Sunday, October 19, 2014

tour through blogland & a grateful heart


A couple weeks ago I was asked by Cassie from Sage to participate in the Tour Through Blog Land.  I was totally flattered when she asked and knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity.  Cassie is someone I "met" through blogging over the summer, and I'm so thankful I have.  She's so genuine and has a heart of gold, ready to serve the Lord and His people.  I can't wait for the day when I get to squeeze her in real life!

So here ya go....a little peek into my life at home and Set Free.

What am I working on?
Not as much as I'd like.  Blogging has become such a passion of mine and I wish I had more time for it.  But working as a 4th grade teacher takes up so much of my time right now, I can't do a lot of the "above and beyond" stuff I'd like to do with my blog and do it well.  So for now, I'm telling my story and the things I'm most passionate about.

How does my work differ from others in it's genre?
I wouldn't say that my work is necessarily different.  What I love about blogging are the people I've connected with and so many connections come through having things in common and then encouraging each other in those things.  My first blog came about as a family journal because I'm not a scrapbooker and I felt really guilty about Claire's lack of baby books!  That blog eventually turned into a journal for me to share about our journey through infertility and the struggles we faced in our marriage through that process.  I was overwhelmed by the response I received as I honestly wrote our story there....so many people relating, encouraging, praying.  Eventually I got to a place in that journey where I was able to accept the fact that it was part of my journey and decided to start Set Free (read about it herehere and here).  

Why do I write/create what I do?
I write what I do because it's my heart.  Sometimes I put it all down without really thinking about what I'm writing, it's almost more just like venting.  But it's my heart and my journey.  It's the words the Lord has spoken to me, to my soul.  And it just pours out.  And those are the times that people respond the most.  When I'm real and honest and vulnerable.  There's so much freedom in that.

I also write to hopefully be an encouragement to people.  Not because I'm someone who has all the answers, but because I've had experiences.  And I've learned from them.  And isn't that what we're supposed to do...share from our experiences?  And hopefully support and encourage someone else who's going through the same kind of journey?

How does your writing/creative process work?
Well, I wish I could say something really deep and profound here, but I can't.  Like I mentioned before, I don't get to spend as much time on my blog as I would like to, so I spend a lot of time thinking, reading, planning...usually in the car on the way to or from school.  I write down my thoughts and ideas and then somehow turn those thoughts and ideas into posts.  Sometimes I'm inspired by what others have written, sometimes it's simply through a link-up.  Sometimes it comes from a crazy mom-moment.  But most of my writing happens on the weekend, and then the night before I post, I re-read and make necessary changes.

Your next stops on the Blog Tour:


 I met Meagan from All the Joys through the Friday Favorites link up that she hosts every week and I just love her.  She is one of those people you know you'd just totally connect with if you got to meet in real life (fingers crossed!!).  I love how real and honest she is.  Her blog is a must-read for me now...and we share a love of essential oils, which has become the topic of most of our texting...which are of course filled with emojis!  I'm so thankful to have met someone like Meagan and can't wait to see her Tour Through BlogLand!
Rebecca from The Adventures of Bug & Boo is another one that I can't wait to say I've met in real life...which will hopefully be happening in September!  She has a heart of gold and her genuineness is what keeps bringing me back as a reader of her blog.  She's recently moved back to the USA after living in London for several years, and her adventures on both sides of the Atlantic are dreamy and inspiring.  And...she's expecting Baby #2 soon after Judy arrives...so I'm thinking of having a discussion about arranging a marriage someday.



Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I'm so grateful for the friends, journey, and lessons I've learned through this whole blogging experience.   Those of you who blog regularly totally know what I'm talking about.  It's something you can't really put into words (especially to your husband), but you know exactly what I'm talking about if you blog regularly.  I have not doubt that it's part of God's Plan for my life to meet you all in this way, and I know Heaven will be just a little bit sweeter because of it.

Ember Grey's Grateful Heart Linkup

25 comments:

Cassie Lee said...

Yay! Thanks for participating. I loved reading about your process! Can't wait to meet youuuuu in real life!!! Happy Monday!

Amanda | Life With Grace said...

Blogging is hard to describe sometimes! My husband just thinks its a hobby, but it really has changed my life meeting so many wonderful ladies and its giving me such an amazing outlet that I'm so thankful for!

Mary-Keith Piasecki said...

I love this. I love seeing into other bloggers minds. Because it makes me feel not so alone. I love that you write what God puts on your heart. That is why me (and many others) keep coming back.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Ah, thank you! It was fun to write about! Kinda keeps it all in perspective, ya know??

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh you just made my day! Thank you for the sweet compliment...and that is why I will keep doing this! Have a great week!

Amy @ Set Free said...

And...I just went and followed your blog! :)

Mary-Keith Piasecki said...

oh you're so sweet! I've only been at it got about 1.5 months so it's nothing to write home about plus I am working 2 jobs this month so I haven't had the time to really focus on it as much as I would like but I appreciate it!! I am so glad you will keep going because I love following along!

Amy @ Set Free said...

So glad we can relate to one another in this way! I feel the same..."nothing to write home about," but again, if it's on my heart, I write it. Even if it's just for me that day! Excited to follow along your journey! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

It's totally hard! For anyone who hasn't done it, they have no idea!! :) But I love it! And I will keep doing it for as long as possible! It's an amazing outlet, and like you said, I've met so many fantastic people this way!

Anne @ Love the Here and Now said...

Thanks for giving us a glimpse into you and your blog! I'm also a huge fan of Meagan and Rebecca (and you of course!!).

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you! It was a fun post to write...kinda makes you put everything into perspective!

Melissa Camacho said...

I love the blog tour posts. So fun to see what everyone is doing and how they do it. I did one once upon a time, on my old blog: Crazy Camp Camacho... sadly google decided to freak out and deleted that whoe account.Sad day for sure! Yours is so fun though!

Meagan said...

Love seeing others creative spaces! You are too sweet, saying those nice things about me :)

Meagan said...

Anne - I'm a huge fan of yours too :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

What?!? How does that even happen? I think tours are fun too, a little glimpse into everyone's life...helps us picture them a little better! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Meant every word. ;) I love it, too...can't wait to see your next week! :)

Martha Kate Stainsby said...

Beautiful! Love it and have loved your blog!! Xoxo MK www.leavingperfectionlearninggrace.com

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you so much for saying that! I feel so encouraged by your words. :) Have a blessed day.

Ember Grey. said...

I love these posts, and am especially grateful you started writing out your thoughts and dreams and recaps... I adore you and this space! (I am very much looking forward to Sept too!) :)

Mary-Keith Piasecki said...

:) That's right! It's on your heart so it matters to you and there's a good chance someone out there can relate! excited to follow YOUR journey :)

TheAdventuresofBugandBoo said...

I love your heart Amy!! It was definitely God's plan for me to meet you in this blogland (and IRL wahoo!). :) You are completely right - support, being an encouragement - this is something I definitely take from your writing, as do many many others. xoxo

ashortblonde said...

I'm so glad you decided to start Set Free :-) I've heard of people actually printing out all of their posts and creating a book to document each year in loo of an actual scrapbook!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Ah, thanks for saying that friend. I enjoy my space, although I've enjoyed my little break from it, too. But the best part is the people I've met...it overwhelms me sometimes. God is so good!

Amy @ Set Free said...

I'm so thankful that blogging has brought me so many new friends. It's a little overwhelming at times. God provides in the most unexpected ways, and I'm so glad our paths have crossed. :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

I wish I was that motivated! For now, I'll keep it all online! Thank you for your kind words. It's amazing to me how God has knot my heart to so many others through this space. I'm so grateful for His timing in that.