When I was in 5th grade my teacher assigned the class to write a story and illustrate the pages to create a book. I spent hours on that project because…well, I loved doing it. Writing the story and creating pictures to go along with it made me happy. I got two A+ on it.
Looking back now, I see that’s where my love for writing and art began. Through the years, my hands have helped create books from stories…for others. Not much for myself though. After college I worked with those who have white hair and beautiful lines on their faces and hands who told their stories to me. For some of them, I made a book filled with their stories and photos of way back when, their joys and legacies they hope to leave. I still enjoy doing that today.
It wasn’t until 2012 when I started writing my personal stories and wandering thoughts…and allowing others to read them. As I said, I’ve always enjoyed writing and I have been ever since I was a child, but I’ve only shared them if it was a class assignment or just for me to read. In reality, if you asked me a question face to face what’s going on in my little mind, I’d probably give as short an answer as possible. Give me a piece of paper and a pen or a keyboard to type on, and it becomes a different story.
In the fall of 2011, I read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and started following her blog. I honestly didn’t know what a blog was until I saw hers at the end of her book. On one of her posts at the end of December, she gave a Joy Dare. To count 1000 gifts in 2012. So, I took the challenge. I got a fresh, new journal book and by day 5 I had written down 15 things I was thankful for.
After my husband’s suggestion and encouragement, 6 days later I had a blog. Beth’s Joy Dare. That was so not me. All I was going to do was keep the list on there and that was it. Just a list and for no one else to see. But what started out as a place to simply log my joys, it became a blog where I unexpectedly wrote my personal life and faith lessons that stemmed from the joys I was finding. It evolved to be a place to remind myself of God’s goodness and grace because they’re so easy to forget in a busy world. I discovered writing is an outlet, my refuge and a place to be me.
It took about 5 months for me to “publish” my scattered thoughts about a backyard experience where I took a leap of faith, flapped my wings and launched my writing journey. Once I reached my goal of finding 1000 gifts, I had also written more and decided to change my blog a little bit. It became Simply Remind Me with the purpose to share simple reminders of God’s goodness and grace that renews the heart. That was my space for almost a couple of years and here I go again changing things up. This time I’m planning to stay put here.
I also co-manage and write for another blog SMC Women, from the church I’ve been part of for over 15 years.
My husband is my best friend, the love of my life. I feel blessed to stay at home with our 14 year old son and 11 year old daughter and love every minute of it.
I hope the stories I share reach you right where you are, as you are. I hope my words will bring thought, give meaning, share hope and encourage joy in your life.
Here’s some random things about me.
- I love to take pictures…of my family, God’s creations and joys. Each photo tells me a story.
- I take our dog for a walk almost every morning while my mind wanders in all sorts of directions.
- I drink Coca-Cola not coffee.
- Our bright sunroom makes my soul happy.
- For several years, I’ve captured stories from people over the age of 70 and created his/her life and faith book.
- I love to watch ACC college basketball!
- I listen…and try to encourage…but mostly listen with all my heart.
- I need to spend time with dear friends because I need to laugh hard, a friend who will listen and do life together.
- I had brain surgery in 1993…and if it didn’t happen I might not have been rescued. I’m glad God used that situation to get through my thick skull how much he loves me.
- My life verses: Joshua 1:9 and Romans 15:13
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back again…