I’ve Got That Lovin’ Feelin’!

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Blog, Finding Courage, Inspiration | 26 comments

Palm_Tree_Feelin Post

Do you Remember that hit song by the Righteous Brothers:

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’?


Well – that’s totally in my head but my words are:

I’ve Got that Lovin’ Feelin’!


Yes I do!  What feeling is that?


Well – before rumors start- it’s not THAT kind of lovin’ feelin’

It’s more of that lovin’ feeling that comes when you make a big decision that’s right but also scary.

Do you remember that post when we talked about that?
We enjoyed a lot of really good interaction on that topic.
You’ll find that series of posts here:


Well – it’s my turn to make a big decision that’s causing tons of those kinds of feelings.


What’s that decision?

Well – you are amongst the first to know cause this community is very important to me and I respect your loyalty.


Here it is:

Inspirational Leading is moving from Boston to LA!!!!


From Snow and Ice



To Palm Trees and Ocean Sunsets


I’ve accepted a position as the Director of Outreach at a church in La Canada, CA  (just north of Pasadena).

Next week – I’ll post some tips on how to make decisions amidst those crazy feelings and how I knew this was right. In a future post I’ll also share what I’ll miss about this place that’s been home since 1995.


For now – it’s enough to say:
I really do have that Shake-it-up-and-grow-feelin’
Here’s why:


1) I’m leaving in two weeks and I just received the written agreement yesterday!


2) I have no apartment yet (!!!!!)


3) I’ll be driving a truck while pulling a car. Not my first with the truck, but definitely my first with the car towing!


4) Despite these crazy things – I’m 100% convinced this is the right next step!


I’m excited and yet I feel like I have to throw up.
Remember that post? Read that one again  here.


Inspirational Leading will continue and will continue to grow!

Bring your friends along for the journey. It’s my dream that women of all faiths, all financial levels, of all places of leadership will come to Inspirational Leading to be inspired and encouraged to be better leaders in their homes, communities, and workplaces.

If you’re not yet subscribed, why not sign up now?
We’d love to have you join us on our journey of Inspiration.


We can Do this!

We can do this better together!!


In the comments this week, I’d love to hear about your big decisions and how you managed through them with victory and success. I’m sure your advice will be helpful!!!

 See you there!!


Keep remembering as you go about each and every day:

Be Inspired! Be Inspirational! Be a Leader!


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  1. Congratulations! You will be missed…..Heading for warmer climate of Southern Cal you have wanted!…I am sure God will use you!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I can’t wait to get there and get settled under the palm trees. 🙂 Yes… it’s been a long time comin’ So much to do before that happens though. I’ll be looking forward to your updates with all the Boston teams and local sports events. There’s a lot to love about MA for sure. Have an inspirational day!

  2. I am sooooo happy for you! 34 years ago, I had to make a life changing decision
    It was the best move! I moved from Az to Ma with a child and was so scared. But God was was and is still faithful! May God go before you and bless you. Be safe my friend.

    • Thanks!!! Ahhh yes… I can’t imagine what a brave move that was for you. Thanks for sharing that. It’s definitely encouraging not only to me, but to everyone who reads this blog who is also contemplating a big move. Sometimes we just have to step out. I follow your courage. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  3. Thanks, Everyone, I’m enjoying putting to action that courage under fire as I move forward. I’m really interested in how you also live out your courage. There’s no way to be an inspirational leader without it.

  4. Wow, so happy for you LouAnn! Enjoy the area for its blessings as gifts from the Lord. It’s so good to see God’s faithfulness shine through your life as you step out into His leading. God bless you!

  5. Wow! This is most exciting news and I am THRILLED for you!!! You will be great and they are most blessed to have you there. Congratulations Lou Ann!

    • Thanks, Laurel. Nice to see you here!!
      I’m looking forward to seeing how Inspirational Leading will grow and thrive in the sunshine. 🙂
      Hope you have an inspired day!

  6. How nervous are you pulling up roots from 1995 but I am so excited for your new life plan. A place to call your own in your career path of choice. I like that word ~ choice! A reflection of who you are knowing that you have the voice, wisdom and guiding hand to follow through on a dream! Sister ~ I am in awe!

    My own big decisions right now ~ nothing! I will contemplate this and return with a response. I just wanted to shout out ~ How proud I am… Cheers!

    • Hi Nancy,
      So nice to see you hear on the blog!! Thanks so much for those inspiring words.
      Our lives really are a choice. I’m trying to remember that at every juncture.
      Nervous – not so much except for the apartment thing. It will be weird to pull out without knowing where I’ll settle.
      There’s a lot to arrange.
      Can’t wait to hear what pops up for you next. Be sure to let us know when you embark. 🙂
      Cheers back at ya!

  7. Congratulations! On behalf of the West Coast…Welcome! We are ready for some of your Inspirational Leading (California style). This is super exciting! It really is very inspiring to watch you go after your dreams.

    • Thanks so much, Lori!!! Can’t wait to join you!
      haha – yes… it will be fun to see IL grow and morph into the California way of life!
      Can’t wait to see you in person sometime between our cities.
      Have an inspired day!

  8. Wow! I am soooo happy for you LouAnn. It sounds like a great opportunity with the huge bonus of being in the warm climate!
    Stay in touch!

    • Thanks, Kim! Thanks also for the blog comment!! 🙂
      I’ll still be here on the blog every week, I’ll also be on email and on FB.
      Not much is really changing. Maybe someday you’ll have to come see LA!
      Have an Inspired day!!

  9. Wow! Very exciting news, LouAnn!! You’ll be missed by many NEnglanders for sure. New beginnings are very exciting!!

    • Thanks, Tom!! Nice to see you here on the blog. I appreciate your comment and good wishes!!
      Yes… it’s my restart in life. I’m pretty psyched. I’ll be more psyched once I have an apartment. 🙂
      Take Great care! Bring the fam out to cali someday.

  10. So happy for you!!!

    • Thanks! Inspirational Leading should have a better chance of growing there too! We shall see! 🙂

  11. CONGRATULATIONS LouAnn!!! You have experienced a long time of waiting and lots of challenges looking for our Lord’s leading and your next ministry adventure. We commend you for being faithful. I am sorry that we couldn’t talk much last Saturday, but we both are happy and excited for you with this call to CA. May His 🙂 be upon you during the count-down, travelling West and Start-up at LaCanada. Thanks in advance for being one of our west coast friends. Your contribution to my life on this coast is appreciated and will be remembered. God Bless. Ed and Sandy

    • Thanks so much for your congrats and your blog comment!! Our blog community will also grow with this move. That’s super exciting as well. Hope to see you under the palm trees someday. I’ll always appreciate you and your wonderful influence in my life. 🙂

  12. LouAnn – I am SO excited for you! I know you have longed for warmer weather and a permanent place to settle in for ministry and community. I will be praying both for you!

    For the apartment, have you contacted Biola University yet? They probably have a listing for students and staff, and may be willing to help you out since you are in ministry. Try their Student Development or Student Life Office.

    And I am still up for a road trip if you need a moving partner – depending on the details of course! 🙂 Know I will be praying for you as you make all the arrangements.

    Love you, Sister!

    Susan 🙂

    • Hey – thanks for your post here in our community!!! You are definitely an inspirational leader and your input is very valued here. 🙂 Thanks for your excitement and your advice!! I look forward to staying in touch and continuing to be inspired be you and your dedication as a minister. Love you back. 🙂

  13. Wow, I am so happy for you. We will miss seeing you but love to keep in touch with this site, etc. I envy the move to a better climate. Love West Coast, this is a bigger change than I have probably made. But did leave a job last year that I felt no longer served me as to who I was as a person. I am going forward one step at a time, have ideas about what I want but am staying in faith that things will work out. It is what I wanted to do but scary at the same time. I have never done this before so it is new ground. In the past when things seemed like you were uncertain of the outcome but took a leap in faith that in the end it turned out for the best. I think it’s like the caterpillar turning into a butterfly. It takes work and strength to get to our new transitional phase. Best to you and keep us posted.

    • Hi Laurie – our most dedicated posting leader!! Thanks for your comment!! I totally understand that “it’s what I want to do but scary at the same time” thing!!! Unless we have courage, we will never learn and grow. You’re awesome! IL will continue and hey – you never know – maybe we’ll meet under a palm tree someday. 🙂

  14. God is so good! Imagining you enjoying the sun and sand, and serving the Lord.

    • sun and palm trees – after 10 years in NE – I’ll take it… even if the ground does rock occasionally. 🙂
      Thanks for your post!!! I love reading your comments. Have an Inspirational day!!!


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