There are certain things that I can perform generally well. Taking trash to a trashcan, signing my name on a dotted line, filling a pan with water, making to do lists, and bringing conversations to awkward stand stills. What I do not do well, is begin. Begin books, routines, resolutions, emails, essays, awkward conversations. They all prove to be extremely difficult for me.
But we all must start somewhere, so, I sit here, grit my teeth, and begin the introductions.
Five out seven of the girls in my family are embarking upon this journey. My mother, Donna, (or Mamma Donna) three sisters, Imani, Breonna, Dominique, and me, Melodi. Imani is the eldest, and a recent college graduate (as of a month, yay!). Bree is currently attending college about two and half hours away from us and is twenty one. I, Melodi, am in my last year of high school and have just turned eighteen years old. Dominique is a high school sophomore who recently turned sixteen. Our amazingly witty mother, Donna, whose age is not worth mentioning (she would edit it out anyway), is a stay at home, home-school mom of seven and a tutor for local homeschool communities.
We created this blog for two specific reasons. The first is to encourage, authentically. The lack of transparency in the online world is a real problem for people who are seeking truly helpful and encouraging advice. Through our own experiences, we hope to encourage others in whatever season of life, and hopefully they can draw hope and wisdom (Not too sure about that last one :)).
The second reason was to create something that would tie us together. Not only would my family and I be forced to keep up with each other, but we would also be given the opportunity to create together.
I suppose beginnings are not our strong points, and I drew the short end of the stick in this case. But, there is also a fascination that comes with beginnings, and I feel privileged to be in this awesome season of my life. Beginnings are difficult but they often lead to blessings abundant!
Feel free to comment about any new beginnings that you may have encountered this year, and we can encourage one another to try new things – like blogging!
Living and loving transparently,
The Lewis Women