When I opened The Shoppe!, I had an amazing launch team that was not only awesome at sharing and posting, but also super encouraging! And through that little adventure, I “met” Elizabeth! I’ve really enjoyed following her blog as well. Plus she’s a Narnia fan and the Internet knows how I feel about that:
“Wait. I love Chronicles of Narnia and you love Chronicles of Narnia… Let’s be best friends!!”
Some might slowly back away from me, but you know how it can be in book worlds. Anyway, hope y’all enjoy meeting Elizabeth!
1. How long have you blogged?
7 years in total! I started writing about random thoughts and life happenings in high school just for fun and mainly for my friends and family to see, and that eventually grew into my current site, Finding Eloquence. I’ve now been writing there for about a year.
2. What’s your favorite genre (or at least one of them)?
So hard! Historical fiction might be what I read the most of though. I love a good historical drama!
3. What are you currently reading?
Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. What’s another blog you enjoy?
I love Modern Mrs. Darcy by Anne Bogel! Her theme is “a modern spin on timeless women’s issues.” She posts about everything from time management to traveling to personality types to books. She’s so insightful and such a talented writer with an ever-ready book recommendation and helpful life tip!
5. What’s something you enjoy outside of reading?
Watching British period dramas – I’ve been fascinated with England and its history for a long time, as is evident on my blog! I hope to travel to England very soon and think I’ll probably cry when it actually happens. Downton Abbey and Poldark fans, you’re my new best friend! 😉
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never have imagined 5 years ago?
Last year, I watched a close friend be diagnosed with cancer and go through chemo for six months. I certainly never would have imagined that something like that would have happened to me by now, but I’m grateful for how it brought us closer to the Lord and to each other. And she was declared cancer-free in September and is doing well now. Praise God! (Editor’s note: Amen!)
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would probably try to branch out and participate in more social things during my freshman year of college. I had a hard time adjusting to the changes that year and isolated myself more than I should have. Thankfully, that changed my sophomore year, but I wish I had started earlier!
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
So hard to choose! But I think most of my happy moments so far aren’t necessarily “big” or “mountaintop” experiences, but just simple, sweet, and deeply meaningful moments shared with people I love. I remember a time in college when I was sitting in a park with a few close friends and just feeling so joyful and thankful for the simple delights of the day – gorgeous weather and companionable laughs and chatter. I was relaxed and feeling so grateful to God for giving me those wonderful friends and a beautiful day.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Slowing down and being grateful for the present are important. These days, we’re inundated with so many distractions and with more information than we can process, and teenagers and college students especially now often have trouble focusing and being still enough to connect with friends or to enjoy the stage of life they’re in. Put your phone down, have a heart-to-heart talk with a friend, and don’t stake your entire future on a college decision or the first full-time job you take. If you’re trusting the Lord to guide your steps and walking wisely, you won’t be led somewhere that isn’t right for you. And I’ve found that being intentional in friendships and in use of technology is so important in the day-to-day. They affect your growth and relationships more than you realize, and when you slow down and pay attention to your friends and surroundings, it benefits you and them!
Thanks so much for stopping by Elizabeth! Happy to have you on the blog and hope y’all enjoyed “meeting” Elizabeth!