Well first off, Happy very, VERY belated New Year to you all. It’s been a hot second since I was last on the blog, so it’s good to be back and writing again! These past several months, with the holidays, travel and continuing the process of settling into our new home have been super busy, both physically and mentally for us. It’s been a struggle to make time for the blog and just creating in general consistently, so that’s been a bummer.
But as much as I’ve hated the delay in getting back here and into the swing of things again, the time spent away has been so very good for me. It’s given me a lot of clarity and time to really think through, reevaluate and plan for some super exciting things this year. I’ve been reflecting on 2017 and looking ahead to what I feel God has planted in my heart for 2018, and I’m SO excited to share that with you guys today!
When I first created The Lowly Life, what inspired me initially to choose that name was the humility aspect of it. I have always desired to live a life of complete humility before God and to exemplify the character of Jesus, that was so beautifully and perfectly displayed. And while that purpose will still rule supreme in all that I do, the Lord placed fresh vision on my heart and is taking things in a new, yet perfectly aligned direction this year.
The Lowly Life is now going to stand for: Encouraging, inspiring and empowering others to live more simple, full, intentional lives for the glory of God. This is something I have become super passionate about over the past year and could not be more excited to represent. I have personally struggled and seen others in my life struggle with pursuing simplicity, slow living, being intentional and fully present, and so this message really hits home for me.
I’ve allowed many unnecessary stresses, busyness, drama, comparison and distraction to affect my own life. One of the main factors for that was my unhealthy use of my phone, but overall, my time (which don’t get me wrong, I am one of Instagram’s biggest fans and I love my iPhone, but my time on them was just turning out to be too excessive and not good for my life). My passion stems from that, and comes from a place of deep, personal conviction. It’s such a huge desire of mine to help others pursue whatever a simple and full life looks like for them. I think it’s super important for us all to take a step back and remember just how precious life is, asking ourselves if we are truly living ours in the best, most God glorifying way.
There is SO MUCH life to live and enjoy outside of all the petty, meaningless things we can allow to take up our time. I want to challenge myself and others to find ways that we can lay aside meaningless distractions and fill more of our lives with what matters most. That could mean setting up family game nights, taking regular walks with your spouse, hosting fun parties or movie nights with friends, baking more in your kitchen, writing letters to long distance loved ones, reading books more (studying the Word more is huge), setting time aside to create (We ALL are creative and so many of you are capable of so much more than you think you are), prioritizing fun vacations, and going on wild adventures with your people, getting more involved in your church and other communities…the list goes on and on, my friends and there’s so much that we can be replacing the excessive time on our phones, TV’s and computer screens with!
Another huge aspect of change for The Lowly Life this year and something I’m really passionate about, is community. I am going to be incorporating more like minded people into what I do, allowing them to share their passions and hearts with you all on things that pertain to my overall mission. I’ve been so blessed and inspired by some amazing people in my life, and cannot wait to feature them here, so that they can speak into your lives and also just give you some fun ideas, tips and tricks to try! We’re going to be covering SO MANY amazing topics here that will touch on every area of life, and I’m just looking so forward to having a community on board with me to share them with you all.
As for me, I am going to be posting regularly and alternating guest posts with my own personal content each month. You’ll be seeing a lot of the same kinds of stuff from me, like favorite recipes, DIY’s, content on my marriage and family, thoughts on life and my faith, fashion, friendship, and probably a LOT more about our home, now that we are finally filling it with furniture and making it look oh so pretty!
I’ve also got a few other tricks up my sleeve this year, but I’m still working through and don’t want to reveal them just yet. So keep your eyes and ears peeled, folks! And if you think to, please keep me and everyone else that’s going to be apart of this new and exciting journey in your prayers! I cannot thank each and every one who takes the time to read my blogs and support The Lowly Life enough. You have been SUCH an encouragement and I am just so thankful for you all.
Stay tuned, friends, and have an amazing weekend!
For His glory,