I’m a Carolina Panthers fan through and through. I pretend I’m a “food blogger” when visiting new places. I’m a girly-girl who loves being outdoors, the color pink, chick-flicks, butterflies, flowers, being pampered, flowers, bubble baths, oh, and flowers!
I’m a twice-widowed mom of nine (ages 5-30). I’m also the proud Grandma of a precious little princess (age 8) and prince (age 5). My four youngest children came through the vehicles of domestic (foster-to-adopt) and international (Bulgaria) adoption.
I love being outdoors: hiking, fishing, swimming, and mowing grass, but my favorite place in the entire world is the BEACH (I love them all!)! My dream job would be to travel the world as a food blogger, but for now I just live vicariously through others already doing it quite well. I love football, especially the Clemson Tigers and the Carolina Panthers. My favorite pasttime is reading, and I read a lot! My favorite book genres are memoirs and historical fiction, but I read just about any genre except horror – no thank you.
As a Jill-of-all-trades, I wear many hats on the MRM team. Most notably, I serve clients by managing their social media accounts, including image design and implementation. When it comes to Instagram, specifically, I’m your girl! I totally geek out on IG and love learning more and more about this ever-evolving social media tool. Additionally, I assist Mandy with a handful of administrative tasks, including, but not limited to, minor WordPress site updates for clients. As a junior editor on the team, I love, love, love assisting with the birth of a book, Bible study, or sometimes even something as simple as a blog post. I’m kind of nerdy about words and grammar. Outside of performing the tasks already mentioned, I’m also a writer. So, you never know when you might see something I’ve written on the team blog.
I love Instagram! Love, love, love it! Did I happen to mention how much I love IG? In addition to Instagram, I love social media in general; interacting with followers, designing images for various platforms, and writing compelling posts to go along with eye-catching images. Lastly, I get quite giddy when it comes to editing…anything. Yes, I do mean anything! I’m one of those people who should wear the t-shirt, “I’m silently correcting your grammar.” It’s true. I just can’t help myself. Yikes!
Her Recent Projects
My most recent projects include editing a devotional book which was a collaboration with several authors, as well as editing a Bible study on Philippians. I’ve also been active in teaching a new client social media basics and helping to establish her online presence through the management of her various social media platforms.
Her Education & Training
Most of what I do for MRM has come through years of experience in the industry, and I am virtually self-taught. When I first began blogging, education was limited, and much of what I learned came through trial and error. Since those early days, I’ve had the privilege of being more formally trained through companies/ministries of which I’ve been employed. I’ve attended and completed various continuing education courses. I’ve taken, and continue to take, online courses through Udemy and LinkedIn Learning (formerly Linda) on various topics such as SEO, Facebook Ads & FB Marketing, Instagram Marketing, Photoshop, and most recently Podcasting.
I also love the training and networking opportunities I find in attending conferences, such as Blissdom and SheSpeaks.
While I’ve only been working with Mandy since the beginning of 2019, I’ve been paid to work on industry-related tasks since 2010. Additionally, I’ve been personally blogging since 2008. So MANY changes have taken place since those early days. Most notably, Twitter was “the thing” back in the day for bloggers. Many of the industry friends I have today came from those early days on Twitter. However, the now-not-so-new and ever-increasing place to “meet up” in the industry is Instagram. Obviously, Facebook is still viable, but the world of IG is exponentially increasing and has quickly become a necessary platform for ministries and businesses to take hold of in order to maintain a viable social media presence.
The algorithm adjustments, specifically on Facebook, have been a constant source of contention and an area of many surprising changes over the years. What began as a way to catch up and remain connected with friends and family, has now become a place for advertising, creating businesses and ministries, advocating for causes, and the list is virtually endless.
Some of my mentors include:
Aside from Mandy Roberson (ahem…isn’t that obvious?), I have learned so much from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom and Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society. These ladies rock their businesses and know how to get it done! Crystal has been blogging since around the time I also first began, and she has maintained such a strong leadership role in keeping up with all the various industry changes through the years.
Sadly, my “claim to fame” is one I’d rather not be known for. I lost one husband to suicide several years ago, and I’m now known as the suicide “expert”. Whenever someone has lost a dear one to suicide or knows someone else struggling with that type of loss, I usually get contacted. I was able to successfully heal following my own widow experience in this dark area, so I’m thankful to be able to offer hope and a beacon of light of others just venturing into those deep waters.