About 13 years ago, I joined a lovely community of women on iVillage. The group was called Speak Your Mind and we engaged in all sorts of conversation and healthy debate on topics from politics to parenting. That was my first real introduction to the type of relationships that could be forged online. The lovely ladies in that group made a scrapbook for my girl when she was born filled with all the words of encouragement and prayers and best wishes they had sent on that cold February day in 2000.
A few years later I got involved with a fabulous group of pastors’ wives—many of whom I now know in person. From there I started blogging … first on MySpace (yikes!), then on Xanga and Blogger, before I finally moved to WordPress.org in 2010. I was looking back at all those early blog posts—the first one was in 2004. A lot has changed since then. My daughter is in 7th grade, we’ve moved back to Alabama, I’ve turned 40, and so much more. My blog has basically grown up with me. From the early days of “Thoughts and Ponderings,” my desire has always been simply to encourage others to live well.
You might notice some thing different here at www.terilynneunderwood.com—my blog has a name again
Over the past year, the word perspective just keeps coming up. And, as I reflect over my life since I first started blogging, I realize that my perspective, the way I view life and people and situations, has changed in so many ways.
Perhaps it is a mellowing with age. Maybe I’m getting wiser. Or maybe I’ve finally realized that most things just are not that big a deal. Perhaps it is some combination of all those.
I feel like I have been given the gift of a fresh perspective. I’m learning to live big—with wide open faith and willingness to serve and love—but also to take notice of the small graces that fill each day—an extra ten minutes of sleep, a note from a friend, a good cup of coffee.
This place, this small little corner of the big world wide web … my hope is you will find that fresh perspective here with me, together we’ll live big without ever losing sight of the beautiful small.
Friend, I’m writing to you … wife, mom, employee, chef, carpooler, homeschooler, banker, learner, listener, friend. Your presence in this space is a gift … and I am thankful for your companionship as we forge ahead on life’s journey together.
Today is a really big day for me … not only has this beautiful new space been prayed over and opened up for you, but a huge project I’ve been working on since January has finally come to fruition!
Self-Publish: Moving from Idea to Product is now available. Erin Ulrich and I are thrilled to be able to share what we have learned about self-publishing. Blending the long-accepted principles of writing a great book proposal with the practical insights of design and formatting of a self-published book, Self-Publish is a resource for writers intrigued and/or intimidated by the world of self-publishing. You can get all the details (and a special launch day price) by visiting the Self-Publish website.
Thank you, again, for joining me in this space. I’m so glad you are here!