I’m excited to announce that I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award for new bloggers by Mary of Gallagher Farm & Faith. The Liebster Award recognizes bloggers who are new to the blogging community and is given to bloggers by bloggers.
I’ve been blogging for almost 7 months now and it’s been an incredible journey of growth – both personally and in my writing.
As a part of the nomination, I’m answering a series of questions which will allow you to learn more about me, why I blog, and the bloggers I love!
What has been your challenge when it comes to blogging?
Not tearing myself down about my inconsistency. When I first started the blog, my goal was to post at least once a week. When in reality, I post more like once every other week.
I went through a period of a few months where I was really hard on myself. I felt that I wasn’t doing enough – I wasn’t writing enough, I wasn’t active enough on social media, and I wasn’t interacting with other bloggers enough. It was a very discouraging period.
But God sent a friend to encourage me – to let me know that she loved the blogs I posted. She reminded me that I was a full-time teacher, actively involved in other ministries, and the type of woman who enjoys being with family and friends. And even with all that going on – I was willing to give whatever time I had left to blogging – to write vulnerable pieces that would encourage women. She reminded me that even though I felt like I was not doing enough – I was doing exactly what God called me to do.
Don’t tear yourself down if it’s been a month, 6 months, or a year since you last blogged. Just pick up the pen and start writing again.
What is your number one tip for other bloggers?
Be willing to be vulnerable. Some of your best work that connects well with other women will be about your current wounds, your past scars, and your testimony.
I can’t tell you how many times my stomach felt like it was doing cartwheels right before I hit the “publish” button. It’s nerve racking to know that you are exposing yourself for all the world to see.
Vulnerability is unclothing yourself for all the world to see every wound and every scar. Be vulnerable anyway.
What are your hobbies other than blogging?
Other than blogging, my biggest hobby right now is photography. Purchasing my new camera was one of the best investments I ever made. In the past month since buying it, I’ve offered free photo shoots and video shoots to women who are exploring the gifts God has given them. I also love to shoot friends and family.
It’s just something about learning to capture the world the way that you see it. And showing people how truly beautiful and unique they are.
What successful entrepreneur do you admire and why?
I can’t think of a specific entrepreneur, but I admire any person that has ever left their 9 to 5 to pursue their dreams. It’s a leap of faith that I hope to take one day.
Who is your favorite blogger and why?
My favorite blogger is Kia Stephens of Father Swap. I admire what her blog is about – she dives into the reality of the wounds that come from not having a father while still offering women the hope of exchanging their wounds for Christ’s love. I just love everything about that!
And then on top of running her blog – she works to connect other Christian women bloggers of color with each other. Giving us a platform and resources that we may not normally have. I just love her passion for blogging and connecting people.
Tell us about your blog and why you started blogging.
As a child, I was always writing. I spent countless hours writing poems, short stories, and even songs. I loved to write! It was a way for me to express my emotions and all the ideas running through my head.
For maybe a year, I felt the Lord leading me to start my own blog. But I didn’t know the first thing about starting a blog, so for awhile, it was just an idea. My ideas tend to stay ideas for awhile, until I finally get tired of them being just ideas. And then I start to take action very quickly!
Earlier this year, that’s exactly what happened! In a matter of a month, my idea finally turned into action – I decided on the name BecomeLess.net, I bought the domain, created a website and social media pages, and published my first blog post. I dove right in and figured that I would learn everything I needed to learn along the way.
BecomeLess.net is based on the verse John 3:30 – He must become greater; I must become less. I created this blog because I had the desire write and to encourage women in their walk with the Lord – in their pursuit to make Christ greater and themselves less. I had a desire to be vulnerable with other women – to share my journey and experiences with Christ – in hopes that it would encourage them to continue in their walk with the Lord.
Blogging has been an incredible journey of growth – challenging me to be open with my emotions and the things that I have been through. In some ways, it has brought healing to be so vulnerable. I hope that the blog has been just as healing to other women as it has been to me. Because writing about the very things that you have gone through may bring healing to another woman.
Tell us an item you can’t live without.
Probably paper and pen – yes, I realize that’s two items – but you can’t have one without the other! 🙂
What and who motivates you to write?
The motivation to write is definitely from the Lord – it’s that desire He placed inside of me to want to use my gift of writing to encourage women to pursue Him. It’s the love I have for Christ that makes me want to continue writing.
And when I lose that fire for writing, the Lord knows how to rekindle it. He’ll send just the right word of encouragement, whether from His Word, a friend, family member, another blogger, or even a complete stranger, that keeps me going.
5 of My Favorite Bloggers:
I love each of these women’s posts as well as their desire to encourage other women to pursue Christ. Check them out!
Sade of Church Girl Diaries
Chioma of ChiomaOparadike.com – Inspiration for Today’s Christian Woman
Jen of Mind of a Diva
Alice of Poema Chronicles
Josephine of Stones of Diverse Lines
Please show their blogs some love. I’m sure you’ll love them just as much as I do!
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