Oh, Fridays. You are marvelous, you know that? I've always loved how Fridays seem so magical and full of so much joy. Even though Saturdays are my favorite, I still love a good Friday, too.

But enough of that. I hope you all had a great week and have an even greater weekend!

One of my favorite words of the year for 2015.

Funfetti biscotti!

This made me smile.

And if you need a heart check, read this post. Because "...maybe, just maybe, our biggest problem is our attitude."

6 tips for open shelf organization. Definitely going to have to keep this in mind for the future.

A cute and simple DIY wall decoration.

I'm not a huge bracelet fan, but I kind of like these ones.

Printing (and then making) these asap.

This cake sounds splendid (not to mention fun!).

And I'm totally DIY-ing and gifting these soon.

"You don't have to be chained to your pageviews."

Words for this week/weekend.

Happy Weekend!



It's crazy how it's already the end of January. I actually have this weird theory going that as you get older, time just goes by quicker. Either that, or life just gets busier. But I'll save all that for another post.

Anyway, you know how they say that you need to keep yourself accountable when it comes to resolutions? Well, I'm going to turn to you all to keep me accountable when it comes to my word for the year. 

I think that it will help me remember why I'm choosing to make faith more of a priority and it will also help me learn from you, too.

So here's what BELIEVE looked like in January:

I had a couple really chaotic and stressful weeks this month and I started to question why God was putting me in this situation. But then the lyrics of Hillsong's Oceans came into my mind (seriously it's like my life song) and I was reminded that in times of unknown and hardship, I have HIM to cling to and believe in.

I realized that I can't just choose to believe when it's convenient for me, but rather, I need to believe especially when it's hard because it's in those moments of hardship that I'm reminded why I choose to believe in the first place.

Trusting in Him means that I cannot wait until times are perfect, because there's no such thing as a perfect situation. Part of believing means trusting that He'll catch me if and when I fall. And that I need to make the most of each day while I've got it.

So what did YOU learn this month? How are your goals and resolutions going so far?



BLOGTALK on promoting your blog
I'm sure you've all seen the pins, tweets, and blog posts on promoting your blogs. Or maybe I'm the only one who sees them on social media feeds? I see pins telling us "what you're doing wrong in blogging" and "what to need to change to grow your blog" and "why your posts aren't being pinned."

But is all of that worth your time and effort in the long-run? Is it worth it to have 10,000 followers or 10,000 tweets, or 10,000 repins? Is that what blogging has come to?

I know I'll likely come across as boastful, rude, and critical, but it saddens me that blogging is seen like that to some people. That blogging is still about the numbers, and not about the hearts. And that it's all about getting pins and follows and likes and that you're not a real blogger if you don't do those things.

I get it, though. Really, I do. A lot of bloggers rely on this stuff for their income. They rely on promoting their own blogs because if they don't, they don't have cash for paying for rent or food.

On a more personal level, I spent a good portion of my first year(s) blogging analyzing stats (or trying to figure out Google Analytics, haha). I spent a large amount of time wondering why my numbers weren't changing.

But I've also spent a large amount of time emailing other bloggers, meeting with them in person, and praying for them, too. And to tell you the truth, I'd much rather do that than spend time trying to figure out how I can promote my blog and have it noticed. I know that I might be going about this all wrong, but when it comes to blogging, it's still all about the people, not the numbers.

Does that mean I don't want people to find my blog? No, because I love meeting other people! But does that mean I'm going to be spending 2 hours each night pinning, tweeting, and promoting my posts? Unfortunately, no. Not only do I not have the time to do that kind of stuff, but I also just don't have the energy to! I may be failing in the promotion department, but I'm okay with that.

Because when it all comes down to it, YOU matter more than my blog. 

So what are YOUR thoughts on promoting your blog? Have you found a great way to do it without spending too much time? Do you even pin/tweet/share your posts on other social media forms to begin with?

Check out all the other Blog Talk posts here

And further proof that we're Blog Talk twins, check out Amanda's thoughts on social media and promoting your blog, too! I pinky-promise that we didn't copy/know about one another's posts!

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