Your Something New is Coming!

Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.(Isaiah 43:19, CSB) She gets up, goes to work, comes home, takes care of her family, goes to bed and starts the routine all over again tomorrow. Her life is comfortable and she feels she should be content with what she has because she has more than most and yet….There is a tugging at her heart saying there is something more she was created for. And yet there is a need she sees in the world that she feels ought to be different.  Instead of getting still and tuning into the nudge she thinks it’s too big, too wild, too crazy and so it’s easier to fill her schedule with stuff in order to crowd out the feeling she has and create no space for it to take root. Does that sound like you? I know that was me for many years. I thought that I shouldn’t want anything more, because I essentially had my dream job, I had a family who I loved and loved me and I was doing mission work both locally and globally. So why was I not content? Then I came across Isaiah 43:19, which God used to speak to my weary soul. First of all I realized I was wondering in the wilderness, because the wilderness is essentially our comfort zone. Are you living in your comfort zone or courage zone? We are constantly seeking comfort, comfortable shoes, comfortable clothes, comfortable chairs, comfortable...

Journey to Wholeness

The truth….I have lived my life only letting pieces of me be seen. Since I have been little I have felt like I lived in two worlds. The outer world that I projected to everyone and the inner world that would find me confessing my hurts and pains to my journal.  Somewhere along the journey, I learned that my role was to be the fixer, which in my mind also meant that I needed to be able to fix my own problems and not “bother” anyone else with them. Then in 2016, I felt like I was barely treading water and that at any second I would be overcome by the flood of emotions that were draining my energy and joy.  Dory’s words from Finding Nemo  “just keep swimming,” kept swirling around in my head. The truth was I knew something had to change because what I was doing was not living, but surviving and that is not what we were created for. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” I knew God desired for me to live a life of fullness and wholeness, I just didn’t know how to create that kind of life and then live it. Then through a divine prompting, I reached out to a coach and we began the work of remembering all of who I was created to be.  She asked questions that made me challenge the beliefs I held about myself, my relationships and my business. Through our time together, I began to...

Do I have a God-sized Dream?

I want to lose 20 lbs. I want to drink more water. I want to quit smoking. Those are all great goals, but they are not God-size dreams. I want to visit Ireland. I want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I want to learn another language.  Those are all great bucket list experiences, but they are not God-sized dreams. So then what are God-sized dreams? First let’s define what a dream is. A dream is more than a wish or a goal. I love the definition one person gave which said that “dreams are the seed of possibility planted in the soul of a human being, which calls him/her to pursue a unique path to the realization of his/her purpose.” A dream essentially is an encouraging picture of the future that energizes you and that you are empowered to achieve as you live out your full potential. Now a God-sized dream has additional components, but before I share those I want to bust a myth and state one disclaimer. The Myth: Sometimes we think God-sized dreams are only for people who have larger than life personalities or that are smarter, stronger, faster or more courageous than us. The Truth: God-sized dreams happen through ordinary folks like you, me and the person you run into in the coffee line at work. Disclaimer: I also want to encourage you with one disclaimer, I am going to share two God-sized dreams to illustrate the additional components, but please resist the urge to compare. As Theodore Roosevelt once said “comparison is the thief of joy.” Therefore, don’t see these stories as how to achieve...

Do Your Own Thing

I was miserable. I loved my work, but the workplace culture I was in was sucking the joy and life right out of me. Have you ever felt that way, do you feel that way right now? I remember being super excited when this company hired me to build their leadership development program and facilitate their Human Resource (HR) training sessions for their managers and supervisors. I was on cloud nine because this was exactly what I had dreamt of doing since I was a sophomore in college.  However they forgot to mention a few things when I started, like not everyone in the company was thrilled this position was being created and that there was a strained relationship between the two sides of the business which I was being hired right smack dab in the middle of this departmental tension. This became evident within a month, when I got reprimanded for not “staying within my job description.” Who knew that HR training was only three topics? I clearly didn’t get that memo when I pursued my HR degree that’s for sure. However I still felt I had a purpose in the company and shifted using my talents and gifts to creating a stellar leadership development program for the emerging talent in our organization. Although my joy had been drained with the limited HR training I could do, it felt like it was being refueled as I worked on the leadership program. A year later however, all the joy was sucked out of my job. I was told I was being given a “new project” and that I would no...

Go, Set, Ready…It’s time to chase your God-sized dream!

  “I’m not ready yet.” It’s one of the excuses I hear from people as to why they are not living their dream. They want all the stars to line up perfectly before they make a move. They want to have a rock solid plan in place. They want their finances to be secure. They want a sure fire sign from God that they are making the right move. Can you relate? A pastor friend of mine shared that before taking the step to plant a church he asked God to give him two signs to let him know that he was pursuing the right dream since this meant quitting his job, selling his house and uprooting his family. First he wanted a couple or at least an individual to make the move with him and his wife and secondly he wanted to have a worship leader or team in place to start the church with. He didn’t feel he was ready to chase after this God-size dream without at least one of those things. In life we grow up hearing the phrase “Ready, Set, Go,” but the truth is you will never be ready. No one is ever ready to get married, to have kids, to plant a church, to write a book, to start a business. If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting forever. Plus as Mark Batterson, author of Chase the Lion, points out, “the issue isn’t readiness; it’s willingness.” Are you using readiness as an excuse, when the truth is you are not willing to make your dream happen? The truth...

Are you running towards your dream or away from your dream?

“Tomorrow we will be running the mile,” announced my high school gym teacher. When some of my classmates heard that news they cheered and looked forward to tomorrow. I, on the other hand dreaded those words. So it wasn’t shocking the next morning when I woke up with a severe headache, fever, cough, shin splints and cramps, pretty much anything I could think of saying that would keep me from having to go to school, but not cause my mom to have to take me to the doctor. It worked every year. For most of my adult life I have avoided running, expect in 2009, I put it on my bucket list to run a 5k. Why I am not exactly sure?  It was on there though and that meant I was going to complete it. I even joined a running club that spring to help me go from a couch potato to a speed walker/jogger. They taught me how to have better form and they kept me accountable for following through on our running program. I am proud to say that Fall I “ran” in the Dick Beardsley 5k and completed the race with my best time to date. However after that race I was done running and I kept telling myself I am not a runner. Maybe you have told yourself that as well. The truth is though we are all runners. Hebrews 12:1 says “and let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” God has placed before you and in you a dream that is bigger and better than anything you could...

Work With Me

Ready to make your God-sized dream a reality and live it? I truly believe that all the answers you need are inside of you. I am here to help you break through what’s holding you back and preventing you from accessing those answers, to show you ways to experience God and tap into your inner wisdom and to hold space for you to trust that what arises is your true essence. Our work together is sacred. When you choose to step into this space and embark on this journey of embodiment as a God-sized dreamer, of freedom, of becoming who you were created to be,  you are not alone. I am with you every step of the way. There are several ways for us to work together, depending on what best fits your needs right now. You may be at a place of exploration and discovery, desiring to dip your toes in but not sure what makes the most sense long term. You may be ready to dive in, devoted to the long term process of unleashing your God-sized dream. Wherever you are is absolutely perfect. And if you’re not sure, schedule a consultation call or what I call a “Leap Mapping Call” and we will assess together what makes the most sense for you right now. There is no “one size fits all” with this work. The containers set up below have been created as they are to provide the space for customization and to meet you where you’re at. Schedule a complimentary Leap Mapping Call below to discuss which program is the best fit for you: Leap Mapping...

Retreats

Do you have a dream or desire in your heart that won’t go away? Do you feel a calling for something bigger, something greater, something MORE? Are you ready to take your life or business to the next level and fill it with new people, new conversations, new practices and a new way of being? Are you ready to unleash your dreams and commit to making them happen, no matter the circumstances? If so, this invitation is for you. It’s an invitation to: rise up, be radical & leap fearlessly.  Learn more at www.dawnkaiser.com/leapretreat Now is your time to SHINE &...

You were made for such a time as THIS!

It had been several months since I saw her last. We bumped into each other while shopping, I asked her about the dream she told me God has placed on her heart at the beginning of the year. She crinkled her nose and sighed “I’m just so busy, maybe when things get back to normal and when I have more time I can really focus on it and move it forward.” Have you ever said that statement? “When I have…..” I know I have. Here is a story of a woman who also felt too busy and a little scared at one point to follow the calling God had placed in her life. This woman was living what some might call a fairy tale life. She resided in a lavish home with the best view ever. She had her own personal spa where she was pampered and made to feel luxurious. She ate mouth-watering chocolate covered strawberries and lots of other scrumptious goodies on a daily basis. I don’t know about you, but I could definitely dig that kind of lifestyle! Life was good, but then God placed it on her heart to help some people in need. At first she told herself it was too risky, because it would mean doing something that no one had ever done before.  (Ever stayed where you are at, because the next place was too scary?) Then she started to tell others she was just too busy. She had responsibilities, obligations and commitments that she had due to her roles in life. Her comments might have sounded something like “when I get...

Unleash Your Inner Warrior

This past weekend I watched the new “Wonder Woman” movie and I was in awe of this superhero. She is bold, badass, brave and beautiful. What woman doesn’t want to feel those four things, right? I know I do! What the movie so eloquently pointed out though is that those characteristics were with Wonder Woman all along. In the movie we see Diana, Amazon Princess, as a little five year old girl. She is full of spunk, tenacity and curiosity. Those characteristics help her to become the bold, badass, brave and beautiful warrior her soul was calling her to be. However Wonder Woman isn’t the only woman being called to become a bold, brave, badass and beautiful warrior, you are too! God gave you unique gifts so that you can make a difference in this world as a mighty warrior. Don’t believe me? Read what it says in Judges 6:12, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” I want to stop for a moment and have you reread that verse but this time put your name in it. For example I would say “The Lord is with you Dawn, mighty warrior.” Now you try “The Lord is with you ___________, mighty warrior.” Say it again. See just like Wonder Woman, you were created to be an unconquerable, mighty warrior. Realize the type of warrior I am talking about is a spiritual warrior, meaning someone who embraces a journey of self-discovery in order to change herself and this world and someone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone and into the God zone to follow their soul’s...
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