Archive for the 'Monday Motivations' Category

Resiliency, Big Life Changes Like Moving and Shopping for Pants

Greetings from Grand Rapids! I’ve just arrived at work, which means I didn’t get to writing this on Sunday, as used to be the goal. It also means this post will probably be slapdash and not as useful as it could be. (But that’s what editing is for!) We were busy all day Sunday shopping for all the things. Winter
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Starting Over, Starting Again

Hello from Grand Rapids! We’ve officially moved to Michigan. I accepted an offer for a new job at Zondervan, as Senior Acquisitions Editor responsible for new and several existing nonfiction projects. I’m excited, a bit nervous, and completed surprised by the whole thing. It wasn’t in the 10-year plan at all, and yet when I listened to the job description
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My Writing Process – Step 2: “Let the Theme Rise Organically”

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. – Mary Oliver, “Sometimes” God, save me from the productivity that would sacrifice everything you’re doing in me to chase an image of “supposed to.” So naturally, after step 1 comes step 2. “Step 1: Set Out to Return” posits that submitting to what God is calling you
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Why Do We Do This? Thoughts on Writing and Letting Your Life Speak

There’s a cage I’ve known. For longer than I care to remember now (the archive in the sidebar shows 2004), I’ve questioned why I write. Why I feel like I should. It wasn’t enough just to say what Parker Palmer says in Let Your Life Speak.  As young people, we are surrounded by expectations that may have little to do with
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On Process – My Writing Life – Step 1: Set Out to Return

“We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return; prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only, as relics to our desolate kingdoms. If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again; if you have paid
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