Let me preface this by saying that I love being a stay at home mom. I would not change it for anything in the world. I know that this is what God has called me to do, and I love it.
But there has always been this small part of me that wonders if there isn’t something “more” that God called me to do as well. I’ve always known I wasn’t going back to the corporate world I left. But all those great business skills I learned just seemed wasted on managing grocery lists, sorting legos, and juggling after school schedules. It felt wrong to just leave all those skills behind and never use them again.
I guess another way to explain it would be that I always have felt that my role as a mom didn’t fully use my God-given gifts or talents. That felt (and feels) wrong to me. It should. God didn’t create me to be one dimensional. He created me to fill many roles and be a complicated creature. One role is that of “mom,” but that’s not the total sum of who I am.
When I started my blog, it was with an eye on the business end of blogging as well as the creative aspects. I love to write. I love creating my artwork and tweaking around with the look of my blog. Being creative, expressing myself, and making things pretty are all fun. The creative stuff meets some needs for me.
My blog is something that I can totally control. I have absolute power over how it looks and what it says, I love that. I adore the fact that there is some small tidy spot that stays exactly how I left it. In a house filled with boys, I love that I can have a tiny spot of pink to call my own.
I am thankful for my blog because I adore interacting with the virtual world via comments, Facebook, and Twitter. I”m having a blast meeting people, learning new ideas, making new friends, and making people laugh. How could I not love that?
But what you probably don’t know is how much fun I’m having on all the technical geeky backend parts of blogging. I adore digging into my Google Analytics. I am thankful for my blog because I love crawling into the PHP and CSS files, even thought they intimidate me. I’m having a blast working with my husband on all the server settings. I love every second of it.
I’m excited to dig into the marketing and advertising and business stuff that goes with a blog. Not because it represents a paycheck (although money would be useful) but because it represents a challenge. I’m looking forward to my first blogging conference and all the networking I’ll get to do.
I’m looking forward to finishing an ebook because secretly, I’ve always dreamed of saying I was a published author. There’s nothing like being able to make my own dreams come true.
I am so thankful I started blogging, because suddenly my life makes sense in ways I can’t explain. There’s a reason and a purpose to some lose ends of my life. I have no idea where my blogging journey is headed. Frankly, I don’t care. I just know that God has a journey planned and I’m content to go for the ride.
Tell me, what are you thankful for today?