Its well after 2am...
& I should be sleeping. But if I've learned anything in life, its that sometimes you have to take a risk & go for it. So here I am, writing you an unplanned, unscripted note at 2:35am - too excited to wait for my planned & edited "inaugural post" coming later on.
I couldn't wait to say "hi" because I feel like we are long time friends who've so much to share with each other after being apart! I've so much to say & so much to explore, weaving in & out of what I call the 'F6' topics of faith & freedom, fun & food, fear & flourishing. Like an old friend, I want to speak honestly, openly & with compassion towards the countless F6 moments that make up our stories. Stories that are sometimes filled with good times & great fun, & sometimes...not so much. With compassion for each other, let's step into the spaces that are real, raw & uncomfortable at times because these are threads that make up the messy reality of life as a human being.
Make no mistake - I plan to have plenty of fun in our time together! Life is always a journey, & no matter what we have witnessed or gone through, there is always hope. My story, which I'll share more about later, is one that has some pretty amazing experiences & some pretty devastating experiences in it. These experiences that have shaped, but not defined me & unhealthy fear no longer motivates my actions or decisions anymore. Yes, I was knocked down before, but I've come back to life stronger, more vibrant, beautiful, compassionate & at peace now. The best part is: my story isn't over!
Neither is yours, & I truly believe that. In fact, I commit to always speak to you as truthfully as I am able. So let me say this,
You are remarkable!
You have something that no one else does & the God-given potential inside you is just waiting to be ignited. When it does, you'll be amazed at how your life is transformed! And yes, I believe in God. You don't have to, but I have seen how my life dissolves into chaos, pain & agitation when I try to find true freedom living without Him. It didn't work for me; I was miserable. More than that, I grew to hate myself. But that part of my story is past now & I have Him to thank for that.
It's now 3:16 am. I feel like I could write forever, but prudence is kicking in...so let me leave you with a final thought this morning:
What if there was a way to find real freedom in life? Where you could live without worry, stress or fear & instead focus on making your dreams & desires a reality...if you pause to reflect on this, does something deep down inside you begin to stir?
Till next time friend,
~Vanessa M Hamm (V.)