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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Better Late Than Never {Day 1: A Favorite Song}

This post has been floating around in my brain for a while now, but because I'm a procrastinator, and procrastinators procrastinate, I just decided to join the blog challenge that Bleah Briann, Charity and Anna are doing... 9 days late.

I can't promise I'll keep up - but if I do forget to post a day or two, I'll just post the next day. I'll finish it eventually, even if it takes me 60 days instead of 28. Which, I guess, does defeat the purpose of a 'challenge'... but I'm going to be different. ;)

The challenge goes as follows:

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: Hopes, Dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days

So, without further ado...

{A Favorite Song}

Oh my word. Being the music lover that I am, this is going to be pretty much impossible. I love Be My Escape by Relient K; Letters by Stellar Kart, and pretty much every Owl City song (especially In Christ Alone!!)

But I decided this song is going to be my anthem for the year.
(My favorite parts of the song are quoted below.)

Grace - U2

Grace, she takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name

It's a name for a girl
It's also a thought that, changed the world
And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness in everything
When she goes to work, you can hear the strings
Grace finds beauty in everything

Between her fingertips
She carries a pearl in perfect condition

What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings...
Because grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things
Grace finds beauty in everything
-Grace, by U2
{source - *clairity* on Flickr}

I can't even begin to describe how much this song means to me. But that's the beauty of music. So I'll let the song speak for itself. 

{Grace finds beauty in everything.}

Edit: This is my 100th post!


  1. I was just thinking, "Kylie hasn't posted for a while," Huh, that's bizarre :) I can't wait to see the rest of your stuff!

  2. Love that picture. I'll have to listen to the song later...but the lyrics are so beautiful. Kylie, I wish I could express the inspiration you are to me! I am so thankful God has blessed me with you. :-)


  3. Hey~
    Yes, I know. I couldn't just pick 1 song, hello, not even possible for this girl, or you, I'm sure for that sake! :)


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