Shock, Happy Tears, & Showers of Blessings

I’ve tried to wrap my head around all of the blessings raining down on me. I’ve never seen God move so boldly and consistently in my life. Just when I settle into the excitement something else happens and throws me up a level. I’ve cried happy tears almost daily since September hit. What a huge change from those days filled with tears of sorrow. I used to hope for days like these, pray for them, fantasize about them, and while waiting wonder if they would ever really happen. My personal mantra, (and overall theme of How I Learned to Shine Again) “Never give up on your always and forever,” has pulled me through those days of waiting and will continue to do so in the future.

All of this blows my mind. I can’t believe any of this is real and all of these special opportunities and blessings keep knocking on my door. I can’t even put all of my feelings into words. Dreams keep coming true and growing at a rate I can’t even fathom.

I’ll be sharing about these exciting opportunities once things are confirmed or become relevant. I’m not going to leave you out of any of these good things. 😉

But the point of all of this is to remind you that God is so wonderful. If He is doing this for me (just a WV girl named Michelle) He can do this for you. So, don’t give up on your dreams–no matter how big or small, He hears them. He knows them. He’s making a way for them to come true.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support! Know that I praying for you, too! I want you to experience this crazy excitement that I am for your own dreams.

And how unbelievable it is that so many amazing things are happening before this book even hits the shelves?! I can’t wait to hear what you think once you get the chance to read it. I hope it changes your life as much as it is changing mine.

Love you, dear reader, always and forever! <3 #NeverGiveUpOnYourAlwaysAndForever #BlessingsWillChaseYou

My Adventures with Kelsey #CoverReveal #HowILearnedToShineAgain #PreOrders

This weekend I had the fantabulous opportunity to visit with Kelsey (from K. Keeton Designs.) I’d entrusted her with the task of creating the book cover for How I Learned to Shine Again. This was a monumental task, because she had to turn me into a cover model. Seriously, that’s a MAJOR undertaking.

At first I felt a little insecure about being on the cover and considered other options, but I kept coming back to it. Inside the pages of the book is my heart and soul through my grief journey and truly there was no other choice. So, Kelsey had to take this girl and capture how I now feel on the inside being on the other side of grief. If you’ve ever seen Kelsey’s work (which if you haven’t go visit her page ASAP cause she rocks) it’s unique and breathtaking. She has this God given ability to take models and ordinary non-models like myself and pull the emotions happening inside our physical forms and capture them in the perfect shot.

I met Kelsey online before she started her amazing business. She’d taken one of my first author photos and edited it. Check out this gem circa 2011. 😉

579974_276352795797677_1328760051_nAnd when I lost Chris she was there with kind words and prayers–two of the best gifts anyone could ever give to a grieving person. But the moment I personally felt her skills was when she did my head shots at Penned Con last year. She captured me and for a girl who once hated her picture–she showed me I could LOVE it. The person I felt like on the inside was captured on the outside.

There’s a special kind of magic that happens when she holds the camera. For me, she was the one person I could trust wholeheartedly with this cover and the magnitude of importance it carries for me. After traipsing through the woods dodging frogs in flip flops and a sundress, Kelsey took the perfect shot. It is the most accurate visual into my heart and the perfect cover for this book. I’m so grateful for her time, her talents, and her friendship. I could write a book about how amazing she is but since this is a blog post I’ll stop gushing and let you see her amazing work!

The cover for How I Learned to Shine Again.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00017]E-book pre-order links:

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Remember the book drops in just a few weeks on Tuesday, October 25th! I cannot wait to share this part of my life with you!

Also check out Kelsey and her amazing work here:

13240483_1197725486913713_5438022864872752647_nAnd for your entertainment, this is what happens when you set foot into Kelsey’s studio. She makes it so fun to play dress up! 😉 I told her I’d been practicing my serious face so we had to test it out, right?

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Best. Weekend. Ever.

Hope you are having a fabulous week! #LoveHugsAndSunshine #HelloOctober