Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 4

Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 4

Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Thank you so much to all of you for wishing me a happy birthday yesterday! I had an absolutely amazing day – everything that I got to do with my family could not have gone better. 🙂 I’m so thankful!

On this lovely morning, I wanted to finally write a post sharing a compilation of my current favorite quotes. ❤ I’ve been meaning to these past few weeks, but other posts took its place! I adore writing these from time to time because I’m always being inspired by what I see on Pinterest’s motivational side (you can go follow me here!), which is evident by the other three posts I’ve written in this series.

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 1

You’ll have to let me know in the comments below which quote spoke to you the most! I’m loving each and every one of the seven I found to share with you this morning. ❤ I hope you enjoy!

My Top 7 Favorite Quotes

“Life becomes more beautiful when we stop anticipating the worst.” – Matt Hattersley

cannot tell you how good it is for me to be reminded of truths like this! I am always quick to worry that circumstances and situations will go as poorly as possible, which is awful because then I’m living in fear in even the most exciting of times. Taking a moment to remember how things have gone well in the past is a practice I don’t often keep up with, even though I would so appreciate it!

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 2

Most of the people who died yesterday had plans for today.
Don’t take life for granted.

This one is a bit deep, but goodness, it has me absolutely floored. It’s one of those quotes that easily gets me thinking deeply, along with quotes like one of my favorites: “If the words you said were tattooed on your skin, would you still say them?” We are living this life with purpose … may we never fall into the mentality that we are left to wander this earth alone. Please, keep it intently on your mind just how precious life is!

Remember what it feels like to be excluded so that you can help build a community where everyone is included.

It is well known that we can only truly empathize with others when we have first gone through what they’re facing. With this in mind, I am encouraged to remember the times when groups of people were unwilling to accept me – just how lonely and forgotten it feels to be in the presence of others who don’t wish to give you the time of day. The next time I’m around someone who has no one else to turn to or talk to, I want to be there for them – may I be the reason they can smile that day. ❤

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 3

Very little is needed
to make a happy life.

I have seen the beauty and truth of this through two things. First, through observing how having more than enough makes me feel, and two, being open to how my minimalist-minded mother views life. Surrounding myself with things that make me happy, without the number of possessions being overwhelming, is truly an art. I see complete value in experiencing life over owning things, in appreciating things I can afford without feeling a total attachment to them for extended amounts of time. I’m still experimenting with how I wish to live and spend my money, and I’m enjoying the process.

Your mistakes do not define you.

While other quotes have got me thinking more than this one, it is quite possibly the one I need to read the most. When I misstep and lose my way, I am well known for judging myself on my way back to the right way to live. I cannot improve and live the way I desire to with self-condemnation. This is why the Lord is helping me immensely to leave this trait behind.

Be the change you want to see.

I can easily begin judging others for doing wrong instead of focusing on improving my own behavior! It’s not good to live a life that condemns other people – even when it’s easy, it doesn’t feel right to look down on others in that way when we have our own issues. Where you can step in and do right, regardless of what others are choosing to do, is where we can thrive.

Do all things
with purpose.

It is so easy to fall into the habit of going through the motions. However, what if we were to live with the intention of doing all things with great love – with purpose? I know that our view of life would become so much more beautiful! Knowing we’re making a difference in the lives of our family and friends is absolutely wonderful. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I had fun getting to share these quotes with you. I hope you have a blessed Wednesday!

Let me know in the comments below:

Which quote was YOUR favorite?

— Maggie

Bloggers Going Self-Hosted | Oxria’s Story

Bloggers Going Self-Hosted | Oxria’s Story

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. Happy Saturday to you! ❤ For this post, I have decided to feature a lovely blogger I know in a new type of spotlight! My good friend, Oxria, recently went self-hosted (you can find her new site here!), and I can’t tell you how happy I am for her! She has been wanting to do this for a while, and I must say that her new domain is absolutely wonderful. ❤ I know that it would make her so happy if you could check out and subscribe to her new blog! I promise you, it will be worth it to see her posts show up in your Reader! She shares her beautiful art, gorgeous photography, and she’s a budding vlogger, too – there’s no way I could dislike any of what she shares.

The topic of this post is on Oxria’s going self-hosted experience! She was very sweet and answered some of the questions I had about how it worked for her to switch domains, and I’m really excited to share those informative answers with you today. Make sure to let us know in the comments below if her story has encouraged or inspired you, and I’m sure she’d love to answer any questions you have! Let’s get right into this!

Bloggers Going Self-Hosted –
Featuring Oxria

1. Why did you decide to go self-hosted?

The reason why I decided to go self-hosted is because I wanted to have full control of my blog and the thought of my blog just being oxria.com sounded so cool to me! 🙂

2. Which host are you using?

I’m using BlueHost. I read a lot about different hosts before switching my blog to self-hosted and BlueHost seemed like the best option to me (I liked the plans they offer).

3. Was it easy to make the switch? Why or why not?

Hmm, I wouldn’t say it was too hard. A not-so-easy part, for me, was saving enough money. Unfortunately, going self-hosted isn’t free (I’m sure everyone already knows that). But yeah, switching was pretty easy. The hardest thing about it though, is getting used to having full control of my website. Being in charge of everything can get overwhelming. I’m sure I’ll slowly get used to it, though. 😀

4. Which aspects of having your own website
are you most excited about?

As I said, one of the aspects I’m very excited about is having my own domain (oxria.com instead of oxria.wordpress.com)! Another thing that I love about it is the customization. I can now change anything and make it look the way I want. The new blog theme I’ve chosen also makes me very excited (I’ve been wanting to buy that theme for a year! It’s one of my favourite themes out there!).

5. Is there anything you’re still figuring out?

Oh yeah, pretty much everything, haha. I lost access to my website the other day, because I changed the URL and apparently you’re not supposed to do that (there’s a lot of things I have to learn), and I thought, “This is it. I’ve lost my blog.” Thanks to a tutorial on YouTube, I managed to get it back, but oh boy – wasn’t that a stressful experience! I’m still trying to figure out how everything works, how to change the font (I know it’s basic stuff, but I’m a newbie), how to make the photos quality better and a lot of other things.

6. What are some posts coming up
that you’re excited about writing and sharing?

I want to share more of my personality on oxria.com. I don’t have any particular posts in mind just yet, but I’m very excited to continue sharing experiences from my daily life, as well as drawings I make. 😀

7. Would you recommend that other bloggers
go self-hosted, too?

I think it really depends on what you want. If you want to have your own domain and full control of your blog, go self-hosted! If not, sticking to a free blogging platform is completely fine!

“I definitely think everyone should read about the differences between a free blog and a self-hosted blog before deciding whether or not to make the switch.”

I’d like to thank Oxria for collaborating with me on this post, and a huge thanks to you for reading it! I love seeing what bloggers who go self-hosted accomplish on their new websites, because customization and having your own “brand,” so to say, is really exciting.

If you are a blogger who has also gone self-hosted,
email me at dreamingofguatemala@yahoo.com
for a chance to be spotlighted on one of these posts!

Let us know in the comments below:

What are YOUR questions
about going self-hosted?

Happy Easter weekend to you!

— Maggie

Surprise Spotlight | Jordan From Dreamer’s Outlet

Surprise Spotlight | Jordan From Dreamer’s Outlet

Hi there, and Happy Saturday to you! ❤ I have a very fun, exciting post to share today! Yesterday, I was thinking about how I miss doing my Spotlight Saturday series on the weekends, because those posts were a great way to learn more about the people behind this awesome blogging community. However, after compiling and writing as many as I did last year, I grew tired of the format – they all take a while to do, and it became tiresome much of the time. I didn’t want to stop spreading the news about wonderful bloggers, though, so I’ve come up with a new idea for a series that can teach you guys more about some of the best bloggers I know!

For this weekend, I decided to spotlight a very dear friend of mine. Over the past few months, we’ve become really close friends, and that friendship means a lot to both of us! I’m so happy we met – we get along so well, and we honestly have the same sense of humor, haha!

In this post, I will be giving you a mini tour around her blog, introducing you to who she is, and letting you know some of my favorite aspects about her site.

I am very happy to introduce you to …

Jordan from Dreamer’s Outlet!

“I’ve got a whole little world in my head- a world of poems,
pictures, and prayers that can build and build and build until I fear my little world may explode into shards of unpursued dreams and undiscovered potential. And I have a feeling I’m not alone. So, with the good Lord and a keyboard, I hope I can spread some sunshine onto even just one other’s little world.”

— Jordan

Meet The Blogger –
4 Things About Jordan

First of all, you must know that Jordan is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. She is extremely easy to talk to, will go out of her way to be kind and encouraging, and she loves sharing this inspiration in all of her blog posts, too!

At the moment, she is pursuing a career in education/counseling. First, she was thinking about becoming an elementary school teacher, but in following the Lord’s leading, she now desires to be a middle school counselor! I honestly think this is the perfect job for her, because as I mentioned, she is so much fun to talk to, and I can tell that she adores children, as well. I can’t wait to see where the Lord will take her on this career path! ❤

After having the pleasure of reading some of her work, I can confidently say (haha) that Jordan is a fantastic writer! She has dreamed of creating an inspirational Disney book series for children/preteens these last couple of years, and just recently began working on the first manuscript. I love that her passion for this book series is fueled by the desire to market fantasy novels that are fun and uplifting, because just like her, I’ve noticed how many Disney spin-off shows and books become dark fairytales very quickly. I know that the series she’s writing will be a hit with children everywhere!

The fourth thing I’d like to tell you is that she is very open, honest, and inspiring. She’s mentioned to me before that one of the most beautiful ways we can be a witness to others is to tell them of how the Lord is working in and through us! When we go through hardships and He helps us grow through them, they make for beautiful stories to tell later. She’s who she is now because of who the Lord has created her to be – and that fact is absolutely beautiful to me. ❤ You can see her honesty in every post she writes; she never fails to brighten up my Reader!

Some of her most frequently used blog categories are …

My Top 4 Favorite Posts
From Jordan’s Blog

Why It’s Okay to Change Your Mind–
Over and Over and Over Again

— In this post, Jordan went over some of the recent decisions she’s had to make, as well as related thoughts she’s been having, too. I enjoyed getting to read this life update, especially since things are looking up for her career-wise! It blesses me to know she has peace of mind with these career decisions. Read this post here!

Monday Mantra: Fairytale Edition

— Jordan has been doing this series every Monday for a while now, and if I’m being honest here, it is one of my all-time favorite blog series to read! This particular edition focuses on Disney (which she absolutely loves, by the way!) and storywriting (another specialty of hers!). These posts always ensure a great start to the new week – especially mine. xx You can read this post here!

3 Steps to Promote Productivity Today

— Like I mentioned a bit earlier in this post, Jordan is very inspirational! In this post, she encourages readers through three easy steps to promote greater productivity, and I personally appreciated these reminders. Being aware of how and where we’re spending our time is one of the ways she mentioned we can be more productive, which I completely agree with. Read this post for yourself here!

Why You Shouldn’t Share All Your Resolutions

— Around the start of the new year, Jordan wrote about the beauty behind at least one of our resolutions being something we keep to ourselves! While some goals certainly need encouragement and motivation from others (there’s nothing wrong with that), it is also wonderful to inspire ourselves to complete something … even when no one else knows we desire to do it. Read this great post here.

It would make me and Jordan so happy if you could check out Dreamer’s Outlet for yourself! Her blog is so much fun to read, and is extremely inspirational, as well.

If you already follow Jordan, that’s awesome!! You’ll have to let me know in the comments below:

Which post of Jordan’s is YOUR favorite?

Also, if you’re reading this, Jordan – SURPRISE!! I hope this could brighten your day. ❤

— Maggie