Maddie Joy (me!) –
I am Maddie Joy, the founder of maddieejoy.com. My blog and reason for writing and speaking serves a lot of different purposes, but it all comes back to KNOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN. First and foremost, I want to encourage others to walk boldly and confidently in who God has called them to be, as I have first-hand experienced the reality that comparison is the thief of joy.
I am also passionate about the power of vulnerability and sharing the “real life stuff” behind the pretty, put-together smiles we slap on so often, when it just isn’t always the reality (yes, even as Christians)…but He is so faithful to meet us there and work through those hardships. I desire to expose fear for what it is: a liar and a thief of dreams, as it held me captive for many years and champion those who follow my personal experiences as they live out the unique call set before them! Let’s change the world, together ❤
I’ve struggled to find community. I’ve had a hard time fitting in and “finding my place.”
A lot of people don’t know this, but when I first started using social media as an outlet, I received so much hate for it to the point where I ended up shutting it down.
Recently though, I had a huge shift in perspective. I realized that I had allowed people’s opinions to rob me of my ability to reach people in a positive way. Yes, there are bad sides to social media, I’ll be the first to agree with that as I’ve experienced it first hand…but the way I see it is that people spend a whole lot of time with their phones in their faces regardless. SO, if I can use that for good, if I can be a positive light/voice in the midst of so much hate and negativity, why in the world wouldn’t I? It’s wild to me to think that over 13,000 people on an app care enough follow my journey through Instagram.
I’m blessed to say I’ve found community here. I’ve found group of people who care. I’ve found a group of people who root for me and cheer me on wholeheartedly and push me to pursue my crazy, wild dreams. Ive found a group of people who aren’t driven by comparison or who feel threatened/intimidated by the success of others, but who celebrate & encourage one another in the unique differences and abilities we each have to change the world for good. And most importantly, Ive found a group of people who help me keep Jesus as the center of all that I do. I’m sharing some of them here today!
Do not let negative people or people who don’t understand hinder you from pursuing your passions.
You will find your place & you’ll find your people and it will be worth it.
When you get there, don’t apologize for it, and don’t forget to include others. There’s plenty of room for all of us.
1. Shelby Esau –
I’m Shelby is the grace driven, Jesus-follower behind Pop-Dot. 💕 The heart of her page is all about pursuing our unique, God given purpose and deepening trust in The only One who never disappoints. The daily inspiration is usually based on what God is showing her and her community! Sometimes that’s life-giving relationships, sometimes it’s Jesus’ unending grace and sometimes it’s the struggle to put one foot in front of the other.
Seasons change and so do we, but the goal is to rehearse, remember and remind one another that our faithful God never will!
IG: @pop_dot / BLOG: http://www.popanddot.com
2. Tarah-Lynn –
Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien is Miss Black New Jersey and a fashion writer for Teen Vogue. She is also the host of Dressed for Battle Podcast. But above all, she is a fierce and favored fashionista, passionate about encouraging and empowering young women to fully grasp their worth in Christ. Through her award-winning brand Adorned in Armor, she inspires thousands of young women to conquer life through faith and style. After just one year, her readers nominated Adorned in Armor as a finalist for the Best International Blog in the 2014 Cosmopolitan UK Awards. AIA was inspired by Ephesians 6’s message about putting on the full armor of God and preaches to properly uniform spiritually and physically in order to fight in victory.
You can find her styling, hosting events, and speaking at self-worth and branding workshops. Follow her fashion and faith-driven adventures
IG: @adornedinarmor / BLOG: adornedinarmor.com
3. Tiffany Nicole –
Tiffany is the Jesus-loving free spirit behind the blog, Lavender Vines. Lavender Vines is a Christian blog centered around sharing the unfiltered truth of what it is like to follow God. The amazing times of breakthrough and rejoicing in God’s love, but also the struggles of unanswered prayers, unanswered questions, and the times we feel far from God, or like He doesn’t care. Her goal is to guide, encourage, and inspire you and your walk with God. Go follow along!
IG: @lavendervines / BLOG: lavendervines.com
4. Kristina Dapaah –
Kristina Dapaah is a proud mom, head over heels wife, creative ninja, and Chosen vessel! She likes to think of herself as a Jack-of-many trades with a little thing for fashion and an even bigger thing for Church going, lol. The most beautiful thing about her life, she claims, is being Loved by Jesus. With that love as her guide, she CREATES her version of ‘beautiful’ in the form of lifestyle content. She hopes to inspire others to grab hold of the beauty available to them in Christ Jesus.
IG: @kristinadapaah / BLOG:
5. Rachel Rogers –
Rachel Rogers is a wife, daughter, sister, and friend, but most importantly, she is a woman of faith. Helping others to grow in their faith no matter where they are in life is her ultimate goal. Her blog is a resource for lifestyle tips about cultivating confidence and living a more purpose-driven life. You will find style and beauty inspiration, stories about how God shows His love in my daily life, and so much more here!
IG: @hellorachelnicole / BLOG: hellorachelnicole.com
6. Lilli Van Natta –
Lilli is a joy-filled lifestyle blogger and a force behind A Re.Styled Life blog. Her passion lies in encouraging women to delight in small, everyday moments of beauty, and live a life of gratitude for our Creator. With gratitude comes abundant joy- something she hopes to inspire others to seek.
She also has a gift for interior decorating, and uses this gift to equip others to transform their houses into homes, ready to be filled with warmth and memories.
IG: @lillivannatta / BLOG: arestyled.life
7. Kristin Skipper –
Kristin is the founder of Life From These Ashes Blog. She is 35 and not only a blogger, but a full time RN (nurse) as well. She has a passion for writing and sharing what God has taught her in life to encourage women to stand strong in their faith. To inspire women to live their lives as God has created them a new identity in Him. She writes about marriage, parenting, and the difficulties we face in life and how to navigate the road with Jesus as the lead. Her hope is that through the truths God gives her to write, that she can motivate others in their daily walks with God.
IG: @lifefromtheseshes_ / BLOG: lifefromtheseashes.com
8. Jessica Shipton –
Jess is the founder of Smile Without Reason blog. She is 22 and a digital and social media marketing freelancer from Sydney, Australia.
Her passions include writing, people, and God. Her blog is where these three things come together to create something special that encourages, inspires, and blesses people.
She uses analogies of everyday experiences with different perspectives to reach those who don’t know Jesus yet, in a way that is relatable to them.
IG: @smilewithoutreasonblog / BLOG: smilewithoutreason.com
9. Samantha Rue –
Samantha is the the author of Samantha Rue blog. This is the place that she shares about about everything that she loves; fashion, beauty, skin care, her walk with the Lord, and the passion she has to see other Christian Women loving and growing with Him! She believes that in this world, comes the battle of perfection and comparison, which only hurts ourselves and others. She strives for bravery over perfection and desires to show those reading her blog that life is not perfect, but that it is an amazing journey of following the Lord’s perfect will.
IG: @samantha_rue / BLOG: annaliisamoss.com
10. Alisha Wesley –
Alisha is the 23-year-old Bible College grad & faith blogger behind She Laughs Mission. She Laughs Mission is a blog designed to help empower women of all ages to be who they are called to be and to walk through life with strength and dignity. Her ultimate goal is to help people grow in their faith, in becoming who God created them to be, and in learning to life to the absolute fullest.
IG: @shelaughsmission / BLOG: shelaughsmission.com
11. Anna Liisa –
Anna Liisa is an artist, wife, and Jesus lover seeking to share the joy and grace found in Christ. She loves to worship by creating pieces of art. She is a firm believer that God created each of us to create, whether through art or another creative outlet. She hopes to encourage, inspire, and bring light into the world by sharing Jesus. Ultimately, she wants the Lord to use her to be a blessing in the lives of others.
IG: @annaliisamoss / BLOG: annaliisamoss.com
12! Gia –
Gia is the author of Girl Redefined! She is a 20 year old, faith blogger who is incredibly in love with Jesus and longs to see young women living out their God given identities! She writes about relationships, friendships, and general difficulties we often face being Christians! She loves all things creative! When Gia finishes bible college, she hopes to start her own theatre company/organization that will make films and plays which will tackle secular issues, such as human trafficking.
IG: @girlredefinedblog / BLOG: girlredefined.weebly.com/.co.uk