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LETTING GO OF FEAR

Let's talk about fear. What scares you? I've realized over the past few days especially that I am so often afraid of all different things: being a bad mother, wife, friend...  In this online life especially there are so many things that make me nervous + timid. I find myself being cautious and holding myself back, which in my real life is so unlike me. I would talk to the wall and have never met a stranger. I look for common ground with everyone, but here I've had a very quiet presence, hesitant to reach out + grow.

Today I listened to audio of Casey Wiegand speaking at The Influence Network Conference last year. I resonated with SO many things she was saying, tears were streaming down my face as I listened to her talk about being transparent and sharing your "mess" and the blessings that come from that. She also talked about the importance of using your influence, even if it's just for 12 people, make it count! As we dive into fall that is on my heart so much and I want to "take a leap" without worrying about people judging me. My heart's cry in this season is to worry about what God thinks of me, not other people. As a chronic people pleaser this stands to be one of my biggest struggles. I've been listening to this song on repeat: Spirit lead me to where my faith is without borders.

In thinking about being brave and conquering fears, I thought of my talented, daring, and go-getter cousin. I want to introduce you to someone dear to me who I think is extremely brave. My cousin Lauren Gilley is a writer, has been as long as I can remember. She's a dreamer and super creative. I have this vivid memory of watching her draw the most incredible horses as a child. Her writing equally imaginative, she would get lost in these worlds that she would dream up. I feel privileged to have been able to see those seeds planting themselves for what would be her life's work. She writes from a beautiful farm in northwest Georgia and has now written seven contemporary novels! So proud. Today I am sharing The Walker Series: Keep You/ Dream of You/ Better Than You/ Fix You.



Beginning with Lauren’s debut novel Keep You, the Walker Series takes readers inside a dynamic, crowded family, introducing a set of siblings struggling to find their callings and begin their own families. In Keep You, the novel follows the story of Tameron Wales, a boy who had to grow up too fast because his mother needed him, and who drove away the love of his life on purpose so that he might spare her from the violent threat of his father.Joanna Walker, twenty-three and youngest of five, struggling to make ends meet post-grad, still doesn’t understand exactly what happened four years ago when Tam left her standing up against her dorm building, in the rain, like something out of a bad made-for-TV movie. She only knows that her brother Mike’s wedding – an extravagant, farcical Irish castle ordeal ordered by his fiancĂ©e – will reunite her with Tam. The only thing more painful than remembering how it all ended is seeing him again. Jo Walker is the kind of girl who knows what she wants out of life, and she’s always wanted Tam, even if she kind of hates him a little bit right now. Their story, past and present, unfolds in part as a romance, but also as a story of Tam’s love for her family, and his wish to be one of them...

Proud of you Lauren for following your heart and making things happen. An inspiration for sure!

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10 comments :

  1. Girl I feel you! This online world is big and scary sometimes to reach out! I found you over on Casey's link up and am glad I did! I will join you in diving in with no fear:)

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    1. YEAH! Thanks for stopping by Ashley!

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  2. Thanks for letting me "stop by," Lesley! Your kind words make me blush!

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  3. What wonderful support for Lauren!!! Everyone is so proud of both of you. Both of you are such talented writers and you are willing to share. Each of you have a wonderful gift that everyone enjoys.

    I have read all of Lauren's books except for the most recent which I will start soon. They are all excellent!!! She weaves a passionate love story while painting beautiful pictures with words. An extremely talented author. I highly recommend all her books.

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    1. Lauren gets rave reviews! So talented. thank you!

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  4. Lesley,
    Being a generation older than you, I know I have not had to live most of my life in this instant world that we live in today and where people can send out unkind words with a tweet or an email. But, one thing I have always lived by, and some may think it a little tough, is that I assume that people like me, unless they have the where with all to tell me they don't. It's kind of that ignorance is bliss thing. It has always worked for me. If you know you are being a decent person and have the love of God,family and friends, you just have to ignore the other stuff. Stay true to yourself and carry on! You're doing a great job! Thanks for sharing the girls on Instagram. Makes my day, every day, to see their sweet faces.

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    1. I like that motto!! Thank you Karen for your wisdom and so thrilled that the babies make you happy. They sure do make my days a lot brighter!

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  5. Lesley, I feel as though fear is something that we hide and we don't want to let out. and yet I feel as though we need to embrace our fears and take them on. This idea has been really hard for me to do and I feel like it will be a life-long struggle for me. of course, as christians, we can give our fears and worries to the Lord and he will take care of them for us. "Cast all your anxieties on the Lord for cares for you." 1 peter 5:7

    Have a blessed Saturday!!
    I am visiting from Casey Wiegand's link up.

    Jessica
    http://mybeautifulli.blogspot.com/2013/09/100-facts-you-might-not-know-about-me.html

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    1. thank you so much for the encouragement jessica! wishing YOU the same freeness from fear. it's an ongoing process. :) xo

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