“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven…”
To Everything There is a Season: Changing Directions
As I listened to yet another doctor’s report, I was reminded of how our lives can change in the blink of an eye. A couple of months ago, my family navigated three health scares one after the other. The first one involved my husband, then me, and then my son.
While my husband’s health issue was admittedly the most serious. The other two were scary nonetheless, especially in the beginning, when we did not know what was going on.
During each of these unanticipated events, my life came into better focus. I had to admit some things to myself and make some changes.
One of those changes involved this blog. Years before starting this page, I attended several blog and media conferences, webinars, writing programs and much more.
One of the overwhelming themes was to select one topic or area of expertise for your blog, develop or define your niche, have a targeted population market, and brand yourself.
So while my original desire for a blog was broader, I listened to the experts.
I started this blog. A singular topic blog focused on faith.
The plan was to follow the norm and have a more niche based blog. Yet, my original desire of a more broad-based blog never faded.
I’m a person who likes to explore many different things and share with others all those other areas of interests.
Eventually, I gravitated more towards my original blog intent. However, I understood some people following a lifestyle themed blog may not want to encounter posts dealing with faith or God.
Therefore, I separated them.
But here’s the thing, while I understand the marketing method behind establishing a singular focus, this method does not fit me.
My heart was not in this concept. It was a struggle to produce decent and consistent content weekly for this blog, let alone two, and then to add in navigating the differing social media accounts.
However, that wasn’t the biggest issue. This separation of the blogs felt less authentic to me. And it was harder to focus and commit to either one. My creativity and passion dwindled.
The whole of me is not lived out in separate little spaces. Yes, while I may be involved in many different activities, they all arise from my core, my foundation, which is rooted in faith.
My family’s recent health scare reminded me my next breath is not promised. With that reminder, I knew I had to begin living my life in the way that felt the best for me.
I’ve heard many celebrities talk about initially listening to their respective industry experts but eventually found themselves no longer enjoying their work. It wasn’t until they learned to follow what felt best for them, even if it went against conventional wisdom, did they regain their love for their work and have success their way.
I understood what I had to do for me.
“Even in failure, we rarely regret what we attempt.
We nearly always regret what we don’t.”
~Richard Paul Evans
For those who’ve followed me from the beginning of my journey, starting with Views n Hues, and then to this page, here’s hoping you will continue to follow me to my next adventure.
I am no longer ashamed of the changes nor any real or perceived failures. I see each change and/or failure as an opportunity for growth. A growth which leads me one step closer to where I am supposed to be.
This will be my last blog post on this page.
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