May Giveaway

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today I am sharing an awesome giveaway I am blessed to be apart of. My friend Kendall is hosting it on her blog, Songbirds & Buttons!

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You can visit her blog or click the link below to enter. Good luck!

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Have a wonderful day!

Influence Network Giveaway!!

I’m so thrilled to be co-hosting this amazing giveaway (worth $400!), for not just ONE, but TWO Influence Network LIFETIME Memberships! 

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Finding and joining The Influence Network has changed my life.

In the Fall of 2012, I was teaching in the public school system and I was seriously down. I felt like my life wasn’t going anywhere. I felt lonely, like I had no friend who “got” me. And after the election, I felt as if Christians were using social media to deter the cause of Christ rather than further it.

When I found The Influence Network through using She Reads Truth devotionals, I felt like this was a God-thing. As a new(er) blogger, the network has offered me support, fellowship with other bloggers, and prayer. I have forged some amazing friendships with ladies who I would’ve never met had this network not been formed. As a lifetime member myself, the investment into a community of women who are working to use social media and the internet to further the kingdom of Christ is FAR and AWAY worth the money spent.

Giveaway Info:

What does a Lifetime Membership include? Well I’m glad you asked.

Please check HERE for all the details!

This giveaway is open to ANYONE, but ONE Membership will be specifically reserved for someone who is not an Influence Network Member. Our hope is that this giveaway will enable someone who wouldn’t otherwise have money in their budget, to be apart of The Influence Network.

To enter the giveaway, please visit the website here!

Blog Photos

I was so blessed to have some headshots/portraits taken of my by my good friend Adam at Indien Media on Monday. He is a young media guru, and just recently opened his own business. He did a great job. I asked him to take these shots so I could use them for my blog, business cards and other blogging “stuff.”

He even did a lovely writeup about me and my blog, which he featured when he shared the photos on his site. How kind! I have had the great pleasure of seeing him grow up over the years. He has cared for my baby. He is a wonderful friend and I am so blessed to know him. If you live in the New Orleans area, give him a shout-out sometime!

I would love to share some of my favorite shots with you. Which one(s) do you like the best? Which one(s) should I use on my business cards?

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Shot #2

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Shot #3

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Shot #4

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Let me know what y’all think – you can list your thoughts/opinions in the comments section. 🙂

Blessings,

Brand “You” – The Best Ways to Own Your Voice

I had the great honor and privilege to attend a wonderful class through The Influence Network this past Monday night. Called “Brand You,” Stephanie Bryant gave a wonderful talk about defining your online brand, owning your voice and finding the best and most authentic way you can serve others for Christ (whether that be in a blog, business, or both).

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What are some of the wonderful take-aways I got from this course?

1. Find your own voice. “Your brand is simply the space that God has called you to fill in the world.”

Stephanie did such a great job explaining this. She mentioned spending time finding out what your “hearts cry” is. Another question she asked us during the class was, “What is the topic or topic(s) that really speak to you? What are you just naturally good or something that comes easy to you?”  God opened my eyes during this portion, and showed me that I am called to be uniquely me, and He has given me a particular voice for this time and this season of my life. It is up to me to use it appropriately.

2. Be authentic. “What is the thing YOU’RE designed to do?”

I have been struggling with this. I think I spent too much time worrying about what other well-known bloggers think of me. I have perhaps lost my way a bit, as I have been too concerned with patterning my blog design, content, networking, etc. after what the majority of other bloggers are doing. While getting advice from mentors or seasons folks in your area is certainly important, straying from who you are as a person (or in my case, as a blogger) is NOT authentic. God has called me to be a unique tool for His use and His glory, not a mediocre copy of someone else.

3. Serve others. “Who are you designed to serve?”

Stephanie talked at length about using your blog to serve others. Ultimately, this blog is a means to serve my readers. God has given this blog to me to use as a tool to serve others, to reach them for Christ and to bring the glory back to Him. What other bloggers do should not be my concern. I am called to serve my readers, not theirs.

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What does this mean for the blog?

I have some promises to make to you, my readers. It’s time for me to “embrace my name” as Stephanie put it during the class.

My commitments:

1. A key component of my blog is authenticity. I promise to post authentic, faith-related and lifestyle-related content. If I do not feel I can be “totally real” when writing a post, I will not be sharing the content. This means certain topics may be off-limits to protect others privacy.

2. I will also be sharing more of my struggles on “waiting with joy.” This means I will be sharing more of our church-planting journey as we go through this process, as well as other issues that pertain to “waiting with joy.” I hope this portion can be a support to those working in ministry, too.

3.  Finally, I plan to continue to share Biblical passages/devotionals and worship music to encourage my readers. Encouragement is something I am extremely passionate about, and I love finding songs or Biblical passages/verses/devotionals to help other women who are struggling, just like me!

I’d love to hear more about what your “brand you” is and/or who you feel called to serve in your workplace or in your personal life. Please feel free to share in the comments. 🙂

Blessings,

Girl Behind the Blog

{Don’t mind the no-makeup look, I was still sick but wanted to participate!}

Hey friends! Today I am participating in the “Girl Behind the Blog” series, featured on Ashley’s blog – 5-0hwifey! Every month, there is a different prompt, and those who participate make a vlog (video blog) to answer the prompt.

This month’s prompt?

When did you start blogging? What have you gained from being apart of the blogging community?

I hope you enjoy my vlog above and that you get a better idea of when and why I started blogging and what the blogging community means to me. 🙂

Blessings,

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