We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke P. Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke P., maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I struggled with an eating and exercise disorder for years, and it always felt like a taboo topic, especially in the Church. Because of this, closeness among my friends, and closeness between me and God really suffered. The more I hid my struggle, the further I would feel from others. My struggle ended up becoming a barrier to some of my most important relationships in life. As I healed, I began talking more openly about my struggle and found others were longing to do the same. I wanted to see more of this, especially in the Church. So, I started calling out barriers that get in the way of our relationship with God, and talking about them openly, without shame, and filled with hope. I love helping people remove the barriers that are holding them back so that they can live into the full and abundant life God has marked out for them.
What should our readers know about your business?
I write resources and preach messages that help people go deeper in their relationship with God, and remove any barriers that get in the way of that relationship. In simple terms: I help people see, experience, and engage with God in color. Somewhere along the way knowing about God became more esteemed than personally knowing God. I believe that when we truly come to know God intimately, our lives change radically for the better. I have made it my mission in life to help men and women know God in a real, life-changing way. I am most excited about a resource I am currently working on; a two part guide which includes one guide for how to suffer well, and another guide for how to walk alongside someone suffering. After facing the death of my only sister, I found there was no manual for suffering. I wanted something that didn’t minimize my pain, or amplify it either, but I came up empty handed. I also found that well-intentioned people around me were incredibly ill-equipped to walk alongside me as I suffered. So, I went on a journey with God all on my own and this guide is a copy of that very same journey. I believe that suffering is our great common ground. No one gets through this life unscathed by suffering. We all experience it, to varying degrees. But our response to it is vast and complicated. While Jesus walked this earth, He himself experienced a great deal of suffering and came into contact with many people who were in a great deal of pain, anguish, and brokenness. He had some pretty incredible responses to suffering, but I don’t often see those responses reflected by Christians. This guide will hopefully help those who find themselves in seasons of suffering, learning how to navigate the difficult days ahead. It will also help guide those who find themselves walking alongside someone who is suffering, and teach them how to love these sufferers well. Running my own business and ministry is not easy–it never has been, and I don’t know that it ever will be. But I continue to show up for the work each day because the pain of not doing it far outweighs the pain and difficulty of doing it. A few lessons I’ve learned along the way: 1. Get really clear about WHY you are doing what you do, 2. Don’t seek approval from others, 3. Leading is hard and often unglamorous; the first ones through the wall are the bloodiest, 4. Money is overrated, calling and the pursuit of it is not, 5. Comparison is a trap, keep your eyes ahead on the race marked out for YOU, 6. God’s in charge of the results, be faithful and obedient to the work He’s called you to.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d start our day off with a sunrise hike at Torrey Pines followed up by brunch at The Great Maple in North Park, complete with an order of their maple bacon doughnuts, of course. We’d head to Imperial Beach for some time to unwind and chat by the water. I’d schedule us a few massages and facials at Therapie Day Spa in La Mesa, followed up by dinner at Blue Boheme in Kensington. We’d watch the sunset at the beach just in front of The Hotel Del in Coronado to close out our day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Nolan, who remains my biggest cheerleader, my sounding board, my go-to processor, and my truth teller. My parents; Shelley & Jim, who have reminded me for years that I could do anything I set my mind and heart to, and have celebrated and cheered me on all the way. My kids, who have taught me more about the abundant life than some of the most exhaustive books out there. My late sister, Lauren, who opened my eyes to grace, and reminded me of all our brokenness. My mentors; Robyn & Laurie, who offer a safe space for me to unload my mess, and provide wise counsel in return. My Board of Directors; Tira, Jamie, Deb, Shelley.