Hey you! Thanks for stopping by! Today’s blog post is an extra special one. This past weekend I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award through a sweet friend I met through the Instagram community! I am so incredibly humbled and honored to have been chosen for this. As I have said in all of my past blog posts already and I will say it again, this blogging journey has been more than I could ever ask for or imagine so far and all praise goes to Jesus! This passion is an answered prayer and answered call and I am so humbled.
I was nominated by Elaine, The Prodigal Daughter! Elaine is a super sweet blogger who writes from the heart about women’s ministry, humility, forgiveness, redemption and all things God-breathed. She is a lover, creative, kind and empowering. This award came in the midst of a busy weekend and it reminded me how much I love sharing the encouragement of the Lord. Thank you, Elaine, for this nomination and for being exactly who God created you to be!
For those who do not know…
The Sunshine Blogger Award is awarded to bloggers by other bloggers who believe in their gifts and talents. This award is given to those who excel in all that they do and go above and beyond to reach their dreams and goals. Your passion matters and we want to cultivate that passion within you!
Once nominated, the blogger is to write a post in which they:
- Thank the blogger who nominated them and provide links back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
- Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
- Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
My answers –
What book are you currently reading and why did you pick it up?
So, I am actually currently reading 4 books. I really love reading…Anyways, the books I’m reading! I am almost finished with Known by Dick and Ruth Foth, Dick spoke at River Valley Church a few weeks back and was selling his and his wife’s book outside in the lobby after service. I wasn’t planning on buying it, then I just went for it. I really felt the tug to pick it up because he shared that it was about authentic friendships and how important relationships are and how to develop those. The second book I am currently reading is Not Afraid of the Fall by Kyle James. I picked up this book when a good friend of mine told me she had just ordered it and how it was about a couple who quit their jobs to go travel and backpacking for over 100 days. It has been such a fun and inspiring read! The third book I’m currently reading is Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman. I picked it up because since joining the adulting community, society tells us Tuesdays are ordinary, but they can actually hold a lot of purpose and be extraordinary if we don’t dread them. The fourth book I am reading is Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning by Allison Trowbridge. I came across an image on Twitter of an inspiring message about the future God has for us and I sent it to one of my sorority sisters from college and it resonated with her an incredible amount so she proceeded to order it for herself and for me. Each one of these books are absolutely wonderful. I don’t want them to end!
Has your vision for your blog changed since you first started blogging?
The vision of my blog has not changed since I first started blogging! I started blogging about a month ago and it had been on my heart to share my passions for Jesus, coffee and donuts, social media and encouragement on a bigger platform and I am praying for this vision and living those out daily to the best of my human ability!
If you could create a product or service, what would you create and how would it benefit those around you?
I would create a devotional for college girls. This has been a call from the Lord on my heart lately. It would benefit these women to show them the truths of college, how I found ways to lead a Godly college lifestyle and reminders they may need throughout these important years!
What do you think YOUR purpose is in life?
This is an amazing question! I think my purpose in life is to be a light to others. A light of positivity, encouragement and joy. My purpose is to further God’s kingdom and by being a light to someone, they will hopefully someday encounter our Savior and life abundant!
What does your morning ritual look like?
Honesty time! I have to be at work at 7:30am everyday. That’s pretty early! I have been working on my morning routine and lately it has been waking up and working out, doing a devotional and reading my bible for 10-15 minutes while sipping a cup of coffee, making a smoothie, getting ready and heading out the door while listening to a podcast on the drive into work. Some days, I have time to workout in the afternoon and am just so tired, I sleep in, get ready and head out the door. I am valuing and appreciating the first routine a lot more. I feel 110% more refreshed and full when I start my mornings that way.
What quote/scripture has you currently looking at life differently?
“The only thing God will care about is the way we loved.” I have always known this. But, just wow. When it was worded this particular way and when I saw it this week, it just rocked my world. Love is the greatest gift of them all.
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee, absolutely! I love all sorts of coffee – the different roasts, flavors and the comfort of the smell of a fresh pot of coffee brewing. I also have always loved tea – green tea, flavored spice teas for fall and winter, chai tea and sleepy time or chamomile tea.
What is something that most people do not know about you?
I have suffered four concussions in my life! I don’t like to talk about those experiences, but they are a huge part of my past. I am thankful my health could be much much worse!
What is your favorite color and what does this say about your wardrobe?
My favorite color is gray. This says that A LOT of my wardrobe is gray. And neutral colors. And mostly all neutral except for a little mustard yellow or navy blue. 😉
If you could give one person advice about life, what would it be?
If I could give someone advice about life, it would be to know that you are loved and worthy and that the things that are bringing you down, they are not your identity. So, embrace life to the full that you’ve been given and live it extravagantly!
If you could ask anyone anything, what would you ask and to whom would you ask?
This may sound cliche, but I definitely would ask Jesus many questions. I would ask Him about love, about how He constantly showed grace to others, about seeing others as His children, the list could go on.
I nominate the following Bloggers:
Tiffany Barrett (Tiffany’s Korner)
Mattie Jordan (Mattie Marie)
Moriah Grace (Quintessentially Living)
Anna Jo Baker (Discovering Her Soul Purpose)
Michaela Lorren (Michaela Lorren)
Hannah (The Everything Enthusiast)
Brooke Wilson (Living Unshackled)
Candace (Casual with Candace)
Hannah Noland (Rose Lining)
Jamie Beckham (The Blonder Life)
My questions for you lovely ladies!
What makes you want to get up in the morning?
What brings you the most joy?
What are five things you love about yourself?
What do you believe God says about you?
What is the best book you have read lately and why?
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned as a Christian blogger?
If you could spend your day doing absolutely anything, what would you day look like?
What is your favorite way to worship God?
If you could tell someone only one thing about Jesus, what would it be?
What is the best piece of wisdom you have received?
This award means so so much to me! These women are absolutely incredible. They love like Jesus, work hard and for the Lord, and are so passionate and equally creative. Each of them are unique in their special way, and man, I’m sure lucky to have them in my corner. I hope they know just how much they have impacted my journey and how much they are impacting God’s kingdom!
Until Next Time,