Growing Up, Giving More, and Going Forward

Last year, I added the tagline, “Growing up, Giving more, and Going forward” to the blog. You’ll see that phrase scattered throughout the site if you look closely enough. At the top of the page, the words, “Grow, Give, Go” categorize most my posts.

When I tell people I’m a blogger, they inevitably ask what I blog about. My elevator speech needs some work, but I thought I’d take this regularly scheduled Wednesday post to expand the tagline a little more.

I strongly believe in the importance of social justice, but that we can’t give to others if we aren’t first whole ourselves.

Social justice, bringing justice to the social parts of life (meeting basic human needs with dignity), I believe is a crucial element to living an abundant life. Going one step further, I am convinced that if Jesus is who he says he is, than my life is intertwined with everything that breathes. I want my life to reflect that belief.

Circling back, if I make decisions that reflect my beliefs, I need to know how to do that. Knowing how becomes useless if I’m emotionally unhealthy. In other words, knowledge becomes useless without action.

I also hope that through sharing parts of my story, others will find healing in parts of theirs.

Then together we essentially grow up, so that we can give more to others, go forward with our story and in turn, move forward the story of the world.

So that’s what we have going on here at This year, I hope to write within those three topics, and dig deep into what we mean when we say “I want to live a full, rich, (abundant) life.” 

Photo Credit: Amy Lynne Photography (used by permission)

If you’d like to contribute at any time, I accept submissions for Guest Posts. Also, while I’m great at speaking with authority, I’m not always right (I just act like I am). I often leave things out. Sometimes on purpose, others because I write at 10pm and can never stick to my “no communication after 10pm” rule.

I give you complete authority to help out with all the above by contributing in the comments.

If you’ve never commented in a blog before, it’s needlessly intimidating, and a lot of fun. Commenting on a blog is equivalent to a Facebook “like” or comment, or speaking up in class. All comments are posted without moderation, unless you get caught in my spam filter which I sadly can’t figure out how to access. Also, if you’re rude and disrespectful, I promise to engage my right to delete your comment.

Here we go…Growing Up, Giving More, and Going Forward.

Give, Go, Grow


  1. mrwcase

    Kyla! I am excited for a new year of insightful, inspiring, loving, and challenging posts. Never stop writing, my friend 🙂

  2. "I am convinced that if Jesus is who he says he is, than my life is intertwined with everything that breathes."


    I am convinced of that too (I even think my life is intertwined with all of creation, even the parts that don't breathe). It is too easy in our culture, it seems to me, for us to fall into the trap of thinking that we have a relationship with Jesus that is merely personal.

    Looking forward to your posts…


    • kylajoyful

      I include plants in the "breathing" category. 🙂 Not so much the rocks, but hey, why not? I hear they'll sing if I don't. Thanks for reading, Joey!

  3. This is fantastic. I like the 3G's and how you clarified the goings on here, esp. like how you broke down blog commenting. Wholeness is such an overlooked necessity. As having worked in mental health for 10 years now (wow, that seems like a really long time when typed out), I've seen so many people…people need to know and keep on doing what you're doing. "I am convinced that if Jesus is who he says he is, than my life is intertwined with everything that breathes. I want my life to reflect that belief." -wow, now that is great poetry.

    • kylajoyful

      Wow, Jermaine, I'm sure you have a lot of stories from that job! I hope that people will find encouragement here (when are you going to write me a guest post/poem?).

  4. I ran across your blog this morning, and I'm excited about reading more from you in the future. I love your writing and your perspective! I can totally relate to the "no communication after 10 pm" rule AND the not sticking to it part–I don't trust my thoughts nearly as much when it starts getting late. Sadly, with my crazy schedule, it happens all too often!

    • kylajoyful

      Thanks, Jessica! I'm going to check out your website, as well. I'm glad I'm not alone in the "after 10" rule! Any suggestions for sticking to it?

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