It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since I started this blog called Ave & Jay. I launched Ave & Jay with the mission to reach and encourage others. I didn’t realize in the process I’d find so much healing and restoration.
I’ve always loved to write. I haven’t always been great at it, but I caught the bug (from my mom) at a very young age and embraced all of the disciplines to becoming a better writer. Many times in college I even threatened to change majors from nursing to English in order to further pursue my passion for writing.
I didn’t, and I’m glad I stuck out nursing school (even though I’m on an extended sabbatical from that profession now). Regardless, writing has always been a near and dear friend.
When I decided to start Ave & Jay, blogging was already very familiar to me. I’d blogged for years on another personal blog and as a contributor for others. This was a safe and comfortable and incredibly low risk space.
Looking back I can see that I was stepping out of a dark and vulnerable place and needed to be reminded of my strengths again. Most days I felt like I was failing miserably at everything but being able to stretch those “writing muscles,” to exercise the parts of my brain that had been muddled by sleep deprivation and extended periods of high stress, brought energy back into me.
I’ve said so many times within the last several weeks, with praise to the Lord, “My brain is better now.” It’s apparent to others as well, not just myself. Is it 100% because of blogging? No. Definitely not. But blogging here has nurtured my gift enough to remind me of dreams I wanted to pursue in writing that I had put away.
These dreams I’d like to pursue will require a lot more stretching. A lot more time. But, my brain is ready to tackle a new challenge. (Again, all the praise to God!)
This blog has become a little retreat for me: an outlet that’s been incredibly therapeutic, and I’m so grateful for the support its received and to my blogging buddy Krissy for holding my hand while I started this journey. But it’s time to close this chapter and start a new one.
I’ll still be around on the gram, if you aren’t already following me there. And who knows, in the same way the Lord stirred the passion and vision for this blog in my heart one summer day last year, He may very well call me back here. But for now, the calling is elsewhere. And I can say with teary eyes that I am incredibly excited to be emotionally and mentally ready to take on the new project before me.
Thank you for following along,