I recently saw a story on Shakespeare and Company, the small bookstore in Paris that has been inspiring writers for decades. People earn money by helping customers in the store downstairs while living upstairs and working on their literary masterpiece. My sister and I have been fantasizing about moving to Paris and living there ever since we saw the story. Until then, I will hone my craft on One Is Just A Number.
There are so many blogs that I follow that I often wonder how I'll ever catch up on all of the reading. I follow so many because I see them as people living my dream - inspiring people with their words. Here are some of my favorite blogs, the ones that are the closest to my heart.
Alece Ronzino at Grit and Glory was the first blog I found that was written by a Christian going through a divorce.She made me feel like I wasn't alone and her words have been a salve on my wounds.
If I could write like anyone, it would be Holley Gerth. There are so many times that I have read one of her blog posts and felt like it was written just for me. Her words have brought me so much comfort and that's what I would love to do for others.
Jon Acuff is another person I aspire to be like. His Serious Wednesday posts on his website Stuff Christians Like would leave me breathless. They were funny and relatable and then BAM! they would show God's love to me in an amazing way. His self-named blog continues to be an inspiration in helping me believe that I too can survive a soul-sucking job and find a way to make a living being a writer.
Lisa-Jo Baker, then Kate Motaung, have helped me stretch my wings as a writer. Five Minute Friday has given the courage to pursue my dream and a platform to do it on.
Brave Girls Club finds a way to fit a sentiment that makes it all better on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. When I see the art that they have created, I want to get out my box of 64 crayons and some construction paper and make something beautiful, even it's just for me.
There are many websites that I subscribe to for ideas on how to decorate my 1930 cottage. Layla and Kevin at The Lettered Cottage mix a strong faith with great design ideas. I would love to spend an afternoon with them.
Do find people who are living your dream. Knowing that you aren't alone in your goals and finding people who have achieved them will help you realize that life that is waiting for you.