Spotlight Saturday ~ Lee from Golden Pink Journal

Spotlight Saturday ~ Lee from Golden Pink Journal

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my weekly Spotlight Saturday series. 🙂

For today’s post, I got to interview a very sweet blogger – it was such a blessing to do this with you, girl! I’m looking forward to getting to share it with you guys today. 🙂 I hope all of you enjoy! Oh, and for any new bloggers reading this: Lee has some awesome tips to share with you near the end of this post! So stick around if you’re interested in reading her stellar blogging advice. xxx

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #8

Hi everybody! Thank you so much for coming by this week’s Spotlight Saturday. Today, I would like to introduce to you a lovely blogger that I first met a couple of months ago. I love seeing new posts from her pop up in my Reader – and new videos in my feed on YouTube, as well! Please welcome Lee from Golden Pink Journal!

Before I answer Maggie’s amazing questions (I just know they will be) I want to thank her for thinking of me for this interview. I’ve seen a few of the other bloggers she’s interviewed and this this is just such a brilliant, selfless idea. I love series like these, they keep the community connected and growing! I hope all who is reading enjoys, maybe we can talk and become blog friends? 💗☺

Aww you’re so sweet, Lee! I’m glad you enjoy this series; it has been such a fun experience getting to know so many bloggers even more. 🙂 I hope that the readers will consider coming by your blog after they read the interview. My first question for you is, what are your hobbies and current interests?

Definitely agree!

Hmm my hobbies and current interests… I’d have to say reading and writing obviously lol but also doing DIY projects, listening to music and writing my own lyrics or covers, and creating YouTube videos. I could probably think of so many more hobbies but those are the main ones. Most of my hobbies involve creating something. I’ve even created online virtual items like clothing, and a variety of textures (hair, floor, wallpaper) for online gaming. I recently became interested in caring for small animals since I’ve always been an animal lover. Especially kittens, I’m even thinking of fostering one day! I have a strong interest in anything involving nature, and also astrology to name a few.

Those all sound so great!! I love being creative, too. 🙂 Awww fostering is so awesome! I never have myself, but I would love to one day. My next question is, why did you decide to start blogging?

You should check out Kitten Lady on YouTube☺ She’s my inspiration.

Before I started blogging I had already thought about it before. It was one of those things I wanted to get into as a writer, I just didn’t have the motivation or confidence to take initiative. At two different occasions, speaking with two different friends, we discussed some of my poetry and stories I had written during the time. I told them that I wanted to write stories on Facebook again, or get into something else and they both suggested I start blogging. I guess that was the motivation I needed because I made my blog shortly afterwards. I’m still working on the confidence part but I know that when I’m ready to share my blog with my friends and family I will have support from them at least.💕

That’s great, Lee! I’m so glad that you joined the WordPress community:) It wouldn’t be the same without you! 💕 My next question is, what are your top three favorite posts that you’ve written? Why are they your favorites?

Aww thanks Maggie that’s so sweet of you💗

This question was a bit hard because I had a lot of favorites to choose from. I decided to go with some of my most recent favorites.

Short Story Saturday: Izabelle’s Edition

I wrote a short story from my cats perspective of her life here with me. Izabelle is the sweetest cat I’ve ever met and I love taking pictures of here which can be seen in the story. It’s like she’s vlogging about her life almost lol. It’s so adorable which is why I’m choosing this one.

Fun Friday #8 Late Night Crafts

As you know, one of my series I do is Fun Friday, one afriday I posted a few quick and easy DIY projects. I made pen/pencil holders out of candle jars similar to mason jar projects and some really cute bookmarks. The bookmarks were so fun to make and I’ll have to make more! Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies so any DIY project I share will be a favorite of mine.

This Told Me the Story of My Life

Okay, this last one… I know a lot of people aren’t really into astrology, numerology, things like that but I’m one of those people that is very into it. Everything I read or calculate is usually accurate for me and even other people that I know. In this post I shared my life path number, life expression and a few others, while showing how to calculate your own. I talk about what numerology is and what it all means. I was amazed at how accurate my numbers related to my life. I’d really love if anyone else in the community could check it out to calculate your own and see if anything is spot on for you. Maybe even share your results, I’m curious.

You’re welcome! Aww those are all such great posts:) haha I loooove that Izabelle one, especially – seeing all those pictures of your sweet kitty was so much fun! Next, I’d like to know: what are three tips that you have for new bloggers who have just started out?

There will be lots more! Izabelle says you all haven’t seen the last of her☺

New tips for bloggers, that’s a great topic and very important so if there’s any new bloggers tuning in, pay attention here:

I’d say the first tip is to know what you’re going to be blogging about, have some type of general idea. I feel like if you’re serious about blogging don’t just start because it sounds cool, you should go into it knowing why and what so you don’t end up lost about what to write, or looking at everyone else’s posts to get ideas. This brings me to my next two tips…

Be consistent with posting and engaging, and make your blog your own. Many will look past your blog and won’t give you any feedback if you don’t upload often or you aren’t engaging with them. Your blog will get lost within the others, that’s just how it is. What you put in is what you get out.

Make your blog your own so that it’s different from all the rest. What makes your blog unique? What makes your voice unique? Go with that and build from that because if you’re trying to be like everyone else you’re not going to go very far and blogging just won’t be as fun, for you or your readers.

Aw yay! That’s awesome. ❤ Girl, those are all such great tips!!!! It is very important to know what one wants their blog to be like, and being an active part of the blogging community, as well as coming out with original content weekly, is the best way to stand out in the beautiful world of blogging. ☺ I have really enjoyed getting to interview you today, Lee! Do you have anything else you’d like to say before we go?

Thanks for having me! It was so fun being interviewed, I really enjoyed this experience. Its been the highlight of my weekend☺

Also thank you to everyone reading, I hope you could get to know me a little more and maybe learn something. Give Maggie a like and lots of love for this wonderful series💖

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Thank you all so much for reading! It would make both of us very happy if you could visit her blog for yourself. She is so kind and inspiring, writes about a variety of things, and would love to talk to you in the comments sections of her posts!

Have a great Saturday, everyone!

— Maggie

Spotlight Saturday – Eccentric Muse (Diana) from La Petit Muse

Spotlight Saturday – Eccentric Muse (Diana) from La Petit Muse

Hello everyone! How are all of you doing? I hope and pray that you’re having a fantastic Saturday!! Mine has gotten off to a great start. I don’t know what my family and I will be up to as of yet, but hey, no matter what we do, I know that we’ll have a good time. ❤

For this week’s Spotlight Saturday, I had the wonderful chance to interview a very dear blogging friend of mine. She’s been a faithful reader since I first made this blog back in January, which is pretty awesome! I hope you enjoy the interview; I know you guys will enjoy her blog just as much as I do. 🙂

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Interview #7

Hi everyone! Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Saturday; thank you so much for dropping by. Today, I will be interviewing the very first person to reach out to me when I started back blogging this year. Yup, she was Dreaming of Guatemala’s very first reader! She is such a kind, special blogger, anyway, so that fact makes her friendship that much more special to me. Without further ado, I am very happy to introduce to you Diana from La Petit Muse!

Hello, everyone! Maggie has been nothing but a blessing to this blogosphere and I am honored and excited to be a part of her ‘Spotlight Saturday’ series. Thank you for allowing me to take part in this interview, Maggie.

You’re welcome, Diana! Alright, let’s get into this. First I’d like for you to introduce yourself to us, and also: what are some of your hobbies and interests?

I am a child of God who is still learning to walk in His ways. I am also a dreamer and a Francophile. I love discovering new and interesting things hence my love of History. When I’m not writing or reading, I am learning French. I am an avid blogger and I used to run like 5 blogs before closing 3. I also love Bible studying, watching football, sightseeing and making covers for my ‘novels’.

That is so interesting, Diana. And I love learning about history, too! My next question is: Why did you decide to start your blog, La Petit Muse? What first got you into blogging?

Believe it or not, but it was football (and not writing) that got me into blogging back in 2012. Every weekend, I’ll try to catch a game so I can comment on it and talk about transfers and top players. But it was always about writing and a few years later I’ve decided that I wanted to open a blog to talk about life as a writer and to motivate amateur writers such as myself; to encourage them to tap into their talent, but things took a turn for the best… I guess.

That is such a cool way to have gotten into blogging! I wouldn’t have ever guessed that, so I enjoyed learning this about you. Next, what are your favorite topics to blog about?

I like having a variety of topics to write about. I blog about God’s love for us, book reviews, a film review here and there, a little about fashion, poetry and what I am currently writing.

 I love all of those topics! Do you have a few favorite posts you could share with us? If not, maybe just tell us about your favorite from this month so far. 🙂

Thank you, Maggie! My favorite number is 4, so I’ll provide four favorite posts. My utmost favorite post to write to date is The Promises of God because He can never lie and His promises bring me comfort. Reflection is another one I enjoyed writing despite it not being lengthy. I take the time to reflect on my life on a monthly basis. I participate in NaNoWriMo annually and it led me to write What is a Story? My favorite short story to write to date is I’ll Like To Include Me In Your Will because I never thought that I could’ve written Science Fiction! I’ve gotten requests to continue it but at the moment I just can’t see it becoming a full blown story.

Thank you so much for sharing these with us! I know I’ve read a few of them, but I’ll have to go read the others I haven’t visited yet. The next thing I’d like to know is: what are your time management tips for blogging? (e.g. getting posts written in time, etc)

I don’t really have any time management tips, but if I’m busy with work or with a social event, I schedule my posts. Otherwise, I post early in the morning or during my lunch break at work.

Oh, okay! Yeah, scheduling posts is very helpful 🙂 I have really enjoyed interviewing you, Diana. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we go?

They most certainly are! To Maggie’s wonderful readers: trust in the Lord with all your heart and all your might and keep walking with Jesus. And to you, Maggie: keep up the wonderful work that you’re doing with your blog for your posts help uplift spirits. And thank you for interviewing me. It was a blast!

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Thank you all so much for reading! It would really bless both of us if you were to go visit her blog for yourself. She writes on a whole number of things – films, books, her own stories and poetry, and so much more!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

— Maggie

Blog Awards! ~ June 2017

Blog Awards! ~ June 2017

Helloooo everyone, and happy Tuesday to all of you! I hope that your day has gotten off to a great start or, depending on where you live, was already great. ❤ The post I’ve written for today is quite a long one, so bear with me! Feel free to skim through it; I don’t even want to go and proofread it right now ahaha

Because I’ve pretty much written about all of the blog awards out there by now, I don’t really like to write an individual post for each one that I receive. I appreciate each and every nomination, however, and I love answering the questions, etc … but giving each one a post of their own isn’t what I want to do anymore. So, for right now, I’m going to do a collective blog post once a month (not on any specific day) to stay caught up on accepting all awards and tags! I save pictures of awards I’ve been nominated for so that I’ll be sure to write about them. ❤

I hope that you enjoy learning a bit more about me! Let’s jump right into this. ❤

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The Mystery Blogger Award

Nominator: Rhae Lee! Thank you so much!

3 Facts About Myself:

  1. I love taking online quizzes to learn silly things about myself. For example, ‘which hot celeb is perfect for you’? ‘What kind of donut are you’?
  2. I thoroughly enjoy listening to songs until I can’t stand them. It takes me a few years for me to love them all over again. It’s just how I work.
  3. Over the years, I’ve had sooo many blogs, because at one point, I thought it’d be fun to have one for each of my interests aha

Answers to Rhae Lee’s Questions:

  • What was the last funny thing you’ve said? Probably a witty comment back to my family; we were talking earlier.
  • What are your summer plans? Keep reading books for the A-to-Z Reading Challenge that I’m doing, continue learning Spanish, write more unique blog posts (I really love series, but individual posts are great, too), grow closer to my little brothers, and reach out to other bloggers!
  • Do you have a favorite YouTube channel? If so, what? Yes! That would either be Team Edge, Collins Key, or Jamie Grace. I really can’t choose between them.
  • What is your favorite song? It changes ever few hours aha I don’t lie, but right now, it’s “Best of Me” by Jordan Feliz. ❤ Edit: Now I’m kinda lovin’ “How Long,” also by Jordan Feliz.
  • What is your favorite thing to blog about? My faith, as well as the various subjects I’m interested in. Language learning, history, the history of language learning … haha, kidding on that last one.
  • How often do you blog? I usually have something to post every day of the week, although if I’m lacking on inspiration, I take Tuesdays and Wednesdays (and maybe even Mondays!) off.
  • How well do you manage your time? Pretty well! I always reach the end of the day feeling accomplished, unless something really stressful occurred. I don’t desire to brag in the least, but because of the way my life is right now, it’s easy to manage my time.
  • If you could have any job in the world when you grow up, what would it be? I have an intense desire on my heart to work with children. There’s this organization in Guatemala (you can visit its website, link in my sidebar), and I can really see myself working there one day. ❤ And yes, that is the job I dream of one day having, and it’s actually quite possible.
  • Do you go to school or are you homeschooled? I’m homeschooled! I always have been, and I enjoy it so much.
  • What is your favorite thing about school? Being required to learn about important things in life. Some subjects, I’m not too keen on, but the majority of them, at least throughout high school (biology, chemistry, history, etc) have been so much fun to learn about! I’m to the point where I’m using my free time in the afternoons and on weekends to continue my research of them. It’s pretty cool.

Nominations:

Amelia || Sofia || Lee || Donna || Jaylee

My Questions:
What is the main color scheme of your wardrobe?
Who’s your celebrity crush?
What’s the longest book you’ve ever read?
What are you favorite kinds of videos to watch on YouTube?
How long have you been blogging?
What is your favorite kind of post to write?
Do you like cooking/baking? Why or why not?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change? Why?
What song lyric has really inspired you?
What’s your favorite type of bird, if any?

TheCramm Award

Creator: Liv at theCramm.

Nominator: Lee! ❤ Also, Pamela left her nominations open, so I jumped at the chance to answer her question, too, hah!

Three Things That Motivate Me To Blog:

  1. The world around me. I was recently talking to another blogger about how there is literally inspiration everywhere, especially when it comes to blog post writing!
  2. Having the ability to spread joy, positivity, and inspiration. My blog gives me the chance not only to have a place for others to come if they’d like to find something happy to read, but by focusing on keeping all posts, no matter how sad, to still have hope in the end, has been so beneficial. Challenging at times, definitely, but it has helped me so much emotionally, nonetheless.
  3. Other bloggers! Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to say how inspiring it is to see all these awesome, inspiring posts pop up in my Reader every day! I am constantly blown away by y’all’s creativity! I know so many great bloggers … although, like I’ve said before, all bloggers are great. ❤

Three People Who Inspire Me To Blog:

  1. Mi madre. Hehe! Having a blogging buddy is so much fun, and getting to share this hobby in common with her has been an absolute blast.
  2. Jesus. Any time I’ve written a post about Him, or a post where it could have been negative but I found a way to still make it happy in the end, all leads me back to praising Him. He is the reason for all of my joy and peace. ❤
  3. My friend, Margaret. I appreciate all of her feedback; getting to read all the comments she leaves on my posts really inspires me to keep blogging. I know that even if a post wasn’t as well-received as I would have thought, she would still be there to read and comment, which is a huge blessing to me. ❤

One Thing to Improve the World:

Love. In the smallest, in the biggest, of ways, when we’re willing to go even just a small amount out of our way to extend a loving hand to someone in need, it really changes both the hearts of the giver and the receiver. It is beautiful to love, and also to be loved. ❤

My Answers to Lee’s Question + Pamela’s Question:

Lee: If you had to choose to not blog for a month, or not read/comment on anyone’s blog for a month, which would you choose and why? I would not blog for a month. Even though that would be hard, I would have an entire month to be able to plan really cool blog posts (there’d be no pressure to get them done by any deadline!), and still be able to keep up with all of the beautiful bloggers that I follow. I would really miss reading and supporting the blogs I visit on a daily basis. ❤
Pamela: What kind of change do you wish to inspire in the world? I would love to impress upon others the importance of kindness. While it is so easy to focus on ourselves and what we’re up to and how we’re feeling, it is equally as easy to make someone smile, to positively impact someone else’s life; sometimes, it just takes an extra, loving thought, and the outcome is always worth it.

Nominations:

T.R. Noble || Jirah Merizz || Kali || Pooja || Angela

My Question: What’s your favorite inspiring quote? Why does it inspire you?

The Real Neat Blog Award

Nominator: Andy and Jirah! Thank you so very much, girls!! x

My Answers to Andy’s Questions:

  • What is your spirit animal? While my patronus is a ginger cat, my spirit animal is definitely a chickadee; quick, cute (alright, maybe not haha), loud, and loves to sing.
  • What is your favorite classic movie? I have sooo many favorites! (I’m an old TV show/movie lover) There are a few Disney classics that mean a lot to me, such as Swiss Family Robinson and Pollyanna. Those were the first that came to mind.
  • What choice did you make that you’re really grateful for? Instead of focusing on learning French a couple of years ago like I had initially wanted to, I went ahead and began focusing on Spanish, instead, because my mom assigned that to me for school. I am so thankful for that decision (putting my all into that required subject) because it was a great way to begin learning a language that I now love so much! Español es maravilloso!
  • What is your favorite sea creature? Seahorses. Tiiiiny little ones!!
  • If shooting star wishes do come true, what will you wish for? A bright future full of security and love. ❤
  • If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Freak the heck out of my family. I’d go up close to them and whisper stupid things near their head and makeg them jump out of their skin.
  • What is it that you miss doing? Gymnastics were pretty fun back when I was a little kid. Although, so is swimming! Sad fact: I haven’t been to a pool in a few years. 😦 I might get to this summer, though! Woot woot!

My Answers to Jirah’s Questions:

  • What is your dream job or current job? Dream job – to volunteer in any way that I can in Guatemala. Current job – unemployed homeschooler hahaha
  • What motivates you in blogging? The different things that interest me, as well as all the bloggers that I know!
  • What is your favourite food? I love potatoes and cheese. Together, apart, on anything, with everything, cooked in any way. Yup.
  • What do you think is the book that relates to your life so much? Hamlet. Witty, ridiculous, and oftentimes dramatic. Although, Hamlet ends in the deaths of a lot of people … *facepalm*
  • Do you have a blogging schedule or do you post whenever you feel like it? Hahaha, both! I have specific things that I do Thursday through Sunday, then Monday through Wednesday are my free-to-write-whatever-I-like days. It’s quite a nice routine for me.
  • Do you have any pets at home? Nope! But I love little dogs, and I seriously want to hold and snuggle and pet every single one that I see.
  • What is your favourite beauty brand? e.l.f!

Nominations:

Cheila || Pamela || Grace || Maysa || Margaret

My Questions:

  1. From wherever you’re sitting, look to your right. Describe the first thing you see!
  2. Why did you choose the profile picture you’re currently using?
  3. Are you organized or disorganized?
  4. What’s one of your favorite words?
  5. Do you like Harry Potter? Why or why not?
  6. What makes you laugh?
  7. Are there any movies that have made you cry? If so, why?

The Blog-Aholic Award

Nominator: Kate, and Cheila, too! I just realized when going to write this post that you nominated me for this a while back. Oops! Thank you both, girls.

My Best Posts:

Most Popular: Awesome Blogger Award
My Personal Favorite: This is My Calling

6 Interesting Facts About Me:

  1. I have very vivid dreams, and the main thing that I remember from all of them is who was there (either my family, or favorite celebrities – what whaaat!), and where we were. The rest fades into oblivion.
  2. I’ve listed so many facts about myself on my blog now that I hardly have anything new and interesting left to share.
  3. I have a book review blog (shameless shoutout), although I must say that I don’t even like reviewing books that much. I started and still run that blog as a failed attempt to bring myself to enjoy writing reviews haha
  4. I have not changed my blog design at all since day one, which is crazy for me, as I used to be completely obsessed with changing everything around on past blogs.
  5. I love reading magazines occasionally, but I don’t ever buy them, nor do I have a personal favorite. That would be something to look into.
  6. Recently, I have come to realize that I have a strange obsession with pineapples. I like them in room décor, inspirational quotes, and the actual food, etc …

Nominations:

For this one, I’d like to nominate anyone who’s never gotten this particular award before! Just comment ‘Tag me!’ in the comments below!

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Whew! That was quite a post. Thank you all so much for reading! If you are one of the nominees, no pressure! Don’t worry if you don’t want to do it, or it takes you some weeks or months to post about it; I don’t mind at all. 🙂 I would appreciate your acknowledgement of the nomination in the comments, haha, but aside from that, do what you like!

Have a blessed Tuesday, everyone!

— Maggie