One of my favorite things about blogging has been getting to know such a variety of people from all over the world who are doing life in a thousand different ways: Young singles who are chasing their dreams, moms who juggle work and home life, amazing homeschooling families, as well as awesome grandmas, and even a few cool guys who work hard and love their families.
When it comes to work and family, I just love that we live in a time when there are so many options! With a bit of intentional effort (ok, it usually takes a lot of that) a family can thrive in a variety of situations.
Though I graduated from college and did some graduate work, my heart’s desire was always to be a wife and a mom — to stay at home with kids if I possibly could. And I’ve been super grateful to be able to be able to do that. Yet, if I’m honest, I always felt like I had something stirring in me. I had no clue what it was, but I even told Dave a number of times over the years: “there’s something more I’m going to do one day.”
Thankfully, he agreed and encouraged me.
So, I was 40 years old the year I started my blog. I had my fourth baby in my arms, and I was homeschooling the other 3 boys.
I had dreamed of starting a blog for years, even if I kept really quiet about that. After all, I had no tech skills, photography experience, professional writing or business sense. I had no online connections. Clearly: I had no reason to believe I could be any good at anything close to an online platform.
But I did it anyways.
And I’m so glad I did. Over the past 7 + years I have grown so much. I have learned new skills, dug deep to develop my gifts, and been stretched daily. I have had to establish solid priorities, and organize my time. But so many exciting things have come from out of it all. Amazing friendships, the chance to encourage a whole lot of people, a super fun blog, and now a publishing contract!
WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED all of this could happen!? Definitely not me.
It’s really a cool time to be alive.
Now, with my Boy Mom book coming out next summer, I have a lot of work to do. You’ll find a new look on my blog soon (I’m so excited!) and I’ll be gathering a bunch of you to be on a launch team. But even besides all that, I have a lot of ideas for other projects I want to dive into.
Because honestly, over the past 3 or 4 years, I have spent a lot of time dreaming of more things I would like to do! I’ve got book ideas, course ideas, and I only wish I had the time to start a podcast! (Remember, I’m an Enneagram 3, so my wheels are always turning!) If you are an email subscriber, you recently received a survey from me to help me learn how I can best serve all of you. (if you took the survey, thank you so much! The results were incredibly helpful!) (~if you’re not a subscriber yet, you can become one here.) It’s fun to dream, but another thing to figure out where to invest the little time I have.
Because one thing I am sure of is that I need to keep my faith and my family as my top priority.
And with that, I have to plan well for those fringe hours — between school subjects and surf contests, loads of laundry, and all of the food it takes to feed these hungry
In the midst of all of my dreaming and exploring the various directions I would like to go, I came across an online course that felt like it was made just for me. It is created by one of my favorite online mompreneurs, Alli Worthington, and it is called Gainful Growth.* The course is literally to help you figure out which direction to go with the passions you have inside you.
I dove right in and took the course…not over weeks but over a couple of days. And I loved it! It is super practical and full of Alli’s personal experience and inside tips. By the end of the course I had narrowed my ideas and made a few decisions. After all of these years I finally feel like I have clarity on what I want to do next! (and you’ll hear more about that soon, of course!)
Since I know some of you have an entrepreneurial spirit, or have a skill or passion that you dream of sharing with the world, I wanted to pass this course on to you as well. You can read all about it by clicking on this link!*If you happen to be in a season of dreaming about “what to do next” this course might be great for you. If not you, maybe you know someone this is for. Either way, I hope you’ll comment and share a little about your life–
Tell me; Do you work outside the home? Do you work from home? Have you ever owned your own business? I would LOVE to hear more about your dreams — for now, or for later….Because I truly believe there is a season for everything.
And if you decide to take the Gainful Growth course, I hope you’ll get back to me and let me know what you discover!!
** Affiliate links included. 😉
PS I couldnt’ resist sharing a few sneak-peek pictures which were taken for the new blog look and for book related stuff. My dear (photographer) friend Emily Turner has such a gift!