Photo Credit: Crystal Paine
Oh friends. Let me tell you about my day.
But first, I must start with last night, when I was writing a celebratory post about the launch of Longing for Paris. It was then that my screen turned all white.
And my computer bit the dust.
On launch eve.
I mean, one just had to laugh.
So I went to bed knowing I could deal with it in the morning. Ah yes, the morning, when my daughter came to me asking for itching cream. “Why?” I asked. Because this:
Yea, some kind of something all over her hands. She’s been having strange allergic reactions lately, so I decided to take her to the doc. Before we left, I put up this quick post about the book launching, and made an appointment at the apple store.
Once my girl was taken care of, I came home to the loveliest of surprises. My sweet neighbor Lynn brought over a Parisian lunch for me in honor of my book launch.
And she even brought sparkling apple juice, and then made a toast in my honor. With all the neighborhood kids. Because this is my everyday life (the kids, not the food) and Lynn is the best.
After this, I headed over to Barnes & Noble and signed some books, and then onto the Apple store where they told me my problem was just a video card and they would happily fix it for FREE. Ya’ll. I cannot even tell you how this made my day because I was sure I was going to have to buy a new computer and that just would have been a major bummer. I’ll be without my computer for five days, but that’s okay because I stole my husbands. 🙂
I knew I still
needed wanted to put up a giveaway post, but what I really needed was to get away and just be with my kiddos and do something fun. Because the thing about launching a book is that it brings out all sorts of crazy in you. For example, this morning I slept in and avoided checking my email or social media because I just wanted to pretend it was all over. That’s crazy. You work for so long for this moment, for this week, and now that it’s here, I’m kind of losing it.
I went to my husbands JOB SITE and in the middle of talking to him just burst into tears and fell into his arms. He said, “I was wondering when you would burst.”
It’s a funny thing, putting a book out to the world, especially when you now have to do pre-launch stuff. I didn’t do any of that when I launched Desperate. It’s exhausting and exciting and your adrenaline is up and then down, and you experience feelings of loneliness and failure and you beg the Lord to keep you grounded and firm in Him.
It’s just a wild ride.
But it’s done. She’s out. That baby girl, she’s in the world now for all to see and make comments on and love her or not love her. It’s all vulnerable.
I’m rambling now.
Since I’m feeling all crazy today, and I could probably use some good council and encouragement from a wise friend, I figure maybe some of you out there could use that as well. I mean, most of us are on the verge of crazy at some point or another. In church on Sunday my friend sat next to me and she just kept crying. And then she’d look at me and just say, “I’m just a mess today. It’s okay.” I looked at her and said, “I’m a mess 99% of the time. You’re not alone.”
Why am I telling you all of this? Because when I wrote Longing for Paris, I had to sort out some of my mess. I was struggling with questions of womanhood and dreams and motherhood and how to delight in a world where so much evil exists. The book is really a story, a bunch of stories, of my untangling. And we don’t untangle alone. My friend Carey is an untangler of sorts. She is a listener and a processor and she knows just which questions to ask to help you get unstuck.
Carey is a life-coach, and today’s giveaway is two full sessions with her to help you figure out some of your longings and dreams and what to do with them in the middle of your reality. I will pick two winners.
To enter, just fill out the form below!
Oh, and if you just want to go ahead and get yourself some life-coaching with Carey STAT, you can get a 20% discount on a coaching package till 9/1/2015 by using code: LONGINGFORPARIS
Open to EVERYONE AND ANYONE! Yea Canada! 😉
Much love, SM
P.S. I wrote a few articles I’d love for you to read. Check them out below:
4 Ways to Have a Satisfied Life (Money Saving Mom)
Fully Alive Women Will Change the World (incourage)
Holy DNA (Love God Greatly)
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