(The story behind the blog)
Previously I had never even considered writing a blog. I had heard people say before that they write a blog or they were bloggers, but never had I personalized it to think “Amy you should write a blog!”
Towards the end of 2018 I started a #last90dayschallenge (thank you Rachel and Dave Hollis and Girl Wash Your Face). I became “hungry” for knowledge on how to end and start a year on my best foot. I listened to podcasts, read books, followed people on Instagram…I could not get enough. One thing I heard Brendon Burchard say was “If you want change, you must try something new!” His words rang over and over in my head. But what could I try new? Then like a light bulb in a cartoon scene the thought came into my head to write a blog. I literally LOL’d (laughed out loud). Yeah right! Would I have anything to write about? Why would anyone want to read what I’d have to say if I did write anything!….
But then I thought “what do I have to loose? It’s not like anyone has to read it!”
Next step was where to start?!?! Google is a great friend. Also anyone currently going to college for advertising, design, computers…I took a 5 minute course on which blog site would be best and the difference between free and low cost. Okay! WordPress it is! As I drove to Boise, in a silent car (there is something serine about a quiet car), I thought “if…IF I did do a blog, what would I even call it?” Brendon Burchard’s words rang in my head again. Passion! What are you passionate about? I felt like I was writing my IG bio “I love Jesus, fashion, bling, inspiring others, helping women find their purpose…” What could sum all this up in one word or phrase?
DOING LIFE ON PURPOSE as soon as the name came into my head I had an overwhelming sense of excitement! I got to Boise, turned off my car, and grabbed my phone to google “Doing Life on Purpose”. Some Psychology articles came up, but no websites with that name. Excitement grew. Then I tried it again, but with no spaces in between each word. Still no websites. Okay Amy breath! Now the big test…wordpress.com, search, doinglifeonpurpose……..nothing found! I seriously was going to shout, cry, or pee my pants! My heart was racing. Somehow I just felt this was a sign that I was doing the right thing! Maybe it won’t be famous or make millions, but it was me doing something different to create change!
With tears rolling down my eyes, I sat in my VW Passat and signed up, logged in, and created doinglifeonpurpose.blog
So you may ask, why the name “Doing life on purpose”? There are many reasons, but here are a few:
In the fall of 2017 our LifeGroup did the study What On Earth Am I Here For? It was a great study, but to be honest, I really didn’t personalize it much. I just enjoyed the fellowship of LifeGroup! Fast forward over 6 months. A sweet friend approached me wondering if there was a God, how I knew there was, and many deep life questions. I offered to do a study with her to help her discover these answers and more. I had no clue what study I was going to do with her, but I felt it was the right thing to offer at the time. God led us to use the 40 days of purpose book What On Earth Am I Here For? I know without a doubt it was just as much for me as it was for my friend. Life changed for me during this 40 day study. Our family was going through a trial at this same time and I saw God work in my heart more than I have ever seen Him work before. It also solidified that I (as well as everyone else) has a purpose.
Think about this for a second – what if everyone in the world did their God given purpose? What would our world be like? Would there be as many crimes? Wars? Child abuse? No! we would all be focused on doing what God created us to do and be!
Secondly, I truly enjoy my jewelry business. Yes it’s a “job” but to me it’s so much more. I love being around women and adding value to them. Whether it’s putting a necklace on them and helping them realize how beautiful they really are, or listening about their day, or giving them comfort through a trial. I love giving style tips and advice for the “everyday Idaho woman”. I love to inspire them to get up, get dressed, and care about how they look each and every day! Doing life on purpose in how we look will help the outcome of our day and how we present ourselves (even if we are just home alone all day).
Thirdly, I hope to inspire others to do life on purpose. Don’t let life just happen to you! Be in control of how you handle it. It’s not always going to be roses, rainbows, and unicorns. That person at work, or family member will say things to try to tear you down. Not because it’s true, but because they are miserable themselves. When you have a dream or goal, there are going to be those who try to discourage you. Not because they don’t like you. Many times it’s someone close to you, and they are trying to protect you from disappointment. Often times the person who tries most to discourage you from going for that goal or dream or plan is yourself. Would you talk to your daughter that way if she said she wanted to try out for gymnastics? Or would you discourage your son when he says he wants to try out for basketball? The answer is NO! You’d tell them to go for it! You never know until you try! If they had a bad day, you’d tell them to keep going! Don’t give up! YOU OWE YOURSELF THAT SAME PEP TALK. That’s doing life on purpose!
So this blog will have a little Jesus, a little fashion, and a little inspiration…to me that’s doinglifeonpurpose!