I Made A New Blog!

I Made A New Blog!

Hello! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ I’m sharing this post to let you know that I’m now blogging on a new blog! I created it yesterday and started posting on it today. 🙂 It’s called The Expressive Life, and I’m so excited to let you guys know about it. Click here to be among the first to follow it! (Well, it depends on when you read this post, but that’s okay, haha)

I’ve loved the time that I spent blogging on Dreaming of Guatemala, but I’m also really looking forward to starting a new blogging chapter on The Expressive Life. I decided to take the plunge and pay for a custom domain and access to all the premium themes, which I’m stoked about!

The Expressive Life is a personal blog where I will be sharing a huge variety of posts. For a while, I’ve been trying to share posts that fit into a particular niche or two, but on my new blog, I’m going to break the niche mold and talk about all the things I’ll enjoy writing about! On this post I shared this morning, I shared a quick list of some of the ideas I currently have.

This change will take some getting used to, as I’ve been going through other changes in my life recently as well, but I’m really happy about this decision to blog again. My mom has been encouraging me through all of this, and I really appreciate her words of wisdom and advice. If you’re reading this, Mom, thank you so much!

If you’d like to join me for this part of my blogging journey, I’d love to see you over at The Expressive Life! I can’t wait to interact with you guys again. ❤

— Maggie

Focuses For April

Focuses For April

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy April to you! At the beginning of each new month, I love to make sure I have things I can be doing, focusing on, and accomplishing in the weeks to come. That is because there are few things harder for me than feeling unproductive! So, by having at least a few activities/tasks in mind that I can participate in and work toward in the new month, I’ll know that I’m completing something worth my time.

Last month, I shared a to-do list I wanted to work on throughout March (you can read that post here!). However, I have a feeling my family and I will be quite occupied this April, which is why I’ve decided to write down a focuses list rather than a to-do list! While it feels good to check specific things off, I know for a fact that won’t be possible these next few (maybe even several) weeks. Instead, I’ll be able to keep in mind certain areas of my life I need to work on, add to, begin, etc.

I’d love to know in the comments below what you’ll be up to in April! I hope that you have some exciting things planned, and that you’ll thoroughly enjoy this fresh new month. ❤ Let’s see what I’ll be up to!

Focuses For April

Family. From helping around the house to spending time playing games with my little brothers and sisters, there is a lot I can be doing with and for my family – and I know that’s where the Lord desires for me to spend most of my time! Being available to help and being the best daughter and sister I can be is definitely something I am mindful of at the moment.

the cutest baby sister!!
E: “three!”
E: “babyyy”

Books. I can’t even tell you how many I’m hoping to read very soon! It’s been a long while since I prioritized having time to read, and that is something I’m finally able to do. At some point this month, I’ll share what I’ve been reading with you because I’m already really enjoying two that I recently bought!

my updated bookshelf!

Health/Fitness. It’s a journey that began this past December, one that I’m working on now more than ever before. I desire to feel nourished by what I eat, and I’d love to work out every day because it feels so good to get fit! Figuring out what works best for me is my current mission. ❤ I’ll probably be sharing a post that’s more in-depth soon!

Responsibility. I’ll be turning 18 next week (what, whaaat!), and with that will come some exciting new things! I’d love to handle all of this responsibly, especially when it comes to money.

Thank you so much for reading! As you can see, I’m hoping to spend my month accomplishing things in a few certain areas of my life. It is definitely less than what I’ve attempted to take on other months haha, but I think that’s a very good thing! I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me and my family this month, and I hope and pray that your April is beautiful, as well. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU focusing on this April?

Happy Monday to you!

— Maggie

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Willing To Try New Things

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Willing To Try New Things

As a group, we thrive on comfort and our version of ‘normal.’ We enjoy seeing the same people, doing the same things, eating the same food, and going the same places. After a long day, it is of great comfort to return to the same home, same peaceful activities, and same bedroom. Peace of mind comes with the knowledge that we’ve gotten the normal things we do done, and a day of that very same nature will be carried out tomorrow, too.

When we become comfortable with the things that make up our daily lives – job, family role, hobbies, etc – that’s a beautiful thing. I know how important it is for that to be a truth in our lives. Without that stability, we will find ourselves on shaky ground.

But how often do we learn about something new to us – an activity, challenge, recipe, even a restaurant – and we’re hesitant to try it, because we’d be stepping out of our comfort zone to do so? Normality is good for us, but in today’s post, I will be stressing the importance of taking the plunge of chasing after our personal pursuits: the art of being willing to try new things.

Hey everyone! I hope that you’re having a beautiful Wednesday. 🙂 ❤ It has been a while since I wrote a Cultivating A Joyful Life post, which is why I’m here with a new one to give you today! There are few things I enjoy writing more than this inspirational blog series, as it helps me to think through the things I pursue in life, as well as helping and motivating my readers. (I appreciate your feedback on these posts!)

Related Post: Cultivating A Joyful Life | An Introduction

As we are still in the first week of this fresh new year, I thought it would be a great time to write a post on pursuing new things in our lives. This could be a hobby, an activity in your community, a new dessert recipe that sounds really good to you – whatever first came to your mind when you read the title of this post.

For me, I have personally been experimenting with healthier eating and daily exercise for a few weeks, as I have neglected both of those practices for too long. The fear of injuring myself, as well as not quite knowing where to begin, hindered me from participating in anything more than the occasional walk. I enjoyed the healthy dinners my mom made, yet I never thought about making every meal I ate throughout the day healthy, as well. In mid-December, I realized that taking it a day at a time by learning more about health and fitness, what worked for my body, etc, I would feel great physically and emotionally. I am excited to be on this journey, and it finally felt like the right time in my life to start making healthy choices. Even though I thought for a while I’d never be confident enough to do so, the Lord gave me strength, and I’m so thankful that He did! ❤

If you have struggled with being open to trying new things in the past, fret not – I have been there many times myself. Whether it was the Lord’s timing, or I simply wasn’t ready, I’ve had it happened time and time again. There are always things that first appear insurmountable to us, for any number of reasons – money, our emotional state, how inspired we are – the list goes on. It isn’t always the right time to try something new, but there are ways you can motivate and inspire yourself to see if you are ready!

With this being the beginning of 2018, I’d like to invite you to try new things with me. The past is in the past – things you weren’t ready for then may be a possibility now. If it feels right for you now, this may be the year to begin. ❤

I would love to now take a look at the relevancy of this topic to the garden of our hearts.

As I mentioned previously, the familiar is a blessing to us. We’re used to how these situations, activities, and other things are, how they’re carried out, and so on. There are little to no surprises when it comes to these things. For a gardener, he will become accustomed to what his plants’ needs are, how long they live, which seasons they thrive in, etc – I’m sure that it’s tempting for many cultivating a garden to stick with the same plants for a long time. For some, this may be just what they want. However, change can be just as beautiful as that which is familiar.

With gardens, both figurative and literal, new plants (or hobbies and interests) will eventually become the familiar to us as we learn the practice and master the difficulties.

New Year’s resolutions are a touchy topic for many, as they work for some and not for others. However, there’s no denying that as one year draws to a close, we think about and potentially set out to do things differently in the new year. Whether we’re brushing up on something, continuing to work toward a long-standing goal, or we’re at the point where we’d love to try a new thing, the month of January is full of new beginnings.

Related Post: Staying Organized in 2018: Tips On Setting Goals for Yourself

I’m definitely feeling inspired with blogging right now, as well as continuing my health and fitness journey! However, I am content to go wherever the Lord leads me. 🙂

What are some things that you would love to try someday? And would they work in your life right now?

Some things are meant to happen at a certain time, while others will simply come to fruition when we are ready. There have been occasions where I thought I was 100% ready to tackle a new hobby or activity (even a certain of blog post!), but then, when I went to do it, things weren’t working out. Timing is everything, even if we are just simply not ready for it.

Observe your life as it is at the moment. Do you have the time, energy, inspiration, and maybe even funds to pursue this? Is there something else you should be doing instead? There are things that could probably wait, and some will last for a time and then fade away.

I know that when you stay optimistic and find joy in the little things in your life, new and old, you will be so happy!

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I really enjoyed writing it, and I hope it can inspire you. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below:
What is something that YOU would love to try?

— Maggie