My husband and I are big on setting goals. Every January, we sit down together and type a list of our goals for the new year according to category—family, career, personal development, spiritual growth, financial. Some years, we reach them all. Other years, we forget half of what we put on the list until we dig it up again the next January. Really? I said I was going to exercise? Pass me those Doritos, will you, honey?
Last year, however, my husband added a bonus category—“new frontier” goals. These are the big pursuits, the stuff we dream of. There’s no chance we’ll forget those since they’re always on our minds, tugging at our hearts, filling up our calendars and streaming through our prayers. We’re keenly aware no frontier goal is going to come alive without God’s blessing.
And when he says yes—it makes for a really fun announcement.
Like this one.
I’m writing a book.
Earlier this year, I signed my first book contract with Barbour Publishing. My husband took pictures to mark the occasion.
Notice the recycled hair in a ponytail and my home office glasses. What you can’t see here is the dinosaur coloring book and crayons parked on the end of my desk because I share my space with a couple short co-workers. Yes, the life of a mom writer is so glamorous.
What’s my book about? For now let’s just say it’s about you and me and the evil women we become when we’re tired, worried, overscheduled or grouchy. When we compare ourselves to other moms or our kids to other kids, when we neglect that guy they call Dad, and when we give and give and give until we just can’t give no mo’. We moms turn into nasty versions of ourselves at times, do we not? This book will empower you to slay those villains.
And I am so thankful I get to write it for you.
“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Much love and gratitude goes out to my amazing agent, Blythe Daniel, for opening the possibilities on my new frontier goal. And to my husband, my greatest support, especially since he’s been taking over Dad duty with our girls many Saturdays so Mom can “do her boring work” as my five-year-old calls it.
One thing I promise you—this book will not be boring. So stick with me here each week for more mom-to-mom encouragement, and I promise to keep you updated on book news. And be sure to subscribe if you want to get weekly posts in your inbox plus my new monthly newsletter. Thanks so much to those of you who are already on the list. I appreciate you dearly.
So, then. Who wants to celebrate with me? Pop a handful of M&M’s in my honor today, okay? I’ll be here—writing, dreaming, and praying for you all.