Writing on a Personal Level


I can only speak for myself but when I write, it’s personal.  Which means that my emotions are all wrapped up in the words I lay out on the screen.  That the time and effort I put into each post is a piece of me. Some people may not get that, but high-five to those that do!

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I’m not a person that needs to have 1000’s of followers or comments on my posts daily.  If that was the case, I’m 100% outta luck.  138 followers on this blog alone is all I have, in the blog world that’s probably an embarrassing number to share by the way.  Rarely does anyone actually comment on the posts, and if I don’t share on my personal Facebook or Instagram page there are times the views are a total of two.  (Thank you dear sister and husband, you rock!)

That’s how it goes.  That’s reality.

Each post is a personal journey in one individual’s life. My life.  As I’ve said before, writing helps me process.  I don’t write about every single hiccup or joy or smack in the face or delicious kiss I experience.  I write whatever flows from my fingertips and my heart.  Some posts are written in hopes to help others, process my experiences, just for fun, or to just share a song I really like! (love me a good song)

Some of my posts are more important to me than others.  They resolve conflict in my mind, comfort my heart, pull back the drama of reality, or help me say what I wish I would have when I could have to someone.

Some of my posts when I finish writing them (and reading them like 30 times before hitting publish) I truly feel “that was well written.”  A sense of pride fills my chest and  the emotions that go with accomplishing something feel awesome!  It doesn’t happen with every post.  It’s a rare gem in this blog writing woman’s life.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this.  This place, Pushing Forward with Grace and all it holds…. means a lot to me.  It has my heart.  I pour it out in hopes of feeling I’ve contributed something worthy not only my own life but others.

That my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will know me a little better than they would have otherwise.  Even if they end up saying (when I’m long gone) “that Grandma Julie was a emotional roller coaster, wasn’t she?”  

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I hope that others remember I am human and I have an emotional tie to this place. These words. The stories that fall from my fingertips.  That even though this place may not be important to them, it is to me.

There’s a whole lot of me wrapped up in here!

I am beyond grateful for the those of you that follow my blog, comment via social media, texts, email, or even right here on the blog.  Thank you for the days you lift me up.  Yesterday was one of them and some of you did just that.  God bless you!

Until next time,
Julie

 

 

 

P.S. It’s not always easy for me to click publish and share myself on the blog.  The reason is I see people weekly or daily that read it.  It scares the crap out of me that they will think I’m that crazy emotional roller coaster lady! 🙂

 

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There Was One, Then Two, Now What


Having two blogs is somewhat of a struggle these days.  I’ve tried to ignore it and hope no one noticed the lack of writing on one or the other.  The guilt is setting in a decision is upon the horizon I do believe.

There Was One, Then Two, Now What

See, I created Pushing Forward with Grace for a writing experiment and it became a spiritual and journal type of thing for me.  I love writing over here as it gives me a place to express myself and inspire others.   This helps with not driving my husband too batty with all my dramatic talking too! 🙂   I need an outlet for processing you know!

In Between the Sunsets of Life was created to share our farm experiences, kitchen fun, and a family type blog.  I basically moved my faith journey and inspirational posts to PFWG blog when it was created.

I have contemplated combining them but can not get myself to commit.  I even have a new name for the combined blog but feel like I am letting go of something substantial if I make a change.  My concern is that those that enjoy my farm side blog will not choose to continue to follow and vice versa for those here at Grace.  If only there was a way to know how to find a balance and know the right choice!

I am somewhat embarrassed at myself  for  struggling with such a non-important issue.  I mean really, it’s not like I do not have more important things to take care of!  But these blogs are a creation of me.  I took a risk when I clicked publish on that first post in 2012 and then again in 2014 and I’m a better person because I did it (twice)!   I have grown as an individual, became a better writer, and am not as scared to share my true thoughts on subjects now.  My dream is to only inspire and help others.  If my tribulation or joys bring inspiration or help, then the time I have put into these blogs is well worth it.

My life is becoming a tad hectic once again so it is time to step back and get organized.  I need to declutter or “rest” as God spoke to me from the bible study this morning. (I love how He does that!)  Too many activities, new part-time job, and being the mom and wife I want to be is becoming stressful.  Time to regroup!

So the question is, do I combine the two, create a new blog, or continue to feel guilty for not writing as much on one or the other?  Do I eliminate one all together?  Please say a little prayer of guidance on this subject for me today if you don’t mind.  You can also offer your advice, I’m willing to listen/read it!

Thanks so much!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

 

365 Posts Has Arrived


The experience of writing here at Pushing Forward with Grace  has given me many things.  A place to write about topics that lie deep within me, grow personally, grieve openly, share the Word of God, and hopefully inspire others to name a few.

When I started this blog I knew I needed to sharpen my writing skills and write about more personal things.  It gave me a place to give a voice to things in my mind and heart.  I wasn’t 100% sure what I would be writing on any given day but I’m happy with the past year.  I feel my writing has improved and some of the comments that were made brought me strength and comfort.  I am thankful for those things.

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You might be interested to know that the posts that received the most views were the ones with these categories. Honesty Days, God, and Just Me.

There may not have been many comments throughout the year but to me this blog became a place to write for myself.  It brought a daily place for me to write my feelings, my aspirations, my sadness or happiness, and share with the readers what was ultimately me.  Having a place to write my thoughts was therapeutic most of the time.

I’m not sure what will happen now that I’ve reached my 365 days writing experiment.  I plan to take a break to focus on other opportunities and relax. To rest my writing brain and my wrist.  Please continue to follow via email so when something is published you can be the first to know!

Thank you for following me on this journey and taking time to read words I’ve written.  I would very much like to have some feedback regarding the writing and subjects you read this year.  What touched you primarily and how I can improve my writing.  Thank you for your help.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and I hope we visit in the future via the computer screen!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

Just (parts of)  Me!

A year later in review farm wife Braving the cold JV blood donation Combine driver Child Julie 1972

 

 

A Request From Me to You


Well, we are at 341 posts written here on Pushing Forward with Grace.  Nearing the end of (mostly) daily writing, I hope you have enjoyed at least a portion of what I have written.  I decided it would be interesting to see if I could get some input from you.

I would like for you to comment, whether it be here, Google +  or Pinterest or Facebook with a subject for me to write on.  What would you like me to put into words for you?  What subjects are you interested in that I could share my thoughts about?

Perhaps being a mother of three daughters, my faith, a story in the bible, life on a Kansas farm, or is there something deeper?  I won’t write about my political views, just so you know.  Is there something, after reading my blog for almost a year that you think I could inspire someone with?

I appreciate you helping me round out this journey of mine.  I think it could be an interesting and fun challenge for me!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

Public Platform – What I Use My Platform For.


Word of God In Joy or Sadness

This week I was lucky enough to receive some bits of joy.  One came via my mailbox and the other an email. Both of them held words that made me feel joy and special.  They shared with me, they lifted me up, and they took the time to make an impact on my life.  I am thankful for these tidbits of joy to my week.

These two people have made it a point to let me know they enjoy this blog and my openness about life. To be honest, sometimes I wonder if I am sharing too much or if I am craving attention so much that I am using the blog to try to get it.  (Yes, I’m an over thinker, just ask my husband).

But it’s true, where is the line of too much?  I have virtual friends and I have regular friends and with each type there is an assortment of those that share and those that are more closed off.  I’m not saying one is better than the other. I’m just making for discussion and trying to figure out how much is too much.

I want to write with substance, inspiration, and process my way through situations.  I hope to encourage, teach, guide, and just have fun.  This blog has turned out to be so much more than I anticipated.  I have grown in my writing skills, processed thoughts, learned more from The Word, and helped others through #pfwg44thbirthday.  I feel good about this blog and where it has taken me.  Only 42 posts to go and I will achieve a goal as well.  I look forward to what lies ahead for the future of Pushing Forward with Grace.

I guess I will continue to pray about what to write, seek advice from fellow friends, and trust my gut for what words to place upon the screen.  I thank you for joining me in this journey.  May you find much grace in your day!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

 

 

Change. Blending Together. Growing


You might have noticed a while back I changed the background of my blog header. I told myself when I started Pushing Forward with Grace that I was going to keep the blog simple and not change anything for 365 days. HA!  That lasted for a stint but then I added a couple of things to the sidebar and photos to the posts.

One day I had taken a photo of a beautiful bouquet of yellow flowers. I decided it would be a nice addition to my blog header. Prior to the change it was a solid yellow (my favorite color).  Although the background still includes yellow, there is also some white, and even a touch of green.   The hues of each color blend with the others, as if to work in unison.

I would like to think that this change reflects something about me.  With each day that goes by, each post that I share, the inner vines that are within me change and grow.  They blend together to create something new yet something attached to the foundation of me.

There are posts that I have forgotten about and ones I never will.  But each of them is a reflection of who I am, where I have been, and where I am going.  I hope you enjoy this blog and my writings, it has brought me joy and little stress.  Thank you for following Pushing Forward with Grace.

Grace is a gift,

Julie

Change. Blending Together. Growing

 

 

The Drafts to be Shared


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The writing has been done.  There are a few posts that wait patiently in my drafts folder. Unsure of when to share them I seek advice from those close. Is it too personal? Am I coming off the way I want to?  Is it going to inspire verses collect pity? Will there be others who get angered at me for sharing? But should that matter if I feel in my heart it may help others?  I seek not attention but hope to help others, so they do not feel so alone in their similar situation.  Prayer upon my heart for the timing of sharing and for expressing the things that lay so very close to my inner being.

As the rain falls from the sky and the lightning brings forth energy  these posts will no longer lay dormant.  I share them in hopes that they will refresh someone as the rain does the soil and provide courage they might need as the bolts of thunder fill our ears!  Hold not judgement upon me friend but rather if it doesn’t touch you perhaps it will another.  Perhaps another will not feel so alone in their time of uncertainty.
Grace is a gift,

Julie

 

Blog Sharing Workshop


As I mentioned in my Stage Fright post I was invited to speak about blogging this weekend.  It was an opportunity that presented itself a few months ago via a friend.  She introduced me to Angie which come to find out actually grew up in the area that we live now!  Small world and she is a true delight!  After working on the presentation the past couple weeks it was time to make it happen!

We traveled to Ellinwood, Kansas to a quaint little coffee shop called Gather.  If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop by or you can follow their Facebook page. They have daily lunch specials and cute stuff for sell too!

Gather Gather Counter Gather CUP

A few ladies gathered together to hear me talk about our blogs, what inspired me to start blogging, and to take a look at the behind the scenes of each blog.  Since this was my first presentation I am thankful it was on a smaller level in a more intimate setting.  We were able to converse and they asked questions which I thought was beneficial to all.  Although the wi-fi was an issue I feel we still had a successful time-sharing and learning, me included.

Making connections is one of the reasons I took on this opportunity.  I believe connections bring forth value to our lives.  Through this experience I was able to meet new people, a chance to road trip with my sister, best friend, and a friend from high school.  The entire time was pretty enjoyable I must say, even if I was tad nervous to start! 🙂

Blog Sharing Workshop 2014 Ellinwood, Ks 2

 

I’d like to thank all those that made it happened, sent me text messages to check in, and those that attended the workshop!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

Outside the Comfort Zone – Public Speaking


This coming Saturday I will be stepping out of my normal comfort zone and speaking about my blogging experiences.  I was contacted a few months ago and I prayed on it before answering the invitation.  I felt moved through prayer and the stories in my daily devotions regarding Moses to say yes.  The time has arrived (this coming Saturday) that I will be speaking in a somewhat informal manner.

I am excited and yet starting to get nervous about speaking in front of others.  I do believe through work in my bible study, employment,  and meetings at church I have grown in this aspect of my life.  Those experiences in my life has given me confidence and practice in speaking to others.  I think what makes me nervous may not necessarily be that I am in front of people. I think it may be that in my mind I struggle with feeling I am qualified to speak on this subject.

Yes I have blogged for two years at In Between the Sunsets of Life but that doesn’t make me an expert by any means.  I know other bloggers way more qualified, but I presume God led me here because he felt I was ready.  I think to keep my nerves in place I need to remember the following things going in.

Pray prior to presenting.

Remember it’s somewhat informal and in a friendly atmosphere.

I’m speaking on my blogs, my life, and our way of doing things.  It’s not wrong, it’s sharing.

Smile. Smile. Smile.

This will give me practice to only improve my public speaking skills and my confidence of myself.

Since this particular blog seems to be therapeutic for me, I knew I needed to blog about this experience.  So I can reflect back on the times in life I felt insecure and grew from them.

So, if any of you are free on January 31st and plan to be in the area, please register to join us!  You don’t have to be a blogger, you can be interested in the process, my experience, or just want a new event to fill your afternoon! 🙂

Blog Sharing Workshop

Grace is  a gift,

Julie