Welcome, sweet reader! Thank you so much for taking the time visit my blog! Dots & Dust was officially born in August of 2015, but the love and hope for this blog originated far before that.
I began my blogging journey in 2011 and discovered my love for writing that had long been buried since I was a child. But after making a decision to start my home business 8 months later, I felt it would be better to push blogging aside for a while. Boy, was I wrong! So after 4 years of being absent, I have returned to the world of blogging. And this time, I intend to stay!
Just like any dedicated mommy, life can sometimes get very busy. But as the years fly by, I find it extremely important to always find time to stay true to myself. These days, I have completely fallen “head over heels” in love with bible journaling, BUT you can still find me having fun with my other passions in life — discovering sweet treats all over town, crafting for both my home and my children, and volunteering my time in the community. When I decided to come back to blogging full time, I did everything I could to do it the right way. But I quickly discovered that all of the blogging “do’s” and “don’ts” just became extremely overwhelming. Blogging became more of a stressor than a delight. Even though people were telling me that to be successful I needed to stick with one topic, I kept thinking, ‘I am so much more than one thing.’ It was then that I promised myself I would do it MY WAY. I would stop worrying about if I had the right amount of followers and just BE ME. And hopefully, what I share will resonate with others who feel exactly the same way.
And with that, what you see here on Dots & Dust was born.
Under Pray Hard, you will find posts that are centered around my love and passion for bible journaling! I discovered this wonderful form of creative worship in February of 2016 and it has totally changed my relationship with the Lord. Throughout my life I have grown a deep love for God but struggled to connect with Him. By creating artwork in the margins of my bible, I find that it is much easier for me to meditate on a couple of verses at a time. Now, studying God’s word is less intimidating and my relationship with the Lord has grown immensely.
My prayer for this section of the blog is to reach and inspire others who would like to do the same! So if that is you, grab your bible and some colored pencils and let’s get started!
If there is one thing that gets me excited, it is breaking out my hot glue gun or my paint brushes!
Create Often is all about cultivating a creative spirit. It is a judgement free zone (be prepared for some major Pinterest Fails) where I share my craft, design, and art projects with you. And since I have three kiddos and a tight budget, you will be delighted to see a variety of projects for every age and stage of life. From school projects to DIY décor for your home, get ready to break out your sketchbook and start creating!
And last, but definitely not least, is Love Always. In the bible it states, “As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” I am a firm believer that love really does make the world go round and that our sole goal is to live a life of love and create relationships that create a legacy.
This section of the blog is devoted to two things:
Loving Life and Loving Others.
You’ll find posts devoted to my love for my family, my friends, and my community. But on a lighter note, you’ll also find posts devoted to my love for sweet treats, coffee, art supplies, and those cute goodies you find at the Target Dollar Spot! In a nutshell, Love Always is all about making the most of my life and everyone who is in it.
So there you have it folks. I hope you will grab a coffee, your favorite donut, and stay a while. I am so pleased to have you!
Annnnnd if you just cannot get enough and want more,
here is a few fun facts about me 🙂
- My family is everything to me. I have been married to my hubby for 6 years. We met at a bar (not very classy I know) in 2006, got married in 2008, and the rest is history. He has been a HUGE part of my decision to continue blogging and I will be forever grateful that the Lord blessed me with such a wonderful companion. He’s a fan of THE Ohio State (gag) University, while I love the University of Alabama…ROLL TIDE! We have 3 beautiful children that we love and adore.
Our oldenst son, C, is 15 years old, our daughter, J, is 7 and our youngest, M, is 9 months old. C loves playing video games and helping out younger children. He truly has a heart of gold! J is my little spitfire of personality. She’s a tiny thing but don’t underestimate her. She loves to tell you how it is just as much as she loves to karaoke. And M is our little ball of energy. He has the cutest smile and knows just how to make all our hearts melt.
- I am filipina…but not really… So I am going to try to explain this the best way I can. Both my parents moved here to the United States from the Philippines when they both were very little. They both learned English very young and eventually stopped speaking Tagalog. Well then my parents moved away from Vallejo, California when I was 2 and I never moved back since. So growing up in a VERY Americanized home and moving to places where Filipinos were minorities, I naturally felt more comfortable hanging out with pretty much any ethnicity but my own. So in other words, I don’t speak or understand Tagalog, I have never been to the Philippines, and I feel super out of place when I visit my family back in California. It’s odd and very sad, I know. My hubby considers himself more Filipino than I am. And my family back in California swears they hear a Southern accent when I talk.
- I get teary-eyed EVERY SINGLE time I hear “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood. My father joined the Army when I was only 2 years old and then retired as a First Sergeant 21 years later.
A month before he retired, I met my hubby who was currently going through flight school in the Army. We got married and he is still an active duty soldier to this day. So I have experienced military life as both a child and now a wife. Our family has survived two deployments and continues to thrive after so many moves. So forgive me if I get choked up when I hear that song. I feel so proud and blessed to live in this country and to support those who fight for our freedoms.
- I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry that, as you can tell, I do not use. Smarty pants? Whatever. I am a true believer that if you work hard at anything, you can almost always achieve it. And that’s exactly what happened when I went to college for this degree. I think I part of me just loved to play with all the cool stuff in the lab. It was actually a dream of mine to work for NASA and do big things. But as life changes, so do your dreams. And that’s okay! Doing big things and making a difference in life doesn’t necessarily require that piece of paper. Just a lot of resilience, hard work, and passion. I still remember a co-worker once telling me, “Angeline, I just do not see you in a lab coat behind the scenes. You are so great with people here. You should be working with people.” I thought she was nuts but it turns out she was right. I love working with people and making them happy.
- When I eat out with my girlfriends, my main priority is ordering my dessert first. I LOVE SWEETS. That will become very apparent as you read the blog. And when I am with a bunch of ladies at a restaurant, I will order a dessert first….with a small side salad. Priorities ladies. Priorities.
- I am obsessed with art and office supplies. Okay so I don’t know if there is a support group out there for this kind of problem, but if any readers know of one, please give me their information. I have a thing for brightly colored office supplies. Pens, pencils, markers, staples, post-its, scissors….I love them all! And do not get me started on art supplies. I have more paint and washi tape than any normal person should have in their possession.
- I secretly wished that I was a ballerina. My mother has never heard the end of it. I always wanted to be in Ballet classes when I was little and to this day, I am still nagging her about it. ☺ I love how graceful they are and I loved the idea of performing on stage. So what do I do to nourish that inner desire? I do ballet inspired and barre workouts at home. I slip on my ballet shoes and for that hour, I get to pretend that I am as graceful as they are. Other than my quiet time with the Lord, this is something I look forward to doing everyday.
- I have my mother to thank for every creative bone in my body. Back before the days of Pinterest, a woman had to figure out this DIY stuff…well, by yourself! My mother was the queen at these things! She knew how to decorate the house with her crafty wreaths, swags, and bows. She always surprised a friend with a cute baskets and gifts out of anything. She decorated our dining room for everyone’s birthday (didn’t matter if we were having a party or not), and used an eraser and a baby wipe to erase a scuff mark off the wall (hello magic eraser). She was super practical and has always been my inspiration for everything I do. I honestly could not be where I am today without her never ending love and support. So if I EVER do anything remotely awesome on this blog, chances are she helped inspire it.
I hope with all of my heart that this blog inspires every “stay-at-home” mommy out there to explore every single creative side of herself. You can be a mommy, wife, sister, friend, business woman, and neighbor without sacrificing the little things on the inside that make you, well, you!
Be bold, modern, chic, cool, and hip without fear! Do what you love with heart and passion.
So join me as we collectively take on this journey…
…as we pray hard…create often…and love always!