A Little Chat | Question Time!

Friday, 3 June 2016

"There is always time for tea. No matter how busy you are, everyone is benefited by a dignified moment of quiet or conversation." - Joy Clarkson

Hello friends! It's been a busy few weeks lately, crammed with so many things in my life, from concerts and wonderful books being read and treasured, to studying long hours and driving exams and many a stressful day wondering how I'll cope with things... This is just a little chat I wanted to have with you all to kind of keep you updated :).

Q&A: For one thing, my blog's 5th birthday/blogaversary is coming up really soon! I'm so amazed and excited about that, I'm hoping to make a little bit of a celebration of it, maybe with some tags and a giveaway or something. It's still in the early stages of planning, but I do know I want to make a Q&A post on my blog soon in time for the blog-birthday, so if you all have any questions (blog, writing, literary or life/discussion related) please ask away in the comments below, or on twitter using the hashtag #FullnessofJOY5 

It should be fun :). Also, I'm currently looking into getting some household repairs done on my blog (I'm cringing every time I look at the absence of my header *sobs sadly*); so what do you all think of me doing a blog-design makeover? I love the coral/peach vintage, literary theme of this one, so I'm hoping to stick more or less to the same style & possibly the same colour palettes, but I'm still figuring it all out. Do you have any blog-designer recommendations who do well-crafted designs at a moderately good price (nothing over the $40 range)? I'd be interested in any suggestions you'd have, or changes you think I should make to the look of my beloved little blog-space. 
I do realize I've been woefully slack with updating my blog, on the day-to-day stuff and more mundane happenings in my life; I'm laying it all down to my studies mostly, and just how busy I am these days. However, I've been more active on Instagram, Goodreads and Twitter in this regard, so you can keep up with me in those places! I am really eager, however, to work more on this blog to make it a place of quiet reflections, thoughtful reviews and more in-depth discussion posts on the books I'm reading, issues in literature I'm interested by, and my own personal struggles and triumphs as a young woman writer who loves literature, art, music and stories (in all forms!), her family, but most of all her faith in Christ. That is not to say I don't want to write my share of fun tag posts, and interactive, fun update-y sort of posts. I think they add such a wonderful spice to any blog, so I will definitely keep on doing that, have no fear! I'm just considering my desire of maturing this blog, if you will, and being more open in sharing my in-depth thoughts on topics and themes that really matter to me. Does that make sense? I think most especially I want this blog to be a place of interaction and sharing, showcasing and encouraging other young people with similar interests, perspectives and passions, and highlighting that journey together with them through interviews, guest-posts and so forth. Because there is nothing more amazing to me about having this blog, then the friends and fellow kindred spirits I've met and been blessed by, through it. You, dear readers, make my blogging experience the best thing ever, and I'm just so thankful!
And here is a quick shout-out to some wonderful bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrams and basically wonderful people who I've been loving lately. Please check them out and give them a little bookish love, friends! They're pretty amazing people ^_^.
A quick mention of the books I'm currently reading:
"Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen (loving it so far!)
"The Four Loves" by C.S. Lewis (yay for my first buddy-read!)
"The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis (this book has been a great spiritual encouragement so far...)
"Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle" by N.D. Wilson (Another buddy-read, this time with Hanne-Col!)
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith (a library book-read)
"Cress" by Marissa Meyer (we're on a roll with the Lunar Chronicles books)
What are you all reading?

As I've mentioned before, right now, my studies are reaching that fevered peek that makes it doubly hard to focus much on anything beside a quick update, reading some books & sometimes reviewing them, and struggling to stay in contact with my dear online friends! That's why if Fullness of Joy is currently feeling stagnant, it's all because I'm trying to get done with school and be free to write and post and share all the more! However, hopefully we'll have a little bit of a celebration in the coming week or so, and it should be pretty spectacular! 

So please ask all the questions, and stay tuned. :)