iola contributors

Contributors for the latest iola magazine: bloom issue

Abi

Abi Partridge is a designer and writer living with her husband and three children in Oxfordshire, on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds in the UK. She is passionate about encouraging others in creativity, and the soulful pursuit of beauty. She has self-published three books and publishes iola magazine on a mac and a prayer.

She writes at abipartridge.com and posts on instagram @abipartridge.

Amber

Amber Salhus is a wife, mom, blogger, house-flipper, comedy lover, and burgeoning farmer. She lives in the Oregon countryside with her husband, their two kids, and their ever-growing list of animals. She openly shares the adventures of dreaming big in the middle of motherhood, navigating the creative process, and finding the humor in all of it at ambersalhus.com.

Carly

As a wife and mother of three boys, a teacher, and an author, Carly Thomson’s life is always full of adventure, be it the every day ordinary moments of life or the high energy fun, she chooses to remain present and connected to Jesus and the world around her. Carly is the founding director of the She Collective movement helping young women discover their identity and self-worth. If Carly is not writing, you’ll find her playing, exploring and adventuring with her family OR completely lost in a good book with a cup of tea and a cookie.

www.carlythomson.com

Charlotte

Charlotte Osborn is an evangelist at heart and she’s passionate about sharing the good news of God’s love & hope with the world. She is a speaker & event facilitator who seeks to encourage others to find creative ways to share their own stories.

As a qualified nurse, she runs her own home care business, supporting people through the many changing seasons of their lives. She has 3 fantastic grown up children who she counts as friends and she lives in the beautiful Cotswolds UK with her equally fantastic husband!

www.livemovebe.org.uk

Elli

Elli Johnson has been blogging at thehippochronicles.com for over 4 years. She writes about mental health, creativity, beauty and the chaos of family life. She is a professional child wrangler, (over)thinker, and tea drinker.

Elli lives in Liverpool with the river Mersey at the bottom of the road.

To find her newest and most exciting work, check out: patreon.com/thehippochronicles

Betsy

Betsy Stretar

Elizabeth Duncan Stretar, (Cleveland, Ohio) is the mother of 8 married adults, grandmother to 16, and enjoys spending her empty-nest time with husband, Frank. She is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (MACL), Young Life’s first national director and currently working as an airline Flight Attendant. Stretar’s passion is to help others live an above and beyond kind of life, by encouraging them realize their untapped potential, discover their life-purpose that strives to make a difference in the lives of others.

She’s a published author of ‘Acorn Gert & Brother Bert’ & blogs at Elizabeth Duncan Stretar: Above and Beyond Mid-life betsystretar.com

Hannah

Hannah Cox is a student, cat mom, blogger, avid reader, coffee drinker, book reviewer and budding artist. She lives in Frisco, Texas with her family and ever-growing collection of books and mugs. She openly shares her struggles and lessons as a young adult while growing through it all at okgypsy.blogspot.com and posts on Instagram @okaygypsy.

Jody

Jody Collins is a vibrant speaker and retreat facilitator, and author of “Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas.” Recently retired from over 20 years of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Jody and her husband call the Seattle area home where she loves spending any extra time in the garden. You can find her writing weekly about faith/life discoveries at www.jodyleecollins.com.

Kimberley

Kimberly Coyle is a freelance writer and an adjunct professor of writing with an MFA in creative non-fiction. She has written for publications such as In Touch Magazine, Fathom Magazine, (in)courage, and Grace Table. When not writing or teaching, she dabbles in photography and can be found on Instagram as @kacoyle.

She writes regularly online at www.kimberlyanncoyle.com

Kristin

 

Kristin Vanderlip is an Army wife, a bereaved mom to her little girl in heaven, and a stay-at-home mom to her two rainbow boys (ages 3 and 6). A decade ago you could find Kristin teaching English in a middle school classroom, now she is a writer and freelance editor. Kristin follows Jesus with an expectant heart as she navigates both the ordinary moments and the unexpected trials of life. She is passionate about seeking God and holding onto hope, especially when it’s hard, and encouraging other women to do the same and cultivate their own expectant hearts. You can find Kristin over on her blog, www.anexpectantheart.com, and on Instagram @kristinvanderlip.

Laura

Laura Thomas is a published Christian author with a heart for inspiring and encouraging readers of all ages. She is a multi-genre writer with a published Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, middle grade novel, children’s stories, devotionals for Union Gospel Press, articles in magazines and online, musings on her blog, and currently has a three-book deal for her Christian romantic suspense novels. Living in Kelowna, B.C. as an empty-nester, Laura is a mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart, and is passionate about faith and family—and chocolate.

laurathomasauthor.com

Libby

Libby John is a creative artist of many forms. As a singer/songwriter, she debuted her first EP in 2016 and her first album in Oct. 2017. Libby is also a choreographer who works for local universities and high school musicals and she teaches hip hop and modern dance classes. She has a passion to spur others on to be an influence on the culture through their faith & artistry which led her to create the podcast “Art & Faith Conversations”. Libby is a lover of small beginnings and finding beauty in the ordinary.  She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and 3 daughters.

Libby can be found sharing her creative journey and prayerful devotionals through songs at www.libbyjohnartandsong.org.

Maeve

Maeve is a writer, kitchen dweller, and people gatherer. She believes in building a longer table and make room for one more. Most often you’ll find her in the kitchen (because she loves to eat) or on her porch (because she loves people). She believes the art of neighboring, living and loving right where you are, could actually change the world. Her heart is prone to wander, though lately she’s learned the joy in abiding, of keeping close to the vine, and of staying. She shares more about hospitality, friendship and finding significance in the ordinary over on her blog: maevegerboth.com and instagram: @maeve_gerboth. Come say hello!

Sarah

Sarah E. Frazer writes and lives in a brick house at the end of Thomas Road with her husband, five kids, a cat, a dog, and five chickens. Motherhood is her calling but her passion is to inspire focus and encourage deep-rooted Bible study for the busy mom. Life is full of seasons, but every season can be made more peaceful when time is spent in God’s word. Join Sarah on her favorite social media space: Instagram. Or you can find her on her blog, www.sarahefrazer.com.

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Eunora

Eunora Fralich lives in beautiful Southern Oregon with her amazing husband of twenty-one years and their four wonderful boys. As a homeschool mom she loves encouraging new moms embarking on the journey of teaching their children. She sees her calling as a challenge worth the reward. When Eunora is not planning or teaching, she enjoys home organization, CrossFit, and capturing the life of her family and friends behind her camera lens. Summer is by far her favorite season and she loves basking in the sun with an iced coffee in hand. Jesus is her foundation, for without Him she could do nothing.

Jill

Jill Dixon is a teacher who has taught everything from kindergarten to community college level writing courses. She has spent five years working with men in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse  in a treatment program at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. She enjoys helping clients get back into the workforce & attend school, her passion is teaching writing workshops & art therapy classes. She loves reading, baking, walks with her husband & their dog, & playing board games with her college-aged kids. She started actively looking for beauty when her son headed to college, this practice kept her grounded and open to joy in a season of loss.

You can find Jill on Instagram @joyinthesmallthings & under hashtag #iwentlookingforbeauty.

Katie

Katie Gamble has three vivacious children who are 12,10 and 7 years old. She has loved taking pictures since the age of 10. She has danced since she was three years old which has turned into teaching Zumba and helping train others to teach contemporary dance in school. Photography is a great way for her to meet and get to know people.

You can find her photos at www.ktphotography.gallery/ and on instagram @ktamandaphotography

Nadine

Nadine Haigh is a Fine Art Photographer and Landscape Architect based in the beautiful North Wessex Downs. She lives with her young family, and dog Rupert who frequently accompanies her on her photographic adventures.

Nadine draws her inspiration from the local landscape, often conveying an abstract or dreamlike quality to her work. She is a strong believer that heavenly beauty can be found in everyday places.

To see more of Nadine’s work you can find her on Instagram @thegildedleaf

Contributors to the first issue

Abi dreamt up the idea for iola magazine, she has been creating magazines since she was a child and has been writing online for the past six years. She approached a group of writer friends from the US, UK, Canada and Australia to help put together the first issue of iola magazine.

Abi is a designer and writer living with her husband and three children in Oxfordshire, UK. She is passionate about encouraging others in creativity for their mental wellbeing. She loves taking photo walks and spotting beauty in nature. She has written 3 self-published books and can be found at abipartridge.com and posts on instagram @abipartridge.

Amber

Amber

Amber Salhus is a wife, mom, blogger, house-flipper, comedy lover, and burgeoning farmer. She lives in the Oregon countryside with her husband, their two kids, and their ever-growing list of animals. She openly shares the adventures of dreaming big in the middle of motherhood, navigating the creative process, and finding the humor in all of it at ambersalhus.com.

Amber writes on Creativity in ‘Nothing is wasted’

Becky

Becky

Becky L McCoy lives on the Connecticut coast with her two precocious and hilarious children. She once enjoyed teaching high school physics and now tells her story of loss, grief, and joyful living on her blog. Having struggled with depression and anxiety and experienced several seasons of grief and struggle, Becky is passionate about creating an online community where people share their stories and encourage one another to choose to live bravely and authentically through disappointment and discouragement.

You can find Becky on all forms of social media @BeckyLMcCoy, on her blog at BeckyLMcCoy.com, and her podcast Sucker Punched.

Becky writes on ‘Choosing Brave’

Carly

Carly Thomson is a dynamic speaker, writer, and author of the tween-girl faith trilogy, Truth Seekers and young adult novel, The Freedom Sound. She is a teacher, a devotional writer, a contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and blog sites and is the founding director of She Collective, a movement helping young women discover their identity and self-worth, where she coaches & mentors young women.

If Carly is not writing, you’ll find her playing, exploring and adventuring with her family OR completely lost in a good book with a cup of tea and a cookie.
CarlyThomson.com

Carly writes a short story to read to your children called The Perfect Recipe
and shares an excerpt from her new book Truth Seekers

Charlotte

Charlotte Osborn is an evangelist at heart and she’s passionate about sharing the good news of God’s love & hope with the world. She is a speaker and event facilitator who seeks to encourage others to find creative ways to share their own stories. Her website is www.livemovebe.org.uk

As a qualified nurse, she runs her own home care business, supporting people through the many changing seasons of their lives. She has 3 fantastic grown-up children who she counts as friends and she lives in the beautiful Cotswolds UK with her equally fantastic husband!

Charlotte shares some of her story of hope in For those who live in a land of deep shadows.

Elli

Elli Johnson has been blogging at thehippochronicles.com for over 4 years. She writes about mental health, creativity, beauty and the chaos of family life. She is a professional child wrangler, (over)thinker, and tea drinker.

Elli lives in Liverpool with the river Mersey at the bottom of the road.

To find her newest and most exciting work, check out: patreon.com/thehippochronicles

Elli writes about Self care for when you are coming out of a time of depression and A benediction for fools.

Betsy

Elizabeth Duncan Stretar, (Cleveland, Ohio) is the mother of 8 married adults, grandmother to 16, and enjoys spending her empty-nest time with husband, Frank. She is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (MACL), Young Life’s first national director and currently working as a major airline Flight Attendant. Stretar’s passion is to help others live an above and beyond kind of life, by encouraging them to realize their untapped potential, discover their life-purpose that strives to make a difference in the lives of others.

She’s a published author of children’s book, Acorn Gert & Brother Bert (Halo Publishing, 2016) and blogs at Elizabeth Duncan Stretar: Above and Beyond Mid-life betsystretar.com

Betsy encourages mothers in Motherhood: one season of many.

Janine

Janine Dilger is a Canadian writer who loves Jesus, her family, and a steaming mug of coffee in a quiet kitchen before the day begins. God wired her with an eye for beauty: nature, art, photography, design and words—these things whisper refreshment into her soul. She is as broken as they come and has way more questions than answers. But after a life’s worth of hard lessons, she is realizing the trick is to just keep her feet moving. To that end, she’s doing her best at navigating the twists and turns of this life with faith, hope, and humour. You can find Janine blogging about her journey at janinedilger.com

Janine writes an in-depth piece about seasonal affective disorder in ‘The Long Winter’.

Jody

Jody Collins is a vibrant speaker and retreat facilitator, and author of “Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas.” Recently retired from over 20 years of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Jody and her husband call the Seattle area home where she loves spending any extra time in the garden. You can find her writing weekly about faith/life discoveries at www.jodyleecollins.com.You can read more of Jody’s poetry on her poetry blog Another Facet. http://wordfacets.blogspot.com/

Jody writes a beautiful poem ‘Pressed into Joy’.

Kimberly

Kimberly Coyle is a freelance writer and an adjunct professor of writing with an MFA in creative non-fiction. She has written for publications such as In Touch Magazine, Fathom Magazine, (in)courage, and Grace Table. When not writing or teaching, she dabbles in photography and can be found on Instagram as @kacoyle.

She writes regularly online at www.kimberlyanncoyle.com

Kimberly writes an introduction to Books for armchair traveller. She also shares some photos.

Laura

Laura Thomas is a published Christian author with a heart for inspiring and encouraging readers of all ages. She is truly multi-genre – with a published Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, children’s stories, devotionals for Union Gospel Press, her blog, and she now has a literary agent representing her Christian romantic suspense novel. Laura is English and Canadian, married to her high school sweetheart, mom of three, passionate about faith and family… and chocolate!
laurathomasauthor.com

Laura shares with us what Kelowna, her hometown is like in Explore, Dream, Discover: Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Libby

Libby John is a creative artist of many forms. As a singer/songwriter, she debuted her first EP in 2016 and her first album in Oct. 2017. Libby is also a choreographer who works for local universities and high school musicals, she teaches hip-hop and modern dance classes. She has a passion to spur others on to be an influence on the culture through their faith & artistry which led her to create the podcast “Art & Faith Conversations”. Libby is a lover of small beginnings and finding beauty in the ordinary.  She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and 3 daughters.

Libby can be found sharing her journey and prayerful devotionals through songs at www.libbyjohnartandsong.org.

Libby shares a Giving Thanks playlist and writes on having a heart of thanksgiving.

Niki

Niki Hardy is a Brit in the USA, a cancer survivor and pastor’s wife, a fresh air junkie and tea drinker. As a speaker and blogger her candid, humorous storytelling helps us find humor and grace in the darkest place, and learn to laugh and trust God when all we want to do is scream. When she’s not speaking, writing or running trails with her Doodles, she can be found trying to figure out which of the three remote controls actually turns the TV on.

You can find her, encouragement, and lots of practical resources at nikihardy.com.

Niki writes a humorous yet poignant story in ‘I stole a bra!’

Sarah

Sarah E. Frazer writes and lives in a brick house at the end of Thomas Road with her husband, five kids, a cat, a dog, and five chickens. Motherhood is her calling but her passion is to inspire focus and encourage deep-rooted Bible study for the busy mom. Life is full of seasons, but every season can be made more peaceful when time is spent in God’s word. Join Sarah on her favorite social media space: Instagram. Or you can find her on her blog, www.sarahefrazer.com.

Sarah writes a devotional called God is in the whisper. We have a copy of her book ‘The Glorious Ordinary, An invitation to study God’s word in your everyday life’ to give away.

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