Want to meet the women who have completed my 3 month Blogger Mentorship Program? Meet the mentees below!
Kelly Berlin | kellyberlin.com
Kelly is a twentysomething writer from Pennsylvania who is never happier than when she’s reading Harry Potter. On her blog, she shares her journey towards publication (or towards a black hole of despair, depending), as well as online dating tips (and horror stories), book recommendations, and honest thoughts about God.
How Interesting! If dodgeball is happening anywhere near her, Kelly WILL get hit in the face, even if she’s cowering under a ping pong table. This is kind of an accurate metaphor for her life, which makes for good stories and some perspective on how to deal when life kicks you in the teeth. (See her blog on dealing with failure here.)
Greatest BMP success: Creating a gorgeous website and connecting with other bloggers!
Isabel DiFranco | theblessedbean.com
Isabel grew up moving a lot. This year she finally found the place that she calls home right outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. She lives with the most playful boxer puppy, Maggie. Some of her favorite things to do include: visiting coffee shops, running, reading about faith and spiritually, and spending time with her boyfriend. Her blog will document snip-bits of her life, and some random thoughts that hopefully inspire or encourage others.
How interesting!: When Isabel was in college working towards her Exercise Science degree, she studied Hebrew for a year. She did this thinking that one day she would go to Seminary and use the Hebrew she had learned. She still dreams about going.
Greatest BMP success: Writing a review for a coffee shop and having them share it on their Facebook page!
Jan Byrd | daringdame.me
I am a Midwest girl living in the beautiful Rocky Mountain State of Colorful Colorado. My journey the last several months has been one of job searching and a continuation in discovering more about my passions and dreams for my life by way of stepping into the blogging network. I’m very intentionally dating a charming fella who I met in college and anticipate a big party happening later this year! The mission for my blog is to inspire and encourage females by sharing true stories and experiences from my own life and the things I feel God is putting on my heart.
How interesting!: I don’t like to spend time in silence or alone very often. (I’m realizing how much of an extrovert I am!!) Two ways though I have found I don’t mind being “alone” but in the presence of others is by spending time in a coffee shop in order to write, journal, even color OR by spending time in nature hiking.
Greatest BMP success: Creating a personal blog with Blair’s rockstar tips and guidance and being encouraged all along the way. Now I have my starting point for successful blogging endeavors.
Julia Salemi | pbandjulia.com
Julia lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and dog. She loves to cook but doesn’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen fussing over meals. She shares quick and easy recipes that taste amazing yet are still healthy and nourishing.
How interesting!: Julia loves comfort food and couldn’t see herself sacrificing the foods that she loved when trying to lose 30 pounds. That’s why she loves putting a healthy twist on her favorite meals, so she can eat healthy without sacrificing flavor!
Greatest BMP success: Increasing traffic and learning about the behind-the-scenes work that goes along with running a successful blog. Blair provided me with all the resources and support that I needed to be successful!
Jeré Cassidy | onehotoven.com
Jeré is a busy woman; a wife, mother and blogger. After culinary school, starting a baking blog was the perfect outlet to show how fun and easy baking can be. Living in Northern Califoria, she showcases the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown around her. She hopes others will see the benefits of baking at home with simple recipes everyone will love.
Kamina Wust | ninakardia.com
Kamina is a twenty-eight year old creative writer living in sunny Australia. She believes that everybody has something unique to offer the world by being themselves. At ninakardia.com she blogs about creativity, vulnerability and brokenness, how to be happy, how to be a good adult and how to pursue the life you’ve lived in daydreams.
How Interesting! Kamina has been a vegan since she was born, and plans to start a vegan lifestyle blog next.
Greatest BMP success: Getting her blogging and social media schedule under control to the point where it felt really easy AND drove heaps of traffic to her blog.
Emily Abernathy | emilyabernathy.com
Emily is a twenty-something living with her husband and cat Banana in Austin. Her relationship with Jesus is the most important part of her life. She is a CPA by day, and an adventurer, blogger, bookworm, and foodie by night and weekend. Her blog, Everyday Accounts is a lifestyle and travel blog. Lately it has been very adventure-focused after backpacking Europe in early 2016. She shares about her travels mostly through my Travel With Me series, offers travel tips (see her Travel Prep Series here), and is always sharing about her everyday life at home in Austin.
How Interesting! She lived in Suriname, South America for a year with her family during the 8th grade. And for some strange reason, she hates chocolate (yes, even chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake!).
Greatest BMP success: My site has been transformed into what it is – a travel blog! My blog design now looks more adventure-focused, and I have a wider variety of travel-content.
Sara Vore | flowersandleather.co
Sara is a twenty-something event coordinator living with her boyfriend in central Illinois, with dreams of soon adding a puppy to the family. She’s a girly girl with a strong and sassy side, which is how the name Flowers and Leather came to be. She’s passionate about wedding planning and offers several services to help you make the planning process stress-free and fun! When she’s not focused on weddings and events, she’s writing about fitness, fashion, food, local businesses and fun things to do, relationships, and all things happy and encouraging.
How Interesting! Sara studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, and has a certificate in Spanish Translation. She would love to live in another country someday! She could eat macaroni and cheese every day for the rest of her life, she can probably tell you what’s going on in most celebrities’ lives, and she’s obsessed with sparkles and the color pink (but she promises not to overload your wedding with them).
Greatest BMP success: Going from lots of brainstormed ideas on random pieces of paper, to a fully functional website and blog in just 3 months! I started from the ground up, and learned so much along the way. Blair was an amazing support and provided all the resources I needed to be successful. She also helped me overcome several fears along the way, including the fear of sharing my blog with those around me.
Amanda Reigel | sweetteaepiphany.com
Amanda is a civil engineering student at NC State University. On Sweet Tea Epiphany, she hopes to provoke inspiration, professionalism, and self-reflection. She believes in optimism and a strong personal drive, advocates for the oxford comma whenever the opportunity presents itself, and will make anything into an adventure!
How Interesting! Amanda has been writing to the same pen pal for the past decade and no, they’ve never met. Read all about it here!
Greatest BMP success: Continuing to build a foundation of content, maintaining a consistent posting schedule, and finally joining Instagram!
Amanda Bixler | amandabixler.com
Amanda is a wife, student, writer and amateur chef. She writes honest encouragement to live a more grace-filled and slower life, a life full of rest, intentional productivity and delicious food. Oh, and given the choice between the beach or mountains, she’d pick the mountains any day!
How interesting! Amanda is obsessed with all things coffee, believes dessert without chocolate is a waste of calories, and is an insane football (and college football!) fan. Boomer Sooner! You can learn more about her here.
Greatest BMP success: My greatest success was gaining the confidence needed to write and share my words. I felt so scared and worried what other people might think as I began this program – I wanted to write and be creative in this area, but lacked the confidence to truly put myself out there. Through Blair’s encouragement and this awesome community, I feel like I found my voice and found my footing – and with that, my readership has increased, my social media followers have increased, and I have guest posted on two other sites! But those numbers are merely secondary to finding the peace, confidence, and boldness in my blogging ventures.
Emma Benson | sweetteatactics.com
Emma is engaged to the love of her life in Raleigh, NC and a mom to 2 wonderful dog daughters. She spends her days working in politics and her free time working on her blog, Sweet Tea Tactics, that she hopes will help others find freedom and peace through budgeting. In addition to budgeting she also shares the quirks and adventures of navigating the post-college years.
How interesting! At the early age of 22 Emma bought her own house! Built in 1987, the home has needed some updates that Emma and her fiancé have enjoyed completing over the past years when the budget allows for it. This house has truly become a home for the crew!
Greatest BMP Success: During the BMP Emma discovered self confidence in her ability to start and run a blog. Through the mentorship and tools that Blair provided, Emma realized she could start and run a successful blog. This alone was worth more than anything she gained through the program.
Tameeka McIntosh | aliceandmeeka.wordpress.com
Tameeka is a full time wife, mum, Jesus follower and small business owner living in Australia. She loves to combine her gifts of organisation and creativity on her blog where she shares lots of tips, tricks and how to’s. With her background in early childhood and role as mama to two young boys, she loves to come alongside and cheer others on, whatever the season of life they are in. Her mission is to help others set themselves up for success in the everyday so that they can say yes to opportunities that come along.
How interesting! Tameeka is a little weird about only writing in black pen, obsessed with early 20th century history (especially the world wars) and is often frustrated by the shipping and postage options in and to Australia.
Greatest BMP Success: Setting up my blog for future success and taking my social media engagement to the next level.
Julia Brown | desertsthatbloom.blogspot.ca
Julia is a new-ish wife, expecting first-time mama, Jesus-lover, musician/worship leader, and she has anxiety/depression disorder. Julia is brand new to blogging and is still getting the hang of it, but she appreciates honesty and vulnerability and attempts to write from the heart. The purpose of her blog is to encourage women like herself that it is possible to live a radiant, fulfilling life in the midst of mental illness!
How interesting! Julia is the worship leader at a brand new church plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that just began in January 2016. The church started with just 10 people and now has approximately 40-60 people regularly attending.
Greatest BMP success: Setting up her blog as a foundation for success in the future.
Grady Savage | gradybirdblog.com
Gradybird Blog is the online home of Grady Savage, a twenty-something trying to navigate life, marriage, and stepmotherhood with humor, grace, and way too much caffeine.
How interesting! Grady can sing the alphabet backwards AND the names of all of the US Presidents (in Presidential order, of course). Check out more weirdo facts about her here.
Greatest BMP success: Tripling social media numbers, streamlining series of content, and getting submissions accepted on some larger blogging sites!
Samantha Osborne | samanthamichelleosborne.com
Samantha is a professional mental health and substance use counselor living and working in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and dog. Samantha shares simple, actionable information to help readers take steps toward the life they have always wanted. She writes about mental health, career, self-improvement and grace.
How interesting! Samantha became a mental health counselor after personally struggling with depression and anxiety. If you are struggling to find joy and peace, she understands where you are coming from! You can learn more about her here.
Greatest BMP success: Launching a Brand New Site + More than tripling her traffic.
Emily Colley | sarahemily.wordpress.com
Emily is a freshman at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina and plans to graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She hopes that her blog will give her readers their daily dose of happy and sincerity. Her intention is to encourage and inspire through life changes, her past, her future, and her hopes and dreams.
How interesting! Emily took her senior trip to Italy this past summer! Read all about it here!
Greatest BMP Success: Learning ways to manage my blog in its early stages so that it will be successful as it grows
Nicki Truesdell | nickitruesdell.com
Nicki Truesdell is a 2nd-generation homeschooler and mother to 5. She loves books, freedom, history and quilts, and blogs about all of these at nickitruesdell.com. She believes that homeschooling can be relaxed and that history is fun, and that incorporating home education into your family’s lifestyle is extremely possible! You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
How interesting! Nicki likes to live a very home-based lifestyle, including childbirth! She has given birth to all 5 of her children at home. You can read all about that here.