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New year, new theme

Every once in awhile, I get bored with my life. That may include my WordPress website theme! For 2020, I decided to change it again. What do you think? Please leave your comments below. I want to hear your thoughts!

field of sunflowers

My old theme had a sunflower header. I love sunflowers because they move their blooms to always face the light of the sun, seeming to follow it as it moves across the sky. I feel this is symbolic of us as believers in Jesus Christ, keeping our faces toward the light of the Son. 

beautiful woman on cell phone

beautiful woman on cell phone

I chose the image above of the beautiful woman on her cell phone for this website’s background because I always have my iPhone with me for my business and my personal life.

Our phones are our way of “connecting” with one another. Here at BethJones.net, my desire is to connect more with you, encouraging you to use your spiritual gifts for God’s glory, fulfilling His great purpose for your life, and living a life you love. This is my mission and purpose. I do this through speaking at women’s conferences and retreats and writing books. As a Christian speaker and writer, it’s time to share your powerful message with others!

Beth Jones speaking

Beth Jones speaking, Olathe, KS

The “welcome” page is different now at BethJones.net. For now I’m using my featured and latest posts for the front page. “Featured” means the blog posts I want to highlight for you. “Latest posts” are just that–my most recent blog posts. Any time I write a new blog post, you’ll see it on the front page and won’t have to look for it. If you do want to search for anything on my site, there is a search function at the bottom of this page in the footer. 

woman writing on laptop with coffee

Woman writing on laptop

If you look at the top of this page, there is a little “navigation button,” where you can click on the link of the page which you’d like to view:

  • International Speaker (this used to be my welcome page and shares all about my speaking and writing books, including my media page, speaking topics, and speaking testimonials)
  • Blog (my most recent blog posts–just another way for you to find my blog posts easier);
  • Privacy;
  • Website Disclaimer;
  • Affiliate Disclosure.

At the end of each of my blog posts is my invitation to speakers and writers to sign up for my updates that you get bi-monthly in your email inbox. You’ll receive my free PDF and an inspiring video for signing up–my complimentary gift to you!

woman clicking Facebook like button

Woman clicking Facebook like button

At the bottom of the page for this website are links to other places where you’ll find me online. You’ll also see buttons where you can connect with me further on social media.

If you have any questions or comments for me, there is a contact page on the navigation button for you.

That’s it for now. 

Have a blessed and beautiful day!

Beth Jones
International Speaker & Amazon Best Seller Author

 

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Tweaking things

Daffodil & Butterfly. Copyright 2013 Leah Jones

Daffodil & butterfly.
Copyright 2013 Leah Jones

Last week I installed a new, pretty butterfly theme here at BethJones.net

This week I’m tweaking (not twerking, haha!) things to pretty it up and for easier navigation for you: adding new pages, fixing broken links, inserting pics on posts, etc. 

You’ll find my revised page listing the articles I’ve written as well as other COOL STUFF just for you called Free Stuff: free articles, audios, podcasts, and videos! 

Just click here to access these free gifts!

What do you think of my new butterfly theme? Leave your comments below. I just love it! 

Remember that butterflies are never stressed out, worried, depressed, or angry. Butterflies are free and happy. 

That is what God wants for you and me!

God has set me free out of the darkness into His Glorious Light. Read my memoir, Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love, here at Amazon

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When things go wonky: website changes this week!

Earlier this week I discovered that my website theme’s update wasn’t compatible with WordPress. Compare it to Ray and me wanting to see two different kinds of movies ~ him wanting to see massive explosions, machine guns, and bloody marines in an enemy war zone and me wanting to see a tear-jerking-drama-love story, oozing with romance. The. Two. Just. Do. Not. Mix.

My wonky website

After I updated the theme, my website looked wonky. It wasn’t anything I did. These things just happen sometimes with website themes and WordPress updates. The theme creators then have to go back to the drawing board to make sure their themes’ updates stay compatible with WordPress, which also has frequent updates.

I contacted everyone “technical” I personally knew for help. This was out of the area of expertise for one person, and two had been sick all week. I felt so bad they were sick (because I’ve been sick recently, too), but I am often like a racehorse chompin’ at the bit, raring to get out of the starting gate….i.e., I don’t have any patience!

Nor am I tech-savvy. Actually, technology and I have a love-hate relationship. I love its benefits, but hate how it tears up sometimes and gives me hissy fits…especially when I am working on a major project. If you don’t know what a hissy fit is, that is a southern term for a major meltdown. 

When I could take it no more…

Toward the end of this week, I decided to go ahead and activate another theme on my site, like one of the tech people I’d talked to had advised me to do, to see if that would resolve the problem with the “wonkiness.”  Yes, that was the issue!  My theme’s update was NOT compatible with WordPress. Mystery solved!

Naturally, the new theme changed the look of my website, so I spent all day Thursday working on the sidebar (look on the right side of my website). I know, it shouldn’t take me all day. But this is me and technology, remember?

Then the header – what is at the top of the website. This is still under construction, but I have a temporary header with a pic of me when I spoke in Canada at Doreen Penner’s women’s conference. The header shows the new tagline, Speaker, Author, CoachI am planning to keep the pic of me speaking on my header, but use my cartoon graphic header for my blog. 

The point of this blog post

I wish I could say that I handle stresses in life like this maturely. But then I’d be lying out of my teeth. You know the expression. When mama ain’t happy ain’t NOBODY happy. When I’m not happy, Ray, Leah and the rest of my family run for cover! Haha. Just joking – sort of!

White Men Can’t Jump – The Glass of Water Illustration

Actually, Ray TRIES to run for cover. But I TRAP him in the bedroom and force him to listen to hours of me ranting, whining,  and contemplating the messes in my life. Ray still doesn’t understand that when I do this, I don’t necessarily want him to fix the messes...like Gloria explains to Billy in the movie White Men Can’t Jump. I just want Ray to listen to me.

Gloria:  “Yes. I read it in a magazine. See, if I’m thirsty, I don’t want a glass of water. I want you to sympathize. I want you to say, ‘Gloria, I too know what it feels like to be thirsty. I too have had a dry mouth.’ I want you to connect with me through sharing and understanding the concept of dry mouthedness.”

Anyway, I digress. The point of this blog post is that the website has changed. The header is changing. I will be tweaking pages, posts,and  pics in the weeks ahead because the new theme has affected the way things look on my site. My plan is to finish my Canada blog series this weekend and to share other exciting things with you coming up soon, so stay tuned!

I appreciate your patience during the “reconstruction.”  I love and appreciate you!

Thanks for being understanding. I know you too, like Gloria, sometimes “have a dry mouth” – or at least techy issues. 🙂 

Share in the comments below how you handle stresses like “techy stuff.” What’s your number one tip for overcoming?

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