Monday, December 9, 2019

The Secret to a Life of Power // Seminar Notes


My notes from a Dwayne Lemon seminar (in bold)

At a convention last August, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar entitled “The Secret to a Life of Power.” Sounds interesting, right? 

Well, I took some notes at that seminar, and I thought I’d do a post about some of the things that stood out to me.

~James 1:22-25 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, an is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” 

These verses in the Bible are encouraging us to be doers of the the word and not only hearers. Doers of the word? What does that mean? To me, it means walking the walk and not just talking the talk. It means actually doing acts of love instead of just talking about it. Actively following the Bible and not just preaching it. It’s following Jesus’ example and living the Word. Doers of the word, and not hearers only.

~What are you doing with what you have?

Dwayne Lemon posed this question, and it gave me pause. What am I doing with the talents and resources I have? I think it is good to ponder such a question and really examine what we are doing in our walk with Jesus and how we are showing others love. God gives us so many opportunities each day, and sometimes we let them pass by because we get so wrapped up in ourselves, life is just too “busy,” it’s too awkward, out of the comfort zone, etc. Whatever the case or excuse may be, sometimes we let these rare opportunities—to share our faith or to act out our faith—just slip by. That’s why it is important to do a reality check every now and then and really ask ourselves what we are doing with what we have.

Then he went on to say.

~It’s not as much what how much you know, but how much you do with what you know.

To me, this means: you don’t have to be perfect and extremely knowledgeable for God to use you. 

You don’t have to become a pastor or have a leadership role in the church to share God’s love and be God’s hands and feet. Sure, if it is your calling to take on those roles in the church or even in other areas of life, follow God’s guidance. But know that a title isn’t what you need to shine a light for those around you. God can use you right here and right now. He can use your imperfections and even these obstacles you face this very minute. If you let Him, He can turn your messes into beautiful ones. Acting on this faith is crucial.

~God wants us to search our hearts. God doesn't require a perfect person to do a perfect work in witnessing to others.

^^ Exactly what I was trying to explain above! None of us are perfect, but God's work is perfect, and He has given us each a unique calling. 

~We are all on the road. Everyone has a different journey. 

Just as we all have unique callings, we also have different journeys. Everyone is on this road, and everyone is going through something different. And that is so important to keep in mind when we catch ourselves trying to fit into boxes or trying to make others fit into boxes.

~There should be a higher goal in our workplace. 

What you do for work shouldn’t just be for the money. Obviously, money helps pay the bills and puts food on the table, but what if you used this time you had at work (even when it's not the work you want to be doing. Even if you are in a season of transition between jobs, etc) what if you used this time to smile at a stranger, or pray for a coworker? God is calling you to be a witness and love others now. Right now, not when the stars align for you to get the perfect job.

So we seem to have gone off topic, what is the secret to a life of power? 

~The gospel is the answer. 

Sharing about Jesus our Savior and following His example is what truly matters if we desire a life of power. There is power in the blood of Jesus. 

~The Bible is our map. The Bible is the knowledge, but what are we doing about it? 

Christians are given a map as a guide. The Bible has so much knowledge in it, but sometimes we don’t study like we thirst for that knowledge. Sometimes we just let our Map collect dust on our nightstand. What are we truly doing with the knowledge we were given? 

We are all guilty of not studying out Bibles. One of the saddest things I’ve realized in my own Christian walk is that sometimes I don’t read my Bible for weeks, only to open it up to search for a Bible verse I had in mind to share on social media. Every time I feel like such a big hypocrite. But you know what, my Christian walk isn't perfect. In fact, it’s very flawed. But God forgives our mistakes and is right by our side through each rough patch when we don't necessarily feel like we have a good relationship with our Heavenly Father. 

~”having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3:5

I know for sure that I do not want to be comfortable with just a form of godliness. I don’t want to deny the power of God. But sometimes we do get comfortable and then we are never pushed to improve. We become desensitized to a “form” of godliness.

And that's when we really need to sit down and reprioritize some things.

~Jesus had the power of the Holy Spirit and was a witness to others. Acts 1:8

If Jesus lives in your heart. If we have opened up our hearts and surrendered our dreams into His hands, then God will give us a life of power. Maybe not how the worlds sees power, but how it truly matters. 

~Be like Jesus, not others who seem powerful. What you see in Jesus, others should see in us.

Jesus is our example and when we follow His guidance then His light will shine through us and touch other hearts. 

~When you’re full of something (Jesus) there is no room for anything else. 

Let Jesus be our focus. So that we can nurture a relationship with Him. And if we have that relationship and focus, when we pray, we will feel close to Him and our connection will be stronger than any storm we might face.

~My peace I leave with you.

In all this chaos, God promises us peace. His peace. His peace is a powerful tool when everything seems like it’s falling apart. What a awesome promise!

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So those we're a few of my take away's from that seminar. I hope some of these points gave you food for thought. Have a blessed day, and know that God loves you so much! <3 

Do you like taking notes? Lets talk about it in the comments below!






Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Girl, there is so much more to you than just your hair...


To the girl 
who said she wouldn't be pretty 
without her hair, 

I want to shake you by your shoulders right now and tell you that there is SO much more to you than just your hair. You ARE pretty. And you ARE special. So stop comparing yourself to that one girl.

Don't let her words--only mirroring her own insecurities--affect you so much. God made you unique. And whoever told you that your appearance is what matters anyway? You don't need a nose job to be pretty. You don't need to fit into a size zero to be pretty. True beauty is way underneath those layers of makeup. True beauty is deep down in your heart. There is so much more to you than just your hair.

If you let what others say define you, than you will get crushed. The world can be cruel and heartless, but when you realize that who you are in Christ is what defines you, then you will see that there is so much more to you than just your hair. 

Why try so hard to blend in when you were made to shine? Why are you wanting to fit into a box labeled "barbie doll" when there is so much more to you than just your hair?


Pretty by Lauren Alaina 

You spend an hour on your hair

And you can't find a thing to wear at all

You pile that makeup on real thick

Trace outside the lines of your thin lips

'Cause they ain't big enough

All the other girls are thinner
So you skip another dinner
You tell yourself it's for your health
What's the matter with this picture?
Girl, deep down you know better
Beautiful is who you are

When no one's watching, it's your heart

That should be the one to tell your story

'Cause the rhythm that it's beating is your glory

The truth inside you can't erase 'cause

It ain't written on your face
There's no difference between a mirror and a liar because
Pretty is as pretty does, does
You've got hopes and you've got dreams

But you've been hiding them behind the scenes, oh yeah

But pretty cares and pretty loves

And I'm pretty sure you're more than just skin deep, oh

Them high heels won't get you higher

Let your kindness be a fire burning bright
You're the light
Beautiful is who you are

When no one's watching, it's your heart

That should be the one to tell your story

'Cause the rhythm that it's beating is your glory

The truth inside you can't erase 'cause

It ain't written on your face
There's no difference between a mirror and a liar because
Pretty is as pretty does, does, pretty does

...

So next time you believe the lie that you wouldn't be pretty without (fill in the blank) 
know that is exactly what it is: a lie. You ARE pretty. You ARE special. 

To the girl 
who believes she wouldn't be pretty 
without her hair,

Remember this... The song didn't say beautiful is how you look, it said: Beautiful is who you ARE. When know one is watching. It's your heart that should be the one to tell your story.

Girl, there is so much more to you than just your hair...

***Post inspired by something I heard on TV***







Monday, December 2, 2019

Life Happenings & I'm Back // WOW


ASDFGHJKL!! I'm back!!! And boy, do I have lots of "life happenings" to talk about! Today's post is going to be similar to a wrap-up post (same concept) but in a different format...

Without further ado: my November Recap!

~I Had a Birthday~
Just for all you younger girls who think nineteen is such a big number, trust me, it doesn't feel like it now that I've arrived. How this will be my second year as a "adult" is beyond me...
But, hey, turning nineteen wasn't as scary as I thought it would be! I celebrated my birthday by having "chicken" dumplings with 7-layer salad and apple dumplings for dessert! It was a lovely birthday, and special in many ways. Special thanks to those of you who sent me b-day gifts, messages, etc. Y'all. are. the. sweetest! <33

~Hot chocolate~
Believe it or not, hot chocolate has actually played a huge role in my November! Not only is it delicious (especially how my sisters make it) but it also has that Fall/Winter #vibe! I may or may not have taken a multitude of "Hot Cocoa" pics! ;)

~Video Chats~
I kinda sorta FaceTimed with a blogging bestie for three whole HOURS! Then two hours the next week! And then a third time a couple weeks after that! #scheming #bookshelftours #funtimes

~Sister Staycation~
Mom and Dad had a weekend trip and us girls stayed home to hold down the fort. We did face masks, movie marathons, built horse fencing, you know, the typical things that three sisters do. And of course, made sure the animals were cared for... and tried to keep the house mostly clean.

~It SNOWED!~
It snowed for the first time this year! And the snow came super early for us! It looked like a winter wonderland out there, and we scrambled to get all out winter gear from the attic in time. Course, now it's just muddy...

~Soapmaking~
I'm trying to have enough stocked up for Christmas time, my busiest soap selling season!

~Writing~
Hmm, I'm not sure what to say under this category. A huge part of my hiatus was to get more focused on my writing, and I feel like I have. But I'm also discouraged. It's almost as if I want this too bad, and God is asking me to be patient. With myself. With my writing. So, I didn't reach the Nano goal, or my personal goal for that matter. But I did make a pretty good sized dent in my story, and I am thankful for that. Nano didn't go like I thought it would, but I truly believe that with a little perseverance, I can write a story that will make a impact. I just gotta learn to stop beating myself up about not being fast enough at writing. My words might not be the best quality in the first draft, but giving up this dream is not a option.

With that said, no snippets yet. Sorry, maybe someday... :)

~Shopping Spree~ 
 My mom, two sisters and I went into big town for a day of shopping (as part of my birthday gift...) We had lots of fun and I got bell bottom jeans and winter boots! <3

~Car Wreck~
I was in my first car accident, and I am so thankful God protected us. We were on our way home from  shopping when at a intersection, a car t-boned a truck that hadn't stopped for a stop sign. We were slowing down to turn, and after both vehicles hit each other, they both came slamming into our Ford. Both other vehicles had to be towed away and their air bags had gone off. Thankfully, everyone was ok, but one lady had to be taken to the hospital. It was very scary, I will admit. But God kept us safe.

~Baptisms at Church~
On Sabbath, three people made the decision to be baptized!

~Escape Room~
This was my second time doing a escape room/break out room and we had a blast! And it was my first time we had actually made it out! We celebrated by going out to eat. :)

~I met a blogger friend in REAL LIFE!!!!~
ASDFGHJKL!!!! Like, whaaa? Who am I? Surely not my mom's shyest daughter who would have never even dreamed about meeting online friends! This year, I have learned to step outside of my comfort zone...a lot, and God has done some wonderful things for me because of it! Meeting with this lovely was such a great out-of-the-blue opportunity and I was so glad we got the chance to meet and spend the day with each other! We had a really fun time with her and her fam!

~Babysitting~
I got a babysitting job once a week watching three boys while their moms are in a Women's Bible Study at church. We do lots of fun stuff like active games and then crafts (and don't forget the snacks!)

~New Phone~
My old phone wasn't working right, so we ended up getting a new one! (but now I have to figure out a new phone, which I get a bit frustrated when I can't figure out why it won't let me comment on blogs! *headdesk*)

Also, because of this reason, I can't do a photo dump as I had planned. Hopefully I can figure out how to transfer some of my pictures on my old phone... sorry abt that!

~Playlists~
On said new phone, I'm starting to build my playlists! It's been a lot of fun! Feel free to recommend to me some or your favorite songs!

~Thanksgiving~
Thanksgiving this year was AMAZING! We had the best food ever! All I can say is, my mom, auntie, and nannie sure know how to cook/bake! After our Thanksgiving meal, we had some awesome family time... we played games, and did karaoke in the living room. The next day, we did a scavenger hunt (a tradition) and then went and watched Playing With Fire. Btw, its a hilarious movie! :)

~5K Race~ 
My family and some friends participated in a Turkey Trot 5k as well as celebrated my nannies birthday! It was so much fun. <3

How was your November? Anything new happen around the blogosphere while I was away? I hope you are staying warm and having a great December so far! 
I can't believe in one month it will be 2020! :)






Wednesday, October 30, 2019

October Wrap-Up Post // Hiatus Notice



Wrapping up October already? Craziness!


➳Bookmail!!! I received both Freedom and Beloved!➳Designed a Fall Barn Party invitation➳Made amazing Mediterranean burgers from scratch!➳Took a dog photo shoot➳FROZEEN HOT CHOCOLATE DRINKS (hey, its never too cold for my favorite drink!*winks*)➳Country Roads are my fav➳Flip the coin which direction we should go ➳Its always a adventure with the sisters➳Face mask selfies #goodtimes ➳Got two giveaway prizes in the mail!!➳Funny face pictures with lil sis➳Chiropractor➳Chinese food➳Early workouts at the gym (trying to get back in habit!)➳NanoWriMo Prep➳I'm a amateur at outlines... send help!➳Pink cotton candy skies ➳Morning dew glistening in the sun makes the perfect picture➳Soap packaging!➳Getting ready to start a Etsy shop!!➳(btw, go check out my new page on the blog Winds of Faith Co.➳Went hiking➳Carried moms dog, Tucker➳Texting convos that I screenshot➳Pretty views on the hiking trails (or off the trails)➳Fall leaves changing colors➳Apple cinnamon pancakes!➳Cleaned my room and reorganized bookshelves➳Went to the Amish auction and got a ton of mums and pumpkins➳Like, a car full of flowers! And truck bed full of pumpkins!➳I was the guinea pig with moms new hair curlers(Pictured below)➳More Nano preparation➳Planting our small fall garden in thee hoop house➳Got garlic in the mail that we will plant soon➳Found a baby snapping turtle! So cute!➳Fall barn Party=lots of planning➳Made three crock pots of chili➳Cleaned/decorated the barn➳Candy pit➳Hayrides➳Bounce Houses➳Doughnuts➳Apple cider➳After that, we decided to go raw for 7 days (yeah)➳Equine dentist➳Building horse fencing➳Putting up gates with Papa➳Thrift store shopping➳Um, my 19th birthday is in 3 days... can't believe it➳



➳At studio C videos (not the new ones...)➳In the bounce house➳At my cousin's dog, Petey➳He's adorable and goofy➳At my sisters➳The funny selfies we come up with➳Like, who even needs funny filters...➳When the sweet little older lady at the grocery store sneaks you a mini Twix bar➳When I took a huge gulp of water and then realized it was a old water bottle that had sat in the car for a while... not to mention it was lemon water... and it looked like there was a floating mouse because my sister had put her peppermint tea bag in it... so yeah, I spit it out the window pretty fast...XD➳At the fact that I don't feel like I should be 19 in 3 days!➳


➳My family and the way we stick together➳Our animals and the joy they bring us➳The fall leaves on our property➳A good book that makes me smile➳The memories➳The "good" days➳When I have deep convos➳I'm just thankful for the ability to write because its one of those things that I don't feel like I'm necessarily good at, but I have a calling that's stronger than my doubt in myself➳


➳To surrender➳To be myself and to actually like me➳That 99% of the time, social media doesn't portray "real" life➳Don't take for granted the ones closest to you➳God works in mysterious ways, but never distrust His ways➳His ways are always higher➳Seasons change in not only the weather➳Be intentional and know your "why"➳Don't stop and don't give in to doubt➳To stop putting myself down➳To say no to things that will just overwhelm me further➳That raw food is hard to make a menu plan for➳Sometimes it takes endurance even when your tired of it➳

Not-So-Mini Photo Dump:


^^ A small photo shoot of Beloved...


^^ Charlie is a sweetheart! 


^^ Flip a coin and drive


^^ Face masks with the sisters! 


^^ Moon Child Goats Milk Soap


^^ Tranquility "Lavender" Bath Salts


^^ At the auction 


^^ Pumpkins!!


^^ The curlers worked! 


^^ Nano Prep


^^ Planting spinach and lettuce


^^ Gotta have funny faces XD


^^ YUM


^^ Lots of chili! 


^^ Putting in a gate for the fencing with Papa

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Hiatus Notice: I have decided to really plunge myself into my writing this Nano, and because of that, I'm taking some things off my plate. I will be taking a hiatus from blogging for the month of November. I know this will help me focus more on my writing, even though I wish I could keep blogging. But with that said, I'm hoping to come back in December fresh and ready to continue blogging! Thanks for understanding. And I hope y'all have a wonderful November!

How was your October? What is one thing God has been teaching you? Have you ever put in horse fencing? What is your favorite soap scent? Are you going to do NanoWriMo? 
Lets chat in the comments below! <3 





Monday, October 28, 2019

COVER REVEAL!



Good Morning, Friends! Today I am very excited about being apart of a Cover Reveal team for Kassie's new book! Once I read this books synopsis, I knew I had to be apart of spreading the news and the cover around the blogosphere! But before you can see the cover, you will need to read the synopsis for yourself! 


The synopsis:

Some scars can't be seen. And some can't be hidden.

Layla Trent's life is pretty much perfect, except for the little matter of a dog of her own—and maybe a brother. So why does a random nightmare of a princess dress, a hospital, and a stranger who's definitely not her daddy feel more like an aching wound? And can a broken, glassy-eyed puppy somehow help her release the pain she didn't even know she was carrying?

Corporal Andrew Reyes has proven he has what it takes to be the best—a US Army Ranger. But when a double tragedy rocks his world, his resolve is shaken to the core. What's left for a man to live for when he's lost everything he ever wanted to be? And is the sudden appearance of a teenage girl with a three-legged therapy dog a cruel joke or a divine appointment?

Some scars can't be hidden. But some don't need to be.  


Author bio:

Kassie Angle is a teenaged Christian author, cowgirl, therapy dog trainer, stereotypical INFJ, and Army girl to the core. Her first love, i.e. debut novel, O to be Like Thee, swept her unsuspectedly into the world of indie authors. She tries to use her stories to fill the silences in literature, helping more people understand the world of the Army and showing how God heals the broken-hearted. You can find her and more of her writing at SoldierGirlStories.com.

Her blog: Go HERE for the link!


Now for the cover reveal! Let the scrolling begin! 

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Isn't it so awesome! I love the creativity in this cover! And that puppy-- *heart eyes*!!!! 

Are you looking forward to Tattered Wings?? Don't you love this cover!? Lets talk about it in the comments below! <3 






Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Rejoice in the Lord, Always // Part 2



I hope everyone is having a great day so far! But to make your day even better, I'm sharing a few more of my favorite Christian songs. Music is truly moving, so I hope these song can encourage you and uplift you!

For more music, see my first post (Part 1) by clicking HERE

Hillsong United - Oceans

"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior"


^^ I love this song a lot! Although, it's super long, it's very touching. 

Hillary Scott & The Scott Family - Still

"You're parting waters
Making a rain for me
You're moving mountains that I don't even see
You've answered my prayer before I even speak
All You need for me to be is still"

^^ Ahh, this song! (I love her voice!)
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family - Beautiful Messes
"Lay it down at the foot of the cross
Give it to the One who can carry it all
Even at our worst, to Him, we ain't lost causes
Just beautiful messes"

^^I just heard this one recently, and it's so good!

Hillary Scott & The Scott Family - Thy Will 
"I know you're good
But this don't feel good right now
And I know you think
Of things I could never think about
It's hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that you're God
And I am not"

^^ I need the reminder in this song so many times!

For King and Country - Priceless 
"It might be hard to hear
But let me tell you, dear
If you could see what I can see, I know you would believe
That isn't who you are
There's more to who you are"

^^ This ones a little more upbeat, but also so good!
Casting Crowns - If We are the Body
"But if we are the body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way, there is a way"

^^ This ones a real wake-up call for us!
What are some Christian songs that you enjoy listening too? Have you heard of any that I mentioned? Comment Below! 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Tag(s) // 40 Questions!


Today. Is going. To be a loooonnnggg post. I was tagged twice for two different tags, but decided to post them both today! Each is a 20 question tag, so overall, I will be answering 40 questions! Whew!

Lets get started then, shall we?!

20 Questions Book Tag 

Thank you, Kaitlyn, for tagging me!

1. How many books are too many in a series?

I personally love series! Although, I think 3-8 books is a good amount for a series. If there are too many, I my loose interest.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

If they are within the chapters (like at the end of a chapter) I really like them! It makes it exciting and fun, but if they are at the end of a book, I don't care for them. Even if a book is in a series, I think its good for it to be able to stand alone if need be. So cliffhangers at the end of a book make it hard for them to stand alone. I find I love writing cliffhangers, though!

3. Hardcover or paperback?

For the most part, I like paperbacks better!

4. What's your favorite book?

If I handed you a list of my favorite books, it may compete in length with our receipts from Costco (we only go once in a while and usually have a pretty full cart, just to give you a idea!) In other words, I have many favorites!

5. Least favorite book?

Wild at Heart series by Mary Connealy wasn't my favorite. I wanted to like it, but the romance ruined it for me... especially in the first and last books. Thats the first books that come to mind. I'm trying to think of more... hmm, I also didn't care for Kiera by Kate Willis.

6. Fiction or nonfiction?

I love fiction, although I really like writing both fiction and non-fiction. I'm trying to get better at reading more non-fiction books. 

7. The most recent book you couldn't finish?

I haven't not finished a book in a while. But I have started multiple books at the same time, and I don't usually get to them all. But eventually I will finish them!

8. A book you're currently reading?

Currently reading: Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin + rereading The Fire in Ember to my sister + Hymns in the Hills by Rebekah A Morris + a couple non-fiction books!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Freedom by Faith Potts! After I finished reading it myself, I basically ran around like crazy recommending it to my mom, sister, cousin, and anyone in sight! *winks*

10. Oldest book you've read? (publication date)

Uh, idk... the Bible?

11. Newest book you've read? (publication date)

Again, Freedom by Faith Potts! <3 

12. Favorite author?

I have such a hard time deciding!!! Don't make me choose just. one. author. *gasps*

13. Buying books or borrowing?

I like owning the books so I don't feel pressure to give them back soon... or accidentally loosing them. But I don't need brand new books, thrift store books or sales or free hand-me-down books work just fine for me! ;)

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Kiera by Kate Willis. I wanted to like it, but I'm just not a dystopian kind of person. There was a few other things that I didn't like about this book, but everyone else seems to really enjoy it! That's what makes the world go around...

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

I absolutely never dog-ear! *deep breath* Just can't do it. Bookmarks all the way: even if its random objects closest at hand.

16. A book you can always re-read?

The Fire in Ember by DiAnn Mills! Kinda love this book.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

It's not ideal, but I can. Once we were on a road trip and the girls wanted to turn on the radio and sing. Well, on that trip I learned how to multi-task. Reading and singing is a neat talent to have, right?

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

I like two POV's the best. If there are too many POV's, it can get confusing...

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Over multiple days. I can't read that fast to finish it in a day, unless the book is a shorter novel. I read 100 Days of Sunlight in one day, and it was probably a medium length... so I guess it depends on how much time I have.

20. Who do you tag?

Tagging:
Faith
Liberty
and Boots (Lilly)

Here are your 20 questions:
1. How many books are too many in a series?
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
3. Hardcover or paperback?
4. What's your favorite book?
5. Least favorite book?
6. Fiction or nonfiction?
7. The most recent book you couldn't finish?
8. A book you're currently reading?
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
10. Oldest book you've read? (publication date)
11. Newest book you've read? (publication date)
12. Favorite author?
13. Buying books or borrowing?
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
16. A book you can always re-read?
17. Can you read while listening to music?
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
20. Who do you tag?

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The NanoWriMo 20 Questions Tag

-Thank the awesome blogger who tagged you! Thank you, Esther @ wevegotpockets.com!
-Link back to the creator of this tag, Sophie @Sophie’s Corner.
-Feel free to use the NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag graphics!
-Answer the questions.
-Tag some friends who are also doing NaNo this year.
-And have fun!!!


TELL ME ABOUT YOUR NANOWRIMO PROJECT THIS YEAR! GIVE ME A BLURB!

So, I'm kinda still working on a good blurb... this one is a long version, but I thought I'd share it anyway. Also note that none of it is set in stone, so it may change as the story grows: 

Perfectionist Aimee Bernard has just graduated from a four year veterinary school, although, the plans she so carefully made for her life are falling apart. Caring for hurting animals is her true passion, but with her funds limited, Aimee must leave her college town and return home to small town Marysville, Kansas. Deeply in debt, she has no job prospects on the horizon and no support from her dysfunctional family. Aimee wants nothing more than to live a life of structure and stability--everything her childhood wasn't. Despite her efforts, her life seems to have gone from bad to worse, but when she is truly down to nothing, God shows her that He is up to something by both a chance encounter with a cowboy wannabe and the unexpected changes she finds in her mother after two years of next to none communication. Is “forgive and forget” too much to ask? Could it be that God’s plan for her life far outdoes her own? Would He possibly be giving her a third chance at love and forgiveness, or will her trust be broken for a third time? 

Colt Shelton has one mission as the oldest of four siblings and man of the household: to fulfill his fathers dying wish. But starting a animal sanctuary and rehabilitating mistreated animals doesn’t happen overnight. It takes determination, drive, teamwork, financial resources, and a plot of land. All of which he has except for the latter. Struggling to see how God is working in his life, Colt steps out in faith and buys a prime piece of farmland to start establishing the Taking Chances Ranch. The Shelton family soon find out that not only strays and misfit animals are attracted to the ranch but also a young girl with hopes of a job. Just when things were starting to get back to normal, a whirlwind of events cause him to reevaluate his future plans to include a certain auburn-haired stray who may have just found a way to his heart. Was this mission more than he bargained for? Will he come to regret moving his family to the country, or will the trails they face become blessings in disguise? 


WHAT’S THE GENRE?

It's Christian Contemporary. 

DESCRIBE YOUR MC IN THREE WORDS.

Aimee: Perfectionist. Compassionate. Afraid.

Colt: Protective. Humble. Loyal.


WITHOUT SPOILERS, DESCRIBE YOUR VILLAIN IN THREE WORDS.

To be quite honest, as of yet, I don't have a "villain." 


WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? (THE TRADITIONAL 50K? 20K? 5K? OR……. 100K?)

For NanoWriMo: 35K would be amazing for me! 
For overall, book word count goal: 70K to 90K words! 

We'll see how it all pans out though... but, I'm cheering those who are daring to write 100K. *fist bump* That's amazing! 


IS THIS YOUR FIRST DRAFT? SECOND? THIRD?

First draft. Sorta.


ARE YOU STARTING A NEW PROJECT (OR DRAFT), OR CONTINUING AN EXISTING ONE?

This is a older WIP with new plot revisions.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME TO WRITE IN THE DAY?

Afternoon to evening. I'm usually too busy in the morning.


WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO WRITE?

In my room, on my bed, at my desk, on the couch, in the car, etc! 


COMPUTER OR PAPER?

Computer! Although, I think one of these days it would be cool to write a first draft using pen and paper. But I like typing best! 


NANOWRIMO IS A HUGE COMMITMENT!! HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE TIME TO WRITE?

I'm going to block 1-2 hours during the week days for writing. I'm also planning on taking a hiatus from Social Media during the month of November. :)

ARE YOU GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL OR ONLINE NANOWRIMO EVENTS? (E.G. KICK-OFF PARTIES IN YOUR CITY, WRITE-INS, VIRTUAL WRITING SPRINTS…)

Hmm, probably just do some writing sprints with friends. I'm not sure what else I will participate in.


DO YOU WRITE FROM BEGINNING TO END OR SKIP AROUND?

I try to write from beginning to end, but if I'm facing writers block, I allow myself to skip around in order to keep writing.

PLANNER OR PANTSER? (OR PLANTSER?)

Yeah, still trying new things and figuring out what works best for me...

WHAT WILL BE YOUR GO-TO NANOWRIMO SNACK?

Well, chocolate is my usual writing inspiration snack, but I'm trying to eat better so that might not be the best choice. I not sure... 


CHOICE OF CAFFEINE? (OR NO CAFFEINE?)

No caffeine.


ANY REWARDS FOR MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENTS? FOR FINISHING NANOWRIMO?

I'll have to think of this one! I will probably treat myself with some reading or a movie. I'll probably be tired of typing by then. *gulps*


SHARE A TIP FOR OTHER NANO-ERS!

Stay consistent with your writing. 
Set achievable goals for each day. 
And when you have inspiration, take advantage of it! 
Also, pray right before you start your writing each day.

HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT NANOWRIMO? (EXCITED?! NERVOUS!? TERRIFIED?!)

Hopeful. 
I'm hopeful that I will be productive with my writing goals and not worry about it all. Just have fun and write whats on my heart.

SHARE AN AESTHETIC FOR YOUR NANOWRIMO NOVEL!


Tagging whoever is doing NanoWriMo next month! 

What a long post! If you made it to the end, way to go! *hands you a plate of cookies* So lets talk books and writing... Comment your favorite writing snack and your your favorite book that has a unique writing style! Talk to ya in the comments below! <3