Happy Monday friends! I love the week of Thanksgiving! Magic is in the air! Heck, SNOW is in the air!
Today, we are going to do something magical on the blog! We are going to launch our final and third SOAR! Recipient, Lindsay Baumgartner! This was the video that Lindsay submitted with her SOAR! Application last January. (seriously, you will need some Kleenex!)
When I watched this video, I was feeling like many of you probably feel right now–in utter shock and amazement for what this little family had gone through. The ending of their video is so triumphant and unforgettable. How does a family, a marriage, survive something like that?! And yet, the Baumgartner’s have done more than survived, they have overcome.
When the panel of judges brought Lindsay’s video to the forefront, I had a secret hope inside. If Lindsay was picked as a SOAR! Recipient, I hoped she would have a year of discovering “her” story. Her video shared a lot about what happened to her husband, Kyle, and how it affected their family. But now that they were out of the woods with Kyle’s condition, where did this put Lindsay? I know what it’s like to go through traumatic events and wonder where your voice is or whether or not it’s okay to ask for more–more than just survival.
Kyle survived a horrific event. Is it okay to ask for more? Are we greedy to want more? Will people think we aren’t thankful for what we have been given? Is it selfish to want more for your life, apart from overcoming the trauma? At the time, I had no idea if Lindsay thought about these questions. But these are the questions I hoped her heart would have space to explore and find answers too during the SOAR! year.
And a year later, with great pride, I stand in awe of how this woman has come into a better, richer sense of who she is and what she’s capable of. Just like Linda and Jennifer, Lindsay rolled up her sleeves and took on the SOAR! Scholarship with every thing in her. She didn’t hold back, she worked her tail off, she swam in deep waters, and she discovered more than I can put into words. Here are few things she wanted to share with all of you…
We LOVE Lindsay, and we are SUPER proud of her!
Will you join me in today’s blog post and post a comment of congratulations as we release Lindsay Baumgartner to SOAR! Not to soar in the shadow of a horrible accident, but to soar in the wide open skies of her own dreams and impossibles. To know that she is a woman who is worthy of the best. And for her to want more than her husband’s recovery is not only okay, but necessary because the world is in need of her gifts and beautiful heart.
Check out Lindsay’s NEW WEBSITE! It’s pretty amazing!
Lindsay, your growing portfolio is just…wow…incredible. I’m so proud of you, all your hard work, all your courage, and Brian and I feel honored to call you friend. Now SOAR! girl because you have everything you need (even when you don’t feel like it :)).
p.s. Do you want to SOAR! this coming year? Does the SOAR! Scholarship have your name written all over it? Get ready because tomorrow we re-open the SOAR! Scholarship Program to accept new applications/videos for Year Two! Woo-hoo! Spread the word! Details tomorrow!