It has been nearly a month since I have posted on here! Wow! Where does the time go? It really does sprint past in a flash if you don’t pay much attention.
Just look at the year of which we find ourselves…2020!! I thought this only happened in the movies.
2020! Today I was engaging 3 of my kids about this year and I said, “Remember when we all thought it was crazy weird when we hit the year that was “the future” in Back to the Future? Well, we have FIVE years past that now!”
The days and the weeks and the years seem to get faster and faster. The last month of Advent, Christmas prep and then celebrations took hold and I just got tangled up in the business of it all and I also got tangled up in trying to keep up with Instagram. I’ve found that it really is difficult to keep both venues going strong at the same time. I do enjoy Instagram. The “instant” connection with others in comments and feeds is, well, instant gratification. The blogging world doesn’t see that kind of activity any longer. I think some would say it’s too slow. I’ve been doubting myself and wondering if I should even continue but my heart has kept pulling at me. I started KindlerofJoy.com nearly 2 years ago with great excitement and vision. And as I have been thinking through my goals for this new year of the future I have realized that the vision and excitement is still very much deep in my soul. I still yearn to kindle joy as St. Seraphim has inspired me to do. I still deeply desire to seek and find the beauty in this world within the ugly and mundane and the difficult as well as in the altar of the wilderness.
For Christ is Risen Every Day and we absolutely live in an altar!
These goals continue from 2019 into 2020! I love them. They fill me and give me purpose.
I came across an Instagram post with just the challenge that I needed to get myself back on this wagon of blogging. Melinda Johnson at MelindaJohnsonWriting.com has created an awesome challenge called #bloginstead! She has asked bloggers to join in her 3 day challenge to follow each other and only write and post on blogs for these three days, letting go of social media in any other way. I have hopped on board!
I was struggling to get myself back on here and now I found the kick I needed. Thanks, Melinda!
So for three days I’ll write and post and read blogs and interact with some amazing writers out there! I’ll create a blog roll for my side bar in the next 3 days to share with others the great blogs I’ll be following.
Here is my favorite photo so far this bright new year! Taken in Georgetown, TX on New Years Eve! What beauty God has given us!
Let us “look up” to see Him all around, to take notice of His gifts He gives us daily in the trees, the sky and the people that come our way.
Have a blessed day!