This month was characterized by 1) taking some big steps towards healing and 2) by work–I feel like I say this every month, but my writing career exploded this month. More on that in a minute! In between all of my work, most weeks I went to small group one evening, tutored at my nonprofit one afternoon, babysat one afternoon, and took a tap dance class.
I had some amazingly fun weekends in September. The first weekend of the month, I went to the Decatur Book Festival and heard several authors speak. Another weekend, I went to a women’s conference at my church and spent the night with Brooke; the conference spoke to exactly what I needed to hear. And another weekend, I went to Write2Ignite, a Christian writer’s conference at North Greenville University (my fave!). This conference was absolutely AMAZING. I spent time with old friends, made new friends, and learned SO much from wise Christians in my industry… and only came home with eight new books. 😉
Other fun stuff from September: hanging out with the baby my mom keeps, lunch at our friends’ house, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and dinner with Brooke, Little Women with Mom, and lunch after church and dog sitting and baseball games and Frosties with friends.
(Three different days. Apparently I only own one shirt.)
This month I’m…
Reading: Bright Lights, Dark Nights, Stephen Emond. Written in the Stars, Aisha Saeed. Nowhere Boy, Katherine Marsh. Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Jenny Han. Valiant, Sarah McGuire. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell. Save the Date, Morgan Matson. Shooting the Moon, Frances O’Roark Dowell. A List of Cages, Robin Roe. Love and Gelato, Jenna Evans Welch. These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley. 12 total.
Listening to: Take On the World, Sabrina Carpenter. Castle, Halsey. Breathe and Spring, Savannah Locke. The Way I Do, Bishop Briggs. Worst in Me, Julia Michaels. Legendary and X, Welshly Arms. Silence, Marshmello and Khalid. Survivor, 2WEI. Holy Ground, Passion. Throne Room, Kim Walker-Smith. Defender, Rita Springer. Better When I’m Dancin’, Meghan Trainor. Higher, The Score. Complicated, Mura Masa. Reckless Love, Cory Asbury. I Like Me Better, Lauv. Beat Drops, Cozi Zuehlsdorff. The Get Fit Guy Podcast.
Loving: The First Time, summer of 1999. He gives us what we need, Madyson Grace. Could Doing What You “Should” Be Hurting You?, Relevant Magazine. Trauma is Not a Life Sentence, Desiring God. Chronic Illness and the Need to Schedule Rest for Healing, Emily Lofgren.
Writing: Oh wow. Okay. I accepted a 20 hr/week job with an e-learning company that will begin October 1st. I landed my second DREAM client, FloSoftball, and did my first feature for them. I did four business profile updates, three articles on disabled parking permits, ten articles on tech/cars, and seven app reviews. I landed a marketing company client and did two blog posts for them (example). I wrote two blog posts for Ethnico Advertising, began writing for FitnessGoat, and finished editing my client’s fiction novel. I wrote a feature on preschools and proofread Georgia Family Magazine. I finished up a piece for CYC and one for InBody. I also did a ton of marketing (applied to 74 jobs, sent around 20 LOI’s, did lots of LinkedIn marketing) and learned a lot through Den 2X. I had a devotional published here and a day in my life blog post published here. And I officially 2X’d my income! Sadly, I only had a little time to edit my novel.
Grateful for: Tap dance!!! Doing cartwheels with a little girl at work, trying to decide how best to describe them in her journal. Kicking off my shoes and dancing in a parking lot late at night under twinkle lights. Being sought out in the conference bookstore and asked to sign my book when I totally wasn’t expecting it. Heart to hearts at midnight in a friend’s kitchen. Picking up my brother from school and taking him and a friend to Wendy’s so we could sit in my car and eat Frosties and fries while it rained. People who understand and validate my struggles. Getting paid to interview my favorite college softball players.
What did you do this month?