Rev. Dr. Mary D. Bruce wrote the Art, Skill & Spirit of Follow-Through for those people who are ready to be courageous and Follow-Through on that “thing” that they have put off or set aside for too long.
Rev. Dr. Mary leads her own Follow-Through Group in Illinois. She is also available to facilitate trainings about how to start your own Follow-Through group that will support you or your organization with reaching your DV&Gs. Rev. Dr. Bruce conducts workshops for churches, women groups, and young people. What makes Rev. Dr. Bruce’s work unique is that she specializes in weaving the wisdom of the baby boomer generation with the energy of millennial generation, and this mix creates an intergeneration synergy within her groups and training sessions that is like no other type of spiritual group experience. Her training sessions offer participants a safe environment to speak about their DV&Gs. Leaders and organizations can also benefit from learning more about The Art, Skill and Spirit of Follow-Through approaches.
In public speaking engagements, Rev. Dr. Bruce offers specific techniques on how to use the Spiritual Model developed for this book. She teaches participants about how to use the Spiritual Model in your daily lives to support you with Following-Through on “things” that have been difficult prior to reading this book.
What made you decide to write the Art, Skill, & Spirit of Follow-Through?
When I look at the experiences that I am most proud of, they are because I had a dream and vision to do a thing. And if I hadn’t taken an action (small or large), I would never have accomplished that thing.
For example, I always wanted to travel to Africa. One day, I went to a conference and saw an advertisement for a trip to Senegal, Africa. Applicants were required to write an essay for why they wanted to go and what they would do once there. My proposal was accepted.
I first had the dreamto travel to Africa and then, because of God, I encountered the opportunityto go. If I hadn’t completed that small action of following through on my application, then my dream would not have come true.
I wanted to share how important Follow-Through is for all people, whether completing their PhD, traveling, or working on weight loss and health goals.
I created a model, wrote a book (The Art, Skill, & Spirit of Follow-Through), and began to talk to others to see if there was a market for people who have trouble following through on their dreams, goals, and visions. I wanted to be a trailblazer for this community of people.
Now, Follow-Through Today is more than a book. It is a movement.
As a full-time employee and a mom, how do you prioritize your day?
I have to be very organized and do a lot of my Follow-Through business on the weekends and in the evenings. I also realized I could not do it on my own. I asked for support and I started a support group with eight women to discuss my goals for Follow-Through.
I now have a network that has grown from this group – women who show up at my workshops and volunteer their time for me. I also write lists that help me stay on track.
Who are your biggest influences?
One of my biggest influences is Brené Brown and her work on vulnerability. Brene and I have similar life positions: she’s a full-time educator at a university and she has a passion for helping people. Her philosophies mirror mine in that we believe that if a person has a dream, resources will fall in line if the person just starts making actions to obtain that dream.
The difference in my work is that my work encompasses faith: believing in a thing you can’t see; believing that things will happen.
I’ve seen this happen in people’s lives: If they just start, God will place opportunities, solutions, and resources in their path. They just need to start.
What advice would you give moms who work from home?
Build your own community of moms. It can be lonely being just with your own children. I encourage moms to enjoy the flexibility of working from home but to also create outlets to bond with other moms and join them in doing other things.
What advice would you give moms who are working to start or build their business?
Make a list and allow yourself to celebrate and feel successful when you cross something off that list. Even if it is not perfect. Let it be good enough. And never quit going after your goals.
What one word would you choose to describe yourself?
Is there anything else you want to share with the Mom Empire?
We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be moms and we have the opportunity to be role models for our child(ren). But make yourself a priority as well so that when your children leave the nest, you can experience fulfillment as a parent and fulfillment in obtaining your personal dreams and goals.