Looking Ahead to 2019

Here we are at the closing chapter of another year, with a fresh, unwritten chapter ahead of us all.

This year was a big growing year writing-wise, with lots of transition. I stepped down from my job as a copywriter with the marketing firm in August, and began teaching creative writing for a local homeschool co-op. I also have been editing regularly for a publishing house out of Tulsa, and have enjoyed powering through all sorts of manuscripts and getting them ship-shape. I didn’t realize how stressful the irregular schedule at the marketing firm was, so the balance of teaching two days a week, with a more regular schedule at home has helped my focus immensely!

Bloom Book 2 came out in September, and I was also able to release three mini devotional plans, including my first plan on YouVersion. So grateful for all these new opportunities!

As we head into 2019, here’s a sneak peek at what’s ahead for me writing-wise!

For those of you who don’t know, I’ll be turning 29 in April. 2019 will be my last year in my TWENTIES…I can hardly believe it! I’ll be doing a special blog series throughout the year looking back at the milestones and lessons learned over the last decade.

My first book baby, Change the Conversation, is getting a facelift! Be looking for a new cover design in the next couple of months!

And finally, I’ll be releasing Bloom Book 3 in the spring! After a four-year journey, this will be the final installment of the Bloom devotionals series. Book 3 is the final unfolding, so to speak, of the petals.

Girls will delve into their role as the bride of Christ and what it means to use their gifts and influence their community. The book will touch on meaningful lessons about the church and sharing the gospel and will hopefully round out the whole series. I may be the most excited about this third book!

Here’s to 2019!

Christmas Devotions Available!

Today is the day you can download your free CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL!

This plan is perfect for the whole family to work through as you prepare your hearts for this season of celebrating our Savior. There are activities and discussion questions throughout the plan so download your copy here and get started TODAY! It will take you right up until Christmas Day!

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14

BLOOM Holiday Bundle Special!

Need a thoughtful gift for your niece, granddaughter, or student? Books were (and still are!) one of my favorite gifts to give and get. So I’m offering a HOLIDAY BUNDLE SPECIAL!

You can purchase Bloom Book 1 & 2 together for $25 (regularly $30) from now until December 21. If you live in OKC, no shipping and free wrapping! Outside of OKC, shipping charges may apply.

What a great gift to help the young lady in your life start 2019 off on the right foot! Message me today if you’re interested!

When Holidays Turn Into Hairy-Days

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, Christmas will be here before we know it — folks holiday season is HERE! As we are in the midst of making plans, traveling, cooking, attending pageants and programs, expectations for what the season should be like can run at all-time highs, especially in regards toward family.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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Or something like that.

If you are looking for ways to maintain a Christ-like attitude at Christmas (and Thanksgiving), I’ve come across some helpful resources to fine tune your thinking in regards to the relationship in your lives, especially with the added pressures of the holidays surrounding us.

Whether your family is healing from trauma or making a transition, or if it’s the first holiday that (you can fill in the blank), or even if your family is in a healthy spot, we can all benefit by checking our relational toolbelt and lining up our expectations with the word of God.

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Yes, Jesus, give us strength!