Ten years ago, today I wrote my first post here, and this blog played a significant role in my life over the last decade.
Ten years and one day ago, I stopped drinking soft drinks. I intended to stop for a week, then a month, and now, ten years later, nothing about soft drinks (diet or regular) is appealing to me. My life has categorically changed in other ways too, and my life has evolved in ways that I never would have imagined 10 years ago.
I’m happier, more content, and more firmly rooted than I’ve ever been before. I’m also about 130 pounds lighter than when I wrote my first post. I have a relationship with God, an incredible husband, and an adorable dog.
I’m close to my family, Michael and I are part of a great church home where we get to use our gifts to serve, and we have a solid group of friends who love and respect each other and count on each other. We also have jobs that we love, and we’re growing in our faith, marriage, and careers. I’m also a graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Education and Communications, which is already opening doors for me to impact my community in a positive way.
Life is better than I ever imagined it could be, and it’s richer and more fruitful than ever. My faith in Christ has been a game changer in my life, and if you’ve read my posts here, you know that everything changed for the better when I fully committed my life to Him. The way I saw myself changed when I began to understand the way He sees me, and I have peace now that I never thought was possible.
I plan to keep blogging on my other site, herrefuge.com, but I’ve said everything I have to say here. My health still matters to me, and I’ll probably mention it there too sometimes. It’s important, and I spent the first part of 2019 eating more vegetables than ever, walking my dog to be more physically active,
I still love writing, but I’d rather write about Christ and how awesome he is and how recognizing His love for you will heal even the darkest part of your heart and give you joy and fullness of life that is not possible outside of His presence.
It’s fun to look back through these posts just long enough to see how far I’ve come and to be reminded that God was always with me.
I learned a lot about myself over the last decade and documented most of it here. I learned that who I am is more than okay and that the Lord will never love me more or less than He does right now at this very moment. I also learned that most of the time it’s more important to be kind than to be right. I learned that hurting people hurt people and that healed people often want to help others heal.
I will not stop living my best life because I’m no longer talking about it here. I’m just moving on, and for me, that means taking the focus off of myself and putting it on the One who changed my whole heart and life.
I’m thankful for most of the relationships I built and the experiences that I had as a result of this blog. If you’ve been a supportive reader here, or if you just weren’t a jerk while I shared my journey, thank you.