This week’s blog is bittersweet for me to write. I started this website in 2016 as a way of coping with a running injury. It was intended to be a place for me to encourage others and express my creativity. The focus was always on how faith intersects with every part of life.
As I write this, I’m looking out the window at my neighbor’s Catalpa tree, which is slowly resigning itself to autumn’s demands. The leaves are less green and more yellow each day. The process is beautiful to behold. Once they go fully golden, they slip away until spring brings back new ones to repeat the cycle.
Writing this blog has been a blessing to me. It’s helped me heal and helped me reach others with small doses of encouragement. God’s been here the whole time, shaping my skills and refining my heart. Looking back at my earliest posts here, I can see how much I’ve grown as a writer.
Those of you who know me know I’m a teacher. It’s hard work and I love it. However, I pray that season will come to a close within a decade. After I retire from teaching, my goal is to be a full-time writer. It’s something I feel called to do.
Part of my preparation for that season will be to transition away from this blog. It was a hard decision, but I know it’s the right one. Looking towards the future, I see how I need to refocus my energies to prepare.
Don’t worry–I’ll still be writing. I’ll continue posting work through my Earl Grey and Yellow Facebook page. My work will exist on other websites instead of my own, allowing me to reach more people and even start earning a part-time income by writing.
This blog has been a labor of love that’s blessed me in many ways. It opened doors for me to speak at a couple of women’s conferences and to appear on a couple of radio shows. I’ve been able to connect with some of you in person and by message and hear your stories of how my words mattered to you.
God is faithful and I am grateful.
God is a dream-giver and seasons change as we dream and grow. I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads. I thank everyone who has read my words and encouraged me with your kind comments. Your encouragement helped me believe I could take the dream further.
My last post on the Earl Grey and Yellow website will be next week. As we prepare for the holiday season, it seems a natural time to end this season. Letting go of this chapter of my life in order to pursue the next is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Please pray for me as I step into a new season and head down a new road.
I love and appreciate you more than you know. Next week will be the end but also the beginning of something new. This is appropriate since November ushers in the season of Thanksgiving. I truly give thanks for all I’ve learned by writing here.
Please feel free to follow me on Medium to stay up to date with my work. There’s a great Christian publication there called Koinonia where most of my faith-based work lands. I’m going to import a lot of the blog content there also so it won’t be lost once this website shuts down.
Thanks again for a great three-and-a-half years. Seasons change, but God remains.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.