When I first started blogging, it was for fun. It was just something for me to do in my spare time that wasn’t super expensive or time consuming (or so I thought). It was something I could play around with and just put out there for myself. No rules. No restrictions. Just me being myself for myself. Where’s the harm in that, right?
Thinking back over my blogging career, one thing keeps popping up in my mind. I never thought blogging would teach me so much about myself. I would never have imagined having learned so much about me through blogging. Honestly, it blows me away sometimes. The truths. The hurt. The joys. It’s all there, well documented (well enough anyway). And to prove that, here are a few things that I’ve learned about myself because of blogging…
I know that I definitely don’t have it the worst of anyone in the world, but I’ve had my share of storms come my way. Financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually, with family, work, relationships…I’ve really had some downs. But looking back on it all through my blog (specifically here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), I can see the light that was there through it all. Through all the darkness, I held it together as best I could and weathered the storm. Every.Single.Time. #proudmoment
I can write.
And not just about the fun, weekend recaps and diy projects. I’m talking about bigger issues, like rolling with the punches, losing loved ones, how much life can change in just one year, the feeling of killing a loved one, what it’s like to go through a divorce, and loving letters to my mom and dad. I honestly never in a million years would’ve considered myself a writer. And yet, here I am. Learning and growing along the way.
I have fun.
Oh goodness. Just looking back on some of my old posts taught me that life is fun and that I definitely make the most of it! From shmammered ladybugs, to family shenanigans, to participating in a 5k, kayaking and tub crawls, pulling off surprise parties, spending quality time with family, hiking, and cruising around the Caribbean! Documenting it just makes it that much more amazing. Reflecting on my life has taught me that it’s nothing short of amazing, full of amazing people that I call family and friends.
I am faithful.
I have nothing but abiding love for my Savior and Redeemer. Although my faith is not where I’d like for it to be, I don’t know that it ever will. I know that I will forever be pursuing my relationship with the Lord and that through it all, He is my protector. Even when I am angry and falter on my journey through this life, I lean on Him to pull me through. I am a child of God. When I throw temper tantrums because He has yet to answer my prayers or show me His will for my life, He remains steady and calm. And I am reminded time and time again that it’s all in His timing. My life is His. It’s for Him and because of Him. I have a purpose, and through blogging, I have learned that I am faithful. I love that I can share that with the world.
I have a hobby.
Last, but not least, I’ve learned that I truly have a hobby. Something that I put countless time and energy into, and sometimes money. I am passionate about blogging and look forward to seeing where it takes me. One day, it just might be my job! Yes, people blog for money full time. Whoa. How crazy would that be?! But for now, I’m pretty happy and content with where this blog is. It’s my hobby, and I love it.
Are you a blogger? I’d love to “meet” you! Leave your URL in the comments below so I can show you some love.