This is a guest post by my friend and editor, Rachel Newman. She’s a Freelance Editor, Indexer, and has invested much of her talent into a future book project. She’ll be at the PENCON Convention in Austin, Texas in May. You should connect with her.
“Do you write much?” The question came from my chiropractor. I was face down on an adjusting table, and we had just been discussing a short essay I’d written comparing chiropractic care to the ministry of the church.
The answer hit me like the slap of a cat’s tail to my face in the middle of night. Editing. No, it wasn’t the answer to his question; it was the answer to mine. A question I’d been earnestly asking God for two weeks. “What’s next God? What is the answer to my heart’s longing?” The answer was so definitive, it left no question in my mind. God had called me to be an editor.
When life gets hard we want to quit. Our feelings of defeat are normal. It’s okay to feel them, but it’s not always okay to follow through with those feelings.
Meet my friends Amanda and Joey, and their amazing sons. I grew up with them. We laughed together. We cried together. We ate lunch together almost everyday in high school. Joey frequently bought me hot pretzels from the cafeteria ala carte menu.
They’re happy in this picture. Truly happy and full of joy. But life wasn’t always like that.
When I was a little girl, while most of my friends were dreaming about becoming brides and mothers, I was dreaming about becoming famous. I was going to be an actress, and author, and a songwriter.
Fourteen years ago I left my hometown, vowing to never return, unless they were naming a sign after me. Seriously.
I’m a pretty direct person, so can we just start this out with complete honesty?
I’ve hated you for as long as I can remember. Until two months ago, I had every intention of continuing to hate you. Today, there are still moments where I can’t believe I could ever really love you.
But something is changing in me. God is changing my heart. My hard, bitter, scared, and judgmental heart.
I hate books that convict me. Books requiring me to stop ignoring the change I need to make in my life. Yet I keep reading books, so it’s my own fault.
In July 2014 I bought Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less to take on vacation with me. The first few pages in, as I sat in the sun by the pool, I decided I wasn’t in the mood to read a book about discipline. It went back into my suitcase, then back to the shelf, where it stayed until December.
Essentialism (Virgin Books, 2014)
This is the must read book for 2015 and every year after that.
I loved and hated this book at the same time. Loved it because it was speaking to me. Hated it because it was convicting.
If you’re trying to decide what to pursue in life – the right direction to go, and how to get rid of the chaos in your life, this is the book for you.
If you’re tired of being busy without results and desire to live a productive life, this is the book. Be prepared for some hard truth to slap you in the face.
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I set achievable goals, with action plans.
I also make one word my theme for the year. Last year was productive. The year before, intentional.
This year I’m keeping it simple, because simple is sometimes most profound.
You never know what a simple action can mean in the life of someone else.
Let’s take soup for example. This turkey cabbage soup was a catalyst in my 145 lb. weight loss journey.
On a fall evening in 2008, my friend Jennifer invited me over for dinner. It was a typical day for her, but an unforgettable day for me.
Hi, I’m Sundi Jo and I’m a recovering codependent. It feels good to get that off my chest.
I’m not sure if there are different levels of codependency, but if there are, I was at the highest level possible – probably president of the club.
I like things to be fixed. To find a quick solution to the problem so we can move on. It’s easy for me to say, “Move over and let me fix your problem for you. I know how to do it better than you.” I feel important when I “fix you.”
I’m excited to share with a group of Single Moms on the topic of Christmas at Life360 Church in Springfield, MO.
What is the real reason for the season?
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