I am super excited to be taking part in the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge which is being hosted by WEGO Health! The entire month of April will be dedicated to sharing our stories as well as educating and raising awareness!
The first official prompt of the month was to talk about creating a health time capsule but as you know I’m a bit of a rule-breaker. To quote the pirates, is more of just guidelines right?
I have decided to kick off the month by telling you why I write. Over the last four years, I have shared what caused me to begin blogging as I was looking for an outlet and a safe place to share my feelings and process the challenges of infertility and health. As time went by, A New Kind of Normal has become a way to encourage others who may be facing the same health situations as well as to raise awareness of the illnesses that are out there that need attention. Even then, if someone had told me that I would still be blogging almost five years later and gearing up for my second blog conference I would have died from laughter. I had absolutely no idea what the blogging world held for me.
Maybe more importantly than why I started to blog is the reality of why I continue to blog. Many times over the last four years I have considered closing up shop and quitting. I have had moments where I had no idea what to write and felt like I had no meaningful content left to offer. I have had moments where I’ve felt completely inadequate to try to offer hope to readers when I felt so helpless myself. I have had moments as recently as this weekend when I’ve felt like I physically didn’t have anything left to give.
But I press for one reason. Ok, maybe two. One – I feel like God has directed me to blogging as a ministry. And two – because of you amazing readers. Every conversation we have on twitter keeps me going. Every facebook comment boosts my love of connecting with others. Every email I receive from a reader thanking me for writing that always comes at just the right moment brings tears to my eyes and I feel in my heart that this is right where I should be.
So thank you readers for being a part of A New Kind of Normal. Thank you for allowing this blog to be a place where you can find encouragement, support, and hope as we walk this road of chronic illness together.