A spiritual go-getter
Nadia Laws is a go-getter, a spiritual one.
A communications professional and former reporter with The Royal Gazette, she launched a digital faith-based magazine in February.
Called The Spiritual Go-Getter, it’s also a community for women of faith. It exists to connect women from different backgrounds who share a common desire to serve God.
It’s a journey she started on in 2014.
“I was in a low place in my life. My dad had passed away and I found myself searching for meaning and identity. I was a volunteer for the youth programme at my church and one day the pastor spoke about shining our light and using our talents for God.
“He asked us to have a moment of silence and I remember hearing God tell me, very clearly, that he wanted me to write for the religion section of the Gazette and that he also wanted me to share stories of other inspiring believers around the world.
“The first part was easy to do since I was already working as a journalist at the Gazette. But I didn’t know how I was going to make the second portion come to life.”
Mrs Laws spent five years as this paper’s Religion Correspondent while having a series of epiphanies which, together, led her to realise how she might fulfil the second instruction God had given her.
“In 2016 I met a woman named Gloria Atanmo while travelling in Nazareth, Israel. She is a travel writer, the first black female travel writer I had ever met and the first person I had seen living their dream in that way.
“She inspired me. And since meeting her I attended two of her retreats and have met hundreds of other Christian women who were all pursing their passions in blogging, podcasting, travel-based businesses etc. The retreats really did light a fire in me as to what is possible – especially with God.”
Inspired by her second retreat last December, Mrs Laws returned home and immediately started working on what would become The Spiritual Go-Getter.
“I started by just doing what I had been doing all along, except this time it was for myself. I started putting together lists of people to interview. I look for women who are doing incredible things – from missionaries to business owners; all with a God-centred focus. I include Bermudians in each issue, but I am also connecting with women around the world from so many different backgrounds.”
Mrs Laws hopes that the digital publication will be a source of inspiration for Bermudian women of faith who have big dreams.
“You can’t be what you don’t see. As women of faith – even as women of colour – sometimes we have limited faith of what God can do in our lives because we have never seen it happen before. I want the women who read this magazine to see what is possible to achieve in their own lives.”
The fourth issue of The Spiritual Go-Getter was released on Monday with stories of Shaunte Simons, a Bermudian podcaster and business coach, Chelsea Amber, a Canadian singer and songwriter and Sonja Mitchell, a fashion influencer.
While the first year of this new venture has been fruitful, Mrs Laws insists it hasn’t always been easy.
“There are so many challenges. I do all the interviews, writing and design on my own. I have a separate business that I run and trying to manage both is a heavy workload. I also have a two-year-old, who requires a lot of my time. I wouldn’t be able to do this without my husband’s support.
“There are ups and downs. That is reality. It doesn’t always go your way when you take your step of faith but God is with you all the time.
“What I have found with God is that when He gives you something to do, He doesn’t just want the dream to come to life, He wants you to develop and mature in the process. Like a seed that is planted in soil. It has to be toiled and watered.”
Despite that, Mrs Laws has no regrets about the leap of faith she has taken and is confident that the process will become smoother and her audience will grow.
“I don’t have any profound wisdom. I just knew that I had to do it. I realised that I would not be happy or fulfilled if I didn’t follow through with it. I believe in what I am building. This was not an option for me. It was an instruction from God.”