Silver Tree Communications, LLC, has announced that its non-fiction book imprint Silver Tree Publishing has awarded a full contract to Charlotte-based writer and clean-living expert Jenn Baxter. This is the first book award of its kind at Silver Tree, and will begin a tradition of the company annually selecting one author and one manuscript to receive comprehensive book publishing services and book marketing at no cost to the author. The forthcoming book, Live a F.A.S.T. Life: How Stripping Down & Cleaning Up Gave Me My Life Back is due out in mid-December 2017.
When you hear the word "journal," what do you think of?
A weathered leather book with deep philosophical thoughts? A color-coded planner filled with business plans and ideas? A fuzzy pink diary with a lock that contains all your childhood dreams?
The truth is, a journal is none of these things. Or it could be all of these things! A journal, simply put, is a place to dump your brain.
Why do you need to dump your brain you ask?
Just over five years ago, I was living a pretty "typical" American life. Meaning, I had a job (or should I say jobs) that I didn't like, mounds of debt, I ate a diet that consisted of a lot of sugar, dairy, wheat & processed/convenience foods, I seemed to always be tired & sick and basically, I was just "surviving" my life everyday instead of living it.
I would wake up and go through the motions just to get through the day. But overall, the days seemed to be filled with more stress, anxiety and fatigue than they were with joy or peace.
Have you ever seen the FedEx logo?
Of course you have. But have you seen the hidden arrow in the logo? No?
Take a look again right now and see if you see it...
Do you see it? I'll give you a hint... it's between the "E" and the "x." Ahhh... yes, there it is! And now I bet you won't ever be able to look at the logo again without seeing it!
Isn't it funny how that works? Something that's been there all along, right under your nose... yet, you weren't able to see it because you were looking at it in a different way.
So often, this is true for us in life as well.
A few weeks ago, I made an appearance on a local morning show. I was on there talking about what I call "bucket list living" and giving tips for people on how they can get started living a more meaningful and exciting life, instead of putting it off until later.
It's a topic I am super passionate about. I've written about it numerous times and taught many webinars, as well as my e-course on the same topic. Yet, there I was... a nervous wreck before airtime, giving myself a stomach ache and after it was over... well, that's when the real attack started.
This first guest post of 2017 is a very special one. While attending She Speaks, a Christian writers and speakers conference for women in July of last year, I had the privilege of meeting Heather Meadows. Actually, we technically "met" several weeks before the conference, when we were matched up as prayer partners. We had exchanged a few emails leading up to the event, sharing our back stories and fulfilling prayer requests for one another. So by the time we actually met in person in the convention hallway, it's like we had known each other for years. In fact, the woman who took our photo a few moments later thought we were best friends!
It's Christmastime again and that means it's time for... Good Samaritan gift cards!
If you haven't been around my blog for the last couple years and don't know what that means, let me tell you.
Every year, I buy four or five gift cards and carry them around with me so I can give them to strangers as I feel led. They're not extravagant... usually just small amounts to Harris Teeter and Target. But to the person on the receiving end, they can mean the world. Especially when the world is full of chaos and we all could use a little more love and kindness.
When I explain the meaning of bucket list living to people, I often say, it means living the life you "live in your head" in real life.
But what do I mean by the life you live in your head?
You know, all those things that you think about doing... all the things you dream about accomplishing... the places you imagine going and the hobbies or activities you mean to start.
Routines have always been a bit of a conundrum for me.
I like (make that... LOVE) organization, lists and color-coded files, so it would only make sense that I like routines too. Except that I have never really liked having to be somewhere at a certain time or do something at a certain time (which is why I work for myself!). I would much rather accomplish things on my own time, in my own way.
But when I got struck with advanced adrenal fatigue in 2014, I really had no choice anymore.
The other day, as my friend was struggling to find the right word to describe how she felt, I interceded with a quote from my mom.
"You feel like a dishrag," I said.
What's funny is, when I said it in that moment and again when I just typed it, that makes total sense to me. But I'm guessing probably to others, notsomuch.
To "feel like a dishrag" basically means you are out of energy, kaput, done-zo. What that actually has to do with a dishrag, I have no idea. But that was just one of the many "Rose-isms" that I got used to over the years.