I have been following Gina’s blog for a while now. I’ve always been captivated by the beauty shared in her space, through her every day life, through the struggles she’s triumphed over and through her beautiful photography. I just know that you will be inspired and encouraged as you visit her space and read her words.
Without further adieu, meet Gina of Contemplating Beauty
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi there! I am a city girl gone small town, and love any beauty I can set my eyes on. I am a mother of a 19 year old daughter, married for 12 yearsrs and I’m in love with my little bichon-poo Nell’s. I love to write, crochet, worship, read, explore new cities, and decorate. I love nature!
How long have you been blogging and how/why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for about 3 years. I originally started because I had to quit my job due to an illness I was battling. Blogging/writing helped me have an outlet to share!
What is the purpose of your blog?
I’ve learned that my main gifting is sharing. Sharing my heart for others. Sharing my stories for others. Sharing my struggles for others. I have a heart for connecting with God and people in true authenticity.
What do you most enjoy about blogging?
Like I mentioned earlier, I strongly feel like our stories and our lives are for others. When the bible says to ‘Mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice’ we can’t truly do that unless we are intentionally connecting with others. I have such a passion for that. So through my blog, that is my goal. If 100 people read a post, but say “only” 3 felt moved or gained something, then that’s what matters. I am a classic “wounds turned into wings” gal, and sharing my journey with others hopefully helps others find their wings.
What are you passionate about?
My heart yearns to have a heart like Gods. I literally beg Him to give me a heart like His. Unlike most people, I am into being refined! I actually welcome suffering because I know it’s in the darkness of that that light will eventually come through. That is where healing happens, and where our character is built. It’s where God does His most astounding work IN us. So I guess you could say I’m most passionate about finding healing, becoming whole, and relationships.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by faithful people. When I see a mother lose her child, and press on in the deepness of that pain, I am inspired. I am moved when others see and believe how BIG God is and that He’s got things taken care of ahead of time for us already. It’s inspiring for me to see women dealing with their wounds and brokenness, and to find healing and redemption. To live in authenticity, because it’s such a rarity. On a more shallow level, I am inspired by nature, art, and all the things I love that others do really well: painted flowers, amazing crafts, delicious recipes, and beautiful singing voices! One last thing that inspires me: People who sell their homes and pick up and leave the comforts of life and go live in a remote place, become missionaries, open shelters or homes, or explore and travel! It’s also a dream of mine!
Tell us something random about yourself.
I guess something random would be that I don’t like trends. That’s not to say I would never or have never followed one. But for instance. I am super annoyed about the Essential Oil trend happening right now. It baffles me. I’ve been using oils for 13 years, it’s not a new concept at all, yet people are suddenly buying kits and using them just because they are trending? How does this happen!? Haha! I also don’t like trendy lingo, like when “swoon” was cool to say, I mean I didn’t even know what it meant! My biggest pet peeve is the whole “your’re welcome” thing that’s surfacing after someone makes a statement or shares something with someone. HA.
Will you share with us one of your favorite posts and what you love about it?
Sure, probably the one I wrote about on my sexual abuse story. I’ve realized through the years in sharing my story, that there are many women who have been through similar struggles, but they haven’t spoken, or written about it. It means a lot to me that I can be a voice for some. I also like the poem I wrote I Want To Be Her. It hits home with so many women, sort of like my latest post on comparisons and trying to find your place in this world through figuring out your key gifting.
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