Towards the end of 2016, I started reminiscing about my previous jobs which was a supervisor over college-aged girls and my year as a cheerleading coach at my high school alma mater. As I scrolled through social media, I realized how much I missed interacting with those girls. It also struck me that girls and women today are constantly attacked by society. The theme of "you're not good enough" has seemed to run rampant, even among Christian circles. I started to remember those chats, and some very hard conversations, I would have with my girls on different topics and it was always been my heart's desire since high school to encourage others. I don't have that voice anymore as I've switched careers, and I was a little sad about it. But, I realized that I could use this as that platform. There is just so much negativity. We need to combat that with encouragement. So after a little work and planning, I finally decided to take the plunge.
Here you'll find my talk about:
Faith || My faith is very important to me. To be honest, I don't know where I'd be if I didn't have Christ in my life. He has been so, so good to me and my family. You can read a little bit of my testimony here, and eventually, I'd love to share more of my story as an encouragement. The journey isn't always easy, but God is totally worth it.
Family || Along with the title of "wife," I recently added the title of "Mom" (or as my little one says 'Mum') and those are a huge part of who I am. Marriage and motherhood is hard stuff, y'all! Mom guilt is real. I had no idea. Every now and then we, wives and moms, need a break, some encouragement, and a good laugh and I hope to bring that to you.
"Marilla," she demanded presently, "do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?
"A—a what kind of friend?"
"A bosom friend—an intimate friend, you know—a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my innermost soul. I've dreamed of meeting her all my life." (8.35-37)
If you know me at all, you know that Anne of Green Gables is my favorite story ever. I love the friendship that Anne and Diana cultivate as best friends. That is something that we are sadly lacking today. Whether it's because of social media and our cell phones, we need to bring this back-- cultivate true meaningful friendships. Not just a "hey, I saw your status update on Facebook" sort of friendship. Friendship, or a sisterhood as I like to sometimes call it, is so important. And we need to start bringing this back to the next generation.