Happy Blogiversary To Me: My Writing Process

Happy Blogiversary to me: My Writing Process

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” 
― Red Haircrow


I love the month of August. In Boise, the heat of the whole year seems to intensify into this one month. A blazing hot inferno where temperatures soar, humidity rises and the air crackles like a powder keg just waiting to go off. The heat is not the reason why I enjoy August, the pleasure lies in knowing what comes next. The anticipation of cool nights, crisp air and the changing of the leaves from greens, to hues of gold and jeweled rubies is what excites me. I can’t stop smiling. I know that fall is surely on it’s way as soon as summer has had its say. 

I have a new reason to love August. This month marks the one year anniversary of Pure Grace Farms. During this past year connections have went from names to faces and from people to friends. I’m grateful for what God has been doing in me and through me in this small little space. I want to make this month a celebration for all that I’m thankful for.

I was asked several weeks back to participate in a question and answer session about why I do what I do. So today there will be no recipes, musings, or stories about camping. I have the privilege of sharing a little of myself with you. 

Happy Blogiversary to me: My Writing Process My Writing Process

About 5 weeks ago I was asked to participate in a blog tour that helps to put the spotlight on fellow food bloggers. I was nominated by Sandi, a gluten free mom and blogger whose blog Fearless Dining showcases amazing and beautifully photographed food. Sandi creates recipes that would make the most discriminating of foodies proud and shares great information and reviews about the gluten free lifestyle. As you can tell I enjoy her blog and appreciate her support. Fearless Dining: http://www.fearlessdining.com/

1. What am I working on?

Keeping with the theme on Pure Grace Farms one year anniversary, I must say I have seen many changes already since my first post was published last August. I am more focused on projects  I feel are important and provide help to others in the larger scheme of things. My Preserve the Harvest Series is an ongoing project that I’ll be continuing throughout the year as a regular feature. Other than that, I let inspiration from day to day life lead me.

2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?

While I enjoy gardening, cooking and sharing these special talents with my readers, I feel my real focus is on matters of the heart. It is important to me that those who come to Pure Grace Farms leave feeling better in spirit than when they arrived. This is no gimmick on my part, but a sincere appreciation of all that I have been given. My life hasn’t been a picnic by any means but I find that even in the difficult moments a little kindness and encouragement is what makes all the difference.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write to encourage, to inspire and to share my story. There is a hope that I have deep within me that God is on His throne. I am deeply and powerfully loved and no one can ever take that away from me. It is my desire that all may know and experience this deep and abiding love. Not because of who you are or what you’ve accomplished; all those things fade and falter. It is because of who God is and how He loves us. A powerful message I feel compelled to live out in love and gratitude.

4. How does my writing process work?

I prefer not to think too much about what I will write until the moment I sit down to write it. I have a title or topic in mind and that’s about it. I write like I do just about everything else, squarely by the seat of my pants. I am an emotional writer and put my heart into every word that goes on the page. Sometimes it can get me into trouble, but for better or worse I want to be real.

So there you have it. Thank you for taking a moment to read a little about me.

Happy Blogiversary to me: My Writing Process MY NOMINATIONS

I now get to pass the torch to 3 of my favorite bloggers. I have chosen these particular three because of the support and encouragement they have shown me in the first year of Pure Grace Farms existence. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and for this I am truly grateful. My three nominations are in no particular order.

1. Diane and her blog  Recipes for Our Daily Bread. A living breathing sweet Southern inspiration in everything she does. Her generous spirit and love for others is contagious and her pure Southern Cooking will bring you to your knees. Thanks Diane, I surely appreciate you! Recipes For Our Daily Bread: http://recipesforourdailybread.com/  

2. Kim from The Cookie Puzzle. My first contact with Kim was a comment she left on one of my posts. She left some very encouraging words for me at a moment when I was questioning what I was doing at Pure Grace Farms. She had no idea of my struggles or how deep her words penetrated my heart. Since then she has been a constant source of support, most likely without her even knowing it. I am thankful for the way God uses us to bless one another. Thank you for being a blessing Kim. The Cookie Puzzle: http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/p/about-cookie-puzzle.html

3. Michelle and I have only recently become acquainted and I already know we will be good friends. A Dish of Daily Life offers just that. Life lived up and served as the main course with food the beautiful side dish. Michelle tirelessly esteems others highly and her servant’s heart  is evident in all she presents on her blog and throughout the social media world. A cheerleader, friend and confidant. I am honored to know her. A Dish of Daily Life: http://www.adishofdailylife.com/

Please take a moment and go by and say hello to all these wonderful ladies. Their blogs are all refreshingly different in nature but have in common something very important…a heart and soul.

Blessings, Shari  

My writing process blog tour shared with: *Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesday’s *Smart Schoolhouse: Whimsy Wednesday *Juggling Real Food And Real Life: Let’s Get Real *The Diary of A Real Housewife: Foodie Friday’s

 Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 


  1. says

    Hi Shari – I am amazed that your blog is only a year old. It is so wonderful and professional and full of great information and encouragement. Thanks for sharing this post about your blog and yourself. It reminded me to keep in mind the most important reason I blog – helping and encouraging women.

    • says

      Thank you Gaye, you are very kind. It was fun having the opportunity to share a bit and the timing was perfect too. I appreciate all your support, it has been great getting to know you more. I love your blog.

  2. says

    Happy Blogiversary to you my friend! Thank you so much for your kind words….you are truly a blessing to me. Reading your blog posts always warm my heart, lift me up, ground me, and just put a smile on my face. I feel we are kindred spirits, separated by thousands of miles.

    Keep doing what you are doing….doing what love…touching other’s…showing that the Lords Grace and Mercy is the greatest gift ever.

    Hugs and Blessing!
    Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle recently posted…Party in Your PJs #15My Profile

    • says

      Thank you Christina. I have learned a lot this first year, but I know there is so much more to know. Experience is a great teacher. Looking back some of the things I was so concerned about were worries for nothing. Everything in it’s time. A good thing to remember going forward into my next year. Thanks for coming by and taking a moment to share a kind word.

  3. says


    You are such a blessing! Thank you for your super generous kind words about me and Recipes for our Daily Bread. You brought a smile on my face and a tear in my eyes.
    Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary. You do such a great job with your recipes and ideas, but more importantly everyone who visits PureGraceFarms is truly encouraged and inspired. I know this is true when I visit and I am so very thankful for you and your wonderful blog.
    I pray God will continue to bless you with many, many, more years of blogging.
    Diane Roark

    • says

      Thank you Diane. Your words mean a lot to me. You are always a bright beacon of encouragement. Thank you for all the selfless acts of kindness you give.

    • says

      Thank you Janine. I agree. It has been a blessing getting to know you this year. You are the steady one in our little group. Always on time, always showing up, always encouraging. I appreciate you and all the knowledge you bring to show me the way.

    • says

      I only wish I had more room for those whom have inspired me and helped me on my journey Suzanne. You have been a steady source of encouragement and support and I am grateful I have had the opportunity to get to know you. I love your beautiful blog. Every time I visit I feel welcomed and at home. Thank you for all your support.

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