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30 DAYS OF BLOGGING: NaBloPoMo 2014!

BLOG - big yellow word in midst of red words

As of this post, I’ve officially completed National Blog Post Month 2014:

30 days of daily blogging

in the month of November!!!!! 

In the beginning I wasn’t sure if it was the best or worst decision I’d made in a long time. Now 30 days later, I’m definitely glad I participated. Sure, it was excruciating at times — like having to turn in 30 small term papers in a row — yet in the end, I know my writing life is richer for it.

Here are 10 benefits of NaBloPoMo I’m noticing already…

  1. Learning to write on cue vs. having to feel “inspired”

  2. Writing in small bursts vs. huge stretches

  3. Remembering how much I love to blog  

  4. Discovering unused pockets of writing time

  5. The thrill of going from idea to “published” daily

  6. Connecting with a network of fellow bloggers 

  7. Gaining new blog subscribers every day! 

  8. Interacting with readers thru blog comments

  9. “Priming the pump” for future blog post ideas

  10. Renewing blogging habits for 2015…

I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who read, commented, subscribed, and shared posts on Twitter or Facebook this month. Without you I’d simply be…talking to myself. I hope your life has been enriched in some way, and I thank you for joining me as we endeavor to “find the growing edge” in Christ together.

From this point on, I’ll be blogging weekly rather than daily.

Unless of course…I decide to do NaBloPoMo 2015 next year!

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November 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM Leave a comment

Welcome Back to The Growing Edge Blog!

Welcome Back (rainbow pencils)

Rainbow Reunion

Last time I blogged, I posted a relaxing picture with rainbow-colored chairs on the beach…and then promptly fell into the sea of blogging forgetfulness til well after Valentine’s Day!!

Ever do that? Take a “brief rest” only to find yourself opting out completely…simply by default?

Sometimes it’s because what we’re doing isn’t really for us, but we just don’t have the courage to quit. So we “take a break” and then conveniently never quite get back to it. Other times, it’s because we have too many plates spinning and don’t have the time or energy to pick up the ones that fall to the ground. And sometimes, we simply need to live our way into the next stage of life before we’re ready to re-engage – and that’s definitely been the case for me.

Because to me blogging is both a love and a passion. I enjoy it. I love putting words down on paper and watching with anticipation to see where they end up. I love choosing photos and clicking keys and that lovely feeling I get when I finally press “publish.”  But most of all, I love connecting with others over our shared struggle to walk with Jesus and “find the growing edge” together…and how writing and faith and the internet all combine to make that possible!

So why the needed break?

Well, for one thing, the busyness index on my daily life has definitely shot through the roof. Since we last talked, I’ve networked, connected, partnered, and launched.  I’ve traveled, journeyed, jaunted, and joined. I’ve done an incredible amount of “showing up” to see what God would do in the process, and to my delight He’s totally blessed my socks off. He’s given me kindred spirits galore in Tennessee, Texas, the Carolinas (and beyond) and has grafted me into some wonderful groups of women who are serving God in a variety of ways. As a west coast girl from way back, it’s been exhilarating to witness firsthand what God is doing in this part of the country, and I’ve seen my roots go deeper into the soil of Middle Tennessee than I ever dreamed possible.

I’ve also seen my health rebound beyond my wildest dreams. My first year in Nashville was difficult by any standards. A year of chronic illness and a half dozen undiagnosed symptoms gave birth to many angst-filled blog posts, as you may remember. I did my best to cling to the faithfulness of God despite some extremely recurrent feelings to the contrary…with varying results. Yet true to His character, God came through. I’m happy to report that after several months of diagnosis and treatment, my migraines are 100% gone (hallelujah!) and the chronic stomach and back issues have been healed and/or brought under control by detox, diet, exercise, and chiropractic. In a word: I’m healthy again! Oh Lord, words cannot express my gratitude…both for my healing and for the prayers many of you sent up on my behalf.

So today as I contemplated jumping back on the blogging merry-go-round, it seemed only fitting that I return to the rainbow motif – since the past several months have definitely renewed my faith in the good things He has in store for ALL of us, as we cling to His faithfulness along “the growing edge.” So it’s settled then. Rainbow colors. Apparently that’s the portal through which I temporarily exited the blogging world…and now I’m back, more fired up than ever.

Blogging at The Coffee House in Franklin, TN...

Blogging at The Coffee House in Franklin, TN…

The past seven months I’ve been so busy LIVING…I couldn’t figure out how to keep BLOGGING at the same time. In this season, I look forward to learning to do BOTH…in happy rhythm with each other.

Hope you’ll join me!

February 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM 8 comments

MONDAY MUSINGS: A Fresh Start…

Don’t you just love starting fresh?

Erasing the board. Clearing your head. Starting over.

That’s what a new year can feel like. A chance to begin again. To do things differently. To finally accomplish the things you’ve been meaning to do, but never quite get to.

Halfway through the month of January, my 2012 is officially beginning. So if you haven’t quite gotten your new year going yet, you’re not alone! 

After some really big transitions the last half of 2011 (moving across the country from L.A. to Nashville, and facing down some pretty daunting health issues), I’m finally able to pause, take a deep breath, and ask myself, “What next?”

To be honest, it’ll probably take me all of 2012 (and then some) to fully answer that question. Yet there are already a couple things in my life that seem to have the “NOW” button next to them highlighted. How about you? Are there some basic growing steps forward that the Lord seems to be nudging you toward in 2012?

For me, one of those things is blogging more regularly. It’s something I love to do, feel called to do, and miss when I don’t do it. Yet the rush of everyday life so often gets in the way. Sound familiar? Anyway, that’s how it often is for me. One thing I sense the Lord’s firm-but-gentle elbow in my back about this year is making blogging a definite priority, rather than letting it become “the tail” of the dog.

So today I’m officially launching three blog columns that I’ll be writing in 2012: 

MONDAY MUSINGS (weekly)

FRIDAY REFLECTIONS (weekly)

TRAINING STEP TUESDAY (monthly)

It’s a small start…but a BIG one if I actually do it! For those of you who are game, I’d be very happy for you to join  me on this 2012 blogging journey…and even happier if you join me in the grand adventure of seeking God’s “growing edge” for our lives day by day!

Blesssings, Kim

January 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM 5 comments


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KIM ALDRICH

Writer... speaker..."growing edge" seeker

ABOUT ME

Each new day offers a fresh opportunity to learn or languish, stagnate or grow. Like all sincere Christians, I face the ongoing challenge of finding THE GROWING EDGE.

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WORDS TO GROW BY

TEN WAYS TO LOVE

1. LISTEN without interrupting
(Proverbs 1:8)

2. SPEAK without accusing
(James 1:19)

3. GIVE without sparing
(Proverbs 21:26)

4. PRAY without ceasing
(Colossians 1:9)

5. ANSWER without arguing
(Proverbs 17:1)

6. SHARE without pretending
(Ephesians 4:15)

7. ENJOY without complaint
(Philippians 2:14)

8. TRUST without wavering
(I Corinthians 13:7)

9. FORGIVE without punishing
(Colossians 3:13)

10. PROMISE without forgetting
(Proverbs 13:12)

2014 NaBloPoMo!

NaBloPoMo November 2014