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Succeeding Beyond Your Platform

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A few years ago, I was in the thick of attempting to publish my first book. Every publisher told me they loved my writing, and my book idea was just lovely, but could I please come back when I had a few more thousand people on my email list? My answer? No. No, I probably couldn’t. The truth was, I had already nearly burned myself out a few years before doing all the marketing work…

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i want you to join my book launch team!

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This is a super special post, and it’s pretty time-sensitive, so set your coffee cup down for a quick minute and GET EXCITED, because I have news that will (hopefully) make you feel like a winner. (Extra points for all the IV coffee drinkers out there who don’t have to set their cups down to focus.) Today, December 6, you have the opportunity to join my book launch team! And (here’s the first most exciting…

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when a typo reveals the story in the story

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As I sit here typing this post for Monday, it is the Friday before Thanksgiving. One of my teenage children left the house happy because the thought of a whole week off danced ahead of him like a well-deserved party. Another of my teenage children was grouchy all morning because the last day of school before a break is almost always pointless and why couldn’t he just stay home?? I have found myself wondering how…

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kanye & our drive to succeed

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And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.– Luke 5:4-6 What does a successful person look like? Does it look like…

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why you’re quite a catch

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Hi. My name is Carrie and I have been thinking about fish and nets lately. These thoughts have been the natural result of listening to Morgan’s sermon two weeks ago on Creation Care and reading  Margaret Feinberg’s book Taste & See. Both sources reference Luke 5, the story about Jesus telling the disciples to throw their net out after a long night of unsuccessful fishing. If you’re familiar with the passage, you know that in…

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living the it’s tricky Jesus life

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Yesterday, my daughter and I met my friend Kim for coffee. For context, Kim was wearing an adorable exotic, boho caftan and I was wearing black leggings, a Run DMC muscle tee, and a jean jacket. I hadn’t showered or washed my hair. Kim looked fresh and fabulous. I am very tall. Kim is not-so-tall. I am not preggo in the least. Kim has the cutest baby belly on the planet. The contrast was striking….

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would Jesus take a bubble bath?

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I’m in the season of life when you generally can get as much sleep as you want. I have no more babies or toddlers to tend in the wee hours, and I still haven’t hit menopause yet, which I hear is when your body decides that waking up at 4am is completely necessary. However, occasionally one of my teenagers wanders into my room at midnight to talk about their deep life problems like school, friends,…

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some privilege and a good California girl tan

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The Bible tells us a story of a powerful, rich, young man who asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to obey the commandments. The man said he had already done all of that. Unwittingly, he pushed through the veil of performance and legalism into the heart of God’s greatest love for him. “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor,…

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