I'm so excited for today. I've been working on a lot of things lately, including a constant heart search regarding this platform, and what it's meant to do. Don't worry, I'll tell you everything!
I get a lot of questions when I tell people I'm a writer. "Oh, what do you write about?" After I finish stammering and take a deep breath, I usually manage to respond with, "I'm a lifestyle writer!" I mean, I write about all things life--the struggle and the growth, mostly--so this tends to be the quickest response.
I've reflected on this a lot over the past few months, I've toyed with adding a whole lot of things to this space to make that phrase a truer one, and I've talked with my trusted writing partners through the whole process.
Beka helped me realize I was approaching this all wrong.
She said, "Well, you're not going for a lifestyle blog. You're going for a Real Life Blog."
Besides highlighting my lack of style (thanks, Beka), I think that's one of the best reality-checks I've ever received.
It is my desire that other women* come to this space to feel known, encouraged, and empowered to take joy in who they already are.
(*And also the two men who read my blog. Hey, Matt and Greg!)
I don't want to add noise.
When we pursue "inspiration," aren't we actually searching for healing?
Healing doesn't happen from adding, but it happens when we take away, scrape, refine, grow through the pain, tell our story (not someone else's).
I want to get organization inspiration.
Heal my lack of time and lack of control.
I want to lose weight and get fit!
Heal my relationship with food and exercise. Heal my lack of confidence.
Heal my marriage.
I need a promotion! I want to be successful!
Heal my work life, heal my work place.
Heal my heart. Make it whole.
In order to heal, we have to get real. I don't want to distract you from that, but point you to it--over and over.
Let me tell you a story.
This summer I had an aspiration to reexamine my goals as a writer and dig into how I spend my time. I used Lara Casey's goal setting process, I planned, I wrote down why's and gathered visuals. When I got to the end, instead of feeling peace, I felt weight. I felt the heaviness of trying to be someone I'm not. I crossed all the goals out, and wrote down one word.
Christ has already set us free. We are not meant to fear. We are not meant to bind ourselves into the very chains that have been broken.
I might start my goals over, but I will make sure they are a peaceful extension of who I am. Not Beyonce's goals. Not Shauna Niequist's goals.
They will be goals that magnify the grace and love that covers me.
So, you can call me the Real Life Blog Girl (or Jess works, too). You can find me uncovering and embracing ALREADY. Send me an AMEN if you're done with adding to get to enough!
P.S. Photo credit for basically everything in this corner of the web goes to the amazing Lindsay Davenport! She also deserves credit for helping me to sustain this creative endeavor. Best mastermind group, ever! Thanks, Linds.