Ask an Author: C. S. Lakin

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, being a published author is my dream job. Ten years ago, when I first started writing, authors were my rock stars. Now, I still squee on the inside, but I’m way better at taming my idol worship into a poker face. I’ve also met a few. Turns out, they’re a lot like you and me. At the beginning of my brave year, I noodled the idea of a six-week series interviewing authors. Fun, right? The rest is history. And today, I’m interviewing C. S. Lakin. … More Ask an Author: C. S. Lakin

Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter

Until three years ago, I couldn’t understand why people hated the holidays. I got it in theory. No family, bad memories, loss, loss, loss. Of course it sucked for those people, but I still had my family and life was lovely.

Now I get it.

But can I tell you how tired I am of the sting of loss during what should be happy times? … More Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter

Ask an Author: Dennis Ricci

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, being a published author is my dream job. Ten years ago, when I first started writing, authors were my rock stars. Now, I still squee on the inside, but I’m way better at taming my idol worship into a poker face. I’ve also met a few. Turns out, they’re a lot like you and me. At the beginning of my brave year, I noodled the idea of a six-week series interviewing authors. Fun, right? The rest is history. And today, I’m interviewing Dennis Ricci. … More Ask an Author: Dennis Ricci

Ask an Author with Jeff Gerke

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, being a published author is my dream job. Ten years ago, when I first started writing, authors were my rock stars. Now, I still squee on the inside, but I’m way better at taming my idol worship into a poker face. I’ve also met a few. Turns out, they’re a lot like you and me. At the beginning of my brave year, I noodled the idea of a six-week series interviewing authors. Fun, right? The rest is history. And today, I’m interviewing Jeff Gerke. … More Ask an Author with Jeff Gerke

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit

I’m disconnected from my body.

Settle down. I’m not practicing astro travel or having out-of-body experiences. I’ve just disconnected, disassociated. I don’t listen to its basic needs. I don’t rest it. I don’t feed it right. I push it to exhaustion, then drink caffeine to get more done. I stress it out. And I work it too much.

Then, I get mad at it when it gets sick. … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit

Acts of Bravery Guest Post: Sharing Your Faith Even When It’s the Size of a Mustard Seed

Meet Markita!

Markita makes life more fun. She really is the life of the party. Case and point? Just ask her, she’ll make a dance video for a song of your choice on your birthday (I’d post one, but I swore to keep them off social media. Alas, for you.). If she loves you—which she will, because Markita loves everyone—she will cheerleader you until her dying breath. I mean, she starts her post with a quote from my book. (So many pom-poms!) Love you, friend! … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: Sharing Your Faith Even When It’s the Size of a Mustard Seed

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #1 Taking Your Power Back

You know all those “shoulds” in life? The ones constantly pulling at you? You should eat healthy. You should exercise. You should clean the house. You should volunteer more at the kids’ school. You should make more time for your friends. You should fix that relationship. You should do (fill in the blank) to make so-and-so happy. Shoulding gives away power. … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #1 Taking Your Power Back

Acts of Bravery Week 8: Anger. How Wallowing in the Mud is Healthy

I’m about to get vulnerable. Flay myself open on the page kind of vulnerable. I tried journaling—alone, safe, hidden—but the words wouldn’t come. I needed the keys beneath my fingers. I knew whatever came out, I need to share with the world. So here goes . . . … More Acts of Bravery Week 8: Anger. How Wallowing in the Mud is Healthy

Acts of Bravery Week 7: How Baby Steps Stomp On Those Nasty Lies

Looking back on the last two months of bravery, it’s been the small, incremental, steady steps forward that have made all the difference in the world. Sure certain brave acts are more glamorous, but I would never have reached them if I didn’t fail. If I didn’t stretch. If I didn’t whine and cry and feel overwhelmed. … More Acts of Bravery Week 7: How Baby Steps Stomp On Those Nasty Lies