One of my biggest inspirations, Lilia Tarawa (who left her insular Christian cult and is now thriving and an entrepreneur), uses Instagram for her own blog posts about her journey. She interacts with readers a lot on Insta, and that’s something I’d really really love to do more of with anyone who resonates with what I write.
So… I’m super excited to share my new Insta with you! If you’re gram-savvy, you can give me a follow at @maxgoesgodless. This is stuff I haven’t written or shared on my WordPress blog here, so it’s totally new and more bite-sized.
I’m actually having a lot of fun just telling stories about my journey as an ex-vangelical there. Less coming up with good titles, finding cover pictures and researching links and more talking straight from the heart. This is the kind of briefer, story-centered stuff I really wanna do more of on this blog.
Samples for ya:
(The line spacing gets messed up on WordPress, but if you head to Insta it’s more readable, I promise!)
Ohhh MAN. I started this blog, Max Goes Godless, in high school… maybe 3 yrs ago now. What a different place. I’d lost the faith that formed the bedrock of my soul, family, community & church, realized I could be attracted to people of any gender.. and I could tell no one. 🐉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had anger then, grief too. But I started this blog, I wrote and wrote and poured my heartbreak & healing into the only place safe to speak the truth. MGG is now a place I deconstruct all the harmful stuff Evangelicalism taught… and celebrate the crazy life & healing that living authentically & unapologetically has brought. 🐚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And you guys answered. Many have seen me through trauma / healing / coming out since the beginning. Some of you I’ve just met. But you’ve shown up. Comments, emails, messages… all of it. So. many. more than me. 👣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 yrs later I’m starting this Insta to put my heart out there in visual form. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing from ppl who read my posts, relate and talk back… I KNOW so many others have ex-faith stories of their own, and I hope thru this, you will find little ways to share them with me. Comment, DM, repost. I can’t wait to hear from you. Cheers to what speaking the truth brings us all 💞 #butnowamfound #exvangelical #itsokaytogo
JOY /// OK REAL TALK if you asked me today, I would say *this* has been the happiest moment in my life so far. YES. This grainy ass, low quality, screenshot of a Snapchat picture has captured my greatest night of freedom and joy yet 💁🏻♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This night was close to Halloween… my first semester putting myself through college, since I came out the previous March. My healing & growing game has leveled up insanely since then. But THIS little house party was a huuuuge leap for me. 🎃 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See I grew up terrified of alcohol and believing dancing in public was vain and sinful. We weren’t supposed to drink… I even avoided bourbon chicken. So loud ass secular music and dancing in front of people and ALCOHOL?! Newbie TO IT ALL. The old ingrained fear & shame voices had so much to say. 👽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I went. With glitter in my hair, my skeleton skateboarding into flames tarot card tattoo with the phrase SHIT’S WILD peeking through sheer black and a rainbow flag in hand, I found the vodka, my friends, and I danced. Didn’t think about it just did it. 🦄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That night I watched the video this pic comes from again and again in disbelief. THIS WAS ME?! I looked so. Goddamn. Happy. I think my greatest challenge in growing into who I truly am is releasing 1,000,000 lb of fear and tension. THIS was what I needed to do. THIS was freedom. 🤠 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s your release? Your happiest moment? What memories do you use as a lighthouse to keep moving toward who you truly can be? #butnowamfound #exvangelical #itsokaytogo