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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My Focuses For The Summer

My Focuses For The Summer

Hi there! Happy Friday to you! ❤ I hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂 As the days have grown warmer here in Georgia, I have gradually began thinking more and more about how I’d like to spend the summer months. Living in the South means that our summer lasts usually from early May to late September, haha, so you can imagine why I absolutely love October!

Since I usually tend to spend the most time indoors in our hotter months (the humidity kills me lol), I am coming up with ways to spend this time wisely. Sitting around and blogging the whole summer away is tempting, but would definitely not be the smartest way to spend my time, haha! Because of this, I have come up with a list of several, productive things I want to do over the following months.

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The Privilege I’ve Been Given

The Privilege I’ve Been Given

Hey there! ❤ I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend 🙂 With summer having just officially arrived, I can’t help but think about all of the fun possibilities this new season holds for me and my family! I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, we’ll have the chance for all of us to go on a fun vacation together. ❤ However, we have to take into consideration the youngest ones, who find it hard to stay in their car seats for too long. (In fact, I’m not the biggest fan of long car rides either. haha!) Even if we don’t take an official “vacation” of sorts, I’m certain that we’ll have fun going out on at least one day trip. 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you’re planning to do this summer! Intro aside, I’m happy to introduce you to today’s post. I hope that you enjoy!

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Living Free Of The Past

Living Free Of The Past

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Monday to you 🙂 The topic of today’s post is something that has been on my heart these past few weeks. It has come to my attention in nearly every argument I’ve found myself involved in. The sad part is, it is because of this thing that many of the quarrels even began.

I have been harboring un-forgiveness in my heart.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

When I’m faced with a negative situation, the first thing my brain does is recall all of the other times something similar has happened. In the blink of an eye, I have easily remembered the people involved, the problem and resolution, and the way past conversations went. I remember angry expressions and uncaring remarks, and a split second later, I have responded to a new situation with past hurt.

It doesn’t even matter that all of those old memories have been resolved. I’m not currently still upset about those things – yet I obviously remember them vividly! This faultless memory of mine can’t really be controlled, but with awareness and practice, I can learn to control my responses to them.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is the 8th chapter of Romans. It has everything I could ever want to read about, all wrapped into one forty-verse section. It speaks of salvation through Christ, the power of living through the Holy Spirit, how He enables us to thrive in this life, and how nothing will ever separate us from the Lord’s love. It doesn’t matter what I’m going through in life, Romans 8 always has a verse that holds great meaning for me. Today, it was the 12th verse.

“So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh.”

Whatever I may face, He is stronger still. No matter what my mind comes up with, He is stronger still. My inability to forgive is relentlessly, but He is stronger still!

I hope that this post could provide some encouragement to you for today. ❤ Whatever this day may hold for you, I pray that you will actively become more aware of how you’re viewing life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”2 Corinthians 5:17

Do we treat each situation as its own, or do we pair it with past pain? We may have to go through things to conquer the way we feel about situations, but it is well worth the journey.

Here’s to healing. ❤

— Maggie

Blog Coaching – May 2018

Blog Coaching – May 2018

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well ❤ Happy Saturday to you! 🙂 In the second attempted draft of this post, haha, I have decided to answer every question I was asked on this post and not just the ones which had answers equaling (in total) over a thousand words. I’d love for this to be short and fun, yet informative and inspiring as well! And fitting it into one post would be great, too 🙂 So, if you had a question for me last week, or you wanted to read an answer to someone else’s question, this is the right place to be! I have some blogging advice to share with you ❤ I hope you learn something and enjoy!


Top 3 Questions + My Answers

Thanks so much to Raf for sharing these amazing questions! ❤

1. How do you grow your blog?
Answer: I have fun conversations with people, pick catchy titles for my posts, and share posts weekly!

2. How many times a week should I be posting?
Answer: I personally love to see 3-4 posts from my favorite bloggers each week, and that’s a great way to stay active in the community.

3. What are the best times to post?
Answer: The morning (usually 8-9AM EST) is when my posts get the most response!


Blog Coaching
Questions + Answers

Lydia: How do you come up with pictures that are relevant to your post and where do you go most to find them?

Answer: Unsplash and Pexels are my best friend! I also love incorporating my own photography into my posts, as well (: It takes some experimenting to figure out which pictures you love pairing with which posts, but by rule of thumb, I’ve found out that nature photos are good for updates/inspirational posts, silhouette photos are great for more personal/insightful posts, and laptop/desk photos are fantastic for blog-related posts!

Lydia: Would you recommend putting a list of your categories on the sidebar?

Answer: Yes! It makes navigating your blog for other readers so much easier. ❤

Lydia: How do you increase blog traffic?

Answer: Do a blog challenge. Browse the Reader for a while and interact with others. Write a post that you know for sure others will want to read. Catch up on reading your friends’ blogs. Basically, put time and effort into keeping your blog updated and your community presence current!

Caz: How’s best in your opinion to showcase your older posts?

Answer: This is a fantastic question, especially for bloggers who have been writing for a long time and have many older posts to share! I’ve personally found that writing a second part to an older post, as well as having blog categories that easily lead back to those awesome posts, is an effective way to draw attention back to older content.

El: Got any tips for when you get bloggers’ block?

Answer: Browse Pinterest for inspiration. Work on the drafts you still have on your dashboard. Create a list of all the ideas of possible blog posts that come to you. Continue working on an old blog series you used to write – anything to keep those creative blogging juices flowing!

SaRitzy: What made you continue to blog?

Answer: On Dreaming of Guatemala, it has definitely been this community. Having the support of others has inspired me every day to keep going! After that, the constant inspiration I have to write about the world around me fuels every blog post, and every comment I leave on others’ blogs makes me happy to know I’m making a difference, if even in the smallest of ways.

Ariana: How would you say to get your blog out there?

Answer: Last winter, I started by browsing the Reader all. the. time! From there, I would branch out to the friends of my friends, participate in blog parties and little competitions – before long, I started showing up in WordPress search results! I think the key to catching people’s attention are GOOD TITLES. I’m not talking about the clickbait-y ones, no – the short, to-the-point, interesting ones. Especially the ones that make people curious!

Kelsey: What’s the best way to bring positive feedback to your blog?

Answer: The one way I know you can do this for sure is by simply being yourself. By this, I mean to share what’s on your heart, let readers know what you’re going through and where you’re coming from – it makes a blogger much more real and easier to relate to. You can picture who’s behind the blog when you know that they’re just as purely human as you are. So, write posts that express what’s on your heart and have true conversations with people – I know they’ll be coming back for more.

Marie: What do you do when your views go down drastically?

Answer: Well first of all, I get discouraged haha, but then I go deeper and analyze why the views have dropped. Usually, it will be because I wrote a less popular post, or it was a holiday weekend, etc. When that happens, I tend to go work on some new post ideas I know readers will like, in the mindset that maybe it was just a down week for everyone.

Shannon: What’s the #1 way to grow your follow count without spamming all your other social media platforms with blog links?

Answer: The one time I saw a huge spike in my stats was when I did the 30-day blogging challenge last May! It took dedication, for sure, but this has proven true every time: blogging daily does something for your stats. Everyone just keeps coming back every day for more, haha!

Lizzy: How do you make your graphics and featured images?

Answer: I use RookieCam (which is free in the app store!)! If I need more filters and effects than what it has to offer, PicLab and Superimpose are awesome, as well.


Thank you so very much for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you learned something new. ❤ And be sure to check out my other Blogging Tips for more inspiration! If you guys want, I can do this blog coaching again next month 🙂

I hope you have a beautiful day!

— Maggie

Coffee Chat | Waiting On The Lord

Coffee Chat | Waiting On The Lord

Hi there! Happy Sunday to you. ❤ This is going to be a very open and honest post, one that I hope will be able to inspire you on this beautiful weekend. There have been many times throughout my walk with the Lord when I would have deeply appreciated reading something like this while waiting on His timing for something I desired – because it is often not easy. The thoughts and prayers that go through our heads while holding on to faith often lose strength the longer we wait, which is why encouragement along the way is an essential. May you be just as inspired by reading this as I was blessed by writing it. ❤ Let’s both grab a cup of coffee (or your preferred choice of beverage) and sit down for a chat!

There are few things that have occurred in my life thus far that have challenged my patience more than when I am waiting on the Lord. His timing truly is not mine, because while we frequently wish for the things we desire to be fulfilled and completed as quickly as possible, the Lord sees the beauty of our situations behind the scenes. He knows that because we haven’t gotten that new job, new vehicle, new friend, or whatever else we may be searching for quite yet, everything is working out beyond our sight.

Even when we’re sitting there, feeling like we’re wasting time away when we really should be attaining our hopes and dreams, please know that He is at work if it is your heart’s desire. There are a few possibilities as to how He may be helping in your life at the moment:

  1. He’s perfectly organizing every event and detail.
  2. He’s leading you toward seeing His point of view.
  3. He’s preparing YOU.

In fact, all three of these possibilities might be relevant to your life right now!

If we were to attain everything we’d ever dreamed of in a single moment, we could die happy – right?

But what is life without the anticipation of beautiful things?

We’d never know excitement without the waiting!

If each and every thing we wanted was all ours right now, there would be nothing left to hope for. We’d never get to experience how it feels to finally have something that brings us great joy. Only then are we able to clearly see what a blessing it is when it comes! We’re unable to take it for granted because we dreamed of it for so long. Comparing how life was without it to how happy we are with it is extremely inspiring.

When I was younger, I used to think, If I could just have [whatever I wanted at the moment] right now, I would be happy. I rarely stopped to think that maybe the Lord was saving me from something that would have broken me. He could have been protecting me from my own self-destruction! Then there are other things that I didn’t get until later in life, because it was then His plan for me to have it. Much of the time, I see the perfect reasons why the blessing showed up when it did, but other times, I have been left to wonder. Still, I trust in His infinite knowledge. 🙂

So, let me go back to the three points I made about waiting on the Lord. The first one has to do with His behind-the-scenes work. Without His perfect organization skills, we would not be in the blessing-filled situations we’re in now!

We hardly ever see how He is preparing things for us, but I absolutely believe that He is at work.

My second point has to do with our mindset, and how that changes us while we wait. Sometimes, after a long time of waiting, how we view what we desire changes – for better or worse. We may realize that it was a very good thing that we didn’t get that blessing until this moment … or we may see that there’s a reason why we don’t have it and won’t ever have it.

I have found myself in situations where it took me months (even years!) to realize that something would never work out because the Lord was rescuing me, over and over again, from something disastrous. After going through things like that, I have been reminded again and again that He is truly my Savior. 

Finally, my third point is that He prepares us for what we desire. For example, I can’t wait to have my first job – but I’m not quite (or at all) ready for that to be part of my life at the moment. In this instance, I can see why I’m waiting: I’m caring for my family for now as my mom continues to recover from Isabella’s birth, which doesn’t leave time for me to be away from home. If I were to continue pursuing work at the moment, I’d be completely out of line with what the Lord has for me!

Impatience and the temptation to move forward plagues our thoughts during these times. When the Lord is challenging us to put all of our trust in Him, it’s easy to want to keep taking steps in what we think is the right direction instead of doing what we perceive as sitting still. But please, let me assure you, kind friend – this time of waiting is not being wasted.

The Lord is preparing everything He has for you, one small step at a time.

When I begin thinking too much about what I’d like to do someday, I return my focus to the present. By being happy here, I know I will flourish in the future!

“This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24


Thank you so much for joining me for this coffee chat! I’m thinking about making this a weekly series, because I really enjoyed it. ❤ Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU waiting on the Lord for?

Happy Sunday!

— Maggie

Returning To His Word

Returning To His Word

Hello there, and Happy Sunday to you! ❤ This is going to be a quick, update-type post because there’s something on my heart I’d like to share with you this morning.

Over the last few weeks, through prayer and talking to others (thank you, God’s Warrior!), I have slowly been on a journey that is returning me to find enjoyment in reading the Bible. For the longest time now, I have felt lost when it comes to where to read, what I can still get out of the books and chapters I’ve previously studied, and just how to begin finding the Old Testament interesting. It has been a struggle for me, for sure, but I am now more than ready to put my all into loving His Word.

I have decided to begin this journey with Isaiah. By reading one chapter a day, I’m already making progress, which brings me great joy. Certain chapters and verses from this book have meant a lot to me for years, and getting to know exactly what this book is all about will be a wonderful learning experience. While I was tempted to choose a book in the New Testament to read again, I must start looking at the Old Testament, which still has so much to teach me, in the right light. Haha!

In my time of knowing the Lord, I have become so accustomed to spending all of my Bible-studying time reading the books about Jesus and Paul’s church letters that I haven’t taken the time to learn lessons from the books written hundreds of years before. Aside from the Psalms and Proverbs, I know very little about the Old Testament – aside from knowing the names, which I memorized from Genesis to Revelation! Anyway, while I might not have been up to deeper studies of these older studies as a pre-teen – I’m quite sure I would not have understood them! – I can definitely do so now. It blesses me that the Lord has led me to this point.

The verse I ended up loving the most from Isaiah 1 is actually verse 17. “Learn to do right! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, and correct the oppressor. Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” It was a good reminder that the Lord gave to the people of Judah through Isaiah.

Thank you for reading my post today! I would be happy to know where you’re currently studying in the Bible. Which verse has stood out to you the most recently? ❤

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

— Maggie

Turning Eighteen

Turning Eighteen

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday! ❤ This is the day that I’ve been looking forward to for the past few months, and I really can’t believe it’s already here. Have I mentioned before that time absolutely disappears when little ones are running around the house? There’s something about spending time with babies and kids that makes the days fly by. ❤ I wish it wasn’t so! For the days when they’re so cute and little are gone before I know it.

On this day last year, I wrote a post (which you can read here!) talking about what I was thinking on my seventeenth birthday. It amazes me that a full YEAR has flown by since I wrote that post! I read it again this weekend, and I was reminded of how deeply thoughtful I was that day. Here’s a quotation from it:

I’ve realized that there’s more to life than the things we own, the status we have, and the audience that we captivate. It’s about family and friends, making happy memories, and exploring new places. Above all, it’s about coming to know our Heavenly Father even more. That is a lifelong process that doesn’t ever seem to tire me, but instead brings me to love Him even more.

Man – I don’t even remember sounding that wise, haha! I’m pretty sure by now the Lord has called me to be a writer because I love expressing my thoughts and ideas through words. ❤

As you can probably tell by the title of this post, April 10th has come back around again – which means that I’m turning 18 today! I have learned so much in the three hundred and sixty-five days that have elapsed since I was celebrating my last one, and I think the one main thing I’ve noticed this day is just how special birthdays are as a kid. The childlike attribute of enjoying your special day that much is something that made my childhood so bright, and I’ve definitely seen my view of life changing these past few years as I grow older.

Life is not about what you do – it’s about who you spend it with.

Reaching out in kindness to your family, extending a helping hand to the poor, being open to holding conversations with new people and old friends … there is so much quality of life to be found in loving others. ❤

Today, my birthday is no longer a day to appreciate myself like it was when I was little … I now possess the knowledge of how precious life is, and how blessed I am by the Lord to be a shining light to those around me.

Being willing to face the aspects of myself that need improvement, and cultivating the areas that others truly appreciate is something I’m truly mindful of this day.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about me, there are some posts I wrote recently which I definitely recommend!:

The Passions I Pursue || Focuses For April
Growing Up So Fast || Healing Begins Here

Thank you so much for reading! Very shortly, I’m going out to have breakfast with my dad, which I really enjoyed doing with him last year, as well. Have a blessed day!

— Maggie