In the spring of 2015, I (Amy) began to really struggle with where I was at in my life. There were things I was unhappy about, and as I thought about them, they were things that I didn’t want to pass on to my new baby girl, Sarabeth. Everyone’s life has its own unique struggles and I knew that there were some things that I needed to work through so that I could be the best version of myself. And pass on that legacy to my daughter as well.
At the same time that these thoughts started forming in my head, I began to feel a stirring to write. To write my story. And share it with others. It scared the living daylights out of me. I didn’t know what that was going to look like. A book? More blogging? I had no clue. But I knew that God had placed a new calling on my life. I kept it a secret for quite a while and didn’t tell anyone. I was scared. And rather unsure of what this actually meant.
After about a month, I told Eric that I thought God was telling me that I needed to write a book. And in order to do that, I was going to need to really start working on building my blog, and my standing on social media. At least – that’s what I had heard from others in regards to the publishing world – if you don’t have a following of people on social media, you won’t get your book published. So, I started tweeting the things that I was reading. And I began to try and focus my blogging a little bit more.
Out of that focus came the idea of a legacy lifestyle. I knew that the things I was reading and the struggles I was working on personally would ultimately help me create a legacy that I could be proud to leave behind. But I realized that a legacy wasn’t born in just one action, or by doing something once. It was about the lifestyle of it all. The journey that it took to “arrive” (if you can even arrive at some of these lifestyle characteristics).
It was from those conversations that Eric and I began to catch God’s grander vision. A place to share our personal journeys. And hopefully help others. It’s not about social standing for me anymore (if fact, I haven’t actively sought out new Twitter followers for over a month, and somehow the account keeps growing by a few people everyday!). It’s not about the likes that we receive on Instagram and Facebook. Or the comments on the blog or Facebook.
It’s about helping others evaluate their lives. It’s about helping others evaluate whether or not they have created a legacy they want to pass on. It’s about giving ideas of things that we have tried that work. It’s about giving ideas that we have tried that didn’t work for us, but maybe will for someone else. And ultimately, it’s about becoming a little more like Christ each and every day.