sabbatical: any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.
Things don’t always happen as planned. If I could create a movie based off my life, the movie title would be “But We Didn’t Rehearse This.” In my last blog post, I said that “When God is doing something new in you, the old has to fall away.” Well sometimes, the process of the old falling away takes a little while.
I took a break at the end of 2017 and when I started blogging in January 2018, I thought I’d get right back into the swing of things. But God had other plans. What was supposed to be a week long break ended up being an almost 90 day sabbatical from writing. 😳 That’s right. I was placed on a 90 Day probation.
In the first quarter of the year, with all my goals outlined, my vision board bedazzled and my followers waiting eagerly for the next post…I went off the grid.
Retrospectively, I see why this time away was necessary and beneficial to me. During this quarter away I:
- Completed my masters degree program in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Life Coaching
- Received a chapter outline of my first book which was hilarious because I had no clue I would be writing one
- Began a REAL friendship which is something I’ve been missing for a while
- Traveled to my family’s country, Haiti, for the first time as an adult
- Confronted my fears and jumped off a cliff into 70 feet of water. I can’t swim so this is major
- Launched and led a young adults ministry at my church
- Focused on my clients and celebrated being a part of their growth
- Used my spiritual gifts in practical ways I never imagined
- Increased in my sensitivity to God’s tangible presence
- Became more bold in being transparent about my past issues and victories
- Was encouraged to dream again
I learned so much these past few months.
There were times when I was afraid that I would lose the momentum that my blog had built.
I thought to myself, “Umm…you know in the blogging world you HAVE to post something once a day on Instagram and retweet every single thing and blog at least once a week. You’ll be lucky if you have one lone follower left lol.”
But God truly showed me that this unexpected sabbatical was His doing. During this extended break, while I was offline minding my business, I received 2 speaking engagements. That was without posting or networking. Remember what God has for you is for you.
I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that God was preparing me for the new levels and opportunities He has for me.
Thank you for staying with me, encouraging me and even checking in on me. I love you all! Now let’s get ready for phase 2 of Changed By Purpose.
Real. Vulnerable. Necessary.