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Bring It On! Kick Off the Christmas Season With These 7 Hope-Filled Thoughts

Ahh. December. Are you in prep mode yet? Is the tree up? Have you decked your halls? Started baking? Finished shopping? Oh, my goodness---if you've done all that, you get the gold star today. Well done, friend! Two out of four for me. Still... Over our way, the air hums with excitement as we create a new normal for the next 23 days. Today, amidst the busyness and schedule-jostling, I thought it only fitting to pause for a few moments and reflect upon the season. Let's think about this holiday and its significance. Let's remember why we celebrate it. The birth of our Savior is no small thing. For some, Christ's birth is shoved to the back burner due to "priorities." To-do lists overwhelm. For others, the meaning's lost in life's muddiness and heartache. Perspective diminishes. So does the joy. Then are the folks who once cared, perhaps, but their hope bank's tapped out, and indifference has nipped at their heels and settled in their bones. Maybe you know someone like that. Maybe
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Bring It On! Kick Off the Christmas Season With These 7 Hope-Filled Thoughts

Social Media Etiquette: Let’s Review

In light of some new trends (and recycled old ones) we're seeing in social media, today I thought a refresher might be in order. Kick back. Relax. Sip some joe. Ready? Let's talk turkey. In today's brave, new world where endless memes and selfies are the order of the day, we're seeing unprecedented over-the-top marketing. For instance---recently, I received an e-mail that made a poor impression. The wording was veiled in polite courtesies, but the overall (and probably well-intentioned, but missed-the-mark) message was this: "As you know, I'm so-and-so. I've sold ___ # of books and I'd like to invite you to be part of my good friend, author so-and-so's, street team. His book is releasing on this date: xxxxx. If this is something that appeals to you, please let us know immediately so we can get the book to you for your perusal." Hmm. Let's see. I'll take the high road here, so I'm going to be vague. In fact, I've used "his" purely in the generic
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Social Media Etiquette: Let’s Review

10 Reasons I’m Thankful

Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving to you, my friend! Yes, I realize I'm a day early, but today as we reflect on this season of thankfulness, I wanted to wish you and yours a joyous, stress-free, hope-filled holiday---one that brings a smile and a tender thought or two. Wouldn't it be nice if we celebrated the state of Thanksgiving the whole year through? I believe the world would, indeed, be a better place for it. We might be more gracious. More humble. More willing to contribute. Inflated egos and harsh rhetoric would take a back seat to empathy and kindness. It's a beautiful thought. While life might never be what we'd like, we can still look toward the ideal. We can reach beyond pettiness and differences and mark time by counting our blessings, not others' infractions. For just a few moments, let's try. Let's visualize good things and all we hold dear. Ready? I'll start. 10 Reasons I'm Thankful   I'm thankful for God---for His moment by moment grace as I fumble
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10 Reasons I’m Thankful

10 Ways Writers Give Thanks

As is often the case during holiday busyness, sometimes, gratitude gets shoved to the back burner as we power through shopping, cooking, chores, and ahh yes---writing. It's one of those unintentional slights, ironic that it may be, given this season of thankfulness. We know, but we don't do. Today I thought it fitting to share reminders---simple, heartfelt ways we, as writers, can bless other writers. In celebration of Thanksgiving next week, it's time for a gratitude roll call. Enjoy and pay it forward!   10 Ways Writers Give Thanks     1. Remember where we got our start. Thank those who’ve been influential during our journey and extend a word of encouragement to others who aren't as far down the road.   2. Maintain a willing spirit and a servant’s heart. The writing life isn’t easy. Making it less about us and more about others will not only renew our spirits, but it will reflect in our writing, as well.   3. Generate positivity. Be a beacon, not a burden. Release your light and invite friends to join you.
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10 Ways Writers Give Thanks

Don’t Let Fear Stop You ~ Dream Big

If you've followed this blog for a while, you know I'm a glass half-full thinker. I dream big. I weigh the realities and set goals within reason. I pray. I plan. I strategize. And then there's this--- I dream bigger. Over the years, I’ve often thought about dreams. In fact, I’ve blogged about them, too. Certainly, as a writer, my pursuit began with the tiny glimmer of a dream. The dream languished as months slid into years and years into decades. It all but withered away as a long, bone-chilling season blew in and took up residence. Then life changed. I shifted careers. I left my area of expertise in favor of sunnier paths. My kids grew older. No longer did I have one in diapers and another in middle school. No longer did we live in and out of hospitals and ERs like we once had (more on that here). At last, the fresh, clean breeze of opportunity seemed to blow my way. I explored new goals. I made the
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Don’t Let Fear Stop You ~ Dream Big

Meet Cindy

A hopeless romantic, wife, mother, lover of the Ozarks, and passionate follower of Jesus. And that’s just for starters…
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