I’ve recently done a lot of soul-searching regarding this blog. I signed up for a course from Jeff Goins on intentional blogging, where he guides hopeful bloggers through the process of finding a voice and an audience. Over the years I’ve said a lot of random things on this blog, and to be honest, I haven’t been very intentional. Now I have a better idea of what I want to communicate on a consistent basis. So, here it is:
Life is a journey. Learning is a process. From the time we are born, we begin learning, and I believe we should not be finished learning until the day we die. There are always new things to discover about ourselves and the world, and new things to make of ourselves and the world. In many ways, I am exactly the same person I was twenty or thirty years ago. Same parents, same personality, same genetic makeup, socioeconomic status, I even live in the same general part of the country. In other ways, I am completely different. I have two degrees and I’ve learned just as much through life as I ever did through school. Being a mom has changed me in ways I never expected. Being a pastor’s wife has been a learning experience, and most of the time I feel like I haven’t done it very well. I certainly don’t fit the “typical pastor’s wife” mold. Even now I’m still learning who I am as a person, a Christian, a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend, a writer, a blogger… and along the way, when I find something about myself or my circumstances that I don’t like, I have learned that I have two choices: change it, or allow God to change me. God has done a lot of work in my life. Sometimes I have welcomed it, and sometimes I have rebelled, but he is always working. He has placed people in my life who challenge me to think about things differently, he has trained me through reading his word, the Bible, and he has brought various learning opportunities into my life whether I was looking for them or not. I try to respond, I try to make the most of every challenge and every opportunity, because I want to be different tomorrow from who I am today. I want to be better. I want to grow.
I love words. I have been called a word nerd. I love to read them, craft with them, play with them. I love to learn new words and occasionally make them up. Allie On Life is a play on words. To me, it means two things:
- I have never been high on anything but life. I have my bad days and sad days but most of the time, I want to drain the most out of every day rather than allow days to drain me. I want to seek joy and higher purpose in my own life, and encourage others to do the same. Life is not always good. But there are always good things in life. Look for the good. Follow the butterflies.
- I have a perspective on life that is just a little different. A little quirky. A little nerdy. A little millennial. I take a wide view of the world. I appreciate details but I try not to get hung up on them. I look for a bigger perspective. I apply logic and universal truth. I sprinkle that with a little bit of salt and a little bit of grace. Then I share my thoughts with you. Lucky you. 🙂
So Allie On Life is just that. I want to live all in. And I have thoughts to share with the world. You may like them, you may not, and that’s okay. This is just me.
For a little bit more about me and some of the things I feature on this site, check out my About page. And if you have any questions or thoughts that you’d like to know my thoughts on, please feel free to comment or contact me and suggest a future post.