Nature Walk 18

The truth is…

I put off blogging for years. It has always been a dream of mine to start something on my own and to do something I was passionate about, but several things hindered me.

I feared failure. What if I was terrible at it? What if no one wanted to read anything I had to say? Having a Type A personality led me to believe that starting The Southern Trunk was something I had no control over. It wasn’t something practical.

I feared being egotistical. Social media has created such a perfect avenue for people to live out their insecurities. Posting only the glamorous, extraordinary and perfect, leaving others to comparison, judgment and insecurity. Did I want to feed this craze?

I feared the unknown. Like I mentioned, I am not great at taking risks or doing something that doesn’t make perfect sense. I wasn’t sure where the time or the resources would come into play.

But the real truth is…

None of that matters. Something that my husband and my role models have taught me is that life isn’t about doing what’s easy or safe. Why would I want to live on the sidelines? Life has given me so many avenues to do what makes me happy and to share a positive influence. I have been given an incredible love from Jesus Christ and been through many journeys already that should be shared and not kept quiet. We all have.

So that being said…

I promise to be confident in who I know I am. No one is perfect in life. There is greater hope in life though, and that is what I keep my focus on.

I promise to be real. Blogs and media make everyone look better than they are the majority of the time. The Southern Trunk may do that to Ian and I sometimes, but I want to make sure people see beyond that. I want for people to know that things aren’t always clean or pretty. Sometimes life is hard and ugly, and we might share those moments too.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Roosevelt

Let’s focus on the blessings and joy that God has given each of us, not on what we think others have.

I promise to “be still.” Everything is unknown to us as humans. I would like to imagine that my life is in this crazy perfect bubble that I control, but that has never been the case. Anything can happen and that is why I will always dwell on Psalms 46…

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

… Be still and know that He is God.

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