Sep 3, 2015

blog-tember day 3 // collage of beautiful hope blog

It's day three of the Blog-tember Challenge (hosted by the lovely Bailey at Brave Love Blog)  this September and today's prompt is:

"Create a collage or inspiration/mood board that describes your blog"
|| give me jesus || photography || books ||  hope || love ||

Here at Beautiful Hope, I try to keep the focus on encouraging my readers (sometimes it amazes me I even have readers!) in every post. I do not want the focus to be on me or my abilities, nor do I want to paint an unrealistic facade that I lead a fabulous and stylish life (I am typically in my pj's when I write, ha!). Rather, I want to be honest and heartfelt in the content that is shared in this little corner of the internet. I want everything to point to Jesus in some way. Whether I share about Greg and my love story, review books, post about travel adventures, or share my goals, I want Jesus to be get the credit for anything good or useful that is here. Because, really, that's the most beautiful hope I have. 

So, here are some photos (from top right) I chose to describe Beautiful Hope Blog:

>> I want this blog to be warm and inviting, and this photo captured that so well. I just want to jump right into this photo, sip on that tea, read that book, and warm myself by the fire. Yes, please! 

>> This photo serves a twofold purpose: One is that while I do withhold certain topics and experiences sacred & choose to not share everything, I still genuinely want my posts to feel like you're reading a journal of my thoughts, honest and true.  Two, I want it to show that I like to share goals I make every month. I want to live intentionally, and for me, having goals has helped {check out my 2015 goals}

>> I got bit by the travel bug several years ago and I hope it doesn't stop anytime soon. This is a photo I took on top of the Paris' Arc de Triumph during my Europe visit in 2013 . Check out some of the other  travel adventures  I've had.

>> I want the posts of Beautiful Hope to feel like you're sitting with a friend at a coffee shop and chatting about whatever comes to mind. Whether tea or coffee (I'll have herbal tea with a hint of honey, please!), come, grab yourself a cup and sit a while with me.

>> Yes, give me Jesus. I want to learn more and more about Him so that I can love and serve others in a way that points back to His amazing, unfailing love. I love using the blogging world to connect with other female bloggers who also share their faith and encourage their readers in a way that praises Jesus for all He's doing in their lives. 

>> I am no photographer, but I like to carry around a cute Nikon 1 and sometimes pretend I can be one.  I appreciate great photography and would love to grow in photography skills, but at this point I am content with sometimes sharing photos I take that connect to my written content or travel photos. 

>> I love reading and have been challenging myself to read more in the past two years, so it's helped to review books on the blog so that I can keep track of my favorites as well as share recommendations. {Here are some of my favorites and here are the reviews of recent reads}

>> I said it earlier, but it bears repeating: I desire for this blog to be a place of hope. May it bring hope of the beautiful joy and peace found in Jesus.

>> I get to marry this handsome Texan named Greg in October and I cannot shut up about it! Every now and then I share about what I am learning in the engagement season in my journal of a miss to mrs posts, but he pops in every now and then in other ways as well :)

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28 comments:

  1. I love your mood board! It's beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you, Liane! Did you make a board as well?

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    1. Thank you, Beverly!! It was fun putting this together and searching for the right photos that described my blog but were also pretty :)

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  3. I am obsessed with your blog. The pictures are gorgeous!! :)

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    1. You are so sweet, Jessica! Thank you!!

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    1. Aww, thanks! By the way, I hopped over to your blog last night and LOVE that you do book reviews! I read a few and have been adding to my goodreads!

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  5. Yes I love all of this, and I love following along with your adventures here. Keep writing, friend :)

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    1. Thank you, Gennean! Likewise, I love your insightful thoughts when you write. You are a gifted writer and have so much to say, I always feel encouraged after reading your blog!

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  6. I love your mood board.. it's the prettiest!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, dear! I am excited to hop over to your blog and see yours as well!! I love the pastel colors you use on your blog. It is so warm and inviting :)

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  7. I am like you. Since i have a lifestyle blog, I share some experiences in my life and like to keep others private. Great images for your board. Check out mine www.randomlyyaya.com

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to seeing your board as well! Yes, it's a balance of sharing what is helpful or encouraging but then protecting certain topics or conversations and keeping them private. I have my fiancé read anything that he is mentioned in so I can make sure I am not sharing too much about our relationship.

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  8. this mood board is awesome, the colors + pictures are so inviting!

    sophisticatedblissblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! That's exactly what I was going for! :) I look forward to checking out your blog as well!

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  9. I need a smilie with hearts in the eyes!!! So wonderful!!!
    Do you paint the illustration of the girl with the camera yourself? LOVE IT!!!

    best wishes,
    Birgit

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    1. Thanks so much, Birgit! I wish there was emojis on computer keyboard! haha! I wish I could pain something like that girl, but I cannot. I found that photo on pinterest and it kinda looked like me ( I wear my hair in a bun and wear glasses) so I instantly loved it!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I fell in love with your blog last night. Seriously, I thought you'd think I was a stalker after I left so many comments on your book review posts! haha!! I look forward to checking out more of your reviews as well as the rest of your awesome, and dare I say it, totally RAD blog (I'm guessing you get that all the time, but it's still true!)

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  11. Your board is awesome and I can't wait to learn more about you!

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  12. Your goal was for warm, inviting, and filled with encouragement, well you definitely succeed at that! Your blog has always emulated those things to me whenever I stop by and has become a favorite place to visit. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jess! I am always so happy when I see your comments… You are so encouraging and sweet!!

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  13. Beautiful! I loved the photos & the words in this post! Your blog is truly a place of "Beautiful Hope" - to God be the glory! Thanks, sister-in-Christ!
    -Bess-

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    1. Bess! Thank you, dear friend! Ditto, yours is a beautiful blog that always encourages me towards Christ whenever I visit!

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  14. Such a great mood board! It really evokes the feelings that you described. Also, I used to have the same theme as you when I was on Blogger. Love it! :)

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