Hello, friends! I’m so happy to be guest posting here on Counter Cultural. Counter Couture. In the beginning of March, I was paired with the lovely Katy you all know and love as my solidarity sister in blogging! We have been emailing away for a while now and while she knows me and my blog fairly well, you guys don’t! Luckily, our final challenge was to introduce ourselves on our sisters’ blog.
Well, to start off my name is Danielle and I am an eighteen-year-old college student from Florida. I am currently double majoring in Psychology and Behavioral Healthcare in pursuit of becoming a counselor. I decided on this route after realizing how much I can help others in such an involved way through therapy.
When I’m not at school or studying, I enjoy going to the beach, exploring theme parks, hanging out with my dog, Ice, and teaching her new tricks, learning and practicing new makeup looks, watching my favorite Youtubers and reading as much as I can. I also enjoy visiting new places as often as possible. Most recently, I visited Washington D.C. in April which is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen in person but I also really love New York City, New Orleans, and Boston to name a few. I have only been out of the country once (to the Bahamas) but I am determined to visit France, Greece, Spain and many more as soon as possible.
One of my biggest interests, however, is writing. Since I was young, I have always kept journals of novel ideas and even wrote a few short “books” during my younger years (always fiction). However, I wasn’t fulfilled by the topics I was writing on and also it was discouraging that I didn’t have any platform to share it on. I eventually discovered sites such as WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace and more and began to post my own short stories when I could. Still I wasn’t satisfied with writing about make-believe characters and mystical worlds. My love for writing was put on hold for a while until just recently. It re-started when I began to really consider what I believe in as a Christian. My entire life I had been raised catholic but none of it really seemed to resonate with me. I believed in God but I didn’t care much to read the bible or go to church. However, my senior year of high school I was inspired by a Youtuber, Cambria Joy, who had started a bible study series. I was intrigued by the way she spoke of God and how in-love she seemed to be with spending time in The Word. I wanted that for myself. So, I bought a bible of my own and kept a journal with all my learnings, prayers and thoughts on Christianity. I started to become really interested in learning as much as possible and the more I read, the more I wrote. I had a journal full of thoughts and explanations for verses that no one was reading. I would read blog posts here and there to see others’ take on the the Word and how it influenced them, but I didn’t think I was knowledgeable enough in regards to scripture to begin my own. So, I started an Instagram instead. At first I would just post scripture and short explanations here and there but once I started bible journaling and posting my own bible art, my account started growing at an incredible rate. I hit 2,000 followers in over a month and soon enough I decided to take it to the next level.
I established my blog, Christian On Campus, in February of this year and finally I have started to satisfy my love for writing. All thanks and glory to God, of course!
My favorite part about this blog is that I am able to use the internet as my mission field while I’m in college. Although I would like to go on actual mission trips sometime in the near future, blogging is an amazing way to do it while I am a full time student. Aside from that, my faith is very important to me and I love how much my relationship with God has grown through this. Blogging has created the perfect way for me to explore my faith while also helping others. I have learned so much through blogging and met so many amazing people- for example, Katy!
Enough about me. What I would really like to share more about is my blog! At Christian On Campus, I share my ever-growing faith with my readers through Illustrated Faith. Illustrated Faith is just a fancy name for bible journaling which is simply using the margins of a bible with ample space to use calligraphy, painting, drawing, sketching, or whatever you like to express yourself while spending time with God and learning more about both Him and yourself. Bible journaling has allowed me another outlet to grow closer to God and I share that on my blog through not only showing the photos of my favorite sketches and calligraphy but by explaining the verse I use in the post to my readers. Most importantly, I explain how the scripture can be applied to our lives and relate it to times in my own life when I have used the methods I share and had success.
I also use my blog to share my experience on prayer. I cover topics such as how to listen for God’s responses, how to make prayer a priority and also how to pray in different ways such as what I call visual praying. In my Warrior vs. Worrier, I explain how I use visual praying to visualize myself handing over my worries to Jesus through God is extremely relieving and has helped me to quickly reduce stress. Praying is very important to anyone who wants a relationship with God and I think that we can all learn more about praying, no matter how many years you have been practicing. My hope with this section of my blog is to introduce my readers to new ways to grow their relationship with Jesus through something as simple as prayer. Of all things you can do to strengthen your relationship with God, I would rank prayer as the most important so it is necessary to continually look for ways to improve your prayer life.
With that being said, thank you for getting to know me and I hope to get to know you all as well. Feel free to stop by Christian On Campus anytime; I would love to have you!
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4