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Oops! Here I Go Again: 3 Things I Don’t Want You To Miss

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 | 0 comments

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Surprise–back to back posts! I’ll be brief, but each of these things is so important to me (for very different reasons), please DO read to the end.


My (in)courage post, a $10 “They’re Real” Benefit Deal, and Great News for Hope(full)*Writers



Can You See What I See?


Today’s (in)courage post was inspired by several conversations I had while on our annual business retreat, primarily because Patricia Raybon challenged me to write about what I have been learning for a while now.  I genuinely hope you’ll read the post and then let me know how it stirs your own thinking. If you’ve never thought that yours is a privileged position, I urge you to pray with an open mind and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see what you might have previously been missing. Not that I’d dare to be your holy spirit…! Don’t miss the comment thread, either. The readers who have already chimed in this morning are one of the best reasons I’m glad I wrote Can You See What I See.


Get! Out!! $10 for up to $90 worth of make-up and beauty items including Benefit’s They’re Real mascara? Please and thank you!!


I’m a little embarrassed to be touting yet another subscription box service because I’m not exactly a beauty blogger and I don’t want to bombard you with crap you don’t want. I know how this stuff goes. But this deal includes Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, my actual mascara of choice, the mascara I hate paying $25 for but keep coming back to, despite trying other brands friends recommend. Nothing has come close to the wearability of They’re Real, and I begrudgingly shuck out that money time and again (mind you I’m perfectly happy with drugstore blush and lipsticks and glosses). While supplies last, new subscribers can sign up for  Allure’s monthly beauty box and receive top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $50-$90 value for only $10 for 72 hours (less, because I’m posting after the clock started ticking). After this month, boxes are $15/month

  • Full and deluxe products selected by Allure experts (we test more than 50,000 products a year)

  • A mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-steps

  • New member gift: A bonus gift valued at $10+ This is what you’re getting if you sign up pronto:

  • Free shipping

I’m curious to try Allure’s beauty boxes and see what surprises land on my doorstep each month, but mostly I’m excited to get a killer deal on Benefit mascara. They dangled a carrot I couldn’t resist!!


Hope*writers is opening membership next week. Wanna know why I love it?


For those who aren’t familiar, hope*writers is an online community whose sweet spot is encouraging writers at every stage. This means beginners and well-seasoned writers have access to new information; hope*writers has a resource library with content and video from a broad cross-section of professionals–editors, agents, published authors, book marketers, publicists, strategists, and more.

But why I love it most (beyond my longtime affections for Emily Freeman and Myquillyn Smith, sisters and two of the four co-founders), is the smaller circle of writers with whom I’ve connected who are in the same stage and season of writing as me. Their encouragement, experience, and friendship has been incredibly impactful. Plus, at the end of the day, I consider the monthly cost a professional investment that has added real value to my work.

If you want to find out the moment they open the doors for membership, click any of the links that interest you below, provide your email, and they’ll follow up over the days to come.


Want a quick summary? Your wish is my demand!


Affiliate links included.

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A Book Update, A Blog Update, and a Deal So Great It Made Me Blog During My Unofficial Hiatus

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 | 8 comments

Good news for one and all!


I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time resisting a great bargain, and half the fun of a scoring a fabulous deal is telling your friends about it, so they, too, can join in the hoopla. Such is the case with the FabFitFun promotion going on right now where new subscribers can get half off their regular price! Using code OMG50 at checkout, you’ll get 50% off — that’s under $25 for products valued between $200-$345! How can I not use excessive bold print and exclamation points for that kind of bargain!? 


If you’re also like me, you’ve been seeing this pop up all over the internet from a lot of folks already, and I finally clicked through to see what all the fuss was about. This isn’t much ado about nothing. There are three items every box will include (Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair/RV$30, Harper+Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes in Juice Cleanse/RV$16, and Human+Kind Body Souffle/RV$18), but you’ll be able to choose from among several others including Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Baublebar, and more!!


DO at least check it out. There’s no long-term commitment, and cancellation is easy. But I’ll think you’re looney tunes if you don’t grab this deal while it’s still half off. From what I’ve read, it’s a rare offer they’re not likely to repeat anytime soon. (Be sure to forward this post to friends who might be interested, too.)

Ready to get your first box at 50% off?
Click here and be sure to use the code OMG50 during check out!



Now, on to book and blog stuff–


It is hard to believe, but For All Who Wander and its companion Journey Guide will be releasing in less than four months (January 14, 2020). It’s been almost a year since I completed the manuscript and months since I turned in my last edits, so when I finally hold this puppy in my hands, it’s going to be surreal…I already know it. It’s available for pre-order now, and I’m touched and kinda amazed when people tell me they’ve already purchased a copy.


Interestingly, there’s a lot of work that takes place during the “in between” — the time between final edits and release, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m quiet on ye olde blog. I’ve been working on a Q&A to pass along to interviewers, preparing for podcast interviews, and writing articles and content that will show up in various places online and in print.


The funniest thing to me is I’m continually interrupted with ideas for next books, and I have to stop what I’m doing RIGHT THEN and jot down all the thoughts before they escape me. I’ve currently got about five ideas going, and I wonder which one will be the first to be completed. I’m pretty sure this frenetic energy is more about procrastination for what needs to be done rather than creative overload. Still, I love it when these ideas emerge. I have resisted book writing for a long, long while because I’m not interested in simply “adding to the noise.” There are plenty of books begging for your attention and purchase, and until and unless I have something of substance and value to add, I’m perfectly content to lay low.


Speaking of my blog, look for changes over the next few months! The picture at the top of this post is from a fun photoshoot in Chattanooga a few weeks ago with my real life friend and amazingly talented photographer, Rich Smith, who captured a few looks that express my personality. It was as hot as 40 hells, I was sweating like a sailor — honestly, I changed outfits twice which required three different bras, and each time they were soaking wet — and that lovely vein in my forehead was working like a boss…and Rich just kept on coaching and encouraging me to have fun.

Wanna see a few more?


Good googlie-mooglie–there’s a mural in Chattanooga with a Christopher Walken  SNL “more cowbell” motif!




When I was younger, “Imagine” was a song our teacher had us choreograph ballet to;
to this day, it reminds me of the gift of creative expression.


Two important things: I STILL have my Princess Dress, and better yet,


Your turn: tell me something that’s going on in your world! Deals, creative expression, the fun stuff…or the hard, real life stuff.
I love it best when blogging is a two-way street.

Disclosure: affiliate links included in post.

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Clearly I Have Something To Learn About Book Marketing #ForAllWhoWanderBook

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 | 2 comments

So, it’s 6:30pm on Day Two of Amazon Prime Day, and it JUST occurred to me that *my* book is eligible for the five dollar #PRIMEBOOK19 coupon since it’s already listed on Amazon. Let’s just say it’s been a busy few weeks, and this very minute I have my darling niece and nephew underfoot, and it never occurred to me until RIGHT THE SECOND that it might be a smart idea to share about it. With $5 off, For All Who Wander: Why Knowing God is Better Than Knowing It All is just $11.99!!

For All Who Wander will release January 14, 2020!!


The book will release January 14, 2020, but it’s available right now for pre-sale; if the price happens to fall between now and launch day, you’ll be charged the lower price. And if you’ve already pre-ordered the book (DO tell me in comments if you have–you have NO idea how that will encourage me!), pick up the companion Journey Guide for just $4.99!

For All Who Wander Journey Guide will help you find YOUR story within the pages of mine :).


Okay, friends…I’m off to wrangle a wildling or two or maybe teach them the joy of catching lightning in the palms of their hands. Thank you in advance if you end up buying the book!

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Want To Do Something Wonderful And Important Today?

Posted by on May 14, 2019 |

I suppose I’ve had a case of Irregular Blog Syndrome for years now, posting sporadically and with increasing infrequency with the exception of my monthly (and beloved) posts for (in)courage. Daily postings were once my norm and practice, hard to believe in today’s climate; blog posts would now be considered long form compared to Twitter, FaceBook, and Instagram. But it’s not that I haven’t been writing at all — I’ve penned well over 80,000 words in For All Who Wander and its companion Journey Guide. Apparently IBS is not the same thing as IWS (Irregular Writer Syndrome).

Still, my blog has been largely neglected for a lot of reasons, some of which are explained in my book, and others that simply reflect the general, downward trend. Have I considered closing up shop for good? Sure. So, why do I keep it around? Because there are elements I still love after all this time–

One of my favorite reasons for continuing to blog is to lend my voice to those who are hidden, marginalized, or never had a voice to begin with.

With that in mind, I’m excited to spotlight Mercy House Global Giving Day, a day set aside to let all women know they are priceless, and to raise awareness and funds for four special organizations.

Each group has a specific ask, and you can trust that your dollars are going to a worthy cause. Click the logos below to learn more, and then open your checkbook and give generously. When you lay your head on your pillow tonight, you will have done something truly important and wonderful :).

Beauty For Ashes
Mercy House Global

Search the hashtags #SheIsPriceless and #PutOnYourPearls to see and learn much, much more! And, thank you in advance for sharing this post; a simple Like and/or Share using the blue FaceBook buttons below is an easy way to do so. Bonus points and extra love for inviting your friends and family to support these opportunities, too.

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Powerful, Remarkable, and Beautiful Truth About Easter

Posted by on Apr 20, 2019 |

Today is Easter Eve, though I’ve never heard it called such a thing, and I’m finding myself on a sweet stroll down memory lane. Won’t you join me?

What characterized the Easters of your childhood? What made this cherished church holiday special for you? A brand new outfit? Waking up to an Easter basket brimming with goodies? A sunrise service or Sunday afternoon feast with your family, close and extended? A city-wide egg hunt ablaze in color and chaos? Day-by-day deconstructing a Resurrection egg set to examine tiny symbols that represented the life of Christ?

With a big grin and a bit of horror, I recall the coordinating pastel dresses my sister and I wore when I was about four, complete with crunchy crinoline skirts, white bowler hats, and shiny patent leather shoes. “Fancy” is relative, yes? I also remember being a beast when it came to hunting for Easter eggs. Never was I more fierce or competitive than when a contest for most eggs found or a golden egg was at stake. It was in your best interest not to get in my way because you just might come face to face with a 35-pound steamroller determined to win a prize.

Are your earliest Easter memories similar or something entirely different?

Fast forward many years to when I became a mother with three children of my own. It never occurred to me until right now how closely the practices of my own childhood inspired Easter traditions for our family. New, coordinating outfits for our daughter and two sons; maybe not crinoline for Rachel, but all three matchy-matchy (until I finally learned that didn’t actually have to be a thing). Baskets filled and waiting right outside their bedroom doors. Attending church somewhere, wherever we happened to be that morning. A glorious lunch with our extended family (or friends when we had to be apart), anchored by glazed ham, potato salad, deviled eggs, and way too many sweets. And an egg hunt — always an egg hunt — except now my competitive beast mode for finding the prized or most eggs was proffered for my babies.

Memories are golden when they connect our present to happy or special moments from our past, aren’t they? While it’s unhealthy to live in the past or to become stuck in a rut of longing for the “good ol’ days,” telling and re-telling the stories of our lives can build unity, familiarity, and identity among family members. These are good things.

Easter traditions, in terms of norm and practice, vary from family to family, church to church, denomination to denomination, and even culture to culture. How we commemorate this holy holiday doesn’t matter a bit, but why we celebrate Easter is essential. 

Please continue reading The Powerful, Remarkable, Beautiful Truth About Easter over at (in)courage. And, please, do share your thoughts in comments!

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