Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What Keeps You Up at Night?

*disclosure- I received an advance digital copy of the book and will receive a signed hard copy upon release as part of this launch party group.

Last week I got some great news (which was good because I had a rough week).  I had been chosen for the launch team of Pete Wilson's new book.  A few years ago I read Plan B by Pete and it was quite timely for the stage of life I was in (actually I have it sitting out to reread if I ever find any free time).  I also have Empty Promises and would like to read Let Hope In.

So- let's back up- how did this come about.  I was reading through FB one day (see FB can be good) and saw a post on Pete Wilson's wall about his new book and the launch.  

(see that tag line- that is what led me to follow through)

I read these words: "I wrote this book for me and so many others that at times feel paralyzed by uncertainty. You know as well as I do that life doesn’t come with an instruction manual and rarely does it follow a straight path, yet so often we wait for clarity before moving forward on our dreams. My dream is to help you move forward with your dreams even when you are scared to death. I truly believe that if you want to experience a breakthrough in your life, you must find a new cadence that will provide the strength you need to move forward in spite of your doubts, questions, and fears. The rhythm of faith is not hinged upon our circumstances but our willingness to surrender." 

I read them and cried- I felt like he was speaking into my heart- that post announced the launch team, I applied and was chosen.  I have received an advance ebook copy that I hope to share lots of thoughts from- here, on twitter, and on FB.  I am so excited about this and feel like it's another step into the journey I am embarking on.  

So- why am I sharing today?  Well, glad you asked!  You can go HERE to place a pre-order.  BUT, it doesn't stop there!  If you place a pre-order because of my post/suggestion of book/etc- for the next 48 hours (or 48 hours from when his post goes live): they are going to be doing a cool giveaway this week called 'Dinner with Pete'. Whoever pre-orders the book in the next 48 hours can submit their receipt for a chance to win 1 of 25 spots to this dinner.

And, in full disclosure- if I have the most pre-orders (so if you order as a result of anything I have said PLEASE send me an email or post in the comments/screenshot the receipt whatever!) I have the opportunity to be part of that "Dinner with Pete" as well!  

The book itself is due to be released on May 5- so get that pre-order in today!  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Inspiration- Not Alone

As I have mentioned a few times I am getting ready to make a big life change- turning 40 in June, moving closer to family and contemplating a career change (for sure a job change though)- okay maybe more than one life change :)

Anyway, this song has been on repeat in my playlist and I wanted to share (this is where I wish I could sing).  The biblical truth in the words (straight from Isaiah 43) are full of promise- promises that, in this time where fear is trying to take over, I am NEVER alone- He goes before me- I truly can rest in that!

I love this part of the song: 
In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through 
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

Friday, March 20, 2015

Gone and Done It...

What popped into your mind?  For me it was the Shania Twain song BUT nope- that actually has NOTHING to do with this post!  LOL :)

(image found here)

So, what did I do?  Well, two years ago I was training for my first half and had a huge sense of accomplishment when I finished.  Last year I did my third and that was dealing with sinus/respiratory issues and the beginning of the heel issues and while I did not do as well as the previous year- I was okay with that.  In the last year- well, let's just say (and if you have been reading my blog you know this) I let life take over and run the show.  So, this year- no half BUT I did sign up for the 5K- I know that I am not going to have my best time, PR, or anything of that nature- it's what happens when you have gained weight and haven't done the training BUT I do know that I NEED this.  I waffled back and forth on whether or not to sign up for it.  My mom encouraged me to do so but then I read THIS story and it clinched the deal.  You see- if that man- can put aside his pain, his discomfort, his self-consciousness to do it well, there's no excuses.  So- I signed up for the Covenant Health 5K.  I may be walking 90% of it (shoot, I climbed 5 sets of stairs today at the dr office and felt like I was breathing hard) BUT, I will finish it, I have to start somewhere and that is the somewhere I am going to start (well, hopefully sooner with some nice weather this coming week).

(image found here)

Setbacks and obstacles are a part of life- the question becomes- how am I going to use them- or how is God going to use them to strengthen who I am?  I saw this on FB and loved it (I have no clue who the original source is)