A couple of weeks ago, I was out for one of my longer runs. For some reason, I had been thinking about blogging an awful lot over the past few days and it was particularly present on my mind during that evening jog. I had created a blog, just over a year ago and had written in it consistently for months. I took part in giveaways, gift exchanges, link-ups, and even sponsored blogs. However, blogging soon started feeling more like a game, rather than a place to inspire others and express what was on my heart. Instead, it felt more like a place revolving around the thrill of attracting the most followers. I felt disconnected from the blogging world, while also becoming overwhelmingly busy within my own life. As a result, I stopped blogging. However, over that same period, I felt a yearning to express myself through words and capture the beauty within my life using photography. I continued to read blogs during my time away, particularly Christian blogs. I felt as if I was just a bystander, when I knew deep down that I wanted to be a part of this community of strong women expressing themselves. I knew I didn’t want to continue with my last blog. Instead, I needed a clean slate. But what would I call my blog? What did I even want this blog to be about? I’m a dietetics student, but I didn’t want to limit myself to writing about nutrition—I get enough of that in the classroom. I love crafts—but I get most of my ideas from Pinterest. I have a strong faith in God—but what can I say that hasn’t already been said before?
As I carefully trudged down a street under construction during my run, it became clear what I wanted to call my blog—Paving the Rugged Path. I’ve always considered life to be a journey. Sometimes we are on the straight and narrow path—nothing can get in our way. At other times, we steer down the gravel road, dust flying every which way. I’ve learned over the years that life certainly isn’t perfect. It has its up and downs; its highs and lows. However, life is all about taking each step of that journey to mold who we are. Sometimes when the road gets a bit rocky, we even need to make an effort and pave the way our selves.
That is what I wanted my blog to be about. I want to recognize that life has its challenges, but the way in which we approach each day determines how smoothly the journey turns out.
As for me, I am excited to embark on this new blogging journey and my only hope is that you will join me in these experiences. Because every trip needs a friend to keep you company.