I returned last night from the fourth annual Winsome retreat, a God-sized dream come true. It was birthed with trepidation and excitement, and every year is an overwhelming testimony to me of God’s faithfulness.
They advance his Kingdom and weave an incredible story of interconnectedness, unity, and joy.
Five years ago I had a dream and needed some help.
Holley Gerth wrote a book and needed some help getting the word out, so she asked some God-sized dreamers to join her in sharing it. I was one of those dreamers, and through the support of Holley and the God-sized Dream Team, Winsome came to be.
Last year, another God-sized dreamer attended Winsome to hear Holley who was speaking. Natalie Joy was a strategic coach in the corporate world who had a dream to use her skills and experience to help women pursue their dreams. At Winsome, she decided to go for it!
Natalie asked if I would be interested in her help coaching me and my team. The words were barely out of her mouth before I said, “Yes!”
Natalie Joy’s last name was hard-won. After an eight year marriage that ended with the devastating revelation of her spouse’s six-year infidelity and loss of life as she knew it, Natalie chose her middle name as her legal last name. She says she had to choose whether to be defined by her circumstances or to pursue joy. Her name testifies to her choice.
But Natalie’s name isn’t the only indication of joy in this lovely woman. Her smile radiates it, and her passion to help other women find what brings them joy confirms it.
Over the last year Natalie has coached me and the Winsome leadership team. And this year Natalie returned to Winsome as a workshop leader and shared her new organization Defining Your Joy.
Defining Your Joy provides the resources, support, education, encouragement, and inspiration to help women discover more joy in both their personal and professional lives.
It’s a God-sized dreamer’s dream come true!
- the woman who has a dream inside but isn’t moving forward because she doesn’t have the information she needs.
- the woman who has passion but doesn’t know what exactly what her dream is and needs help with the process of both seeing and seizing her dream.
- the woman in the corporate world frustrated by pursuing someone else’s dream and wanting to make a greater impact.
- the empty nester whose dreams have been on the shelf for so long she’s not sure what they are.
- the woman who wants to both achieve her dream and create a profitable reality by make a living from it.
Through both virtual group and one-on-one coaching options as well as their six month Launch Your Dream Program, Defining Your Joy is like a dream team for your dream!
Natalie’s own painful experience has inspired her to help other women who have been hurt. Because their mission is to help all women fulfill their dreams, Defining Your Joy has partnered with Wellspring Living in Atlanta, GA. Wellspring Living works with girls and women who have been harmed by sexual abuse. Through financial support, volunteer work, and life coaching, Natalie and her team will work with Wellspring to fulfill their goal of helping women live and dream again.