Friends, I have someone so very special to me to introduce to you.
She is a dear friend of mine. We met through this precious world we call blogging and met early this year. But it feels as though we've been friends forever. We live on opposite coasts - she, in New York while I am in California. But that doesn't matter - for distance is nothing to our God! He brought us together as friends and I could not be more thankful for her. She is truly a kindred spirit, whom I affectionately call a "soul twin" because our hearts beat for so many of the same things.
This past year, I joined an amazing ministry she leads called The Kite Project and one of the reasons this blog exists today is due to her encouragement.
She is here guest posting today to tell you about her blog and her project!
I hope that by the end of this post we'll be calling each other "Friend."
I'm big on that word. Really big on that word :)
My name is Rachel (you can call me Rae if you'd like) and I blog over at Chasing Kite Tails.
When I first started my blog, which was a little over a year ago, I had absolutely no idea what Chasing Kite Tails meant. I figured, it's cute, it's whimsical...it works! Little did I know that Chasing Kite Tails wasn't just some cute, whimsical blog name. In fact, I learned that it was far from cuteness and whimsy.
Chasing Kite Tails is a dream chasing journey. It's the messy, messy place we inevitably find ourselves in, time and time again. It's the questioning God, "What should I do with this life You've given me?" It's the wondering if those inklings and ideas we feel in our heart are in fact desires that He has birthed within us. Come on, I'm not the only one who faces these questions, am I? It's the fear, the doubt. The uncertainty. It's the, "What if I succeed?" and the "What if I fail?" It's everything that a dream could entail.
I've found myself caught in this dream chasing journey many times. It happened once when I was 13 years old...and it happened again, after I graduated college and watched my biggest dreams wash down the drain after I decided to move back home with my family instead of pursuing my lifelong aspiration of working in NYC.
Oh I could go on and on and on about dreams and how they play out in my life and how I hate dreams and yet have come to love the messy, scariness of it all. But...what I guess I learned to love most, is coming along side of other women dreamers. I love watching the faces of those confessing they've always wanted to ride a horse, or ever since childhood they've dreamed of painting a painting, dancing a dance...I love hearing how the fear cripples. Because, to me, what better time to encourage than then?
I'm not a good talker, in fact I don't even like talking. But I'm a professional listener and I'm pretty sure I have a gold medal in Encouragement. And so, sitting beside a friend (or, ya know, over a virtual cup of tea) and hearing her talk about her dreams is something my heart smiles for. That's one of the reasons I started The Kite Project (which you should sign-up for now!). And I just realized, Erin, am I doing this whole guest post thing right? I feel as though I'm rambling...I am, aren't I? Okay, you know what - let me switch gears...
Let's just do the whole facts thing :) I don't like cilantro, I'm a wannabe Vegetarian, most days I can't decide whether I want nail polish on, or off. I have three brothers, I'm the second oldest child. My older brother, Jordan, is the smartest, coolest, funnest Special Needs person to have ever walked this Earth.
There's nothing that means more to me than my relationship with God. Every moment I breathe, I want to be spent loving others the way Jesus did. (I'm a cat person, btw). I want to leave NY and live in an entirely different part of this continent (or world). I secretly bump Selena Gomez in my car. Before I die, I must see Linkin Park in concert. And I'd pick a chicken any day over a pet dog.
Haha, there's a little about me. Do you feel like you could call me friend now? I hope so. Stop on over at my blog, Chasing Kite Tails. I love meeting new people...and I'd love to check out your blog and hear a bit about your heart.
If you've got a dream that you've been holding onto, you should join The Kite Project.
I promise, you won't be let down.
Oh, PS: Erin is my soul twin. If you cracked open our hearts, you'd find lots of the same stuff inside. Isn't she a doll? I'm so thankful God saw it fitting for this New Yorker and Californian(?) to team up and become such bosom friends ($5 Forever 21 gift card to the first person who can coin what movie I'm referring to when I say 'bosom friend').
love always, Rae :)