A Dream Realized: The Story of my eBook Release

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If you follow me on social media, you may have read the announcements yesterday that the eBook I’ve been writing for the past year is officially on sale. (Happy dance!!)

I wanted to share with you all a little bit about the book and the adventure I had creating it. (P.S. I do plan to continue my Creating an eBook series later this month, where I will share tips and lessons I learned along the way. So, if you have specific questions about the process of creating an eBook, let me know, and I’ll do my best to incorporate that in my series. Today’s post, however, will be more about my adventure and the book itself.)

I wrote An Inspired Life to encourage others to live full, creative, and inspired lives for the Lord. In it, I share glimpses into my own heart and story, as well as photographs I’ve taken and art journal pages I’ve created. I also hand lettered each chapter title to give the book an art journal-like feel. I hope that while reading, you’ll be encouraged to do some journaling of your own, too. The book includes colorful Prayerful Prompt pages that you can print out, journal on, and pray through, as you read.

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The book’s design was created by my talented friend Robby, who worked with me from start to finish to create a book design that brought my words to life. (He did an amazing job creating a book that feels like me — plus, he put polka dots on my cover, so what could be more perfect than that?!)

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We spent many hours dreaming up the design and then bringing it to life. And plenty of coffee was consumed during the process (as evidenced above). ;) We’ll be sharing more about the design process in an upcoming post.

Here’s a peek at the book’s Table of Contents:

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And if you want a little preview, you can read the book’s introduction, here.

After facing a few technical issues and bumps in the road last month, I could not be more excited to finally share this book with the world. Thank you all for being a part of my journey to create it — for all of the excitement, encouragement, and support you’ve offered this last year. My blog friends have been a huge reason I stuck with the project — even on the hard days. :)

So, without further ado, I introduce you to An Inspired Life. I hope that if you read it, you’ll be blessed and encouraged in beautiful ways.

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eBook Update — And Cover Reveal

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Hi, friends! I wanted to stop by to share a little update about my book An Inspired Life. As you’ve probably already become aware, we’ve missed our original October 8th launch date.

Unfortunately, we’ve run into a few technical issues that have prevented the book’s release, but we are working hard to resolve them — with lots of prayer and creativity. 

I’d love to let you know as soon as the book’s available. I’m just so excited to share it with you all! Please sign up to receive an e-mail about the book’s release here:http://aninspiredlifebook.wordpress.com/
Once you’ve signed up, as soon as it’s available for purchase, you’ll be notified.

Thank you all for being a part of this journey. It’s definitely been an adventure and a huge learning experience. I know God is teaching me a lot through this entire process, though, and I’m so thankful.

Even when things don’t go according to OUR plans, He makes them a part of HIS.

#MyInspiredLifeAPTD – Week 1 Photo Round-Up

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[Photo credits top row left to right: ybosovik; hgottschalk12;  Bottom row left to right: toliveinspired; heynoots]

I am so inspired by the lovely moments you all are capturing for the #MyInspiredLifeAPTD photo challenge. Keep sharing your joys and inspirations and possibilities. I can’t wait to continue to share your photo stories right here. And if you haven’t joined the fun yet, click on over here and find out how! Would love you to be a part of it!

Thanks for being a part of this inspired journey!

P.S. I know I’ve already mentioned it once, but I’ll be releasing the eBook video VERY SOON. Eeeep! Can you believe it?! My friend Nate did an absolutely incredible job, and my heart is just bursting with excitement to share it with you all! Keep your eye out for it in the next week or so!

Creating an eBook ~ Ideas to Paper (PLUS, the TITLE REVEAL!)

In my first Creating an eBook post, I talked a bit about the initial phase of deciding to write an eBook and figuring out where to go from there. In this post, I want to delve into the process of creating an outline.

In the initial brainstorming phases, I pretty much captured anything and everything on paper. If an idea popped into my head, I wrote about it in a list or journal entry. The idea for my book was, at first, very broad.

I also needed to sit with the idea for quite some time before I was sure I was passionate enough about the topic to write a book about it. (Because trust me, you might think the idea of writing a book sounds glamourous and inspiring and amazing, and while it is exhilarating, it is also challenging, long, and time-consuming. So, it’s a good idea to be sure that you care very deeply about the topic you are going to spend months thinking and praying and writing about.) :)

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I eventually started making more concrete outlines to organize my thoughts and ideas. Here’s a snapshot of that process:

  1. First, I wrote out main themes and jotted notes under each one. Just some general ideas I wanted to explore/cover in my book.
  2. Next, I wrote out actual ideas for chapters, and using the main themes I had already identified, I determined in which chapter I would cover each theme.
  3. The third thing I did in my outline-making process was to write the main take-aways I hoped readers would be blessed with by reading my book. I think of these take-aways as the true heart of the book.

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By putting the outline process into three main steps, I make it sound very short, but I do want to say that I spent MONTHS doing that (and continue to refine my notes — even though I’m in the writing phase at this point. More on why I am following the outline, but also leaving things a bit open in an upcoming Creating An eBook post.

P.S. I’m excited to *finally* reveal my book’s title (hurray! happy dance!):

An Inspired Life: Living Fully and Creatively in Every Season

So excited to share more about An Inspired Life in upcoming posts!

Happy Weekend!

Leaps of FAITH

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A leap of faith doesn’t mean you haphazardly go after something; it means you can envision a possible positive outcome and you believe in it so much that you have no choice but to ACT on it with intention… even though you don’t know how it will happen. You know that risking for what matters is worth it. The alternative is staying stuck and that gets you… in the same place you started.  ~ Lara Casey

I just love that wisdom, and it’s so applicable to my One Little Word of 2013: FURTHER. I’ve got an open heart to where He’s leading, and I’m ready to keep going further in my art and my faith.

I have a few updates to share with you today, as things might look a bit different on the blog for the next month or so (while I take a few leaps of faith!). ;) I’ll be kicking off a new series on Thursday called Calling All Dreamers. This new series will run for the next month or two, as I focus on writing the rest of my eBook. I’ve lined up a bunch of inspiring guest bloggers, and I hope you’ll be encouraged to dream bigger, bolder dreams, as a result of the honest words they share from the heart.

My posting days will switch up a bit for the next month or so, as well. Normally, I blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and occasionally once on the weekend. For the next month or two, I’m switching to a Tuesday/Thursday schedule to free up as much time as I can for eBook writing and designing.

While I will miss blogging regularly, I’ll stop in every week or so to share an eBook update with you all. I’m exited to have this plan in place to complete the book, because my goal is to have it ready for purchase this summer. Yay! :)

Also, be on the lookout for a promo video coming soon to give you an idea of the book’s look and feel.

Can’t wait to share the first Calling All Dreamers post with you Thursday!

Until then,

Be inspired.

K

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to being a bit under the weather this week, my new Calling All Dreamers series will be postponed until next week, so I can focus on resting. :) Please check back Tuesday for the first in the series! Thanks, friends! Have a wonderful rest of your week!]

eBook Update

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So far, my eBook journey has been both inspiring and challenging (but in all the best ways). It truly is such an incredible feeling to be pursuing this dream of mine.

I wanted to pop in with a little update, as I have a few exciting details to share.

1. I’m narrowing down the title, and I’ll have that to share here soon!

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2. I’m planning for a spring release-date!  I’m looking forward to spending the cold & snowy winter months being cozy inside and writing + designing my little heart out!

Are you currently pursuing any God-sized dreams? I’d love to hear about them!

Writing, writing, writing.

{ photo by Bonnie Tsang via the Glitter Guide‘s ban.do studio tour; text and circle doodles by me }

I just love this happy image, and I thought it was the perfect visual encouragement for my current eBook-writing adventures. (I wish I was surrounded by brightly colored pieces of confetti while writing!) ;)

I’ve been finding so many inspirational gems over at Pinterest lately, and I’m thankful for all of the beautiful goodness people create and share with the world. I get pretty jazzed up thinking about all of the art out there and the unique stories and visions every artist has to share. I wrote about that a little bit in this post.

Anyway, I’ve got quite a bit of writing to do this weekend, but I won’t be a complete stranger here. I’ve been creating a few pretty moodboards, so I’ll be back to share at least one of those at some point.

A few writing/creating must-haves for me right now:

1. Good tunes (Right now, it’s Katie Herzig’s album The Waking Sleep)
2. Something tasty to sip (a caramel latte, a Cranergy juice, or an Izze soda!)
3. A little chocolate never hurts (York Peppermints, please, and always straight from the fridge, so they’re nice and cold)

What about you? What are your creative quirks or must-haves that help you stay inspired and get stuff done? :)

P.S. I’m also doing some blog brainstorming this weekend. I’d like to switch some things up around here and put together a few more regular features. Any requests? Anything I used to post that you miss? Or something you’d like to see/or see more of?

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful Saturday!

A Color Story

 

After being inspired by this post from Bri at Design Love Fest, I decided to spend some time looking through my Pinterest boards to create a color story for the blog (and for my eBook). It didn’t take me very long to select my favorite colors, because I tend to wear these colors, decorate with these colors, design with these colors (and obviously PIN these colors!). (In fact, they probably look a bit familiar, because they’re the colors I already use most frequently on the blog.) ;) It was still a fun and inspiring exercise. And I like creating color palettes.

What about you? What colors make you happy?

But first, coffee.

I’ve seen a variety of images on Pinterest with this saying, and they always make me smile, so I created a little “but first, coffee” image of my own.

It’s fitting for a Friday, right?

It’s been quite a whirlwind week. I’ve got LOTS of creative to-do lists filling up my brain, but it’s all exciting stuff that I can’t wait to work on.

I’ve been playing around a lot more in Photoshop and with a Wacom tablet, and I’m having fun learning more and refining my design style in preparation for my eBook. I’ve been super inspired lately, and I’m looking forward to beginning the writing process this weekend, as well as continuing to lay out plans for the photography, art, and design that will fill the book’s pages.

I’ve also been reading a bit in Hebrews this week and thinking about this verse: And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

I’ve been thinking about what it looks like to earnestly seek Him. I know I want to keep growing in that area, and with the creative craziness as of late, I haven’t been spending nearly enough time seeking.

Well, I hope you have a fantastic Friday (and that it begins with the coffee beverage of your choice!) ;)

I’ll be back this weekend with some inspiration posts and such (I’m on a moodboard-making kick right now!).

Keeping An Open Heart

{ Photo credits left to right: 1. Oyster Magazine via Miss Annie 2. Photo by Max Wanger via Hello Lately 3. Pennyweight 4. Katie’s Pencil Box }

Keeping an open heart.

That idea has certainly been a focus of mine this year and something I’ve tried to be mindful of in so many ways. I know I’ve mentioned before that I feel like I’m currently in a season of waiting, preparing, and planting. I’m learning there is strength to be found in opening up your heart in the midst of the uncertainty and allowing Him to lead the way.

Trust is built. Faith increases.

And as I work on this big personal creative project of mine (writing an eBook), I find that I keep coming back to the idea of keeping an open heart and to the importance of taking risks and being brave when we don’t have everything mapped out clearly in front of us.

Honestly, at times, I feel overwhelmed and unsure about taking the creative leap to write a book. I wonder how it will all come together and if I’ll be able to communicate my unique voice and vision. I worry about all of the little details involved and having the right skills and resources to bring that vision to life.

But then I remind myself to keep my heart open to the creative process. I don’t have to have every single detail figured out right this second. It’s a process, after all. And every step of that process is important and should be enjoyed and appreciated before rushing to the next. I suppose life in general is like that, too, huh? ;)

When we live with open hearts, we can fully experience the significance and purpose of where we are, while being made ready for all the possibilities ahead.