I'm going to be doing a few blogger interviews on Marie Loves, of some young ladies who have blessed my heart through their wonderful blogs. First up, today we have Beth Ann from Genuine Beauty. ^_^
Tell us a little bit about yourself! I am a twenty-two year old Christian blogger (saved by God's grace alone) and the eldest of nine siblings. Ohio was where I was born, Indiana was where I was raised and South Carolina is where we now live. Although now my family and I live right in town, I've lived out in the country (of Indiana) for most of my life.. and yes, I love country music! I'm a homeschooled graduate, working part-time in my Dad's business and have been for about five years now. Now for the less technical side. :) I really enjoy a good book, deep conversations, and writing down my thoughts. I like listening to indie folk-pop music when I want to relax, doing crafty/artsy projects to unwind, and watching the TCM movie channel while folding laundry.
How did you get into blogging? What is the story behind the name of your blog? I started blogging about four years ago. I've always enjoyed interacting with people and speaking out on things that are important to me, a blog seemed to be the best platform for that. The original purpose of Genuine Beauty was to share ideas and personal thoughts on dressing modestly; modesty has always been an important subject to me. Over the years my blog has evolved into a more personal outlet for me to share my daily life, personal style, my faith, and anything that inspires me. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and I think it comes out in my articles. :)
The word "genuine" by definition means; authentic, real. I wanted to share with young ladies what true beauty was all about. It doesn't matter how modest you may dress; true, genuine beauty is something that comes from your heart and then overflows into the way you act, talk, think, and dress.
Do you have any tips for new bloggers out there trying to get on their feet? Well, I'm not an expert by any means! But I would say, only blog about what is important to you. If you aren't "feeling" what you write, your readers won't either.
>Read other bloggers' articles and leave them comments, that is one way for you to get your blog's name out there, and a good way to brighten someone's day. :)
>Just a friendly bit of advice? Embedding music players on your blog can be a really fun added feature, but when you set it to auto-play as soon as someone brings up your blog, it can sometimes be a turn-off. Just use with caution. It can be a fun feature on holidays!
>Try to get a feel for what your blog is about and who your audience is. Explaining that in an "about" section of your blog is helpful, that way the potential reader knows at-a-glance what kind of blog they are reading and will be more likely to follow it.
>Be careful not to set post deadlines that get in the way of your real-life schedule.
>Lastly, have fun with it! :)
￼I love your fashion & style posts! How would you describe your personal style? Thank you! :) I guess I would say a mix between bohemian and classic. While I like the care-free look of the flowy fabrics and loose fitting tops that would tend to be more gypsy-like, I also like the classic slim legged pants, ballet flats, and simple tops that are more Audrey Hepburn-ish.
Why do you think modesty is important in today's world? Modesty is important to us as Christians because our bodies are not our own. Romans 12:1 says: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship". You don't flauntwhat's not yours. The word modesty means freedom from conceit or vanity. James 4:10 says to "humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." Modesty goes beyond clothing, as I've said before. Are you humble in your speech and actions, as well as the way you dress? Idon't believe in a hard and fast "this is what you wear and this is what you don't" rulebook, dresses are modest but jeans aren't, or skirts at the ankle are all right, but anything above the knee isn't. Each person has to make their own choices between them and the Lord. Beingmodest in our actions and dress communicate to others that you are a humble person, not out to get attention, but rather to point the attention to God.
I love your short devotions & encouraging thoughts that you post on your blog. They are always such a blessing! I was wondering if you'd be willing to share with us today, something that has spoken to your heart lately? "We are women, and my plea is, let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is." -Elisabeth Elliot
My goal (since I was twelve) has been to be content with where I am no matter what the circumstances; lately I've been convicted and reminded of that goal. These past few weeks, I've spent so much wasted time being frustrated with others that I didn't see right away how my own personal attitude was changing -and it wasn't for the better. I realized that I had a haughty spirit, was holding a grudge, and the ill-feelings I was having were affecting my attitude. Humbling? I'd say so. I was wanting my circumstances to be different and was angered that I couldn't seem to change them.
When we don't feel something is really going our way, or think that someone could maybe be a little more friendly than they have been, let's just remember that God is the one in control and if He wants your circumstances to change, He'll change them. But that is up to Him. Not you. Be happy with where you are right now, today, this very minute. That job you're hoping for, the friend you hope to have, the trip you're unsure of? Anything and everything, God has it all in His hands. I think that's a good place for them, don't you?
Dear God, "Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is."
Thank you, Beth, for agreeing to do this interview, it has been so fun getting to know you a little better! ^_^ Your blog has really blessed me, and I hope that you keep on blogging and encouraging others. To all of my readers, please take some time out to go visit Genuine Beauty and leave her a comment or two. You won't regret it! Until next time, Marie