You don’t need me to tell you that the last few years have brought a lot of turmoil into our world. I say this with the understanding that many people in different parts of the world live much harsher lives than some of us do in the western hemisphere. I also say this with the awareness that I have readers that reside in different parts of the world.
I’ve felt grief in the last seven years watching major events unfold. The burden and heaviness of injustice has affected me. I produced my first book around the time when a lot of racism was being recorded and being played on the world’s stage. In the beginning I responded by writing about it. It was therapeutic in one way and exhausting in another. Eventually it took its toll on me, and I found it difficult to write.
I’m not sure if it was the pace of pushing out a book, planning events and marketing followed by my divorce, but I found myself struggling to write consistently. For a while I didn’t want to write, and I didn’t feel like I had the energy. When I started my blog, I had never done anything like it and I had to learn what rhythm would work best. I struggled with figuring out what topics I would write about since I felt like I had a very unique perspective. I wanted to write about being black, a woman, teen issues, being a child and youth worker and my experiences doing ministry in a non-profit.
I was erratic with my blog publishing schedule and for those of you who were with me in the early days you’ll know some of them were really long! During the beginning of the first lock down I decided to join an online boot camp and then mastermind group with my friend Marisa Shadrick. It helped bring me more focus and clarity. It helped me put things in order and enabled me to blog regularly and make some online videos.
It’s now been almost two years of writing blogs each week while pursuing my other writing interests. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do, there were times it was difficult to be consistent but it was worth it. In keeping with my blog a few weeks ago about rest and rhythms I have noticed that since the pandemic began more of us have been forced to spend much more time online then we ever did before. For some, life has moved into an incredible pace that is unsustainable. That pressure has forced me to look at ways I could adjust my own life into healthy sustainability to accomplish the goals most important to me.
I don’t want to be a part of the problem and add to the online frenzy that is constantly trying to grab your attention by creating blogs at a pace that is not practical for my readers. I took a small survey to get some feedback and have decided to put out one blog per month. I want to give you, my readers, time to think about the content, engage and catch up. After writing consistently for the last two years I have a lengthy library of topics in which my new readers would like a chance to delve into and catch up. In the near future I’m also hoping to share with you a little more personally about my writing journey and struggles as I move forward. The length of the blogs will remain the same and so if I do a series, it will be released once a month on the Monday evening slot.
Thank you for being on this journey with me! Happy reading!
Do you have any topics you’d like me to write about? Let me know in the comments.