Y’all, I am so excited to share with you one of my most precious blogging friends, Katie Reid. I introduced you to her back in the Fall when we met in real life. We met through the Five Minute Friday Community. She has been one of my biggest online cheerleaders. Katie has helped me get over a lot of my insecurities of writing by inviting me to guest blog on two of her blog series. I honestly don’t think I would still be here without her encouragement!
Friend, I have been lost without our regular visits! Sincerely, when I am not able to blog regularly it feels as though I will loose my mind. I learned at an early age that writing was my medium for processing my thoughts. Some sing, some draw or paint, some run (I cannot even imagine…)…I write!
This is my 100th post on Coffee With Jen! I can’t believe that it has been one year ago this month that you and I have had our first cup together! I feel that I have grown so much on this journey. You have graciously allowed me to find my voice here. Thank you, friend, for listening to my heart and encouraging me.
A couple weekends ago I was given a gift. A gift of rest. A gift of time to reflect. A gift of having my cup filled. A gift of seeing the fruits of a ministry that I love!
I was having coffee one day with my sweet friend, Becky Shaffer, a few weeks ago when she invited me to a weekend retreat. She is the director of a beautiful ministry in NWA called Saving Grace. Their mission is to provide life skills training, mentorship, and Godly healing for young women who age out of the foster system.
Last weekend I attended #AWBU which my first blogging conference. I have been a member of Arkansas Women Bloggers dating back to my time with Mosaic of Moms. This was my first time to meet a lot of these women in real life. Some have been a part of my blogging community from the beginning. What joy it was to hug the necks of so many of these women who have been just thumbnail pics for years.
Ah, Friend, I have missed you dearly! I have been on a hiatus for most of July. Being a teacher, I function best on the school calendar. I NEED MY SUMMER BREAKS! But I have to tell you, this break has just about killed me. To withhold myself from getting behind this screen and letting my fingers dance, is like trying to breathe under water.
I “met” Katie Reid of Deep Breaths though the community of writers who participate in Five Minute Fridays with Lisa-Jo Baker. It has been a blessing to “get to know” this fellow blogger through Twitter and Facebook. She truly has a passion for the Word of God and to help women ground themselves in His Truth.
It is one thing to write for your own blog, but to guest post on another blog takes courage. At least for me it does. I have been a part of the Arkansas Women Bloggers since my days of blogging on Mosaic of Moms. Until recently, I have just been a wallflower. Each time they have asked for guest bloggers, I would get anxious and talk myself out of it. But when I saw the topic for this month, I knew it was time for me to be brave.
So, I recently had some headshots taken. You might wonder why on earth someone like me would need a formal headshot. Actually, there are plenty of reasons, even for a stay-at-home mom. Whether you have a direct sales business, are a blogger, or work with non-profits, you can never go wrong presenting an image of professionalism.
I have on occasion been invited to guest write on other blogs. Sometimes they request headshots to include with my bio. At some point, I decided that cropping everyone else out of a current family picture wasn’t good enough. It was time to bring in some professional help.