1: Dear Reader

31 Days of Open Letters: A Blog Series at SarahSandel.com An Open Letter to You, Dear Reader

Last year was my first participating in The Nester's Write 31 Days project. It was exhilarating to tackle what seemed to be a REALLY BIG task for this newbie blogger, but I eagerly jumped in. I called it 31 Days to a Contented Heart and wrote so much and it felt like the Lord was moving me in firm, clear ways with regard to contentment. I was engaging the struggle intently, with a heart to simply be more content and with the fresh energy of someone just recently back in the blogging game.

This year, writing feels more like a discipline. Much of my life right now? Feels like a discipline. I don’t have the wild energy and long lists of ideas for my blog. I have small dreams. Ideas scratched out on sticky notes. A book brewing – which appears will take f-o-r-e-v-e-r. This is okay. I’ve been blogging for just over a year now and I mother a spunky two year old…(and I do. mean. spunky.) I work part-time with a local photographer. So much of my days, much of my life choices…it just feels like disciplining myself.

I’m learning to move in and out of the days and weeks with less intensity. With some really great counseling and a doctor with a listening ear, I’m learning to adjust my perspective and expectations for this season of life. The most generous person I know is providing childcare for me a few mornings a week. There’s less pressure in my chest and I can see that the things I am choosing to spend energy on and the ways in which I steward my time are both working together to create a more peaceful me. I hope this is true and that the people I live with would attest to this. :|

So I’m writing for 31 days straight, with the Nester and others, to keep my eyes on the calling, keep my fingers at the keyboard, and keep my brain attuned to the creative work that refreshes me. I’m writing open letters, because this year there does not seem to be any one “topic” that I’m trudging through…just the ongoing rhythms of life with a husband working full-time and attending school, a little girlie growing and exploring, and a church family we love and serve the community with. It’s the “quotidian mysteries” of these days and I felt like writing open letters would give me space and freedom to be clever, quirky or serious, depending on the day.

So cheers, friend who wonders why I am doing this! Hope you’ll keep coming back during this month to read along!

31 Days of Open Letters: A Blog Series at SarahSandel.com

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