December 24, 2015

Faith... and Fashion Blogging?!

Photo Credit: Emily Sacra Photography


     Happy Christmas Eve Day! In honor of this special holiday, I wanted to take a little break from my usual fashion posts or life updates and instead talk about something deeper that has been on my heart lately.


     The past semester has been the first semester of college that I've felt like I've finally been able to tackle blogging regularly and being a full-time student (as well as all of the other things that I do at school!). My blog saw a lot of growth and new opportunities in the past few months, and I dove more into the fashion side of my blog then ever before. I absolutely love writing and creating fashion content- it brings me so much joy to be able to share my outfits and what trends that I'm loving with y'all, and to hopefully also provide fashionable inspiration to fellow gals out there who are trying to dress well on a budget!

     In the almost three and a half years that I've had this blog, I've always been very honest and upfront with my readers about the fact that I'm a Christian. I attended a Christian college (in the Bible  Belt nonetheless- haha!) during my freshman year, and one of my favorite topics to blog about in past years was what that experience was like, and also what it was like to transfer to a non-Christian college. I've also never been ashamed to write about things like bible verses that encourage me, or the fact that I try and attend church each week. So in that sense- I don't really feel like my faith is "hidden." I don't think it's a shock to anyone who knows me, both in my personal life or on my blog, that my faith and values are important to me.

     But at the same time- at the beginnings of my blog, I used to be a lot more comfortable with going in depth about my thoughts and feelings on certain faith or moral issues. I believe that all Christians are called to share God's truths. (They're called to do this in love of course- not in the judgmental, cold, and often hypocritical way that so many people that claim to be of the faith do. But to actually share the message of Jesus and the rules that God lays out for His people in a loving and friendly way.) For me, writing about things that I felt God put on my heart on my blog was my way of sharing His truths. You never know who will stumble across a blog, and what that person experiencing. Someone who seeks out a fashion blog might be a person who would never seek out a bible or a church, but they could be exposed to God's love and Word through a platform like this.


     Yet over the past year, as my blog has become more of a professional venture on my part, I find myself becoming more and more hesitant with sharing things like this with all of you. As I said earlier, I have no problems mentioning in certain posts about my faith, or how it impacts my life, but trying to share some of my more conservative views or just writing general posts about faith in general are things that I've shied away from. But with 2016, approaching, I don't know if I want to do that anymore!!

     
     So to my reader friends, I would appreciate any feedback on this post. :-) The majority of my blog's content will still be fashion based, but I want to know your honest thoughts about what you think of posts where I include my more personal and faith-related views! Is this something that you would like to see more of on Southern Belle in Training in 2016? (To give you an idea of some of the things that I'm thinking about blogging about, it could be topics including but not limited to: drinking alcohol / nightlife and being a Christian, church attendance in college, premarital sex, or just sharing more about bible verses, devotionals or other Christian books that have been blessings to me!)



     I hope that all of you are having a very Merry Christmas Eve / Christmas Day! New posts will return next week.


     "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." -Luke 2:11


     xoxo Miss ALK

   

12 comments:

  1. I would love to read more about not fashion related topics.
    merry Christmas!

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  2. I love all your posts, girl! And would love to hear your thoughts on faith :) I hope you have a joyous Christmas!

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  3. Personally, I think you should do a post once a week or every two weeks talking about a non-fashion related topic. Many of us would like to see how you handle your social life with being in college and still being a Christian.
    Have a Merry Christmas!!!!

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  4. I would love to see more faith-infused posts! Don't ever be ashamed or afraid to share the real you with your readership. God will send you the exact readers that you need!

    Merry Christmas, sweet girl!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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  5. I think it is great that you are stepping out in faith. I, personally, do one non-fashion related post a week just to keep my blog balanced. My readers really enjoy it. I can't wait to read more of your growing faith. Let me know if you need anything!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

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  6. I would love to read more faith-based posts! I love how open and vocal you are about your beliefs on the blog and it really serves as an inspiration to others!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  7. Merry Christmas! I would love to read your faith based posts.

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  8. I would love to see more personal posts with your views on the topics you mentioned, but only if you feel comfortable sharing them. I mainly talk about fashion and my style in mine, but many times I feel the need to write about my problems and life, no matter what others may think. It's YOUR blog after all. Do what makes you feel best! :)
    Merry Christmas,

    Ane | Basque Prep

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  9. You and your blog are such an encouragement to me, and I love your faith based posts, as well as the fashion. :) I am also a Christian, and I know what it's like to be uncomfortable with sharing your faith with others,
    as I never know how they are going to respond. But isn't that exactly how Satan wants us to feel?!?! Keep following Jesus, listen to his promptings and get to know his heart at a deeper level. And remember you are loved beyond measure, treasured more than rubies, and a real princess of the King of Kings!

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  10. I just discovered your blog & I love it! In response to this post, I think it's awesome that you want to share your beliefs! Go for it. Even if you're venturing more into a professional sphere of your blog, you can shape it into whatever you want it to be.

    I'm also from Charlotte! How cool is that?!

    Katie / thosebakergirls.com

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  11. I think it would be wonderful if you shared your faith a bit more!

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  12. Great post and one of the reasons i follow you. Will be praying for you to be fashionably bold with your sharing.

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