As you might have noticed, Amanda and I have been on a blogging hiatus. It was not intentional. We have loved starting Sprained Funny Bone and we talk about it to each other and the future of it constantly. We are here people! We are here!
And when someone asks me where the blog posts have been, I go to my mental list. And then I tell them the reasons. It goes something like this, (inhale) “Well, our summers went super fast with the kids home and all their activities and friends and Amanda moved and I worked multiple camps and it is hard to find time to sit and write and it’s also really hard to sit down and instantly focus with all the kids and distractions.” (exhale)
The above is true.
But the above is not the whole truth.
Writing is hard. Amanda and I always joke that in the middle of writing posts, we hit a point where we are certain it will never come together. And, if it ends up being another piece that does not show itself as worthy to post and we have to start over, we risk the possibility of having all the marbles in our heads fall out.
Writing is personal. A few days ago, I started listening to “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done” by Jon Acuff. It is a good read you guys. The book discusses how starting goals is not as difficult as finishing them. Acuff presents strategies based on research to inspire and give people tools to complete their goals. One of the main obstacles that holds people back is not laziness, but perfectionism. To me, the word perfectionism sounds so sweet and simple to say, but all you readers that also suffer from it know that it’s an ugly little booger. I can easily lose the messages I want to write because of the fear of not living up to my own standards. If I do not perfectly word articles, my brain slowly loses perspective and the desire to finish my writing. And I’ll say this, I would rather drink a gallon of iced tea and eat pickles (gag, gag, gaggggg) than let perfectionism continue to stop me from pursuing things I love to do.
Writing is worth it. Our hiatus was just temporary. I remembered why this blog is important. It is again, Jon Acuff’s fault. Once I started listening to his book, I went to his blog. And in one of his posts, he wrote:
“Your platform isn’t for you. It’s not yours. Your name might be on it. It might be your smiling headshot that folks see each day on your blog or your twitter profile, but the platform is not for you. It’s for other people. Readers, friends, family members, this is why we blog. Not to get, but to give. If you don’t share your platform, it will suffocate you.”
Amanda and I never started this blog for us. We knew we wanted to unite people, discuss all kinds of topics, and help others. And, you guys, you know where Amanda is right now? She’s not in Texas. Nor is she in the United States of America. SHE IS IN RWANDA. As in AFRICA. She is out learning about a different culture, and serving an organization that is helping women. And these women need others. She is not there for herself. I can say this because it’s true and because she’s way too humble to say that herself….but I’ll totally throw her under the bus.
And we haven’t even had the chance to share that with you all. And so, she is going to be so excited to come home and find that I have volunteered her to tell you all about her experience and to present ways that if God is leading you, you can help too. We are committed to highlighting other people who need help. So we will be back with our random stories, but with opportunities for us all to grow. And we would LOVE to hear from you all too if you have served others and have a story to tell. Because, it is time. It is time to finish our half written articles and it is time for us to keep kicking fear and perfectionism in the face. We hope you will continue to read along with us and to share your stories too.