Introducing: Maggie’s Blog Design Workshop + FREE Monthly Blog Coaching!

Introducing: Maggie’s Blog Design Workshop + FREE Monthly Blog Coaching!

Hi there! Welcome to Maggie’s Workshop! ❤ In this post, I share why I’m celebrating, as well as how YOU can join in on the fun!


Thank You For 2K!

When I first created this blog last winter, I NEVER would have guessed that I would get this far in just over one year! There are few things that have delightfully surprised me more, and I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough!

If I had to choose three main things that got me here, I would pick community, dedication, and experimentation. Nothing could be accomplished anywhere online without the support of others – and my blog is no different! Every comment I’ve ever received has kept me moving forward. ❤ Dedication has also had a lot to do with the growth of my blog, as I’ve kept up with it weekly since January of 2017 (save the two times I took a break!). Lastly, figuring out what you like to write and seeing what others love to read is the balancing act of blog experimentation! Keeping your site a mixture of these two things takes time, work, and passionate writing.

While thinking of a way to rightfully express my gratitude and celebrate this exciting blog milestone, I came up with something! By taking two of my favorite things about blogging – which is blog customization and teaching other bloggers – I have come up with a workshop for my blog!

This is why today, I am happy to introduce to you …

My Blog Design Workshop
+ FREE Blog Coaching!


First of all, you may be wondering, why am I interested in blog design? It’s because I have been designing my own blogs for years, and I used to make Disney edits on Instagram a few years ago! Both of these hobbies have attributed to my love for photography, digital design, and all things blog customization.

Next, you’ll probably ask: what designs do I offer? I’m completely open to whatever you’d like to decorate your blog! If you’d like a blog button with a cool design or a professional header, or you want a pretty signature to end your posts with – I’d be happy to work with you via email if you sign up through one of the easy forms below! (Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments – I’m here to help!)

You’d probably like to know this, as well: which apps/websites do I get my photos from? The base of most of my designs is beautiful, free stock photos from various websites, such as Pixabay, Pexels, and Unsplash. To customize these pictures, I use the app ‘Rookie Cam’ on my iPhone 5s, as well as ‘Superimpose’! These are the five sources that allow me to use my creative energy for something useful. 🙂

Just in case you’re wondering: how long will they take to make? That depends on how many other people would like blog designs! I will keep up with a queue to make sure that everyone gets their designs in the order that they’ve signed up. ❤ I will be working on the designs as I am able!

The final thing you probably want to know is this: how much does it cost? Because this is a true hobby and favorite pastime of mine (and also because I’m not considering making this a small business – yet!), all you have to do to qualify is REBLOG THIS POST so that others will know about my blog designs! I am completely open to helping anyone achieve the blog design they envision. Even through the thick of all the crazy customization settings on WordPress, it is possible!

NOTE: To be added to the queue, simply
1) Email me your completed form,
2) Comment on this post that you’ve emailed me, and
3) Reblog this post on your blog to share with others!

Blog Art Form
(copy + paste and fill it out
on my Contact page!):

Name/Nickname:
Blog Link:
Email Address: 

Blog Art Requests (choose 1-3 you’re interested in!):
Favorite Colors (1-3):
Font Preference (cursive, classic, bubbly, etc.):
Design Interests (floral, watercolor, retro, etc.):
Vision (how you see these designs turning out!):
Anything Else (include any pic/s you want me to customize): 

Queue:

(Will be updated!)


FREE Monthly Blog Coaching on
Dreaming of Guatemala!

Many of you have probably seen my ‘About The Blog’ page, which is where I shared information on why I began blogging and how that journey has gone for me so far! Even though Dreaming of Guatemala is only just over a year old, I have been blogging for nearly seven years now. I definitely know my way around the dashboard, and more recently, I’ve been learning so much about how it works to blog when you’re part of a community.

Having the chance to share my experiences and tips with you guys would make me so happy! This is why near the end of each month, I’ll be sharing a post asking you to submit any questions you may have about blogging, and I will do my best to answer them! Once everyone has shared their questions, I’ll be writing a post on the first of the following month (the first edition will be on May 1st) to hopefully teach and inspire you with my blogging tips!


Thank you so very much for reading! I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to know that two thousand people hit the follow button on my blog. The sharing of today’s post is the biggest thanks in return that I can give you!

Happy blogging!

— Maggie

My Thoughts On Life Recently

My Thoughts On Life Recently

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Saturday to you!

To begin this post, I want to first share the fact that my silence absence these past few days was not planned. I had different ideas I was wanting to write and share the latter part of this week, but none of those posts got written. That usually happens when my days end up being more full than I had anticipated, which results in very little time to brainstorm ideas then sit down at the laptop and work on them.

I don’t mind when I don’t have posts to share (although posting daily would be fun!), but it does end up being more frustrating when I thought I was going to.

While thinking about possibly writing something to share today, I realized that some of the things that are going on in my life right now, as well as things that are soon to happen, have been consuming many of my thoughts and filling a good amount of my time. Being able to talk through them with you here would really help me, and your prayers over some of these issues would be much appreciated!

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage (I’ve chosen a caramel frappé for this occasion), and let’s sit down for a chat.


The seasons of stress in my life are finally coming to an end. It wasn’t until a discussion I had yesterday with my mom that I realized how anxiety-ridden these past few years have been for me. Since I was about fourteen years of age, I’ve gone through some really hard things, where the elapsed time between each one was often non-existent.

Severe injuries, difficult pregnancies (not my own, lol), toxic relationships, heartbreaking experiences with church – I can recall many things that stressed me out in my later teenage years.

Some of these situations I’ve mentioned made it hard for me to approach the Lord. There are days when all I want is to be in His loving arms, but I don’t have the ability to even form a prayer. Then there were other situations that made me go running to Him, where I was able to express everything I was feeling. Through it all, though, I’m thankful for both types of trials, because no matter what my response was to each one, I know now that He was always there with me.

Following the birth of Isabella, my youngest sister, I have seen a definite difference in how I feel about everyday life. It’s almost as if I’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel – a point I didn’t even realize I was running toward. While I don’t think it took me four years to get here, I do think this marks the end of my deep-rooted concern for my mom when she was pregnant. The complications that came from her pregnancies with Elizabeth and Isabella truly did stress me out, as I wanted my mom and my little siblings to be in good health. Now that we’re all here and she’s done having babies, I honestly feel like I can breathe again. I had not noticed just how tense I was about it all until now!

I have various doctor appointments coming up. One is to go to a dermatologist (I have so many eczema-related skin conditions), another to the eye doctor, and a well check-up two weeks from now. The biggest one is for a consultation this upcoming Tuesday so that I can hopefully get my wisdom teeth out this month. I’m praying that it all goes well! I don’t have any concerns about the surgery or recovery itself, but I’ve actually never had an IV before, so that’s the main thing I’ve been praying about. May I be able to go through with it, and may the person who does it do it right! Your prayers would be much appreciated. ❤

I’ve been spending more time with Joshua. He’s my fourteen-year-old brother, and he and I have been able to go places together once I finally got more comfortable with driving! So far, we’ve picked up dinner a few times for the family, went to one of our favorite thrift stores once, and earlier this week, we took our bikes and went riding on some trails. We definitely had a great day, and I’m looking forward to other outings like this! We don’t get to do enough together otherwise, so I’m thankful that we have this. ❤

I’m considering doing a blogging challenge in May. The one I did last year with a few blogging friends was a huge success! It taught me a lot more about how I want to blog, and having a post to share every day really got me connected with the blogging community. I’ll share an official invitation post closer to the end of the month if I do decide to do it, but I’d love to know right now: Would you be interested in doing one with me? 🙂 I’d enjoy reading what you guys would write about for the prompts, and I’d be sure to link to your blogs when I do my posts, as well!


That’s what I have today for an update post – I hope that you enjoyed reading. ❤ I really enjoyed talking about these different things! Let me know in the comments below how you’ve been doing lately.

Have a blessed weekend!

— 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