Going deeper … {Fabulously Featured @ Catholic Sistas}

Going deeper … {Fabulously Featured @ Catholic Sistas}

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Over the past year or so, I’ve become acutely aware of the push and pull that surrounds writing publicly about personal things. Because, let’s face it – whether two or 10,000 read what I write – it’s out there nonetheless. How much sharing is too much? What happens when you don’t share enough? Certainly, some experiences are intensely private, and are simply not intended for public consumption, so they remain a mystery to the outside world. Other times, details of challenges come flowing out, and I hear that others have helped or encouraged by what I’ve shared.

It was with this balancing act in mind that I finally sat down to write my About page a few months ago. While I’m happy with how it turned out, I’m still considering – what is the “why” behind my writing? What is my voice? What do I, Heather Renshaw, have to offer that is not already done so brilliantly by so many others? I feel God calling me to go deeper, to get more personal, and yet I am also hesitant because, whenever we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we open ourselves up for more potential criticism and rejection. And that can be painful. And as much as I try to fool myself into thinking that I simply don’t care what others think (I’m not listening … tra la la la!), that’s just a big, fat lie.

Here’s the thing, y’all – I want to be very honest, because, at my core, I am a truth-telling storyteller. I want to help people with my words. As a Mom, I tell my kids to be brave and strong and true – and I need to live that by my example. But sometimes the truth is difficult. And painful. And complicated.

Anyway. I will keep pondering these things – both in my head + heart – and perhaps they may end up on a blog post somewhere, too.

On a MUCH lighter note, the kind and generous Martina from Catholic Sistas asked some fellow writers to spill the beans about our blogs, and my responses are featured today! Head on over there to check out even more of what I had to say about this whole crazy blogging thing and some other fun stuff, too.

Love and peace,

heather

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5 thoughts on “Going deeper … {Fabulously Featured @ Catholic Sistas}

  1. I wonder about this too Heather. I’m afraid that something I share will be read by the wrong person someday and used against me. Like if I were to try to get a job outside the home again at some point, and an employer were to find my blog somehow and question whether or not to hire me because I previously remarked about my desire to be home with my kids.

    1. You know, I think we just have to go with, “Jesus, I trust in You,” on most things. And I firmly believe (even though I often forget!) that we must live our lives as fearlessly as possible. I mean, we should be prudent with our words (written and spoken), but if a potential employer was down on you because your family is a top priority, do you really want to work for them? Food for thought …

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