Fearfully Wonderfully Me

Growing in God and Inspiring Young Women Through Faith and Fashion

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Blogger Recognition Award!

Hello lovely readers and followers! I’ve been nominated by the lovely Courtney from 1timothy412Girl for the Blogger Recognition Award (thanks girl)! I’m so excited to share this post with you today.

The rules of this challenge are 

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started

I’ve always liked writing, and you can find out more about my writing journey in this post. I didn’t know I wanted to start a blog until after I became a serious Christian at the beginning of college. I started to read blogs by Christian women that helped guide me in my faith. Through these posts I found inspiration, comfort, and the message of who God is. After reading one particular blogger’s posts, I thought that maybe I could do it too!

I used to have a Tumblr in high school, as well as an amateur blog that was more like a diary. These were my creative channels through some of the darkest periods of my eating disorder and depression. I deleted these blogs shortly after starting college because I knew they were only hurting myself and others.

When I created FearfullyWonderfullyMe, I wanted to make a blog that would help heal myself and others. I wanted to give back and help other women grow in their faith (and have a little fun through my fashion posts).

To be honest, I think that I will eventually fade out the fashion posts completely. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to shop and talk about modesty, but my blog’s main theme is helping women find their identity and worth in Christ.

I’ve been  blogging for two years now, and I have grown so much. This blog is my baby, and I am so thankful that God has used me to influence and encourage my readers. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for the future!

My Advice to New Bloggers

1. Have a Passion and a Plan. 

Make sure you have something you are passionate enough to write about–whether it be faith, fashion, travel, health, crafts, etc. Of course you can write about more than one topic, but overdoing it can also be pretty stressful.

It’s important to have quality posts over quantity. Take your time with your drafts and make sure to practice your writing! Pinterest has tons of ideas for new bloggers on how to set up a new blog and write successful posts. Blogging takes time, energy, and patience. The more you put into it, the more you will see the results.

2. Embrace Community

I had no idea how supportive the blogging community could be until my Grandma died and some amazing bloggers posted for me while I grieved. In fact, the only reason I got this award is because of a blogging friend who nominated me.

We are all in this together, and can help each other grow. The best thing you can do as a new blogger is to read other blogs you are interested in (and that are similar to yours) and leave thoughtful comments. Share other blogger’s work and join Facebook groups. This will help you build a loyal following.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” –African Proverb

I Nominate:

Beauty Beyond Bones

Seeker of Truth

SuperMom Mentality

No Facilities

Karina’s Thought 

Spotlight

Me Set Free


Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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15 Interesting Facts About Me~Day 8 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome back to Day 8 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Today’s Topic: 15 Interesting Facts About Me


15 (Mostly Interesting) Facts About Me

  1. I know all of the lyrics to Feliz Navidad.
  2. I’m left-handed–but I can do a lot of things with my right hand (like knitting and using scissors).
  3. I’m always changing my hair style.
  4. I’m becoming obsessed with flying and airplanes (more on that here).
  5. I’m working on my first novel!
  6. I struggle with chronic illness, but God always gives me the strength and energy to get things done.
  7. I love people–even if they drive me nuts. I try to see the good in everyone.
  8. I’m an avid collector of Betsey Johnson purses.
  9. I’m a crazy cat lady.
  10. I love just about anything vintage–decorations, furniture, fashion, photography, etc.
  11. I am a recovering nail biter.
  12. I like photography–especially nature.
  13. I’m a relatively slow reader. Yes, you can be a bookworm and not read fast!
  14. By God’s grace, I’ve managed to keep a 4.0 in college.
  15. I love the cartoon Ed Edd n Eddy, and I can do a pretty good impersonation of Ed.

Thanks for reading! Tell me something interesting about you in the comments below!

Make sure to check out Courtney at 1Timothy4:12Girl as she partners with me in this challenge! I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 9 of the challenge 🙂

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My Dream Job~Day 6 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome back to Day 6 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge. 

Today’s Topic: If You Could Have Any Job in The World, What Would it Be?


My Dream Job

I really want my dream job to become a reality, as I believe it is my calling. First off, I want to be a writer. I’m already on my way with running this blog and working on my first novel. I also want to start writing freelance articles for websites. Most of all, I want to keep growing in my writing and glorifying God. I want my blog to lead people to Jesus and strengthen the faith of young women.

I also want to be a Christian counselor. My goal is to get a Master’s of Social Work, so I can have my own practice. I love listening to others and helping people. I know just how valuable good  therapists are, and I want to show people God’s love and grace. I think I want to work with young adults and adolescents, as I am already a youth leader at church and really love it. I also have a passion for gerontology though, so I am not completely sure.

Most importantly, I know that these plans are not set in stone. God has a way of shaking things up and leading us to unexpected places, but I know that He is faithful. I am excited to see what He has planned for my life–especially when it comes to writing!

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a  future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).


Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment and share. 

Make sure to check out Courtney at 1Timothy4:12Girl as she partners with me in this challenge! I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 7 of the challenge 🙂

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What, Why, and Where I Write~Day 1 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

 

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Happy New Year lovely readers and followers! I needed some blogging motivation for this month, so I decided to partner with Courtney of 1Timothy4:12Girl for the 30 Day  Blog Challenge! Every day will feature a new post, which will help you get to know me more as I connect with you on a deeper level!


So what do I write? Well, I obviously blog, but my writing life didn’t start there. I guess it really started in elementary school when I wrote my own “episode” of Ed Edd n Eddy (the best TV show ever), where the Eds met aliens down in their cul-de-sac sewer system.  I know, I’m that creative. My fourth grade teacher was impressed and a little in shock at my dedication to the story and dialogue, but I never really wrote much after that until middle school. I actually thought I was going to be a famous artist or rock star someday.

My love of writing really took off in the ninth grade, when I would doodle poetry in my notebook during my first period algebra class. I don’t know why, but math classes always stoke my creative juices. I actually liked that class, but my mind was always wandering in music and lyrics of its own.

Eventually I found the courage to show one of my poems to my English teacher, and she suggested I enter a poetry competition. I found out that the university near my house was hosting one for high school students, so I entered, not thinking I even stood a chance.

When the letter came in the mail from the competition, I was expecting a “sorry, better luck next time” letter to be in the envelope. I was wrong–I got honorable mention! I found out I was the youngest competitor to even place in the competition, and the dean loved my reading. I really don’t like writing about this because I hate bragging about myself. But this moment in my life was pivotal; it was the moment I knew I stood a chance in the writing world. 

Ever since then I wrote bits of poetry and short stories. I’ve entered a few competitions with no luck (does anyone know of any good poetry competitions??). I have a mentor who has always been such a huge encouragement to me. She brags about me nonstop, and I really can’t believe how blessed I am to have her influence and guidance in my life.

By the time my senior year rolled around, one of my poems ended up turning into a mini novel. I never published it, and probably never will. It’s just too personal and not terribly interesting. Eventually I started working on another book, which is the current novel I am editing (which I’m super excited about!!).

Almost three years ago, God rocked my world when I was introduced to a Christian blog that I loved so much. I loved the way the author was so open and honest about her life and faith, and the way the Lord used her to impact the lives of other women. I wanted to do that, so I started my own blog. As I keep growing, I can see that blogging is no easy task, but I’m in love with it. My goal is to glorify God with my writing the best that I can.

So now you know what and why I write. As to where I write? That would be either curled up in my recliner, in bed with my cat, or at my little portable card table set up in my room. Sometimes I still doodle poetry in class, but most of the time I find myself daydreaming of characters and blog post ideas. Oh the life of a writer!


Thanks for reading! Do you like to write? Tell me about your love of writing and why you do it in the comments below!

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The Moment Your Story Begins

I don’t know about you, but I think a lot of life goes by unnoticed. We get so busy and distracted, that the little things are often ignored. Normally our major problems and stresses take up so much of our mental energy, that life’s blessings just don’t seem to really register.

Now we all go through dark seasons, and this isn’t me just trying to tell you to be thankful and get over the bad times like they aren’t real. Life happens. I get it, and so does Jesus. In fact, you can take all of your burdens to Him (1 Peter 5:7). 

Through all of the drama and stress of living, have you ever wondered if God is even there? Maybe He seems distant or hard to get a hold of. Maybe it feels like God doesn’t even love you anymore. 

I get the struggle, and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a Christian alive who can’t sympathize with this. I just want to remind you that He is there. God may seem distant, but the sun and moon are also distant, yet we know they exist as guiding lights in our ever changing world. 

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We may not be able to see all that God is doing in our lives right now, and things may turn out different than we hoped or planned for them to. However, God has a vision that extends way beyond our own. He can see into all eternity. He knows the past, the present, and the future. He is the God who was and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8).

This concept can be best understood by looking at the Old Testament. By itself it is almost, well…unfinished. Here the people of God are left waiting and hoping for the promised Messiah to save them from their sins and deliver them from the burden of the Law. Then God showed up–sending His Son Jesus to save the world by dying on a cross (John 3:16).

God could see the end even from the beginning, and we are a part of the story! 

If you ever think for a moment that God doesn’t love you, please know that you can’t be further from the truth. Jesus paid the ultimate price for you out of love–not force. There is nothing you can do to earn salvation. Jesus has done it all. What God really wants is a humble and repentant heart who desires to put Him first.

Yes, there will be failures and unexpected plot twists in our lives, but like any good story that is all part of the master plan. So don’t ignore those little moments of life. Don’t ignore the storms God uses to build and shape your character. Don’t ignore the blessings God brings to let you know He’s still there. He’s not finished yet. In fact, the moment you choose Jesus is the moment your story truly begins. 

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV). 


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