Apparently there is a little pay it forward blog hop blowing through the blogging world and is often the case when it comes these sort of things, I was one of the last to know until one of my sweet blogging pals Janice of Heart-Filled Moments invited me to join in the party. Now, I must admit I was not too sure I was the appropriate guest for such a party when I first received her invitation. My first thought was “but I’m not a writer”. Never mind that I cast out a few pearls on the waves of the Internet.
I don’t recall exactly how Janis and my path crossed in blogland but it seems like I have known her from my early days in blogging. She has a genuine love for God and her family, which shines through in her writing. If you haven’t had the chance to connect with her be sure to stop by Heart-filled Moments.
At this party you tell a bit about yourself and then introduce a few blogging friends.
What am I writing or working on?
These days I find myself in a rather odd place. There are many ideas stirring but not much actual writing being done. I’m learning to embrace a new rhythm and take the needed rest and quieting the internal dialogue that says I need to be doing more. God has opened so many wonderful opportunities through me taking the courage to put my writings of a desert wanderer out there. I have the opportunity to serve on Blogs by Christian Women team helping to manage their blog’s layout and posting schedule. Additionally I write every other month as part of the Women Walking with Jesus team with Lisa Shaw and a host of other talented women sharing real life stories of faith.
Blogging has also given me the opportunity to expand my skill set and help fellow bloggers get their blogs in order. It’s been fun giving others a helping hand and it’s always great to learn something new when I can.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It seems like there are lot of mom bloggers that have wonderful stories about their children or younger single bloggers that blog about single life. Although I’m an older single adult, I don’t tend to focus on dating or relationships on my blog. I simply share my musings about blogging, books, and spiritual reflections as I try to make sense of things in life.
Why do I write what I write?
I write what I write to give voice to the swirling thoughts in my head with hopes of encouraging someone else in their journey to know they are not alone. Writing is therapeutic for me in many ways and it helps me process what is going on in my world. It probably sounds cliché but when I started blogging I had N O idea anyone would be remotely interested in anything I had I to say. I didn’t know what a blog really was but I sure feel that it was a God inspired idea to start blogging.
How does my writing process work?
The spark for my writings often start with reading. What I have read or heard often becomes lodged in my thoughts and I sit down to write to capture them in a meaningful way. I tend to write most often in the morning time as that is when my mind is clearer. Although I have printed and purchased planners and calendars, I still tend to blog by the seat of my pants as I call it. However, I would love to be more of planner but since I write more by inspiration and not by discipline all that planning out hasn’t really worked out too well for me. Foremost I’ll say I am more of a reader than a writer. I compose my posts in Window’s Live Writer, which happens to be my favorite blogging tool. Many days writing and editing happen on the same day. Some days I write the old school way with nothing other than my favorite pen and my notebook. Nevertheless it is always done through the help and leading of God’s spirit.
Meet some friends
I always enjoy it when I have the opportunity to showcase fellow bloggers. There are just so many great blogs to get lost in and here are two bloggers you will want to check out, if you have not done so already. I get around in the blog world and I can not really remember when I first stumbled upon these two ladies’ blogs.
Say hello to Kathryn
I’m a wife and mom of two, working in corporate IT by day, while pursuing dreams of writing and sharing stories of faith by night. I’ve embarked on a great journey to follow God and say “YES” to where He’s calling me. Learning to listen, be brave and take the steps He lays before me. I write at www.kathrynshirey.com and share the ups, downs and in betweens of learning to live a surrendered life.
Kathryn has such a beautiful way with words that speaks right to heart of where I am at times. Here’s one my favorite quotes from her I featured awhile back.
So, I surrender my writing, this blog, the plans and ideas swirling in my head, to the One who set this writing dream afire in me. The One who holds the Master Plan for my life. I surrender to stop constantly swimming upstream, against the current, and instead try to lean into the rhythms of life. – Kathryn
Meet Minttu of I am Mrs K
I’m a global nomad with a Finnish passport. I am passionate about changing lives. I want God to be the center of my life. I also love music, writing, movies, books, traveling… My life is filled with laughter and dreams. Right now… Right now I’m happy. Visit I Am Mrs K.
The blogsphere brings us close although we might be geographically far away. The unique thing I immediately noticed about Minttu’s blog beside here obvious love of pink was that she host a monthly blog challenge. Isn’t that a creative a spin?
How about you? What are you working on these days?
Rather than serve up another dose of recommended finds this week, I’d just urge you to pay Janis, Kathryn, and Minttu a visit. Now I’d love for you to be my guest at The Friday Fellowship