Thoughtful Thursday: Just call me Minister

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Christine HasslerCongratulations to our Thoughtful Thursday contributor Christine Hassler for becoming an ordained minister! Every week, Christine inspires our Contiki readers and twenty-somethings around the world with her outlook on life.  For us, we know that life-changing experiences (like travel) are something to be celebrated!

Read below for more information about how this profound experience has changed her life.


Guest Blog post by Christine Hassler

This past weekend a heartfelt dream of mine and something I’ve been working inwardly toward for the past three years, came true: I was ordained as a minister. It was one of the most deeply profound experiences of my life and touched a place inside that no external accomplishment ever has (or could).

I share about the process and the details of my experience in my vlog as well as offer you ways to start a ministry of your own – you do not need to be ordained to minister!

The specific message that came through for me as part of my ordination was to “partake in the blessing that I am and that is always available to me.”

I am SO blessed to do work that I love which also gives me the opportunity to love others. I see miracles everyday. People open their hearts and I get to see who they truly are. Compassion is a daily experience for me. It’s awesome.

And . . .

Sometimes I forget to partake in the blessings I offer others. Perhaps you can relate to ministering to your friends and family by showing up for them, acknowledging them, and loving them unconditionally. But then forget to extend all the same love and kindness to yourself.

I share my powerful reminder of how I had forgotten to minister to myself with you as an offering and encouragement to partake in the blessings that are all around you and that you are (hint: if you stop giving so much attention to all the things you don’t like or don’t have in your life, the blessings are easier to see).

A definition of a minister is simply: “to serve.” Serve yourself with love, acceptance, kindness and compassion and then extend that outwardly in simple ways each and every day.

More than anything else, we all want to love and be loved. Let this be your ministry: to love yourself and others and open your heart to be loved.

Much love and many blessings,

About the Author:

Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about…but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. In 2005, she wrote the first guide book written exclusively for young women, entitled 20 Something 20 Everything. Christine’s second book, The 20 Something Manifesto written for men and women stems from her experience coaching twenty-something’s.

Today, she supports individuals as a Life Coach helping clients discover the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 10,000 college students as well as to conferences and corporations about generational diversity. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about life issues and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked.

Christine is the spokesperson for Zync from American Express and the key resource for their Quarterlife Program which empowers young people to take control of their finances. She also created a life balance curriculum for the Leadership Institute and is a member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100.

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