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Is it time to shut down Spur On Love?

It costs $167.76 each year to keep this blog online. While that is not a ridiculous number it is still money that I don’t want to see go to waste. Thus I have two options: shut this site down OR start writing again.

I’ve felt the nudge to write for a few years now, but have been dragging my feet.

My biggest struggle is the content continuity.
I keep getting hung up on all the books on branding and business that say you must find “your niche” and write for that audience.

This blog began as a place to share photography projects that I am so thankful I got to be apart of. I had hoped to do more of that work, but my initial plan was not God’s plan (at least not yet anyway). Then this spaced quickly morphed into a landing spot for our adoption story.

I still very much enjoy writing about those things; about adoption and documenting stories that spur others on!

But what if I also want to write about parenting, or the bible, or fitness, or marriage, or friendship, or freedom, or wellness, or food? I have felt crippled by the need to fit inside a neatly packaged box that I just did not write at all.

But you know what I realized? THIS is not a business. This space was never meant to be that. And it is not about creating a platform or a following. So I can break those rules, right?

Things change. Passions shift and seasons come and go. And that is ok. So I am going to give myself grace here and also permission to just write what I feel led to write and not worry about having it all together.

I still care about spurring others on. I still long to encourage and champion others. I desire to point others to Jesus and I believe I can do that here. I can do that while writing about adoption, photography, mothering, fitness, and all the things in between.

I am declaring to you that I am prepared to break all the rules I’ve read in business and branding books because frankly I do not have the time to create a new website and new online presence. I do not need one more Instagram account. I just want a safe space to be me, and the freedom for that to shift and move as the Spirit does.

This is my declaration that I do not have to have it all figured out to move forward. I am giving myself permission to just get after it. To start laying words down that I believe God wants me to share and to stop worrying about having it all together or having any clue where this will lead. I will leave that up to HIM. That is not my job. My job is obedience and writing is a form of that for me.

I do know this, in this space you can expect:
authenticity
transparency
imperfection
encouragement
community
grace
If you like those things then you are in the right place and I’m honored to have you here.

Now it is your turn. What are you being called to that you have not moved on yet? Let us lay perfection down and start moving forward even if it is messy and rough around the edges. God can work with that. He can work with an obedient heart. Take one step forward and get after it.

I would rather be in the race with the wrong shoes on then watch it sprint by as I searched for the perfect pair.

 

 

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  • August 28, 2017 - 8:37 pm

    Kara Rodriguez - Amen to all. of. this. This post SO resonates with me, Renee! I hardly ever write anymore for some of the same reasons—feeling too busy, wondering what the point is if I’m not going to pursue it in a professional way, etc. But my favorite posts to read are just people telling their authentic stories about life. So, why would I think that others wouldn’t want the same from me? These are the conversations I have with myself. 🙂 lol. Glad to know I’m not alone. I really love your blog because you write from your heart, and it’s beautiful! I’m thankful for your decision. Keep sharing, friend!ReplyCancel

    • September 12, 2017 - 2:03 pm

      Renee - I think if you enjoy writing, or if it is something that makes your heart light up, you should continue to do it. It doesn’t have to produce finically income to be fruitful my friend. KEEP WRITING.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2017 - 2:31 am

    Terri Laurent - Amen Sister!!! You always inspire me! You are amazing! Love you!!ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2017 - 6:00 pm

    Patricia arnold - Spurring love is in all the things mentioned here. If you speak it HE will make sure it reaches the right ears. Glad you choose to keep this siteReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2017 - 5:55 pm

    patricia arnold - Spurring love on is in all the subjects mentioned here. If you speak/write it He will bring the right ears to hear it. So Glad you choose to keep the site.ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2017 - 9:27 pm

    Lisa Harvey - Renee,
    I really love this and I am RIGHT THERE with you! I often feel pulled into the trivial things like branding, etc…and then beat myself up a bit over not having the perfect looking blog (or anything remotely close 😜)!
    But then I get over it and I write whatever God places on my heart! Excited about your new September blog-share!!

    Keep sharing & forget the rest!!

    LisaReplyCancel

    • September 12, 2017 - 1:24 am

      admin - Thank you Lisa for your encouragement. It is so easy to get wrapped up in it all. NO MORE I SAY!ReplyCancel

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