I was hoping I could make this a quick update; writing short posts is still a challenge – I’m working on it.
Yesterday was my last day at Top Dog Coffee Bar. Yes, I know, working there was short-lived, but after a good amount of thought, this is the best option for me.
Ultimately the decision was made so that I would have more time to write. To be completely honest, I really didn’t know what that meant when I put in my notice. The thought has rounded out since then.
Writing, to be more specific, blogging, is where I want to be focused. As I am a very dedicated person, it’s been difficult for me to work full-time and also endeavor success in the blogging world. I have a vision in mind, a dream of where I want my blog to end up and I’m ready to believe it’s possible (more on that later). I’ve spent many an hour scrubbing dishes, pouring drinks, and greeting customers in coffee shops (still to be beat by many) and I could very well do it for hours more to come, but I’m putting an end to it, for now at least.
Here’s a few reasons why:
I want to become a better writer: gaining a stronger vocabulary, using proper grammar, and refining my composition style. Rather than slowly learning through years of writing, I am choosing to fast-track my education through extensive reading, researching, online tutorials, and daily blogging. I do not mean to say that “time is not the answer”, because I know it will take countless hours to see a favorable outcome. Instead I am saying that I’m making a bold step in one direction. I know my personality and I’ve battled many thoughts towards letting go of this dream, and that is why I simply cannot take the easy road of finding a new job closer to home and trying to write on the side.
You must be thinking, That’s what she believes the easy road is? She’s ten steps away from the easy road – waking up when she pleases, not clocking in, no commute. I totally agree – I think I’m a nut too! In some flip-flop way it wouldbe much easier for me to grab another job at a cute coffee shop, clock in and out when I’m told, and get a pay-check every two weeks. (It’s not “glamorous” necessarily, but it’s practical.) This time I’m playing a new card, veering from practicality, and taking a risk in hopes of winning the lot!
On the more profound end of this decision are the things that God has been teaching me as of late, most importantly about favor. “Favor will follow you as you follow me”. That’s what He told me. This helped me immensely in letting go of my position at Top Dog which had offered much favor is such a small amount of time. (Proverbs 3 comes to mind as I reminisce on the ways in which God has continued to guide me.) Henceforth, I believe, fully, that His favor will follow me into this new, exciting, and challenging adventure I am now to embark on.
The dream is to write about simple things – sunlight, coffee, flowers, camping – in hopes of shining a light on all parts of life and making it all seem exciting. I’ve found lately that I’m drawn to blogs that are mostly written by busy moms telling of their daily lives. It’s fascinating how they can make you feel a rush of inspiration, a spark of laughter, and a feeling of home in a simple post about their crocheting a blanket.
My new adventure of writing this blog will hopefully find its way towards reaching an audience who, too, want to be reminded of the excitement of simplicity, of how wonderful life is, and how much greater your days are when you chose to open your eyes.
And so begins the journey!