Hello everyone! How are you all doing today? 🙂 I hope and pray that your weekend has gotten off to a beautiful start!
If you haven’t already seen the post I did yesterday, I am taking a three-week long blogging break starting tomorrow. 🙂 This is the last post I’ll be doing for the month of July, but I’ll be back bright and early in August! Click here to learn more. 🙂
For this week’s spotlight, I got to interview one of my dearest blogging friends, who was also one of the first people I met on WordPress this year! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. ❤
My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.
Spotlight Saturday #11
Hi everyone! Thank you for coming by this week’s Spotlight Saturday. Today, I’d like to introduce to you someone I met very shortly after starting my blog back in January; she was one of my very first readers! She is so sweet, writes encouraging posts, and I honestly really enjoy her blog so much. Please welcome Shannon from Trail of Lights!
Hello Maggie! Thank you so much for the interview! And hello readers – thank you all for tuning in. I hope you guys enjoy this 🙂
You’re welcome, Shannon! Alright, so first, can you tell us about yourself? What are some of your hobbies and interests?
Ok! I am a Texas girl and yes, I own a pair of cowgirl boots!
I’m going to college right now to become a child and teen psychologist, I love animals, and I would say my faith is the most important part of my life.
Hobbies include writing, reading in bed at midnight, scrapbooking and crafts, doing Irish dance leaps in my bedroom, musical theatre performances in the shower, and baking (sometimes) edible creations.
Hahaha, that all sounds great! I’ve always wanted to scrapbook, but I have yet to pursue that dream, lol. Next, can you tell us about your blog? And what made you decide to start blogging?
I had wanted to start a blog for a while, in the back of my mind, but never did it. I really wanted one because as a writer, it was important to me to get feedback on my little scribblings. Also, I was starting college and wanted a way to keep people, like my grandparents and friends, posted about my life. And finally, I thought it might be therapeutic as well. So one day in the fall of 2016, I was on my computer, and suddenly I was purchasing a blog spot on WordPress!
My blog is called Trail of Lights, from the verse in James 1:12, and from a poem I wrote that contains that phrase.
I wanted a positive blog that looks at the good in our world. However, I have always struggled with depression and anxiety, and I also wanted my blog to be a place where you could go and feel like you don’t have to hide your struggles.
So I finally decided I would just have a blog that reflects me.
Some posts are goofy, others are reflections, either in photos or words. I try to acknowledge the good and the bad of life. And ultimately, I hope maybe the posts will help people consider taking their struggles to God.
What a cool way to start blogging, Shannon! I’m always so excited to create new blogs. ❤ I haven’t done that recently, but when I was younger, I had multiple ones, hahaha! Also, I love the focus of your blog, how you delight in the joy in your life, as well as reflect on the sad. It helps us to keep our eyes on the Lord, to talk through what upsets us, as well as praising Him no matter what we’re going through. 🙂 My next question is, can you share a few of your favorite posts that you’ve written? Why are they your favorites?
I am so glad you enjoy my blog Maggie! And hearing you describe it also brings joy to my heart because what you said is exactly what I wanted to convey to readers: that there are good times and bad times in life, and it’s ok to talk about both of them – Jesus is there with you no matter what, and there IS hope for tomorrow.
Oh my goodness! Favorite posts… I really, really enjoyed the Philosopher Frog Tea Party post, and I know Kafka and Conrad did too! That really brings out the goofy side of my blog 😊!!!
My other favorite post is Kisses. It is an old blog post – one of the first I did. It is pretty serious, but I published it because I remember so clearly feeling so proud of it once it was done, and wishing I could share it. Because it expresses both my dark times and my hope.
Finally, I love one of my Sunday Blues-Busters in particular! It’s the Sloths, Songs, and Sickness post.
Yes!!! There will always be hope for tomorrow. ❤ I love all of those posts, Shannon!! That particular Sunday Blues Buster had me cracking up 😀 Now I’d like to know, do you have any advice or inspirational words you could share with us for anyone going through difficult times?
It’s never easy to know what to say to people going through painful experiences; everyone’s situation is different, and sometimes even good advice can come at the wrong time! But to anyone going through something tough, you need to know: you are loved.
I know that God loves you and wants the best for you. He doesn’t forget people, and He understands our weaknesses. Let me, (Shannon) encourage you to not give up, even though it’s really hard sometimes. I won’t if you won’t.
When I was a kid, in Sunday School, one of my teachers gave each child a rock, to represent the Ebenezer stones Israel put up in different places, as memorials to what the Lord has done. Sometimes, things happen in our lives when we clearly sense the Lord’s presence, or we see something happen that only God could do. When that happens, write it down. Or get a rock to remember it by. Remember your Ebenezers, don’t forget the good times and the amazing things in your life that God has provided. Reading that list will help you remember that God has begun a work in your life, and He will not stop now.
That is beautiful advice, Shannon. 🙂 It has definitely proved to be helpful for me over the years to think back on how the Lord has worked in my life and shown Himself to be faithful, as my immediate response to hard times is to wonder why He’s allowed that situation to happen. By remembering the good that He has done, it makes difficulties so much easier to bear. Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Shannon! It has blessed me to learn more about you. Is there anything else you’d like to tell my followers before we go?
Thank you for interviewing me! It has been a pleasure. I just want to say thank you to all of your readers, and all of mine – you are all so special to me, and make my day brighter! I hope you continue to enjoy ‘Dreaming of Guatemala,’ and that you keep coming back for more of Maggie’s delightful posts. Kafka and Conrad salute you!
Thank you all so much for reading! It would bless both of us if you could go visit her blog for yourself. She writes about things going on in her life, encouragement and inspiration to bust your Sunday blues, and so much more.
Happy Saturday, guys!!