Category Archives: Daily Encouragement

Blogging: The 1 ‘Unusual’ Rule I Have for Photographers

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I’ve been managing my own WordPress (.org, not .com) website since at least 2012. (Special thanks to Bluehost.com, too!) SIDE NOTE: I do not have a background in web design or coding. So if you don’t either, welcome to the club. The majority of what I’ve since learned has either been through self-teaching and investing in related trainings. The secret is being teachable. Here’s one of the biggest reasons why photos — yes, of you — are so important: “…visuals…

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One of the Biggest Mistakes I Made This Year

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This time a year ago, I probably wouldn’t have believed you: In relatively quick succession, I would need three surgeries in less than six months. And the first surgery would confirm an unexpected chronic-illness diagnosis — Stage IV endometriosis (the most advanced). Plus, another condition called adenomyosis. (Additional, functional-medicine testing would confirm other chronic illnesses or infections, likely due to a compromised immune system.) Thankfully, my friend Amanda’s recommendation led me to my surgeon and his…

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Blog Sitemapping 101 | What’s Sitemapping?

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What is site mapping, and how can it help you as a(n overwhelmed) blogger, writer, and/or author? Published author, blogger, and former digital content writer Rebecca Halton shares in this easy-to-understand, 3-part series. Get ready to take notes, and let’s get started! WATCH Part 1: What is Blog Site Mapping? (Viewing Time: 5 minutes, 4 seconds) WATCH NEXT: Where to Start with Blog Site Mapping (Viewing Time: 7 minutes, 12 seconds) Finally, WATCH: How to…

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Writing List: Basic Tools I Use

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From time to time, aspiring authors, bloggers, or writers will ask me about different tools I use for writing or publishing. Below is a quick list of what I currently use. It’s not an exhaustive list, so I’ll also include some other writing advisors you may find helpful, too! (DIY) Website My computer: MacBook Pro Making my site live: Bluehost.com (affiliate link) Designing my site: Salient Theme (via Themeforest.com) Photography: Ashley Trovato of Wishbone Photography, PA Creating and…

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Church: Can we stop being so easily offended?

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I should probably warn you: I'm feeling feisty right now. My dear Church (big 'C'), I think we need to talk. I have been a part of you since I was a child. I have seen you at your best, and your worst. I have seen you be humble and haughty; gentle and gruff; on point and off-putting. Because, let's be honest -- it's not we who are perfect (whew!). It's our Savior who is. So, Church,...
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What Now? | Navigating a New Season

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We're in uncharted waters now, Toto. And this Dorothy's tired...   ...lately, the sharks of depression or anxiety have regularly circled the hull of my mind.   Almost everything I thought I knew about the life I was pursuing... ...is about as helpful now as a cracked compass. So I look to the North Star, or trust the faithfulness of the sun, and press on. It all started after my third surgery. The hysterectomy.  It...
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When NOT to Buy My Book Words from the Other Woman

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Authors often want or need as many people to buy their book as possible. But I don't want everyone to buy my book Words from the Other Woman... ...why?! Because some people will actually use it as what I call  "a 10-foot pole." Here's what I mean: One of the more common questions I get asked, is how to deal with or help someone in an affair. Or, perhaps on the verge of one. And sometimes --...
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YIKES: Why I Kicked Candles Out of My Writing Space

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Burning candles or incense could be as hazardous to your wellness as smoking at least one cigarette per hour. This is why I switched to this candle alternative in my writing space -- namely, one in particular (below). I don't smoke cigarettes (I have tried them in the past, and thankfully, they didn't "stick"). So why would I want to invite the same effects into my home and writing space? This is why I stopped using...
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10 Things to Know: How to Start Writing a Book

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No matter who it is or where they're from, each aspiring author's question usually goes something like this: "Ok, I want to start working on this book but I'm feeling overwhelmed. I don't know where to begin. Do you have any tips for me?" (That's an actual quote from a friend's text yesterday.) Why are they asking me? For those who don't know me well, here's some backstory for why they would even be asking...
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Becoming a Writer: Where to Start

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If you dream of becoming a writer, author, and/or blogger, I have great news: It’s more possible than ever to write what you want, write when you want, and write where you want. But where do you begin? All of the possibilities (and technologies) can be overwhelming, right? You’re not alone. One of the most common questions I’m asked about becoming a writer is: “Where do I start?” First, let’s level set: I’m not going…

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