Words, and Why I Write Them (and an announcement)
Well. I’ve been quiet for a couple weeks.
And the truth is, I have things to say. I’ve got more to say than I’ve been letting on, and I’ve been listening too much to the gurus who give tips on
- how to write clickable headlines and
- how to curate your own message and
- why to build a “tribe”
- and all these really smart-sounding things
Those aren’t (all) bad things. And the truth is, I want clickable headlines, because I want to have my words read. I spent a lot of my early days of motherhood scouring for anyone who would share wisdom with me. I listened to words, watched the choices people made, and tried to learn any and everything I could. And now I try to share the words that have most helped me, or are most helping me in the here and now.
My goal in writing, since before the people came along telling us all how to do it, has been to communicate ideas that are helping/have helped me, in order to spur women toward godly, purposeful living.
From the beginning of the world, God spoke in words when He wanted to change things. Words are what He used to record His message to mankind.
Words are powerful things– just a few words can make the razor’s-edge difference between getting an overall point, and walking away with a precise, actionable message.
So I’m back to writing regularly. I’m back on purpose. I’m back and I’ll be trying to:
- spur you on to love and good deeds
- say what I really think, not what I think won’t offend people (gulp, this is harder than I think, and I pull back from it more than I wish I did)
- put precise words to the perspectives, approaches, and truths that enable me to walk as a fierce, well-rested, God confident woman
The other night, I hadn’t eaten much dinner, so after the kids were in bed, I grabbed a ziplock of almonds and brought it to the couch where Doug and I were sitting. After a few minutes, I grabbed the second (small) portion, looked at him, and told him, “I’m not going to eat anymore.” I’ve learned that saying it out loud, to him, ensures that I’ll be more self-controlled to do the thing I want to do than if I just think it. And sure enough, I enjoyed those last almonds and was done after that.
So, now, when I really mean to do something, I try to speak my intentions.
In the same vein, I want to share an announcement: in addition to writing, I’m going to be starting a podcast. The gear is in the mail right now. Lord willing, and assuming everything works, it’ll probably take two months or so to put out my first podcast.
I’m regularly adding names to my long list of dream interviews, and I’m going to go after it. And some of them will probably turn me down, cause they’ve not heard of me, and it’s a new podcast without “street cred.” And that’s OK. Having confidence in God’s sovereignty tells me that exactly the right gals will say “yes,” and exactly the right people will tune in to hear it and grow.
SO PLEASE TELL ME 2 THINGS IN THE COMMENTS:
- Who would you love for me to interview?
- What challenge/problem is most pressing in your life right now?
(If you’d prefer keep it private, please e-mail me with your answer to #2.)
P.S. I’ll meet you back here on Monday, like normal, and we’ll get back to discussing meaty topics that meet you in the “Mondays” of your marriage and motherhood.
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