Want to write a book?

I’m starting to get more questions about how to write a book, get a book deal, etc. so I thought it’d be helpful to share all that info in one place!! Here are the questions y’all asked in InstaStories. Do you need a book proposal? Even if you self-publish, this will be a tremendous help. I remember when my publisher asked for a proposal. I wasn’t sure what exactly they were but I AM sure I told her I could

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How to Perform a Prayer Audit

As a business owner, it can feel like I have 10 priorities or 10 things that have to get done this very minute. As a business owner who uses social media and sees what every other business is doing, you can go ahead and multiply that by a billion. About a month ago, feeling the weight of a really busy season, I felt like I needed to reframe my thoughts about VMP. I wanted to readjust by covering my entire

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The tools I use to run my business

This post has been a long time coming. I get emails often about how to run a business, write with two little girls. And although I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the last 9 years of being an entrepreneur, I don’t feel qualified to tell everyone how they should do things. I really believe God has different avenues for us all. I can, however, share the tools I use to optimize my time as much as possible because

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My Routine: Book Writing

I’m more than half way into my writing of Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday and heaven help me, when you write a book about how to inspire moms to live beyond stereotypical motherhood, you WILL be tested in every possible way. It’s honestly provided tons of great material for the book and the Lord is teaching me so much!  This book writing process has been very different from the first. The first, I wrote in 7 weeks and had a few

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On Sunday we rest

Over the last few months, I’ve felt this tug to close the Val Marie Paper shop on Sundays (the day I practice Sabbath). At first, I thought it sounded very weird. It’s an online shop. I don’t open my email or touch work on this day so can’t it go on running as usual? I’ve never seen an online shop close on Sundays so fear of looking odd or judgy as stalled me for a little while, but when I

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