Today is an important day. Maybe not as important as the days I got married, had my babies, or celebrated their first birthdays, but important all the same.
As I sit down to write this morning, I am tempted to ignore the significance of today and carry on as though it’s any other. Because to everyone else, that’s exactly what it is: another day.
But for me, this is THE day. The day I proved to myself that I CAN do this.
Today marks one year since I started this blog, though there were months of behind the scenes work leading up to that.
Some of you just rolled your eyes and checked out and that’s okay, I understand.
But if you’re still here and still reading, maybe it’s because you understand.
You understand what it’s like to have a dream, but not really believe it’s possible. Your life is busy, you have bills to pay, kids to take care of, laundry to fold, a to-do list that never ends.
Maybe you’ve tried before, but life got in the way. You desperately want to make it happen, but aren’t sure where you’ll find the time.
Maybe you tried and it was harder than you thought or just didn’t work so you gave up.
Whatever your “it” is, though, you still think about it.
I knew I was supposed to start a blog. You can read more about that here. What I didn’t know was how hard it would be, how much work it would take, how it would change me, or where it would take me.
I often think God doesn’t show us everything on purpose. It would be too much for our minds and hearts to hold. It would overwhelm us. Instead, He shows us just one step at a time. That one step is all we need. Often, it’s all we can handle.
So I took my first step. I started Servant Mama. It has required much time and diligence. There have been things that I’ve done well and plenty of things I haven’t.
I’ve had a meme go viral. Or at least viral-ish. I’m not sure what the exact qualifications are. Either way, it did surprisingly well. But I’m most likely a one-hit wonder and haven’t had any others even come close.
I have far exceeded my pageview expectations, hitting 10,000 after only 3 months, but never being quite that high again.
I had the incredibly memorable opportunity of attending the PBS Memorial Day concert and interviewing well-known celebrities like The Beach Boys and Trace Adkins.
I have written words that I am proud of, learned new skills, and made friendships and found community with people I would have never known otherwise.
I have reclaimed a piece of myself that had gotten lost in the midst of military life and motherhood. I do this for me- because I enjoy it and because it fulfills a desire that God placed within me.
With my words, I am able to encourage, inspire, and point others towards Him. There is significance in that.
So today I celebrate one year of being on this adventure. I look back and see the steps I’ve taken. And I see the next steps in front me.
I see The Milspouse Ministry growing and reaching far more than I ever could have imagined. I see the book I’m working on and the hands that might one day hold it.
I’m holding all of this loosely and I remind myself frequently that I’m to be building His kingdom and not my own. But I put in the time, I work hard, and keep taking the next step.
Whether you’re a fellow blogger, a milspouse trying to finish her degree in the midst of yet another PCS, or a mom who just needs SOMETHING for herself- don’t give up on your dream! Take it one day, one step at a time, and you’ll be amazed at how far you can go!
So grab some cake- we’re celebrating today! Because none of this would be possible without you, the reader. So from the bottom of heart- THANK YOU for being there, every wobbly step of the way.