I have a confession to make. My to-do list has consisted of “write a blog post” nearly daily for a couple of weeks now. In fact, today, I finally found some time and logged in, and realized that it has, in fact, been a solid six weeks since I’ve published a post here.
I was shocked. I never go that long without writing (outside my planned December sabbatical every year). But also, it makes sense. Let’s face it. A lot has gone on in my life since January. And so, I guess it’s time for a life update. So, grab your favorite beverage, get cozy, and let’s dive in.
What’s Been Going On?
There’s really not a lot to report on the blog front since my last life update. Between taking December off and having my wisdom teeth removed in mid-February, there wasn’t much time to make a lot of changes to this platform. As for my personal life, though, that’s a different story.
If you follow me over on Instagram, you might have seen that I got a job. Like, a real, outside-the-house, with a boss that’s not me kind of job. As of this last month, I’m the youth ministry director at our new church!
It’s exciting, and it’s good news, but, it’s been a lot to process. It happened kind of quickly, and quite frankly, it was a calling that washed over me suddenly and unexpectedly.
I try not to bring religion into this space very often (even though it’s a big part of my life outside my online presence), but let’s just say, God has been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work in my life lately, and this job was one of those things.
This wasn’t something I planned for, or expected. In fact, this job had been brought to my attention, twice. And I’d said “no.” Twice.
And then, one day, I just realized that this job was the answer to some problems I’d been praying specifically over. It was the perfect answer for everything I needed to change in that moment. And, more than that, I realized that I was the right person to do it. The only thing holding me back was the thought that I couldn’t, but when I looked at it logically, I knew I could.
It felt like a sign.
There have been times in my life when, looking back, I can see a series of small, insignificant events that built up to life-changing moments. In hindsight, I can see those for what they are, even though I didn’t recognize them at the time. God was moving in my life in order to get me ready for the next step.
This wasn’t like that, though. This time, it felt like a sign. A big, lit up sign with the flashing neon lights. There was more clarity and more understanding over what was happening than in any other point in my life.
Before I knew it, I was accepting a job that I never in a million years would have pictured myself in, but one that I’m really, really excited about now that I’ve got.
With that being said, It’s clearly been an adjustment.
In the past, I’ve never really understood when my self-employed friends get a job and suddenly disappear from their online space. Needless to say…I get it now.
This job, even though it’s part time, is taking up a lot more mental space than I expected, which is leaving me a lot less energy for writing. I hate that, because this blog has been a passion project for so long.
A piece of my heart is buried in these posts, and it’s not something I want to let go of. But I’ll be honest. I don’t know what the future looks like, here. My priorities have shifted. And, while I do think that this platform is still important and relevant and still part of my story, I don’t think in this season that it’s the most important part.
I don’t have any plans to go anywhere anytime soon, but I do think it’s time to expect a little less of myself in some areas. So, I guess I’m asking for patience as I work through this transition (from you and from me). Because I’m likely about to become less consistent than the blogger you’ve grown to know over the years.
Life Lately: March 2021
Truth be told…I didn’t really open up this blog post with the intention of pouring out my heart and soul. This has never really been that kind of page. I deal with facts, and insight, and helpful little lists. But…once the words started flowing, they didn’t stop.
And so, here I am, 600 words later, with a story unlike any I’ve shared on this blog before. It’ll amaze me if I actually hit publish. But, for the sake of rounding it out and making this a true “Life Lately” post, here are some other things going on around here. (In list format, just to add a little normalcy.)
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- I got my wisdom teeth taken out! I’ve been dreading the procedure for years and finally got it done. Recover has been rough. I thought I was looking at about a week, but here I am a month later, finally off the steady dose of extra-strength ibuprofen and eating like an actual adult human again.
- We had snow! In Texas! Such a rare event that it’s worth documenting. I mean, we got to historically low temps. Honestly, I was over it about half a day in. I moved back here because I like summer a lot, you know? But, my kids thoroughly enjoyed it!
- Currently Reading: What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty. I’m really enjoying it so far, but man is it prompting a lot of self reflection. No spoilers or anything (this is on the back of the book), but what would you do if you woke up thinking it was 10 years ago and had to piece your life together to figure out how you got here?
- I’ve been meaning to tell you about my new vitamins for ages! They’re freaking amazing and I don’t have to swallow giant pills (which I just won’t do). Finally, a good quality vitamin I can trust, that actually tastes good. Look for a full review soon-ish, but just know, these are legit.
This was a blog post like none other that I’ve posted here. But, when I realized I’d gone over a month without sharing anything at all, I knew it was time to offer some sort of explanation. So, there you have it! There’s an exciting new chapter coming up, and while I’m looking forward to it so much, it’s also taking away some of my normal writing time (and energy). I haven’t stopped posting on Instagram, though, so if you want to keep up-to-date on life, and see when new posts go up, be sure to stay in touch there!