I can already hear the comments spewing in, “Not another want-to-be blogger!!”
Trust me, I’ve told myself the same thing many times, as I’ve tried to walk the trapeze-like line from “normal random human” to “blogger”. Why would my blog posts be any different or better than the countless millions already blogging? What more could I say that no one else hasn’t already said? I admit I am no grammar Nazi, and though I enjoy writing, I realized in college that there is way more to writing and grammar that I will probably never understand. So I resorted to just reading blogs. I have been so blessed, encouraged, exhorted, and disciplined in the process it has been incredible. The more I read different blogs the more I realized that there are actually lots and lots of other people in this crazy world who are dreaming the same dreams as me and at times opening doors they never imagined would be opened, and at other times crawling on their hands and knees struggling to figure out who they are and what they are meant to do in this world. I have cried with them as I realized that they have experienced the same emotions I have; I have laughed with them when I realize I’m not the only awkward person in the world; and I have been encouraged to live life to the fullest with each breath I am given. As I soaked up post after post, I felt a strong desire to share my stories too. If the real life stories of others had such an impact on me, could my stories have just as much impact in the life of even one other person? Was it possible that some of the experiences I have been through were meant to be shared to help others going through a similar situation? Perhaps, but I pushed that desire to share my stories aside because right now being a blogger is just the “cool thing” to do.
Fast forward several more months, including some major health changes to me personally, and I found myself talking to a friend about some things mostly health wise that I had been through, and my desire to share some things I’ve learned along the way with others. She just came right out and said it, “You should write a blog about it all!!”. All of a sudden that desire hit again, and it hit with a passion! So here I am writing an “About Me” post on my blog (you can thank or blame my friend later for pushing me to do this) 😉
So, here we are! My name is Amanda, and I am a born and raised SoCal girl who is currently desiring to get out of this crazy, fast paced, crowded lifestyle, but we’ll see how that one works out. I am a Christian first and foremost above all else, so Jesus and references to my faith will be intertwined in all of my posts (sorry, not sorry). I am also a proud puppy raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind, currently raising puppy #6 a female Labrador Retriever named Isabella. I am passionate about Jesus, and encouraging and helping others to follow after their dreams and God-given desires.
But there’s still a lingering question throughout all of this? What am I going to be blogging about? We’ll, I thought I knew, but I have a feeling after posting this, the Lord is going to change all that and then I will laugh about what I thought I wanted to write about, but for now there are three pressing ideas in my mind that I am planning on concentrating on:
1) Health – I knew cliche right? But I promise I will not be selling you the latest and greatest health craze to sweep my neighborhood that will change your life for the better. What I really want to focus on is the struggles and triumphs I have experienced since I discovered I have Celiac Disease a little over a year ago, and the steps I have taken to help fight the symptoms and the food allergies that have surfaced as a result of it. Sometimes it’s a daily battle, but I have learned so much about healthy eating/living that anyone could implement (and some of you already have), that I feel keeping it all in would be a waste of knowledge I have learned along the journey!
2) Guide Dogs – As I mentioned above puppy raising is a huge passion of mine, and it’s safe to say I have learned a couple of huge life lessons along the way. I have been praying about how to share some of these lessons I’ve learned, and the Lord kept bugging me about using this blog as a means to share things He’s taught me these past 6+ years in this area.
3) Personal – This is not last because it’s the most important, nor will I be giving you a daily report of everything that happens to me, but what I really want to focus on is transparency. I want to share my joys and my struggles walking in this life, as well as some lessons I’ve learned along the way. I want others to know I am far from perfect, but am a lump of clay being fashioned into something I don’t yet know or understand, but am promised that the end result will be worth all of the shaping I go through. These posts will not be a shove-it-in-your-face, look-how-awesome-I-did-through-this-trial approach, but rather a release of emotions, thoughts, convictions, and hopes in a way I pray comes across as humble and kind in nature and content; the open book of my life without sugar coating any detail.
In conclusion I think I can best summarize my implementation of a blog through the name I decided on. “Oh To Soar!” is my heart’s cry which is taken from the Bible in Isaiah 40:28-31: “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” There are days that I feel faint, weary, and exhausted. It is in those days that I cry out to the Lord, “Oh that I could soar with the wings of eagles!”, and I have learned that sometimes I have to wait for Him, but He always renews my strength! This blog is a testament of these verses and the outpouring of grace by my Savior on a day-to-day, and sometimes on a moment-by-moment basis.