Enthusiasm

I’ve been lacking in enthusiasm lately.

enthusiasm = strong excitement about something : a strong feeling of active interest in something that you like or enjoy. : something causing a feeling of excitement and active interest

For me, writing was always something I enjoyed. I loved visiting my online space over the past 10+ years and connecting with other writers. I loved visiting their blogs and encouraging them and being an active part of their community. Writing excited me.

Over the past few years I have felt that excitement waning. I’ve had to search deep in my soul and ask God and myself why. I have found that it’s not because the enthusiasm for writing had ever left. It is because I have allowed the weight of the world and past disappointments to rob me of the joy of writing.

Resurrecting a blog that has been in hibernation mode is hard work. I’m not the same person I was when I began blogging 13 years ago. I want this space to be more of a lifestyle blog and not just inspirational. Letting go and moving on his hard, but I am slowly beginning to feel enthusiastic about my new space and my decision to leave the former things behind and start fresh.

I am hopeful this writing challenge will help me find my way, and my enthusiasm again.

Disappointed

Disappointed. I’ve felt this way a lot, especially this past year.

It’s easy for me to fall into the disappointment trap. When life isn’t going how I expect it to, or how I desire it to be, my heart fails and I find myself discouraged, disappointed and disheartened. Sooner or later if I’m not careful the disappointment leads to depression and I tend to camp there all too often. You?

Here are some of the things that I’ve been dealing with, especially over the past year, that leaves me disappointed:

  • The loss of my mom to lung cancer in August. We couldn’t have a funeral. It was hard to say goodbye. It’s still hard. My heart aches.
  • Financial strain. Hubby is still not working full time since COVID hit. As a self-employed individual, this can become very stressful.
  • Missing friends and family. Yes, I have been a rule breaker and have gathered with my kids, but I am very careful when I visit my dad. I have one friend who I visit from time to time since this whole thing started and we are very careful. I do not gather in large groups and still view church services on line. But I need people. I miss my people.
  • Living life as normal. Life how it use to be is no more. I have not yet been able to embrace the “new normal”. My heart aches for what once was. I’m not sure we will ever see it as it was.

So how does one crawl out from under the trap of disappointment? For me, it’s forcing myself to take my eyes off of what is happening around me and shift my focus to the good. It may mean turning off the news (it almost always means turning off the news for me); it may mean diving into a good devotional book or other inspirational book; it may mean narrowing your followed accounts on social media to include only those who have positive things to say. Don’t get me wrong, there is purpose in disagreement, but when it turns to bashing and bantering of others and malicious attacks, it’s time to unfollow. And, it most always for me means allowing yourself to be reminded that no matter what, God is good and there is hope.

“Whenever something bad happens, keep calm, take a few deep breaths and shift the focus to something positive.”

― Roy T. Bennett

Are you disappointed with life? Are you struggling to see the good around you. Don’t lose heart. There is hope.

How can I pray for you today?

It’s been a minute…

Hello friends. It’s been a minute. I’ve missed you. If this is your first time here, I’ve missed you too.

I’ve tried to begin again so many times, only to write a few posts and disappear. Not intentionally. Life has a way of pulling you from the things that you love, or use to love. I want to continue to share my heart, and I thought perhaps it was time to start anew. It was a hard decision, having blogged over 13 years at another space, but a fresh start is necessary for me if I am to find my footing again.

So here I am. I will not tell you what to expect, because I’ve placed no expectations on myself. I will tell you that I will show up in this space as often as I am able and give you my authentic, raw and unique self. Weather I’m sharing about my spiritual journey, weight loss, products I love, recipes, etc., I promise it will all be from my heart.

I thought I would kick off this new space by participating in the write28days blogging challenge. Each day during the month of February I will write a post centered around a word prompt. On Fridays we will join up with the Five Minute Friday writers and use their word prompt for our post.

My theme for this writing challenge is “randomness”. I’m not even sure if that’s a word and I’m too tired to look it up, but I will write about whatever I feel like, no real tying together of anything. You will not know what to expect and neither will I, but I thought this would be a great way to enter back into the world of blogging.

I hope to see you along the way over the next month. Drop a note on a post to let me know you stopped by and I will visit you if you have a blog or find you on social media. I would love to have you subscribe to receive updates of when I post. Also, if you followed my previous blog and would like to continue to follow me, please make sure to subscribe using the sign up in the footer. My old blog is no more.

All of the posts for the #Write28Day challenge will be listed here. Visit as often as you like. I look forward to getting to know you.


Day 1 – Disappointed
Day 2 – Enthusiasm
Day 3 – Learn
Day 4 – Make
Day 5 – Sunrise
Day 6 – Awe
Day 7 – Emphasis
Day 8 – Exasperated
Day 9 – Energize
Day 10 – Predicament
Day 11 – Argument
Day 12 – Once
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