[well hello! media week is over + I’m half excited/half stressed. I think I”m going to continue a lot of what I did during media week this coming week, but unplugging really got my creative writing juices going and I have a few posts to share– first…a birthday post!] [thank you for all the birthday love! I am finally just now getting to go through all my facebook & instagram message! I feel SO LOVED!!!]
I woke up today, on my 29th birthday, with a sense of urgency. and I’m not quite sure how to put it into words – but I just have a renewed spirit. a new energy to get up, get after it, hustle, and pursue and live my dream. I don’t want to waste one more day on the things that don’t matter + the things that have no eternal significance [which obviously, I’m human so I will end up wasting precious time whether I want to or not] I don’t want to waste my life, I want to make it count. [thanks john piper+Lacrae] I’ve been in somewhat of a “fog” or “funk” and instead of going out there and chasing my dream, I’ve just been reading other peoples stories of how they’ve chased theirs. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love a good story. That’s why I started my “anybody” series. I just think there is a fine line between living vicariously through others stories + simply being inspired and encouraged by them to go out and live yours. I don’t just want to read about how Jeff Goins became a writer, I want to pursure my dream of being a writer. [did I just say that out loud ?] That is a scary thing to say “out loud” but it’s the truth. I want to use my words + my story to speak truth and encouragement into others. I want to let God use the gifts He gave me of connecting, to connect with people. I don’t want it to be about ME, but I want to be confident in the gifts HE gave me, and use them for His glory. and I know to do this, I can’t just sit back and wait for it to happen to me. I have to hustle. I have to connect, I have to write, I have to practice. but I also have to have the balance to know that to tell a good story, I have to LIVE IT. and the things that most inspire my writing, are the things that I LIVE every day. No doubt every time I’m in a “writing funk”, if I have some sort of time of connecting with people I’ll come home recharged and challenged to write again. This “media” week has been good for me. To not find my satisfaction or identity in who I am online. but to have real life connections with the people that are in my everyday life at home. Unplugging has allowed me more time to read, more time outside, and because of that my mind is clearing and I’m actually able to sit down and write. Writing is my therapy and even if no one reads it- I’ll still do it. It’s an outlet for me to share, to vent, to express myself and to get my thoughts out of my head and onto “paper”.
So. I hope you’ll stick with me. and I thank those of you who’ve been through it all with me on this online space. I pray that this space will be one of encouragement, I pray it will give hope, and I pray the stories told will give you the courage to get out and live your story!
I’m thankful for another year of life, and I’m excited to see what God is going to do in me this year. Here’s to my last year as a twentysomething.