Favorite Posts From October 2017

Favorite Posts From October 2017

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 💛 In this post, I will be remembering some of my favorite posts from last October with you! 😊 If you’ve been visiting my blog for a while, you may remember that I blogged every day of October in 2017, as well – I truly enjoyed it, because there were several posts I loved getting to write!

I think it’s crazy that a year has passed since I wrote these posts. It feels like only a few months ago that I was working on them, but it has been twelve months! Time has the strangest way of passing … it both crawls by, and runs on ahead. (In fact, I wrote a post on the subject of ‘time’ this summer, because it boggles my mind that much haha)

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Happy October! | Posting Every Day + Blog Updates

Happy October! | Posting Every Day + Blog Updates

Hello there, and happy October to you! ❤ I have some exciting announcements to share with you today! (If you haven’t read this post, you may be confused. lol, it will clear up any confusion for you!) To get this little update party started, haha, I’ll go ahead and share the biggest news:

I’m posting on my blog every day in October!

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I’m Finished With This Blog

Click here to read September’s update post. I’m back to blogging!


Hi. ❤ The topic of this post is going to be a solemn, bittersweet one, but it is something I know I must talk about!

Since the month of July began, I have been doing a lot of thinking about one thing in particular: BLOGGING. Scarcely have I thought of it more – you’d think that would be impossible! Being the writer on Dreaming of Guatemala has made it hard for my thoughts to not come back around to the topic of blogging since the day I created it – that’s how much I’ve loved it.

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Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ This is a post idea that’s been on my mind for the past few days, and I’m thankful to be able to share it today.

Recently, I have been thinking about how I’ve been blogging this past month or so – from the basic schedule I had laid out for myself, to the topics that have been being covered in my posts. I came across something while analyzing my blogging habits that piqued my attention.

I have been taking the responses of others on my posts too personally.

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Little Blogging Updates | May 2018

Little Blogging Updates | May 2018

Hi there! I hope you’re having a fantastic day! ❤ In this post, I will be sharing with you some important updates about my blog. 🙂 Some of them are informative, and others I’m really excited about! I’m going to aim to share one of these posts from time to time to let anyone interested know about the little (and sometimes big!) changes I make around here on Dreaming of Guatemala. Thanks for reading!

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The Importance Of Community On Your Blog

The Importance Of Community On Your Blog

Hi guys! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. ❤ For this post, I wanted to share some more blogging tips with you! I love writing these posts, because I have so much to share. 🙂 For those who don’t know, I’ve been using WordPress since I was 10 years old haha, so I am quite familiar with how things work around here.

One thing I’ve learned a lot about this past year is how one grows their blog, and my personal favorite way to do this is by building a community. ❤ I hope that these tips may speak to you, and possibly encourage you to reach out to others across the website, too! Without further ado, let’s check out these tips.


The Importance Of Community
On Your Blog

You know your readers are real. There are some bloggers who flourish by simply writing for themselves, which I think is amazing! I’ve been there before myself, and it is extremely therapeutic and relaxing – even fun at times. However, when you are writing for an audience, it’s hard to address the crowd when your only readers are coming from Pinterest, Facebook, or some other online source. (Don’t get me wrong, socializing across platforms is a surefire way to spread the word about your site! But by itself, it won’t get you far.) By having conversations with your commenters, visiting their sites and supporting them back, and by browsing the Reader, as well, you’ll come across some extremely genuine bloggers.

It allows you to connect with your audience. You can interact with others who share similar interests, and you’ll be able to have more conversations in the comments! Knowing what your readers are like, even which types of posts by you they prefer, is one of my favorite ways to build the community.

Related Post: 12 Fun and Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog’s Audience

More bloggers will be able to find out about you! If you’re just a blogger whom others occasionally find in the Reader because you tag your posts, then it will take you a while to build an audience. However, when you comment on others’ blogs, then their readers will see the conversations you’re having with them! I’ve always enjoyed blog-hopping in this way, because if a blogger whose posts I enjoy also talks to this other blogger, chances are I’ll like their site, as well!

It’s a beautiful way to have a support system. There have been a few times over the past year when I truly appreciated having real readers, because when you’re going through something hard, it is good to have people to talk to. Sharing prayer requests and simply having a place to go when I’m sad or stressed helps me feel better. Plus, by sharing what you’re going through and how you’ve overcome those difficulties, it inspires others who are in a similar place!

You’ll know you’re entertaining and inspiring real people, making a difference in the lives of others. This is the number one reason I love the fact that I connect with my readers and reach out to new ones!

Blogging by itself is a beautiful way to get creative and have fun through writing, but it is also about potentially brightening someone else’s life, or even day.

Don’t underestimate the power of a kind and genuine post! It may make all the difference in the life of another 🙂


Thank you sooo much for reading! I hope that I could inspire you today, and I’m praying that you have a beautiful Saturday. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Why do YOU love the blog community?

— Maggie

My New Blog Post Schedule!

My New Blog Post Schedule!

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday. ❤ Today, I have some very good news to share!!

The last few months have been so full for me and my family that blogging really took the back burner for a while. It was throughout the late fall and most of the winter that I would occasionally write something, but the priority just wasn’t there. I knew it was the right thing to do, because most of those days, there wasn’t enough room left in my brain to compose even just an update, which is saying a lot, haha! And when something isn’t enjoyable for me anymore, at least for a time, it’s extremely beneficial when I take a step back, pray about it, and remain open to returning to it when the time is right. While I never took an official “break” from posting at that time (basically the last trimester of my mom’s pregnancy with Isabella), I certainly felt disconnected from the community, and from my own site, as well.

The last several months have been tricky when it comes to having an official blog post schedule on Dreaming of Guatemala. I was posting so infrequently, and had also lost interest in different series, that I couldn’t keep up with anything for a good length of time. I’ve mentioned before in my blog tip posts that giving your readers what to expect from your blog is an awesome way to keep them reading and also inspiring you to write, but I’ve had to veer from my own advice and instead be present, 100%, for my family. I missed having a post ready for nearly every day of the week, because having a lot of content to share is great! But I wasn’t able to do that for a while, and it was better to miss posting than to stick to something that brought me down.

However, today’s post is a small celebration of a shift of gears in my life. I’m at the point now where I can comfortably think about posting structure and blogging consistently, which I’m truly excited about! I’ll still be writing posts within the week of posting them, which I promised I’d do in my New Year Blogging Thoughts post in December. The difference will be in how many posts I share weekly, and the fact that they’ll finally have a day of the week assigned to them!

This decision won’t in any way constrain me to sharing posts I’m not inspired to share. I’d love for everything that I write to be what I enjoy and what readers like, too, so there will definitely be days when I don’t have a post. These basic guidelines for myself will keep me inspired, and happy knowing my readers can expect consistency from my blog from now on. 🙂

Let’s take a look at what I’ve come up with! ❤

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My New Blog Post Schedule

Mondays are for Missions. 

Tuesdays are for Reviews.

Wednesdays are for Inspiration. 

Thursdays are for Lifestyle / Recipes.

Fridays are for Goals.

Saturdays are for Shoutouts / Blog Tips.

Sundays are for Spiritual Inspiration.

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These guidelines are subject to change, haha, but this is the basic plan! The days that have two kinds of posts will be alternated weekly when possible, and beginning/end of the month posts (as well as updates) will affect the normal schedule. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading! If you’d like to chat about blog schedules with me, definitely comment down below. And if you have any post / series ideas for me, I’d love to know!

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤

— Maggie

Staying Organized in 2018: Tips On Setting Goals for Yourself

Staying Organized in 2018: Tips On Setting Goals for Yourself

Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 Has this new year gotten off to a beautiful start for you? I’m praying that it has! ❤

In this spur-of-the-moment post, I decided I wanted to share with you some of my tips on staying organized. Over the past year or so, I have really become passionate about organization and being productive, which is why this has been a fun post to write. If you have any tips you’ve learned yourself, make sure to share them in the comments below!

Are you ready? I’m ready! Let’s check out these tips. 🙂 xxx


My 5 Tips on Goal Setting

  • Take your biggest goals, then break them down into steps. I’d like to thank my mom for giving me this important tip! Deciding that you want to do something (especially as a new years resolution!) is the very first step – definitely an essential one to take. However, without little goals to meet along the way, you won’t get very far. Giving yourself multiple steps that will eventually lead to your main goal is a huge encouragement, because then you can see and feel that progress!
  • Make lists and check things off. There are so many different to-do style lists you can create and complete, whether it’s daily/weekly/monthly, or something else that will help you organize your goals. For example, I love making lists of blog posts to write, what I want to get done in the day ahead (these are usually written in the morning before breakfast), books I want to get at the library, etc. You can keep lists on your phone, in a notebook, on a scrap of paper taped to your bathroom mirror – wherever you will see it and be reminded of what you want to accomplish!

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  • Give yourself time and space. Just as long as your aspirations aren’t on a time schedule or dependent on something else (money, a person, circumstances – instead, think of the things you simply want to accomplish for you!), work when you’re inspired and take time to rejuvenate when you’re not. Giving myself a month-long break last year from language learning was necessary, because I might have started to resent the lessons if I’d simply continued for the sake of consistency! In some cases, it might be necessary to push yourself a little and just begin (do it, take the plunge!), but if you know in your heart that you need a physical, mental, or emotional break from what you’ve been doing, definitely give yourself that space. Good things take time ❤
  • Clean your room. This tip may sound more like a command from a parent rather than an organization tip, haha, but guys!! Having a beautiful, clean, organized room with everything in its place is a huge encouragement for me to get other things done. When I see the things in my room organized, it inspires me to organize other things in my life, from blog posts to digital photos. This is an easy way to inspire yourself!
  • Reward yourself. Whether the accomplished tasks carry their own rewards (i.e. sharing a blog post and receiving feedback on it), or you buy yourself a treat after meeting a goal, knowing that there will be a fun way to celebrate at the end has been helpful for me on many occasions!

Thank you so much for reading! I pray that these tips can help you (just like they encourage me!), and I hope that you have a beautiful day. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

How are YOU staying organized this year?

— Maggie