This summer, I set out to be a seeker. A get down to the nitty gritty, dive in deep, bust open my heart and let it all spill out seeker of stories. I didn't want to go through another summer hiding out in my comfort zone, treading lightly, whispering in hushed tones so I never disturbed another soul. No, this was a summer of newfound boldness. I wore it like a fiery red lipstick or my favorite pair of boots. It was a new thing, but I liked how it felt in my bones. It was exhilarating, a rush that pushed me in new directions. People around me became possibilities with infinite potential where they had once seemed to me like barred up windows I didn't have the tools to break open. Now, I had a tool in my pocket. I had an idea, a project, a plan. I called it Story Seeker and it gave me a whole new kind of life. It gave me motivation to shed my old skin and believe I was capable of newness, bravery, boldness. I could use my pen and my platform to string hearts and words together and knit a beautiful community from it all.
It's autumn now, and what I thought might fade to cooling embers feels more like a roaring fire breathing life into yet another season and for that, I am grateful.
I'm taking my old expectations and plans and tossing them aside. I'm breaking down the walls that I had built up around this project and letting new ideas come to the surface. I'm keeping my eyes open to the stories swirling all around me and stepping out in faith to ask the ones who are living them to put words around it all. I'm releasing my grip on this project, unraveling the cocoon that was my selfish control, trusting that it will spread glorious wings and soar when I surrender it and stay faithful.
You have a story. If there's one thing I could tell you, one thing I could wrap around you like a blanket, it's that you have a story and it's beautiful and remarkable and so worth telling. You're in the middle of it and sometimes that feels messy and sometimes that feels exciting, but you aren't the only one who feels that. We're all in the middle of our stories. Our lives are winding onward into newness, and all we know is our feet have carried us this far, to this point, with a bundle of chapters tucked into our belts as we keep moving into whatever comes next.
would love to hear your story. I would love to open up a Wednesday morning post for you to share your heart. I would love to hear about your life from the moment you were born to this very day, or hear about one relationship that left you forever changed, or hear about that big move or that horrible disease or that burning passion in your soul or your faith or your friends or your failings.
If you're curious about what this all is about, if you want to be a part of it, or if you just want to connect with me, send me an email through the form on this page. I can't wait to hear from you, brave one.