The Story Series

Hello bloggy-friends,

I know I sound like a broken record; I've written 2 consecutive posts about how I'll start blogging soon, and I've broken that promise each time. Today, though, I got nostalgic and decided to take another dive into blog-land. Free-floating thoughts drive me crazy, and I've got many of those at the moment, so I need a place to pin them down and organize them and store them for safekeeping. I'm still struggling to find my normal, casual writing style—hopefully it's still lurking somewhere under all the pages academic essays that I had to do this year—so if my first few posts sound unbearably formal, try to bear with me anyway... I'm working on it.

I think I'm going to resurrect this blog by beginning a series about stories. Now that I think of it, I'm not quite sure how to define stories: I guess you could say that they're the processes by which different people, events, and situations get woven together and imbued with meaning. Don Miller does a much better job of defining story in his book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years—that's what first got me thinking about the concept. In the book, he describes how “editing” his life into a movie memoir stirred him to start looking for ways to “live a better story”—to accept conflicts and struggles as opportunities, to interact more closely with other people, to fashion memorable, meaningful moments out of his circumstances... in short, to make his life interesting and worthwhile.

Though I wouldn't say the book was groundbreaking, it kicked me into the habit of looking at my own life as a story. This mindset has proven to be both freeing and constraining. It's freeing because it helps me look past the pain of my struggles and see how beneficial they are in the grand scheme of things; it's constraining because it constantly forces me to ask, “What kind of message am I sending here? Is this choice going to develop my character in the right direction? What kind of ending might I miss out on if I turn back?” Seeing life as a story has made me more and more sensitive to “the big picture”—God's grand plan for humanity—and it's prompted me to think about how I'll the most of my little niche in that big picture.

So in this series, which I'll probably intersperse among more “normal” blog posts, I'll share a few glimpses of the stories and story elements I've been finding in my life and in the rest of the world. We, as a society, are enamored with stories... and I think there is some good in that, if put to good use. I'm going to explore that idea in the coming weeks. Hope you stay along for the ride... posts coming soon. :)

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I'm Oksana—Communication major, shutterbug, occasional blogger, incessant doodler, graphic design geek, and writer of sentimental prose. I am quite content to spend an afternoon with a pencil, a few blank Moleskine pages, and a playlist of indie folk. I love musical theatre, black-&-white movies, and Eastern European illustration. Conversations with strangers make my day. When it rains, I make a beeline for my mug of green tea and stack of 19th-century fiction. I'm vegetarian about 98% of the time. I'm extremely awkward and rather nerdy. I love the sea. My name means 'hosanna' and I'm having the time of my life living to praise the One who set me free.

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