Summertime: Where You Can Find Me

Dear friends,

Firstly, I love that a few of you have personally reached out in various forms to see if I’m still alive. The fact that you read my words is honestly such a gift. The fact that you watch and wait for them – even miss them – is a gift of extraordinary measure. I love you heaps!

I can assure you that I’m very much kickin’ on this side of the computer screen. My family and I have been rounding out some commitments and sinking into summer. With my husband being a teacher, me working in education, and our son on the cusp of 8th grade, summer is a coveted season in the Parry household. We crave the slower pace, togetherness, and freedom from the bell schedule.

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While I adore this gift of words that God has given me, I’m also learning to exercise control over it. Obligation is the enemy of inspiration and so, I’ve been taking a more organic approach to writing these days. I’m not scheduling, or fussing, or feeling guilty – and friends, that’s huge for me.

Obligation is the enemy of inspiration. ← Tweet that!

Rather, I’m following the Holy Spirit’s lead. In this season, He’s leading me to relax and take things slow. I love Him for that, and I’m savoring the freedom and wonder.

If you’re a blogger or writer, you know that writing a full post is more than slapping a few words on the page. There is editing, formatting, graphics and the like. But there’s this awful glare on my laptop screen when I sit by the pool, so those things – not happening so much. :)

What I have been doing is “micro-blogging.” It’s just a fancy way of saying I’ve been laying down words in a shorthand of sorts—bite-size thoughts, devotions, nuggets of inspiration.

If you care to partake of these, you can find them on my writer Facebook page and/or Instagram. ← Just click those links and follow along with me a few times a week! I would just be tickled to see you there. 

I’ve also been exploring a blog re-design. As I’ve evolved as a writer, God has solidified my calling and identity. My heart is to have this sweet place match that. But a web-designer I am not. N-O-T. My husband can attest to my recent afternoon meltdown which resulted after a highly unsuccessful 5-hour soiree with WordPress.org and BlueHost.

I have since abandoned my DIY attempts and am currently praying (an awesome thing to do when you realize you know nothing about a topic) and seeking professional help (I am not ashamed). If you have recommendations – by all means, share them in the comments. And, would you join me in praying over God’s design for this space?

Thank you for your love, support, and following. I am ever grateful for you. Without you, these words would be far less reaching. I’d love to hear how you’re doing too! Don’t go too far and I promise I won’t either.

Much love, sweet friends,

Tiffany


You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).

21 thoughts on “Summertime: Where You Can Find Me

  1. I’m glad you’ve been able to enjoy the summer with your family. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head of my challenge with writing lately. Feeling like you have produce quality content and do all the doing adds a pressure that is hard on the creativity. I’m working on a re-design as well.

  2. Hi there Tiffany,

    May I just say that you are an extraordinary writer. I’m one post in and I can’t wait to read more. You are most certainly gifted with words!

    As for your blog design, I am right there with you rowing in that same boat. I’m currently transferring my blog from Blogger to WordPress.org. It has been a mind-numbing experience at best. There have been several times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but now it looks like I might actually get there. If you need help I might be able to give you some tips. I’m glad to meet you and look forward to getting to know you better.
    Many blessings,
    Natalie

    1. Hi Natalie – I somehow missed this comment from you. Thank you so much for your kind words and for visiting this little space of mine. I’m still rowing my re-design boat and praying about what God would have me do – and who He would have do it. Yes – my short lived go with WordPress.org just about did me in, so kudos to you for being brave and getting it done. Blessing back at you, and thanks again for being here!

  3. Love the message – to hear Him and then heed what we hear! Rest up friend cause He who began a good work in you is going to continue to bring it unto completion!
    Summer Blessings to you Tiff!

  4. Hi Tiffany – I have missed your blog posts but I’m so happy to hear that you are taking a more relaxed approach to your writing & avoiding any future burn-out issues… Enjoy that gorgeous summer weather. Down here in Australia it is cold and rainy and I’m in semi-hibernation… However, Spring for us is just around the corner with its warmth and new life. That’s the beauty of God’s seasons for our life – isn’t it – there is always something new & fresh to experience just around the corner. x

  5. “Obligation is the enemy of inspiration” Amen, sister. There’s no shame in the slow, summer game. I’m right there with you. And I did search for this post today while attempting to catch up with my favorite writers. I love that my kids still want to have adventures with me, and that I can be there to cheer them on at their passions. What a gift. I’m really trying not to let the guilt of being away from my regular writing routine encroach upon the very best…and fleeting…blessings…my little girls. Growing up so fast. Enjoy your family time! May God bless your writing time, as He will at just the “write” moments, lol… and I”ll pray for your space- will you pray for mine? Sounds like we’re on more than one same page. Lots of sunny summer love you!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Megs

  6. I love that you’re letting writing happen organically. I need to be better about that. :) With the boys home, and crazy travel schedules, I haven’t done much writing this summer.

    I loved this: “Obligation is the enemy of inspiration.” So true! I need to think on that some more.

    I’ve missed your thoughts. You always leave me thinking, friend.

    If you’re looking for website design, Matt Jones at Jones House Creative (I think) does a great job. Not sure his costs. :)

    1. Hi, friend. So great to hear from you. Yes, it’s a strange place to sit in a way…to be holding the writing so loosely. But also that means I’m not striving and that feels a whole lot like trusting. I’m following His lead and right now I’m grateful He is allowing rest and refreshment, which is just oh so gracious and sweet. Love you! And thanks for that referral!

  7. Tiffany, this is such a rich and honest post. Thank you. Your words reassure me that following the Holy Spirit’s leading in writing is where I am and where I want to stay. I do not plan for specific days or how many a week or…etc. I write when the Spirit leads me and on what. It seems when I force a post, it is not a good one or I delete it before posting it. Then I see the time wasted.
    I am grateful that you and your family all have the summer off. I was a teacher once and loved the summers and the sweet time doing the things I did not have time for during the school year, resting as you are doing.
    May the rest of your summer be filled with the love of family, the peace of rest, and the joy in it all.

    1. It’s been so freeing to follow His lead vs. try to set out my own course. While I’m still motivated and diligent, there is a unique kind of satisfaction that comes from being where He wants me, only when He wants me there. Thanks so much for visiting today. Blessings for a sweet summer to you!

  8. I agree that scheduling and the like can get a bit plastic. There’s always a time for rest and refueling. I pray this summer has been that to you and will be praying God helps direct you to the right designer/design! He cares about the details of our lives. :) Blessings, friend. Visiting from #CoffeeForYourHeart

  9. I love that you are following the Holy Spirit and His leading. The time with your family and the memories created is something you all will treasure! Thanks for the heads up on the “micro-blogs” I am encouraged when you share what God puts on your heart. I am trying to balance writing, maintaining my blog, and finish my book. I may reduce how often I post until my book is ready. Like you said, I am trusting God’s leading… if He gives me a post to write I will give it my all. As far as redesigning your blog, leave an inquiry post on Christian Bloggers Bootcamp or Blog Elevated. Both groups are managed by Christians and they should be able to help you. Also, I think Merri Dennis does website design as well. I met her at Blog Elevated last Sept. Hope that helps… enjoy the quality time with your family. Have a blessed week friend!

    1. Thank you so much for those tips, Horace. You really inspired this post too! You were one of a few who reached out and I felt I owed it to my readers to let them know what I’m up too. Thanks so much for your faithful encouragement. I pray that God gives you that time and Holy Spirit leading you seek in your writing!

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