Spotlight Saturday – Gracie from Through the Eyes of Gracie

Spotlight Saturday – Gracie from Through the Eyes of Gracie

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. x Today, I’m happy to share with you today a new interview that I recently wrote with one of the nicest bloggers I know! I hope you all enjoy!


Spotlight Saturday #19

Hey everyone! Thank you for coming by this Spotlight Saturday post. ❤ This week, I have gotten to interview a lovely blogger that I met last month. She writes about her life, such as photography, crafts, and her other hobbies! Please welcome Gracie from Through the Eyes of Gracie!

Hello everyone!! I am very excited to be a part of Maggie’s lovely blog!! This should be super fun!

Yes, definitely! I can’t wait to get started (: Let’s begin with this first question: Why did you decide to start your blog, Through the Eyes of Gracie?

Good question, haha. Well, over a year ago I found my friend Sophie’s blog and thought it would be fun to start a blog, and post crafts so I started Craft Time I posted occasionally, but not very often. Then this past August I started posting more often. But mostly photography and everyday life, so I decided to change my blog name a month or so ago, and that is where I am at now. 🙂

That’s awesome! I love it when friends and family inspire us to try something new. 🙂 Blogging is such a wonderful experience! My next question for you is, what are your favorite kinds of posts to write? And can you share some posts you shared recently that fall under those categories?

My favorite posts to write are DIY, photography, tags, and life…wow, haha. That is basically my blog summed up, haha. I just really enjoy blogging, no matter what it is. 🙂

Hehe same!! I love writing a variety of posts, as well. Those are all great posts that you’ve shared! Your ‘Thankful For Photography Challenge’ was a lot of fun to follow along with. ❤ Here’s my next question: what inspires and motives you to blog?

Thanks! I am not sure, I would probably have to say, my followers. I have many awesome followers, and they are all so encouraging in what I am blogging about! ❤

You’re welcome! And that’s wonderful 🙂 Followers are such an encouragement. ❤ Do you have any blogging advice you’d like to share with other bloggers?

Yes. It is kinda common advice but, DO NOT get discouraged if you don’t have a ton of followers, it will happen! Also …

” … even if you don’t have lots of followers, post like you do, because one day you will, and then you will already have great posts for them to read!”

That’s really good advice! It’s discouraging for most bloggers at first, but if you’re consistent in posting and reaching out to bloggers, they will come! ❤ Now that we know a good amount about your blog, tell us about yourself! What are some of your hobbies and interests? Why do you love them?

I am really into photography, blogging (obviously), violin, and crafting. I love photography because it helps you capture the beauty of God’s creations! I’ve kinda already told why I like blogging. I have wanted to play the violin for years, then a few years ago my Dad’s parents found a violin at GoodWill!! I was so excited, I did not get lesson until a year or so after that. I have been playing for about a year and a half now. 🙂 As you can probably tell, I am a very artist-y girl, I love being creative and expressing that!

Ooh those all sound amazing! What a wonderful way to begin playing the violin. I love surprise finds at thrift stores! It always makes my day! ❤ Aw I’m the same way! Being artistic and creative is so much fun. Here’s my next question for you: Why are you thankful for blogging?

I am thankful for blogging because it allows me to shows others DIYs, photography, and encourage other blogger and readers. But, most importantly, show the love of Jesus Christ.

Amen! Those are all beautiful reasons to enjoy blogging. Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Gracie! I really enjoyed this. 🙂 xx

Thank you. That was so much fun!!


Thank you so much for reading!

I know that you guys will enjoy Gracie’s blog. ❤

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Happy Saturday to all of you!

Let me know in the comments below:

Do YOU follow Gracie?

7 Tips For Staying Organized With Blogging

7 Tips For Staying Organized With Blogging

Hey guys, and happy December! I hope that the new month has gotten off to a great start for you. 🙂 ❤ I have a fun blogging tips post to share with you today! Over the months that I’ve been blogging on Dreaming of Guatemala, I have learned much in the ways of blog schedules and consistent posting. It has been a rocky journey, with highs and lows of inspiration, but that is to be expected, and as a whole, I’ve appreciated every minute of it.

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

This journey is what inspired today’s post, where I will be sharing with you my 7 tips for staying organized with blogging! These can all be followed loosely and are simply meant to help you stay focused on finding your post style and sticking to it. (: Let’s check out these tips!


7 Tips For Staying Organized With Blogging

1. Decide on what topics to cover.

Having at least three topics you will enjoy focusing on will help you when thinking of posts to write! Simply knowing the overall focus of your blog (i.e. mine is Christian lifestyle) is too broad. Break it down a bit – make a list, if you wish. Allow it to be flexible. You could browse post ideas online (I have a good amount on my blogging board on Pinterest!).

As I’ve been blogging, I have tried out topics, switched them around, gotten rid of them altogether, come back from time to time – blogging about what you’re passionate about and inspired by is important. Don’t be afraid to switch this up from time to time!

2. Develop a basic posting schedule.

This could be as simple as knowing which days of the week you want to put up a post! If you’d like to go a bit further, you could decide what focus each day will have, as well. For example, on Mondays and Wednesdays, I like to share inspirational posts, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I share personal posts – when I have them to share. Having this consistency on your site helps your readers stay interested, and it keeps you inspired.

3. Keep track of all post ideas.

Every blogger has their own style with this. For me, I like to write down potential titles, lists that I’ll expound on later, and also small descriptions of where I want the posts to go. Experiment and find what works best for you! The way to determine this is see how well these methods help recall to mind what you wish to write later. For example, if recording title ideas inspires you more than descriptions do, only write down titles.

4. Buy, print, or make a blogging calendar.

This helped me immensely when I bought one this past summer! Buying one is not necessary, however; you could print one for each month, or draw a diagram of your own – whatever works for you and your wallet. I love my planner, which is a nice size (18 months) and has a pretty pineapple design on the cover, but I have also used printable calendars, and I love those, too.

5. Allow for changes of plan.

Writing in your planner with a pencil is an essential!!! It isn’t half as pretty as colored pens or markers, but I don’t mind, because then I don’t have to use Wite-Out. When I write in what I want to post in the next week or two, there always ends up being at least one post that is removed or moved somewhere else. It can be discouraging, as it makes one feel scattered and unorganized, but it really isn’t like that at all. Deciding what posts will be good for certain days is important – even if you have to erase and re-write three times.

6. Don’t feel bad for moving posts around.

This goes along with my last tip. The main reason I have had to move posts around is because I’ve been working on developing a weekly post schedule for the past couple of months, and I’m finally at a place now where I can do so. Before that, I was experimenting with posting different posts on different days. Don’t come down on yourself for inconsistency; it’s all part of finding what works best for you!

7. Schedule posts ahead of time.

The WordPress feature of being able to schedule posts for a later date and time has saved me so many times. I deeply appreciate being able to do this in the event that I forget I’m posting one morning, and it’s also a great way to plan ahead. (Not too far, though; you might forget it has been scheduled!) Once you have a post completely written and you know what date you want it to go up, scheduling is very easy and efficient. I definitely recommend it.


Thank you for reading, guys!! I hope that these tips could help you. 🙂 ❤ They have helped me a lot when it comes to blog organization. Let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU stay organized
with blogging?

Unique Ways To Describe Me Tag

Unique Ways To Describe Me Tag

Hi everyone! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful Sunday. 🙂 ❤ Before I introduce you guys to today’s post, I am very happy to say that my mom came home from the hospital today! We went there early that afternoon to get her. 🙂 We are all so happy! Thank you for your prayers and support; I truly appreciated all of your comments. ❤ Alright, now let’s check out this post!

Today, I am sharing with you guys my answers to the Unique Ways To Describe Me tag! My lovely friend Gracie, who blogs over at Through The Eyes of Gracie, tagged me on her post a few days ago. You can read her response to this tag here! I thought this looked like a fun thing to participate in, and it has been quite a while since I shared any tags/awards. Let’s get right into this!

What two candies describe your personality? Why?

Nerds, because I am one (haha) and I’m also both sweet and sour, and White Chocolate Reese’s Cups; I may seem average at first, but I’m also unique (hence white chocolate instead of milk chocolate). lol

You can only answer in song lyrics.
What’s one thing you want others to know about you?

“I said goodbye to my chains, when I said ‘hello’ to Your perfect love … I said goodbye to my shame, when I looked upon the face of love … giving me a reason, giving life a meaning, giving out hope, that’s what You do … all I ever needed, all I ever wanted, all that I seek is found in You …” – the first few verses of ‘Best of Me’ by Jordan Feliz. My life song!

What movie is literally your life?

Goodness, I don’t know … all of the movies I’m thinking of are either adventure or romantic comedy, neither of which are relevant to my life. Oh, I’ve got it! La La Land. I have felt like my dreams are too big to pursue at times (the main characters feel like this), but in the end, with enough motivation, you will find (just like I have) that nothing is insurmountable if you dream big enough. ❤

What season describes your view of life?

Spring! It may have its trials (i.e. allergies), but as a whole, there is so much hope – all things are made new!

What scent holds memories for you?

Sunscreen! It reminds me of summers past, spent either at a swimming pool, or visiting an amusement park.


For this tag, I nominate all of you! If you think this looks interesting (I had fun answering these unique questions!), just copy and paste the questions into your own post, answer them, and tag some other bloggers to do it. 🙂

Happy blogging!

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