The above picture is a snippet of what I do besides blogging. Now y’all know that I love blogging. I’m passionate about sharing the journey to freedom in Christ, realizing freedom in Christ to reject the idols of food and body and exercise, and I sometimes wish I could blog full time.
I thought I would link this up with Amanda so we can think out loud together about what we do for work and what our dreams, passions, and lives are like from day today!
But… realistically, I’ve finally learned that doing blogging full time is not good for my mental health, because I drain myself too quickly, and then the posts became …. ‘blah.’ Nobody likes blah posts. 🙂 I find that I can pour a lot more into fewer posts, and then I go and fill the rest of my time with:
Dog Training (which is mostly fun, sometimes not.)
Cooking and Cleaning and Baking for my Family (Some days this feels like a full time job.)
Working for a Newscast and a Radio Program.
That’s kind of a small breakdown of the jobs the Lord has provided for me right now; I don’t like to base my identity on my work, but I am thankful that I get to work on different things. I’ve found that it really helps to do several different jobs in order to avoid burnout.
Also, there are different types of work that I like to do:
I like to aim for, if the Lord wills, about 3-4 hours of computer work (max), because I feel like I’m going to explode with all the information, writing, thinking, and processing I’ve done if I go any longer than 3-4 hours.
However, cooking and baking work are things that I can do for about 3-4 hours too (because they are so physically draining.)
The last type of work that I try to weave throughout my day is . . . self-care. Examples of this might be:
Taking the Dog On a Walk
Cuddling With The Puppies
Petting a Dog
Reading God’s Word
Sometimes it can be blogging, because we just want to talk to our blog friends.
Walking in the Woods
Listening to Scripture. . . I was listening to Hebrews 12 last night after feeling incredibly sorry for myself, and that passage just reset my brain and heart in a big way.
These verses particularly stuck out to me:
‘Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin’ (Hebrews 12:1-4)
God’s Word is powerful; it is truly divine. These verses were verses I’ve read a lot, but they hit me like a 2×4 to the face yesterday .
‘Emily, Jesus has fought the GREATEST battle. You have not and will not ever have to resist to bloodshed, striving against sin, because Jesus won that war. You’re looking at your problems, but Jesus is greater, infinitely greater than all your problems.’
That self-care work is SO important, and I don’t consider it to be draining or hard at all, because it reminds me why I’m doing what I’m doing, Who is my Captain, and why this battle is worth. every. single. step.
That’s a breakdown of what I do for work. I’m thankful that I get to take care of dogs, clean bathrooms, blogging and connecting with my friends, and even resting so I can be a better follower of my Lord Jesus.
The Last Big Lesson I’ve Learned About Work:
I’m going to preface with saying, ‘Go read this post by Georgie at In It 4 the Long Run.’ It’s okay to slow down, and you aren’t less of a person if you need to slow down. Each person on this earth has a precious soul, and we have to see that God created each person with value, no matter what you do for a job.
Sometimes that means that you are a super busy, extroverted person that thrives on a really full schedule. Yet, I’ve learned that I’m not the person who thrives on the hustle; I thrive on an 8-10 hour work day with dogs, blogging, news work, cooking, baking, and cleaning. I’m learning to be content where God has put me, and it’s been a wonderful lesson. It’s been good to remember that I’m me. God has this planned out for me, His child. I don’t need to compare myself to someone else’s blogging or work or school journey.
The last BIGGEST lesson I’ve learned this year? My family is more important than making money blogging. If I get a few products sent to me to review here and there that is wonderful, but right now I need to focus on the variety. I need to embrace the variety, to be thankful for wherever God has me, and to enjoy every single moment of the ride.
And yes. . . I’m hoping to grow this blog more and reach out to more friends. I would like to make it a ‘blogging ministry’ to girls and guys who are struggling with eating disorders, but I think that’s kind of a 10 year vision (if I live that long.)
Right now, I’m thankful for each moment, each lesson, and each fun, hard, wonderful part of blogging. God is always good.
What about you? Do you have a small blog and would like to do more blogging in the future?
What do you do for work? (Do you do a variety or one or two things?)
Bloggers: How much do you blog? Do you like blogging? Which part do you like the most?