Well, when I think about my blogging year, I know what "worked". And I hate talking about that side of things. I mean, several blogs I wrote seemed to REALLY benefit others-- in fact, they shut down my site completely because the traffic was so high when I posted them. And that makes me really happy. I'm happy because it means the words I wrote mattered to other people...were relevant and encouraging ideas...the content I put out into the world was well-received.
Doesn't that always feel good? Well, some things did not (in this past year as a "blogger"). I had many a "deleted" comment from hate-filled people...or just plain old spam. I had incredible feedback, but I also shot down the money-making schemes and shut the doors in many potential advertisers' faces. Why? Well, I just didn't want to get paid for blogging. It kind of defeated the purpose. I just wanted to be a resource to other people out there...and potentially someone others could trust. Putting out content simply to be a "viral hit" and earn cash...it just didn't appeal to me. So, as I look back on this year, I don't just look back on this FISCAL YEAR. I don't view anything here on this site with a truly entrepreneurial mind (and I certainly don't pass judgment on those who DO earn a living in the Blog-asphere; mad props to the successful blogging mommas). I just am going to take this time and post something REAL. This is what I learned from a year of blogging as a mom, wife, friend and HUMAN. Outside of this blog, I've learned something about myself...and I think it's time to share it.
Not because I have a monopoly on truth or am naive enough to consider myself a modern philosopher, but simply because I feel PEACE! Ready? This is the most obnoxious blog you will ever read:
We all want the "New Year's Resolution". We all want the peace that comes from really living life...we just don't know if we can really do that. What does it mean to really live life? Well, it means no excuses. Do you want to keep reading? (If you are like me at all, I severely doubt it). Why would you want to read that every area of your life should receive less excuses? That compels you to action-- and accountability. No one wants that in EVERY area of life because it makes them align completely to God's purpose and His direction in our lives. It's scary. NO EXCUSES. The most immature and unrealistic idea I'm sure you've ever read. Please bear with me?
I'm not getting too far ahead of myself here when I say I do believe (as obnoxious as it may sound) that a life lived HONESTLY is a life lived in FREEDOM. I don't earn the right to check out as a mom. I don't earn the right to (though I have been guilty of this) gossip about someone to a friend. I don't "deserve" that dessert. I don't necessarily deserve that shopping trip with girlfriends because I had had a long week. Sure, I might.
Yeah, but I'm giving myself less excuses and more opportunities to glorify God in this next year of EXISTING ON THE EARTH. Perfect? Absolutely not. More fulfilled? Yeah, I can say I am. No excuses. You'll probably see that in my writings in the next year on this blog. You might not. I might forget to include it or I might not post quite as often. I'm human, you're human...and I adore that truth. I love talking with you...messaging you...encouraging you. My biggest encouragement (I think) in this past year was really to just SEIZE your life in the truth and joy of the Lord. Will you join me this next year as I equally celebrate that here on P31IT? I hope so. No excuses. <3