Hi! I'm Trina, the girl behind the blog.
You can learn more about me here. This blog is about living simply where we are while growing in simple faith and life. That comes out in a variety of ways that I share below. Happy to have you!
Your Epic BeginningIf you sometimes feel like a complete beginner... If your growth in faith and life seems slow... If you're discovering the ongoing process in it all... If you need calm in the chaos of life and technology... If your "starting here" doesn't seem very glamorous...
I started this blog in December 2008 with the post Journey to Yes. It was a starting point of sorts toward the simply focused life I dreamed of. But really this is all about your journey and your yesses. My heart is that you'll find some seeds of hope as you grow in your own faith and life.
Ebooks + JournalsTo help you in beginnings that matter, checkout my 35-day ebook + journal Epic Beginner.
For encouragement in simplicity, checkout my ebook Simplifying Home.
Or see all of my current ebooks + printable journals >> here.
Monthly Dose of SimpleWant to see new posts without checking in all the time? Like getting free e-products? Need a little encouragement in your email every now and then?
I send emails 1-2 times a month with a little dose of simple: words of encouragement, links to recent posts, and an archive of free e-products just for you!
In the welcome email, you'll get the guided mini-journal, Growing a Simply Focused Life. It really helps me to stay focused on living simply where I am, and I hope it does the same for you.
Learn more about Monthly Dose of Simple emails + freebies >> here, or sign up here ↓
All the Beginner Beans Things
Here's what to expect and how often from me here on Beginner Beans...
Weekly Blog Posts: I aim to post weekly and share about simple life and faith. I don't normally post on the weeks I send out an email. See new posts >> here.
Monthly Emails: I send out a Monthly Dose of Simple email each month (with the occasional additional email in between). These emails include encouragement and behind-the-scenes specifically for my email subscribers, links to recent posts so you don't have to worry about keep checking in for what's new, and an archive of free things I've created. Sign-up for emails >> here.
Elsewhere Online: On Instagram, I share little snippets of our daily life, #SimplifyingHome updates, and am known to do a little "micro-blogging" with a longer thought on faith or life. On Twitter, I jump on once a day to share things from around the web that relate to simplifying home, faith, and online. On Pinterest, I add new posts from my blogs, and often binge-Pin on my home and beauty boards. On Youtube, which is brand new for me, I'm aiming to add a new video each month and these are currently just me talking about some simple-living topic.
Popular PostsPinterest and Google like to send readers to these practical life-focused posts:
- homemade deodorant
- picmonkey tutorials: watermark, beginner photo editing, birth announcements
- cash envelope system + diy envelopes
- 100 date night questions
- should christians do yoga
- warby parker glasses
- baby dedication ideas
- minimalist packing
- fashion made simple
- shame-free wedding story
- if you feel like quitting church
- if you've quit church
- your family needs you to be courageous
- making an effort for our husbands
AffiliatesMy free content (blog posts, emails, e-products) is funded by affiliate commissions. I only link to companies I've purchased from and love, and I always disclose when affiliate links are used. I make sure to provide extra info through tutorials and such. These bring no extra cost to you.
On BloggingIf you have a blog or are interested in starting a blog, you might be interested in these posts:
- why I blog
- my best blogging tips in one spot
- growing in the quiet
- life lessons as an epic beginner (and the ebook and workbook for your own epic beginnings)
- why I temporarily quit blogging
If you ever get overwhelmed with social media and "all the things" online, I feel your pain! Here are some thoughts I've written on that and ways I set limits to focus on living:
- Less Technology, More Life
- Online Interactions and the People They Represent
- Replace Gazing with Growing
- Why I (temporarily) Quit Blogging
- 100 Things to Do Instead of Watch TV (or Browse Social Media)
Grow Your Life journal pages + monthly emails
Use the questions in the Grow Your Life journal pages to plant, water, and grow what matters most. You'll also get monthly emails to help you grow where you're planted.
Learn more >> here or sign up below ↓
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