I have done something this past year that I rarely do..I stuck with something!!
Usually after a few months of the same thing I grow bored and decide somethings not for me, but this year I started writing, not really sure why or how, and this whole blogging thing has been a learning curve of what to do and what not to do, but still staying me and finding my "voice". (I'm pretty sure I would be a branding specialists nightmare!)
I've been overwhelmed and down right so blessed by it that any time I thought of quitting encouragement came at just the right time to stop me from hitting delete.
And I've grown and met so many amazing people, writers, real writers..not ones that just pretend like me.
I even have a word this year "Fearless" because I'm always afraid of making the wrong move and messing everything up, so I end up not doing anything. Fear has ruled over me for so long, but not anymore. Fearless is my word, so that anytime I start to doubt myself and abilities I can look over at that pretty little button that Melanie from Only a Breath made (click over to her site, she may have time to make one for you too) ..for free! and be reminded to keep swimming.
Also ~smiles really big~ I was chosen along with 98 other women to be a part of Holley Gerth's Dream Team! Excited doesn't even begin to describe it!!
I'm excited for so many reasons because Holly is an amazing encourager that has a new book coming out TODAY, The "Do What You Can" Plan: 21 Days To Making Any Area Of Your Life Better, it's a book you will want to read if you have big goals for the new year but end up not sure where to even begin, so you don't.
She breaks it down into easy to follow steps, so that you will be encouraged to not just start your goal but make progress. Did you know it takes only 21 days to start a new habit??
I feel like this group is God's way of saying this is what I've made you for, for such a time as this. And Holley and her team are going to help you figure out which path to take. The vision for the future that I've been praying for just may be answered through working with this group.
And there are some fantastic ladies in the group and one thing I've already realized in the short time that it's been formed is that God has us writing for different reasons- I know, duh. There are many different areas that God has placed on our hearts to write about, so yes while there are many writers out there and the blogging world is large and expansive, we each have a different call on our lives. And all working together for His glory, not in competition with one another.
Oh, and I've decided to open up Guest Posting. If you have something you would like to share, contact me and let me know. I would love the chance to promote you and your story on here. Click on the tab above to learn more, then send me an email!
This has been a great first year of blogging, and as I grow and learn, I hope to share and continue to make new friends through this outlet. It's my hope that this year in blogging this community that I've created here will continue to grow and change as God directs me. I truly want this to be a place of encouragement, where others feel free to come and read, and comment because they relate and realize that they don't have to be perfect to be used by God.
It's only by grace that I'm where I'm at this point in my life,well, that and stubbornness :) and a refusal to give up. I fall short daily and I hope that in me being vulnerable you will be encouraged to do so as well. Because I think that is how real community is created and held together.
The following are some favorite posts::
My letter to my nephew on FB acceptance:: I wish I would have told him
Hearts cry to God:: When You Hit a Wall and Want to Run
Pinterested? :: Pinterest Goodies
Life's trials will not bring you down:: You Will Be an Oak
and my personal favorites:: If We are the Body & Dream a Dream & Can We Agree to Disagree?
Happy New Year Ya'll!!
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linking my one word post with Melanie at Only a Breath and OneWord365 click over and read what others chose for their One Word or add yours.
Also linking with Faith Jam