5 ways to support the creative you love

As a creative, I love what I do. I can’t help but do it. I’m compelled to write and tell stories to hopefully inspire others. Writing is as essential as breathing.

Most creatives are this way. Writers, musicians, vocalists, actors, photographers, illustrators, designers, food creators, etc. We create because we don’t know how NOT to.

The world would look anemic to us if we could not create.

After I released my self-published book Uncage My Brave, I found myself repeatedly astounded that friends and family actually paid MORE than the list price of the book and they promoted it on social media because, they said, they wanted to show their support for my work.

Why would I be astounded by this? Because, sadly, I’ve come to expect the opposite in this line of work.

The world respects our creations, but often it does not respect us, the creatives. Continue reading “5 ways to support the creative you love”

Hey, Devil: You may NOT have my dream {#DreamChaser series}

(Awesome lead photo via DepositPhotos)

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Hey, devil-

Oooh, you think I’m not onto you.

You think I don’t know how to recognize your schemes.

You arrogant fool!

Do you not know I have the One Who Is Greatest?

Of course you do, and that’s why you are ever in motion against what He has planned for me. Continue reading “Hey, Devil: You may NOT have my dream {#DreamChaser series}”

What I want my daughters to remember about me pursuing my dream

About a month ago, my family helped me convert the playroom into a writing office.

My first-ever writing office. My first-ever claim to a physical territory representing the creative one I had long been staking out.

For so many years, I was afraid to make this claim, to bravely plant a flag in the physical sphere and say, “This is my space.”

Self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of selfish ambition held me back from making this claim.

(Read: Is My Dream Selfish Ambition?)

I felt I didn’t deserve to have a writing office. Continue reading “What I want my daughters to remember about me pursuing my dream”

How do I know if my dream aligns with God’s will? {#DreamChaser series}

So, so, so much time have I spent fretting over this question. I know I’m in good company.

Jeremiah 17:9 tells us “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” In light of this truth, it’s no wonder we struggle knowing if our dream is from God. How easily our hearts lead us to desires we are not meant to have.

The heart is where Jesus lives, but it is the first thing to fall to pride.

So how do we know if our dreams align with His will?

I have learned some key imperatives in my search for an answer. Continue reading “How do I know if my dream aligns with God’s will? {#DreamChaser series}”

The test for selfish ambition {#DreamChaser series}

Last week, we talked about the often-misunderstood Biblical directive to avoid selfish ambition.

(Read: Is my dream selfish ambition?)

As a godly dream chaser, the very phrase “selfish ambition” strike fear into my heart. I spent many years fearing my dream was selfish, to the point of not moving forward with the dream God had laid on my heart.

(Read: Giving My Specific Dream to God)

Today, though I have come to a much clearer understanding of what it means to “do nothing out of selfish ambition,” (Philippians 2:3) I still routinely check myself and my pursuits against the selfish ambition test. Continue reading “The test for selfish ambition {#DreamChaser series}”