I am so excited to bring you a very special post. I've always wanted to do an interview with another blogger, but seeing as how I live in Corpus where bloggers seem to be scarce, I've had to make due with what I've been given. Thank goodness for technology!
Kyleigh Fuller (ahhh. It's so weird to type that!) is the beautiful gal behind the creation of Kyleidoscope of Life. This little slice of paradise is a place for Kyleigh to come and reach out to others, even if she doesn't think it does. Her posts are inspiring and insanely well written.
I first met Kyleigh at a Still Water retreat this past January, and we bonded over our blogs and photography (which hers is stellar!). When I met her, I knew that she lived for Christ, and she is just an inspiring person to know. She is a beautiful gal inside and out and I am so glad that I got to meet her.
I am also so honored that she allowed me to interview her, so without further ado let's get started!
Okay, so first off tell us a little about yourself please.
K: I live in the Texas Hill Country in a tiny apartment, although I’m originally from Michigan - so this time of year I definitely miss the fall colors in the leaves and the sparkly snow. I got married on September 5th of this year to my best friend, and life with him is all kinds of wonderful and funny and sweet! I am currently a kindergarten teacher at a university model school, so my days are full of sticky fingers and lesson plans. Some of my favorite things are coffee dates, book stores, live music, and spending time in Anthropologie!
1) Why do you blog?
K: I love writing. I love "bleeding on page” and the standing on a ledge feeling of being honest and transparent with my words. As I write more and blog more, I am drawn to want to invite people to stand with me on the edge - and really to look around and see others already doing the same. Blogging to me is the opportunity to invite others to say “me too”. That for me is what makes it worth it. If by me standing on the ledge and speaking the words that are hard to say sometimes, and that invites some one else to join me, and to really breathe in grace - that’s what it’s all about.
2) What made you want to start blogging?
K: Blogging began as just a fun thing to do - I always loved writing, and then throw the aspects of site design and photography in and I thought it was great. I began writing as I was jumping head long in to learning about Jesus and His heart for me, so blogging also became a place where I was able to encourage and pour out from that place - which was really important. Beyond blogging and writing being fun, I loved seeing the Purpose behind it.
3) What inspires you to keep going?
K: Really, I can’t not write. Again and again I am reminded of the gift of writing, and encouraged by amazing people around me to hit “publish” - which can be scary sometimes! There have definitely been seasons where I had no intentions of continuing blogging, questioned myself on why I do it, but I always keep coming back around to it. Always remembering that I’m not writing to build an audience, or receive applause, but I have been called to speak out - and the way I do that is through writing.
4) How do you go about thinking of a new post?
K: As cliche as it sounds, a lot of time it will just “hit me” - quite often after midnight once I’m already in bed. Other times, I want to write and don’t know what to say. That’s when I often just start to write about what I’ve been learning, or what I’m struggling with - and the Holy Spirit likes to show up and turn what was at first me writing about a hardship into a revelation of His presence and an encouragement for me and anyone else that may read the post. Don’t get me wrong, there is a reason that I haven’t posted consistently in the past and a large part of that was a lack of discipline, and really being in a season where I didn’t feel the pull to “tighten the reins”. So I was open to write when I “felt it”. However, moving forward to launch the new blog I have no doubt there will be days full of writer’s block! I have a desire to learn from beginning to write consistently, so I really don’t 100% know what it will look like for me to generate new blog post ideas.
5) Having, and managing, a blog can be tedious, how do you unwind?
I love going on walks - they are the ultimate “clear your head” thing to do. I also love drinking a beer with my husband on the back porch at the end of a long day!
6) Knowing of your faith, and sharing the same, can you explain how you keep stride with it? Especially in today's society, because I know I struggle from time to time.
To be honest, I have no clue “how” to. I’ve definitely been in a season of “un-learning” a lot of what I’ve clung to. In that, I’ve recognized how I have depended upon learning and soaking up knowledge of my Creator; rather than, sitting with Him and hearing Truth from His lips. In giving advice to people I’ve really stopped trying to give answers, and try to point to Him - to time spent with Him, to time listening to Him. Because really, how are we to live in this world and not of it if we are not listening to the One who did that perfectly?
7) Describe your blog in one word.
Really an invitation to simply come, cease striving, and rest awhile. Something I cannot by my words alone create for anyone, but I hope the words I write point to the One that is peace.
I have to say a huge THANK YOU to Kyleigh once again because she has been such a beautiful and lovely lady to call a friend. Plus! She was all for being my first interview on the blog!
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."