A letter from Hannah

Friends,

It means so much to me that you’re taking the time to pay a visit to my blog. I dreamed about and worked on The Dogwood State for more than a year before its launch. Brandon has asked me time and again, “what exactly are you going to write about?” I never have a quick and easy answer for him. I love traveling, I love cooking good food, I enjoy working on house projects, and I attempt to dress myself in fashionable things most of the time. But what I want to say here doesn’t fit perfectly into any of those niches of blogging. (And I’m certainly not aspiring to be a mom blogger or beauty blogger.)

I just want to talk about life and what makes it great. Because it is great. I don’t want to grow old thinking about all of the things I wish I had done, people I could have helped, and things I should have said. Even worse, I don’t want my time to come up unexpectedly short and realize I haven’t been living a life I’m proud of and a life that brings me joy.

A quote from my favorite book, “Love Does,” sums up my feelings:

“There is only one invitation it would kill me to refuse, yet I’m tempted to turn it down all the time. I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen.

It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.”

I’m still discovering what my purpose in life is, but I know one thing is certain: I’m going to live life on my own terms for as long as I have the gift to be able to do so. I hope you’ll join me in doing the same.

Love,

Hannah

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