As you already know, there are lot of changes happening at A Girl Like Me. Change is hard but can also be really exciting and a time for so much growth!
We are sad to see Steph and Kelsey go, but really excited for the plans and dreams they are both pursuing. There are also GREAT additions to come, which you will hear about NEXT week, but for now, they wanted to say goodbye, so instead of explaining for them, I will let you hear from them directly…
When I woke up this morning, I did not expect to be writing this post.
In fact, just this weekend I was talking with someone about writing for A Girl Like Me, encouraging them to check it out.
I had lots of plans for this next year and the redemptive stories I would get to share with you… surely, after the chaos of this year redemption was on it’s way, and those will be the stories I write about.
Or so I thought.
I wrote briefly about this year and all of it’s turmoil in this post.
But for the most part, the words just haven’t come, even my journal has remained mostly untouched. As a writer, this has been difficult. As a blogger, this is not fair to you.
When the challenge came for me to decide if committing another year to AGLM was wise it hurt- the good kind of hurt. It was the calling out of truth, you cannot do everything… and we notice.
I hope you surround yourself with people who notice when you are struggling.
And I pray they call you out on it.
And I pray you receive it well when they do.
This morning during the cool dawn of my workout, the instructor shared these words,
“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.
I laid on the mat and cried the big, silent, tears.
I am so thankful for AGLM.
For what I have learned, and how it has grown me.
For the women it has introduced me to.
For each of you,
You encourage me, challenge me, push me to do better writing and better living, and I’m thankful for that.
This next season will be different.
I will still write, when the words come, here.
But I won’t be writing for AGLM regularly.
Know that my heart for you girls is good….
my love for this ministry is huge…
and my desire to see Christ in this chaos is overwhelming.
Here’s to 2016 and all it will bring!
My sweet friends,
What a journey this has been. From my very first guest post about mine and Matt’s relationship to posts about tattoos and childhood experiences…you have all given me a place to not just share my story, but process and grow in it as we have all walked alongside each other. A Girl Like Me has been such a beautiful part of my journey and I have been overwhelmed watching so many of you take the passion and dreams Heather poured into this safe place and pass them on, using them in your own lives to reach out and walk alongside so many other girls in need of community. My role with A Girl Like Me has been to be vulnerable and share with you ladies, offer up my experiences, failures, joys, and sorrows as a place for you to find encouragement, accountability, and challenge….but who am I kidding? You all have been that for me. You have shown nothing but grace and understanding when I’ve had to take breaks due to life’s obstacles, losing my mom, facing life as a new wife, and weaving through the mess of the everyday. We came together right in a huge new season for me and writing here has often felt like writing out the words for you to read that God is wanting me to hear.
Thank you for being a safe place; for being such beautiful examples of authenticity and grace.
I know there are a lot of changes happening on here, but it’s the change that can bring fresh perspectives and fresh life. I have spent the last 10+ years of my life working jobs that support everyone else in their dreams. I’ve served and supported and put so many of my own passions aside, buried in the guilt of wanting to meet other’s needs and AGLM was a wonderful outlet and place to let some of those passions gain new life. I’m starting another new chapter as we end this year and Matt and I are not only trying to bring back to life so many life giving, creative parts of ourselves that have been buried, but we are also walking into the best adventure of becoming parents through adoption. It’s one of those forks in the road that, while not always easy, is necessary to let go of some things in order to free up the time and energy God needs from us to pursue the next step. So while there is a part of me that is sad to have to say “goodbye” to being consistently involved here, another part of me is so excited. Excited for you guys and excited for me. I’m excited to see what the fresh leadership and new voices have to offer you all in your seasons of life and I’m excited for me to start another adventure and take a season to breathe and find a part of me that I’ve lost. I’m so excited to take the time needed to prepare to go from just “wife” to “mom”.
Thank you for welcoming me with such big, open arms. I love all the girls on this AGLM team and am so excited for them to start dreaming up new, big things for you all. I will definitely be keeping up with the community, but this time from the reader’s side. Matt and I will also be sharing updates on our adoption journey over at my blog and would love to share that new season with you as well.
Much love to each and every one of you. Thank you for being YOU!