Season of rest

Me speaking at The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes women's conference, Overland Park, KS
Me speaking at The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes women’s conference, Overland Park, KS

I haven’t been here for awhile. Just life happenings. 

This year I did what I believe God wanted me to accomplish:

  • Just Write! No Excuses Summer Virtual Bootcamp for aspiring authors. A 4 week virtual training in the summertime. Nineteen students signed up. They loved the support, prayers and accountability in the Facebook private group and sharing their writing on the live calls each week. I’m thinking of having this bootcamp quarterly each year since it was such a success. I can’t wait to read their books after they write them! This bootcamp was for beginning non-fiction and fiction writers. I loved reading what they were working on and seeing them connect and get to know each other better, encouraging each other, in the Facebook group. 
  • The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes women’s conference. When I flew to Manitoba, Canada to speak at my friend Doreen Penner’s women’s retreat, I shared about the story of Cinderella and her glass slippers – walking in your unique shoes. This is now my signature talk. This year I hosted my own women’s conference in Overland Park, KS doing this speaking presentation. Fifteen women in all, and God’s presence was there. It was so much fun. It’s the first time I’ve had vendors at an event (Origami Owl, Thirty-One Gifts, and an authors’ book table) The DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park was a beautiful venue and I plan to have more events there in the future. Their staff was wonderful and the lunch they served us was delicious. Ray saw some cute shoe chocolate and vanilla cupcakes online and our daughter Heather ordered them at HyVee -yummy. The women were blessed and encouraged.
  • The Advanced Writing Camp. This 4 week virtual training in October was the follow-up to the Just Write! No Excuses Virtual Bootcamp. My job was to motivate the writers to FINISH their book, conquering the 3 P’s that hinder or stop writers from writing or finishing their book: perfectionism, procrastination, and other pitfalls (distractions, social media, entertainment, busyness, writers’ block, writer’s envy, etc.) I may also offer this training every other quarter in 2015.
  • Wrote and self-published my book Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love. The world promises you so many things, but leaves you empty. Sex. Success. Money. Alcohol. Drugs. Education. Entertainment. Being the best spouse or parent. You’ve tried many different things that the world offers and promises to give you happiness, but they’ve left you unsatisfied. always searching, never finding what you’re looking for. But there is One whose promises you can count on and who will fulfill you: God. His promises are for real and forever. Click here to learn more and buy the book. Get Christmas shopping done early; give the gift of my book to your family and friends. It will bless them!

 I’m now taking Doreen Penner’s 3 week coaching group, Finding the Real You, to reveal and release what God has placed inside you to do and to step into your potential. It’s about discovering your brilliance, what makes you unique and have to offer the world. I’m excited about being part of it.

Doreen Penner
Speaker/Author/Coach Doreen Penner


Our first call was last night and I was taking lots of notes. Doreen is an anointed speaker, and she always makes you think with her questions. She is a “heart-interpreter,” able to sense and draw out what is in your heart. She also happens to be my prayer and accountability partner each week – I just love her. It’s not too late to sign up. Last night’s call was recorded, so you’ll get it in an email. Just click here

Yesterday I sent in a chapter for a new book writing project, in which I’m a contributing author. I’m waiting to hear back from the editor. I can’t wait to tell you more about it!

Other than that, I’m now in a season of rest. Just being still and listening to God, and allowing Him to refill and refresh me and to tell me the next step. 

Woman writing in field with mountains
Woman writing in field with mountains

What are you working on now in your writing? Leave your comments below.

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Creative Christians Network on writing

Woman at laptop
Woman at laptop

I was recently honored that my recording artist/speaker/minister/author friend Naima Johnston Bush invited me to join her Facebook group and share about motivation to write your book.

I wanted to give you the tips I shared in the forum this morning:

How many people have you heard say, “I want to write a book” (including yourself)?
How many of those people actually write a book? Very few, if any, right?

It’s not because they have nothing to say. I believe everyone has an exciting story inside
of him or her, just bursting to come forth! Your story matters!

One way to do that is to write a book.
You can write a book about your life story or anything, on any topic you desire.

The book can be fiction or non-fiction. It can be short (a 20-page ebook, which only
takes a few weekends to write) or it can be a novel (at least 50,000 words that takes a year to write).

The book can be traditionally published (like with Thomas Nelson Publishers) or
self-published, which is a rapidly growing industry that is changing the face of publishing.

Your book can be a printed book (there’s nothing more exciting than holding your “baby” in your own 2 hands!)
or a downloadable ebook which people can view on their Kindle Fire, Ipad, smart phone, or laptop.

You have many options to get your important message out there and for your unique voice to be heard.
But that will never happen unless you actually WRITE YOUR BOOK!

Naima asked me to share about motivating the people in this forum to write his or her book.
I’m honored she invited me to be here and thought it was a great idea, to motivate myself, too! 🙂

How do you get started to write a book? Recently I hosted a webinar on this topic. First, you get
a vision for your book.

Ask yourself – and answer – these questions:

*Did God tell you to write this book? What is your motive for writing it? If you want to write
a book to get rich and famous, then choose another career! :O There *are* some writers who
become rich and famous, but overnight successes are rare. It can take years to build a
successful writing career.

*What do you want to write about? The story of your childhood abuse, and how God has used it
to minister to many women? Your family’s history? A fiction story about a girl who’s a drug
addict and prostitute, who becomes saved and rescues drug addicts? An ebook for event planners?

*Will the book be fiction or non-fiction?

*Will the book be printed or in a downloadable ebook format?

*Who is the book for – your audience?

*Maybe you are a very creative type or extremely busy.
Do you want to write the book yourself or have a VA or other assistant write (type) it for you?

Now you can get started. Just start braindumping! JUST WRITE. As Nike says, JUST DO IT!

Write down ideas about your book – thoughts swooping at you like a hawk with sharp eyes.
Character names. That intriguing comment you heard at the coffee shop that struck you and you knew you
had to use it in your book. Descriptions of the ocean waves, salt smell, and warm sun on your face the
summer you were 15. The smell of bacon and coffee in the morning when you had breakfast with
your husband. The terrible fight you had with an in-law. An amazing quote. Ideas, like chocolate in your mouth.

Just write and don’t edit it.

Use a journal, cute stationery, Hello Kitty sticky notes, a napkin at a restaurant, the back of a bill’s
envelope, anything to just jot down those creative ideas brewing in your mind. Braindump. Yes, dump it all out
until you’re empty and spent. Keep pen and paper by your bed, when the ideas suddenly wake you up at 3 a.m.
Use your smart phone’s recorder to record your thoughts as you’re running errands or driving somewhere.

You can use bullet points, lists, mind maps. Just keep writing ideas for your book. These will form the
skeleton, or framework, of your outline later.

This should get you started.


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Summer fun

Woman relaxing on hammock at beach
Woman relaxing on hammock at beach

I’ve been super busy the last 6 months, between planning and hosting the RELEASED Women’s Conference in Kansas City, moving to our new beautiful home, and wrapping up coaching a client.

I finally have my new office organized. Yay, feels so good!

Now I’m praying for God to show me my next step in speaking and writing.

I’m now booking speaking engagements for fall and winter 2013 and throughout 2014, so if you are an event planner or you know someone who needs a speaker for their women’s event, email me at

Meanwhile, for relaxation I’m reading Lysa Terkeust’s book, Who Holds The Key To Your Heart?

What new books are you reading this summer?

Don’t forget to take time out this summer for fun in the sun with your family and friends! But don’t forget the sunscreen! 🙂

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