Posted in Blogging, Dreams, Fun, SpireGirl, Writing, Writing Wednesday

How to stay Inspired with a busy life

Hello everyone!

I hope that you’ve had an amazing October.

For the writers, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. Well, most writers. For me, trying to do NaNoWriMo in November is one of the most stressful things ever, especially when it goes on top of school, exams, orchestras, you name it.

So what am I going to do in November? How am I going to keep being productive with my dreams if I’ve got all of this work?

Well, guess what? I’m still really motivated no matter how busy I am. There is a way that you can still be productive and motivated to achieve your dreams whilst having a busy life.

Do you want to know?

Just sit down, and keep reading my friend:

1. Listen to Music

Honestly, that’s one of the best inspiration sources ever! One of the reasons why I am always busting with ideas is because I listen to music 24/7. If you want to get encouraged, inspired and motivated, then just press play on your Spotify or whatever you use to listen to music 😊

2. Read, read, read

Seriously, just read! Whether it’s a book, magazine, newsfeed, blogpost or even the crazy thing that I’d social media! There will be moments when you’re reading when you will suddenly go, “Oo! I’ve got to use this at some point!” God gave us eyes- we might as well use our eyes to inspire us!

3. Set monthly goals

As you know, I set 4-6 goals a month, major or minor, to complete. Whether you set goals daily, weekly or monthly, knowing that you have goals will motivate you to complete them, and it will inspire you to do even more things that maybe you wouldn’t usually do.

4. Journal

Yeah, I love journalling. Whether it is through art or writing, just capturing what’s happened in the day is an amazing feel, and sometimes when I look back, I suddenly get an idea for a project that I could do in the future.

So there you have it. 4 Ways to help you stay inspired even when you’re busy.

How about you?

Do you have ways to keep you motivated when you are busy?

Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Blogging, Dreams, Fun, SpireGirl, Writing

SpireGirl Interview: Meet Michaela!

Hello everyone!

Today, I am interviewing Michaela from Tangled up in Writing, another lovely blogger for SpireGirl.

1. When did you start blogging?

I’ve blogged off and on for about 6 years, but I started doing it with dedication in 2017.

2. What’s your blog about?

My blog is geared towards helping Christian readers/writers find great books and writing resources/tips as well as discussing my own writing process 😊

3. Do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

. I’m an equestrian and play the violin; I also work as an aide for disabled individuals.

4. Are you working on any projects at the moment?

I’m always working on something, haha! Right now I have two series to finish and several standalone books to outline.

5. What’s your favourite Bible verse and why?

My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9. It reminds me that God is with me no matter what and that I shouldn’t be scared of what the future brings because God’s already there.

6. Who is (one of) your hero(es) and why?

Might sound clichè, but my Mom’s my hero. She inspires me to pursue my goals, encourages me in our faith, and is my biggest fan.

7. What tips do you have for Christian girls and women who want to use their gifts to serve God and achieve their dreams?

Don’t try to bury or hide your gifts because they’re leading you somewhere that you’re afraid of — say, teaching or public speaking — because God has a plan for you and will give you the strength you need to go down that path. Sometimes, the easiest path is not the right one. Pray continually to keep in touch with Him so you can use your gifts to their fullest extent, and never allow yourself to grow stagnant. Finally, don’t let the world corrupt your gifts — stay true to what you know is right as a follower of God even if you’re scorned or treated badly for it.

Thank you so much Michaela! Be sure to check out her blog Tangled up in Writing this week for all kinds of encouragement.

How about you?

What hobbies have you recently become more dedicated in?

Posted in Birthday, Blogging, Fun, SpireGirl

Happy one year birthday WFAGG!

Oh. My goodness! It’s been one year since I started this blog! It’s crazy to think that one year ago today, I posted my first ever post, nervous about whether it will really kick off.

And it has, in an even more beautiful way that I could ever have imagined.

I have participated in more than 20 book and website launches! And this is my 53rd blog post! Isn’t it crazy? But nothing is crazy with God’s help.

And this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the love and support of you, my readers. So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I pray that this blog will continue to bless more people for the future.

Posted in Devotional, Dreams, SpireGirl, Writing

How to Cultivate Your Dreams into Passions

Dreams. We all have them. It would be strange if we didn’t have them.

As Livy Lynn Jarmusch once said,

My Childhood dreams were given to me for a purpose

-Livy Lynn Jarmusch

But if we don’t put our dreams into action, not only will they just be dreams, but they won’t become burning passions that define us.

So how do we cultivate our dreams into passions?

1. Pray

A friend once told me, “The more you pray about something, the more passionate you are about it.”

As you hear about things, it’s important that if it catches your attention, then you should pray about it. Ask God what you should do or how you can use your gifts to serve Him. And read the Bible. God can use the stories of encouragement to speak to us.

For instance, I dream about using my gifts to encourage girls, and God keeps highlighting the stories of Ruth, Esther and Dorcas for me to read as encouragement.

2. Research

Looking into what you love is so important when you are cultivating your dreams.

Go on websites like The Rebelution where there are so many inspiring stories and information about situations around the world. Or read the news, where you could hear about a topic that you’re interested in.

If you’re a student like me, you can think of your favourite subjects, and research into those subjects outside of the classroom.

For me, I love missions, so I read many missions websites. I also love music and books, so I follow many authors and musicians on social media.

Whatever you think is your dream, research and explore as much as you can.

3. Experiment

Every dream has to start off somewhere.

One of my dreams is to run a website encouraging Christian girls to pursue their dreams. But I’m currently not working and would like a bought domain. So after some prayer, I’ve decided to create a blogging event called SpireGirl in the meantime. And actually, I really like this idea. I think I will host this event every year.

I’ve always wanted a business, and I’ve tried selling crafts before, but it wasn’t that successful. But that’s ok. I can try another business idea.

Do you see what I mean by experimenting with your gifts and passions? Don’t be afraid to make a mistake as you will learn from them, and don’t forget to pray!

4. Journal

Journalling your dreams is so important as you can look back on what you’ve explored and experienced. It’s also a great record of seeing how your dreams were achieved. And of course, don’t forget to pray.

Two years ago, when I was dreaming of going on a mission trip, I prayed and God gave me an image of little girls smiling. I went on my first mission trip last week, and guess who wanted to spend time with me? Smiling little girls.

I probably wouldn’t have remembered if I hadn’t journaled and prayed about it.

So get a journal, pray, and list all of the dreams that you want to achieve, and God will speak to you. Those dreams will become achieved passions.

How about you?

How are you getting on with your dreams?

Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Blogging, Fun, SpireGirl, Writing

SpireGirl interview: Meet Lydia!

Hello everyone!

Today, I also have the privilege of interviewing another SpireGirl blogger, Lydia from Spoonful of Surprises 😊

1. When did you start blogging?

I started my blog, Spoonful of Surprises, almost a year ago.

2. What’s your blog about?

A lot of things, honestly. 😂 I try to stay in the line of encouraging other girls to embrace their faith and creativity.

3. Do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

I love handlettering, writing, watercolors, and just about anything artsy. I would love to make that into a business someday. ❤️

4. Are you working on any projects at the moment?

I’m working on creating a YouTube channel. Brainstorming, filming, making thumbnails, etc. I’m also working on a story that I’m super pumped about.

5. What’s your favourite Bible verse and why?

Hmmm. It’s really hard to choose. There’s so many good ones!! My favorite one just may be Jeremiah 29:11. When I’m getting stressed or worried, it’s SO helpful to know that God knows what He’s doing with my life.

6. Who is (one of) your hero(es) and why?

One of my biggest heroes is Queen Esther. 👑💕 She leapt over so many obstacles to fulfill the purpose that God had for her.

7. What tips do you have for Christian girls and women who want to use their gifts to serve God and achieve their dreams?

Remember that YOU MATTER. No matter how many times you may feel like no one is reading or listening, God gave you your dreams for a reason, so keep on keeping on. 💖😉

Thank you so much Lydia! Make sure that you check out her blog Spoonful of Surprises this week for posts of inspiration and encouragement 😊

How about you?

Are you into art as a hobby or even as a career?

Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Blogging, Fun, SpireGirl, Writing

SpireGirl interview : Kaelyn!

Hello everyone!

Today, we’re getting to meet Kaelyn, one of our lovely bloggers for SpireGirl 2018!

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in 2015 and then I stopped. I came back to it in the year 2017 and I have been blogging since.

2. What’s your blog about?

My blog is about Jesus, what I am learning about Him, mission trips I have hard, vacations, and other cool blogs I know about. 🙂

3. Do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

I love to read and I enjoy writing and making up stories. I also love to sing and I sing in a choir.

4. Are you working on any projects at the moment?

Well, I have some school projects, a series I am doing on my blog. Plus, I am working on some of my story ideas.

5. What’s your favourite Bible verse and why?

Right now is is Psalms 46:10, ” Be still and know that I am God.” This verse has been coming back over and over again and God just telling me to rest.

6. Who is (one of) your hero(es) and why?

Jesus is my number one hero because without Him I would not have salvation. Another one of my heroes is a doctor I had in fourth grade when I had a brain disease. He helped me find the right treatment, with God’s help. : )

7. What tips do you have for Christian girls and women who want to use their gifts to serve God and achieve their dreams?

Well, I say to pray continually, talk to God, and just be in His presence. What I like to do is journal with God. I put down my dreams, experiences, and what I am learning with Jesus. In Philippians 1:6 it says, ” And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Also, I encourage you to read Jeremiah 29:11 and Matthew 7:7.

Thank you so much Kaelyn! And be sure to check out her blog Kaelyn’s Life this week for inspiration and encouragement 😊

How about you?

Do any of you have blogs?

Posted in SpireGirl, Writing

Welcome to SpireGirl 2018!

Welcome to SpireGirl 2018!

Here is the official schedule for the blog tour this week!

Thursday 25th Oct- Announce Schedule

Friday 26th Oct-

Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl – SpireGirl interview with Kaelyn

Kaely @ Kaelyn’s Life – Devotional

Saturday 27th Oct-

Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl – SpireGirl interview with Lydia

Lydia @ Spoonful of Surprise – Book/ Film Recommendation

Sunday 28th Oct-

Lydia @ Spoonful of Surprises – Inspiration Spotlight

Monday 29th Oct-

Kaelyn @ Kaelyn’s Life– SpireGirl Interview with Medomfo

Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl – How-to Tutorial

Tuesday 30th Oct-

Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl SpireGirl interview with Michaela

Michaela @ Tangled up in Writing Spotlight

Kaelyn @ Kaelyn’s Life -Book Recommendation

Wednesday 31st Oct-

Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl – How-to Tutorial

Thursday 1st November-

Michaela @ Tangled up in Writing – Book Recommendation

Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl – Devotional

How about you?

What are you looking forward to for this blog tour?

Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Fallen Leaves- Author Interview

Hello everyone!

I am so honoured to interview Tessa Emily Hall, an amazing author who has released not one, but two books this year!

Today, we will celebrate just one of them, Fallen Leaves with an interview,.

1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I technically started “writing” when I was three (more like dictating stories to my mom); however, it wasn’t until I was fifteen that I started to pursue writing as a career. That year I enrolled in an online school so I could fit creative writing into my schedule. I enrolled in a creative writing course through my school, signed up for Christian Writers Guild, and studied the craft as much as I could. That’s also the year that I wrote the first version of PURPLE MOON, my debut novel (and the first book in this series!).

2. What is Fallen Leaves about?

FALLEN LEAVES is the sequel to PURPLE MOON. It follows the journey of 16-year-old artist, Selena, as she searches for her dad and brother in hopes of her family being reunited after eight years. But can she handle the truth she uncovers that might threaten these dreams?

3. What inspired Fallen Leaves?

After I wrote PURPLE MOON, I knew Selena’s journey wasn’t finished. I needed to find out what happened in the next season of her life in Lake Lure–whether she would make it into the arts school and if her mom would recover in rehab. Readers were especially interested in knowing if Selena would reunite with her dad and brother. So, I set out to write this book with these questions in mind.

FALLEN LEAVES follows Selena’s journey throughout the fall (if you haven’t caught on to that already!). 😉 She grows in her faith, struggles to overcome anxiety, makes new friends, participates in an art contest, and goes on a quest to find her dad and brother in hopes of her family becoming whole once again.

4. Who is the book for?

The book is geared toward teens ages 13 – 18, but I don’t see why adults wouldn’t find it interesting, too!

5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I hope readers can grasp the truth that God sees them and cares about every single detail of their lives. Each season has been orchestrated by Him. Even the dark seasons that we walk through have a purpose, and God can transform them into good to prepare us for a future that only He can see.  

6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

My first book, PURPLE MOON, follows the first installment of Selena’s journey. Readers can find that book on Amazon or other online retailers.

UNWRITTEN MELODY was my second novel and is a standalone contemporary YA inspirational romance. Readers can find that on Amazon or other online retailers as well.

My third book, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, is my first nonfiction devotional for teens (released just a few weeks ago!). This book can be found on Amazon, online retailers, and brick and mortar bookstores everywhere.  

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Young adult fiction will always be my favorite genre, I believe. I love that it explores the transition period of teens’ lives and the angst that comes with those years. =) There’s also a raw authenticity that one can find in YA fiction that other genres seem to lack.

I do enjoy other genres too, though. My favorites are probably Christian speculative and contemporary women’s fiction, including romance. (A few of my favorite authors in these genres include Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, James L. Rubart, and Rachel Hauck. Love their books!)

8. What is your favourite part of autumn?

What is there not to love about autumn? =) My favorite part about this season is probably the fall foliage and cool weather. I live in South Carolina, where summers are often unbearable and temperatures sometimes tease 100 degrees. There are days when I step outside and can’t grasp a full breath because of the thick humidity! So, once September rolls around, I’m already celebrating the entrance of fall. (Even though the weather here doesn’t usually catch up with the season until late October…)  

9. Where can we connect with you?

Readers can find me across all social media platforms at @TessaEmilyHall — however, my favorite platforms to hang out at are probably Instagram and Twitter. Readers can also connect with me by signing up for my mailing list at www.TessaEmilyHall.com. (Free gift card giveaways are held every month for newsletter subscribers!) =)

10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

I always advise aspiring writers to do three things: read, research, and write. Read as many books as you can–both within your genre and outside of your genre. Research the industry and the craft of writing. Stay up-to-date on what’s selling. Understand how the publishing process works. Research marketing, too, so you can be aware of what you can do now to build your platform. And finally, write! There are so many people I’ve met who have dreamt of writing a book their entire life, yet they never make time to devote to writing. Either that or they can never finish a project. Sure it might seem daunting at first, but if you can make it a priority, that’s when you’ll start to see progress. Even 500 words every week is better than nothing!

Thank you so much Tessa for coming here today. And if any of you guys are interested in her books, I seriously recommend that you read them. They are amazing!

Posted in Monthly R and R, Writing, Writing Wednesday

September 2018 Reflections and October 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Apologies for being absent so far- things are getting really busy in my corner!

September was pretty successful on the whole.

1. Submit an article to Project Inspired

Yes, but I haven’t gotten a reply yet, so we’ll see!

2. Start speaking

some Romanian

Just a few phrases, but I am speaking!

3. Do exam papers on my GCSE subjects each week.

I’ve done some subjects, but not all.

4. Edit When Martha Rests, my devotional book,.

Um, no. I’ve started writing more devotionals though!

5. Plan a blog event for October/ November for this blog’s one year birthday( 1 year, guys!)

Yes, and I hope things will kick off well😊

6. Compose a song

I’ve started a project, which I hope to finish by Christmas!

Now onto October goals:

1. Do a creative reflection on Romania

2. Create a 5-10 minute stretch routine to do each day.

3. Write 5,000 words of devotionals

4. Continue my composing project

5. Choose 2 subjects to do really well in this term

How about you?

How is October so far?

Posted in Fun, Writing

Introducing SpireGirl

Calling all Christian girls and women!

Do you want to inspire other Christian girls with your gifts whilst being inspired by others?

Sign up for the blogging event!

This is in honour of my one year bloganiversay this month.

I’m hoping for this to be a connecting event, and I hope that you will be blessed by the outcome.

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