Last year a local Seattle radio station was looking to recruit/hire a few Mom bloggers for a site they were beginning to put together. The idea was that they wanted to create a little team of us to write about all things that pertain to life in motherhood and let's be honest the topics are vast. It's such a terrific way to give and get that dose of daily encouragement we could all use. A sweet, sweet reader of this blog dropped my name off to them, and I was humbled to the core, surprised and shocked when I got a green light to be a part of this fun thing. Fast forward to this past January. They wanted the four of us mom-bloggers to meet up over lunch and get to know each other. We also got to the behind-the-scenes of the radio station, get photographed, interviewed on air, and then video taped. (Which I totally suck at in every way people. I wasn't made for video.)
I am a massive extrovert except when I'm a major introvert. And I'm a major introvert when I don't know you well. (It's hard to explain. I'm a walking contradiction and it's weird, but I bet I'm not the only one.) So this was a stretch for me to force myself to be brave and do this. But I truly felt that God was nudging me into new territory and asking me to trust Him and His plan for what's next. I was scared to death because first of all, how on earth would I come up with something to blog about outside of my regular blog, once a week? And being video taped and interviewed... what?! That's just crazy talk right there! I don't do that sort of thing. I hide behind a safe, quite keyboard and pretend there is only one friend reading what I say. (If I think about the reality of that, and how there might be more than one friend reading right this minute it will totally freak me out so let's not go there. Ha!) As soon as I laid eyes on the three other mom bloggers, I knew I would adore them and you will too if you want to come check us out. We range in ages with kids in different stages so there is something for everyone which I personally LOVE. (I'm one of the older moms with older kids. Yikers! LOL)
Here's the thing. None of us know what our future holds and all we have is right now. We all face moments of unknown where we get to choose. We can either choose to be brave, step out, have a little faith, do a new thing, say yes, try it out, jump in with two feet, commit to that thing you can't believe you're about to do, see where the path will lead and take those shaky first steps into the unknown... or... close the front door, walk into your bedroom and hide under the proverbial covers of life.
We are meant for adventures! I am scared stiff about mine but I have had so much confirmation that this is right where God wants me, right this minute. So I'm doing it and relying fully on Him for strength, inspiration, help and wisdom. I have had so many of you write out your stories in emails and comments as I've talked about being brave and courageous, and it seems like this topic is hitting a nerve with you. Your stories about working up the courage to step out of your comfort zones have blown me away! I know we all have to resist the temptation to choose life "under the covers" where it's safe and warm and unexciting. We seldom get anywhere in life by choosing the easy and predictable route though, do we? (At least that's the verbiage I'm constantly spewing out to my kids.) But it's true. The hard thing is almost always the thing that grows us and shapes us and changes us in ways we could never have imagined. Even something as simple as making new friends is an adventure that seems fraught with scary unknowns when you're an adult. But it's always worth it in the end...
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
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So... on Mondays I'll be blogging here, at "All Mom Does," a website for Seattle's Spirit 105.3FM! (For now I might be sharing some repeats from favorite blog posts in my past until I get my shop opening all settled in.) (And please ignore my crappy hair day that day we were shooting profile photos. Ugh. Whatevs.)
All mom does has a Facebook page and an Instagram account (@allmomdoes) which I hope to be popping in on every so often.
And of course you can always still find me here on this blog, at our LMM facebook page, Instagramming (@lemonademakinmama) and on Pinterest.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Hellen Keller