This is the final time that I change my blog name. I promise.
Growing up there was always that Young Women lesson where they teach that everyone has a “thing” or a talent, and that we need to nurture and develop that talent. We were normally given 5 minutes at the end of class to write down on the back of a note card the talents that we were grateful for and that we were going to focus on. I would sit there, stare at the card, and write down my name so that way it looked like I was writing down a talent. (P.S. This is by no-means a “woe was me” story.) I just didn’t have a tangible talent like everyone else.
To this day, when I think about all of the wonderful talents other people have, it dawns on me that I don’t have those same talents. I can’t sing, I don’t cook, I have no fashion sense, and I’m not at not using 5 double negatives in one sentence. I’ve never felt like I had a thing.
BUT, for the past year, this blog has been my thing. I love it like I love my child (my 4 month old Beta fish named Hudson.) I like writing all of my feelings down and putting it on the internet, even if only two people ever actively read this blog. FYI: Mom and Dad, you are the two people that I expect to always read these posts.
That little rant about being talent-less brings me to the point of this post: I’ve changed my website look and name. Ever since I’ve started blogging, I’ve been trying to pinpoint the purpose and focus of my words.
In the blogging world I’ve found DIY blogs, fashion blogs, lifestyle blogs, mommy blogs, etc. I just feel like what I’m trying to do here… it doesn’t fall into any of those categories.
I want my blog to be about love. Whether it’s me writing about the things that I love (family, friends, fun experiences,) or the things that I don’t love but I’m working on learning to love (all of my sassy/sarcastic blogs about dating, people I can’t stand, life in general), I want the overall message to still be saturated in love.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34
“Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, ad with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39
I once heard someone switch around the second part of that scripture to say, “Thou shalt love thyself as thy neighbor.” It is so very important to love, our Heavenly Father has made that very clear. We are to first and foremost, love Him with all of our might. We then need to remember to love each other, and while at times I feel like this can be the most difficult, we need to remember to love ourselves.
Love; it’s a commandment. We (for the most part) don’t have issues remember not to commit adultery, murder, etc, why is it so hard to remember to love?
There you have it: all of this is about/for love. I’ve noticed that, at least in my life, love is often rough. One might even say prickly. It’s hardly ever the RomCom, foot-popping, happy roller coaster we all hope for. Love hurts, but it also heals. It’s literally needed to survive. It is His foundation and message. Love is everywhere, and I want it to be here.
Thus, Prickly Love has been born. Stay tuned for more posts.
Lastly, thank you all for continuing to read my jumbled up words and for all of the kind comments that I have received. Your love inspires me to be better.
xoxo Kristen W
p.s. I’m still mean and sassy, so don’t worry. My next blog is literally about the 5 annoying people I see at the pool every time I go. I was just in the feels today, sorry for the sappiness.
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