3.12.2014

An Unintentional Sabbatical

The past several days something has been stirring in me. I didn't voice it until I was asked about it last night while I was sitting in the kitchen talking to David while he cooked us dinner. What is my end-game with this space? How long will I keep up blogging? Is it just a creative outlet for me, or are my intentions to make it source of side income for us? And how does that factor into my health and my stress level?

It honestly caught me off guard that David was thinking a lot of the same things I had been thinking about. I think God nudged him to ask me those questions, because I wasn't willing to ask them to myself in complete honestly.

Maybe we all come to a sort-of cross-roads when we have spaces like this. How do we know we should keep on writing, and creating and sharing.. and how do we know when we gave it our best and it's time to hang up our hats and move on? They say it takes years for well known blogs who are able to make money to take off. I've given it years. And at what expense?

So I guess I'm welcoming this unintentional sabbatical. I'm stepping away for a few days to pray and ponder and re-evaluate.. without my added perfectionism of i-have-to-post-something-awesome-every day for you guys.

I've never been one to ask God for a bold clear sign. But in this situation I am. I've given him a timeline. I've given him a.. "if this happens by this date then I'll know I should keep this up".. and if it doesn't, then I'll wave my white flag.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, my. I know this feeling ALL too well and have taken my own little sabbatical over the last few weeks. I hope that you get the sign that you're asking for.

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    1. Thank you mandy! I've loved getting to hear about you from Kim. She speaks so highly of you! I also love that you guys have started the craft course in Nashville! So much fun!!!

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  2. I feel it too. But I love what you do here. :)

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  3. I just found you through a DPS article and Pinterest, but I totally hear you on this one. Blogging sabbaticals are necessary for me and can be soul-filling if I am seeking God in that space. I often come back clear-headed and re-focused on what is really important.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Alysa. I've loved connecting with you the past few days and reading through your blog. So excited for you to get the new strap!

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  4. well, i am only just discovering your space for the first time, but i do really like it! i understand the struggle of commitment, time, end game... etc. it can be hard sometimes, blogging... you will figure it out <3 just stick with what you love and do the very best at it that you can. enjoy your days off!

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  5. I can understand your time of questioning and it's completely warranted! However, if you do wave the white flag, you will sorely be missed.
    Love to you sweet one,
    Cara W.

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  6. thanks Cara. I will miss connecting with you through this too! Your precious to me.

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  7. Just some encouragement... I found your blog recently and it has become my favorite! I have checked it everyday. I love your focus on faith and also natural living and gluten-free recipes. :)

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  8. Hey sweet girl, it's Annie from Hope Spoken. I'm right there with you about continuing or not. Writing is this wonderful process that helps me think through so many hard issues in my life. It was such a pleasure to see your light this weekend.

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