by Christie Browning
So this is a story about a gal who totally took a leap of faith and dove head first into a dream God gave her. Fast-forward three years and here we are. Yes, this month marks the three-year anniversary of reVision's inception.
Many of you have joined me at different stages of my journey and so I thought this might be a great time to fill in the blanks along this timeline. Plus, it's always fun to do a little bit of a throwback and see where you came from. So here goes....
I sat in my two bedroom apartment at my dining table that was a garage-sale find. I had just come through a divorce after being married 15 years. I had also recently came home from spending 9 months in prison. Needless to say I was starting over, but God was blessing me every step of the way.
After years of not knowing who I was or what I supyposed to do with my life, God opened my heart and my eyes to this calling, which is now reVision. I had spent the better part of my adult life pleasing everyone else, trying to meet everyone's expectations and keep the peace, avoiding conflict by always complying with their wishes and wants. That created an adult version of Christie that was clothed in fear, isolation, feelings of unworthiness, and no sense of identity. Couple in a spouse who was not honest, was insecure and controlling and you've got one messed up gal. No wonder I ended up in prison. But, God did a complete transformation on my heart, my mind and my self-awareness.
I was sitting in my bunk one night and could not sleep. In prison you can't just flip on Netflix to veg out to, so I grabbed my pen and paper and started writing. I had always been a big believer in journaling and writing was a passion of mine since I was a kid. But this night, journaling took a different turn. Sitting there in my metal bunk under dim prison lights, God hit me with a vision so clear I could draw it in great detail -- but God didn't give me the gift of being an artist, so I chose to write out the vision, because He did give me a gift with words.
I was standing on a large stage in an arena. The stage was lightly colored, but metal in it's construction. Behind me were instruments that had been played by musicians and I was speaking to a vast audience. I could see my animated self articulating encouraging truth to this group and feeling as if I was giving hope to those who needed it desperately.
I knew then that speaking was what I needed to do. God gave me the idea for the name "reVision" that night and the plan of attack flowed out of me. So when I got home, I was all set to start making this vision come to reality. I began writing speeches and talks in preparation for the day I would get to speak to a group. I studied and prepared with a frenzy, but when my marriage started falling apart, this vision went on hold for a bit.
But soon after I got settled in my apartment and life was back on track, my plans were picked back up. On January 4th of 2014, at that garage-sale table, I opened my laptop and bought a domain name - www.revisionforwomen.com. I then picked my website platform and paid for my first month of service, designing my site where I would feature my writing and my speaking. The entire start-up costs were less than $50. But the heart cost was great -- it took a lot of courage to put myself out there.
The first logo design for reVision was on paper and I was off and running. I had held a series of workshops the summer before and loved teaching and speaking, also writing the curriculum I was bringing to these women. But after officially launching the company, a business coach advised me to "follow the money" and I began adding marketing services to small businesses in my area. That cash flowed the business quickly and within 10 months I left my full-time job to pursue reVision with more focus.
It didn't take long for marketing to no longer satisfy. I felt I was lacking in purpose and although the cash was there, I just wasn't inspired to solely elevate others' messages. I was advised to create a coaching business. Since I loved to teach and encourage others, this seemed like a logical move. Although I loved the ladies I worked with and mentored, my heart still gravitated toward the speaking and writing vision I had two years prior.
When the opportunity to step out of coaching came, I gladly made the move. My website went through another revision and so did my logo, which brings us here today. So even though I have tons of marketing and business development experience, I am holding true to the original vision. I know God didn't give me that visual instruction by accident. I know that one day I will realize that scene which has been burned on my mind for three years.
Yes, the last three years have been an evolution. I've made a lot of changes and grown even more. But now, looking at year three, I am on a mission to encourage, empower and inspire others to embrace who they are through the grace and redemption of our Heavenly Father. I want you to shirk off the weight of your past, your failures, your insecurities and sprint toward the open arms of a God who loves you. Let God's plan and purpose for your life be a beacon for you as you navigate your own path. It will be unique and it will be fabulous! I know it has been for me.
So here's to another 3 years, 13 years and 30 years! I know God is leading me and reVision into the next powerful phase where we point hearts toward the glory that is His.
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