Sharing sponsors with you, my dear readers, is something special to me. To me, it's not simply sharing bloggers who choose to advertise here on my little space on the Internet.... it's more than that. The ladies who run the shops and blogs that I share with you are women who inspire me. Who use their online platforms to do good and set a positive example for others. I truly love sharing my sweet sponsors with you because each and every sponsor is a person who has truly, honestly touched my heart and life with their story, their encouragements, even simply their photos or words.
And so, the amazing girl I am sharing with you today is someone special to me. Her blog is unique and beautiful, and I am loving getting to know her through her blog. She is someone I would love to sit down and meet for coffee (I hope we get to do that in person some day!) As she shared in the following interview, her blog is joyful. Her posts always uplift my heart and make me smile. So, my friends - this is why I'm excited to share her with you today.
Friends, meet Morgan - writer at Quite the Blog!
My sister & I - this is how we walk down the street, all the time
1 // Tell us all about your encouraging blog and why you chose the name??
Quite the Blog is far from being the first blog I ever started, as I've been a blogger on and off since high school. However, for the first time, I began to hone in on the fact that the internet is quite a powerful machine that I should be using more for connecting with the world.
And so I did. I decided I would sit down and take the time and connect with the world.
I had no idea what to call it at first, so I tried about fifty random options on a domain name site, but everything I liked taken. The world "quite," which means absolutely; completely, suddenly just popped into my head. I didn't know why, but it just seemed to fit. And when I discovered that "quitetheblog.com" was an available domain name, I was delighted.
As a naturally introverted person, I decided that I needed to step out of my habitual bookworm mode and talk about more light-hearted, happy things.
From my first post, I decided that Quite the Blog would be a place that was just absolutely, completely about things that brought me joy. Foremost, my belief in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior brings me the most joy. Secondly, my husband, and my family, and then, all of the other random things I talk about on the blog: clothes, coffee, music, travel, books, clothes, coffee…
Overall, Quite the Blog is quite simply a place that I hope is joyful. And not just for me, but for anyone else that happens to stumble across what God has been doing in my life!
My husband & I in Eastern Europe
2 // What is the Lord teaching you right now?
Patience! I'm a part of a women's Bible study in Atlanta called "Worth" and we've been studying all of the women in the Bible, and during this study I've been reminded of how many of us women (even back then) try to jump the gun on God instead of just waiting on what He has planned for us. In the Bible study, we've been looking at how important it is to wait on the Lord, but how often we just…well, don't want to. It's funny, because I get rather impatient as I try to learn to be more patient, so I guess God is still working with me in this area!
Psalm 130:5 has been on my heart lately:
"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope." (NIV)
my sister & I ministering during her CD release party
3 // If your life was made into a movie,
which actress would you choose to portray you and why?
Zoe Saldana! Hands down. Why? Because she's pretty much an improved version of me! I kid, I kid. But really, I love the passion in her acting, and from what I've seen in her interviews and such, she just seems like a wonderful person in addition to being an exceptionally talented actress.
My crazy family getting crazy on New Year's Eve
My sister and I way-back-when in all those ruffles
4 // If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could only have 3 items, what would you bring??
I'd bring a bow and arrow (yea, I pretty much taught Katniss everything she knows), a solar-powered flashlight (I do not do well with darkness. I still sleep with a nightlight), and last, but most certainly not least, a motorized boat equipped with CB Radio PA capability and GPS navigation (is that even allowed in this scenario? I hope so!).
5 // What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What is one tip you can share to help other bloggers?
Favorite thing about blogging?
Being able to stalk random people's lives.
I'm joking! Okay, only half joking.
But seriously, I'm the kind of girl who will sit in a coffee shop and make up stories in my head of random strangers sitting around me. I do this because I am truly fascinated with the peoples' stories. Like one of my favorite lines in the book series "Matched" by Ally Condie (a book like Hunger Games in the way that I'm probably too old to be reading it), I often just "wonder." And for me, blogging is an outlet for me to wonder…and wonder…and wonder, until I realize it's 2 a.m, my husband is sleep beside me, and I've been clicking and clicking for hours!
I suppose what I am trying to say is, my favorite thing about blogging is getting to read and connect with the stories of people from all around the world. They are stories that I would have never ever been able to engage in had it not been for the internet. I really do enjoy that. Blogging takes just simply "wondering" about the stories of other people that I don't know and turns into a readable reality.
…and I mean that in the least creepy-sounding way possible.
In terms of a tip for other bloggers out there, I could sum up any advice I may have to: just connect, connect, connect!
On my past blogs, I just sort of wrote blog posts and hoped that people would somehow see them. I might put it on Facebook and tell some relatives about it, but that was it.
Now, I realize more than ever that blogging is less like a broadcast to the world about what I have to say, but more like my small piece in a never ending conversation between me and rest of the world.
So get out there and meet other bloggers! Don't worry about views, comment counts, or followers…just connect with people who you find interesting and have things in common with and make some friends! Just be diligent in this and the rest will come in due season!
Which reminds me of my life verse, Galatians 6:9:
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (NKJV)
Patrick and I on our 1 year anniversary
Isn't she great?
I'm thankful for this community
amazing friends we can meet through our blogs...
people we would have never met otherwise.