Welcome to HollyRichardson.com, the place where busy women like you can find hope for living a bigger story, along with hints, tips and real-life sharing on fitting it all in - guilt free! (Or mostly guilt-free - we're being real here.)
If you're like me, you are already really busy with home, faith, family, career, serving your community and trying to eke out time to take care of yourself. You're not sure how to fit it all in but you know there's something "more." You want to "fulfill your mission in life" but if we're being honest here, you aren't sure you know what your "mission" is. You know you want to make a difference, but you're not sure how. The thought of taking a public stand is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. You find yourself at a crossroads and wonder what's next.
You are not alone!
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
"What's my mission in life?" "What's next?" "How do I best serve?" "Should I speak up?" "What if people don't like me?" And most of all: "Who the heck do I think I am?"
I've asked myself those questions a billion times. Sometimes, I've known the answer or part of the answer clear as a bell. Sometimes, it's been a step (or ten or twenty) into the darkness.
When I met and married my husband, Greg, 30+ years ago, I was shy and too scared to speak up on much of anything. Today, I still feel fear, but I've learned to "do it anyway," whether that was pursuing international adoptions, or taking a stand on a political issue or the myriad of things that stretch me outside my comfort zone.
Consequently, there are two things I know for sure - the answers are there (even if the timing is not always one we like) and we are ALL here to "live a bigger story."
The world needs your light!
There are incredible pressures - sometimes from our culture, sometimes from family and friends and often, from ourselves to play small, to act a certain way, choose certain options and too many times, to just sit down, shut up and stop rocking the boat!
One of my favorite quotes is from Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I know from experience how easy it is to feel like there’s no one else in the world who’s facing the same challenges you are.
That’s why I'm so committed to sharing here: honest and unfiltered. I want you to know you’re not the only one. There is hope! You CAN live a bigger story, you CAN fit in the things that are important to you, you CAN use your voice - and the world needs you to!
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Now, for the professional bio
Holly Richardson is a wife, mother, midwife, small business owner and political activist, often known as "Holly on the Hill." She is currently a columnist with the Salt Lake Tribune and a Master's degree student in Professional Communication at Southern Utah University.
Among other things, she has served as a midwife, a legislator, a marketing and communications director, a social media consultant and a speaker and writer.
She believes that everyone has a mission that only they can fill, that everyone is called to "live a bigger story" and she loves to help people figure out how to do that, guilt-free.
She and her husband, Greg, are the parents of a large family of 25 children (no, that's not a typo). Holly is also the delighted grandma of seven adorable grandkids.
Between politics, midwifery and the large family, she has learned how to stay calm(ish) under intense pressure. Or maybe she's just kidding herself. Either way, she's a fan of pedicures and chocolate.....