And so it begins. A blog from a small town girl that lives in the city, an introverted and extroverted woman who loves parties and needs time to herself, a woman who is full of confidence one moment and full of insecurities the next. Someone that wants more than anything to have the heart of Jesus and yet is enticed by my simple, human, selfish desires. I’m happy at home with my dog and mud boots, but equally love a beautiful dress and heels. I’m a contradiction. I’m okay with that.
Twice in my life something I’ve heard or read has changed me. First, years ago, I read this quote, “Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” That changed the way I interacted with every person I met from that moment on. Secondly, I was having a conversation with my friend Rose in Uganda about the glass appearing half full or half empty. My dear Rose, who has experienced trauma you cannot imagine, said to me, “I’m thankful to have a cup and something to drink.” That changed me from that moment on. Gratitude became my focus and I’ve found it’s the answer to most of my troubles.
Many of my clients say that they wish they could call me in the middle of the week and just get an encouraging word, an inspiring thought, a caring ear. This blog is my way of doing just that. Words from my heart to yours. Words that I hope will make you think, make you laugh, make you consider changes. Words that might give you hope and courage and even healing.
I’ll do my best to be authentic. Authenticity is scary isn’t it? It makes us vulnerable to others. I’m learning to be comfortable in vulnerability. I’m learning to be okay with others not agreeing with me, or not being pleased with me. I’m learning it’s okay to be scared because that means I’m trying to do something really brave. I’m learning all the time. Did you ever notice that the more you learn, the more you realize what you don’t know? There is so much I don’t know. But, I do know some really helpful, wonderful things that I want to share.
Maybe someday, someone will say “I once read something that changed me.” and it will be something I shared. That’s pretty cool. Maybe I’ll never know. I don’t need to know. I’m just going to share from my heart and pray it is something that someone needed to hear. God can’t use you if you do nothing.
Be kind, be grateful, be courageous.