I read a short article online the other day about why it's important for writers...to write, despite the criticism and frustrations that come with melding our online lives with our real lives. I just started reading One Thousand Gifts, and one of my early takeaways from her emotional and thought-provoking words are ways in which we can be joyful and intentional in the midst of our daily routines. Although I try and avoid doing this on my blog, often times on social media we are only shown the big and captivating moments of marriages and vacations, the photos where our double chins aren't glaringly obvious, the weekend recaps that don't include messy homes and pajamas, and the stories that are void of all hurt.
Of course I also blog so that family can keep up with Ben's changes, keep track of our histories, and the like...but the root of why I keep blogging is this.
| One | To let others know they aren't alone. Motherhood can be especially isolating and lonely, through the daily struggle and hoping and praying we are doing this right. When I write something and hit publish, I know that another mother, maybe halfway across the country is reading my words and nodding, saying "me too", or thinking "someone else knows my struggle." The need for human connection is powerful and profound.
| Two | Inspiration. I was overwhelmed with the amount of love and support I received through sharing my stories about post-partum depression and a traumatic birth experience. My devotion for feeding my family healthy foods has spilled over to this space as well. My success with breastfeeding. My fitness journey. Who could I help and inspire with my words?
| Three | Transformation. I was a print journalism major and a creative writing minor during my undergraduate college years. I may have even attended a poetry jam, or two. The written word has always carried a lot of weight for me. Writing has been transformational for me because I am not only the creator, but also the product. I've processed, healed, and released many things in my life through transforming my thoughts into words.
| Four | Friendship. It's kind of like online dating for friends, right?