I’m not great at goodbyes.
I fumble over farewells. I linger longer than I should and I give extra hugs even after we’ve said goodbye for the tenth time. I (usually) save the waterworks for until the door shuts. As “see you later” leaves my lips, I can’t help but wonder if I’m really saying, “the end.”
I’m slightly melodramatic, so it probably comes as a surprise to no one that I’m a little bummed to be wrapping up my 31 days of writing about living free. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of cracking open the laptop and letting my heart spill unto the keys. I’m grateful to the women who bravely shared glimpses of their stories of living free through stuff like postpartum depression and having a little one with autism and navigating being a working mother. The new friends I’ve connected with and your comments and your e-mails have encouraged me and I’m thankful.
I firmly stand on the truth that we are worth more than many sparrows, and I wholly believe that we are meant to live a story worth sharing.
And while it’s easy to encourage others to share their stories, throughout these 31 days I’ve wondered if my words matter.
But I’m standing on the other side of the calendar with a fire in my heart to keep writing. To keep telling stories and speaking life through these screens.
As my little ones progress from diapers to potty-training, from crawling to walking, I find myself missing the earlier stage. Yes, it’s incredible to have conversations with my 19-month-old, but wasn’t I just swaddling him? Yes, it’s wonderful to journey into preschool with my four-year-old, but wasn’t I just feeding him oatmeal in the high chair?
Transitions, man. They’re hard. Our life comes in seasons, it seems. While we can remember with full hearts past seasons of our lives, we’re made to look ahead. There is so much greater in store than we can imagine.
Living in the hope of what’s to come, anchored in the goodness we know to be true…maybe that’s what it means to live free.
So this is a hello. I’m not sure what God has in store for this little corner of the Internet, but I’m in.
I’m ready to be brave and I’m ready to live free.
I’m ready to step into November with a willing heart and open hands. Who’s with me?
For 31 days, I tried to use little space on the Internet to unpack what it might look like if we lived like the women we’ve been so incredibly created to be. I missed a few days, but I’m grateful for goals with grace. What if all the boxes we thought we were meant to fill were holding us back from something much greater? What if we shared our stories and in the process, we realized that our lives mean more than we can imagine?
- Day 1: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream
- Day 2: Reset Your Demanding Heart
- Day 3: Identity
- Day 4: French Press Life in a Keurig World
- Day 5: How to Really Start Your Morning
- Day 6: Tune My Heart
- Day 7: Postpartum Depression & Hope
- Day 8: Being a Stay at Home Mom Makes Me Happy…and Sad
- Day 9: Honest Hospitality: Make Room for Grace
- Day 10: Love Letters from God
- Day 11: A Prayer for your Home
- Day 12: Real Talk About Rest & Hope
- Day 13: Behind the Scenes of a Working Mom
- Day 14: Be You Bravely
- Day 15: How to Keep Dreaming Big
- Day 16: –
- Day 17: When There Are No Words
- Day 18: –
- Day 19: I am Set Free
- Day 20: When Your Child Has Autism
- Day 21: How to Love Well
- Day 22: –
- Day 23: 5 Tips for Authentic Networking
- Day 24: The Unreachable Places
- Day 25: Free to Have Fun
- Day 26: Nothing Can Separate
- Day 27: Focus On Your Strengths
- Day 28: What is Brave?
- Day 29: Words Matter
- Day 30: Heart, Home & Hospitality
- Day 31: Hello, Goodbye
Thanks so much for walking little corner of the Internet with me! I have some exciting things planned for November (I’M COLORING MY HAIR BECAUSE I HAVE TOO MANY GRAYS, YOU GUYS!). But also, bigger stuff, too, like National Adoption Month — I’ll be sharing some awesome adoption book giveaways and sharing some more of Joseph’s adoption journey, too.
Here’s to living free — every day of every month of every year. #fistbump
This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.