To Live Intentionally And Authentically

I finally have 2016 in my hands, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share with you the launch of my brand new blog. I’ve spent the last few months pouring my time and effort into creating something that I’m really proud of and excited to start using.

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Today, I’m beginning a journey. I’ve been challenged on the way that I live my life and the way that I open myself up to others.

I haven’t been living out the Christian life as I should be. We should be excited to share our faith with others and live a life that’s ultimately pleasing to the Lord. So I’m using The Happy Journal as my little space on the internet to share my experiences with the Christian life and how knowing Jesus is shaping me into a person I’m falling in love with. It brings me a complete satisfaction.

There is a big stigma around blogging and social media at the moment, but it doesn’t have to be like that. It doesn’t have to be about how many followers you have, how many likes you get, or how many blog comments you receive. Those things are important for bloggers because they make your blog more successful and open up opportunities. But those things cannot bring us overwhelming satisfaction, nothing can, if we do not consider the individual.

Blogging can be raw and open and about sharing what we are going through in certain aspects of life only if the blogger is raw and open and real.

Our generation craves authenticity, but I’ve found that we are very rarely authentic to one another. This falseness simply makes us feel more insecure, forces us to put up barriers between reaching out to people, and creates unrealistic expectations for people to follow. I have reached out to a few bloggers before who preach about being authentic and connecting with their readership, and I have not always had a positive experience with this. I have experienced being ignored or have received the same generic comments over and over that does not take a relationship further.

This discourages me a lot. It makes me feel like I’m not good enough, that I don’t have enough followers or am not worthy to be able to connect with them. I don’t want to be like that and I don’t want anyone to feel that way either. The point of social media is to be social. We were put on this earth to have relationships with one another; social media and blogs are not online museums, they are forums for connections. I long to connect with others. To share and do life with others. To encourage others.

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I am passionate about positivity. But this positivity is not of empty substance. I am passionate about the type of positivity that helps us not to dwell on the negative aspects of life. I believe that there is too much negativity in the world and it’s not helpful for personal growth. The positivity I’m talking about is positivity that encourages others, not just in the moment, but completely and fully invests in them. This is positivity that enables our personal growth by learning from the negative experiences in order to throw ourselves into looking forward to all that life has in store for us. This is positivity that is accessible to everybody.

Therefore, The Happy Journal has a new look and a new vision. I’m going to focus on living intentionally and authentically. I want to take this opportunity now to say what I aim to do with this blog and to really mean what I say. With my blog, I have a voice and I am an individual. I have passions and I have dreams. I have visions and I have goals. I’m going to step out and be real and open. That scares me a lot because I’ll be making myself vulnerable, but it ignites a burning from deep within my soul. This is my purpose.

You can read about how The Happy Journal began and my statement of intent on the vision page, and don’t forget to check out my introducing page to learn a little about me.

And so it begins…

Why don’t we begin this adventure together? You are very welcome here. What is your word, resolution or ultimate vision for 2016?

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  • Rachel Kim

    I’m a fairly new blogger myself and I understand everything you’ve been feeling, because I’ve felt it too! This year, I really want to stretch myself and grow deeper in faith first and foremost and hope that through that, it will really allow me to be filled with joy from the only One who can give us true joy.

    I wrote a post on how I’ve been learning to avoid the comparison game in blogging and embrace this outlet of creativity in the coming year if you want to check it out: http://goldandmarble.blogspot.com/2016/01/5-blogging-valuable-lessons.html 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    • Hi Rachel, thanks so much for stopping by! Me too, that is my ultimate goal here. Drawing closer to the Lord will bring us ultimate satisfaction. Thanks for linking your post, I’d add it to my ‘must read’ blog post list and check it out!

  • Such a touching, honest post. Thank you for sharing your heart! My word for the year is Authenticity. 🙂 We can do this!! xo

    • Thank you, Tawni, that means a lot! I hope that I will continue to share my heart throughout this year Yes we can, good luck!

  • Love your new blog, Emma! And I love so much that you made it a goal to live more authentically. I think that this is something that ALL bloggers should focus on!!! Best wishes to you in 2016 xo

    • Thanks so much, Chelsie! I just know that what I blog about needs to be reflected in the way I’m living my life too otherwise it all counts as loss.

  • Sarah Koves

    Your design is very pretty and clean. I love intentionally: make everything a conscious choice- don’t let life happen.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Sarah! That is so beautifully put, making everything a conscious choice is definitely how I intend to live out this year.

  • I love that you have that motivation. I think that’s a great way to start your year, with that focus in mind instead of having something you have to check off of a list.

    • Indeed! I usually have resolutions that I never end up sticking too, so instead I thought I would try a new mindset, I hope I continue to grow in this area over the year! Thanks, Rebekah!

  • Wow! This is such an inspirational post! You’re so right that life should be lived intentionally and authentically! Thank you so much for sharing! And Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Amelia Garland

    This is beautiful!

  • Great goal, it frustrates me sometimes how fake the whole social media world is, then I find myself being slowly sucked into it again…

    • Me too, I’m really struggling with all of that at the moment so I’m trying to be the change that I want to see.

  • I really love this post and plan on sharing it! It can be a challenge to balance living in our lives, but sharing online and trying to connect. I feel I constantly struggle to find a moderate place in both worlds so I am not withdrawing from one. Often, it means I have to step back from my online one. I definitely believe in sharing positively on the internet while being constructive about lessons learned and I think you wrote out your thoughts so well!

    • Thank you so much for sharing this post, Autumn, it really means a lot to me. I really struggle with how our online presences are depicted and being intentional in how I live AND how I portray myself online is very important to me.

  • Yes, I love your mission! I much rather see raw posts from a blogger than something they cooked up because they know it would get them views. Excited to see more of what you do!

    • Me too, Adriana! I love reading those kinds of posts, that’s what I feel blogging is all about! There’s no point in trying to replicate what’s already been done! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Congrats, Emma! That’s awesome! My goals are very, very similar to yours.
    I have to constantly remind myself that whether I get 2 views or 200 views, what I say is for Christ, not to gain followers! Sure, I need the views and comments to reach my goals, but reaching people for Christ is far more important.
    I like your new design and I am proud of you!

    • I love everything you’ve said in this and you capture it perfectly. “What I say is for Christ, not to gain followers” – that in essence is everything I’m working for this year. Thanks so much Kristin!

  • Could not love this whole thing more, Emma.
    A.) Your *actual* authenticity is palpable and contagious. I’m totally with ya…it’s SUCH a let down when you reach out to someone who preaches connectivity but can’t even hit reply, let alone give a truly genuine response!
    B.) You’re right – our generation craves authenticity. I’m wiith ya – Let’s bring it.
    C.) Well-written. Cheers to intentional and authentic living through 2016 and beyond!

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    • Wow, thank you Erica, that really means a lot to me! I intend to keep it that way. Let’s do this!

  • Love this message you’re sending! I’ve begun to realize that I too have a voice and can and should step out and begin to use my voice especially through my blog. I really do relate to this post and can’t wait to see what the new year brings for you!

    • You absolutely should! You do have a voice and you have the power to really influence people, I say go for it. Thank you, same to you!

  • Congratulations on this new launch, Emma!!! The site looks amazing!!

  • I am finally catching up on blogs and I am SO excited about your new blog! You’re an amazing writer and I love love your purpose with this little space. So happy for you, Emma!

    • Thank you so much Shannon, it really means a lot to me that you like it. I can’t wait to use it in all the ways I have planned!

  • This is inspirational! Congratulations!!

  • Autumn Dickens

    This is a brilliant post, Emma. You hit the nail right on the head about our need to be authentic and the dilemma of actually living that out. I’m so happy that you’re using your voice in such a positive yet revealing way. I’m excited to see where this goes and I know your mission for living intentionally and authentically will be such a rewarding journey! You go girl! 🙂

    • Thanks, girl! I’m so excited for this journey. There will be trials and tribulations I’m sure, but it will be so so worth it.

  • This is awesome! I completely agree that we crave authenticity–especially through social media and blogging– yet we don’t crave it in each other. This frustrates me too! Happy you’re doing something about it!

    • The whole process has been such a learning curve for me! Thank you Annie, I hope I do my mission statement justice.

  • This is so inspirational, Emma. I really don’t want to get sucked into obsessing about followers and page views, although they are important. I want my blog and social media to be authentic as well. Thank you for this post!

    • Me to, Audrey. I’ve decided to take a step back from it and focus on being really authentic and real, and then hopefully the followers and page views will grow as I grow. Thanks!

  • I love this Emma! I too am joining you in that journey of speaking more of my faith!

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  • I LOVE THIS. AMEN. Please bring on the positivity and authenticity and intentionality…we NEED that. NEED.

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  • Glad you’ve chosen to pursue your passion for this space–that you’ve found a way to write online that perfectly suits your calling!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    What a lovely vision. I, too, have reached out to bloggers I admire who blog about these topics only to get…nothing in return! I love that you’re making it your mission to live our these things you value.

  • Veronica Pototska

    This post is so inspiring! I am noticing that our generation is so lucky to have the freedom of being authentic

  • I’ve enjoyed the posts I’ve already read on your blog and this post makes me excited for what’s to come! Beautiful layout. 🙂

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