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back to blogging (and beach photos)

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I have greatly enjoyed this latest blog break. Sometimes it takes that, stepping away, to remember the goals and dream of why you do the things you do, and to make sure a particular task or project or experience is healthy + good for your life. I speak from experience when I say that oftentimes I need respites from activities or habits or indulgences, because they have taken up residence where only God and people and wellness should be.

I have enjoyed the freedom, the rest, the one less activity to think about… but I have missed the writing, creativity, unexpected blessings, and community that comes with keeping up a blog.

With my decision to return to maintaining this blog comes a handful of new desires. Fresh measures of personal “success.” Goals and dreams and vision.

1. I do not want to become a full-time blogger. Full-time designer, yes. Full-time mom one day, yes. Professional blogger? No. I admire and am grateful for those that are; I am continually uplifted by their stories. I learn how to cook weird things, what makeup brands are better for my skin, and how to decorate my home in a fun way for Thanksgiving. All good things. But this is me setting down the expectation of having every post ‘put together’ like fancy blog posts should be. This is also me freeing myself from the pressure that this blog has to be anything other than what it naturally is. No comparison, no competition. Simply stories and revelations as life continues on. Hallelujah. 

2. I want this blog to be a safe place for the everyday woman. I want family, friends, even strangers to arrive and leave feeling whole. In this big world, I am no one special, but I believe that we learn from each other. I believe we are meant to walk together. I believe we are stronger together, loving and growing and changing and enjoying together. I think the possibility of enjoying abundant life on this earth comes when we open up with our stories, and when we invite others in. 

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back to blogging (and beach photos)

Posted in travel

I have greatly enjoyed this latest blog break. Sometimes it takes that, stepping away, to remember the goals and dream of why you do the things you do, and to make sure a particular task or project or experience is healthy + good for your life. I speak from experience when I say that oftentimes I need respites from activities or habits or indulgences, because they have taken up residence where only God and people and wellness should be.

I have enjoyed the freedom, the rest, the one less activity to think about… but I have missed the writing, creativity, unexpected blessings, and community that comes with keeping up a blog.

With my decision to return to maintaining this blog comes a handful of new desires. Fresh measures of personal “success.” Goals and dreams and vision.

1. I do not want to become a full-time blogger. Full-time designer, yes. Full-time mom one day, yes. Professional blogger? No. I admire and am grateful for those that are; I am continually uplifted by their stories. I learn how to cook weird things, what makeup brands are better for my skin, and how to decorate my home in a fun way for Thanksgiving. All good things. But this is me setting down the expectation of having every post ‘put together’ like fancy blog posts should be. This is also me freeing myself from the pressure that this blog has to be anything other than what it naturally is. No comparison, no competition. Simply stories and revelations as life continues on. Hallelujah. 

2. I want this blog to be a safe place for the everyday woman. I want family, friends, even strangers to arrive and leave feeling whole. In this big world, I am no one special, but I believe that we learn from each other. I believe we are meant to walk together. I believe we are stronger together, loving and growing and changing and enjoying together. I think the possibility of enjoying abundant life on this earth comes when we open up with our stories, and when we invite others in. 

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I Don’t Want This To Be A Cookie Cutter Blog

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I Don't Want This To Be A Cookie Cutter Blog

If you keep up a blog, I don’t know if you’ve felt this way, but maintaining a blog means seasonal feelings. What I mean by that, I’ll explain from personal experience. Sometimes I’ll have months where I visit my blog daily, tweaking CSS, brainstorming/writing posts for later, visiting other blogs and leaving comments, finding inspiration, etc. Other months, I might write one post per week, visit zero other blogs, and hardly visit my own. Do I want to stop keeping it up? Of course not, it’s seasonal. Sometimes life is busier, sometimes there are more important things that need my complete attention.

We also go through periods of wondering about our blog’s identity. And maybe we experience a couple weeks of fighting comparison, or we find ourselves a little trapped in the brainstorming of how we can get more comments. Then maybe we’re tempted to write fluffy posts, or on the other hand, we doubt ourselves and wonder if we really should be giving this a shot at all.

Anyone else feel any of these things? It’s okay if it’s only me.

My heart here is to share that I don’t mind if my blog doesn’t follow all of the “tips to be successful” lists floating around. The promoting, the social media activity, the ‘rules’ for interacting with other bloggers, making sure a pinnable image is in the post. None of that is wrong! Please hear that. I am not criticizing or judging or looking down on anyone, there are many who maintain their blog and make a sweet income with it. That’s pretty cool. I commend those who are rocking it out in the blog world; we each have our own voice and it’s wonderful.

But it isn’t what I want. Sure, I would love for friends, even strangers, to read heartnatured posts and be uplifted or challenged; I actually pray for this blog! I pray for the words that come out of my heart and mind that end up published, I pray for the person who ends up reading it, and I ask that God be glorified, that He be honored. I ask Him, since He’s given me a passion to write, share, interact, and create, that He use it as a small means to speak life and hope into people. And that He continue to develop Christlikeness in me, as I ponder and reflect and share. A testimony of someone redeemed by Jesus, someone full of joy, hope, and mercy thanks to a gracious, holy God.

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