Four years ago, I started this blog.
FOUR YEARS! Holy moly – just typing that makes me wanna take a nap.
And I figure that almost 1500 days of blogging deserves a mission statement for good ole Bower Power so here she blows:
- THIS BLOG IS FOR ME
I blog for me. Not for readers. Not for income. Not for fans or friends or family. I blog because God has put that desire in my heart. The rest of the reasons are just major perks (HUGE! GIGANTIC!)…but not the reason to come back every day for hours on end. It is probably the most selfish hobby I have ever had…and the most gratifying because of the people in my life. In the end, if it ever stops being “because I want to” and starts being “because I have to”….well….this too shall pass. And I will celebrate the ending with a clinking of glasses and a carb-laden hoedown. Yeehaw.
- THIS BLOG DWELLS ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF LOVE
I like to tease. I like to joke about celebrities – Trump’s terrible hair, Brit-brit’s famous umbrella, and Ceelo’s pimp cat. I like to make 14-year-old boy jokes about private body parts and any sort of pork product. But at the very core of this blog, I want to love. I want to pour out kindness and smiles and rainbows on everyone who reads these words. I want you to be encouraged and uplifted. I want the words that pour from my fingertips to never be out of anger or malice or hate…but to be wrapped in a pink bow of love…and inspiration…not just to improve your home or to pour yourself into a chandelier makeover…but to have love flowing freely into life, your preciousness, yourself.
- THIS BLOG IS REAL & OPEN
For the past four years, I have made mistakes. I made bad jokes, I said things that hurt folks or were taken out of context or misunderstood. I have been imperfect. human. flawed. And I let it all hang out. literally and figuratively. I don’t put on airs to pretend I am more gracious than I am….or act like I’m funny (I totally admit I’m really not funny at all in person)…I don’t think of myself as a designer or a professional or above-average-at-anything. I struggle with real life. I get sad and hurt. I have good days. I have terrible ones. I am who I am. And that is okay.
I put myself out there, mistakes and all, because I am a believer in that if my one statement or opinion can encourage or uplift ONE person…then it is worth dealing with any reprecussions…positive or negative. And that is why I don’t remove things from this blog….I don’t delete mean comments….I take the good with the bad. There have been times when I (or someone else) wrote something out of a knee-jerk reaction….something I wish I could erase…something I wish I could remove forever from my blog and the minds of those who read it. But real life is full of mistakes. real life is admitting that nobody is perfect. And I want this blog to be real….not watered down or carefully post processed….I want this thing to be unfiltered and imperfect….because that means it is a true reflection.
- THIS BLOG IS LESS THAN THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT
All blogs are less than the people behind them. So this reminder is for me. I have to remember to be slow to judge….slow to spend other’s money….slow to form opinions….quick to forgive….quick to appreciate….quick to love. I am so lucky to live in an age where people open their lives, their minds, their hearts to share with complete strangers. I want to remember that this blog celebrates my life and what I choose to share….and that is just a slim and scarce glimpse into me and mine….God created more in me than this blog. Thank goodness.
- THIS BLOG IS NOT FOREVER
One day, blogging will come to an end. And when it comes down to it, this blog is part of what I choose to do but not who I am. I have been given the precious gift of life and this blog doesn’t hold a candle to the most serious things in my life. I don’t know when it will end….or why or how…but I know that investing ourselves in the eternal things matters most. And for the time being, blogging is one way I get to share all those things…small and big.
All that is what we are all about here. Pretty serious stuff huh?!
Now let’s get back to the not-so-serious….like how funny was it on the Bachelorette when one of the best friends asked the dude with the egg named ‘Shelly’ if he fertilized it himself?! I wanna be friends with that girl.
p.s. random old photos were taken between 2005 – 2007 when Jer and I dated 🙂 And yes, I self-take-pictures of my hematomas…so glad that’s normal 🙂