I originally started blogging when I was a youth director, working full time and doing full-time online college. I honestly just wanted a place where I could share the funny things that happened in my life at the time and also use it for the occasional rant. My stories were too long to just put on Facebook so that is when I created “the life of billy joe.” On that site, I would write a post about once a month that just updated people with what was going on with my life at the time. I remember a few people told me that they read my posts but I felt dumb. I questioned why I was taking the time to write posts and share things if only a few people were reading them. So I stopped. You can still read my old posts here.
I remember the day that I decided I was going to blog again. I was having a bad day, dealing with my anxiety. I was trying to trust God but it was hard. My friend, Logan told me “blog about it.” At first, I thought he was just mocking me for blogging, but I realized he had a point. There are days that my anxiety is crippling, but if I can put my attention somewhere else, it couldn’t hurt! That’s when I decided I would revamp my blog. I went to the website builder for “the life of billy joe,” but something didn’t feel right. I didn’t want my new blog to be about me. Sure, it’s my life, but I wanted it to focus more on God in my life. That’s when I made this blog site “Life Unmapped.” You can read about the meaning behind the title in the ‘about’ section of this site.
There are days that I still question why I’m putting this much effort into something that very few people see, but I remember that if I can reach just one person – it’s all worth it. Also, if I can’t keep my mornings busy with typing blogs and editing YouTube videos, the less time I have to let my thoughts carry me away into my full blown anxiety. So at least if I’m not helping anyone else with this site, I’m helping myself. I try to share content that will hopefully uplift and encourage someone else who may be going through some of the same things that I have/am going through.
There are days I wake up and the thought goes through my head “I wonder what people think of me blogging. Do they think I’m looking for attention? Do they think it’s weird?” But I have to remind myself that ultimately I am doing this for myself and for God. I pray every day that God will have His will with this site. If you are a praying person, I ask if you would join me in that prayer.
If you take the time to read my blog, I want you to truly know that I appreciate it. I want to thank you personally, so if you would, send me a message or comment on this blog and let me know that you read my posts. Let me know what you like about my blog or maybe something that you’d like to see more of. God bless!