🎉BIG NEWS🎉 I wrote a book! That feels so weird to say. 🤯 Okay, I’ll fill you in. Here is what I want you to know: • it’s a 30 day devotional called, “I Like Your Tenacity.” It’s designed to help you stir up hope in the middle of disappointment. • I’m self publishing next month & am not 100% sure of the date yet. I’ll let you know ASAP.😘 • I’m excited to answer your questions, give you a real look at self publishing, and of course let you help pick the cover design! We’re in this together! 🤗 This book came two years after my first attempt to write & self publish a 30 day devotional. It hasn’t been easy. It’s looked like showing up on repeat to write no matter if I was working on a project or just hashing out life with God. 📝 “I like Your Tenacity” wouldn’t be possible without guides who generously share their knowledge and love of this industry. Specifically, I’d like to say thank you to: • @hannahbrencher for her writing intensive + year of the book courses • @hopewriters for the constant encouragement and education • @realkatiewolfe for pulling the dreams in my heart to the surface and giving wisdom along the journey. Friends, I can’t wait! I’m so dang excited to get this first book baby out into the world!!🙌 #ILikeYourTenacity
Just a little late to sharing this... I had an opportunity earlier this month to speak at GOGO (girls only, guys only) night at @undchialpha about shame & then lead breakouts on dreaming with God. Here’s the wildest part that I’m so thankful for: I get to share the stories of how Jesus has encountered me and then invite others into an encounter of their own. 🙌😭😍 From releasing my testimony of being healed of panic attacks to leading people through guided prayers connecting with Jesus, it’s such an honor to get to partner with God and see Him move. Plus, college gals are such a joy to be around! 😍 Laughing & praying & crying together - they are the best!
Dear @calebalnes, Thank you for being my safe place & always making me coffee. I plan to rack up thousands of coffee dates with you over the decades we’ll spend together. Thank you for standing beside me during that dark month where I gave up coffee. I promise to never do that again unless a doctor tells me I have to. Love, Your coffee buddy ☕️ 📷: @ivanamssan #calebthelatteboy
You know how it’s said that people will always remember how you make them feel? I 100% believe that. And no, this isn’t actually a post about @calebalnes (even though he makes me feel all sorts of things 😂😉)... I’m talking about the photographer of this image @jessicalaurenphoto. These photos she took of us 2 days before we got engaged are my favorite we have. No, not just because I weighed less or even because we were all giddy and oooey gooey in love. I remember how she made us feel. I remember her contagious excitement and joy. I remember how kind and encouraging she was to us. It’s that same love for people that Jess carries not just into photography, but also into a women’s prison. She’s inspired me so much in her ability to walk into a wide variety of situations with the same desire to love people & make them feel seen & celebrated. And then she agreed to come on my podcast & open up about her process! What does it look like to be beside people in their highs and lows? How do we dream big while recognizing our privilege & the inequalities that exist? How do we trust God in our sacrifice? We cover IT ALL. Head on over to iTunes or Spotify to give it a listen - you’re gonna walk away inspired, challenged, and encouraged.🙌
Is it worth it? This is a question I’ve asked myself dozens of times. From ministry to entrepreneurship to relational hardships to faith... is it worth it? I had a conversation recently with @kristahengesh for @wildabide’a podcast and she said that the lie that often takes us OUT of running in our callings is that “it’s not worth it.” 🙋🏽♀️ Yes, that feels true in my life. TODAY I feel really tired. January has been a sprint in many ways - launching a podcast & hosting 5 workshops & working on a big writing project... it’s tempting to feel like this is a LOT of time invested into a job that doesn’t yet pay me. But it’s worth it. Not just because I believe that I’m building something that’ll pay off in the long run, but because I’m being obedient. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. It matters that we say yes to God do matter the cost. It matters that we seek first the kingdom no matter what our job title is. It matters that we love people with everything we’ve got. It’s worth it, friend. How about you? Where in your life are you tempted to doubt that it’s worth it?