My favorite blog posts (and books for that matter) provide a glimpse into the soul of the author. I want to know what’s going on in a person’s life: what you’re preparing for dinner, your current Netflix addiction, your new favorite fashion trend. But more importantly: What are you learning? What’s making you feel alive in this moment? I’ve begun to notice that “slice of life” posts seem to be less common amongst lifestyle bloggers as of late. A lot of posts seem to be all about easy ways to “fix” an area of your life.
I certainly enjoy finding new ways to budget, organize, travel etc while reading how-to blog posts (How to live a great holistic/simplistic/minimalistic full life in 10 easy steps or less!), but let’s not forget to share our stories. My life is not solved by following a five step process (though I often wish it was!).
Social Media sometimes has a reputation of inauthenticity. The reality is that no one is perfect. Everyone has struggles. I hope you all know I sometimes leave the dinner dishes on the counter overnight, bicker with Jordan, skip workouts, struggle with insecurities, and forget to respond to friend’s emails.
The last month or so I’ve felt a tinge of blogger burnout. Except it isn’t exactly burnout — It’s more me wondering if this space is still relevant. Am I sharing content that matters? Am I telling my story… my honest truth, well? The big things and the small are both important. When infertility became part of my story, I thought, “Is this a piece of the “purpose” I’ve been asking for? Is this a part of my greater story?”
“There’s nothing small or inconsequential about our stories. There is, in fact, nothing bigger. And when we tell the truth about our lives—the broken parts, the secret parts, the beautiful parts—then the gospel comes to life, an actual story about redemption, instead of abstraction and theory and things you learn in Sunday school.” — Shauna Niequest, Savour.
I am still figuring out this life of mine.