Hello and welcome
Thank you for visiting today. You were the focus of the words and ideas that brought this site to life. It has become a home to those that are seeking something less complicated. We are a society and a world determined to make it all complex. The words on this site will hopefully help you begin to approach it all (whatever your all may be) with a back to basics attitude. Strip away the stuff and discover your own life of overflowing peace.
I am Kathryn Lang - and this is my blog, my ministry, and my purpose
About Growing HOPE
"Hope makes everything possible.” That one concept kept bubbling up and became the driving force for my ministry.
The logo of the butterfly was around even earlier. My love of butterflies goes back to a childhood of chasing them through the yard. It expanded when I met Yellow and Stripe in “Hope for the Flowers.” It intensified even more when I learned that the butterfly represented Happening – one of my most powerful encounters with God ever.
The daisy also holds a special place in my heart. It has long been my favorite flowers because of its simplistic beauty and strength to stand. It lasts in cut displays and also manages to find a way stand strong in the gardens. When the daisy dies down, the seeds catch the wind and spread the beauty of that daisy.
Hope gives us all the wings to fly. Hope gives us the strength to stand. Hope spreads and grows.
Growing HOPE – where we are creating Hearts Open to Pursue the Extraordinary.
About the Woman and the Family: Kathryn C. Lang
I grew up in a small, Alabama town – you know the one, right? Everyone knew everyone and the local paper reported everything about everyone. My grandfather was one of only a few doctors in the community and he delivered half of the community. My mother was the first female council person in our small town. I was well known – not because of me but because of my family.
Always find a way to laugh. Laughter sparks hope and once hope finds a way in then it all becomes possible.”
I wanted to get away from all of that. College offered the opportunity to get away. I chose a school that was as far from home as I could get (without leaving the state and paying out of state tuition – I was that practical). The University of South Alabama offered the perfect mix of a diverse student body and locale. I graduated in four years with a degree in Leisure Services and a focus in tourism and commercial recreation – the perfect degree for a small, rural community.
My courses had offered me a lot of experience in a wide range of situations. I put that experience to work for me. I coached a swim team, ran a medical billing office and then found my home writing content for websites. Online writing gave me the freedom to work from home and around the hectic schedule of our home school family.
I still struggle. Finding the right balance seems impossible most days when everything keeps shifting. I know that if I could find a way to keep it all still then I would be able to get there. Currently, there are two teenage boys and one elementary grade boy in our home. NOTHING is still around here – ever! But I get up every morning determined that balance will be unlocked and that determination makes juggling a much simpler task.
About the Writer: Kathryn C. Lang
My first written story was completed in third grade. “The Pineapple that Cried Banana.” It included illustrations of the pineapple and banana that looked a lot like Snoopy. I had spent months perfecting my Snoopy and all of my drawings looked a lot like him for a time.
I continued to write with gusto, but most of it stayed confined to private notebooks. I protected my words out of concern of what others might do to them. Smokey Hamilton, a good friend in high school, pulled one of my notebooks away from me one day. He read for a while and shook his head. “These words need to be shared. They will not become all they are designed to be hidden away in your notebook.”
My first submissions were to the school magazine, and I was thrilled when some of my work was accepted. I branched out and submitted to a national teen magazine. They rejected me and I decided that maybe I was not ready to release my words to the world. I tucked them back into their hiding place where they would be safe[tweetthis]You are designed for a #unique purpose - unlock that #purpose and live with boldness[/tweetthis]
It took almost two full decades before I let my words see the light of day. This time it started with a community column in the regional paper. I received just 750 words a month, but I could write anything I wanted – and I got paid. I continued to pursue opportunities to share my words, and realized that when I got a rejection it was not my words or even me that was being rejected, but that the fit was not quite right. That was okay. We all have our place and sometimes it takes longer to find it for some than for others.
About the Speaker: Kathryn C. Lang
I was blessed to have an opportunity to beginning speaking to organizations in 2010. I found that sharing words in person provided a new level of inspiration in my own journey.
This new love led me to radio, podcasting, and webinars – which have become a strong focus of the Growing HOPE ministry.
Speaking has opened up others doors for me to grow my relationship with words and through those words with you. I have spoken at WordCamps, writing conferences, women’s retreats, and community organizations to promote relationships, hope, and encouragement.
Today I work full-time as a Hope Coach, a syndicated radio host, and a freelance writer - where I have the opportunity to encourage and motivate with words as an author, speaker, teacher, online personality and coach.
I still have that first story. I still have that first rejection. I still hold on to the words offered to me by my friend. Together, with them, I am building a foundation of possibilities. I hope you will join me.
About the Promise: Kathryn C. Lang
Words have power – I have experienced the power of words for the positive in my life and also for the negative. My promise to you is that the words that I share here will always be leaning on the side of hope and encouragement.
I am the “Rainbows and Lollipops” host because I do believe in the potential, the possibility, and the silver lining. I also recognize that there are storms, and there are people, and there are negatives in this world.
It is my hope and my prayer to share words that will counter out those forces around you that are trying to drag you down. I desire to help you grow your wings so that you can fly.
Although I will not post a blog every weekday, I will be posting podcast links (which are the radio shows minus the breaks with the shorts in them) every weekday. In addition to those posts, I will include articles throughout the week.
Monday - a little #GrowingHOPE inspired thoughts and ideas.
Tuesday - Top Tips for pursuing your success (or sometimes just getting through the day).
Wednesday - thoughts on living out a Proverbs life in a chaotic world.
Thursday - ideas and examples for living with family and growing up relationships - because it is ALL about relationships.
Friday - more Reflections on life and living.
Saturday - some fun and/or fiction for the weekend.
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