[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Keeping An Open Heart

[EDITOR’S NOTE] : During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, I won’t be blogging much. BUT I will be sharing some of my favorite posts from the past — posts that I hope will encourage you to embrace and celebrate your story, posts that I hope will get you inspired and excited for the year ahead! :) Whether you’re a new reader or a faithful regular, I hope you find some inspiration in this little From the Archives series.

 Today’s post was originally written in August.
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{ Photo credits left to right: 1. Oyster Magazine via Miss Annie 2. Photo by Max Wanger via Hello Lately 3. Pennyweight 4. Katie’s Pencil Box }

Keeping an open heart.

That idea has certainly been a focus of mine this year and something I’ve tried to be mindful of in so many ways. I know I’ve mentioned before that I feel like I’m currently in a season of waiting, preparing, and planting. I’m learning there is strength to be found in opening up your heart in the midst of the uncertainty and allowing Him to lead the way.

Trust is built. Faith increases.

And as I work on this big personal creative project of mine (writing an eBook), I find that I keep coming back to the idea of keeping an open heart and to the importance of taking risks and being brave when we don’t have everything mapped out clearly in front of us.

Honestly, at times, I feel overwhelmed and unsure about taking the creative leap to write a book. I wonder how it will all come together and if I’ll be able to communicate my unique voice and vision. I worry about all of the little details involved and having the right skills and resources to bring that vision to life.

But then I remind myself to keep my heart open to the creative process. I don’t have to have every single detail figured out right this second. It’s a process, after all. And every step of that process is important and should be enjoyed and appreciated before rushing to the next. I suppose life in general is like that, too, huh? ;)

When we live with open hearts, we can fully experience the significance and purpose of where we are, while being made ready for all the possibilities ahead.

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