Kaitie Bryant is a new (virtual) friend of mine. I met her as I was looking for contributors for the Sacred Holidays Advent Devo for Women because several people had recommended her, and I can see why! Kaitie's social media feed is as beautiful as her photography and as honest as her writing. I'm excited for y'all to get to know her too. She lives in suburban Atlanta with her husband and two boys. She is the co-founder of Gather Workshop, an intimate business workshop designed to encourage and educate the creative entrepreneur. She loves exclamation points, coffee, cheesy jokes, 90s rap, dancing in the kitchen, books about ordinary life, Ikea, and Jesus.
What is some of the best advice you’ve ever received or would give?
I was having coffee with a wise friend of mine and sharing some difficult parenting situations with her, and her response came from her own experience as a mom in different seasons of big challenges. She told me something so simple but really profound: get close to Jesus and stay close to Him. I can't thank her enough for saying that. She didn't try to pretend to know all the answers on what my specific child needed and a 12 step program for parenting because there isn't one. But she gave me the best advice and one that I come back to each day that I need to stay close to Jesus and He will lead me in the way I should go in all things.
How do you best connect with God?
I best connect with God through nature. God has really taught me so much in walks outside, seeing beautiful mountains and oceans and also the regular daily activity of natural life. In so many ways the scriptures that I read come alive to me in nature, and God seems to have created the whole world with his truth woven into every part of it.
What is a favorite thing of yours right now?
My favorite thing right now is Greg McKeown's book, Essentialism. I HIGHLY recommend this book and reference it at least once a day. There are so many good things about the book, but my favorite bit is when he talks about focusing on what your area of highest contribution and eliminating all the other areas to give your most to that one area. I love the phrase, "do less, but better." His book resonates with me and is something I'm really wanting to characterize how I live life.