Before I finished my undergraduate degree, one of my college professors advised me to keep writing after graduating to stay in the practice of it. Since then, I’ve written a few pieces for various publications, but I haven’t written consistently – as in every week or even every month. Granted, I suppose I stayed true to his advice in graduate school because I didn’t have a choice. But now I would hardly count commenting on my students’ essays actual writing.
So why begin a blog now? Well, it’s been on my mind. Recently, one of my students read a guest post I wrote about being a role model. I have no idea how she found it, but after telling me she’d read it, she asked if I ever consider creating my own blog. Her question came at an interesting time since I’d recently been thinking about doing this. I ran this blog idea by my family, and they were totally for it. My parents kindly and loyally read my work, my brother has already served as a consultant for a few posts, and my future sister-in-law gave me Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work! for Christmas. What encouragement!
Since I’m not in school, I have no requirements to write. I do not have an approaching assignment, an advancing due date, or an impending grade. I also don’t have any specifications of what to write about. But I believe in the power, the need, and the importance of one’s voice. It matters. And as it turns out, I have a lot to say. (More to come on this.) So I have created this blog, if for my eyes only, to give me space to write about life, stories, observations, lessons learned, and things I love. With my family’s support, I’m (finally) following through with my professor’s advice and my student’s suggestion. So with the new year, comes this new blog, and I am very excited for both.
In regards to the new year, I don’t always make new year resolutions. But I do always enjoy asking my students about this; some are enthusiasts, while others are cynics. This year, I fall into the enthusiast category. I’m ready for 2016 to move along and for 2017 to be ushered in.
I very much want my prayer for 2017 to be that I try to align my sight with God’s. I want to see people how He sees them. 1 Samuel chapter 16 verse 7 says, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I want to follow His way instead of fighting to make my own; I want “the eyes of [my] understanding [to be] enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18). And I want to remember the end goal. I want to set my mind on things above (Colossians 3:2).
God promises to make everything new, and I am hopeful that in this year, He will bring new, good, and beautiful things.
So cheers to the New Year, and cheers to the new blog!
“I am making everything new!”