Hello, My Name Is…

Hello, my name is CaReese and I am the person that writes this blog. I almost feel like I need to reintroduce myself since I have been absent for so long.

I have been absent for good reasons. I am well. I am in good health. My family is in good health. These are the most important things.

So what have I been up to the last three months:

Novel Writing – I have finished my second draft of my first novel and I am just starting to edit my second novel. This gives me great joy and excitement. Seriously, I can hardly sleep at night. I am looking to have my novel in the hands of beta readers soon and that thought excites/scares me.

Other Writing – I have been writing articles and lessons for various publications and that is really exciting to me. #Working and Looking for Work – I have been working regularly, but I need to find a job that will support me so I am looking for full-time work. That takes a lot of time. I’ve had some interviews, though, so things are moving on that front.

Church Leadership – I have been busy with church stuff. I lead a small group and I have several other responsibilities and assignments related to church and that has kept me busy. This is a period of growth and excitement for our church and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Soul Care – I have been really focusing on taking care of my soul. I’ve been focusing on my relationship with Jesus. I have been writing in my prayer journal on a regular basis and I have been spending quality time in my bible. Things have been kind of crazy at times but I feel like this has kept me grounded.

I am very pleased with myself in some respects. I feel like I have really gone after writing and becoming a paid author. I am taking my craft seriously and things are happening. In other areas I am very disappointed with myself. I haven’t been working out and I have been eating terribly. Too much junk. Too many carbs. Too much sugar.

So while things have been good and I feel like being away from my blog and the community we have here has not been good for me.

When I don’t write for my blog I don’t feel like I do as much self-reflection. I am not as intentional. When I write here I am present and I am focused. I desperately need this in my life.

I also find that I do better. Writing here helps to keep my goals, my vision for my life, in front of me. Having this in mind gives me something to work toward. Writing here keeps me inspired. It keeps me thinking of how I can be the best CaReese I can be. Without this reflection and inspiration, my performance has slipped.

When I write here I remind myself of why less is more and how important it is to live with intention. I write here to encourage all of us to be the best possible version of ourselves. And when I come to write it reminds me of all the ways I can do that.

Over the next couple of days I will be reflecting on how I can be better. If I find anything worth sharing I will post it here.

Happy Spring!

have been kind of crazy at times but I feel like this has kept me grounded.

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