Tuesday, August 9, 2016
We've built quite a community here on the blogsphere, haven't we? As I look back over my blog list, those friends far and near that I check in with, as I read your posts, watch your kids grow, celebrate your new journeys...it's an amazing thing, this digital pen pal neighborhood.
Those of us who love blogging, whether we started into it early on or have recently jumped in, we get to take a peek into each other's lives, and gather fantastic ideas for home, work, fitness, cooking, decorating, organizing, and faith.
And we also have opportunities to get the word out about things that make our lives better, ideas that we are passionate about, a soap box, a platform, a microphone that gives us a voice, regardless of our season. Our digital lives have become an exceptional democratizer, an ability to have a voice in the conversation that comprises our culture.
I come to you now, my fellow blog writers and readers, asking you to consider using that voice to get the message out about my new book, Raising an Original, which is being released September 13, 2016 by Harper Collins/ Zondervan. I'd love for you to consider being part of the Launch Team, which will be selected by a drawing from applicants at the end of the week. Launch Team members will receive a free review copy of Raising an Original and we'll have some fun Facebook events, some goodies for Team members, and more! There are a limited number of slots, so please register today.
It would be an honor to have your voice involved in the launch of this book, this project that found its early steps here within this amazing blog community. Appreciate you all so much and hope you'll join me in this thing known as a book launch!
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Okay friends, warning you ahead of time that I may be like that overzealous grandmother with a thousand pictures of the new grandbaby for a while.
Not that I'm a grandmother.
Or that there is a grandbaby on the way.
But this new book feels like a new member of the family, a project that has had a long gestation and has been eagerly and nervously awaited. So as we edge ever closer to the book release date of September 13th, I may be a little over the top.
But I'm okay with that.
And I hope you are, too.
God still surprises me, and that this book found such a great home with Harper Collins/Zondervan is a precious surprise indeed.
So cue the book trailer! Don't forget to pre-order to get all kinds of awesome free goodies. And look for a few familiar faces!
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Tonight, tonight, tonight! So excited to circle up with you this evening and talk all things writing! Join me on FB Live at 7pm CST and let's discuss your questions and thoughts about writing, the writing process, creativity, the business side of publishing, and more!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
As the launch date for the release of my new book Raising An Original gets closer and closer (eeakkkk!), I've been chatting up writing and publishing and lit agents and the creative process with more and more people. So many of us have a story to tell and a book in our hearts...so how do we #justwrite? Join me this Thursday night, July 21, 2016, at 7pm at my Facebook author page for a Facebook Live session talking all things writing! I'll be sharing what my journey has looked like and will be excited to hear your questions and how your writing process is going! Can't wait to see you Thursday night!
Monday, June 27, 2016
When you're kids number seven and eight of a large tribe, there are just some things that are so much a part of the family culture that you consider as part of the norm.
Case in point.
These two have grown up with a calendar that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and spring dance recital.
It's just part of our jam.
And the picture sessions that come with said recital? Well, as homeschoolers, we don't really have that fantastically awkward and perfectly goofy collection of yearly school class pictures (which is a homeschool regret of mine~~there's something special about those school pictorials). So dance pictures are sort of our version of recording the click of the clock of another year.
What can I say? The babies of the tribe. The hip-hopper and the ballerina.
Let's take it back a few years, shall we? Just because I need another reason to binge out on chocolate.
Here we go.
Four years ago.
Might as well go for it...
My chest hurts.
So I'm renewing my view. I'm remembering to notice. To take in the moments, small and large.
And I'll keep paying for those cutesy/posed/backdropped dance pictures. Because they're our form of an hour glass. And I want to gather all the grains of sand.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The #MotheRing from Julie Lyles Carr on Vimeo.
It's always a joy when I get to speak at my home church of LifeAustin. It was an honor to speak on Mother's Day, celebrating all women in the family of God and the call we each have to mother someone in the family of God and to be mothered by someone in the family of God. Mother's Day this year happened to fall in the midst of several important writing deadlines and project details. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to get it all done, that I might let somebody down, that I might miss some details.
But I'm learning.
I'm learning to build in more margin. I'm learning to skinny, skinny, skinny down the slots on the calendar for availability for certain meetings and luncheons. I'm still not great at it. I still tend toward filling every single hour from dawn 'til dark with perceived responsibilities and tasks and urgencies.
I'm learning that preparation, solid preparation, takes time.
And I'm learning that it takes time to listen.
To listen well.
To listen to God.
To listen to what needs to come next on the manuscript, the teaching, the project.
I'm finally starting to learn that when I'm willing to do those things, when I'm willing to stand by a reasonable schedule, when I'm willing to risk not being seen as always on and always available, God gets stuff done. He just does.
So here's to continuing to learn and progress and listen.
I've got a plenty long way to go. But the lessons are sweet.