I always set lofty goals for myself. I love the process of goal setting, and every New Year I’m tempted to set a series of goals for health, work, homeschool, and Bible reading. The list is long, and I often start out with good intentions. But the list is too big for me to tackle in my own strength, and every year I fail.
This year I am jumping on the word of the year bandwagon – one word to describe all of my goals for the year. This year I am choosing the word “intentional.” There are many areas of my life where I need to be more intentional, including my relationships with God and my family, my health, and homeschooling. But in this New Year’s Day post, I want to talk about what living intentionally means for this blog.
Over the last year I’ve struggled mightily with blogging. I love to write, but I hate self-promotion, which goes hand in hand with blogging, or so it seems. I love that sponsored posts pay the bills, but I hate that they give off a sense of being inauthentic, even though I’m honest in every post I write. I love writing passionate posts, but I hate offending readers. It’s a paradox for sure.
About a year ago, I felt led to change Freelance Homeschool Mom a little. I was feeling boxed in to writing mostly about freelancing and homeschooling. But instead of doing something about it, I just thought about doing something.
A few days ago, I began thinking about making changes again. This time, I pulled out my Bible to do my devotional reading, before going any further. I’ve been using Professor Grant Horner’s reading system, which has me reading 10 chapters in the Bible a day. That day I read the following.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loos on earth shall be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 16:19
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. – Psalm 16:7
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11
Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7
I knew, after spending time in prayer, that some changes need to be made. Here’s what those changes will look like.
I’m going to be moving this blog from the domain freelancehomeschoolmom.com to lynnaemccoy.com. Even though I blog under my name now, there’s just something about having my name splashed across the top of the page that makes me think twice about everything I post. I want to really stand behind every word I write. I do now, but using my own domain gives me an extra level of accountability.
I’m going to be more outwardly focused. Since I dont’ like self-promotion, I’m not going to do much of it. I’ve been floundering in the last year, writing with no real purpose. This year, I want to write with the purpose of encouragement. Why are we on this earth, if not to encourage others in Christ? That is my purpose.
Sponsored posts pay the bills and allow me to work from home, something that is extremely important to me. I will continue to write them, but my new challenge will be to find every way possible to give back with those posts. Perhaps it means giving a product I’ve reviewed to someone in need. Or maybe I’ll write about something fun that can bring a family closer together. It’s a challenge, but I’m determined to bring my readers value with every post, even the ones for which I get paid. That means I also need to be more intentional about which sponsored posts I accept. I’m convinced, though, that taking a small hit in income to be more purposeful in my writing will be beneficial in the long run.
With all of that in mind, look for the big move to happen sometime very soon (hopefully by the end of this weekend). My twitter and Pinterest accounts will remain the same, but my Facebook page will need to move. I would love it if you like my new Facebook page!
I’m excited about the changes ahead, and I’m looking forward to a year of living (and blogging) intentionally! See you on the new blog!
Do you have a word for this year? I’d love to hear it!
This post is part of the Life Simplified Project.