“Hope is contagious. Hope is like yeast and baking powder. It has an energy that makes things rise. If you want to know if you are good for others, ask yourself how much hope you’ve given them. It is there you will find your answer.”

– Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart

Sometimes you do things that light up the sky, firework light that dazzles and sings. And that light draws attention and crowds with all kinds of joy and excitement, what some might call a movement.

The Hopeologie Podcast - January

Most times, though, our actions and our movements are small. A word spoken here, a prayer whispered there, one more step forward today. The movement is real, but it’s more like baking powder than gun powder.

More balm. Less bang.

Some of you may not know that my sister (Myquillyn – The Nester), our Dad (Gary), and I have a podcast that moves with the rhythm of a quieter kind of movement, the kind that ushers hope into the world one person, one home, one family at a time.

Once a month we get together in a room with our 1970s microphones and chat it up with each other about life, work, family, and the threads of hope that weave themselves through it all.

I’ve not done a great job telling you about our podcast so I want to make sure to remind you each month when a new one is live. We call it The Hope*ologie Podcast and this is me, letting you know we’ve recorded another episode for you to listen to right now for free on iTunes.

Here’s what you can expect from our conversation this month on The New Year Your Way:

  • Our plans are personal, but so is how we plan. There’s no one right way to do it.
  • Dad shares about losing his job, about how he has learned to think about loss beyond his control, and why he doesn’t make year-long goals.
  • Myquillyn talks about being in survival mode, planning for a break, and how she dreams of inventing an auto-responder for texting.
  • I end up talking about a few things I’m afraid of and my deepest desire for this space here at Chatting at the Sky this year.

The Hopeologie PodcastYou can listen here for free to Episode 5 and I hope you will. More, though, I hope you’ll find a little yeast and baking powder, giving energy to let your soul rise.

I hope you know your goals don’t have to look like other peoples, or sound like anything in particular. You don’t even have to have any if that feels best for you.

I hope these words here help you not to feel so alone. And if you long for family that is far away or non-existent, well, maybe you could just join ours for a bit.

If you listen to the podcast and like what you hear, you might be further encouraged by joining Hope*ologie, a quiet, gentle revolution of perspective and hope, a place my family and I have created online for the sole purpose of encouraging you in the areas that matter most – your home, your family, and your soul.Hope in the Middle - hopeologie.com