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January 2013 - Connie Mann

The Risk of Bucking Trends

When I brows my local bookstore or page through the latest “new release” catalog and see pages and pages of Amish-set fiction, I often think, “Why can’t I write one of those stories?” Right now, “Bonnet fiction” as it’s often called, is one of the hottest-selling...

How to Win the Tug-O-War

Do you ever feel like the rope in a tug-o-war? There are times in life when I am pulled in seemingly opposite directions and no amount of effort lets me make progress in either direction. Work vs. Family Dreams vs. Responsibility Money vs. Recreation Taking care of...
Are You Chasing the Right Dream?

Are You Chasing the Right Dream?

Whenever I find a quote that stops me in my tracks and makes me think, I post it on a sticky note by my computer. Every few months, I take a few down and put up some new ones. I found one recently that I’ve been alternately reading and ignoring. Frankly, I’m not quite...

Do You Need Different Goals?

It’s the beginning of January, so it’s time to write out a list of annual goals and then get busy, right? Yes, but maybe not just yet. I heard a story a while back that perfectly illustrates what I’m trying to say. (If you know where it comes from, please let me...
What’s Your Motto for 2013?

What’s Your Motto for 2013?

Happy New Year, everyone! I took a break from my computer over the holidays to spend time with family—which was lots of fun—and to deal with technical issues—which were definitely NOT fun. But the time away was an important emotional rest and helped re-energize me for...