This week I interviewed a fellow, blogger! Her name is Ashlee and she can be found here. Her blog is a great place for inspiration, recipes, faith, football and book reviews! Stop by and check her out!
- Who are you and where are you located?
Well, I’m Houstyn’s mommy. I’m Chris’ wife. I’m Tyrone and Sica’s daughter. But foremost, I’m Christ’s daughter. In short, I’m Ashlee Barclay! I’m currently located in West Virgina, by way of Williamsburg, Virginia. But I was born and raised in Kentucky.
- What is your blog about?
My blog, “BE Humble. BE Honest. BE Blessed.” is about things that happen in my daily life and how I am able to see God show up in those instances. It is about anything having to do with my faith, my family and football (my husband is a college coach, so I try to write about my family’s experience and perspective of collegiate football – it’s a neat viewpoint). Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I began wondering who I was, and God stopped me and brought me on this journey of blogging. I am a Chrisitan, still growing in my spiritual life and this blog is basically my journey, documented along the way. I write a lot of analogies and parallels of everyday life with what the Bible tells us. Also, I like including posts about my faith (struggles & strengths) and biblical revelations. So in essence, this is not a blog simply telling others what the Bible says they should do, but I’ve designed it to where other believers, no matter where they are in their faith, can put themselves in my shoes, saying “Ooh, ooh, me too! Me too!” while reading. I also write recipes and review posts every Thursday, “Eats & Treats Thursdays.” I’m definitely not a food blogger, but food is a big part of my family’s life, so I wanted to find a way to include it on a regular basis. My blog doesn’t quite fit the devotional standard, so I would categorize it as a lifestyle blog…Christian lifestyle!
- How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been on my journey in writing my blog for about a month and a half. Even in its infancy stage, I feel like I have been doing this forever and love every minute of it!
- What do you want people to take away from your blog?
My blog, I hope, is written in a way to help other Christians to relax in the Word, get comfortable in it and learn it, however, they feel comfortable. I want to create a space for people, men and women of all ages, to be able to come and grow with me in faith, in a no-judgement zone. I don’t feel like I have it all together or that I have “arrived,” and I am always learning about my parenting, marriage, and my faith. So, I want others to be able to see my growth and either learn from me or with me! Once again, when someone reads my posts, I want them to feel comfortable saying, “OMG, I know exactly what you mean!”
- What mistakes did you make and what did you learn from them?
A big mistake that I’ve made (so far – I’m sure there will be more) is trying to do too much at once. Your blog is a reflection of you and it’s not something that can be rushed – it has to be developed. By rushing, I became overwhelmed and confused, especially with a family to take care of. You can’t sign up and work every social media outlet, have your final blog design just the way you want it, write post after post after post, have a gazillion and one people on your email list, and have your blog monetized all at once, all in the beginning. Patience is very important and I had to take a step back before I ruined my view of what I was going after – writing for me from my passion and the long-term goal of helping others. There are so many resources out there that you can overextend yourself early and get bogged down, discouraged and frustrated. Don’t compare your blog to anyone else’s…you may have sown the same seeds, but you don’t know how long their crop has been growing!
- What is next for your blog?
The next thing in works for my blog is to be able to provide my readers with different monthly series – something they can follow along with and engage in – kind of like a study of sorts. I just finished my first four-post series, “Let Life Encourage You.” I would like to do more of those, with a different focus each month and/or a web-based book club…before trying my hand at writing my own E-Book. I love engaging with others!
- What is your favorite recipe that you have done recently?
Ahhh, my favorite recipe has to be the carrot cake. It was already my favorite dessert, but once I made it myself, for some reason, it made it that much better!
- What is one piece of advice you would give someone who is trying to create his/her master plan?
To create one’s “master plan,” I would say…to follow God’s plan! My tagline is Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps,” and as a Christian, that is how it has worked best for me. Alone, I don’t think that we can “create” a successful plan. Before we ever knew what a plan was, God had one for us. I also think it’s important to be okay with being imperfect. One of my favorite authors says that we need to “let go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embrace who we are,” and I really couldn’t have worded that any better – I love that phrase just the way it is! But to add to that, in order to embrace who we really are, we have to be able to cultivate a spiritual relationship with God, in order to know and follow His will for us.
- Anything else you would like to share?
Well, I’m really excited about what I’m doing (as you can see) and encourage others to not just visit my blog, but to engage with me and share their stories! I’m anxious about where this journey will take me and I appreciate the opportunity that you’ve given me to interview with you!
- Where can you be found online?
My blog can be found at www.ThinkingofMyMastersPlan.com. I also have a Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/thinkingofmymastersplan, I enjoy pinning at www.Pinterest.com/Ashleesenece, and you can tweet with me as well, at www.Twitter.com/ashleesenece!
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