I must admit I’ve had an interest in starting a blog over the years. I find myself digging into people’s stories and inspired by posts on a wide range of topics. Every time I read a great post or see a beautiful picture, I think to myself, “you should totally do that, you should start a blog!” I even bought a website domain a while back and it’s been sitting collecting dust while Go Daddy has been collecting my money each year. One of my biggest barriers has been getting my Mom brain to focus on one topic long enough to actually write something worth reading.
Most of the time, I’m all over the place. I have a wide range of interests and just can’t stay on one topic or hobby for too long without boredom setting in. I guess I’m eclectic in that way and I’ve always kind of liked that about myself until it comes time to “specialize” or “choose a path.” I say all of that because I honestly don’t have a clue where this little blog page will end up and I hope you stick with me as I figure it out. What has become clear in the past month of my life is that I know exactly where to begin.
Why Love & Character? The phrase love and character became a regular quote for me about 8 years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. I was constantly getting in over my head on projects around the house or for birthday parties, baby showers and nurseries. I would have a fabulous vision in my head or maybe a picture from online (this was before Pinterest and all it’s glory came along). I’d find myself knee deep in a project and realize it wasn’t going to be quite like what I had imagined it would be. It seemed like the same person was always around every time I was working on something headed for disaster. Daesha began to tease and encourage me not to feel discouraged because I was simply adding a little “character” to the task. My initial and defensive response was that I was putting a lot of love into it and I’d find a way to fix the flaws somehow. The projects always had a way of turning out in the end and it was often those little mishaps and mistakes along the way that took them to the next level. I began to get even more excited about each project. I would pour love into each one and embrace the flaws as character. Character that actually made it more unique, more beautiful.
Here I am almost a decade later and that phrase continues to mold my life. I am constantly learning to embrace the flaws, the unexpected, the less than perfect. It isn’t always easy and sure isn’t fun, but I’ve seen how God has used the difficult, the mistakes, and the flaws to create something in my life far better than I could have imagined. He truly does exchange beauty for ashes. I am confident this next chapter of my life will be no different.
I hope to use this space as a way to collect my thoughts and share my journey and fight against breast cancer with friends, family and anyone interested in following along. It may not always be eloquent or edited. It may not even be on topic some days. I may post 10 things one week and then nothing for a month, but it will be transparent and real and I pray it will be encouraging to YOU.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on February, 17, 2017. I have said many times, it was the best-worst news I’ve ever received.
Fired Up, Ready To Go!