Saturday, August 29, 2015

4 NEW Ways to Find New Blogs + $100 GIVEAWAY

Hi friends! So I know we allll love reading blogs, right? Yes? That's why we're here! But sometimes it's easy to get stuck in our own little bubble of blogs that we read and assume that that's all there is out there. But seriously, that is so wrong! I know I find new blogs all the time and as soon as I find them, I decide that they're my new favorite and I stalk all the archives!

#1 The 'Explore' Tab on Bloglovin'

This section on Bloglovin' shows top posts that you may be interested in. I'm not sure if this is tailored for you or just general top posts on Bloglovin' but generally there's something interesting to be found there. You can also sort through the posts by topics--like Beauty, Home Decor, Fashion, etc. I tend to peek through the 'Lifestyle' and 'Other' categories a few times a week.

#2 Featured Links Posts

Quite a few bloggers these days (myself included!) like to post collections of favorite links from other blogs. On my blog, these posts are called Curated--you can look through them here! Here's my recommendation: if you see a post that sounds interesting, check it out. If you enjoy that post, take a few minutes and peek around that blog. You might like it! I've found a lot of new blogs that way. A few other bloggers that have link style posts: Yes and Yes, Kory Woodard, and Ember + March.

#3 Group Boards on Pinterest

There are tons of group boards on Pinterest that are geared either towards bloggers to pin their own posts or where pinners collect blog posts that they enjoy. Either way, they're a great resource to use to browse through posts by looking at pictures, instead of just text, which can be a nice change! 

#4 Ask your favorite bloggers

Chances are, anyone you know who writes a blog also reads blogs. If you shoot them an email, they'll probably have a few recommendations for you. They may even have a blogroll page like I do, listing out all of the blogs they read regularly! You can also make sure to check out any advertisements and sponsors they have on their sidebars or in posts. Chances are, these sponsors are blogs that are similar to the one you're reading--you just might love them!


And in case you needed a few more blogs to explore, a few friends of mine and I have put together a blog scavenger hunt to help you read some new blogs!

To enter, follow the instructions for each entry. This may mean following a blogger on social media and it may mean visiting their blog and answering a short, easy question. Have fun!

Thank you all so much for entering and supporting Call Me Sassafras. I hope you've found some fun, new favorite blogs! Share your favorite blogs in the comments!

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Verse for an Inspired Fall

I've been reading a lot on the Brave Love Blog about preparing for an inspired season in our life. Really, if you look back on your life, every season is special for some reason--whether it was an especially happy season or maybe a difficult season to get through. 

Since we're about to start a new season (FALL!! Even though it doesn't technically start for a month.) I wanted to choose a Bible verse to sort of sit with me all through the season. I want to meditate on this verse and use it to guide me through the things that I do all through this season of my life.

I thought about this for a long time and meditated on a lot of different verses and a lot of different ideas and this is the verse I came up with:

"I call to you as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I." [Psalm 61:2]

I've felt lost a lot of times in the last year. I've felt unwanted. I've felt hopeless. I've felt dead inside. My heart has been faint more times than I can even count. It's not a fun place to be in. 

But even through that, as believers, we have a rock to stand on, something to hold us steady. That rock is the perfectly orchestrated plan of God for our lives. 

And in this verse, there's a surrender that I think I need to grasp in this season of life. When my heart grows faint, it's not time for me to work hard or grit my teeth and grind through it. It's time to follow God back to that place of steadiness where he's prepared to hold me together. I know I need that.

I already know that this verse will be on my mind and my heart a lot this fall + I want to live accordingly. If you have a verse that's been sticking with you lately, please share it with me in the comments! I love your comments. And if you're not a believer, that's okay, you're welcome to share any sort of guiding idea or philosophy that's guiding you right now. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Mantras for Working Hard

doing the work

I like to consider myself a hard worker. There are a lot of things I am not, but usually, I'm a pretty hard worker. I'm really motivated by success and seeing things turn out well when I spend effort on them. I love before and after pictures. I love change that comes from determination and perseverance.

But sometimes...I don't want to do the work--especially when it comes to working out sometimes. I want the results but not the work. I want instant success. When that happens, I really have to focus to make sure I keep working hard. 

One thing that I do sometimes is pick out a phrase or a saying and just repeat it to myself over and over and over till it becomes part of every breath and the only thought in my head. Here are a few mantras that I use:

My character is shown through my work ethic.

Choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

Nothing feels better than doing the work.

Pain now, pride later.

Inhale determination, exhale excuses.

Kind of cheesy, I know, but give them a try sometime! Next time you're on a run or even just trying to get through a crappy work shift, pick a mantra or make up your own and let it carry you until you're done.

What do you think? Are there any mantras you like for hard work and perseverance?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Goal Getters / August Check In

Hiiii friends. Wow, life is crazy these days! I'm writing this post on Sunday night (#justbeinhonest) because I know I have one of the busiest weeks EVER coming up. Tomorrow, I'll be packing up the car and driving down to Florida. And on Tuesday, I'll move into a new apartment AND start sorority recruitment. Craaaazyyy. 

I might die.  

I'm totally terrified of this week, but also really, really excited. I have really high hopes for this year. 

Anyways, let's talk about goals! I've finished up the first half of my month (in Michigan/NC) and I'm ready to start the next half (or at least as ready as I'll ever be!). Here's how my goals have been going...

+ Try to spend ten minutes every day in the Bible. I've been doing well with this! H and I have been doing a study in the She Reads Truth app about hymns, because we both love traditional hymns and all the history and good theology in them. I also started a Bible in 365 Days program that I do most days. So this one is a big beautiful check!

+ Keep my bloglovin' feed below 100 (check!) and comment on blogs (not so check...). But I'm definitely going to make an effort on commenting starting, like, right now.

+ Keep posting at least three times a week and get a few posts scheduled ahead of time. Well the fact that I'm writing this (Wednesday) post on Sunday makes me feel good! I hope to get a little further ahead to give me some wiggle room, but you know, I'm doing just fine.

And for the second half of the month, I'll be working on some recipes, being super outgoing, and the witchcraft that is biphasic sleep. Read more on the last edition of Goal Getters!

How are your goals for the month going??

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