Jul 22, 2011

Heart to Heart...with myself?

First up, the winner of the Linkel Designs giveaway, per random.org is Sarah: Congratulations! Contact Kelly for deets.

Remember the launch of my Heart to Heart series, when we heard from the gorgeous Casey?
I don't have another guest post prepared this week, and I like keeping myself not "tied down" to posts, so that's fine with me...

So I'm interviewing myself. Ha. I've done it before. Maybe you don't know these things about me anyway?

Me to me (this is humbling):

What quality do you admire most in another individual?
transparency, encouraging spirit, sincerity, spirituality, mercy

Describe where you are in your heart/life in three words.
unstoppable, romanced, content

How do you relieve stress?
The right answer would be that I take a brisk walk or drink lemon water or read a novel. But usually I surf the net, eat a brownie, or watch something (Big Brother, Love in the Wild).

What do you think people remember most about you?
I hope they will remember my warmth, genuineness, encouragement, intense care for them, and joy I've found only from being a free, new princess in Christ. I've been told many times I wear my heart on my sleeve, which leads to the next question.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
It's not up to you to save the world (this is applicable to me because I feel like I have to be everything to everyone). Jesus died for the whole world, let him do the saving. It's okay to not over share. Don't share because you need affirmation or validation. It is appropriate to keep some space and assess the emotional preciousness of something before you release it.

And the other:
You are important. You matter.

What in nature do you find most beautiful?
Mountains, mountains, mountains.

What do you find most challenging about parenting? Marriage?
The most challenging thing about parenting is remembering to constantly keep my kids before the throne of God. They are ultimately in the Father's care and I worry so much about how they're doing, about how I'm failing/doing, that I don't pray/submit/petition to the extent I know I can. Consistency in discipline is also hard. And patience. :-)
The most challenging thing about marriage is carving out time for Shawnie. And when we can carve out time, money plays a role in the sitter/dinner thing, so we can't always do it.

What passage of scripture do you regularly rely on for encouragement?
You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate...for the Lord delights in you. Isaiah 62:2-4

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
chocolate, specifically:
Panera chocolate chip cookie
DQ Oreo brownie sundae
Old Chicago big cookie
Coldstone Creamery Oreo Overload, no chocolate chips, add a brownie

What one outstanding piece of advice (related to business/blog growth) would you give hopefuls?
Believe in what you sell (that includes blog content). Impress yourself so you can then impress others. Don't lose heart if you don't make the kinds of sales you want right away. Don't be afraid to ask questions of successful business owners; rarely will you find one not eager to share their knowledge. Lastly, keep your photos clean, professional, and eye-catching. Okay, one more~network. All this while not losing sight of the things that hold eternal value:
Thanks for listening in!


katygirl said...

um panera cookies are my WEAKNESS.

Miss Felicity said...

Sounds like you have a sweet tooth. I have more of a junk tooth. I like chips and dips and cheese and crackers more. I rarely ever eat cookies haha. Love your interview. Im "nobody" but you can interview me anytime. Im currently having a LAYOUT give-away over at my blog. To expose myself some what... so if you know anyone that needs a free personalized layout, or if you wanna swap buttons, or blog about my layout give-away, I could blog about you? Let me know! Thanks.

Michelle said...

You are such an amazing person! And I'm so blessed to know you in real life!

Sarah said...

Thanks for holding this giveaway! I've contacted Kelly via email. =)


Marie said...

love it!

Kendra said...

Aw, I love your blog. You know, in a non-creepy follower sorta way. (:

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This is such a cute post! I am new to your blog so this post has enabled me to get to know you!