- on September 9, 2015
Rhett Smith Podcast 14: Simplifying Life, Family Togetherness, and Creating Margin for Exploration — with Artist, Musician and Craftsman, Aubrey McGowan
I first met Aubrey McGowan approximately in the summer of 2010. And like some other stories you have previously heard on this podcast, we met at the ECHO Conference in Dallas. At that time Aubrey was leading worship (as well as doing all kinds of other things…mentoring, vision casting, etc.) at Hope Fellowship in Frisco, TX. Since our first meeting a deep friendship has formed and I have really come to admire a lot of things about him. Two things in particular that have stood out to me over the last five years is Aubrey’s generous spirit and his ability to solve problems and build just about anything.
Over the course of the last couple of years I noticed our conversations had shifted in some ways as Aubrey began to wrestle with new questions. There was a restlessness in him that God was calling him to step out and do some different things, but there was also a very patient steadfastness as he prayed, made plans, and listened to God’s direction in his life.
I’ve really enjoyed watching Aubrey and his wife Jen’s journey over this last year as they have ventured off into a new adventure. And their journey has been inspiring. Aubrey has many talents and gifts. He a worship artist. He’s a writer. And he and his wife (and kids) are super crafty. Check out their Etsy store as well as Song and Story.
But in this podcast we really focus on this new transition in the life of he and his family (and I will have him back on another time to talk about all these creative endeavors).
So in this podcast episode you will learn how Aubrey and his family
- simplified their life (finances, food, etc.)
- emphasized the importance of family togetherness
- created margin for exploration
I love these three themes that we discuss in the podcast. I really think they are essential elements for families wanting to create change in their lives and head into a new transition. You may not have a family at this point in your life, but we can all learn how to simplify our lives and create more margin for exploration.
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