Four months ago, I was running out of things to write about. So I decided to take a break. At least from the blog.
This summer, I took the time to intentionally think about what I want this blog to be about. And I renamed the blog to reflect what I desire this blog and my life to be about: “Elevate What Matters: A Community Pursuing Purpose Over Comfort.”
More than re-thinking the blog, I took the opportunity to re-think myself, who I am, what I’m about and who I want to become. And from that, I wrote a new mission statement for myself: Author and blogger pursuing purpose over comfort by elevating what matters and minimizing what doesn’t.
While I spent a ton of time writing my next book, researching how to be a better blogger and how to make a better blog (and by the way, I had a blast doing it!), I wanted to do less writing and more living this summer. And I did.
Writing less allowed me to think less this summer. I felt I’d been spending too much of my time in my head and not enough time actually living my life.
When I took a step back from my writing, it came with a change in perspective on my life. Getting out of my head allowed me to zoom out and look at my life from a different angle. And when I did, my life looked less scary.
I wasn’t so focused in on all of the details. I started surrendering to the truth that I don’t have to have it all figured out. At least not today.
And when I got out of my head for a while, I felt some things I haven’t felt in a long time. I got in touch with some of my deepest fears. I discovered some of my deepest longings. I rediscovered some hobbies I love and explored some new ones. I dreamt new dreams I never knew I had.
And beyond that, I did stuff. Not that writing isn’t doing stuff, but at the end of the day, I want to be more than someone who puts words on paper. And to be honest, four months ago, that is who I felt I was becoming as a writer.
When we thinkers fuel our thoughts with love and act on them, we become more powerful and our words themselves gain a power they never had before. That’s the type of writer I aspire to be.
I have big dreams for this blog. It’s been a lot of work just getting it to this point, and honestly, I wanted to do more to it before I launched it.
But I am a pro at putting unnecessary pressure on myself. So I’m letting “good enough” be good enough today and will be adding some big and some little things over the next several months.
What slowed me down and helped me take the pressure off of myself to perfect this new blog (and my life in general) was some wisdom from my husband.
I don’t remember how it came up, but Drew reminded me all we can do is show up and care about people. It’s that simple.
I like to over-complicate my job as a human being on this planet and my job as a writer. A lot.
I’ve been trying to do more than show up and care. And in doing so, I think the power behind showing up and caring is lost. I can’t really do a great job at being present and genuinely caring for people when I have a bigger agenda.
You see, I’ve been trying to change people through my writing. I’ve desired to be an influencer. I’ve wanted to inspire people. But the truth is, I can’t control how you’re impacted by my words or if you are at all. All I can do is show up and write out of my love and care for you, my readers.
And that’s what I aim to do on this new blog. Some of what I post will be practical and applicable. Some of it will just be words written out of love for you, my readers.
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