I am friends with some really smart women.
We recently got together over a coffee and the poor baristas probably thought they had somehow been trapped in an hours-long blogging/philosophy/therapy conference.
Was it worth it? YES.
I am lucky enough to call these women my friends, and if you want to check out what they have to say about things:
Annie Glenn shares the ins and outs of her daily adventures as a mom, a Catholic woman, and a professional organizer/makeup artist/actual artist-artist. Basically, she can take anything and show you where there’s beauty in it. Plus, she reads some truly interesting books!
No Body But Yours –
Deanna Barnes is a novelist and Catholic convert who explores themes of physical spiritual health and holiness. A professional Caretaker, Deanna knows exactly how it feels to keep compassion, hope, faith, and goodness alive for the sake of our bodies and souls–especially when the going gets tough.
And then there’s me.
That’s one big niche, you got there…
My friends asked me recently what my mission was for this blog, and I had no answer. It wasn’t because I didn’t have anything to say; rather, I had about 20 different possible missions I could give them!
There are so many things I’m passionate about sharing with you: Living well, my joy and dedication to my upcoming marriage and my family, feeling Catholic joy, being curious about books, going on adventures, developing a love of livelong learning, talking about my journey as an educator,…..oh, so many things. I couldn’t choose one. I was bummed.
And all the while, every single blogging advice forum/book/youtube video repeats: “Find your niche, find your niche…..”
What if life is my niche? That makes it kind of hard to narrow things down!! Unfortunately, it also means I can’t write posts because I wind up with several hundred ideas, all wanting to pour out at the same time.
I can’t tell you how much I have ruminated and puzzled ’till my puzzler was sore.
To be honest, I’m still not sure if I could tell you my “mission” per se, but I can tell you who I am and what I know for sure:
WE ARE EXPLORERS
I know contemporary culture depicts a violent, competitive, petty, corrupt, dysfunctional world.
But that’s not the world, friends; that’s just society.
The WORLD is big! And good! And fascinating! Seriously: I still marvel over the fact that some weird tree-lookin’ thing grows out of the ground, and it’s free and it’s perfectly made, and if I eat it, it literally keeps me alive! I’m talking about broccoli. Doesn’t that fascinate you? Doesn’t that excite you? It excites me! I geek out over vegetables and tons of other things too, because everywhere you look, there are just more interesting, beautiful things to see.
Let’s get curious!
There are tons more things to explore, so many stories to tell, so many things to share with each other, and it belongs to all of us. That’s why I stand so firmly on the fact that:
EDUCATION IS A LIFELINE
Can you believe we live in a country that has adults whom have never gotten to learn to read? Can you believe that?
Can you believe there are people in our country who have been so spurned by systems that they believe learning is only for one type of person, for only one gender, for only one race, for only one socioeconomic group?
I’m not talking about education in terms of a diploma from somewhere–we already know that those things don’t necessarily mean an education as much as they mean an exchange of a lot of money. Plus, I believe that some people have a talent for trades. We need people doing things, learning things. I don’t care where you get an education from, be it university or trade school or seminary or working in a business from entry-level on up to management, starting a business yourself, or just spending your days in the library. Wherever you get your education from, I want you to get it. And I’m going to help you get it, if I can.
WE ARE A FAMILY
We are a family of humanity, with stories to tell. We are individuals who are all learning, and who all have to come to terms with our relationships with God. We are curiously and wonderfully made. We are not meant to be superheroes, and we are not garbage. We are human. And we are together. So let’s be together, let’s spend some time together, and tell each other what we know.
WRAPPING THINGS UP…
I guess my mission is to show you that life is worth living, and also to invite you to come and get curious about this amazing world with me!
Will you join me?