Lately, I’ve been doing an overall assessment of my life and trying my best to make improvements, stay motivated, and change my thinking. I’ve been reading a lot of what I would call Christian self-help books as well as blog posts from successful bloggers. Chronically, I find myself wondering whether I will ever BE one of those women. Will I one day find myself writing about how I found freedom and success, helping other women find their way as well? Though, I am glad for those women, I am also jealous that they’ve had an epiphany, a revelation if you will. God has given them a special word, and that they have found a way to share who they truly are with the world.
Struggle In the Muck:
Their words of encouragement help me to realize that there is hope God will get me to the other side. However, I often wish that I could hear from them when they were in the muck, because that’s where I feel I am a lot of the time.
The same is true in the way I feel about blogging. Though I love finding the perfect looking blogs with visually stunning photography and everything just so. I also enjoy reading the blogs that may not be the foofiest or most perfect in design, but are so real and honest. I love finding real women who write real blogs. They lift me up in a real heart-to-heart sort of way, and I feel encouraged by what they are learning through the demands of their struggles. The struggle is very real, and there are women everywhere dealing with many types of challenges.
I’m Not Perfect, But That’s Okay:
Instead of looking at the prettiest blog and thinking, “I could never do that or be like that,” I feel the pain of their struggle and think, “I want to leave a comment for them to let them know what has helped me. Maybe they could benefit from that….” Perhaps, I can have it both ways with my own blog. I will try to make it beautiful, but it doesn’t have to be paralyzingly perfect. I don’t have to get to some level of accomplishment I put in my own mind before I begin. In fact, I don’t think I will get anywhere unless I move forward even through my mess. I can’t wait to “get it all together” before I can encourage anyone. It is in the now, the deep, the mess, the genuine here I am truth, that leaves the most mark on hearts. I am thankful to the brave women out there who have taught me that by sharing their truth with me.
They have taught me it’s not about comparing ourselves with one another, but just sharing who we are and our lives, and hoping that someone finds connection there.
Me Flying Free – Finding Freedom, it’s a process…
My blog is titled, “Me Flying Free (Finding Freedom Through Blogging).” I wish that I could say that I was there… completely free – where I could feel the warm breezes and just soar in life. Right now I can’t really talk as an expert about financial freedom, being healthy, or being a successful woman. I can only talk to you, like a friend, about the steps that I am trying to implement in my life to attain those things. The truth is, I am learning, but most days I am just barely hanging on. I feel caged up by chronic illness, lack of energy, lack of motivation, fear of failure, etc. etc. I feel like my true self is screaming to get out, and break through all of that – like every fiber of my being is boiling to the surface like a volcano getting ready to erupt.
It’s as if I can see a clear image of what I want, but there are so many discouraging pitfalls I keep falling into on my way to it. It is difficult to remain focused and hopeful for the future I dream about. Satan is doing all he can to get me to remain focused on the daily trouble. He has a way of getting us to focus inward rather than outward. I truly believe that my healing, success, and happiness will come only from focusing outward. There is strength is in our unity with others.
Maybe as you’re reading this you have some helpful advice for me that you will leave in the comments section. I would appreciate that. Maybe, on the other hand, you may have not started a blog or taken a step yet toward your dream and your definition of freedom. I hope you will. Either way, I would like to connect with you, wherever you are on your blogging journey or just life journey in general. We’re here to help one another. I have gained so much insight, comfort, encouragement, and inspiration from reading other women’s blogs. My hope and goal are to provide even a hint of that in my words that I share with you.
God Bless You on Your Journey. God has many good things for His Daughters, which you are, and don’t ever forget it!
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