ABOUT ME

If you look and act like you’ve got it all figured out, but deep inside you’re just stressed out, 

I’m here for you, my friend.

I serve struggling Messy Miracles by peeling back my own mask to give an honest, inside look at my dragons (anxiety, stress, perfectionism, people pleasing (among others), while also providing practical tools and tips to help other women and girls navigate this “brutiful” life.

My ever-evolving story is living proof that it is totally possible to turn your pain into purpose and to be still amid the chaos of life. And by the way, it’s a big, fat lie that you have to “keep it all together” or “figure it all out.” That’s not your job at all. Ask me how I know…

The Cost of “Keeping It Together.”

Once upon a time, I spent my life achieving, controlling, and plowing through challenges to prove my worth.  I was the quintessential first born – a perfectionist, over-achieving, people-pleaser.  

I got straight As in school. Was hired for every job I wanted. Climbed the corporate ladder. Married the handsome man. Had the darling daughters. Decorated the beautiful home. Volunteered for ALL THE THINGS and appeared to do it all wonderfully and perfectly. I was the girl with the golden touch. The one you love to hate.

Those strengths served me well and were also my undoing. At the age of 37, daily panic attacks slayed me & I began to withdraw from life.

Never Alone.

And so began a long winter of my soul. I kissed my husband and young girls goodbye, stepped out of the car and into a treatment center for an evaluation. With a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder, I spent a lot of time on the bathroom floor and reached out to truly grasp my Savior’s hand for the first time.

I felt Him whisper, “Do you want to feel peace and joy again?  You can’t work your way out of this one on your own.  Be Still and Know that I am God.”

Then I did something crazy. I started sharing my mess instead of covering it up.

Some people said, “I never would have guessed.” “You seem so perfect.” “You’re the most patient and peaceful person I know.”

But more often, they said:
“Me, too.” “It’s nice to know I’m not the only one.” “Thank you for understanding and telling the world.”

 

When you Seek The Still,
R E A L becomes
the new P E R F EC T.

Speaking of real…

Here’s some insight into the Messy Miracle that is me.

What's your motto?

“Be still and know that He is God.”
I share what I MOST need to learn.
That’s why it’s tattooed on my wrist!

Greatest achievement?

Admitting that I needed professional help with my anxiety and becoming a better wife and mother because of it.

Talent you wish you had?

Professionally play the piano & guitar.

Wait, what? You work in a church and have a tattoo?

Yes, two actually. NEVER say never. I once said I’d never work at a church!

Favorite heroes in real life?

Brene Brown. Joanna Gaines. My husband.

 

Greatest regret?

Being too cool to be a drum major in high school.

Which words do you most overuse?

Literally. Amazing. Oh my gosh! You guys…

 

Last Netflix binge?

Gillmore Girls.
Season 1 of This is us.

Favorite Spotify playlists?

Fresh Folk, Seeking The Still, David Nevue.

WHAT I DO

First and foremost, I am a writer. A communicator. And a creative.  I’m also the Director of Communications at Messiah Lutheran Church & School near St. Louis, MO. I frequently speak at events and gatherings of women & girls. Mostly, I’m a truthteller & mentor who shares about my Messy Miracle life to support and encourage others that there is HOPE & that they are not alone.

 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MY WORK

You can find ALL THE THINGS right here on the vlog/blog at seekingthestill.com. I also write for The Mighty and am occassionally featured on other sites. The easiest way to ensure you don’t miss something, is to GET THE GUIDE & JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

 

HOW YOU CAN MEET ME OR INVITE ME TO SPEAK AT A GATHERING OR EVENT

The easiest thing is to send me an email! Just click the contact link and your message will be sent directly to my inbox. I work with all sizes of group and organizations, so do not hesitate to contact me to start the conversation!

 

COLABORATING WITH OTHER CREATIVES, WRITERS & SPEAKERS

One of my favorite things is to work with others who have a heart to serve women & girls. The more we collaborate, the more goodness is sent into this hurting world. Please contact me if you have a podcast, live or virtual event, or guest writing opportunity.

My Team

I’ve tried to do life on my own,
but it’s way better with a team!

Maria Ralston

Maria Ralston

Social Media Intern

Isabel Hall

Isabel Hall

Social Media Intern

My Girls

My Girls

Video Production

Reach Me

Address

5911 South Highway 94
Saint Charles, MO 63304

Phone

+636 926 9773

Email

laura@seekingthestill.com

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