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When I was eleven I attended a “6th grade retreat” which was put on by my small private school. There were four other sixth graders in my cabin, and we had two counselors who were both seniors in high school. On the very first night of the retreat, our counselors gave us cute composition books to use as a journal or notebook during our time at the retreat. Since that moment, journaling has become a very dear habit of mine, more »

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A while back I had an idea of asking those apart of the Joy Because Grace newsletter to submit any questions they had for me to be addressed in a Q&A format blog post. I love Q&A style posts, and I think this could be a fun way for y’all to get to know me better. At the end of the post I’ll tell you how you can submit questions if you’d like :) Let’s get started… How old are more »

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The day has come where I share the raw truth about why I deleted my Facebook and Instagram apps from my phone and took a social media fast. I’d like to think of us as two friends who were grabbing coffee (or hot chocolate) and catching up about life. As the coffee cups warmed our chilly hands, I’d lean forward and make a confession: “So National Boyfriend Day happened in October, and it kinda sorta wrecked havoc in my heart.” more »

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Chatbooks are pretty much my most favorite thing ever. I discovered Chatbooks through the families I babysat for this past summer. The moms used this simple way of scrapbooking as a way to record their kids’ lives. Well, I don’t have kids, but I am a busy college student who wants to physically record my adventures without breaking the bank. And Chatbooks is a great way to do so. It’s so fun! If you’ve been around Joy Because Grace for more »

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As many of y’all know, I attended my first bloggers conference the last weekend in July. Heading into the weekend I felt very nervous. I didn’t know anyone who was going, I knew I was going to be one of the youngest people there, and I was worried about how I was going to get from the hotel to the church were the conference was held, since I wasn’t going to have a car with me. If you’re a part more »