I have a confession to make. I’m admitting defeat. The 31 Day writing challenge got the better of me, became more than I could tackle, and now I’m having to lay it aside. It stinks, too, because I was really excited about Experiencing Joy with each of you!
In my introduction post describing the series, I made sure to point out that I wasn’t planning on participating in the 31 Day writing challenge this year. It wasn’t until 4 days before it was to begin that I felt inspired, created an outline for my posts, and threw together the daily Instagram prompts.
You see, there’s so much more to writing a blog post than just writing a blog post. I like to do everything, including blogging, to the best of my ability. I give 110%. For a series such as Experiencing Joy, that takes hours of study, research and planning, even before I write one word.
Trying to do that, on top of my normal blog schedule, work, and family obligations just wasn’t working. Something had to give. I was really upset and disappointed with myself when I finally accepted the truth.
But then I realized…I experience joy with you all everyday anyway. I get sweet comments & emails from readers, we chat on Facebook all the time, and I count you all as friends because of the community we have built.
We can experience joy daily without a blog post. I’m a bit sad that I only made it through five days, but those five days were fabulous.
The truth is, I felt inspired to put that series together, but somewhere along the way, I lost the real meaning behind it. It didn’t feel like I was doing it because the Lord wanted me to do it – it felt more like I was doing it because I felt like I had to, like I had something to prove.
I realized the only person holding me accountable for a daily post was myself. If the Lord wasn’t in it, I didn’t need to pretend and write the series anyway. I will not be disingenuine.
So there you have it. I’m being totally honest and transparent with you all. If you were following the series, please forgive me for ending it really before it had a chance to begin.
As much as I admire those amazing bloggers who write with such passion about their faith, and share beautiful sentiments with their readers, that’s just not my gift. I will always be open about my faith, but I’ll leave the poignant stories, Bible studies, and inspirational messages to the ones He called for that purpose.
Me? He called me to create, and inspire others through my creativity. So welcome back….to our regularly scheduled programming.
See you tomorrow friends!