Thursday, March 10, 2011
Something happened about a month ago, in the thick of intensely building a global company, that really stopped me in my tracks. I found myself alone. It was an intense week at work, some challenges came up and my amazing support structure was missing. My husband was gone on a work trip for the whole week, and my closest friends were scattered around the country... all at the same time. A lil' panic set in.
I once heard that every great leader should surround themselves with 5 close relationships with people who bring them strength. I have that structure and those relationships have been a great source of life to me. But like I said, I was facing some overwhelming obstacles & my 5 were busy. And most importantly, my man, who is my greatest support, was away.
One day that week, before tucking myself in bed at 8 pm, I had taken 3 incredibly hot showers and an hour long bath (somehow hot water makes me feel better). Was the challenge at work that difficult? No. But I felt like I was pursuing a dream alone and alone is not how I want to do it.
I ended up overcoming the challenge at work, reaching out for some phone call pep talks, and my husband returned from his trip. But something stuck from that week. No matter how great the dream, no matter how successful this company will become, my close relationships and my need for community is greater.
So I'm nurturing my relationships a bit more since then. I've been gifted with some incredible people who have my back & I wouldn't want it any other way.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Years ago I heard a great story that has always inspired me. A man arrives at a construction site and finds 3 people working. He asks the first, “What are you doing?”. The man sighs and responds, “Just putttin’ in my eight.” He asks the second worker the same question. He wipes his brow and replies, “I’m building a wall.” He then asks the third worker the same question and notices a fire in his eyes as he replies, “I’m building a castle.”
This month, the initial development of the OnDaySix.com website will be finished. It's a major milestone in building this movement and is the culmination of countless hours of talented and dedicated people pouring their strength towards a vision. I feel like we’ve had the privilege of building a castle. Sure there have been a ginormous number of hours spent drawing on whiteboards, Skyping with website developers, redrafting content, fine tuning legal documents and WORKING, but knowing that these were steps on the way to achieving the goal has been like fuel for the journey. The vision to help initiate the healthiest generation of relationships has not faded. On the contrary, it’s closer and clearer than ever.
What vision are you nourishing for 2011? Is it personal, spiritual, relational or work related? Keep that vision before you, believe in it, and as you keep moving forward, one day you will be overwhelmed with joy at the sight of your castle.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
One of the most interesting topics that came up at the conference this weekend was about whether God sovereignly chooses your spouse for you or if you have some choice. There were conference speakers from both opinions.
Apparently there are only two examples in the Bible where God actually did some blatant matchmaking. One was with Issac & Rebekah and the other with Gomer & Hosea. The first one was pretty lovely and the latter was pretty messy. Other than those two relationships, the decisions on who to marry were left to mere mortals. Hmmm... if we have some responsibility in choosing who to marry, does that change our approach to finding someone?
Monday, November 29, 2010
We are smack in the middle of our website development phase and the energy at our board meetings is nearly intoxicating. The dream to create a platform to educate and connect the next generation of Christian marriages is coming together beautifully.
This weekend I'm traveling to Phoenix to be part of a Christian marriage and matchmaking conference. This is sure to be interesting. I'll post from Phoenix :)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
APRIL LAFRANCE is a fourth generation entrepreneur who is transforming the way people do relationships. Since the age of 22, she has built five companies. April also pioneered "ethical speed dating" where crowds of singles gather into trendy coffee shops to meet each other while raising money for charity.
Her latest company, OnDaySix.com, is gathering a global tribe of Christian individuals to prepare for and build remarkable marriages. OnDaySix.com, expected to launch publicly in the spring of 2011, provides an online platform for singles to date while boasting a strong educational focus that empowers people to build healthy, sustainable wellness in their relationships.
APRIL has been married to her best friend Josh for over 12 years. Together in Northern California, they are loving and raising two incredible children... one biological son and one internationally adopted daughter.
In her free time, APRIL enjoys scaling rock walls, attending fancy parties and traveling around the planet.