A good writer always has a purpose to their writing, at least a specific audience. As I sit down to write, I often have to ask myself “who am I writing to”? In the beginning of my entries I was writing so that others could understand this world we live in, that of infertility. Then later it turned to writing to those who were suffering with infertility, or at least a Thing in their life that was a mind consuming storm. Other posts have been written merely for me, as a therapeutic release, a way to document and get out exactly how I was feeling. Some posts are light hearted, capturing funny moments and stories, and others entering some of the rawest places of my heart. Now here I sit, on my 112th post, reflecting back at the last 2 years of my blogging life.
I’ve come to realize that I may not have a specific purpose to my writing or a specific audience. I may not have a consistent “voice” because my life, seasons, and world is constantly changing. I may have readers that come and go, selecting certain posts to read and skipping over others. And that’s okay. Because writing opens up my soul and allows me to spit out my heart, finding words for emotions and feelings. I never imagined finding solace in front of a Word Document, but God has done some pretty neat things using these 10 little fingers of mine.
As I head into my third year of blogging, my prayer continues to be that you can find a place to relate to here – in whatever you are going through. I’m so thankful you have stopped by. I hope the scars of what’s on your heart will fade a little bit as you find someone to connect to. I do believe there can be beauty and light that shines through the darkness and it’s my goal to march on in search for peace, joy and finding more of Jesus. And of course, in keeping true to the title of my blog, with a Starbucks in hand.
Life is messy. We have dark corners, difficult hardships, losses and pain. So often in the attempt to keep a glossy, picture perfect life, we ignore the realities of our pain until it hits us like a truck at 1 am as we lie in bed. My desire for these mismatched writings of mine is merely that you can come in, find company and join in processing the questions and journey. When we face the reality that no one has a perfect life, we can enjoy the company and beauty in the moment more. We can acknowledge that maybe we aren’t as alone as we thought and that as tired as our little hearts are, they are still there, beating and breathing, slightly battered but open.
As I sit and write this, I am staring at a sign in a coffee shop that says “Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” There are so many different ways to interpret this, but today I see it as a reminder to we need to live the life we are given. We aren’t getting any younger. Our current situation isn’t changing today and if our “worst case scenario” happens and we never have children, I would hate to look back at years of my life wishing I had embraced the moment more, not being consumed by my have-not’s instead of rejoicing in my ‘haves’. So today I am going to throw some new paint on my canvas – bright colors, shades of robin’s egg blue and coral. I’m going to drink caffeine (gasp!) and go barefoot in the grass. Time to splatter this canvas.
All of that said, truly, thanks for reading. Thanks for joining me in the mismatched thinking of my brain and for being part of my story, even if it’s just through a browser on the internet. Let’s keep each other company, portraying life as it is, and weeding through the storms together. I may not have a clear audience or writing style, but I’m me … so I’m okay with that.
11 thoughts on “audience.”
Thanks for sharing your heart Chelsea – You are a light to so so so many girls – including me, so thanks for writing your thoughts and constantly encouraging me!
Caroline, you are such an amazing encouragement to me!!! Thank you for being on me in these journeys of ours. I appreciate you so much!
It is amazing how blogging has become a safe place to go to while going through the struggle to have a baby. It is because there are so many amazing women who are in the trenches in this fight- the support we receive from each other is something special.
I agree with you, regardless of whatever the future holds, I don’t want to look back on this time and wish I enjoyed it more. There are still good things in my life and I need to be more grateful for what I do have and not just focus on what I don’t. Thank you for that reminder :)
Amen! We are so blessed to have a community and others to walk through all of this with. Let’s throw some paint on our canvas today and see the good around us! It has to be intentional and it takes work, but we are strong enough! :)
You are so you in every post. Though we don’t know each other in person, I feel we do. I hope you enjoy the extra paint on your canvas. We all need some more!
Thank you!! I love that we get to “know” one another through the blogger world and appreciate your compliment as well! XOXO!
Beautiful words, very encouraging…thanks to you that you are so brave to share your not so perfect life so we have someone/place to relate to and find company, many thanks!
Thank you for reading and for being with me in this journey! I wish I could pull up a big virtual couch and we could all sit and visit. How wonderful would that be!? Have a wonderful day!
Hey Chelsea! I was curious if you accept guest posts in any fashion.
Possibly with some writers that I know well and have similar blogs with!! Thanks for asking!
What’s in your heart, should be on the “page”.
THAT is your purpose.