on writing

When You Want to Quit

Discouragement gathers like storm clouds on the horizon. When the early morning sun breaks through the slits in the blinds, I fight the desire to bury myself deeper under the covers. I am exhausted and spent. I have little to show for my pursuit of God’s call on my life except dark circles under my eyes and a pile of neglected laundry in the corner of my room. I am on the lookout for big [Read more...]

4 Important Lessons from My Ambitious 2015 Goals

I set goals every year. This is the first year I shared them publicly. I chronicled my progress every month, the highs and the lows. I’d rather not do this run down of my ambitious list of goals for 2015. It always feels better to share huge successes than epic failure. But, here it is, along with a few things I learned about setting goals this year. First, a quick rundown of my December [Read more...]

Four Reasons to Write What Has Already Been Written

A few days after I carefully crafted and published my very first blog post, I sat down to read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. My stomach sank as I read her wise, published, people-pay-for-this words. My post mirrored so much of what she said in that book. We even used the same running analogy, the detail so similar I was afraid I would be nabbed for plagiarism. The clouds of doubt [Read more...]

Five Favorite Charities

Despite my kids’ daily begging, our bowl of Halloween candy isn’t empty yet. But you know it is coming, don’t you? The music in the store is tuned to sleigh bells and silent nights. Turkeys fill the freezer section at the grocery store. My inbox is full of super sales and special pricing. We will spend the next several weeks remembering all we are thankful for and purchasing [Read more...]

Turn Your Passion into Cash

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a school bus driver. I rode my bike around our neighborhood, stopping at all the houses. I would open the pretend door and wait for my pretend passengers to find their seat. I made the route often, dreaming of driving of such a fine, yellow vehicle. I’m not sure why I was fascinated with the idea. The thought of that many children sitting behind me [Read more...]

Teetering Between Anxiety and Adventure

This is a sentimental time of year for me. One year ago, on the morning of my 37th birthday, I wrote my very first blog post. I didn’t publish it. I just held it in storage as I worked my way through blogging tutorials trying to figure out the technical side of things. One year ago, I decided to be a writer. Or call myself a writer. Or write. I can’t quite figure out the semantics of [Read more...]

Five Open Tabs

For today’s #FridayFive, we are sharing open tabs. Can I be real in this space? I thought about being super-spiritual and tracking down 5 profound blog posts for you to read. It would help build my case for being awesome. Instead of being awesome, I decided to be real. Facebook and Twitter are a given. I considered an essay on the positive and negative side of social media. It has been [Read more...]

Let Go of Stinking Excuses

Everyone dreams. Sit down in the quiet with a cup of coffee and allow your mind to wander. Where does God take you? What dream has He put in your heart? A little over a year ago, I took some time to dream. Guided by Pathway to  Purpose by Katherine Brazelton, I allowed myself to dream God-sized dreams. I dreamed of writing. I dreamed of discipling women. I dreamed of extending my reach beyond my [Read more...]

Five Soul Fillers

In the early days of motherhood, I didn’t think much about the gas tank of my soul. I gave a lot and then wondered why I felt empty all the time. After reading Jessica Turner’s The Fringe Hours, my eyes were opened to the great need to gauge my soul’s tank. Giving too much without taking the time to refuel leaves me tired, frustrated, and sometimes just plain ugly. For [Read more...]

I Gave My Name Away

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. (Isaiah 43:6-7) I stood in the registration line with a handful of eager women, waiting to receive my conference notebook and name tag. This was one of those “I am a writer” moments–my first writers’ conference! Over 700 women converged on [Read more...]