Without a vision for where you’re going, you’re not going to get very far.
Wanna know something kind of amazing? I’ve been running/writing this blog for about 2 years now. I know–crazy, right?
It’s been such an awesome, life-giving experience for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing my content and ideas with the world. I’ve really loved getting the chance to network with other bloggers and creatives around the country (and the world!). And I’m excited to see what’s next for me on this writing journey. As I recount my enthusiasm for the growth that has occurred on this blogging journey, I can’t help but recognize that something’s been missing. I have to honestly ask myself, and reveal to you all, a question that has been echoing through my mind over the past few months:
What’s the point of it all?
In other words, why are you writing what you write, who are you writing for and what do you hope to accomplish through it all? Up until recently, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer these boldfaced questions.
The truth was, I needed a purpose. More specifically, I needed a statement of purpose. A statement that I could go back to when I was running low on creative energy or inspiration. Over the last month or so, I’ve given these questions a lot of thought. I’ve prayed my way through them, and I believe I’ve discovered some concepts that I truly desire to stand for.
I have to say, I’m pretty excited about what I’ve come up with!
So, without further ado, I can now proudly proclaim that my blog will always stand for:
…authenticity + truth
What does it truly mean to be authentic? It has to be “real” and “honest”—is what I would tell myself before I sat down to write. But what does that really mean? To me, it means that I will always do my best to put my realest self forward. My opinions, ideas, ramblings–yeah, that’s right, I ramble–all of these things will be conveyed in the most honest way I know how.
There is so much power in sharing our testimonies with others. In a world where the fake and unoriginal run rampant, there must be a place for authenticity and truth to shine—the world begs for it and we all truly crave it.In a world where the fake and unoriginal run rampant, there must be a place for authenticity and truth to shine—the world begs for it and we all truly crave it. Click To Tweet
Oh, Leighann—or Learning to Smile and Grow, if you’ve stuck around that long—has never been a place for inauthentic conversation. My blogging journey began the same way that I hope it will one day end, speaking my truth while being unashamed and wholly myself with those who read it. It’s no secret that I am a follower of Jesus—a part of myself, along with being a woman and an African-American that I will always claim.
I vow to be authentic.
…encouragement + uplifting fellow creators
Scrolling through Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and even, Facebook—it doesn’t take long to notice the vast number of talented creators sharing their gifts with the world. The amount of creativity that I see each and every day shared by such creative and passionate souls honestly drives me to go out and create to my best ability.
That being said, let’s get one thing straight:
copying someone’s original work is never okay.
It devalues and disrespects the hard work of the original creator. It discourages them from sharing their brilliant ideas with the world due to fear of being ripped off, yet again.
That’s why I am vowing to encourage and uplift my fellow creatives by sharing their work, supporting them monetarily (when my bank account gets set up right—yo girl is currently a student so…) and voicing my honest appreciation for their creative passions and gifting. My hope is that through my support and sincere appreciation for their crafts, I can be a small beacon of hope to inspire and encourage them to continue to create original and meaningful work.
Dear fellow creators,
You are creative and you can use that brilliant, beautiful mind to create original, thoughtful content–I just know it....copying someone’s original work is never okay. It devalues and disrespects the hard work of the original creator. It also discourages them from sharing their brilliant ideas with the world due to fear of being ripped off Click To Tweet
I vow to be supportive of others’ work and to be original in my own.
…glorifying the Lord in ALL things
My blog’s primary goal has always been to share the truth of what the Lord is doing and has done in my life. This will never change. The Lord has commissioned me to write and write I shall do. The Lord knows me better than I know myself. I can be certain that he knows–and in fact, created–my entrepreneurial and creative spirit for a purpose. A purpose that he will use, first to his glory and for my good. Oh, Leighann will always stand for glorifying God and sharing his redeeming love for this broken world.
I vow to glorify the Lord.
I’m sure as time goes on, I’ll add to this statement of purpose. But for now, I am happy to share my WHY with you all!
If you’re a blogger, what’s your WHY? If you’re one of my beloved readers, what do you think of my vows? Am I missing anything?
Let me know in the comments below!