I want more out of this.
I want more purpose and focus.
I want to make a positive impact on peoples lives.
I want a community of people in it together.
I want honest conversations.
I want vulnerable truth.
Those are the things I want more of in this blogging journey.
As the months have passed by I have had a few people ask me why I decided upon the name Navigating Adventure, Faith, and Failure. How did I come up with it? Why that name? (stick with me here, I know it sounds boring, but I promise I have something important coming)
“That’s kind of a mouthful.”
You know what? Maybe it is a mouthful, but it so clearly states everything I dream this blog to be. Some of you may know that I actually officially started this blog around 8 months ago, but the creating of the name happened years ago.
In a strange and sort of drawn out process I feel as though God placed this blog/dream on my heart a long time ago. It was probably around 3 or 4 years ago now when I was in university studying for my mid-terms, I suddenly had the most random thought placed on my heart that I should start a blog. I had never thought about it before, I had no tangible vision for it, I had no time really, and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.
None-the-less I pushed my homework and projects aside (I used any excuse to procrastinate) and googled a blog site that my friend had previously mentioned in conversation. And so I started the process of creating my own blog. As I was mindlessly entering information in I was forced to pause. I let the cursor pulse where it was at.
I hadn’t thought this part through… what was I going to name it? I sat and thought about it for quite a while actually. What would represent me, what would I want to write about, how could I use this blog to help others?
Reflecting on what I was feeling in that moment I knew that I was feeling lost. I didn’t know my purpose, I didn’t have obvious goals for the future, I was struggling trying to find my identity, I felt like I was half-assing my faith, I felt like a fraud-Christian, and to top it all off I was craving adventure, exploration, and new experiences.
I wanted a place to talk about figuring out life and purpose, I wanted a place to grow and express my faith, and I wanted a place to share and encourage others through adventure.
I felt so lost in it all for so long that I wanted a place to find the road back to myself, back to Jesus, and back to a life of carefree adventure.
Then in that moment of reflection I realized that’s what life is, a journey of ups and downs and rerouting, and we are all just continually trying to figure it out. So when I added all of that up the name seemed to just fall off my tongue. The name that fit most perfectly with my mission was Navigating Adventure, Faith, and Failure. I typed in the name, I wrote up a quick blog post or two, and then I never touched it for the next few years. I forgot about it, a silly dream that my sleep-deprived-stressed brain concocted, that’s all it was.
Fast-forward to 2018 and there I was feeling lost once more; in fact more lost than ever. I had no clue that the name that I had come up with years back would be even more suiting for my life in the present.
Here I am still searching, still struggling and failing, still growing more in faith, and fortunately my life is still filled with adventure. I am still navigating my way through this messy life. I am more than ever redirecting myself towards the version of myself that I want to be. It has been so awesome to see how this blog has been such key part of helping me navigate towards the person I want to be, the life I want to live, and the faith I want to have.
My mission with this blog was to help people, but the person I have helped the most is myself. I have grown in ways I never thought possible.
And I want this to be more, because something I have learned is that even if you feel you are the only one struggling with something, you aren’t.
If I struggle with something, I can fairly confidently say now, that others are as well. I know that so many people are struggling to find purpose and direction, I think that a lot of people crave a life filled with adventure (most people probably already have it and just need the reminder to look at their life through a lens of gratefulness), and I am sure that there are people who need to the encouragement to just go and be bold in their faith.
I want to get honest and vulnerable with my struggles, lack of direction, and the failures in my everyday life. I want to share what has helped me and what is helping me. I want to open up a conversation where people can realize that it’s okay to struggle, and fumble, and try new things; it’s okay to be honest and vulnerable and have those hard conversations. I want people to know that WHATEVER they are going through they are not alone. I wanted to bring people together to be real. I want to break down the walls we have built, and the lies we have carefully perfected to maintain those walls. I also want to share the adventures in my life that have made it amazing. Because I believe that life is not a linear progression, it is not all struggle, and it is not all success. It’s a journey through the failures and the adventures that make life beautiful and worth living.
I want to not only navigate through my own life, but also to help and encourage others to navigate through theirs.
I have a desire in my heart for an honest open community. It’s what I thought the world needed more of, and if there is something you see missing in the world then I have come to believe you should create it. I have a deep desire for a community, or a place, where people could be vulnerable; a place where people can be encouraged to be their authentic-selves without the need for competition; and where we could encourage other to do the same.
This is a place where everyone is welcome. I want to have loving, open, and honest conversations. I want this to be bigger than just me. I hope to encourage others and have others share their adventures, faith, and failures. I dream of community where everyone is welcome and respected and encouraged to openly discuss what is going on in their life.
I want to encourage others to share their stories, to give encouragement, be honest and vulnerable with their struggles and failures, share faith, and of course to encourage both big and little adventures!
It is because of this that I have decided to start the #navigatecommunity (please feel free to use it!). It’s a hashtag that people can follow to keep up to date on my own day to day struggles, faith journey, and adventures! But not only that, people can also use the hashtag to share their journey of navigating life; what they are struggling with, their own adventures, and their own faith journeys! This way others can join the conversation. My aim is that this hashtag will further honest conversation and openness so that people can be encouraged and know they are not alone in the process of figuring it out.
I want people to feel that they can have the boldness to navigate their way through life with intentionality and courage. Because sometimes taking those first steps towards the life you truly want and the person you desire to be can be daunting, but with a community around you it can feel a lot less hard.