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.
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.
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.
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?