31 Days 2015: Belonging


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I started writing though blogging. That was a little over two years ago and in that time, I’ve come to need to write. I’ve inched my toe right up the ocean of an online writing presence, where I could just barely feel the joy and chill of the water, only to pull it quickly back out.

If I admit it, I’m scared. Scared to put myself out there through my writing.

What if I have nothing new to say? Nothing important to say? What if I am wasting my time and other people’s time?

So, a lot of times I clam up. I stop blogging or writing because I feel like other people are putting things more eloquently than I can. Or because I don’t have a platform or a theme or feel very focused in my writing. And it takes me so long to write anything I like—I get marred in the details and fail to finish many pieces—that sometimes I want to pretend that I don’t want to do this writing thing.

But you know what? I’m pretty tired of being scared and perfectionistic about it all.

Enter the 31 day challenge: write every day for 31 days around a topic. I’ve seen people do it but always felt on the fringes, like for some reason I wasn’t cool enough to do that.

But this year, the challenge caught my eye and lingered in my mind…and then a topic came, and I couldn’t escape it.

So I’m committing! I’m planning to post every day for the month of October. Sometimes it might just be a picture and a caption or a quote or a short post, I don’t have it all planned out. (This is very unlike me). Hopefully this will lead me to feel less afraid, less critical of myself and enjoy the process.

I’m excited for the adventure, and to dive deep into the topic of Belonging.

The word just popped into my mind. Probably because I had just moved and feel out of place. But also because one of my greatest fears is being rejected. Feelings out of place and rejected would seem to be the opposites of belonging.

I’m trying to challenge myself to write daily, so I’m not quite sure how this topic will pan out, but here are some of the questions in my head:

  • How does a Christian worldview offer perspective to the idea of belonging?
  • What might we compromise to feel like we belong?
  • As parents, how do we create a strong sense of belonging in our family life?
  • What do we do with the hurt of rejection in ourselves or those we love when it occurs?
  • How can we feel at home, no matter where we are?
  • What lies do we believe that affect our sense of belonging?
  • How does a relationship with the Creator affect our sense of belonging?

Every day will be a separate blog post, but I will also add a link to them below as they are written, so you can just bookmark this page and check back daily.

If you have an idea for a post, a question or a comment, feel free to join in the discussion in the comments section below!

Post Links

Day 2: What Does It Mean to Belong?

Day 3: The Secret of the Night Sky

Day 4: You’re Not the Only One

Day 5: The Husband List and an Album Review

Day 6: Overcomer

Day 7: Belong to the Present, He Goes Before

Day 8: Celebrate the Ones Who Belong to You

Day 9: Not Your Parents’ Parenting

Day 10: Pining for the Place You Used to Belong

Day 11: There’s Enough Pie

Day 12: Belonging in the Light

Day 13: Not Without My Backpack

Day 14: On Being Married to Your Opposite

Day 15: The Race Happening Your Lane

Day 16: Going Postal on Your Kids and Other Things You Don’t Want to Do

Belonging Day 17: Brene Brown Quote

Day 18: Belonging to a Missions Sending Team

Day 19: Creativity Takes Courage

Day 20: Where is My Fairy Godmother?

Day 21: On Belonging to Another World

Day 22: Nothing Gold Can Stay

Day 23: On Writing

Day 24: Gaining Eternal Perspective

Day 25: They Belong to Us for a Moment

Day 26: Three Fall Recipes

Day 27: On Not Belonging to Your Social Networking Feed

Day 28: The Almost Not a Post

Day 29: On Not Belonging to Our Belongings

Day 30: The Gift of Listening



  1. Heidi,
    I’d NEVER guess you second guessed your writing! You’re excellent at crafting your words! I’m excited about the #write31days journey too! XO- Julie


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