About 8 months ago, I began feeling an unrest about the direction Jana’s Three Dresses was going. I felt my writing voice was changing and my blog no longer reflected me as a person, writer, mother, spouse, and spiritual sojourner. I began pondering a new direction and vision for Jana’s Three Dresses.
I began by asking the tough questions:
- Lord, you called me to write then, are you still calling me to write now?
- What is my purpose at Jana’s Three Dresses?
- Who is my audience?
- Do my written words matter? Are they making an impact?
- Should I keep writing?
- If so, about what?
My writing was silent for some time. I only posted every once in a while as I struggled with these questions and pondered these thoughts. I spent a great deal of time in prayer. I did a lot of reading. Books like “Freefall to Fly“, by Rebecca Lyons, and “Restless“, by Jennie Allen, have helped me to reroute my pursuits and purpose in my writing and my life.
Mentors and friends listened and reflected with me. A sweet group of new blogging friends gave me encouragement and hope when I was finding none. And, a new passion arose in me – a desire to lead, mentor and encourage people toward spiritual and physical wholeness. In January, I became an Independent Product Consultant for doTERRA Essential Oils. (read more of my Essential Oil story here.)
I am a dreamer. My biggest obstacle to making my dreams come alive is actually following through on the work required. I often stop when the going gets tough, or I share my dream with a nay-sayer and lose my courage.
Slowly, a new vision has come forward. A new passion has arisen and a new voice has emerged in my writing. I have gained a confidence and belief in myself that only God can provide. I am deeply humbled by the calling He has placed on my life.
I believe I can serve you well as a coach and advocate steering you towards a life of resilience, passion, and wholeness – both spiritual and physical. In order to achieve my goals, I plan to post three times a week using the following structure.
Mondays | Monday Invitations – Monday posts will be reflections on Scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My aim is to encourage you in your faith walk and invite you to go deeper in your spiritual journey.
Wednesdays | This Military Life – These posts will be personal reflections (mine and Guest Posts) on Military Life – Such as tips from military spouses, lessons learned, and anecdotal stories about obstacles transformed into opportunities for personal growth. I plan to offer the opportunity for others Bloggers to link up and share their stories as well.
Fridays | Wellness at Jana’s Three Dresses featuring doTERRA Essential Oils - On Fridays I will have a variety of posts available, all promoting wellness from the inside out. I will feature guest posts from fellow bloggers and doTERRA Essential Oils users, DIY projects, and more.
My prayer is that committing to this structure will allow me to pursue my passions and writing in a more targeted fashion, and enable me to move forward with focus and clear purpose.
Of course, this is a work in progress, and some weeks I may not be able to produce three posts for your reading enjoyment. But, it is my goal! I am learning that goal setting is highly motivating for anyone with dreams and aspirations.
I have collaborated with Satin at My Heart, His Words who will be producing images for many of my posts. I am so excited about introducing you to her. She is highly talented and uses her creativity and love for Christ to enhance my words by capturing them in her images. Also, I will begin a blog redesign with Ted Barnett at Contemplate Design this summer. I am so excited to present a fresh, new website that will serve and, hopefully, minister to you more richly. I hope to launch my new website in early Fall. Stay tuned!
God is good, All the time. He is ever faithful. I am an ambassador for Christ whether I am sharing an awesome nugget of truth and promise from the Holy Scriptures; encouraging a fellow military spouse in this daily military life we live; or, engaging in relationship with someone to help them achieve their health care goals naturally with doTERRA Essential Oils. I am beyond excited about sharing this journey with you!
Thank you for your continued support and faithfulness to the ministry of Jana’s Three Dresses.
With love and gratitude,