Without a doubt, one of the highlights of my trip was getting to hear Jon Acuff as the opening keynote speaker. I left his speech feeling both inspired and emotionally drained. He made us laugh, he made us sit a little taller as he called us the pioneers of the social media frontier, and then he broke each of us as he challenged us to find the correct balance in this crazy life of blogging. Then he shared this story… Needless to say, there wasn’t a mother in the room that didn’t cringe as we could all relate with stories of our own.
I could talk about balance and how much that part of his keynote meant to me. But I won’t. Simply because others have already written about it. And far more eloquently than I could. Just know that its marinating in my soul, and a week later, I’ve yet to figure out what to do with those convictions. And its obviously on the minds of women across the blogging/social media spectrum because women everywhere are posting these same thoughts, even those who didn’t attend Blissdom.
So instead I’ll encourage you to read those posts and I’ll focus on the other part of his speech that spoke to me.
Those moments when you feel a proverbial shift in your soul and you know your life has changed direction. Those moments when you knew you were headed in one direction, then a hinge moment happened and you’re suddenly facing a different path.
My whole life seems to be a hinge moment waiting to happen…
Hinge Moment #1 – Sitting in the financial office of the college with my mom and a financial counselor. We’d spent all weekend on campus for freshman orientation. I’d met my roommate, registered for classes, and was daydreaming about walking across the campus in a matter of weeks, when I was told that I didn’t have the finances to attend their school. It was devastating. And a complete 180-degree change to my plans.
I ended up attending our local community college, and a year later was working for our local government in Human Resources. A far cry from being a successful journalist living in a big city, a dream that I’d envisioned for myself for as long as I could remember. But this is where I’m certain that God saved me from myself.
Hinge Moment #2 – My family was on a path to nowhere good when my sister, Allison, was diagnosed with anorexia. And suddenly it was fight or flight moment. Within a matter of months, our family had a renewed determination to heal and restore our family. Our family is stronger now than it ever was, but I assure you, had that hinge moment not happened, I shudder to think of what would have happened. Her anorexia really became a blessing in disguise.
Hinge Moment #3 – Hitting publish on my very first post over at Munchkin Land Designs. It was only with the encouragement of those close to me did I ever dream that others would want me to create for them. I can’t begin to describe the utter fear as I went public with this dream of mine and how I sat with bated breath for my first order.
Which in turn led to….
Hinge Moment #4 – I’d been working in Human Resources for 10+ years. I had worked full-time and part-time as a working mother. Jon and I really didn’t feel as though we had a choice, and my heart was constantly in conflict with my head. Then in February and March of 2010, we started realizing that a chess game was being played and with each move, a new path for our family was becoming clear. After 10 and a half years of working with some amazing people, I quit my job to stay home.
This is one of the things I love about God and life. Just when you think you have it figured out and you know exactly what you’re doing… hinge moment. It keeps life interesting.