Happy Birthday, Pursuer!
On this day of last year, I published my first blog post on Pursuer from my parents' farm in the U.S.
Now, I'm back here in the Philippines, living in Manila as a married woman with my husband of 5 months.
Life has changed so much in 1 year--Pursuer has changed so much in 1 year!
This blog started out as a place for me to share my story with mental health + my faith journey.
I knew that there were many teachers out there who were suffering silently due to the challenging situations they were facing with COVID + distance learning.
And not just teachers, but the world in general was suffering with mental health.
I knew I couldn't stay silent, so I started writing.
Over time, God gave me the courage to take Pursuer to places that I (as a shy/introverted/ADHDer/with anxiety), never expected to go to--to try and form a community.
Here are some examples:
- Going LIVE on social media
- Starting a virtual book club
- Making digital artwork
- Creating an Etsy shop
All of those things above are great, but what's really neat is the people I've met through Pursuer! There are amazing women from various parts of the world who are now a part of my life virtually, + I'm so thankful that we were brought together!
I've learned that social media is a powerful tool + God is always working---always always working, even in the mundane, routine, + small aspects of life.
Basically, I'm absolutely thrilled with where Pursuer has taken me so far, + I'm so excited for the future.
This space is so much more than a blog for me.
It's a place for me to create.
To be myself.
It's my own personal therapy (outside of actual therapy, of course).
I feel at home here, + my goal is for others to feel that way, too--all 1,375 Pursuers that are following so far (praise God!).
I wrote a post a while ago about learning to create space for myself, + Pursuer is evidence of doing exactly that.
Being creative--writing, making things, etc., is how I process. I have found that if I'm not creating something, I feel stuck + all of my feelings get bottled up inside me.
So, thanks for being here + sticking around in my creative outlet--it really means the world!
I hope you know that I'm not only creating for me, but also for you.
Here are some ideas that have been floating around in my head:
- Prayer Group?
- Bible Study?
- Mental Health Support Group?
- Start an Essential Oils Team?
- Features on My Interracial Marriage?
- Life as a New Wife?
- Life in the Philippines?
- Create Guidebooks?
THIS IS WHAT MY ADHD CREATIVE BRAIN LOOKS LIKE PEOPLE!!
Right now, all of these things are just ideas. But maybe someday, some of them will become real.
If you have ideas about what you would like to see for Pursuer in this next year, or even things that you have been enjoying already, please let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from you.
And of course, with birthdays, also come gifts. I have a special gift for you for just being here + being you!
So, here's to another year of pursuing prayer + peace.
All for God's glory.