Reflection

Ten Years Later: Time To Say Goodbye

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.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Mike
    April 2, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Hi Kenlie, long time, no see!
    I happened to see your post here and felt a little sad to read that you are leaving the blogging world over here.

    But I am happy to hear that you’ve come such a long way in you your journey and have come out a happier person.
    I’m so happy to hear how much closer you’ve grown to God and how He has entered your life in such a wonderful way!
    I pray that you continue to follow Him and allow Him to lead you to others who need Him and can hear your story.
    Your story that you have shared over the past decade, has helped so many people, including myself.
    My relationship with God has been better too, I believe, and it is thanks to you and your blog, Kenlie.

    I wish you the best in your future endeavors and ventures in life.
    Though I’ve been absent from your blog for a while (please forgive me), I will always remember you and your blog and how reading your story has helped better my own story. 🙂

    Best wishes, Kenlie!

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    Debra
    April 2, 2019 at 8:33 am

    While I am sad that you will not be posting here any longer, I am glad you took the time to write this final post (often bloggers will just stop and leave you wondering what happened). I am so glad how the Lord has fulfilled your life. Thank you for your honesty and inspiration. Your website has been such a help to me. May God continue to bless you and all you do.

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    Ann
    April 2, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Love this and you! I have been an avid reader and appreciate everything you have posted! I will follow on your other blog! Hugs!

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    Susan
    April 2, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I wish you the best of luck and happiness. I discovered your blog about a year ago, right before my RNY surgery. Reading your posts made me feel better about the terrifying journey I was about to take. It worked out well for me, and I’m so happy I did it. Take care, and thanks for your honesty and kind heart!

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    LINDA VANTASSEL
    April 2, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Love this blog, I’ve read it all the time, you have been very inspiration for me and I’m so happy you are happy with yourself

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    mfclingan
    April 3, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for allowing us to celebrate the end of the era of this blog with you! It was so nice to have a nice goodbye. I always wonder about people when they just disappear! Good luck with everything!!!!

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    Sandi Stone
    April 4, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Congratulations on ten years of blogging. I’ve enjoyed reading your journey and also your growth. I’m going to miss you, but will try to catch you on your other blog. Continued great success. Much love, Sandi

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    Sandra J
    April 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I wish you all happiness.

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