I’m standing on the edge of something and I’m not really sure what it is yet. Here I am, laying down the framework of another new blog with a thousand reasons why I shouldn’t and a very small list of reasons why I should. You see, I’m a busy, stressed out mamma of four wonderfully energetic kids, a supportive wife, writer and small business owner. I already have a writing blog that I can’t properly keep up, and recently diagnosed health issues that have very literally stopped me in my tracks. So why then, am I attempting another new blog when my life already has all it can handle?
When I think about this, my mind keeps circling back to one thing. I care about people.
I’ve been through a lot of hell in my life. Seriously. And I’ve faced challenges that a lot of people would never dream I’ve been through. But all this has worked together for my good (see D&C 98:3) and I give thanks and glory to God for having experienced what I have. I’ve been able to see the hand of God in my life and each experience has taught me greater degrees of love and empathy for those around me. I am far from perfect. I won’t even pretend to be. And not all the relationships with people in my life are good. But I genuinely care about people. I want them to know that life is good, no matter how hard it gets. I want them to see the beauty around them and to know that they are worth being loved.
My dream for this blog is to help people see the every day beauty in an increasingly dark and gloomy world.
I want to help them know they are important and can make a difference, even if it’s just a few kind words with a stranger or a smile. I want to teach people little ways they can be prepared for challenges, so that they in turn, can help others. But most of all, I want people to see that life is good despite what the world would have them think. Things in general, are never as bad as they seem.
Why “Mountain Girl Speaks?”
Mountain Girl Speaks is a blog I’ve been thinking about for close to two years. It’s had other names in the past, but the closer I got to actually starting this blog, the more “Mountain Girl Speaks” began to fit, not only me and who I am, but what this blog ultimately will stand for. Born in the heart of California and raised in the mountains near by, I have spent the majority of my life surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. I know full well what John Muir meant when he said:
The mountains are calling and I must go. -John Muir
It is in the mountains that I first learned to notice the details. Every little thing has its purpose. An overturned stone can start a major rock slide and a small stream can sound like a roaring river.
I am a small person in a very big world. My life may never gain any more notice than a wild flower at the side of a hiking trail. But if I can brighten someone’s day and inspire them to do something good, then I will have done my job. I don’t mind being that person who hands out seed packets of hope.
And even though I am a small person in a big world, I have a voice. I’m going to be like that small stream that makes so much noise you think it’s a river.
I am here to declare that this Mountain Girl Speaks.
Even though the world may never hear my voice, one person out there will.
So . . . I’m going to share my perspective. I’m going to share what I’ve learned. And I’m going to continually declare to all those who read my words, that they are important, matter, and can make a difference in the world around them.