Monday, November 14, 2016

Courage and Grace To Keep Dreaming

I'm jumping in here to share a guest post I have up over at God-sized Dreams today! My life is a little crazy at the moment, and I'm praying soon I will have the space to sit and write again. But for now, it feels good to be here and there. Let me know how you are!

If I had to say what I needed more of, it would have to be courage and grace

More courage to take those leaps of faith with my eyes open instead of sealed shut like a scared little child. 

Courage to hope, dare, and dream in spite of maybe looking stupid, even if it's only me that thinks so,...especially when there is the possibility to fail.

And grace for those times I do fail or come up short and want to beat myself up instead of starting over, again.

For a while dreaming with other like-minded dreamers began to feel like a curse, because it seemed like we all had similar dreams, to write. 

But as I read Holley's book I came to realize that "even if someone else's dream looks, sounds, or even feels like yours-it's not the same." 

Comparison was indeed nipping at my heels and I started to wonder why in the world would 

God give everyone the same dream?

He didn't.

As I looked closer, each of us on the team may want to write, but God has laid different plans on each of our lives. Some are writing on their journeys to adopt, some are dealing with painful pasts, some share through photography...etc. 

Please join me at God-sized Dreams to read the rest. See you there!

P.S. God-sized Dreams has a new linkup called #DreamTogether on Mondays. Everyone is welcome to linkup an encouraging post!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Take your blog from Meh to Awesomeness

                                Fistbump Media University Learning Center

When I started blogging about 5ish years ago, if I wanted to figure out how something was done I had to Google it and then sit for hours banging my head against the computer screen to get it to work.

And I have a computer degree!

I began this course last week and have been working through it a little each day.

The info on SEO proved to be invaluable to me. I've done a little research on my own concerning SEO and the best ways to optimize it, but the course really broke it down step by step. I was able to go through each step and perform recommended tasks to ensure I am doing the best I can to keep my pulse on stats.

SEO (search engine optimization) is key to getting your website to show up on the first page of a search. Trying to figure it out? Mind-hurting. But this course makes it so easy! I wish Blog Awesomeness was around when I was just starting out, but even though it wasn't, it is now, and I found a ton of useful tidbits within each section.

And who couldn't use a few email subscriber tips?

The course includes in-depth look at:
  • Website Optimization
  • Branding
  • Email Subscriber Tips
  • Analytics (Know how and where to look up your stats on social media and Google)
  • Design and Strategy
  • Affiliate Help and tips on offering opt-in freebies
And SO much more!

                           Fistbump Media University Learning Center

If you want to try it for yourself at the introductory price of $19.99, do it now! The price jumps up to $29.99 tomorrow! Work it at your own pace on your schedule. Do a little bit each day like I did and it helps absorb the information.

The course is easy to understand and the information available is what you are looking for if you need help understanding blogging lingo.

I would definitely recommend if you are a newbie, but even someone who has been around like me learned some new tricks :).

I hope you take advantage of this gold mine of a resource. It will be the best $19.99 you ever spent, or $29.99 if you wait until tomorrow :). (This is an affiliate link)

Buy now, thank me later.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Letter To My Younger Self

If I could write my younger self a letter I imagine it would go something like this:

Dear Younger Me,
I wish I could tell you everything that I have learned so far. It would save you so much worry and heartache. Things would be much different.

I can't decide if I should tell you to not fear and chase your dreams or tell you heart to heart, you do make some bad decisions, but then, those bad decisions made me who I am today.

Don't worry, I know you are nervous about your grades and what you should major in at school and aren't sure where your life is going. Guess what? You still don't! (Ha!)

You think you have to have everything all figured out in order to move ahead and be successful. You fear failing. You fear looking like a fool.

And I guess in writing that last part I realized exactly what I need to tell you. Let it go. Let go of the fears: the opinions of others, the fears of failing, looking foolish, making the wrong choice. 

Let it all go.


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