Meet Lisa Howeler
Please start by telling us a little about yourself.
My name is Lisa R. Howeler and I am a former newspaper reporter from northern Pennsylvania. I am also a mom to two (Jonathan, 11 and Grace, 3), wife, freelance photographer and writer. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with an Emphasis in Journalism in 2000 and enjoyed the creative stories I was able to write in my job, but didn’t really revel in the news stories I had to write.
As a reporter at a small town newspaper, you have to learn a little bit about a lot of things and then write about them. Not only are you a reporter, but you also have to be a photographer, a writer, sometimes a copy editor and sometimes a typesetter or the person who lays out the paper.
The variety my job gave me was actually very interesting since when I was about 10 or 11 a woman prophesied over me at a Women’s Aglow meeting and said I would grow up and “know a little bit about a lot of things.”
In addition to writing, I am also a freelance photographer who works with stock agencies, including a Christian stock agency, Lightstock. I also work with bloggers who can’t find the stock images they need through an agency or online, or simply don’t like to take their own.
3 of Lisa Howeler’s Favorites
My favorite hobby is photography, which is also sometimes a business. My favorite movie is a tie between Singing in the Rain and The Quiet Man. My favorite food is almost anything homecooked in a cast iron pan and using, real, whole food ingredients.
List one unique fact about you.
A unique fact about me is that there are 8 years between my brother and I and in between those years my mom suffered a late-term miscarriage. My brother is the oldest, I’m the youngest. The loss and the gap isn’t that unique, really, but what is unique is that there is also 8 years between my son and my daughter, my son being born first like my brother, and I also suffered a miscarriage in between, though mine was very early in the pregnancy.
Lisa Howeler’s Blog
Tell us about your blog/ministry.
My blog is located on my site and is simply under my name. Years ago I authored a “mommy blog” which I called Boondock Ramblings and wrote about life with my son and life in general. When I began writing more consistently again last year I looked at renewing my domain for Boondock Ramblings, but alas, someone had bought it and was willing to sell it to me for a mere $500. I decided to keep my blog on my main site, under my own name where I can share my writing and my photos.
What do you feel God leading you to do next?
So far he’s leading me to homeschool my oldest, starting in the Fall, be a mom and a wife and grow closer to Him.
What’s the best blogging tip you have for your fellow bloggers?
A tip for bloggers from me is to not compare yourself to other bloggers. Put your head down and keep your eyes on your own journey. If your blog is mainly a hobby blog then write when you feel like it and don’t worry about “having” to post. If you are working toward your blog as a business, on the other hand, then be consistent about posts, but don’t burn yourself out. Your sanity and time with your family is more important than any money making endeavor.
Lisa Howeler’s Spiritual Growth
What is your most favorite verse/passage and why?
My favorite Bible verses are from Isaiah 43:
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
It was an important verse for me 10 years ago during a very stressful time in my marriage and also during a time of severe anxiety and depression.
Wisdom from Lisa Howeler
How do you keep your Daily Time with God regular?
I’m currently working on keeping my time with God regular. I was doing very well with reading my devotional and having time with God first thing in the morning, before I turn to social media or my email, but recently I’ve fallen away from this. I really want to get back to this practice because it set a tone of peace and relaxation versus starting my day with anxious thoughts.
How do you think we best need to respond to criticism?
If at all possible we should listen to criticism, decide if there is any truth to it, measure it against how God sees us, and if we determine the criticism has no basis or against what God says about us, then it should be pushed aside. If, however, we see truth in the words, then we should think about how we can apply what was said in a way that will help us in our journey in being better than we were before. Ultimately the only person we should be “competing” with is our former selves.
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