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I Have a Lot of Celebrating to Do!

A top and side view of a beautiful flower. Yellow center, pink petals coming from the center and ending in points highlighted in white. The symmetry is perfect!

If you haven’t noticed, I moved my blog publication days to Fridays. This spreads things out a little more in the week for me and I hope it’s a good fit for you too! Today’s blog is a little random, but I have some fun things to share.

This week the semifinalists for the Serious Writer Contests were announced. I was thrilled to see my name on the list of semifinalists for Writer of the Year. What an incredible honor! You can see the full list of finalists here. Five finalists will be announced on June 30th and then a winner will be selected from those five. That winner will be announced at a fancy dinner somewhere fun. (Past locations have included New York City and Nashville.)

Have you ever wondered what happens after an author signs a publishing contract? The process is fascinating so I’ve been making videos sharing my publishing experience. These videos give a behind the scenes look at publishing and help readers understand why it takes so long for a book to come out. They also help other writers know what to expect and how they can prepare now for what comes later. I’ll be releasing a new video each month at least through my February 2022 publishing date. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 are now available for viewing.

I’ve also been having fun making short Snapshots videos combining my photography with Scripture readings. My goal is to give you a moment of peace in the midst of a busy day. You can view my latest Snapshots video here.

If you want to see all my videos, you can head right to my YouTube Channel. While you’re there, I’d sure appreciate if you’d hit the Subscribe button. This way you’ll be notified of future videos and won’t miss out on all the fun!

I’m celebrating an abundant life filled with joy because of Jesus. He is the one who gives me joy for the journey and I’m so thankful! #joyforthejourney

So that’s my news! Thanks for being here and being part of my journey. Just last night family and friends surprised me with an early Birthday party. It’s a big birthday this year and I’m thrilled to celebrate the rest of this month. My journey through life has been filled with great joys and incredible challenges. I honestly didn’t expect to make it to my 40th birthday. Oh sure, I have a few more days before I get there, but this year I’m choosing to celebrate life. Not just physical life, but an abundant life filled with joy because of Jesus. He is the one who gives me joy for the journey and I’m so thankful!

Until next time, look for the joy. Look for Jesus!


“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.” ~Colossians 1:11-12, NLT

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I'm the author of "Howie's Broken Hee-Haw," a photographer, and lover of all things adventurous. I'll walk alongside you and help you discover joy for your journey and freedom in Christ!

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