Friday, October 7, 2011

My other life -

I'm an avid blogger reader. An ideal morning for me includes a wog (walk/jog) with my dear friend, some Bible time, and blog reading - all before 9 AM. Obviously, ideal means it doesn't always happen. When perusing blogs, I enjoy seeing people's lovely houses, adorable kids, and beyond clever crafts/outfits, Etsy businesses, social rants, etc. I am quite jealous (if I may be so honest in my choice of words) of some folks' abilities, attitudes, and home decor. However, blogging is so fun because I get to chose who I read and if I can't stomach their content, I simply don't check their site.

That being said, I have this other life. It's not super glamorous,and I can't pitch my wares, since I don't personally control what is sold or nor do I really market anything especially interesting (to most of you). I don't work with celebrities or have the need to wear high fashion on a daily basis. I don't work in full-time missions or teach under-privileged childen. I'm not a stay-at-home mom (which in my book, totally qualifies as work), since we don't have kids (yet). I just work. And that's ok.

Sometimes I feel in the blog world that having a job like mine doesn't qualify as "important" or "impacting". But the thing is, it does and I am. And so are you. Your job isn't all you are, but it is part of you. So, on Friday, October 7, please know that whether you teach or sell or market or manage or clean or cook or study or do anything else that might not seem shiny and exciting, it is important to someone. You're impacting others through your attitude and your effort. And that's awesome.

I needed the reminder. (Colossians 3:17)

Full disclosure: I work in marketing for a super large technology company. I am proud of my job career, and the work I do. I am blessed to work from home (Most days in my life primarily feature my laptop, my phone, my husband, my dog, and coffee.), and the people I work with keep me challenged and laughing. Most of them don't read this blog, but if they do, they might need the reminder, too.


  1. Thanks Sydney. I FEEL AWESOME!
    In all seriousness though, you make a good point. I am guilty of telling my kids how unglamorous my work is.
    But then, last night, my oldest son was down on himself because his homework required him to draw something and he doesn't feel that he can draw well. We were trying to explain to him that not everyone can draw, but that it's OK. He wasn't getting it, so I told him, "The work that me and mommy do and that we get paid for...we do it because someone else can't. So there's always going to be something that you can offer that someone else needs and that makes it special for you."

  2. I really enjoyed (and needed) this post! I too often feel like my life lacks lasting impact on the people and world around me. Thanks for the Col. 3:17 reminder! :)

  3. You are sweet, and you are right! Great reminder to enjoy today for what it is :)

  4. Have you listened to Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Do Everything". Your post made me think of that song. Check it out on youtube. It's worth a listen. This was a great post!


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