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Hi, I'm Sybil - a Believer. Hope spreader. People connector. Hugger. Joy seeker. Story teller. Lover of sunshine, plants, vintage, color, and beaches. Passionate about helping others find the freedom, joy, wellness, and purpose we were created for.
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Hi friend! Whether you found your way here following my talk on blogging for Pursuit Community or you are a regular reader who made your way back after reading this post, I’d love to share with you today more on who I am and my purpose and passion behind this site you landed at today, She Lives Free 🙂 I’d also love to hear about you and your blogging journey in the comments below!
1) How did you get into blogging? What made you decide to start?
I am a counselor by profession and have always had a heart for those in need, so when I learned about the blogger programs hosted by ministries like Compassion and World Help, I knew it was something I really wanted to do. At first I didn’t blog about anything beyond the assignments they gave me – but I fell in love with blogging so much that I did eventually branch out! I honestly never planned to become a blogger but I am a true people person, so blogging has been a great outlet to communicate and connect with others. My hope is for this space to serve as a platform for friends to stay in touch, to form new connections with people I’ve not yet met, and to document all that I want to remember in the living of this amazing life.
2) How did you decide on the name of your blog? Did you ever have any others in mind or was She Lives Free “it”?
It came to me right away, I never even considered anything else! My husband loved it too so I just knew it was meant to be 🙂 The ‘She’ is intended to include all women. I have always wanted my blog to be a dialogue, rather than a one-way conversation. I want others to be able to see themselves in my story and a reflection of our Creator, who is writing each of our stories!
3) What tips or advice would you give to a woman just starting out in the blogging world?
4) How have you connected with other bloggers? How has that benefitted you as a blogger, as a woman, and as a believer? What does the blogging community mean to you?
Three main ways: 1) Facebook groups 2) Instagram 3) The Influence Network and it has made all the difference as a blogger, woman, and believer! I started blogging not quite a year and a half ago, but I have already found lifelong friends through these avenues simply through spending alot of time hanging around them 😉 One thing I say again and again is how blessed I’ve been through the blogging community – never could I have imagined all the ways blogging has changed my life. Hang in there and the Lord will bless your journey too as you follow His leading!
5) You write for other publications in addition to your blog. Did you seek that out for yourself or did those places approach you? What would you say to someone looking to write beyond their own blog?
I have written for The Well Studio, The Huffington Post, and other blogs. Each opportunity I have always set up through contacting the editor or owner of the site. I think with a little research on how and where to make contact, this is something anyone can do and I would definitely encourage you to do, regardless of how long you’ve been blogging!
6) How do you decide what content you want to blog?
I consider this a lifestyle blog which is kind of a catch all term to encompass anything and everything, but I do always try to share content that would add value for my readers in some way or another! Like most bloggers, I tend to write on topics that are relevant and on the forefront of my mind at my age and stage – and I imagine that will certainly grow and change over time. I think I will always consider this my personal blog, even as I branch out and start the two business sites I currently have planned at shelivesfreecoaching.com and solopreneurstartup.com
7) Could you share some ways you’ve been able to stay consistent in your blogging? How do you make time for writing as a busy woman, wife and momma?
It is not easy and each week shakes out a bit differently, but I would definitely say my secret weapons are flexibility, adaptability, and perspective! I am also blessed with a supportive husband, children, and extended family who all pull together to help me find margin in my life to write.
8) What are your favorite resources for blogging?
Right now the tools that help me keep it all together are Boomerang for Gmail, BoardBooster for Pinterest, and my new VA 😉 Ha! I’ve written extensively here and here on most all my favorite resources for bloggers.
9) How does social media tie into blogging for you?
Being immersed in the world of blogging and social media can fuel comparison like few other things can, and comparison kills contentment. It’s wonderful that we’re all in this together, and I love so many things about that camaraderie! Yet I have found I need to “keep my eyes on my own paper” or I can start to question whether I should be doing what everyone else is doing. I believe that social media and all things internet can be used to bring great glory to God when we steward our online well. For more on learning to use your online influence for good, click here!
10) At the end of the day, what would you say is your blog’s purpose? Do you go into each post with that mission / intention in mind? Or do you let yourself share whatever your heart desires in the moment?
She Lives Free is here to encourage living life on purpose, to the glory of God. You will find posts here sharing both the broken and the beautiful moments in life. She Lives Free is a place for exploring what it looks like to live free, through the freedom found in Christ alone. Sometimes we talk about learning to live a life of abundant health as we seek balance and wellness. Often we discuss the joys of giving, volunteering, advocacy and even what it means to raise raise servant-hearted kids. Those themes will sometimes lead to deeper discussion on global issues like orphan care, adoption, foster care, and modern day slavery. There’s also no shortage of the fun stuff to be found here like gardening, crafts, fashion, and photography.
11) If we left here with just one piece of advice, tip or tid-bit relating to writing / blogging… what would you want that to be?
Know that each blogger’s journey is so very unique that it’s important to never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. God has a purpose and a plan to work through you and your blog for such a time as this. For more on finding your own unique voice in blogging, click here 🙂
To read more on the purpose and passion behind shelivesfree.com, feel free to visit my about the blogger page and my about this blog page. If you’d like help discovering more about your blogging or business purpose and plan, join us at the Solopreneur Startup Lounge where we equip, encourage, and educate entrepreneurial types to create the life they want! Thanks for being here, friends!