A Letter To The Girl Who Is Struggling With Her Identity

Hii darlings! Today’s post is one that I am fairly excited about, it is a letter to the girl who is struggling with her identity. I’ve been wanting to write a post that is a letter to the girl who is struggling, and I’ve been wanting to turn that into a series. So! I guess you all will be seeing another post like this next time I feel like it might encourage one of my readers out there. So without further ado, here is the letter. I really dearly hope that this encourages someone who needs to read it <33.

(I got the idea for this post from this post) 

Dear Girl Who Is Struggling With Her Identity,

Hey. If you’re reading this right now, I have a feeling that you’re really struggling with identity. I really am hoping that I am able to encourage you today. This post is merely words strung together, but maybe I will be able to string them together in a way that you need to read. I have prayed for the right words to say, and I dearly hope that these are the right words to say. 

Identity is one of those things that is your very essence. Your identity is one of those things that you discover in your teenage years. Not knowing your identity is one of the scariest things ever. You feel that you ought to know who you are, after all, who knows you better then you do? You have undoubtedly tried to find identity in everything possible (theater, boys, good grades, popularity, etc). Maybe you think that your identity is in the mistakes that you have made in the past. Maybe you’ve even tried to find identity in religion. But here’s the thing, no matter how many of these you have tried, you always feel drained and lost. You’re probably getting close to a breaking point where you just feel so infinitely lost that you don’t even know if finding identity is possible for you. 

I want you to stop and just pause to soak in what I’m about to tell you. Put down your computer or phone or tablet and just stop for a second. Read what I am about to say multiple times, and just allow it to soak in.

Your identity is not rooted in earthly things. Your identity is rooted in Him who created you. Your identity is rooted in God. He created you, He knew you were going to exist before you were even a blip in existence. He knew that He was going to create you before the universe had even existed. He adores you, He loves you far more then you could ever imagine. You are His daughter, His beloved creation. He is your identity. 

Allow Him to be your identity. 

All those things that you thought were your identity (theater, music, your pet hamster, etc), those are not your identity. But! They are definitely a part of who you are. I call these secondary identities, because quite honestly, while they are a fraction of who you are, they are not who you are. Please never lose sight of your primary identity. It is the only identity that matters.

One day, all of those ‘secondary identities’ are going to pass away. And here’s the thing, they will no longer matter to you. Because, if you belong to the Lord, the Creator of all creation, your Heavenly Father, He is your primary identity. He is the only identity that will still matter at the end of everything. He is the only identity that can sustain you and protect you. He is your identity. HE IS YOUR IDENTITY. 

Can I just encourage you that your identity is in Him who created you? I want to you stop right now, and just rest in the fact that He is your identity. If you are His, your primary identity has already been figured out. I know that our current culture promises identity in so many other things, please do not buy into this lie. I want to encourage you with this. If you only take one thing away from this letter, take this.

HE IS YOUR PRIMARY IDENTITY. 

Keep reminding yourself of this in whatever way it takes. Set a reminder on your phone. Write it on a sticky note and put that on your desk. Make it into a poster. I don’t care how you keep reminding yourself of this. I just care that you keep reminding yourself. You are far too special to get caught in the lie that your identity lies in earthly things. Please, PLEASE, believe me on this. 

I dearly hope that this was able to encourage someone out there. If you’re enjoying this post and/or my blogs, please don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

I hope that the rest of your day is blessed by God,

Liesl ❤

Camp NaNoWriMo Prep

Photos are starring my lovely typewriter and heating pad owl ❤

Hi, my darling readers!! I hope you all are having a lovely day. Today’s blog post is about how to prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo!!! 

There are only a few rules of doing Camp NaNoWriMo (I should add that these are simply my rules, but you need not follow them ♡)

Also NaNoWriMo has both websites for adults and for teens and for kids. Both help you track your novel, and both have forums that I highly recommend. The kids site forums are super incredible and I love them. Fair warning that you need to be thirteen to join either forum. You can join the kids site before being thirteen (although you can’t join if you’re over eighteen), but you cannot enter the forums without being thirteen. 

Adult Site // Kids Site  

Rules

  • You can choose to either write a novel, finish a novel, or edit your novel during camp. But!! You cannot delete any scenes, sentences, or even words until camp is over.
  • Please remember!! Your novel does not need to be perfect. You don’t need to be a great writer. You might think that you need to be a “writer” to participate in camp, but you don’t need to be. You just need a story and device to write on, a notebook to write in (or a napkin to write on, and a fork and spaghetti sauce to use as a pen).
  • Write every single day of camp! But! Don’t beat yourself up if you forget! 

My Advice For Camp 

♡ Decide if you’re a planner or a pantser. I myself am a planner. Planners…well…plan their novel extensively before camp, but pantsers simply…pants it? They basically start camp with little to no planning. In some extreme cases, they’ll even begin camp without knowing what novel they’re writing. Both are completely valid and chill and neither is better then the other. 

♡ Choose a novel to write! It can be Harry Potter fanfiction, an autobiography, or a novel idea that you created in your imagination! You just need a novel idea!

♡ Set a word count goal! I set mine to 50,000 words last year (although sadly I only got 30,000 words). And this year my goal is 30,000 words, or however many words it takes to finish my novel. 

♡ If you are a planner, plan your novel. Map out your characters, setting, major plot points, chapter descriptions, and literally anything else that could help you. I highly recommend @eadeverell for incredible writing worksheets. I always go there when I need good worksheets.

♡ Remember to take care of yourself during camp! Just because you’re writing 24/7, does not mean that you have permission to neglect basic hygiene or taking care of yourself. You still need to shower, eat, drink water, brush your teeth, clean your room, brush your hair, take care of your mental health, and do other important things. You cannot ignore life just because you are trying to write a novel in a month (and now once again I am realizing just how insane camp is haha). You can however not put on makeup, wear fancy clothing, binge watch tv shows, browse social media and other things that are unneeded (and you would be better taking a break from).

♡ Please realize that if at any point in camp your mental health begins to deteriorate, I beg of you to stop. Camp can be harsh on your mental health. Your mental health is much much more important than finishing a novel.  

That pretty much concludes my advice! I hope your Camp NaNoWriMo goes well and that you succeed. I wish you all the best in your writing adventures <3. 

XOXO,

Liesl ♡