There are certain seasons in life that barrel over us like a tidal wave, sweeping the foundation from under our feet, leaving us grasping for something solid to hold onto.
For those who read my blog posts this summer, you’re familiar with the challenges that swept into my life. They tested my faith and made me question where to go from here.
This was true on many levels, but especially in my writing career.
Ever since I started this writing gig over 6 years ago, I’ve poured my heart into the craft of writing fiction. I’ve given my newsletter subscribers small tastes by writing e-shorts (the next one comes out in a couple weeks). But hidden away on my computer are full-length manuscripts – stories I’ve felt called to write, stories I’ve poured my heart into.
And yet, as much as I’ve wanted to send them out into the world, God keeps telling me, “Wait.”
I finally reached a point this summer where I’d had enough. If you saw that ugly-honest post, you know what I’m talking about.
Then another hit came when my son had emergency surgery. Not only was it a physical and emotional drain, but the medical and house bills that were already piling up became much bigger. I was drowning in the tidal wave, fighting to get my head above water, struggling to breathe.
And then, a vision started to take shape.
An idea I’d dreamt up months before, believing it was several years down the road, suddenly appeared much closer than I’d thought. This was confirmed when a friend (who had no idea about this vision) forwarded a devotion to me, saying she couldn’t shake my name when she read it.
The devotion said, “There are ministry ideas to be birthed… Do not get complacent with ‘business as usual,’ but see the potential for the new to come where you are.”
So what’s this new dream, you might ask?
Many of you know I’m a fitness instructor and self-proclaimed health nut. For a while now, I’ve wanted to build a tool for women – moms especially – to meet them where they’re at, coming alongside them in their health journeys. This new vision lets me do just that.
I’m so excited to announce that as of today, I’m launching a new website called Righteous Fit Mom.
I’ll be blogging there weekly with practical tips to help women build healthy habits – mind, body, and spirit. The site is centered around the concept of “one simple step at a time,” which means you’ll see easy, doable steps at the end of each post to nudge you closer to your goals.
AND, to top it all off, I passed my exam to become a certified wellness coach (woohoo!!!). I can’t wait to add coaching to the offerings on Righteous Fit Mom. (More details will be posted there soon.)
For those who wonder if I’ll keep writing fiction, I don’t plan to put it aside forever. It will always be my first love! I’ll keep sending updates to newsletter subscribers and maybe an e-short here and there. And when the time is right and God gives me the nod to see a full-length novel in print, you can bet I’ll shout it from the rooftops of this blog.
In the meantime, I’m so excited to follow this new path. It’s been a bumpy ride to get here, but I feel like I’ve settled where I’m meant to be.
If you want to join me, I’d love to have you visit Righteous Fit Mom. I have a separate newsletter over there with an awesome mind-body-spirit package (if I do say so myself). It has practical tools to connect your mind and heart to your health goals. I’ve also created a Righteous Fit Mom page on Facebook, so come on over, say hi, and invite your friends!
No matter where you go from here, I hope my story inspires you. Even when we’re buried in life’s tidal waves – when we see no way out – God is building the foundation of new dreams. If we hang on long enough, the beauty of His handiwork will shine through.
Love and hugs, my friends!