Happy New Year Trench Sisters!
Are you ready for new year with new beginnings and endless possibilities? Here are SFTT we are excited to launch our new 2018 plan that includes three new regular content authors, new private Facebook group to connect with other Trench Sisters and other new surprises as the year goes on.
A year ago, while I was attending a conference, I was approached by a beautiful vibrant woman. She spoke passionately about wanting to be a writer, share her thoughts with others and help women grow in themselves and their faith. At the time, SFTT was a few months old and just beginning to gather stories. I could not see past the upcoming months but in the back of my mind I always kept beautiful passionate Missy as a possible SFTT team member. A bit of nail biting on my part to ask a woman I met for a few moments a year ago to step into this role but I'm so excited that she agreed to join us this year! This week you will be introduced to Missy (see her letter to you below), read two of her stories and connect with her on social media.
Dear Trench Sister,
I thought about what you, my reader, would want to know about me. I searched my memory for content relatable and interesting enough to keep your attention. I finally realized that my honesty, vulnerability and authenticity would be sufficient enough. After all, I have always worried about if I truly was ENOUGH. I spent a lot of my life attempting to "measure up" to other people's standards and spent a lot of time trying to "fit in" with everybody else. Deep inside I knew my heart called out for more than the life I was experiencing, but often sought the wrong things for that craving. From struggling with weight, to struggling with marriage, I've spent too much time trying to "figure myself out" and not ever getting anywhere. Trying to find fulfillment in relationships, friendships, significant others, family, work, social media, children, my appearance, alcohol and the nightlife led me only to dead end roads that appeared as happiness but lacking the promises of it.
The truth is, I've messed up way more times than I've gotten it right. I fought hard to depict an image of a person I never truly was and still felt just as empty inside. I decided to break the facade of the "perfect life" and share my journey, my struggles and my failures so that maybe you feel a little more human too. So if you've stumbled across this page by accident, I hope and pray you'll stick around for laughs, absurdity, sharing grief, but most of all, finding hope. And I look forward to finding out where that takes you.
You can now email Missy at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with her on our Facebook page. Another email will be sent this week about joining our new private Facebook group!
Founder, Stories from the Trenches