Wow, has it really been 17 days since my last blog post? I can’t believe it! I usually keep to twice a week, at least once for sure… and 17 days has been rough on me. But you see, since the day-after-Christmas I have been doing practically non-stop road-trippin’ until about last weekend. Then once I was trying to get back into the swing of things, I broke my website. Yup. Not the front end, but I was literally blocked from every possible way of entering the back end of my word-press account. I knew I could probably fix it through my hosting account, but for awhile I was left wondering how to fix it without risking deleting everything. Thankfully, a friend was able to help walk me through it and now it’s officially fixed.
Here is a bit of advice from this experience;
1. Never attempt to tweak your website late at night.
2. When doing said tweaking, first take the time to decide if they are 100% necessary or if you are going off of simple suggestions.
3. Make sure you know how many plugins your web hosting will allow.
4. Take a break after adding or fixing something to your website.
5. Never attempt to tweak your website late at night.
Cheers and best wishes to any poor soul who does not heed this list. Lastly, in the last post I mentioned that I wasn’t going to be doing “Fashion Tuesday” anymore, I’m still continuing with weekly self-portraits and hope to utilize them on this blog as garnish to other posts, instead making it a focused series. It was hard to let go of something I was so excited about and wanted to see succeed. But as I was reviewing my goals and what people in my life were responding to, it became obvious that Fashion Tuesdays were a fun side project, but not anything that was going to help me accomplish what goals God has given me. The way I was treating my weekly pictures in no way set me up for jobs, or even leads to being paid. So after some serious evaluation, I decided to untether and change directions in my work with this website. Not necessarily big changes, but changes that will (hopefully) help others and push me to greater heights. Tune back in tomorrow (actually… later today now), hopefully you will like where I’m going! Last note; Yay weddings!!! Congrats to one of the most precious couples I know. If you are into theology, check out her blog here. And if you are into super-fantastic-unique-brillent graphic design, check out his webspace. Then go hire him to create your online branding. Oh, and no, this not an affiliate link.
This is the LAST post of 2012! Wow. This past week I spent a lot of time in review. I wrapped up a lot of editing (both still and video!) and worked on plans for my business in 2013. Expect more transparency in that area this year, as well as more videos.
*For a quick review; here are the posts I have published every New Year’s since 2009. All titles are linked to my old website when I was working on my 365 project and just starting out in photography.*
Along with posting a yearly blog post, since 2010 God has given me a fruit of the spirit to focus on for the entirety of the year. Sometimes it’s good, but mostly it’s really difficult and I fail a lot. This year I have chosen to focus on Faithfulness.
Here is what I originally wrote about why I have taken on this challenge.
Today, ten days into 2010, my pastor gave a sermon about new year’s resolutions. He is starting a series in Galatians, more specifically, Galatians 5. I believe the plan is to spend ten weeks going over each fruit of the spirit. To begin, he gave the church four questions to ponder.
1. What is one thing you desire from God? (For a starting point, check David’s desire at Psalms 27:4)
2. What is one thing that you lack in the relationship between you and God?
3. What is one thing you need to let go of?
4. What is one promise that you need to claim?
For those who belong to the body of Jesus Christ there are ten virtues that shine through in their lives because of the radical difference Jesus has made and what he means to them. Each virtue is defined through different verses in the New Testament. We were challenged to pick a virtue to work on that would help us to truly live by the fruits of the Spirit.
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I am choosing Self-Control. Over Winter break I have really a lot of disciplines go, and that has spilled over into all aspects of my life. When I’m not living my life the way God intended to be lived it becomes obvious to everyone around me. And I’m not saying that Christians have to be perfect, I know that even giants of the faith like Paul the apostle struggled to live like Jesus. But this year, and throughout this new decade, I would love to get right with the Lord. And I am choosing to do this through zoning in specifically on this aspect of my life. I’m ready to give up my comfortable life of doing whatever I want to do, to truly surrender to Jesus Christ.
*Sorry if this post is too preachy. But I said in this blog before, I am a Christian, and sometimes when The Holy Spirit says something to me I gotta share.
In 2010 the word was Self-Control (I should probably repeat this one, haha).
In 2011 the word was Love.
In 2012 the word was Gentleness.
For 2013 I am choosing Faithfulness. For several different reasons, God has lead me to focus on this specific spiritual fruit and I cannot wait to see how He is going to be moving throughout this year of faithfulness emphasis!
*My Fashion Tuesday project is morphing into something else. They will not be the same from here on out, and I may not always post on Tuesdays like previously. Expect an explanation of both the shedding of Fashion Tuesday and what I’ll be doing next soon. Enjoy the night all you beautiful people!!!