“I’d like to add some beauty to life…I don’t exactly want to make people know more…but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me…to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.” -L.M. Montgomery¹
Hello and welcome to my blog, Beauty and the Mess! My name is Shannon Hawkins, expert daydreamer, professional librarian, and growing Christian.
The quote written above is from one of my favorite fictional characters, Anne Shirley, and they are words I identify with deeply and hope to fulfill, if only an inkling, through this webpage.
If you enjoy quotes like these, as well as all other things bookish, you’ve come to the right place. I first created this blog back in 2014 as a recent English degree graduate in need of a project, but now it has transformed into a space in which to share much-loved stories, books, thoughts, words, and ideas.
Reading has been a life-long obsession for me. I love reading everything from stories about talking toads obsessed with cookies…to epic adventures of hobbits seeking second breakfast…to descriptions about love and pain and the characteristics of God…and everything in between. For me, reading sparks an appreciation for the simple things in life, while also helping to break down and understand the more complicated things. What I’d like to do on this blog is simply share my journey of learning through the beauty and the mess of life.
Furthermore, my Christian walk has influenced my blog more and more lately. I became a Christian at the age of 14. Even though it’s been over a decade since then, I am far from finished growing in my Christian walk and am learning lessons all the time. Some of these lessons have been taught with the help of other Christ-focused bloggers. As they have blessed me, I hope to pass on the blessing to you!
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” -Psalm 19:14
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¹L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea (New York: Bantam Books, 1992), 53.