Today I wanted to share a little bit more of my heart for the blog and why I don’t follow the experts’ advice when it comes to what I write here. This little space of the internet is the last piece of the puzzle (for now) of the “What do you do?” question. If you missed the first 2 posts where I explain my Amazon selling business or how I am able to continue homeschooling, you can find those posts here and here. When you run your own business and also have a website/blog, the experts almost always (always?) tell you that they should be related – You should be blogging about your business or what you do. Here’s why I don’t…
I actually started out trying to do that, but I found that it was hard….really hard. I don’t usually have a problem writing. I do get “writer’s block” from time to time, but in general, I can almost always find something to say. As time went on, I realized that I didn’t want to write about Amazon or teaching on my blog. (not that I won’t ever do those things; I try not to box myself in) I spend a lot of time teaching others to sell on Amazon. I write a lot of teaching posts. I spend a lot of time researching answers to Amazon selling questions or new topics to teach. I even record videos. And I truly love what I do. I love to help others succeed. I will also pretty much talk your ear off about it if you ask me. But in my heart, I just kept coming back to the deep desire to encourage other women, to bring hope and speak life to them.
I was thinking last week about why I write the way I do. My pastor said something interesting. He said someone had told him a long time ago that he would often preach where he wanted to be, not always where he was or had been. And I thought, “I get that. I do that.” … not preaching, but writing. Some things I write about are from where I’ve been, things I’ve gone through, but some things I write about are things that I am striving for, where I want to be.
How many of us would have chosen to write our stories exactly as they’ve happened? Not too many, I’m guessing. Maybe your story has been written with the words failure, depressed, unloved, abused, victim, abandoned, anorexic, unimportant. I don’t think any of us would willingly choose those words when writing our stories, but many have those written for us. The reason I write this blog the way I do is not because I have the perfect life or am a perfect person. Far from it! It’s because I have been broken that I write about healing. It’s because I have lost hope that I write about finding it again. It’s because I have been unloved that I write about being loved. The awesome thing is I know the best Editor of all time. I know the One who edits our stories and replaces those words with things like champion, overcomer, survivor, beloved, treasured, worthy, healed, valuable. My hope is that when you come here to read, the things I’ve written encourage you wherever you’re at on your journey. I want you to be able to see those negative words in your story being rewritten by the pen of grace.
It doesn’t make sense. I keep telling God that I’m going against everything I’ve been taught about good marketing, effective business strategies, etc. I don’t think He cares so much 🙂 So, for now, my blog is mostly about speaking life to you to build hope in you and encourage you. And I’ll let God take care of my business. He’s a much better business manager than I am anyway!
Keep Dreaming ~