I Decided To Jump!

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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Seven months ago I was fired from the church I had served with for 2 years. As you can imagine, it stung, it was embarrassing, and it left me with more questions than answers. Not long after, however, I discovered how much of a blessing this life event really was!

Colorado is a wildly beautiful and breathtaking place, especially in the fall. It brings about a special kind of beauty and chill. Not a frigid chill, like the kind you see in Mid-January, but it’s enough to get your attention. In fact, the higher the elevation, the more likely it is you’ll see snow. It was a given that I would stop and take in my surroundings on my morning hikes. The air was thin, making each step higher a task.

I wasn’t just hiking, I was searching. For what, I really didn’t know. I just knew it was out there, longing for me to find it, beckoning me like a weary traveler hoping to find an oasis. I found my perch high above a valley littered with trees, rocks and a stream. For nearly 4 hours I sat on the edge, peering out into the vastness before me. I prayed, listened, cried, stood up, sat down, walked back and forth, ranted, closed my eyes, and prayed some more. It had been a month since my real job had ended and I needed answers. What was I supposed to do with my life now?

Discovering My Purpose. 

For 16 years I worked in a church, serving families. Since graduating from college in 1999, it was all I knew in my adult life. But now it was over.

Within days of my termination, people reached out with offers to serve in different ministries all over the country. Calls from Washington State, Oklahoma City, Maryland, and Michigan came in. The salaries were comfortable and the opportunities were appealing. By all accounts, and certainly on paper, it was looking like this was what I was supposed to do. All of my church friends told me so. People would text me or Facebook me just to let me know they were “praying for the right church to call me.” And to be honest, it felt good. It was confirmation that I hadn’t failed.

Something stirred in me though. The kind of stirring you get when you’re unsettled but certain you’re supposed to do something different, dangerous, but ultimately fulfilling. For some reason, my mind kept coming back to this blog and the many conversations Kristin and I had been having with frustrated and overwhelmed parents around the world. For as much as I prayed and thought about it, I didn’t feel content with the idea of going back to work in a church. I kept landing on writing and reaching out to families! The more I thought about it, the more excited I became about the future.

Stepping Off The Ledge.

And then it happened! I heard a voice telling me it was “time to jump.” Not actually jump. Jump into a new adventure. The fact that I was terrified and excited, and I had never really felt a mixture like that, was all the proof I needed. For 2 years previous I had poured my heart and soul into Confessions Of A Parent but could never fully commit to it because my time was committed elsewhere. That frustrated me. Now, things were starting to change. Our content was being read all around the world (15 different countries to be exact). Parents were finding hope!

More than that, people were reaching out to us, asking our advice on parenting, adoption, marriage, and family. Something was happening and it was exciting and more fulfilling than anything I was doing. I hiked down the side of that mountain sure of what I was supposed to do. Terrified, but certain. It was time to take this writing, speaking and authorship thing, that I had dreamed about doing for so long, full-time. My purpose was clear.

It’s been almost 7 months and we haven’t looked back. Confessions Of A Parent has grown to over 100,000 readers a month, and Kristin and I have been invited to travel all over the country and speak at conferences and retreats. All of this happened after I decided to jump. We’re healthy, our children are healthy, and our family is growing stronger every day. Sometimes the safe zone is too safe. Sometimes you have to jump, not knowing what will happen next, in order to discover what you were truly meant to do!

Are You Ready To Jump?

Maybe you’re stuck in a rut and you need a change. Maybe you were fired like me but you sense a calling to do something different from what you were doing. Maybe you’re in search of your true purpose like I was. If so, I want to share something amazing with you…

My friend Jeff Goins has written an amazing and inspiring book called The Art Of Work. Not only is this book packed full of amazing stories and motivating words, it’s also a complete brain-dump of everything Jeff went through to discover his true purpose and calling. I love this book. It’s one of the best when it comes to finding your purpose and passion in life. It has helped me and I’m certain it will help you. Whether you’re looking to change direction in small ways or in big ways, The Art Of Work will help!


Here’s what’s even more amazing: Jeff is giving away (that’s right, giving away) copies for practically free until March 23rd. All you have to do is pay the shipping cost and the book is yours. You can’t afford to miss this deal. Even if you’ve found your purpose and calling in life, pick up a copy. It will serve as confirmation and extra encouragement! So…if you’re ready to discover your calling and find your purpose, click the yellow button now…

What is your biggest question about finding your true purpose in life?

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.