Today I’m so excited to invite you to a free virtual event on November 2-6th! Katy Epling and I crossed paths in a writers group and I’ve admired the way she has pursued her dreams while also striving to love her family and cheer them on in their own passions ever since her first post caught my eye.
Katy is hosting the Life on Purpose Virtual Summit (for FREE!) and I was thrilled when she took some time out to let me interview her for this month’s wives who thrive post as well.
Meet Katy Epling one of Many Wives who Thrives
Tell me what led you to plan this summit
In my life—and as I have met with women over the years—I’ve found that we seem to lose our sense of purpose at two times in life: when life is too ordinary and when it is too extraordinary. In other words, when I was a mom to babies and toddlers, my days seemed too mundane. Changing diapers and making bottles hardly felt significant, and I felt like any life purpose I had must have been put on hold for some later to-be-determined date. And on the other hand, when my youngest was diagnosed with Down syndrome, my entire world turned upside down! I was so completely caught off-guard by my new reality that I could hardly see to the end of the day, let alone what the bigger picture looked like. I had no idea what God’s purpose for me could possibly be. And this idea of floundering in those two extremes feels especially relevant right now.
2020 is the very definition of life being simultaneously mundane and extraordinary! Our current reality is so outside of what any of us imagined that we are scrambling to make sense of our world. At the same time, many of us are spending more time inside the walls of our own homes than we ever have, leaving our days feel a little less-than-exciting. It seems to me that women already tend to struggle with this idea of purpose, and when you throw in all of the craziness that is 2020, everything is escalated to a whole new level! It seemed like the perfect time to reach out to women where they are and encourage them that God has them here on purpose, for a purpose.
What are you most excited about for this event?
I am incredibly excited about the teaching team God has brought together for this event! For most of the sessions, I got to sit down and interview the speakers, and I was so honored to hear their stories first-hand and see how God has led each of them through different circumstances and struggles in order to make Himself known in their life.
I love hearing how they have learned to embrace their purpose in different seasons and situations. I learned so much, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone! But what I’m really loving and hadn’t anticipated is the interaction with the women who are registering. I haven’t planned an online event like this before and sort of expected to just throw it all out there and not hear anything back—it’s so different than sitting in front of an audience and interacting with them. But already, before the event has even begun, I’m getting emails from women who are sharing their struggles and what they’re looking forward to, and it is amazing. I love getting to connect with women and help to better connect them with the God who gives them purpose!
Why did you choose your niche?
As I look back at my life so far, I can clearly see God weaving threads of identity and purpose throughout my life. As an adoptee, I am uniquely positioned to reflect God’s story of loving and adopting us. As an adult, I’ve walked through infertility, depression, motherhood struggles, a special needs diagnosis for my son—so many ups and downs, but through all of them, God keeps whispering, “I have a purpose and a plan for this. You are not here by accident. This did not slip past Me.” I think it’s easy for all of us to lose sight of that, especially when we try to root our identity and purpose in our titles and circumstances. I desperately want to encourage women to keep their identity rooted in Christ so that their purpose can flow from Him.
When you dreamed of the ideal career where your strengths, passions, gifts, and talents would connect did you think you would be doing what you are doing? How are things the same/different?
Well, none of us saw this pandemic coming, so I can’t say I expected to be here, launching an entirely online event…! But I have always loved writing and speaking—yes, public speaking, believe it or not. (I was kind of a ham as a kid!) So in many ways, I am living my dream right now. It is such a gift!
What is your best advice for someone wanting to host an event like this or pursue a career in public speaking?
Be faithful to the message God calls you to share. It’s easy to get distracted by numbers and platforms and followers, and from a business standpoint, sometimes you need to pay attention to those things. But they can’t be the main thing. God is honored when our hearts are humble and obedient to Him, not when we do “big, important things” by the world’s standards.
Do you have any tips to share about balancing work and the rest of life?
Listen. Here’s what I’ve learned: You can’t keep all of the plates spinning all of the time. Every day, I drop a couple of plates. I just try not to drop the same plate two days in a row. Give yourself grace.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
The Life on Purpose Summit is just around the corner, November 2-6. I am blown away by all that God has brought together for this event, and I would love to “see” you there!
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