Over the past year, I have been so blessed to meet some wonderful people in the blogging world. I never imagined when I started what a loving community awaited me.
My sweet friend, Mary, came into my life through Proverbs 31 online Bible studies. She recently invited me to join in a Blog Hop where we answer 4 questions, sharing what, how, and why we write. We then introduce 3 other blogging friends.
Mary writes a beautiful, inspiring blog, Passage Through Grace, and I’m honored she chose me to share with her readers. Please take some time to visit her. I know you will find some encouragement there.
My writing story:
1. What am I writing or working on?
My writing goals are far and wide. I dream of one day publishing my memoir, among other possible books I’m considering. For now, I’m busy sharing my life stories on this blog. I also post DIY and craft projects I’ve created. Blogging takes a great deal of my free time right now, but I plan to follow up on my book dream as soon as I find my rhythm.
Although my memoir is on hold for now, I am currently working on an exciting writing project. Vacationing in London recently, sitting under a tree across from Westminster Abbey, I was inspired to finally start a devotional on Emotional Peace. It is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. Honestly, I thought it may take a week or so to complete. This was a huge underestimate, but I’m really enjoying throwing myself into it.
The devotional will be free to my subscribers and I’m hoping to be finished in the next few weeks.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My blog is an odd mix of my stories of addiction, faith, mental health… I started adding DIY projects to share something that helps me escape from all the personal issues found here. So, although it may not look like all the pieces fit together, they actually do. It all forms into a journey to peace.
To answer the question, I’m not sure my blog falls neatly into a genre. I guess that is how it differs. I love feeling the freedom to allow my blog to find an off-road path, not worrying about fitting in anywhere.
3. Why do I write what I write?
Writing has truly brought me back to life. I’ve been in some extremely dark places over the years, isolating and keeping my stories to myself. Sharing my life with the online world has been healing in so many ways. Connecting with others has been one of the most amazing benefits. I’ve also found writing about my struggles to be incredibly therapeutic.
I started this blog to help others who fight the same issues I do, but it has blessed me with far more than I have given. As I shared a couple of weeks ago, I have found freedom in telling my story.
4. How does my writing process work?
To be completely truthful, the Proverbs 31 online Bible studies guide my writing process a great deal. Many weeks my only post is related to our weekly topic. I’m fortunate they offer such thought provoking subjects and I truly love writing about them.
Basically, my process is finding out the topic on Sunday, creating images Tuesday, and writing the post on Wednesday. I just sit down with my laptop and write it out. I’m terrible about editing, only spending a short time on it. If I start to look at my writing too intensely, I’ll never hit the publish button.
When I’m in between studies, God always places a topic on my heart. I have been blogging just short of a year and thankfully have not struggled with finding material yet. My DIY posts are added periodically when I have time to create them.
Well, that’s enough about me… Now on to my awesome blogging buddies! Please take a moment to visit each of them. You will certainly not regret it.
Heather showed up at my blog a few months after I started. We instantly bonded and started following and encouraging each other. I’m so thankful to have Heather in my life. She is incredibly open and honest about her recovery from food addiction, something I’m still struggling with daily. The Soulful Spoon shares her personal story and an abundance of tips on living a healthy lifestyle. I’m learning a great deal from this beautiful woman.
Heather McClees is a professional freelance writer, nutritionist, and health and wellness blogger from SC. She received her B.S. Degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics and is now a health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Heather writes for All Women Stalk and One Green Planet, along with her blog, The Soulful Spoon. She’s passionate about a vegan diet and plant-based nutrition, animal advocacy, physical fitness, eating disorder awareness, and is currently pursuing further writing and blogging endeavors. You can find her anytime at her blog, The Soulful Spoon at: www.soulfulspoon.com.
Sybil and I were recently brought together through an (in)courage community group. The first time I visited her blog I knew I would be back often. Her design and love of beautiful colors are breathtaking. I immediately noticed her giving nature by the various charities she writes about and shares. There is truly something for everyone at She Lives Free and I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time there. Make sure you check out her encouraging Monday linkup!
Sybil can be found homeschooling, volunteering, laughing with friends, or loving on her husband and children when she isn’t writing for her blog, She Lives Free. There you will find DIY and decorating ideas, inspiration and encouragement on marriage and motherhood, and thoughts on giving and living abundantly. Sybil thoroughly enjoys co-hosting a linkup for bloggers called make a difference mondays at She Lives Free, and would love to meet you there or in the make a difference mondays community group on facebook! She is also currently growing She Lives Free to include Live Free Coaching and Consulting, coming soon!
My friend, Sandy, is a woman who greatly inspires me. We have bonded over our immense love for our precious sons who both suffer from epilepsy. She is an incredibly busy wife and mom, working full-time and homeschooling her special needs son this summer. Yet she still makes time to share life tips on a wide variety of topics at Being Content Where We Are. I’m loving her current series on the Proverbs 31 Woman!
Hi! I’m Sandy – the wife to a hard working farmer man and mommy to a 5 year old super boy. My little corner on the blogosphere is Being Content Where We Are. I started this blog to encourage super busy moms with frugal and time saving tips as well as words of encouragement to help get through the day. I also share some of our journey as a special needs family. You may also find bits and pieces of my passions – cake decorating and homemade gifts – and little snippets of what is going on at our busy little farm.
I hope you enjoy visiting with my wonderful friends. Thanks so much for spending time with us today.