I started this blog almost three years ago. I’m amazed at how far it’s come and am really encouraged by all the feedback it’s been getting! So, because you’re reading this, THANK YOU! It means a lot to me!!!
The reason I started it was because of my passion for writing. For as long as I can remember, I love to write. Especially the good-ole-fashioned way, with pen and paper. If you know me personally, you know I have notebooks galore and always want more!
I remember my parents buying notebooks for me before I even knew how to write. I would scribble in “cursive” on every line and every page and dream about actually writing one day. Twenty-something years later, here I am all grown up and writing away.
It didn’t really go as I envisioned. Getting it started and all. It was a lot harder and took more self-confidence than I thought I had. If it wasn’t for my husband, I’d probably be writing this three years from now or even further down the road. He helped me believe that my dreams mattered.
Growing up, I convinced myself that my dreams meant little… despite what my friends and family told me, and despite all the inspirational messages or sermons I heard. I just didn’t think it was possible for me. Even though I’m a firstborn, I had this tendency to put myself in last or second place repeatedly. Which is usually a wonderful thing… but the way I did it wasn’t very healthy, or dare I say, godly.
A few months into marriage and my husband pulled my dreams out of me. He encouraged me day after day and helped me believe that I had something to offer to this world. Not only through writing, but through other passions and dreams that I put on the shelf for too long (crafting, painting, singing, songwriting, biking, and more).
I didn’t mention my blog much, or at all when I started writing more publicly, though. There was a lot of publishing going on, just followed by a quick delete. I was beyond nervous and insecure about it. But as more time passed by, I set goals and challenges. And that’s what changed everything.
Fast-forward to the beginning of this year, I required myself to post every week and to share it on social media. It’s hard at times because, honestly, I still get nervous right before I post. I’m learning that I need to get over it because I have little to lose, and if I love to write, the only way for me to get better is to… write!
Along with that, I had a prophetic word given to me to “write about the Jesus I know.” The person praying for me read my mail and encouraged me to keep on writing. I realized when God puts desires in your heart and then speaks through other people about it (in this case, my husband’s constant voice and this prophetic word), it’s important to take action and just go for it!
With summer upon us and May wrapping up, I reassessed my goals and did a little planning. I’m shutting off my social media apps until September but will write and post 1-2 times a week on my blog. Though social media is the best way to promote my blog, I noticed I linger on it longer than necessary. I go down the rabbit trails of videos, memes, and everything else on there, so I need a little mental break from it. 😉
I hope you stick around and invite your friends to subscribe to my blog. Your feedback and suggestions mean the world to me. Comment below to let me know you were here and tell me about some topics you want to read up on (I love a fresh challenge!). You can also go to my contact page and message me there – I’ll respond as soon as I can!
Look out for posts on Mondays starting June 1st, and share it on your social media if you enjoyed reading any of them! Time to welcome summer and all the goodness it brings 🙂