Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The One with my Opinion on Blogging - Tuesday Talk

I love blogging.

When I started I promised myself that I would never apologize for not blogging.
I promised myself that I would never feel guilty about it either.

I haven't, but I do miss it when I can't find a stinkin' minute to sit down long enough to write one post.

As I've been away from my blog for the past 8 weeks or so.... this is how I have felt ----->

found on Pinterest

I've just been living.  
I am not the best at chronicling my life, but I definitely enjoy it.

I told myself that I will blog when I can and if you choose to read it great! If not...that's great too....
I know that you are all just as busy as I am! 
There are several blogs that I would LOVE to enjoy on a daily basis, but between my full-time job, my wife & mom duties, etc. etc..... I just can't squeeze them ALL in.

I have already surpassed my personal goals for my blog.

I have met some great blogging friends....some whom I am co-hosting this new weekly link up with.
I have pried myself a little bit out of my introverted shell that I "created" over the past several years.
I also attended a very fun dinner with the Texas Women Bloggers in Dallas.

If along the way I earn money through blogging then it will just be a nice bonus because that is not on the top of my 
priority list right now.

This past year I have become a part of a blogging community that I am so appreciative of.  
Their friendships have meant a lot to me.
Each one of us in this group is different. 
We all have different things going on in our lives and we all have different goals for our blogs.  
Even though we are all different...we create together and encourage one another.
We want to see each other reach their goals.

As always... my hope for this blog is just to be an encouragement to each of my readers.
Life is hard, life is messy.... but with God it can still be so beautiful.


Welcome to our 1st Edition of Tuesday Talk.

We would love for you to link up with us and share what is on your heart.

Oh and there are lots of GIVEAWAYS!!!
Each co-host is giving away one of their FAVORITE THINGS....

see the list below :)

Becky from BYBMG is giving away JAMBERRY NAIL WRAPS SHEET
Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls is giving away a STARBUCKS GIFT CARD
Chelsea from The Contented Wife is giving away a SCARF
Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things is giving away a NECKLACE
Keri from Living In This Season is giving away a SMALL DAILY PLANNER
Sarah from Abiding In Grace is giving away MARINE PARENTS RUFFLED POUCH
Lauren from Simply Free is giving away MERE CHRISTIANITY BY C.S. LEWIS
Andrea from Mitchael Journey is giving away POLLAN FAMILY COOKBOOK
Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones is giving away 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO BETTER HOMES & GARDENS
Mandy from Almond Place is giving away ESSI LIP BALM
Teressa from Teressa Jane is giving away MAKE IT HAPPEN BY LARA CASEY

and I am giving away a copy of JESUS CALLING BY SARAH YOUNG

and visit the other blogs to win one of their favorite things.

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  1. So thankful for you! Love this!

  2. Have loved getting to know you more this past year Tara!

  3. What a beautifully honest post. I know how you feel! And Do the Hokey Pokey? Genius ;) I love it. :) -Jess

    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com / sweetlittleonesblog@gmail.com

  4. I'm so glad I found your blog through the link up! How fun to be a Coach's wife :) I'm a huge football gal myself and my husband would love to coach one day! I don't know if I have just one word for the new year yet except to RELAX. I'm so guilty of stressing over too many things.

    1. I hear that girls that love football deserve bigger diamonds ;) RELAX is a good one!!! I hope you have a blessed 2015!

  5. Looking forward to browsing your blog! My one word for 2015 is Family. ;) www.fussner.us

    1. Hey there... thanks for stopping by! FAMILY is a wonderful word for 2015!

  6. My word for 2015 is FOCUS. I often find myself doing so much at once that I don't really give my all the way I should. I think if I were to focus more, I would see better results and wouldn't have 5 unfinished projects.

    1. I completely get this!! We do a million things, but hardly have a chance to give any of them 100%... Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. I love your thoughts on not having to apologize for not blogging. I'm due with baby #2 in March and am anticipating a blogging hiatus of sorts. What do you think, should I leave a note that I will be back one day? Just post pictures? I just want to make sure I'm not pressuring myself to blog, but I want to continue to have something to document my family since we live away from our close relatives. I am going to go ahead and deem 2015 the year of PRESENCE I want to be present where I am placed.
    Thanks so much <3
    ~Andrea - MitchaelJourney.com

    1. Congrats on your baby :) I think if you are already anticipating a hiatus... I would mention it....but definitely don't stress about it.... Just be you and that genuineness will come across through your blog. I know people will be happy to read whatever you share and enjoy your pictures just as much!! I love your word!!!! Thanks for sharing, Andrea!

  8. Wonderful honesty, sister. I've been struggling to get back into the swing of things after break. Sometimes I feel like I'm not the "blogger I want to be" or whatever and wonder why I keep blogging. Grace. That's what I need to give myself and we need to give each other.

    1. I think your blog is wonderful and you are so organized and on top of things!!!!! Plus....you do it all while raising a family, being a wonderful wifey & working full-time! You go girl!!

  9. I like your sign about being out to live! :) Blogging isn't any fun when you feel guilty for not blogging. Thanks for being honest and sharing your thoughts on this!

    1. Thank you so much!!!! I hope you have a blessed 2015!!

  10. Hmmm....I have been seeking the Lord about what my one word for 2015 should be. Still haven't come up with anything for certain, but I am leaning more towards "simplify" or something along that line. Thanks for the giveaway and link-up!! Glad to have "met" you today through the link-up!!

    1. Nice to meet you! SIMPLIFY is one of my favorite words!!! Do you A Bowl Full of Lemons? I love her blog and the way she creates a beautiful space by living simply! Happy 2015!

  11. this: Life is hard, life is messy.... but with God it can still be so beautiful.


  12. I haven't come up with just one. I'm between Grace and Beauty. Because life is both grace filled and beautiful. This year my goal is to fill my life with more grace. And to also find the beauty in every little thing.

    1. That's beautiful!!!!! I love it! I hope your 2015 is your best year yet!!!! You can't go wrong with grace and beauty!