Friday, January 27, 2017

For Writers and Bloggers and People



Hey guys!

It's Friday!! Yay! I have SO much laundry to do today, but I wanted to put this little post out there for my writer and blogger friends (or those of you who have been saying you want to be a writer or blogger).

First of all, if you are even mildly interested in writing, I would highly recommend subscribing to Kingdom Pen's newsletter. They are an organization by young Christian writers, for young Christian writers, and I've learned so much over there! They also have writing prompt competitions monthly that I have fun getting creative for.

(There's also this web of people you've probably heard about, where Haley Long is engaged [betrothed] to Reagan Ramm [he's a very popular Christian blogger, but his site isn't loading, so I can't add his link, but he also writes a bit on Coastal Conservatory], and they are both on staff at Kingdom Pen!)

Anyways. That was free.

Secondly, I credit The Rebelution a lot for motivating me to get this blog started.

This morning, I got an email from Kingdom Pen telling me about a free writing assessment survey that The Rebulution put out, and thought this was just too cool! Two really great sites for the Christian youth/young adult writing community crossing yet again!

Here's the deal.

I really enjoy writing, but I know I have a lot of room to grow. This writing assessment is an amazing way to help me see where I need to focus my attentions if I want to improve, and where I'm falling short.

It wasn't too long or anything- just 10 different diagnostic areas to evaluate- and I think it's a great way to measure yourself as a writer, or see where you land on the scale if you want to get into the art.

Let me know how you score! I was a 45. I could have improved if I could have honestly answered that I get more than 1,000 readers a month (I sometimes do, but not super consistently). So y'all need to just read more of my stuff and help me out already! Haha!

Take the assessment here: http://www.dohardthings.com/writerscore-assessment.html

And have a good weekend, everyone!!

By the way, who are my writing/blogging friends out there? I've lost track!



Monday, January 23, 2017

Fun Post: 'Getting to Know You' Blogger Tag



I was tagged by Mykaela to participate in this tag. It's so fun! I hope you have half as much fun reading it as I did typing it.

1. Are you named after anyone?

Yes! I was named after my maternal grandfather (A.K.A. 'Pa'), Kim Puckett! In a roundabout sort of way, Kimberly is also kind of a name I get from my mom, but that's a long story.

2. When was the last time you cried?

Umm... about three weeks ago, I think.

3. Do you have kids?

No, but hopefully someday!

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

I think so! I try to be a good friend.

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?


Me?! Sarcastic?! Never. But true story: a few months ago I was waiting in line for a ride at Silver Dollar City by myself (my sisters were a couple of rows up), and these two girls about 7 or 8 years old were behind me. One of them said to the other, "I love sarcasm!", and I turned around and said, "I don't," and tried to laugh it off (because, sarcasm), but I'm pretty sure I actually might have scarred them for life. Oops. I guess they didn't love sarcasm that much.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fun Post: Liebster Tag



Liebster.

No, it's not English.

'Lieb' means 'Love' in German. The suffix '-ster' is very similar to an English superlative. 'Liebster', then, means something along the lines of 'Beloved', or 'Most Loved'.

As far as I can tell, the Liebster Tag (previously, "Liebster Award") began as a way to recognize and promote your favorite and/or new bloggers. (What an idea!)

I was tagged by Halee of Writer Ramblings & Things to participate in this blogger "tag". And I'm finally doing it. Look out for another such type of tag post next week, because I'm apparently a fun person to tag, or something...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hijacking God's Spotlight



To prelude this post, I want to let you all know that this past Wednesday I was able to attend a couple sessions at the In the Gap leadership cornerstone conference, where I learned so, so much, took nine pages of notes, and will probably be sharing several tidbits from those notes here over the coming weeks. Also, In the Gap is an amazing program for Christians in their late teens and older who want to get involved in a ministry and make an impact for the Kingdom of God. If you're floating around looking for somewhere to serve and really learn to be eternity-focused, I would highly recommend checking out ITG! They are amazing, and if just one day of their leadership conference could change my life like this, I can't imagine what God could do with a life over the course of weeks.

The first thing I felt like I was supposed to type out for you all is on glory. Did you know literally every little thing that has ever happened or ever will happen in this realm we call life/earth is for the glory of God?

It was kind of hard for me to wrap my mind around it, because in my human-level perception, an atheist rejecting God is kind of not glorifying, you know?

But it is. Let me show you.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Personal Devotional 01.03.17



2017. My first post of 2017.

I totally remember being 8 and thinking how completely pitiful it was to be not even halfway to adulthood. Fast-forward to 6th grade, feeling a bit giddy about being halfway finished with school (the mandatory part). Graduation itself was a whirlwind. The girl who was supposed to walk down the church isle next to me started off-beat (too soon), so I did it solo. And on beat. But even that was actually years ago now.

It's so fast!

And it's getting faster! I remember 2016 so clearly, but it feels like the entire thing was maybe three months long. It's a funny feeling to realize I haven't gone grocery shopping this year. I haven't been to Japan this year. I haven't walked the dog this year.

I can hardly contain my excitement to see this big beautiful blank canvas of my 2017, only awaiting the Master's paintbrush! It's going to be another priceless museum piece, I'm certain!

Anyways!

Here's where God had me in my personal devotion this morning.

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