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March Madness 2022

As most of you know, I’m a HUGE college basketball fan. I am a HUGE Tar Heel fan! It’s March…which means, bring on the madness!!

My bracket was busted the first game out. LOL so there’s that. But today we played #1 seed Baylor with a trip to Philadelphia for the Sweet 16! WE WON! We will be playing UCLA next Friday!

I LOVE this sport!

GO HEELS!!!

On another note, I’m doing well in my classes! 98 in Creative Writing and 88 in English Lit! In creative writing we have to write a one-act play which I’m struggling with but I know I can get it done. Just takes a little more focus and discipline. 🙂

How have you all been? I know it’s been a while since I last posted!

Changes Are A’Coming

I have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings, and yet…I take advantage of it. I don’t give it much thought. I don’t seem to appreciate what I have.

It’s time for a change.

So most of you all know I’m taking two classes at my local community college. And while I’ve enjoyed every minute (okay maybe not every minute, LOL) I have allowed these assignments to take over and I have, in turn, let God slip down the list on my priorities.

I hate this. I hate that I keep doing this! I’m going through the motions again. I go to church, I plaster that smile, I tell everyone I’m doing fine. When in all actuality, I’m not.

I’ve got so much going on right now. I’m getting ready to have surgery on my right foot on March 11th. Personally, I’m struggling. Financially things are extremely tight and I’ll be out of work for at least 6 weeks.

I’ve got to find my way back to the Lord. I can’t do this on my own.

I just wanted to update y’all and let you know that I haven’t forgotten my blog. 🙂

Oh! I currently have an A in creative writing and a B in English Lit. 🙂 Taking online courses isn’t as daunting as I thought!

Classes

Hey guys, what’s up? I wanted to let you all know that I received a 95 on my creative nonfiction piece! I currently have a 98 in my Creative Writing class and a 94 in my English Lit class!

I can’t believe it’s already been 5 weeks since classes started. I am really enjoying these classes. I’m learning so many new things! My creative muse has been awakened! LOL.

How have you all been?

My Classes So Far

I am enjoying these two classes so far! I turned in my first ever creative NONfiction piece yesterday! I’m doing well so far! I mean, we’re already 3 weeks in. It’s flying by! In my English Lit class, we are studying poetry. It’s…a little daunting but I know I can do it!

I just wanted to update you all! I may not do a lot of posting for a few weeks what with the course work becoming more intense but I will get on here from time to time just to say hey and to update you all. 🙂

I hope you all are doing well!

Tell me how your week is going!

Consistently Inconsistent

The title says it all!

I am so very much consistent…at being inconsistent. It’s who I am but I’m going to try very hard to stop.

(I am also predictably unpredictable. So there’s that…)

I say that to say this: I’m a couple weeks into my two classes and so that’s going to be taking up a huge chunk of my time.

I’ve always been consistently inconsistent. That’s just the way it’s always been. But I know I need to work on my consistency when posting on here.

I am going to try to post on here at least 1-2 days a week. We’ll see!


In my creative writing class we have to draft two pieces writing in the creative nonfiction genre. This has been hard because I’ve never written this genre before…(wait, do blog posts count as creative nonfiction? Hmm…I suppose they could!)

Anyway, the two topics I chose to write about are my battle with my inner demons (mental illness: ADHD, bipolar, etc) The second piece is definitely more lighthearted. I chose to document the time I was an extra on my favorite TV show, One Tree Hill.

These pieces are due on the 26th so I have plenty of time to go back and make last-minute revisions.


In other news…we’re expecting snow this weekend! If you know me, you know how excited I am! It snows (significantly) once every few years. I think our last big storm was in 2018. So I’m ready for the snow, bring it on!

My dad lives in TN and they had 3 storms with significant accumulation. I kept telling him he was being selfish by having all that snow and not sending some my way. And then the weather team forecast we were going to get a good snowfall. HAHA!


I am going to leave you all with this Scripture. As I pursue this writing career I feel very strongly that the Lord gave me a talent for writing and that I’m to use my writing to bring others to know Christ as their Savior.

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for cus?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

How are you using your talent?

Finding That Inspiration

As I embark on this new writing journey I have come across some quotes that I really want to share with you all!

Instead of waiting for inspiration to start writing, start writing to find inspiration

Robert Lee Brewer

I struggle with finding inspiration. This quote really opened my eyes. Just start writing…the inspiration will come.

To be a writer means to take risks, putting yourself and your ideas out on a limb, making yourself vulnerable to criticism, maybe even ridicule

Fred White

Writing for anyone other than yourself can really make you vulnerable. I have this fear sometimes that my writing isn’t good enough, isn’t worth being read. But to GROW as a writer, I must be willing to take that risk!

I want to make other readers feel how I feel when I read certain books but how do I do that if I haven’t made time for reading in my daily life the same way I’m trying to with writing?

Michael Woodson
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Karen Kingsbury is hands down my favorite author of all time. When I read her books I am captivated from the opening line to the ending line. She has a way with words that I can hope to be able to write one day…

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If I’m Wrong…

People say I’m strange, does it make me a stranger
That my best friend was born in a manger?

DC Talk

What will people think
When they hear that I’m a Jesus freak
What will people do when they find that it’s true
I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak
There ain’t no disguising the truth

These are lyrics to the song by DC Talk, “Jesus Freak” It’s a really good song and it’s packed full of truth.

Some may have a problem being called a Jesus Freak just because of the title mentioning “freak” but I’m a Jesus Freak and I’m proud of it.

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Rachel Joy Scott wasn’t afraid of being a witness..a light to the world. She earnestly reached out to others and genuinely cared for them.

So…would you rather be normal like the rest of the world or do you want to be strange and be like Jesus?

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And So It Begins…

Classes started this past Monday. I’m still nervous but I know that these two online classes are going to help me focus because it’s going to teach me discipline. (grrr, ADHD for fighting me on this. I hate you. )

I’ve already turned in a couple of assignments!

I know that both these classes, Creative Writing and English Literature are going to help hone my skills as a writer. Is it going to be hard? Well sure! Nothing in this life comes easy. However, it’s in those moments that one realizes that it’s worth it in the end.

Have I thought about withdrawing from these classes? Yes. Why? Because I have a nagging voice (Satan) whispering in my ear telling me I’m not good enough. That I don’t have what it takes.

Well, the joke is on you, Satan. I am going to fight you on this. These two classes, however hard they may become, are going to shape my career as a writer.

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us this:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

This is the path the Lord has guided me onto. This is the path I am following. I have a passion for writing and this is my talent. It’s the only thing I feel like I’m fairly good at.

If you want to write, you can
Fear stops most people from writing,
not lack of talent.
Who am I? What right have I to speak?
Who will listen to me?
You are a human being with a unique story to tell.
You have every right.

Richard Rhodes

Why do I write?
Because it’s therapeutic.
It helps me release these feelings I have that I can’t say out loud.
Writing helps me
Writing shapes who I am and who I want to be.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

Anne Frank

Your Purpose, Your Gift

I thoroughly enjoyed the sermon this morning at church. Pastor David spoke from Romans 12:3-8

For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith; if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:3-8

We all have gifts. Maybe some have more than others but we ALL have that one gift that can be used to glorify the Lord.

He really got me thinking this morning. I didn’t take notes but I should have because my brain fog is preventing me from truly remembering all that he said. I do know this: I have a gift and I believe it’s my talent for writing. David reminded us this morning to not think lowly about our gift. For instance, we don’t need to go around “woe is me, I can’t do anything right…” (I may or may not have been doing this the last couple of weeks leading up to my creative writing class that starts tomorrow) But we ALSO don’t need to go around thinking highly of ourselves. We need to think “sensibly.”

Check out Pastor David’s sermon: https://www.facebook.com/MissionChurchVB/videos/1041781249938086

What is your gift? What is your purpose?

But if we are the body
Why aren’t his arms reaching?
Why aren’t his hands healing?
Why aren’t his words teaching?And if we are the body
Why aren’t his feet going?
Why is his love not showing them
There is a way, there is a way

Casting Crowns, “If We Are the Body”

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11

Always Find the Good…

Life has a way of throwing us curveballs. One second you’re standing tall, the next you’re flat on your back.

“Not today, Satan. Not today.” That’s the phrase that runs through my mind whenever I’m feeling the frustrations of life. Satan sure does know how to weasel his way in. He sees us at our most vulnerable and attacks.

1 Peter 5:8 tells us to “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

We must cling to the Lord always but especially through extremely hard times. Our faith is tested through these periods and we must remember that God hasn’t left us though it may feel like He has.

It is through these times that our faith is given a chance to persevere.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing

James 1:2-4

It is through these times that we also need to find the good. We need to always find the good through the painful circumstances.

God is good all the time.

All the time God is good.

Just remember….God is good. He’ll always be the good.