I know that I touched briefly on the reason I started this blog in my “About Me” post, but today I want to get a little more in depth with it. See, I want to tell y’all about what I feel God is pulling me to do, how I went about figuring this out (with help), and why you should pay attention to what He’s pulling you to do.
Let’s start with a little backstory (who doesn’t love a good backstory). I have always felt the pull to write (like since I was itty bitty and could start little “novels” in spiral notebooks). While I love to write, and always have, I was fairly certain that short of a miracle, I would not be an author or any type of best seller in the future. Now, let’s fast forward some years.
I have worked in a salon for the past couple of years and I really do enjoy my job. I have amazing clients and an incredible (Godly) work family. While I love my job, I have steadily felt the urge to write. Let me tell you, this “urge” has resulted in the, un-needed, purchase of many a notebook (never put away with anything more that a few pages of an unfinished story that I had started) and a plethora of Google Docs that were opened and filled with about a week’s worth of a story. So, you could say that I have been feeling discouraged on the writing front for quite some time. Despite the many failed attempts, I still pick up another notebook and open another Google Doc.
Recently, in about the last 6-8 months, I felt like I had been seeing “Start A Blog” posts everywhere. I was intrigued to say the least and decided then that I was going to start a blog and rule the world! Okay, maybe just rule my domain… and not rule as much as share my opinions… but you get the picture. So, determined to succeed, I started my research. As quickly as my interest began, it faded. All of this start up cost (which didn’t end up being to bad)??? How many hours of networking??? No way, I don’t have that kind of money and I don’t have that kind of time. Just like that, I pushed it out of my mind and went on with my life. Or so I thought that would be the case, but the thought of blogging never left me. I would find myself scouring Pinterest to look at “Start A Blog” posts, income reports, and “Blogging Changed My Life” posts. As much as I enjoyed reading through them, I still felt that it wasn’t my place in the world (though the whole time and for quite some time before, I felt as though I needed to be doing something more with my life). Let’s fast forward again.
We are now up to the point in my life that I like to call two weeks ago, better known as the day before Halloween. My husband and I went out to dinner with our friends (who both have faith that could withstand a hurricane). I always feel like God uses them to tell me things, especially when I’m being to stubborn to see the signs on my own, and this night was no different. While out to dinner (and while both of our husbands were talking away about something that didn’t interest us too much), we got to talking about career choices. She was telling me about some plans in her life that had de-railed and we were talking about how maybe God was trying to tell her that she needed to switch paths. I brought up, briefly, that I felt as though I was meant to be doing something more at the moment but not sure what the “more” would even be. It was a nice conversation, we finished it, and moved on to the next subject. Then, out of the blue, she asked me if I had ever thought of blogging. I told her what I just told y’all and she said that she really felt like God wanted her to tell me to go for it.
Confusing, I know, but I trust her and I trust God, so the very next day I sat down to plan (which I try to do for everything in my life and typically come up with 18000000 different ideas with no clear vision). I, nearly as soon as I sat down, had my name and what I wanted to talk about figured out. From there everything rolled into place. I started this blog, my blog, the very next day and I have loved every minute of it. I’m not the most tech-savvy, I have hit snags (which thanks to wonderful Facebook groups and Google, have been figured out), and I am still in my beginning stages but I really feel like I am doing something that I need to do. I love this and for something that seemed so terrifying nearly two weeks ago, it feels like another home now.
I tell you my “Why I Blog” story to encourage you to go after what you feel like God is pulling you to do. It may seem scary, unobtainable, or just downright not for you, but if God is telling you to do it, everything will work out. Plus, trust me, if you ignore His signs for too long, he’ll start hitting you over the head with what He wants you to do (figuratively of course).
Well, that’s all for today. I know that it ran a little long, but I really hope that it urges you to go after your God-pull. As always, thank you for reading and much love!
If you enjoyed my “Why I Blog” post, check out this week’s Pay It Forward