I’m excited to introduce y’all to the lovely Rissi today! (Although I’m sure many of you already know her : ). She was one of the first book bloggers I met and was so welcoming and gracious, I’m so glad we became friends! She’s a creative and wonderful blogger, plus we get to work on the INSPYs together – one of my favorite things to do! So without further ado…meet Rissi!
1. How long have you blogged?
The blog was established August 2011.
2. What’s your favorite genre (or at least one of them)?
Primarily, it’s contemporary fiction. (Oddly enough, I’ve been surprised by my growing appreciation for the genre since I’m such a nut for BBC period dramas.)
3. What are you currently reading?
I just finished Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund
4. What’s another blog you enjoy?
I have too many blogs that could be recognized and deserve mention, most of which do happen to be book related. I adore all four of my INSPY Advisory Board ladies (Jamie (waving to my hostess), Lydia, Rel and Stacy) and really admire Amber Stokes’ blog and writing. She’s a classy example in this community.
5. What’s something you enjoy outside of reading?
Spending time with family and anything artistic, really. I love to create things for my blog and scrapbooking used to be a huge part of my life.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
I wasn’t ever the kind of person who had a plan about what my life would look like in the future nor did I know what I wanted to do. I was homeschooled, which I’m extremely grateful for, but because of that, my family had an entirely different mindset than that of the average American household. I guess if I had to say one thing I didn’t imagine being a part of my life five years ago, would be where I am right now in my life (how I’ve matured) and my writing journey. Writing has become the “job” I want to pursue.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
No big event comes to mind, but if I could, I would undo some of the mistakes I’ve made. I’d take what life teaches to us as adults to better handle how I reacted to things or how I ultimately dealt with issues while still a teen. I’m just grateful that if we chose to, we can learn from our mistakes and become better from them. Secondly: stop worrying so much.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Honestly, answering this is a challenge. I feel like I’ve not yet experienced all of the “pivotal” days associated with this question, days that are yet to(hopefully) come in life. Thanks to my parents, I feel as if I was fortunate to enjoy a happy childhood and as I grew up, I believed that really, happiness is our choice to embrace and make of it what we will. If we want to be happy, we can be. It’s our state of being or mind that determines how we live. (The song, “How You Live” recorded by Point of Grace sums up really well the idea of living life to its fullest and happiest – simple joys are sometimes the most meaningful.)
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
It’s okay not to have everything “together” when society says you should. There is a defined idea (in culture) of when you should know what you want and when you pursue it. Just keep working hard and pursue what you love. Don’t be afraid to continue to learn, grow and change. Don’t follow the world’s playbook just because it’s “cool.” Find your niche and trust God with it. Live vibrantly in Him.
Thank you so much Rissi! It’s such a pleasure having you on the blog and excited for more books chats in the near future :). Hope y’all enjoyed hearing from Rissi!!