21 March 2013

Meet Courtney from exodus31three + $20 to Target!

Hello The Charming readers! I'm Courtney and I blog over at exodus31three. I write about anything from faith, DIY, puppies and our life as not-so-newlyweds & soon-to-be parents! We'll be expecting our first baby in October of this year and are thrilled! I'd love for you to come by and say hello sometime!

What inspired you to start blogging?
I actually have a friend who was blogging and kept telling me to do the same. I was hesitant at first because I worried I wouldn't have anything to write about. I loved reading her blog as well as others and finally convinced myself to start one...and just hoped that someone would want to read it!

Brag about Memphis :)
Most people who grow up in Memphis always talk about how they can't wait to move away. I never felt that way (possibly because my family is here), but I have grown to love this city so much in the past few years. Midtown and Downtown Memphis have so much to offer and are so cultural and artsy. My husband and I love discovering new restaurants in our town, despite having lived here our entire lives!

You've been married for three years and have a baby on the way, are there any life lessons that you feel have prepared your for this time of your life?
The main thing that I feel has prepared me for having a baby is the fact that I've been a babysitter since I was about 13. I've seen it all when it comes to kids. This past summer I nannied a set of 6 month old twins and their two year old brother, so I feel like I can manage pretty well with one of our own. We are so excited for this time in our lives. I know that having our own child will be so different than just babysitting, but we've got to take each day as it comes, I guess!

What about the passage Exodus 31:3 do you incorporate in to your daily life?
Picking out a name for the blog was something that took what seemed like forever. Nothing seemed to fit. One day, I was doing some daily reading and came across this verse. 
"And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge in all kinds of crafts - to make artistic designs."
Instantly I knew that this was my blog name. I've always been an artsy/crafty person and fell in love with this verse. I feel like I've always got several art projects going on at once. I could never be satisfied without some type of arts & crafts in my life!

You say your heart is in Brazil, what were some things that made your fall in love with it?
The people. Without a doubt. I went to Brazil for varying amounts of time for five consecutive summers. The fact that I got to go back each year and see all the friends that I made was something I will never forget. Luckily, with Facebook, I get to talk to all of my Brazilian friends whenever I want now! I would love to go back in the next few years and take my husband (and future baby)!

What do you learn from the blogging community?
Each blogger is so different. I have loved getting to know so many women from all over. I've learned creative DIY's, new things to cook for dinner, but most importantly I've learned the importance of being true to your blog and why you started it.

Other than blogging, what are your creative outlets?
Like I mentioned earlier, I love art and crafting. Working full time has prevented me from being creative as much as I would like, but I always try and do something "artsy" at least once a week - whether it be just doodling or finding a new DIY project to tackle!

Now, on to the giveaway!!!
How about $20 to Target to help start a new summer style?

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