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What The Reconstruction Teaches Us About the Rise of Trump

After the Reconstruction,  black bodies were strung from trees. Today, our brother and sisters are executed in the streets. And Philando Castille joins the long list of martyrs such as Medgar Evers, Emmett Till, and Viola Gregg Liuzzo that died in the unjust struggle to move our people forward.

We should have been prepared. I should have been prepared. After a moment in history that’s marked with us rising as a people, there is always a backlash. Continue reading

How To Follow God When You Don’t Know Where He’s Leading

Follow God

The past two months have been quite the adventure in how to follow God. At times, the path has been bright and filled with hope. But many times, the path has been dark and God’s goodness has felt very far away.  I feel like all of us have these seasons:

  • where we’re just frustrated with following the Lord
  • His answers don’t seem to be come fast enough
  • and we wonder…is all this worth it?

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Rejection, Writing, and a Good Hair Day Prayer Request

Hey Y’all!

So, I didn’t finish my post on how Morris and I met. Forgive me!

Writing

I’ve been trying to polish the first three chapters of the novel to perfection, because I’m headed to my first writer’s conference this week–ACFW. For me the next step, to the traditional publishing process, is getting a literary agent. So, I’ll be pitching the novel to a couple agents and hoping that they ask me for proposals.

Initially, I was really nervous about facing rejection. But two things happened. First, I picked up a new freelance writing job that I didn’t even request. Second, I got AWESOME feedback from an author on the first twenty pages. Continue reading

The Secret of Overcoming Fear

Overcoming FearFor me, it seems like every day is a fight in overcoming fear. No, I don’t kick and scream. No, I don’t cower in the corner.  But I do have a voice that pops up and asks accusatory questions, like:

  • Who do you think you are?
  • I wouldn’t send that email if I were you?
  • Why are you even trying this?

Waaaay better people have come before you and failed. Continue reading

Dreaded Website Updates

Howdy Friend,

Over the next few days I’ll be making changes to this website and you may get an error message the next time you visit. So, I won’t be posting any new content this week.

I’m hoping we won’t be down long/at all. In the meantime check out the more than 100 posts I recently added from my former blog. The Countdown to My Brother’s Wedding are my favs:-).

Be back in two weeks! And thank you for visiting… Love, Simone

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I Miss Y’all

Howdy Friend:

I made a video today, because I’ve been out of touch and wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your support! I included a few updates on Nashville life and what’s going on with my writing projects. If you are an email subscriber, in a few weeks you’ll receive a link from my new blog. I hope your new year is off to an awesome start!

Love you and Miss YOU…Simone

How I Punched Fear in the Face (Update)

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Image: Piranha Boxing Gear

Earlier this year, I did something super scary. I told a room of 50 strangers about my dream of starting a business. Up until this moment, the dream had been somewhat of a secret.

I had a business plan, I pitched the idea to my husband, and I told a few close friends. But, the thought of telling strangers was terrifying.What if they didn’t like my business idea? What if they laughed? What if they didn’t share my opinion or views? Aghhh! There were just so many things that could go wrong. And, guess what?

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