So my husband has been "encouraging" me to start a blog for, well, years! He sweetly took the initiative to locate my name as a website address, tamiwebb.net (I'm sure there's some technical name for that), and even to design the framework of the website (of course it has undergone a makeover).
- "I don't even read blogs, why would I consider writing one?"
- "What could I possibly have to say?"
- "Who would possibly want to hear what I have to say?"
- "Aren't there a million blogs out there already?"
Since becoming empty-nested, I've realized I'm in an entirely unfamiliar new season of life! I'm no longer "primarily" Mom. I have some time that I've decided to "call my own." Like many of us at a change-of-life season, I'm sure, I've embarked on this journey to discover who I am this side of raising kids and what I want to be when I grow up! This journey I have decided to affectionately refer to as my "Mid-Mom Crisis."
- "What have you to show for your life?"
- "Have you made a difference anywhere?"
Weaved throughout my husband's continual encouragement to blog were words of affirmation - who doesn't want to hear that - such that I began to wonder if this just might be something to consider.
Questions I'm asking now:
- "What do I want my new normal to look like?"
- "What are my gifts/interests this side of kids?"
- "How do I want to spend my time?"
- "Can I make a difference somewhere, and if so, where?"
This idea of this blog thing was beginning to grow on me. I could share the "old" me with the peaks and valleys and explore and share the "new" me - writing, cooking (maybe not so much), chalk painting - I could share my thoughts and words on just plain living: humbly, simply, fully, presently, intentionally, purposefully, expectantly, authentically, hopefully, gratefully, freely, joyfully - well, you get the picture - and maybe, just maybe, my words could make a difference somewhere somehow some way. And it's much cheaper than a new sports car!
I'm no one special. Although I might think I have a few things to say, I'm still unsure if anyone will want to listen. And yes, there are a million blogs out there. But there's something to be said for stepping out in faith, stepping out of my comfort zone, for allowing myself to be vulnerable in the hopes that someone else might be encouraged by a thought that came from this tiny little brain, and for knowing I'll learn something along the way.
So here goes, I hope you'll want to listen...