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Fabulously Featured: Columbus Catholic Women

Welcome to Catholic Sistas’ newest series, featuring some of our friends in the Catholic blogging world entitled Fabulously Featured which will run on Wednesdays. I have always wanted to introduce you to some new blogs to follow and support, but seriously lacked the time to put this together before now. In a Facebook group of fellow Catholic women bloggers, I asked ladies to answer some questions for this series, and they were all too excited to participate! I give you their answers in their own words. 🙂

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Today we turn our attention to Columbus Catholic Women, which is run by Michele Faehnle. This blog is an extension of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference which seeks to enhance the work of the conference itself.

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Michele Faehnle

Established

2012

Theme

Faith & Evangelization

Inspiration/Motivation

As the co-director of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference my friend Joyce told me she really felt like we were supposed to start a blog to help further our mission of our once a year conference.   I knew I had been given many talents in life, and writing is not one of my strong points!  I agreed just to be the “back end” and post other women’s writings on our Catholic Women’s Conference website blog.  I ended up taking a blogging class from Sarah Reinhard  and started writing once a week!  I feel in love with writing and sharing my faith in this way.  Our blog has stalled and I am the only one who posts but my motivation to write now stems from meeting women who have read my work and they have shared that I have helped them in their faith journey.

Favorite Element

When I randomly meet someone I don’t know and they say “hey, I know you – I read your blog”

Favorite Post

What Are the Chances?

Balance

Balance is so hard yet so important! I’ve come to realize that my type of personality needs some sort of cognitive outlet to be whole. Otherwise I cannot be the best mom, wife and daughter of God. Practical tips – schedule everything. Put Mass, prayer time, blogging time, exercise time and even date night on your calendar. It keeps you accountable. It’s ok to have to put blogging on the back burner during crazy times {new baby, sick child, etc.}. You can pick it up anytime and start writing again.

Audience

Other women who are on the journey of faith.

 

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Catch Phrase/Tagline

To follow the mission of the CCWC – The mission of the Catholic Women’s Conference is to provide opportunities for women to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, to grow in their realization of their dignity as Catholic women and to strengthen their commitment to be a disciple of Christ.

Advice

Although it’s a lot of work, start small and just write, write, write.  Find a mentor to guide you through.  I tapped into my aunt who is an English teacher and professional journalist for help with my weaknesses.  It’s made me a much better writer.

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Would you {or someone you know} like to be fabulously featured?

Send an email to Martina@CatholicSistas.com and reference the Fabulously Featured series and we’ll get the ball rolling to get you or your friend featured!

 

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Fabulously Featured: California to Korea

Welcome to Catholic Sistas’ newest series, featuring some of our friends in the Catholic blogging world entitled Fabulously Featured which will run on Wednesdays. I have always wanted to introduce you to some new blogs to follow and support, but seriously lacked the time to put this together before now. In a Facebook group of fellow Catholic women bloggers, I asked ladies to answer some questions for this series, and they were all too excited to participate! I give you their answers in their own words. 🙂

 

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Today we turn our attention to California to Korea, which is authored by Micaela Darr. Her writing varies from homeschooling to the Faith and everything in between – there is something for everyone! She writes: I’m Micaela: wife to an amazing man, and mama to 5 children who bless me daily. Catholic, crunchy, fun-loving and friendly. I may be sassy & opinionated, but there’s room for all kinds around here. I hope you feel welcome.

Micaela Darr
Micaela Darr

Established

July 2011

Theme

I used to write mostly about our life in South Korea, but I transitioned to literature, homeschooling, and Catholic topics when we moved back in 2013.  I still enjoy the “mom blog” aspect though.

Inspiration/Motivation

I first began my blog before I knew anyone else in blogging.  I just wanted a way to share in-depth about our life abroad.  Over time I found that I enjoyed writing, but more importantly, I enjoyed the community aspect of blogging.  I’ve made new friends and strengthened old friendships simply by putting my thoughts down in writing.  I feel like it’s a way to start a conversation that can be continued later, either in person or in the comment section on the blog.

Favorite Element

I love the friendships I’ve made through my blog.  Hands down, that’s my favorite part of my blog.  But I also really like stretching myself and writing about topics that move me, struggles I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned.

Favorite Post

My most recent post called I’m pro-life because… tells a little bit about how and why I came to be fully pro-life.  Another post last year that meant a lot to me was called Playground Parenting and is about learning to see from another person’s perspective.

Balance

I’ve chosen to only blog at night.  I’m a bit of a night owl, so this works out well.  But also, I get really wrapped up in writing.  If I try to do it while my kids are awake, I get snappy with them, or my writing turns out less than stellar.  That said, it’s a personal choice, and some of my favorite bloggers are able to write in snippets here and there.  My advice to new bloggers is to remember a) Your blog is not you!  Don’t get your identity wrapped up in stats or any other supposed measure of worth.  And b) Write what you love, and find other bloggers who speak to you.  Make friends with them, encourage them, and ask them for advice.  Most bloggers love this type of interaction.

Audience

I feel like I have a few categories of readers: family and friends, blogging friends, and people who are curious about our life, whether it’s homeschooling or Catholicism.

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Catch Phrase/Tagline

I don’t have a tagline, but maybe I should!  Something fun and sassy.  In the meantime, my catch phrase would be: “Take a deep breath; it’s going to be okay.”

Advice

If you want to start a Catholic blog, do it!  First, I encourage you to a) pray about it, b) find a blog you really admire and ask the blogger to give you some direct advice regarding what it is you like about his/her blog, and c) just start writing! So much of the time we are debilitated by perfection, when what the Holy Spirit wants is for us to step out in faith.  Finally, my last piece of advice is: in everything that you write, be charitable. You never know who is watching YOU as the example of what Catholicism is.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

Have a question or comment for our featured blogger? Please leave them in the comments below!

Would you {or someone you know} like to be fabulously featured?

Send an email to Martina@CatholicSistas.com and reference the Fabulously Featured series and we’ll get the ball rolling to get you or your friend featured!