Alive & Kicking!

Last week I relaunched my blog. Did you get a chance to check it out yet?

If you haven't noticed, the design, direction and tone of my website is entirely different. Actually it has been for like a year or so. You could say I've been a little slow in updating you. Ahem. Procrastinate much? You bet! (If you're reading this via email subscription, pop over to my site and check it out.)

My blog is no longer called "A Joyfilled Life." Not that I don't have a life filled with joy. I sure do. Most days. But God's been showering me in so much grace during my little soul crisis, that last year I bought a new domain and have been waiting for just the right time to launch my new site.

Why the new name? Because at the heart of why I find so much joy in the 'fragrant muck' of life, as Frederick Buechner so eloquently puts it, is God's abundant grace.

The evolution of the name change began years ago when a dear family friend, who happens to be a very wise pastor and a professor of important theological things, once asked me what my 'secret' was for being so bubbly.

I've been pondering that question for over a year and recently gave him my "final" answer. One I'll share in more detail here at some point.

But for now can I just say I'm excited about this new direction in my online ministry? Like crazy excited!

God has been screaming at me to write more for years now. And I've been ignoring Him big-time. It's not a good thing to ignore your Creator, by the way. He often will do alot of things to get your attention.

But that's also a story left for another day.

This week, I just wanted to touch base and tell you about a few important things.
  1. I am going to post regularly. Shocking, I know. My long term goal is to post a few times a week, but for now, I'll ease my way into it by posting once a week, every Monday.
  2. I have such a love/hate relationship with Facebook. If you haven't noticed, it's really hard to get page updates in your news feed anymore. So to make sure you don't miss a post, you will need to follow along with me by doing this crazy thing called “subscribe.” You’ll get posts delivered weekly to your email. (I won't spam the crap out of you, I promise.)
  3. I will eventually do some fun Facebook stuff. So, if you don't already like me on Facebook, you might want to consider doing that so we can become the bestest of friends, swap recipes and share each others crazy secrets. Um, kidding. But you can follow me on Facebook if you want. Click "like" on the sidebar, I made it easy for you! No pressure. (insert social pressure! j/k)
  4. I want to hear from you! It encourages my heart so deeply when I get wonderful emails and comments. Please consider leaving a comment on a post that you like, or just respond by email to the post you receive via email each week, ok?
  5. Speaking of leaving comments, I made it crazy easy for you to leave a message right here on my blog. I switched platforms and installed a fun commenting system. So if you are logged into Facebook, you can click on the comment section and leave a message that way, or you can post it anonymously, or even use an email account or other social media program. You will be notified of replies and it'll be a lot of crazy fun! Give it a try and see how you like it. (And if you need help figuring it out, let me know.)
Ok, lots to write. Lots to share. Some will make you cry. Others will make you laugh. But they will all remind you (and me) that we are showered in grace each and every moment of this crazy, beautiful life.

Blessings and love to you! xoxo Nicki

Coming up next week:
"Life Lesson From God: Courtesy of the Police." doh!

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Still Breathing!

It feels like I haven't chatted with you in ages. You may remember that my last post was about balance and the struggle we all have finding it. Well, I'm here to report that I haven't found balance yet. And I've stopped looking. I'll write more on that later.

But I really feel like I should have been honest with you and ended my last post with a disclaimer: "I'm going through a faith crisis. I'll be back when my soul learns how to breathe again."

But, I didn't say that, did I? I'm a bit of a private person. Which is totally ironic given the fact I'm on the radio every day...but in person, face to face...well, let's just say socially awkward is a good way to describe me.

And when socially awkward people (i.e. introverts) go through any crisis, spiritual or otherwise, we like to retreat into our little shells. Snuggle our souls into comfy little blankets of protection. And shut most of the world out.

I guess that's what I've been doing the past six months or so. I've been wrapping myself up in the proverbial safe blanket of close friends and family.

But today I decided it's time to put away my snuggly blanket. And it seemed like a good day to come out of my shell and say hi. So howdy!

I've missed you!

I've been writing ALOT the past six months. About life. Loss. Pain. Sorrow. Grace. Anger. Hatred. Discomfort. Loss....lots and lots of loss. And grief. Lots and lots of grief. And anger at God. Lots of that too. And joy. And finding joy in the muck of it all. And well, let's just say I have a lot to share with you!

I've been smart enough to not hit "publish" on any of the things I've written. We say alot of things that we don't necessary believe when we are angry. All of which do not need to get out into the cold judgmental cruel world. So I've been sitting on these thoughts. Praying over them. Reworking them. Trying to decide which I should share with the world. And which I should leave between me and the Lord.

I'm still figuring things out. And really, when will I ever have it figured out? I recently decided that if I wait until everything is perfect and peachy keen in my life, I will never post another thing again.

But I know God wouldn't like that. He has been screaming at me lately to shed my comfy blanket and get out of my shell. And to hit publish on some of the things I've written.

So this is my first step. I figure if it took a bit for a man to walk on the moon, well, it will take a few steps for me to get ready to share some of my soul crisis with you.

Step 1: write this post.
Step 2: share a few of the changes coming to my blog. I'll post that next week.

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Oh friends, so much to say!

More to come next week. Talk to you soon

xoxo, Nicki

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