I was at a crossroads. I’d just finished spending two years on and off in California. I’d undergone a transformative process and had returned to a familiar place---home. My first year back in 2014, I felt myself drowning, even slipping away. There was so much I wanted to pursue and create, yet felt bound, stuck in this shell of a life I was unintentionally creating. I was restless with mundane yet felt powerless to do anything differently.
Til one day, I listened to a sermon by one of my favorite preachers and he talked about intentionality and living present. That’s when I knew, I didn’t want go on how I was going. I didn’t want to simply exist. I wanted to live and live fully. I wanted to pursue dreams, but also find the dream in front of me. I wanted to create and make a difference.
That’s when This Wondrous Life happened.
After almost a year of preparation, TWL launched on January 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm. The response and support that day was amazing. I was excited to really dig deep and build this space. That first year was a whirlwind—the good kind, but, as the launch year came to a close, I’d hit a slum---a slum I feel we all hit when we are creating and building something. The hype was gone and I was challenged---challenged to remember why TWL was here in the first place.
On January 4, 2017, TWL bounced back after a month break with a complete site revamp and an official logo. Officially one years old, I decided to approach TWL differently. We went in the direction of an online magazine, creating monthly issues with different focuses.
As that first-year post launch ended and TWL turned two embarking on its second-year post launch, I found things had actually changed. If there’s anything I’ve learned in building something is that things change. Whether aesthetically or content-wise, change happens and it’s okay. It’s more than okay. It’s often times an invitation to something better, an invitation to digging deeper and pulling out what resonates.
That brings to here, right now. While nothing major has changed on the site, This Wondrous Life has changed. We are no longer a hodge podge of content bouncing around a million topics. No. We are space built to empower and equip people like yourself to live your fullest life. To change culture and what success has been defined as. We are growing community focused on living simply, living creatively, and living connected.