, daughter, sister, spouse, mother, spiritual seeker, and a person in recovery to name just a few. She has a wonderfully generous spirit – and was eager to share what her process of finding her way looks like.
I hope you’ll check out this “Conversation that Matters” here: FINDING MY WAY.
I will be dropping new episodes in the series on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Moving forward, I’ll make sure to post them here as well – so you can participate in those enriching conversations as well and perhaps share those conversations with others.