Sharing Some Favorite Links

While we are going to be keeping things pretty low key this year for Christmas, I know many of you have started or soon will be starting your holiday shopping. I have been thinking a lot about some of the talented people whose work I follow and whose words I often share on Facebook. Because I like what they do so much, but am not always able to buy things from them, I wanted to share links to their websites and other sites here with you. Perhaps you will find something you’d like to purchase from them for yourself or as a gift, or you might know someone else you’d like to share their info with. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my favorites and maybe discover a new favorite for yourself.

Holley Gerth

Holley Gerth is a blogger that I have followed for quite some time. She always has wonderfully encouraging words to share, which I have often passed on. She also has a page on her blog where she posts free printables and graphics that anyone can enjoy and share however they’d like; check them out here . Holly has been a writer and editorial director for DaySpring, and is currently the best-selling author of several books. I have her book What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days, which is a wonderful devotional. She co-founded (in)courage, which she calls “a place that’s like God’s beach house.” You can find tons of great posts by Holly and many other writers there. (I also love her Coffee for Your Heart opportunities for other bloggers to connect their words of encouragement with hers.)

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Studio JRU

I have to tell you about this artist I discovered through Instagram. She is also a part of (in)courage. Her name is Jennifer and she describes herself as a “creator of art made to reflect God’s word and love creatively and beautifully in your home.” You can follow her on Facebook or check out her beautiful work on her website. She creates original paintings, creative crosses, and also offers prints of her work. I love her artwork and I think you might enjoy it as well.

 

Sweatpants & Coffee

A while back, I discovered entertaining posts by Nanea Hoffman on Facebook. On her FB page Sweatpants & Coffee, she writes about coffee (surprise, surprise) and other important things in life. I have shared a number of her posts at one time or another.

About Sweatpants & Coffee: Sweatpants & Coffee is an online magazine founded by Nanea Hoffman in July of 2013 featuring inspirational, uplifting, entertaining content with a focus on comfort, personal growth, and mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Their mission: To inspire people to be their most comfortable selves – mentally, emotionally, and physically. When you are comfortable in yourself and your life, you can do anything.

Besides great online posts, they have some items for sale that you might want to check out: http://sweatpantsandcoffee.com/shop/. Right now, you can get 25% off your entire purchase of $30 or more with the code SCTHANKS25 at checkout – ends midnight on Monday 11/28/16.

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Karen Salmansohn aka NotSalmon.com

I can’t remember if I first discovered her on Instagram or on Facebook, but Karen Salmansohn offers “self-help for people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing self-help.” I have shared TONS of her posts on happiness, gratitude, surviving everyday life, etc. On her website , she offers a lot of free stuff as well as life-improving courses and other “tools that help you become the highest potential YOU!” She has also written a number of inspiring books.

About Karen Salmansohn: Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

Emily McDowell 

I first discovered Emily McDowell when a friend shared a few of her amazing empathy cards on Facebook. The tagline for this line of cards is “What to say, when you don’t know what to say.” While some people might not be comfortable with the strong language she uses on some of her products, I can think of a lot of people who would get a kick out of the variety of items available through her shop (cards, pins, journals, etc). I admire what she has done and the way she can connect with people in such a real way, so I am sharing a link to her website here. {Do not click on the link if “colorful” language offends you.}

 

Use Special Code: FOODCOMA16 for 25% off your whole order through Monday (11/28).

About Emily McDowell Studio: This company was founded on the success of one card that spoke to a truth about relationships in a way that wasn’t yet represented in Greeting Card World, and that’s what we most like to do here: identify universal, emotional truths and observations on being human, and turn them into products that help people feel understood. We make cards for the relationships we actually have, not the ones we wish we had, and we’ve made it our mission to help people connect when they don’t know what to say.

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Lysa TerKeurst

I have read several books by Lysa TerKeurst and I follow her on Facebook. She is an amazing, godly, but down-to-earth woman. She has a great sense of humor and makes a wonderful connection between everyday life and Christ-based faith. You can follow her on Facebook, subscribe to her blog posts on her website, and/or read her posts and those of many other talented writers at Proverbs 31. Her books can be purchased through Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as just about anywhere you buy any of your books. (See the info below for Lysa’s Cyber Weekend Sale.)

About Lysa TerKeurst: Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes, Unglued and Made to Crave as well as 16 other titles. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team reach millions of women daily through their Biblical messages of encouragement. Their latest development of the First 5 Mobile App landed them the number 1 spot of most searched for apps in the Apple Store, with over 400,000 downloads in the first 2 months. In addition to speaking at Catalyst, Lifeway’s Abundance Conferences and Women of Joy, she speaks at 40+ events annually where she is passionate about teaching the Bible in ways people enjoy it and understand how to apply what they learn.

Odin Leather Goods

I know Odin Clack personally; I used to work with him. Odin crafts high-quality handmade leather goods. What started out as a hobby for him has grown into a very successful side business. He has a number of products that you can order right off of his website , but he can also do custom orders. We have ordered several pieces from him (a belt, a tote, personalized mason jar wraps) and are very happy with them; we hope to purchase more items in the future. You can also find Odin on Facebook or on Instagram, or if you live in Texas, you might run into him at a local craft show or flea market. His Black Friday Sale is good from now until November 30th.

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Well, I’m sure I could come up with even more favorites, but I gotta get this blog posted so you guys don’t miss out on these great deals. Hope you find a new creative person to love and follow from my list of links.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and many blessings to all.

We Are ALL Called

On Sunday, Nov 1, my husband’s nephew (KJ Weisheit, the new Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church Celina) preached on “The Church.” His message spoke to me, and so I wanted to share some of it and some other thoughts on this topic with you here.

KJ PreachingKJ started off explaining “What the Church Is Not.”

The Church is not a building. It’s not meant to be a social gathering. (Meeting in fellowship at the church is good, but socializing shouldn’t be our main focus or reason for going to church.)

Then he went on to share “What the Church Is.”

We are the Church. The people … wherever we meet, and whenever we gather in His name. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

We are one body with many members. And every member has a specific job. Some are called “to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service …” (Ephesians 4:12).

“… each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6–8)

I’ve always liked this passage from Romans. It reminds me that we each have been called to fulfill the mission of Christ in different ways. We shouldn’t envy others and their roles or diminish the importance of our own roles within the Body of Christ.

As KJ reminded us — How we feel about our part in the Body does not matter. Even those parts of our physical bodies that seem to be weaker than others are still indispensable. We are ALL called to be a blessing (see Gen 12:1–3); we are ALL called to be salt and light (see Mat 5:13–16); and we are ALL called to be love (1 Cor 13).

In a blog post from Holley Gerth, “Psst…You’re Making a Bigger Difference than You Know,” I read a little more about what I believe our calling (as the Church) is and how God equips us:

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit” {John 7:38}. This is good news for us: We are not the source. We are not the supplier. We are simply the server. We pour out what God pours into us. Then He fills us up again. [Isn’t that awesome?!]

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If you give even a cup of cold water
to one of the least of my followers,
you will surely be rewarded.
{Matt. 10:42}

If you give even a cup of…
patience to a cranky toddler.
kindness to a challenging coworker.
hope to a struggling stranger.
peace to a conflicted family.
joy to a discouraged friend.

What may seem small can make a big difference. One cup of living water can refresh a heart. One cup can save a life. One cup can even change the world.

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Another good post that I think ties in to this message of finding ourselves and our place and role within the Church comes from Shannon Martin at (in)courage — “When Judgment and Self-Doubt Derail You.

She says, “Church culture has taught us to talk pretty and play nice, but what about our hearts? … I’m a believer that we should be the church we long for. We don’t get far toward clearing a new path when our feet and our hearts aren’t willing to make a shift.”

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Be the Church you long for. … If you need a friend, try at first to be a friend. If you need help, ask … but don’t forget to reach out to others to help in whatever capacity you can. Think about the aches and desires of your own heart, and realize that there are probably many people all around you feeling just like you. Your weaknesses may very well be just the thing that connects you to someone else in need. But if you are not confident enough to approach someone else first, there’s still something you can do, and that is to simply pray for others. Share your love … share God’s love … through your prayers.

“Sharing makes you bigger than you are.
The more you pour out, the more life
will be able to pour in.”  Jim Rohn

We are all given a choice. Will we be who God created us to be and play our part in the Body of Christ, or will we try to be who others expect us to be? True joy and authenticity is found only when we align ourselves with God’s plan.

“Effectiveness in God’s work depends on
what He calls each person to do.” Charles Stanley

Few will be given a task on the scale of Moses’, but the Father has a calling for each believer. Whether His plan is that we raise a godly family, reach out to a neighbor, or run a business with integrity and consideration, He wants us to do so in His power. (In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley)

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LeAnne and Brittany (KJ’s wife)

Before I close this post, I want to mention another family member who really seems to get this concept of fully living as a part of the Church, and that is KJ’s sister, LeAnne Weisheit. LeAnne is an active member of Watermark Community Church. Whenever she is not at work (as a teacher) she can usually be found participating in a Christian camp; assisting with a ministry event; or, in some way, reaching out to connect with others, helping them to grow in faith. She lives her faith and shares God’s love all week long. We are so proud of her and her loving spirit.

We believe that each believer has received a special gift
and should employ it in serving others, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God. Spiritual giftedness and maturity determines
where and how a believer serves. (1 Peter 4:10) Watermark

We are all called to serve.
Have you found your place in the Church?

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Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts and talents you have given us. Please show us where we can be most useful for your Kingdom. Help us to see how much you love us and how much you want for us. Help us to trust in your divine purpose for our lives. Lord, whatever I want for myself, help me want what you want for me more.

Father, help us remember to be present for one another, to strengthen and encourage others, to give generously of ourselves and our resources, and to simply listen when that is what is needed. Help us to use the gifts you have given us to build up the Church, and to share your love with those who may not yet know you. Give us boldness to carry out your will.

Thank you for your grace, your love, and the opportunities you place in our lives to serve you and others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.  

     

Let God Grow Your Dream

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From Holley Gerth:

Every dream starts small. It’s a seed that first sprouts in thoughts and conversations, quiet moments and glimpses of a vision, late-night prayers and early-morning hopes. It has to fight through the dirt and dark when believing is not yet seeing.

Then it finds its way to the daylight, throws itself toward the sky and audaciously dares to add more beauty than you ever saw coming. It becomes so strong and wild you can hardly imagine that it might not have been. All you can do is point and say with a bit of awe in your voice, “Look what God did.”

Only God knows … what unseen wonder a single seed, one little dream, can hold.

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Don’t be afraid to plant and pursue your dream!

My Focus for 2015: Gratitude

Just as I did at the start of 2014, I pondered, prayed, and reflected over the past month to come up with one word that I would try to focus on for the year. The word that came to me was “gratitude.” Gratitude

Gratitude is easy when you are clearly surrounded by life’s blessings and you feel like things are going well for you. But what about when you are going through a tough time? Unfortunate circumstances can make it difficult to see the good and to be grateful for what is happening to you or around you. It can be especially hard to discover the silver lining in the dark clouds at this time. But, I believe, in many cases, if we look hard enough, we can find something in each moment to latch onto and to be thankful for.

“I have learned to be content
whatever the circumstances. I can do everything
through him who gives me strength …
God will meet all your needs.” 
Philippians 4:11, 13, 19 (NIV)

Attitude of Gratitude

My goal for this year is to “Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude” despite my circumstances. I created a place on a whiteboard (see above) to remind myself of some of the things I am grateful for on an ongoing basis. Currently, it shows things like family, friends, Bart, Bella, work, nature, and books. What I’d like to do throughout the year is to replace these easy-to-come-up-with concepts with things that might not at first seem to be something one would be thankful or grateful for. I want to dive deeper into my feelings and my life situations and attempt to discover the good within the “bad” or the uncomfortable.

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 I invite you to join me on this journey. I’m thinking about creating some “Growing in Gratitude” kits (including colorful string, mini-clothespins, and pieces of paper in various shapes, sizes, and patterns) for my Etsy shop, depending on interest level. So, let me know if you might be interested in something like that and if so, I’ll put some kits together. Otherwise, it’s very easy to create your own gratitude journal or board, using regular paper and colorful markers or pencils, or whatever strikes your fancy. You can update the concepts daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever the mood hits. There is no right or wrong way to highlight or reflect on your blessings.

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“God, send me anywhere, only go with me.
Lay any burden on me, only sustain me.
And sever any tie in my heart except the tie
that binds my heart to yours.”
David Livingstone

As Zig Ziglar says: “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.

What helps you maintain an attitude of gratitude? I would love it if you would share some of your thoughts on this with me, as I plan to continue writing about this topic throughout the year.

Thank you, and have a blessed day.

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“The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust—not only for all the gifts that I receive from God, but gratitude for all the suffering. Because in that purifying experience, suffering has often been the shortest path to intimacy with God.”  —Brennan Manning

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Discouraged? There’s Help for Your Heart.

What Your Heart NeedsI am currently working my way through a wonderful new book by Holley Gerth: What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To. And I am finding so many words of encouragement that I can personally relate to. In fact, I have already flagged a number of pages that I know I will want to go back to so I can reread and savor the messages on days when I might be feeling a bit discouraged.

Holley is a best-selling writer, licensed counselor, certified life coach, and speaker. I have followed her blog: Heart to Heart with Holley (www.holleygerth.com) for quite some time now and often share her posts or some of her words or graphics with friends and family on my Facebook page.

Holley also works in partnership with DaySpring, one of the largest publishers and distributors of Christian greeting cards (and other inspirational products) in the world. Plus, she is the cofounder of (in)courage, an online “home for the hearts of women,” which I love; I have found so many great articles and bloggers through this site.

In fact, there was a recent post on (in)courage from Renee Swope titled “Words for the Weary” that made me think of Holley and the importance of her newest book. To me, Holley Gerth is the encourager of encouragers.  

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If you haven’t heard of (in)courage before, you should check them out.

So, back to the book: What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days contains 52 similarly formatted devotions based on the book of Psalms, written in a way that helps us remember that “God is good and we’re all in this together.”

Because there are 52 entries, you could easily use this book as a weekly devotional to be processed over a year, taking your time to read the opening Scripture quote and Holley’s words. Then adding your own words to complete the prayer, which has already been started for you under “What My Heart Is Saying to You.” During the week, you can go back and write in your thoughts under “What My Heart Is Hearing from You,” and at any time, you can open your Bible and read and reflect on the three Psalms referenced at the end of that week’s entry.

Of course, the devotions are short enough that you could also choose to read them as daily devotions. Either way, in this comforting book, Holley invites us “to be filled with the strength, peace, and joy that come from God’s promises.”

She provides real-life stories for us to connect with, as well as encouraging thoughts and passages from God’s Word to help us focus on what’s really important—the internal and the eternal.

All we have to do is be willing to open our hearts and receive.

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Already a fan of Holley Gerth, her latest book does not disappoint. Not only will you find this book to be soothing for your own soul, but it would make a great gift for a hurting friend or perhaps even a wonderful donation at a women’s shelter. It is also the perfect companion to one of Holley’s other books: You’re Going to Be Okay.

I hope you get an opportunity to read What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days. I will likely be posting excerpts from it in the days ahead.

God Exerts His Strength

“God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.”

Psalm 46:5

“The Lord is my strength and my shield:
my heart trusts in him,
and I am helped.”

Psalm 28:7

 

Disclosure: This book was sent to me free of charge
from Revell for my honest review.

 

Day 16: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

Today, Bonnie Gray used her blog post to write about the first step to soul intimacy (something deep that happens when we take time to feed our souls), and to share a story from one of the readers of her book Finding Spiritual Whitespace.

Reading Finding Spiritual Whitespace inspired stay-at-home mom Janine Crum to make time for art and open an online shop of original prints.

If you follow the link to Bonnie’s post above, you’ll find a free Whitespace Printable art piece (Find Rest for Your Soul) created by Janine that you can download. And you can read her beautiful story about what it meant for her to make room for spiritual whitespace in her life. It’s so amazing to hear about the different ways that Bonnie’s words have touched others and reawakened their heart’s desire.

Although I have been done with the book for a while now, I still open it up now and then to read some of the passages I highlighted. This is one I like that Janine also included in her post:

When we make room for spiritual whitespace, we step into the beautiful journey of letting go to discover what’s really worth holding onto.

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One of the fish my stepson, Noah, caught while out with his Dad this summer.

These words remind me about the importance of letting go of stuff and holding onto people, relationships, nature, and activities that bring us joy.

Recently, I started following blogger Rachel Jones from Nourishing Minimalism. She says:

“I don’t believe minimalism is particularly about a small amount of belongings, I believe it’s about being content. That one can come to a place in their life where they don’t need ‘more’ and we can spend our time impacting the lives of those around us, rather than caring for ‘things.’ People are the true things that matter.”

I really relate to a lot of her ideas for simplifying. In fact, I created this simple graphic from information she shared in one of her newsletters.

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Rachel describes the lifestyle many of us seem to live with these words:

Feel like you’re running in a million different directions?

Most of the time, I think Americans run their life from 3 feet above their head. We don’t take time to sit and be here. In the moment, in this room, on this chair. It’s a rather disjointed life.

Rachel is describing the life of someone who has not figured out the importance of spiritual whitespace or the need for rest, whether physical or mental. On a related note, too much stuff really does cause stress. And more stuff does not lead to contentment as many seem to believe. You can read more from Rachel on simplifying here.

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Even Pope Francis (in an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly “Viva” July 27 ) listed leisure time, or rest, as one of his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life. Another had to do with connecting or building relationships.

“Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

“A healthy sense of leisure.” The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.

“Consumerism has brought us anxiety” and stress, causing people to lose a “healthy culture of leisure.” Their time is “swallowed up” so people can’t share it with anyone.

Spending time with those we love is so much more important than working harder to climb the ladder of success or to acquire more things. Holley Gerth says it best in yesterday’s post:

Jesus didn’t climb ladders … He built bridges.

Instead of reaching up for success He reached out in love.

We can do the same.

21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

 

Finding My Voice

When I first started my blog back in 2010, I titled it Everyday Moments: Celebrating Life, Love, and Laughter. I knew I wanted to use my own photos and I wanted to write encouraging words, but I really wasn’t sure exactly where I was going to go with it or who it might appeal to. Funny how, looking back, I just noticed that my very first entry fit well with the Faith Barista’s post on perfectionism from February 18th.

At that time, this is how I saw my blog developing: “my eyes are being opened to the importance of everyday moments and how we react to them or how we change because of them. Noticing the beauty around us. Spending time really talking to someone you care about. Finding things to laugh about every day. These are the types of things I’d like to share in my blog as it develops and grows.”

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Several months went by before I wrote again.  In January of 2011, I began combining my words with words from Scripture, devotionals, and other blogs I read. I focused on the word “trust” for the month. Two entries were strictly quotes from other sources. While I think they are good quotes, I see that without my own story surrounding the words that I share, they are less likely to engage someone looking to connect.

In the following months, I wrote about things like “rest” and “peace,” but then I got to second-guessing myself. In May, I included these words in my post—“What Do I Hope to Accomplish?”:  “I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog lately. I’m not sure yet if I have really found ‘my voice’ or my niche. I’ve been struggling with figuring out what works best for me on posting specific topics or following certain formats. I believe, for the most part, that some of my content has been good and valid, but it also seems like what I have been writing is more appropriate for a paper for school rather than something directly from my heart. And I have been more worried about consistency rather than connecting. I don’t want my posts to seem like I am giving a lecture or a sermon (although many a good sermon has changed lives).  But I would like for people to want to read what I write.”

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I thought about my title to my blog and how I should be showing more moments of love and laughter, so I later wrote about “Living with Joy” and I included pictures of some of the things that bring me joy, starting with my family and moving on to other things.

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And then came 2012. I was inspired by books and magazines on getting more organized and living a life with more meaning and less stuff. At that time, I changed my blog service and my domain name. I chose Fuller Way of Life (because Fuller is my last name) and I made my tag line “on living simply and living well.” Here  is what I planned to focus on “I promise I will have some interesting household suggestions, product recommendations, blogs to check out, ‘did you know’  concepts, and more.” I guess I thought that I might appeal more to others if I offered them a compilation of some of the information I was discovering for myself in simplifying my life. On top of that, with the big surge in Pinterest use, it seemed like so many people were focusing on food. I was doing a lot of cooking and trying new recipes myself so I began writing about food and sharing recipes with others, as in my “Food for Thought” post.

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I continued down this path for a few months. I think the recipes were appreciated and I enjoyed sharing them, but truthfully, I didn’t feel like this was the right voice for my blog or for me. It didn’t really fulfill me or provide the creative outlet I was looking for. In July, I eased back into something a little more thought-provoking with my “Seasons of Life” post, but ended it with a recipe. Just to cover all the bases, I guess. 🙂

Next up in my blog journey was our move from Texas to Kentucky and a big focus on “Finding Time” during a very busy period: I “realized that sometimes I need to forget about all the things that should be done and actually make or schedule time for the things that really matter to me – like writing, making crafts, and capturing images with my camera. I also need to try not to get so caught up in doing that I miss out on the chance to experience simply being.

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I delved one more time in some food sharing, and then … there was nothing. From October 2012 until October 2013, I didn’t write or post anything. Right after writing about finding time, it seems I was unable to actually make time for doing something meaningful that I enjoyed. “So, once again, I find myself working on finding focus in my life. Or maybe it is more accurate to say adjusting my focus. I know what the important things are. I just need to find a way to fit them all into my schedule. I need to set priorities and stick to them.”

I’m actually quite happy with my November post – “In Pursuit of Peace.” I feel like it has the right combination of personal story, quotes from other sources, and  real-life application. Plus, I have continued to use my own photos to enhance my posts. I know I personally enjoy blogs that include pictures as well as words, and I enjoy sharing the images I have captured, especially the ones from nature.

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Now, with the help of bloggers like Bonnie Gray, the Faith Barista and Holley Gerth, 2014 is off to a good start. Although I still cannot keep up with regular weekly posts (and I don’t see how anyone does this on a daily basis), their weekly writing prompts are helping me to focus on, develop, and continue to share my voice … whatever it happens to be or wherever it wants to take me that week. And each time I submit a new blog post, it makes me feel somewhat accomplished. I also experience the joy of connecting to other bloggers at the same time, reading and enjoying their words and their journeys. This community of bloggers is really helping me continue to find my voice and appreciate the beauty and value of my own words as well as the words of others.

If you are a creative person (whether it be writer or artist or cook) or you want to be creative but are afraid that you aren’t good enough or you don’t know where to start, just begin anyway. As you work and play, you will begin to find areas where you are more often “in the zone” and where you feel fulfilled. And that’s really more what it’s about – not creating what’s necessarily pleasing to others, but finding your own joy and happiness in the process.