sisterhood1I feel alive when I write.  It is the purest water for my soul.  As I write these 31 days, I’m learning that the craft of writing requires consistency as much as inspiration.  Artistic creation of any kind is not for the faint of heart. This act of bringing a new creation to the world is really quite mysterious and curious, which is why I feel such kinship with my fellow writers.  My Aunt B., in particular, has been a mentor for me in this regard.  She writes over at HarmonysPearls, and she recently nominated me for the Sisterhood of Bloggers Award, which I accept wholeheartedly.  Thank you, Aunt B.  May the muse be ever in you.

Here are the Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Nominate ten blogs, notify them.

So here we go!

Would you rather win an Oscar, Pulitzer, Nobel or other award? Why?
The Pulitzer is an obvious choice, but that would require that I actually publish a work!  Does my ego wish for recognition?  Of course, that’s what the ego does.  However, the heartfelt texts, emails, and messages I have received during this 31 day series have meant far more to me than an award ever could.  To know that God is working through these words to impact lives is humbling, and I choose to simply be grateful for that.

What would be your dream job?
I would love to write full-time and speak for groups of women.  I’d enjoy bringing Justin and my girls with me, especially if it involved travel and exotic locations.

What characteristics describe your husband, or significant other?
Justin is loyal, steady, strong, and dedicated.  He is methodical to my whimsy.  I have never once doubted his love for me or the girls. The song “Luckiest” by Ben Folds comes to mind when I think about my hubby.

What’s your favorite place to vacation?
Arcadia, MI.  We have journeyed there every summer since Audrey was one, and don’t think we’ll ever stop.  It is my heaven on earth. Our entire family has started joining us, so it just gets better and better.  There is magic on those shores, and one day my ashes will be set free there to mix with the water, wind, and shore for all time.

What’s your greatest skill?
Problem solving, which is why my recent struggle has been such a challenge for me.  I couldn’t solve my way out.

What was your first car?
A red Nissan Sentra.  I have no idea what year it was, but I bought it in college and it lasted forever.  Prior to that I drove my parents’ yellow and red Suburban, ancient Oldsmobile, and a white something or other whose make and model I can’t recall.

What were you like in high school?
Quiet.  Teacher’s pet.  Insecure.  Smart and conflicted.  I have no desire to ever go back to high school.

Have you met a celebrity?  Who?
I recently attended a book launch party for author Emily Freeman and also met her famous sister, The Nester (Myquillyn Smith). A few weeks ago, I met Jenny Simmons, former lead singer of Addison Road.  Also, Justin’s cousin Dana Loesch is an American conservative talk radio host, television host at TheBlaze and author.

Have you been on television?
Yes.  I was on the local STLTV channel for the St. Louis Presents TV show with my friend Erin several years ago to promote our business Spark Workshops.  I was also interviewed on the radio, which was quite fun.  I prefer radio studios to tv studios.

What historical person would you like to invite to dinner?
Hellen Keller.  I was fascinated by her as a child.

Here are my nominees.  Please visit their blogs because they are all amazing!

  1. Shannon at www.sweetthreepeats.com
  2. Erin at www.designedbywisdom.com (she’s just getting started, so give her some blog love).
  3. Bonnie Gray at www.faithbarista.com
  4. Jenny Simmons at www.jennysimmons.com
  5. Crystal Stine at crystalstine.me
  6. Edie at www.lifeingraceblog.com
  7. LisaMarie at healingtakesalifetime.blogspot.com
  8. The Ladies at www.intertwinedblog.com (I recently had my first guest post here).
  9. Alia at aliajoy.com
  10. Emily at emilypfreeman.com
  11. Shannan at www.flowerpatchfarmgirl.com

31daysThis series is not a tidy story of a fairy tale life.  It is messy and truthful.  For 31 days, I will share pieces of my journey, practical coping techniques for dealing with anxiety, spiritual insights, emotional struggles, and a whole lot of other.  I will likely  jump from here to there as the Spirit leads.  I invite you along as I share my experience, my strength, and my hope.  Please check this page every day in October for the latest post or sign up to receive new posts directly in your inbox.  Thank you for being part of this journey with me.  Together, we shall seek the still.