Lately I feel like I’ve been sucked into an alternate reality. I certainly never intended to arrive here. I don’t think anyone does. Yet somehow, I’ve allowed myself to get hooked on virtual junk food – mindlessly scrolling through snippets and quotes while starving for real relationships and the stories behind them.

Not to say there’s no value in social media. It’s just that I’m craving something more substantial. More real. Less superficial. More authenticity. Less fluff. More of what matters. And less – much less – of what doesn’t.

I guess what I’m saying is my feed is not feeding me. And my posts probably aren’t feeding you either. So, I’ve decided to make some changes and one of them is this: I’m going back to blogging. I have some stories to share and a blog seems like a better place to do it.

Why stories? Because that’s how we relate to one another. Think about it…when you get together with a friend, do you grab a cuppa tea, sit down together and spout off facts and figures? Of course not! You share stories.

So, I’m going to tell you some true stories from my life. The good, the bad; the ups and downs. Maybe I’ll call it Tales from the Trenches. When all is said and done, all any of us really have to give is the experience we’ve gained through living. There are lots of people contributing to the conversations of life. I used to think that choir didn’t need one more voice. But I’ve changed my mind. I’m joining the choir.

I’m sharing my stories for two reasons. First, I want you to thrive. I hope my experiences and the perspective I’ve gained will bless and encourage you. And that you can take what I’ve learned and cultivate it into your own life. Second, I want my children to know my story. With both of my parents already passed on, I can’t tell you how amazing it would be to have even a few written remembrances from them.

What does this have to do with wellness? Everything! Making wellness a way of life is about living a good story. It’s about learning, changing, growing, making mistakes, figuring out what works – and continually learning to make better choices based on your own experience and the experience of others who have been there, done that.

And, just so you know, I’m talking short stories here. And in no particular order. Now that most of us have been indoctrinated by sound bites and snippets, I don’t intend to overwhelm anyone (including myself) with five-page posts. I’ll keep it short and sweet (500-750 words) so you can read it in about 5 minutes. (This post is 497 words.) I’m planning to post once a week during my 5-month summer selah season that begins today – but that’s another story!

Ultimately, I hope this becomes a conversation vs. a choir concert. Chime in with your thoughts and let’s see where it goes.