passion projects.

As I began typing these words, the time displayed on my laptop changed from 11:21 PM to 11:22 PM. I know that for some of you the fun doesn’t even start until after 11:00 PM, but for others (me included,) by this time of night I’m usually already asleep! Tonight’s a little different, though. For some reason I got my second wind after arriving home from the office, and I’ve been working away at my laptop on various projects ever since. (Yes, Mom, homework included!) Just a few minutes ago I was preparing to shut down my laptop and head to bed, but something prompted me to take a stab at writing a new blog post first. So here we go…

This blog has been on my heart for awhile now. It’s been through various stages - I started out using WordPress and graduated to SquareSpace. I moved from using free blog platforms to paying for additional features in order to improve my blog’s functionality and curb appeal. I’ve experimented with different names, finally settling on Jesus, Coffee, and Prozac. I’ve gone through seasons where I’ve posted multiple times a week, and others where months passed between posts. Over time, my vision for the blog has changed. It has been shaped by whispers from God, guidance from loved ones, and personal growth, slowly evolving into what it is today: to walk with others in their pursuit of abundant life, to support them in prayer, to lift them up with encouraging words, and ultimately to point them to Jesus... the One who came to set the captives free.

I don’t yet have a plan for growing my network. I’m not quite sure how to go out increasing the number of people who read my words. When it comes to promoting my blog on social media, I go in spurts. I haven’t decided how frequently (or infrequently) I aim to post. I guess you could say that at this point I’m just kind of winging it, hoping one day I will earn a living from this passion project of mine. (Though I have taken a few tiny steps in that direction (see [Mental] Health Resources > For [purchase])!

As for the future of this blog? Only God knows. And you know what? I’m finally getting to the point where I’m okay with that. I don’t need to become an blogging sensation overnight. I don’t need thousands of readers. I don’t need to earn a six-figure income.

All I really need to do is record and share the words God places on my heart and pray He uses them to spur others on in their pursuit of abundant life. The rest is up to Him.

If, as you’re reading this, you’ve started thinking about your own passion project, let me encourage you in this way: Whether big or small, realistic or impossible, a fleeting thought or a recurring idea, it matters. Some day, in some way, God will use you and the passion He has given you to wreck this world for His glory.

Just you wait and see.