Our Chip and Jo moment.

I don’t know if you all are familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines, but you need to know right now: YOU SHOULD BE. I could go on for a while about who they are and why I love what they do, but I’ll spare you (for now). One of my favorite attributes about the Gaines is how Chip encourages Jo to dream big and get out there and do it – don’t just talk about ideas, make them happen! Well, Jim and I had our very own Chip and Jo moment.

I had been fiddling with the idea of starting up a blog. Not just something that I would put a little bit of effort into when I felt like it, but actually make this a full fledged hobby in the hopes that family could track with our adventures, no matter how far we traveled from our Virginian roots. When I told Jim my idea over dinner as an offhand comment, he responded with “well, why not start it now?” I looked at him, surprised. “Now? As in right now? As in tonight?” I became a little apprehensive. I didn’t think he would actually encourage me to go ahead and begin a project like this so spontaneously. And if you know me, you know I’m not the most spontaneous person in the world, I’m a planner. “Yes,” he responded, “no more putting it off, you’ve wanted to do this for so long, so let’s go ahead and set up your blog tonight.” And that was that. No more talking about my ideas, it was time to make them happen!

I have to say, Jim is my #1 supporter in my dreams, no matter how big or little they may be! And I don’t take his encouragement for granted. I realize not every blog post I write on here will be profound or maybe even all that exciting. But it’s about the in-between, the good, the bad, and the BLAH. I think that was my apprehension with starting a blog. Would people care enough to read, would my content be appealing and exciting enough to my audience, is my writing clunky and uninteresting? But I’m not going to listen to those little voices in my head saying I’m not good enough to do this. It’s time to shut them up. Jim inspired me to do that, to do this, and I’m thankful! Nothing beats having a husband who doubles as my best friend for life!

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