It all started on a cold windy night the first week of January 2014. As I peered out the window into the crisp dark air, I pulled the cotton blanket I received for Christmas closer to my skin…feeling the warmth of peace.
I felt gratitude: While I enjoyed a long winter break, I rested in the safety of a warm house far away from the normal stresses of life. But as blessed as I felt, I found myself still wanting. It wasn’t a material want, but a desire to manifest more. So I made a simple request: “Lord, I want to do something fun! Help me find something fun.”
The answer? Start a blog.
It was my first experience into the blogging world. What better way to get attention than hidden behind a screen in the safety of my own room. Even with all the layers of security, there was still a sense of vulnerability.
From a creative standpoint, I was able to express and design the blog exactly how I wanted. The layout of each post was simple: start with a bible quote (the Divine), write about a specific life experience (me), and end the post with a pop video (worldly). Very simple, very basic but it kept me inspired.
Throughout the journey, I blogged mostly about the past…processing it, crying over it, making fun of it…. Little did I know where an exercise in blind faith would lead.
In the summer of 2015, on a marine layered morning, having slept in way too long, I came across a Facebook post. Author Elizabeth Gilbert announced the upcoming 10th anniversary of her travel narrative Eat, Pray, Love. To commemorate the event, fans were asked to write on how the book impacted their life. The top fifty entries would win a place in a companion book entitled: Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It.
I didn’t hesitate. I’d done my own version of the retreat back in 2010. I submitted my version without a second thought. It was something fun and required minimal work. By August of 2015, I received an email confirming my place in the book. An editor from New York would soon contact me to begin the editing process.
I was floored.