Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A book full of wise advice

First I want to tell you guys about a book I've been reading.  It has been such a blessing and has served to inspire and uplift me.  It's the book Living Virtuously- A wife's guide to keeping her heart & home by Erin Harrison.

It makes such great reading and a wonderful reference for when I am feeling frustrated or uncertain and want suggestions on things like raising my children to have Godly character or how to get the clutter in my house under control.
Part of the reason I like the book is because Erin is SO real.(You can check out her blog HERE.)  I am certain if I met her she would talk exactly how she writes.  She doesn't hold things back and try to pass herself off as more than she is.  Sometimes her stories of "mistakes" she has made make me cringe, but only because I can see myself so much in her. Her writing is so courageous, it's like talking to a wise friend.  It's a book that will encourage you and give you a good kick in the rear to get you going!  
Here's a peek at what you will find inside:
In this helpful guide you will learn how to…
• face adversity and find joy in your circumstances
• clean and organize your home so that it is a haven of rest
• be frugal and meal planning
• organizing  life so you have more time
• teach your children good work ethic while embracing motherhood
• control your words and actions
• keep your heart pure
• honor your husband
• find balance in all areas of life
• LIVE VIRTUOUSLY!



Now the Big Announcement!
I told you guys a few weeks ago that I was going to be going over my goals and changes I wanted to implement. The biggest change is going to be on this blog.
What I'm about to tell you probably goes against all of the advice you would get on how to have a successful blog, but I finally feel at peace with the direction my blog is going.
For the past year I have been trying to write more and reach out to my followers more but I just feel so scattered and uncertain.  So I have decided to make a few big changes.  A few weeks ago I signed up for an online fiction writing course but had been unable to engage in it because I was spending my free time trying to write on the blog.  Then I ran across this quote from Christin Slade.
"Before you get lost in the details of blogging and social media, get disciplined to hone the craft of writing a bit"
This statement gave me pause and confirmed the way I had been feeling and the direction I have wanted to go.  So with that in mind, I want to announce that I will be taking a 3 month hiatus from posting on this blog.  I hope you are all still here when I get back.  But if not, I know that I am going in a healthy direction and this is an answer to many questioning prayers.

What happens in those 3 months?
Well, to start with, I will be participating in the writing class and improving my skills so that when I come back I can deliver posts with increased quality.
I will be developing stories that I have started but never continued.  I have wanted to write fiction since high school but never committed to it. 
I will be writing interesting posts for the blog but not posting or feeling the pressure of having to put out content.
I will also be working to clarify the direction of the blog.  Am I a farm & garden blog?  Only a homeschool blog?  I need to figure that out.  I am hoping to send out a survey to find out what interests my readers have, but I also need to figure out who I am and what I know I can write about well.

 Does this start right away?
No and yes.  I will be maintaining the blog until the end of the giveaway and then I will be off on hiatus.  We are moving to a new town and the Holidays are a busy time. But I hope to return to you all as a more complete blogger.  To be able to better encourage and inspire you.  And to have a clear vision of who I am as a writer and a person.

So thank you all for following along on my sporadic blogging journey!  I hope to see you in 3 months!



Before you get lost in the details of blogging and social media, get disciplined to hone the craft of writing a bit. - See more at: http://christinslade.com/creating-your-passion/#sthash.fxTwVX5v.dpuf"
Before you get lost in the details of blogging and social media, get disciplined to hone the craft of writing a bit. - See more at: http://christinslade.com/creating-your-passion/#sthash.fxTwVX5v.dpuf
Before you get lost in the details of blogging and social media, get disciplined to hone the craft of writing a bit. - See more at: http://christinslade.com/creating-your-passion/#sthash.fxTwVX5v.dpuf
Before you get lost in the details of blogging and social media, get disciplined to hone the craft of writing a bit. - See more at: http://christinslade.com/creating-your-passion/#sthash.fxTwVX5v.dpufB
Before you get lost in the details of blogging and social media, get disciplined to hone the craft of writing a bit. - See more at: http://christinslade.com/creating-your-passion/#sthash.fxTwVX5v.dpufBe
Before you get lost in the details of blogging and social media, get disciplined to hone the craft of writing a bit. - See more at: http://christinslade.com/creating-your-passion/#sthash.fxTwVX5v.dpuf
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