Square UP

{Photo 299/365}  I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off today — getting unpacked, grocery shopping, kids settled in and taken care of, filling book orders, and packing again.  I leave EARLY tomorrow morning for the Relevant Conference in Harrisburg, PA — SO excited!  With that said, today I am grateful for Square…this new little tool makes my life so simple, and I’m looking for some “simple.”  I love technology, I can sell my books, The Ultimate Journey, and coaching packages so easily from my iPhone or iPad…on the fly!  Today was a great day — productive. blessed.

The Book

{Photo 293/365}  He was sure to tell me that he hadn’t finished a book since college.  I had no expectations and have no expectations for anyone to read my book, Overcoming the Nevers, I just don’t.  I understand there are many people who don’t like to read.  I understand that even if someone does enjoy reading, the title may not appeal to them.  I also understand that certain people are into fiction and not non-fiction.  Whatever the case may be, I know that the book I wrote will not appeal to everyone — there will be mixed reviews — some will love it, some will not.  My prayer for anyone, including my father-in-law, who decides to pick it up and read it is that their heart will be touched in a special way.  That’s it.  I’m grateful that he chose to pick it up.  He told my husband that he likes it. =)


Overcoming the Nevers

{Photo 286/365}  My alarm went off at 3:30 this morning; my flight departed at 6:30 — Charleston, SC bound to attend my publisher’s annual Author’s Marketing Summit.  My plan today was to get some rest once I arrived.  Massage.  Pedicure.  Shopping on King Street.  Then, a quick bite to eat before I headed to bed, early.  While I was eating alone at the hotel restaurant, I got a text message from Brooke, the Senior Editor, Publicity Manager — she was insistent about seeing me.  My text response was, “I’m a crusty mess been up since 3:30am got a massage {my hair is greasy} and I haven’t eaten yet today…”  This didn’t prevent her from stopping by.  After I gave her a BIG hug, since I hadn’t seen her in one year, she smiled and graciously pulled my book out of her bag and handed it to me.  I had NO idea I was going to get this today – truly.  In fact, the publication date was estimated to be the 15th — I was thinking I would see it next week on my door step.  But no, here it is…I’m holding it in my hands…this project, my heart, my soul has poured into.  I was speechless, still am.  Excited.  Emotional.  Happy.  Nervous.  Here I sit now, in my hotel room, just me and the book.  Reflecting.  Praying.  Joy in my heart.  Grateful for the journey.  Looking forward to what lies ahead.  {now I can start filling the “pre-orders” –> download the introduction, watch the trailer video, order the book here}

Squiggly Straw

{Photo 280/365}  I’ve been sitting at this desk working all week.  It’s been productive…I’m wrapping up loose ends.  The website is officially ready for book orders, I received my FIRST unsolicited online order today — I have no clue who the person is or how they found the page since it just went live, BUT so-very-excited! YIPEE!  Anyway, sometime you just need to grab a bright pink napkin and a squiggly straw to drink your diet Pepsi…that’s what I did…it made me smile… =)

Labor {edit} Day

{Photo 248/365}  Today I worked…had I been able to take the time over the past several days to focus on reviewing the copy edit for my book — I could’ve taken today off, after all — it IS Labor Day.  But, instead — I shelved the project to spend time with my husband and two little nuggets enjoying our last vacation of the summer.  It was worth it…we enjoyed Florida and quality time together!  This morning I got up on a mission to email the book off to the publisher before I went to bed — I started at noon, after my workout, and wrapped it up at 10:30.  Mission accomplished…one step closer to project completion.  Oh my goodness — the next time I see the book the pages will be formatted and it will actually look like a book — I can’t wait!  Happy Labor {edit} Day!


{Photo 224/365}  WOW – is all I can say as I sit here reflecting this morning about the past week.  I got my line edit back from my publisher last Thursday — since then, I read the book I wrote all the way through for the first time.  I can’t believe I’m at this stage.  Last night I finished the table of contents and the acknowledgement section <– I didn’t realize how emotional I would get writing that.  Looking back at this journey, I am SO very grateful to those who have touched my life along the way.  I took this picture while I was sipping my coffee, connecting with God, through the dirty hotel room window with my cell phone so the quality is not stellar, BUT I wanted to capture it.  I love each opportunity I get to watch a sunrise – this was B E A U T I F U L – coming up over the mountains. With each sunrise we start anew!  His mercies are N E W every morning.  blessed.


{Photo 221/365}  I picked this book up the other day at Half Price Books — I love taking the kids there to find books for, yes, half price, and I always seem to find a couple for myself too.  I decided to purchase this one because of the sub-title –> A little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick) <–  Sometimes I question if I should keep-on in certain areas of my life, and this is one of those times, perfect timing.  This little book is an easy read with a lot of  G R E A T nuggets.  Right off the bat, this got my wheels turning, “Quit the wrong stuff.  Stick with the right stuff.  Have the guts to do one or the other.”  I’ve decided that there’s some quitting that needs to be done in my world.  Not in a negative, failure, sort-of-way.  But in a positive, success driven, sort-of-way.  focus.

Creative Mind

{Photo 120/365}  She’s creative and can see the finished product; she’s got a vision.  She is talented, smart, kind, loving, compassionate, and patient.  She’s my niece.  Today we shot the trailer for my book – a promotional video.  We laughed and had a great time – I know she’s got some blackmail footage on me, ouch!  I can’t wait to see how she splices out all the silliness and pulls it together.  We wished she lived closer, but she doesn’t.  Love you Jess.  You are a bright light in the lives of many.  I’m so proud to be your auntie.


{Photo 117/365}  He doesn’t have homework on Wednesdays, it’s his rest day when he gets home from school.  When I walked into the room after not resting, I found him escaping watching Wipeout on the iPad through the ABC app we downloaded; I guess it’s pretty funny.  Seeing him chillin’ out on the couch got me thinking about rest.  How important it is for all of us and how I’m craving a season of rest.  To be specific, emotional rest is what I need.  This ‘writing a book journey’ is a journey.  I’m learning. growing. Being stretched. refined.  But, I’m ready for rest.  praying…lead me.