Four Things I've Learned: Spring & Summer 2019

Four Things I've Learned: Spring & Summer 2019

Why, hello there, friends! It’s been a bit. Thank you to those of you who have reached out and asked if I’m still alive. I am, but it’s been a very full past few months. I had a sudden influx of editing work, and I had to set down a few things in order to keep up.

I have, however, been keeping notes about what I’ve been learning along the way. Here are my top four from the past two seasons:

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Ten Years Ago

Ten Years Ago

April 1, 2019

Ten years ago today, we bought a gelato and coffee shop. 

The original owners offered us a crazy-good deal, but in some ways, the step felt just plain crazy. Still, we sensed it was an opportunity God was offering us.

A year and a half earlier, we had moved into our neighborhood with a dream of teaming up with others to facilitate Jesus-centered community here in a place where more and more people were moving into recently renovated loft buildings, right on top of each other.

The gelato and coffee shop seemed to fit in with that dream. What an opportunity it would be to have a third space to offer the neighborhood. The shop was already a cozy, inviting place with exposed brick and comfy chairs near the windows. What if we could take that existing hospitality and build on it?

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Three FREE Editing Tools

Three FREE Editing Tools

Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 3

Welcome back! So far in this series, we’ve discussed why editing and proofreading are essential to writing of all kinds, and I’ve shared a few tricks for making it easier to catch your own errors.

Today, I’ll tell you about a few tools that go beyond basic spellcheck. Each of these has both a free and a paid version.

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Aha! Fresh Ways to Self-edit and Proofread

Aha! Fresh Ways to Self-edit and Proofread

Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 2

Our brains love to trick us into overlooking mistakes in our writing. This primarily happens because we already know what we mean to say. Our brains are simply trying to help us save a little time, so they anticipate the words and feed us what we know should be there rather than carefully reading the words on the page. Therefore, when self-editing or proofreading, we must break our brains out of their ruts!

Today I’ll be sharing several ways to do just that. Each of these ideas involves changing your approach to what you’ve written.

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Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 1

Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 1

Typos can communicate the exact opposite of what we’re trying to say, or even scare away the audience we’re trying to reach.

I’m guessing you don’t want your audience to value—and share—your content primarily for comic relief, so today I’m starting a series called Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message. In these next few posts, I’ll give you some tips for publishing content that boosts rather than undermines your credibility.

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Library List: Winter Children's Books

Library List: Winter Children's Books

I’m sitting on my couch next to our (electric) fireplace. The windows beside me are drafty, but I’m cozy under a blanket. Ah, winter.

As I mentioned in my Christmas book post, I love seasonal books. They feel especially valuable in winter when the weather can be a little dreary and we can get a little stir-crazy. Winter picture books can help our families focus on what’s cozy and special about this time of year.

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Guest Post: Three Proven Ways to Get More Done

Guest Post: Three Proven Ways to Get More Done

There was a time when life was so overwhelming that it left me exhausted and unfulfilled. There were so many days when I felt like I was running around from one thing to another, but by the end of the day, it didn't feel like I had actually accomplished anything. Have you been there? Those days when you never stopped moving and doing but the mountain of work didn't get any smaller? 

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