Start Where You Are.

Looking for a simple recipe to try?  How about this Crispy Edamame?


Happy Monday!  I hope y’all had a great weekend!  We had a pretty laid back, relaxing weekend.  One that even involved reading books–actual books, where you turn pages and everything!  After MONTHS of sitting on my night stand, I finally made it past the introduction of Bread & Wine and got to the chapters.  As usual when I read a book (which doesn’t happen nearly enough), I’m sure I’ll have lots to say about my newest read in the weeks to come, but I want to start with this:

“Start where you are.”

So simple, but so encouraging!  In her book, Shauna Niequist is talking about hostessing and cooking–if you want to invite people but aren’t confident in your cooking and hosting skills, just do it!  Don’t panic if you don’t have a five-course meal, incredible centerpieces, and place cards; start where you are–order pizza, toss a salad, and just enjoy!  Little by little, you’ll get more confident and capable in your abilities and more comfortable with the idea of inviting people into your home.

I love this notion, because I think there are so many things in life, we put off because we don’t know how or where to begin.  We’re intimidated that we aren’t as good as everyone else be it cooking, entertaining, running, writing, blogging, playing tennis, sewing, decorating, Bible studying….

For months I had this tugging on my heart to start a blog, but kept putting it off, because I didn’t have time, I didn’t know how to set a blog up, I didn’t know what to write about, etc.  Believe me, I had tons of excuses and insecurities about getting started.  But one day, I knew it was finally time to step up, start where I was, and hit “publish.”  And though it’s evolved through the years, five-and-a-half years later, here we are, still chugging along!

Is there something you are afraid or intimidated to start, because you don’t know where to begin?

No matter who you are, everyone has to start somewhere.  Take a deep breath and resolve to start right where you are!