So the time has come for me to take an extended blogging break. For four years now, I have been blogging without much of a break. But the time has come for me to regroup.
For an ousider looking in – my year could look pretty exciting. Writing a book was never a dream of mine – but it’s like a dream come true – it’s beyond my wildest expectations! But writing a book while blogging – has burnt me out a bit. Along with the book, I had the opportunity to speak at a few amazing conferences this year. I am so blessed.
Along with these opportunities, my blog platform has tripled and my unique visitor number has grown to over 225,000 a month! I thank God for this gift, but oh my the emails and tweets and facebook messages and pins have my brain a clutter!! lol! What have I done to my life???
This has all taken a toll on me mentally and physically. Life is coming at me fast and I have had trouble with thinking clearly. So from the inside looking out…and because I love you all and my God so much – I need to not become a train wreck right? :) I need to regroup and pray about the direction God is taking Women Living Well.
Along with this blogging break – I have begun to let things go. I said no to speaking at Allume next year, no to traveling for a Compassion International trip, no to hosting an amazing book club on my blog for a friend, no to a speaking event at my home church, no to a retreat at the house of an amazing author I adore, no to contributing and guest posting on some amazing blogs and many more little no’s to requests that have been made for giveaways and reviews. I’m coming from a place of no…to protect my family, my ministry and my sanity.
I remember a conversation I had over lunch with my Greek Professor in college 17 years ago. I shared with him how frustrating it was to attend a Christian college after attending a public school. My passion in high school was to share the gospel…then I went to Bible college and there was no one to share the gospel with! That was terribly frustrating and almost boring for me…I lost my drive, passion and courage as my Bible became my textbook. And my professor, Dr. Sauer, said with his southern accent:
“Courrrrrrrrrtney (he always drew out his “r’s”), you must sharpen your ax so when you leave this place, when you hit, you will hit harder.”
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.”
And that’s where I’m at in this season of life – I feel dull…worn down…not very sharp. Like I need more strength these days to write…when possibly some refreshing would make the words flow a little easier.
So, it’s time for a breather…for me to exhale.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 says “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.”
Tranquility – I need some – I’ve been toiling with two handfuls and it’s time I drop one handful.
I will be back in 2013 - I pray with more vigor and fervor than I have today. I am committed to piercing the darkness with the light of God’s word. But until then…
Have a very Merry Christmas! May you experience the wonder of this season and tranquility that God offers you.
*If you subscribe to my blog during this time – you will not receive the eBook because it only sends out when I post a blog post. So please email me at courtney(at)womenlivingwell.org and I will send you the link to the eBook within 24 hours.
**Please join me over at GoodMorningGirls.org where I will still be participating in the Advent Christmas Series there.
***I apologize there will be no WLWW Link-Up Parties until I return.
I love you all so much and will be praying for you. I will still be around on Facebook and Twitter (but hopefully a bit less – although I must admit I really have fun there!) If you have a blog post in the past that touched you – I would love to hear about it. I’m using this time to listen and pray about the direction for my future writing.