Set Me Free (Independence Day and my 100th blog post)


“Freedom lies in being bold.” Robert Frost

One year ago this weekend, I started blogging. 

Beginning my blog on July 4th didn’t have any significance at the time. It seemed random. Our son and his girlfriend were staying with us for the weekend and she guided me through the set-up for Well-Written Days.

I wrote stuff like Mr. Potato Head’s lesson about the sense of walking. My father-in-law’s wise sayings. Dad’s military service.

I wrote about 2008, the turn-around year. I wrote about a fairy tale ended between Sandra Bullock and Jessie James.

I wrote words I wouldn’t say out loud because someone may not agree with me, may not like me, may not understand me.

Even now, after writing online for a year, my stomach sometimes tenses when I click “publish” to send what I’ve written to subscribers and Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

But once the words are in print, I feel over-the-top free.

Writing minimizes the distance between me and a life fulfilled. I remember a college professor saying, “Self actualization is when who you are and who you want to be come together.”

Today I’m writing Well-Written Days’ 100th blog post, which means I’m 100 posts closer to being who I want to be, who I was created to be.

What frees you? What moves you closer to being you?

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – I believe realizing and using our talents sets us free … a personal Independence Day, of sorts. Here’s to living the life God planned for us, more dazzling than fireworks!


5 responses »

  1. Great post. Funny tidbit about Maslow and his hierarchy of needs, if you read about him personally it is said he was a bit of a sexist. Maybe gossip but from some of our greatest minds they all could write well but had thier their own full closets. Happy 4th!

    What’s is your closet?

  2. I’ve only followed a short while, but have found your posts to be very representative of freedom, the kind that expresses to others that liberty is sometimes daunting, but fun and exhilarating-and cathartic when shared.Thank you.

    ps. any good tips or sources to recommend to someone thinking about starting a blog?

    • Thanks for reading, Joel. You’re so encouraging!

      To start off, I’d suggest reading tips by Edie Melson on her blog, The Write Conversation. Also Mashable has a lot of good information. Both are in the right column on this blog and you can just click on them and then search “starting a blog” on their sites. I also found it really helpful to have someone walk me through the first time of posting while I wrote it down step-by-step.

  3. From Facebook on July 3, 2016 when it posted as a memory (Kim Henson) ~

    Donna Feddick Fagerstrom, Susan Blanton and 14 others

    Laura Heldreth Sawyer Happy 4th of July to you and your family!!🎆🎇🎉🎈
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · July 3 at 2:55pm

    Kim Henson Thanks so much, Laura Heldreth Sawyer. Same to you and your family! ❤
    Like · Reply · July 3 at 10:12pm

    Rebecca Barnes-Hogg Thanks, Kim. We all have a gap, sometimes it's big and sometimes it's small and sometimes we just think it's there (that pesty inner critic at work).
    Unlike · Reply · 2 · July 3 at 4:45pm

    Kim Henson Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, "… sometimes we just think it's there." I needed to hear this. I have a gap, but maybe it's not as big as I THINK. 😉 I may need to work on my thinking instead of my gap. (y)
    Like · Reply · July 3 at 10:14pm

    Linda Hopkinson Happy Anniversary of your incredible blogging career. You know I am one of your BIGGEST FANS! Happy Independence to you Kim Henson ❤
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · July 3 at 7:17pm · Edited

    Kim Henson You always have been, Linda Hopkinson. You were a wonderful friend long before my blogging days. ❤ Thank you, sweet friend and Happy 4th to you and Hoppy! 🙂 Love you. I just realized it's my 5th Anniversary of blogging. Whoo hoo!
    Like · Reply · July 3 at 10:17pm

    Kim Henson This post was from FIVE years ago. Today is my blog's fifth anniversary! ❤
    Like · Reply · July 3 at 10:39pm

    Pia Savage Happy 5th blogeversary to one of the best bloggers ever!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · July 3 at 10:51pm

    Kim Henson Pia Savage, awww, thanks to THE best blogger I know! I sure appreciate your happy wish and your kind words.
    Like · Reply · July 3 at 10:56pm · Edited

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