• Water Your Garden

    We planted a garden this year…something we said we’d do when we moved into our home. Yes, we’ve been here two years and just got around to completing one of our goals, but hey, better late than never. (This is one of the biggest takeaways I’ve received on this journey–keep the goal in mind even […]

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  • Give Yourself a Break

    Give Yourself A Break   I love when themes keep popping up in my life. I believe it is a surefire way of God getting my attention. This week alone, I’ve read about, written about and heard about: “giving myself a break.” It can be easier to write about these things than to actually incorporate […]

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  • Handling Offense

        This happens to me quite often—in this realm of Christian and inspirational publishing. I read a lot of good stuff. I read a lot of scripture, sometimes sermons or other food for thought. And just when I catch on to a nugget, I get to put it into practice right away. I call […]

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  • Proverbs 31 on January 31

    Proverbs 31 for January 31, 2017   If you’ve been following me for the past year, you probably know that I was extremely blessed to write a lot in 2016…like 4 books! That’s a lot. I dare say I probably couldn’t have written one more word. But this year—2017—I’m staring at my email awaiting more […]

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  • How July 27, 1995, Changed My Life…and Got Me Back to Chitown

      July 27, 1995… A day I don’t always think about, but one I will never forget. I arrived at work at my usual time, 8:25 a.m., about 5 minutes before required. I typed in my password and received an error message. I tried again. Still an error. I called IT (or whatever the department […]

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  • Why I Dislike Photo Shoots!

        I’ve waited a long, long, long time to take another professional headshot. And I had to come to grips with why–after all, I am checking off some great career bucket list items (to the tune of a 3-book series plus more). I had to ask myself why I didn’t want to take a […]

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  • Why Publish With A Traditional House

    Why Publish With A Traditional House Last week, I shared my reasons for self-publishing. I must admit, my thought process on this has evolved as quickly as the entire publishing world. I once thought self-published books looked cheap and were “less than,” but as my post from last week will show, that is definitely not […]

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  • Why self publish your book…

    I’ve been on both sides of the publishing table…Well, it’s probably more accurate to say I’ve been on most sides of the big round table of publishing. I am currently an author of a series published by a traditional house (Hatchette/FaithWords). I was acquisitions director for children and family for 7 years at a traditional house […]

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  • Why May 27 is a significant day in my life…

    This time last year—as I struggled to get work done as I entered my 1-year-anniversary as a full-time freelancer/entrepreneur—I visited my therapist for a tune up. I’ve been a long-time supporter of sitting down and talking to a paid professional—whether you’re feeling blue or depressed, planning your next career move or marriage, or you just […]

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