Thanks, 2017, 2018 needed you! This serves as a gratitude post for my beginnings; for my readers, followers, and supporters, both online and offline; for fellow bloggers and writers; and for some lessons experienced as God walks me through this journey. My hope is you pull a takeaway for your life and your endeavors.
Your various messages, feedback, and encouragement fuels my tank. Thank you for reading along and supporting me. Thank you for passing along content that could help someone else. Thank you for being an active participant on the blog by commenting and sharing your own thoughts. I value the interaction and desire a personal connection with my readers.
I appreciate our networking. I’m better for it. Running along side one another, sharing more light into this world, is rewarding as we give ground to a greater legacy and calling in life. Knowing you’re showing up and giving back in and through your craft challenges me. Your content strengthens and helps carry me along. It’s better to band together verses travel alone. Regardless our stage or experience level, we can take and learn something from each other. There’s a writing place for all of us and our sphere of influence is inflamed by us coming together and complementing one another.
Looking back at 2017, having just gone live in June, I set a realistic goal to do at least one blog post per month. I’m proud to have achieved that. It may not be enough for what’s “recommended”, but there’s not a perfect blogging game plan and being true to my intentions is more than enough. Quality over quantity – not posting just to post – was achieved.
Depending on the subject, allowing life to unfold and be lived creates authentic, treaded ground on which to write.
Whatever it is, my encouragement to you is to begin. Be content with how and the pace you begin. People can easily set and think things for you, but how does it line up with and how will that effect your vision and passion and what God says and thinks? Stretching myself too thin and being pressured could have negatively effected what I was trying to achieve, not to mention my overall experience. Invite and keep God part of the process.
In addition to continuing to learn about blogging, I value supplemental resources such as writing courses. I have much to develop all the while being true to my voice, personality, and identity. Passions and strengths share a common need to anything else: They still need development and work.
Invest in yourself and your goals, endeavors, and callings. Guard what’s been entrusted to you. One investment effects and spills over into other investments.
Challenges, distractions, opinions, and negative self talk is as common as the setting of the sun. I guess part of me thought some of that would become less when I focused on what was important to me and what I should be doing. I figured the joy would cover challenges, tucking them right into place. And that negative self talk would lose its voice to the passionate blogging voice. Not so. In some ways it became more so. I’m being stretched to live out the reality of a truth: The more concerned I am about seeking His kingdom, the less concerned I become with ‘my kingdom’. That promise becomes more than just words on a page, putting things in their rightful place.
Remember as you give yourself more to your passions or goals, the more certain challenges or exposures will surface. This lays a path for even greater growth and your life and passions are better for it. Remember why you are doing what you are doing. Learn to say ‘no’ to what other people may dream for you. Know what’s for you and what’s not for you at a particular time, or ever. Exchange negative talk with truth and promises. Stay plugged into your passion despite life challenges and be surprised at the mutual benefit that gets exchanged.
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