Have You Ever Dreamed of Writing A Book?

Have You Ever Dreamed of Writing Your First Book

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a book, I have good news for you. Help is on the way! For years, I’ve met with many people who shared with me their dreams of writing their first book. If could be fiction. Non-fiction. A screenplay. A spiritual memoir or family history. Muchas ideas. Many dreams.

I’ve sat down with a lot of aspiring writers for a cup of coffee who have asked me, “How do I write my first book? Where do I begin? Should I self-publish or go for a traditional publisher? How do I write a book proposal?” Before you know, two to three hours have flown by as I’ve shared my best ideas. What has worked for me as well as my struggles and failures. All in the shared hope that my friends would go for it and pursue their dream of writing their first book. Along the way, I kept telling myself, “I could help more people if I just gather all this information together,” which is exactly what I’ve finally done. I’m excited to announce I’ve developed a very practical one-hour class called “Writing Your First Book.” I’ve packed about three hours of practical information into this helpful class designed to help you achieve your dream of writing your first book. Read on…

Do You Have a Lurking Dream Killer?

Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit…We shall see what will become of his dreams!” Genesis 37:19-20

The Sixth Commandment says, “Thou shall not kill.”

Do you have a lurking dream killer in the darkened closets of your heart and mind? The voices of well-meaning (and not-so-well-meaning) parents, friends, colleagues, and critics who squash your artistic dreams in favor of pragmatism.

Beware the lurking dream killers in your life.

You are not alone. Joseph had a whole family of dream killers.

Revisit your dreams today. Re-engage your imagination.

Dreaming and your imagination are gifts from God.

Dream today in massive, biblical proportions.

 

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3 Key Qualities of Every Olympic Athlete

[L]ike many of you, I have loved watching the Olympic athletes compete in London. My family and I have viewed more television in the past two weeks than the entire year. Staying up to midnight, watching the Olympics has completely messed up my sleeping schedule. (Not a good thing as I train for my first Half-Ironman.)

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Whether it’s beach volleyball, gymnastics, diving, track & field, badminton…you name the sport, what makes the Olympics so inspirational to me are three key qualities I see in every athlete. Who isn’t inspired by their intensity of focus, discipline, commitment and the sacrifices these athletes have made to get to London? We could name many, but here are three key qualities of every Olympic athlete that can make a big difference in your life as well. Read on…

Waiting for Christmas

In these final days leading up to Christmas, I spent a several hours in a hospital waiting room. It wasn’t the same maternity ward Joseph was searching for, dashing all over Bethlehem in the middle of the night with Mary in tow. Though my dad used to spend a lot of time in a waiting room a la seven kids, a waiting room was where he, my older sister Colleen and I were camped this week as we waited for my mom in surgery. My seventy-something mother, bless her soul, had a three hour rotator cuff surgery. Get this: she injured her shoulder at physical therapy. She’ll be going back to physical therapy for physical therapy on the shoulder she injured at physical therapy! You been in a waiting room lately?

Be Creative: Just Say No!

[dc]O[/dc]ur kids have been taught to “Just say ‘No!'” Seems likes us adults could use some good no-no training as well. Some days I’m good at using the No-Word. Other days, I fail. Miserably. How good are you at the No-Word?

I believe how we practice the discipline of saying “No” has a huge impact on our focus, creativity, and ability to achieve a greater good.