Bigger. That was my word for 2016, as most of you regular Ember Grey readers already know 😉 I realize that’s not new information but it was the only way I could think of starting this post… my word this year has already had a pretty big impact on me.
Some of you may have noticed a slight shift and change in this space for the last few months or so and it’s one of those shifts and changes where I’m not even sure it could be completely explained, it’s just there. This shift has brought new waves of inspiration in my day-to-day, and has pretty much wrecked any routine I’d originally put in place. For instance, my sleep schedule… which may not seem that big of a deal to some of you but I can assure you I have felt completely crazy on the nights I’ve woken up from a deep sleep and have gone RUNNING as fast as I can down the hallway to get to my office so that I can get the words from my head to the paper before they slip away. There is a pencil that sits on my desk that is literally curved from me pressing down so hard and writing for so long – all of this happening in the middle of the night. And all for what? For a story that lives in my head.
This story I’ve had in my head for the past three years – well, honestly I’ve thought about this concept for this story since I was a little girl – has been begging me to write it all out, especially as of late, and I have decided that I need to honor that. This shift, change, and new wave of inspiration is encouraging me to dream bigger, to work harder – and in a different way. I have realized that bringing life to this story isn’t just about writing it out – it’s also about embracing the entire process… which takes time. The process itself is a journey, one I am learning to really embrace and fall in love with for what it is on its own. This shift is encouraging my heart to JUST DO IT. And so, I am.
So what the heck am I talking about?? What am I trying to say?
After this week, I will be taking a blogging hiatus to focus on writing my novel full-time.
I’ve referenced “life jumps” in this blog numerous times. You know, the times in your life when you take a chance… whether it’s taking a chance on a new job, a new location, another person, on yourself… on a new dream. I can clearly see all of the life jumps I’ve made in my life and I can tell you that in every single one of them, as I was gearing up for the jump, my brain really couldn’t make sense of the reasoning for it but my heart told me, YES. 100% yes. As scary as these jumps have been and as many hard moments were present in each of them, I am also thankful for every single one. Because each one grew me as a person and each one led me to where I am today. Life jumps ARE scary but I also trust my gut and when it’s telling me to JUMP, I’ve learned to do it. (And I just have to say right now, I am beyond grateful to my husband for 1. believing in me and in this story and 2. supporting me and encouraging me to take this jump. Christian, my grateful heart today is because of you.)
I can’t tell you how long this blogging hiatus will last… it could last a few weeks, a few months, or maybe longer. But here are some important things I DO know that you should know too…
Twelve Months of Bliss: This will still continue!! (Can you believe we will have completed this year-long journey at the end of MAY?!) I will continue to announce each month’s challenge, both with a post and on the Twelve Months of Bliss page/tab at the top of this blog, on the 1st of each month. I will also continue with the monthly recaps as well as the linkup on the last Wednesday of each month.
Grateful Heart (Monday) Linkup: Sadly this will be included in the hiatus. Doing this linkup with you all for the past 2 years (yes, it’s been 2 years!) has been one of my most favorite parts about blogging and I am incredibly grateful for that alone. While the Grateful Heart linkup may return one of these days, for now it will be paused. (I will occasionally share my grateful heart via Instagram though with the tag #gratefulheart and would love for you to join me there!)
Sponsorships: I am currently not accepting new sponsorships on EG – but – you will notice a new way of supporting our adoption. (Which, by the way- I’ll be sharing an update later this week) 🙂 We are SO thankful to those of you who have expressed interest in helping us in our adoption journey!
I will continue to pop my head back in here every now and then. You know, with a Currently update or if there’s an epic conversation with my husband that just needs to be shared, or of COURSE if there’s an important adoption update 😉 You can also follow me on Instagram for some of my latest adventures shared, as well as sneak peeks into my inspiration for my novel (#egnovel). And make sure you’re following EG on Facebook as I’ll be sharing some EG #TBTs here and there.
So, see? I’m not forever vanishing from this space! This space is beyond precious to me and I cherish each new friendship I’ve made thanks to blogland.
Life jumps are important. They are what dreams are made of. And I believe with all that I am that these jumps are a product of God nudging me to trust Him, to pray for BIGGER things and then to work really hard at them… and I’m trusting God now with this new journey. And if the journey leads me right back here to this space and my weekly routine of blogging, that will be okay too. But for now I need to jump into a new dream… one I cannot WAIT to share with you all someday, hopefully in the form of a book for you to read 🙂
What are you grateful for?
- Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Each week’s linkup will be open until Friday night!
- Link up to your Grateful Heart post and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or Grateful Heart button) in your actual post so that others can be introduced to it and link up too. *Any posts that do not have to do with this Grateful Heart topic or those that do not link back up to this blog in the actual post will be deleted.
- If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog