Well, I’ve just reached 100+ followers on this blog and received the token ‘trophy’ notification. So, a big THANK YOU is in order for all of you who are clicking on the links, reading, liking, commenting, and sharing in this adventure with me.
It’s hard to believe it has been almost one year since I started this, my first blog. It was something I had always wanted to do, but for many years I was extremely private with my personal writing. I think it took many years of public (professional) writing for me to realize that a) I have something to say, b) I am pretty good at saying it, and c) It is really inspiring and therapeutic to compile a bundle of thoughts/visions/emotions into a word-package and have people (including my own past/present/future selves) connect with and respond to it.
I have also been encouraged by some very dear friends and coworkers to ‘put myself out there’ in more ways than one. With their help — and some serious inner urging — I have taken some drastic steps of faith over the past year… I have been unemployed twice, I have submitted several manuscripts to various publishers, I have ventured out into start-up business ideas such as freelancing and e-book publishing, and I am branching out further into blog-world at http://michellewarner.hubpages.com/ if you’d like to follow me down this new rabbit trail.
Looking back, I am so grateful for all of the gifts — words, love, this blog, these connections, the signs, the seasons, the impressions, the infectious laugh of my teenage girl, the comforting company of my feline, the unrelenting support of my family and friends who reach in with both hands and pull me out of my self-flagellating funk time and time again. I am ultimately grateful to God who has sustained me and my family, who has continually shed a light on my path just in time, who has provided a true peace beyond all understanding — even in the midst of chaos, change, and uncertainty.
I am alive. I am awake. I am moving (locally) for the third time in four years and am panic-excited about where I will go, who I will meet, what I am meant to do, and who I will continue to become. Life is ridiculously grand.