+ Why did you start blogging?
The year after I graduated college, I had the privilege of working as an intern at my college ministry. My main responsibility was leading a “small” group of 27 sorority girls (totally not a small group at all). I loved my year with those girls. I loved getting to sit over steaming mugs of coffee with them and talk about life, working through the hardest parts together.
Because of that year, I started thinking about the difficult times in our lives like a dark tunnel. We don’t know where we’re going, or even if we’re going to make it, and it feels like heaven to break out into the sunshine on the other side.
But after that year, I began to wonder if there wasn’t something better than just making it through. Instead, I wanted to grab a sweater and a sandwich (or anything comforting or helpful), and go back into the tunnel to help the next girl through.
This is what we do for each other when we tell each other our stories—we are entering back into the tunnel and giving the next girl a hand. This is why I started my blog. This is what my blog is all about.
+ What’s the best way to keep up with new posts?
The best way to keep up with new posts is to be a blog subscriber! This is like having a magazine subscription; all new posts come directly to your inbox. You don’t have to do a thing. To subscribe, and to have all new posts sent straight to your inbox, you can pop your email address in here! I’d love to keep in touch! (Check your spam folder if you don’t see posts coming into your inbox, and add me to your address book to make sure you don’t miss a post!)
+ I’d love to hear you and your husband’s story! Have you written about it at all?
I sure have! Carl is such a trooper, allowing me to share our story with all of you. Here are a few of my favorites:
+ What about your wedding pictures? I’ve seen a few of them on Instagram, but I want to see more!
+ Do you ever speak for groups or at events?
I do! If you have an event you might like me to speak at, I’d love to hear about it! Here’s the information, and the form to fill out if you’d like to talk more.
+ I heard you went on the World Race, can you tell me about it?
I can, it’d take forever though! The best way to hear about my World Race experience is to the blog I wrote while I was gone! It’s so fun to look back and see all that happened during that year. For World Race blog posts, click right here!
+ How did you end up in Nashville?
That’s a great question and an even better story. The short answer is: God is crazy. The long answer is right here.
+ Who took the photos you have on your blog?
I took lots of them, mostly on my iPhone, some of them are stock photography from great photographers around the interwebs, and the photos of me were taken by two great friends of mine. The photos that were on The Lipstick Gospel (and the ones that have crossed over to the new website) are by the lovely Lacee Peloquin. If you’re in the Dallas area and ever need photos taken, she’s your girl. The photos of me on the new site are by the talented, Kailey Dickerson. She’s a gem. If you’re in Nashville, check her out!
+ What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own blog?
I’d say, do it! Blogging is this incredible community of talented, passionate people, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. The beauty of a blog is that it can take up as much or as little time as you want. You can dive into it, and someday it can be your full time job. Or it can be a great creative outlet, a place to work through your thoughts, or a way to keep up with friends and family who are far away.
It’s such a dynamic thing, and each person’s blog is different. But that’s the beauty of it. We get to create spaces that look like us, and that hold our best thoughts. And we get to share those with the world.
If you’re thinking about starting a blog, here’s a post that might help.
+ If I need advice, can I email you?
Absolutely. Receiving your emails is my favorite part of being a writer. I respond to every email I receive, and will do my best to give you a thought-out answer full of love, grace, and truth.
I will ask for your forgiveness if it takes me a while to respond. It usually takes me a few weeks so I can make sure to give you the full response you deserve, while also not being attached to my laptop 24/7.
But send me your questions, big and small. I can’t wait to hear from you!