Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Five Awesome Things About YOU!

Hi, Seekerville! 

Welcome to awesome Wednesday. (Please note our comments are awesome and out of control today, hit load more to get to the current comment!)

To start this post,  I'd like to tell you about Mel Jolly.

Melissa Jolly is an Author’s Assistant to multiple NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors and founder of Author Rx. She has been “Keeping Authors Out of the Loony Bin Since 2009.” Her newsletters are full of good stuff. I actually look forward to receiving them. You can sign up for her awesome newsletter here.

The July Author Rx newsletter shared this quote that has been burning through my dura mater of late.


“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”                                            

         ― Steven Furtick


Let's talk about that highlight reel.

A highlight reel is not unlike a movie trailer. It's all the good bits. Social media does the same thing. All the good bits.

Come on, life is not a Pepsi commercial.  Those gorgeous put together Facebook, Twitter, Instagram posts and live ops are staged. No author I know of drives around in her car with a Starbucks cup, sipping from a straw while she tosses her perfectly coifed and highlighted blonde hair over her shoulder with a hand that displays her newly manicured nails before she smacks her lovely lips (note it's the same color Bella Hadid uses, Rouge Dior 999 Couture Color of course!)

You know what? There really is nothing wrong with the above scenario. And if you are an author you know that books used to be our product. Today, authors are as much a part of the product as the stuff between those covers.

Just understand that it's all staged. You see only what the author wants you to see. A perfect or slightly imperfect (to make her look like a regular Joe) slice of her life. The five-star reviews, the accolades, and all the accouterments are filtered for your viewing pleasure.  Sure, you see authors working hard, but when was the last time you saw a picture posted of an author plunging the toilet or cleaning up a furball off the floor? Not lately.

(And BTW, if you are spewing the ugly stuff on social media then that's another post for another day!)

It's a highlight reel. Got it? Don't compare your everyday life to the good bits.




And while you're at it, try to remember that we are not cookie-cutter writers (or readers!) and you do not write cookie-cutter stories. Cookie-cutter manuscripts are technically perfect and are without flavor or seasoning. They lack soul and identity. 

Stay true to yourself and your voice. Never try to be someone else.

You are uniquely you. Who else could be you, BUT you? Your voice is your writing fingerprint. Sure you have to learn the rules. You learn the rules so you have the right to break them as you then work to mold and create the writer that is YOU! 

No one else could write the books on our Keeper Shelf but those authors. Right?

Could anyone else have written A Passion Most Pure? How about The Husband Tree?  Or Back in the Saddle



I've quoted Stephen Covey over and over in the past, so what will one more time hurt?



This is your journey.


  • Don't live somebody else's writer life.  
  • Don't measure yourself by someone else's yardstick.
  • Don't find yourself chasing someone else's vision.




Above all, you and I are fearfully and wonderfully made. Dare I say, awesomely

Yes, you are awesome. There are at least five awesome things about you that the world needs to know about.

Today is all about you. Tell me 5 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT YOU. 

I'm serious. Do not post in the comments today unless you are willing to share five awesome things about you. 

If there are only three comments today, I'm fine with it. 

You can come back tomorrow if today is too soon for you to believe you are as awesome as I know that you are. 


Library of Congress Notecards with envelopes.

This is today's awesome giveaway! But remember, you have to comment. And in order to comment..ahem, you must tell me 5 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT YOU.  

So go ahead...


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This is me telling you that you are awesome. I am not staged. I'm two weeks overdue for cut and color. I'm tired, and I just cleaned up a furball and plunged the toilet. But you know what? I am still....awesome. 

Tina Radcliffe is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman's Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller's Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. Rocky Mountain Reunion was a 2017 Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career and  is on the RWA Honor Roll. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty-four short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

Update! Tina Radcliffe returned to Paradise with a short, fun, and laugh-out-loud novella that is part of a bundle with five awesome authors, Kristen Ethridge, Jessica Keller, Cate Nolan, Merrillee Whren and Cheryl Wyatt.

Back to School time means back to the books—in this case, six fall-themed inspirational romance novellas with a teacher twist! Join these six best-selling inspirational romance authors for stories that will fill your season with faith and love. 







You can grab your copy of Love Lessons here.









Here's a quick blurb of Tina's story, Back in the Cowboy's Arms.

A Paradise Novella


Teacher Elle Reynolds is thrilled to be back in Paradise, Colorado. She’s less than thrilled to discover the uncle and guardian of her favorite student, is none other than Mitch Logan. Mitch is the rodeo cowboy she left at the altar twelve years ago. When his niece is injured, it’s Elle who steps in to assist. Though Mitch is wary of Elle, his niece needs her. Elle can see that Mitch has changed; the wild cowboy has become the perfect daddy and leaves her wondering if he’d be the perfect husband. When Mitch finds himself falling for the woman who broke his heart, things get complicated. Can Elle and Mitch learn from the past and find their way to the perfect family?

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  1. I'll start.

    I am an awesome mom.

    I am an awesome wife.

    I am an awesome furry pet lover.

    I have so many awesome ideas each day I can never die.

    I am an awesome meme maker.

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    1. YOU really are AWESOME, Tina!!
      And *sigh* - - I went into too much detail on my list---wish I'd seen your list before I wrote mine, LOL. ;)

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    2. Tina you are an awesome encourager and an awesome kick you in the backside coach!

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    3. An awesome butt kicker. Yes. My claim to fame. Big feet.

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    4. And Tina, you're an awesome writer of posts that hit me right where I'm struggling--and then help me make it better. The timing, the subject matter, the encouragement. What a blessing. :)

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    5. Tina, you are awesome. You take time to encourage us and push us to be better. You are an awesome child of God. I know your name is Tina, but I think God knows you as Barnabas. Encourager. Thanks for all you do!

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    6. Jackie, I love that description for Tina! I want to add you're also an awesome cheerleader for writers. God focused and sister sweet.

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    7. Tina is just plain awesome but if I had to be specific, my vote is encourager.

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    8. OH. MY. GOSH. I LOVE this post! So much fun actually hearing your voice, TINA. :-) You ARE awesome. *clink* (Too early for champagne, so that's from my coffee mug to yours.)

      Thanks for sharing YOU.

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    9. I second that! Thank you for posting a video, Tina.

      ~ Renee

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    10. You ARE an awesome meme maker, Tina. That's not an easy as it looks.

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  2. This is an AWESOME post, Tina - - it really is! :) And if YOU say I'm awesome, then I must be - - because you're my hero!
    So...even though I feel kind of funny doing this, here goes. Five awesome things about me:
    1) I LOVE the Lord and know He gave me this desire to write and create special characters, so I must write.
    2) I LOVE cats and in addition to my 6, I feed any and all cats who visit my porch and deck. (And I always feature at least one cat in my stories).
    3) I enjoy encouraging others, and love posting good reviews after reading wonderful stories by my awesome author friends.
    4) I love people, and love to see people smile. So anytime I can say or do something to encourage someone to smile, I consider the day a success.
    5) I'm a good listener, which is probably why complete strangers pour out their heart to me in the grocery store. ;)

    Tina, you and the Seekers are AWESOME, and I'm blessed to have you in my life!!!
    Awesome Hugs, Patti Jo x o

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    1. Patti Jo - you are an awesome listener and I can totally see complete strangers pouring their hearts out to you.

      You're an awesome Grandma!

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    2. She is an awesome carebear that Patti Jo.

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    3. It's been so long since I petted a cat. We've mostly had dogs, which are okay, but I love to cuddle a soft kitty every once in a while.

      You are a wonderful encourager, Patti Jo! And your sweet spirit is one of the things I noticed about you when we first met here at Seekerville. :)

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    4. Patti Jo, you are awesome. Kindness oozes out of you!

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    5. Patti Jo, you're awesome at making us feel like you're in the room with your internet hugs

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    6. Patti Jo is the awesomest lots of things. Sweetheart ranks at the top!

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    7. Patti Jo is the awesomest person to go to when you need a virtual hug

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    8. Patti Jo is so awesome, I used her as a model for a fictitious character in a short story. HUGS, Patti Jo!

      ~ Yvonne

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    9. PATTI JO -- you forgot two of the things I love most about you, girlfriend:

      1.) Your peach cobbler!
      2.) Your smile (and personna) that lights up a room.

      Uh ... notice I put the food first ... ;)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  3. I am an awesome sister

    I am an awesome Westie mom

    I am an awesome lemon pie maker

    I have awesome ideas for countless suspense stories

    I am an awesome shoe and purse shopper

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    1. Terri, I may need this lemon pie recipe. I have a favorite, but I'm always on the lookout for new ones to try!

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    2. Share the recipe and NOBODY gets hurt, cupcake!

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    3. Can I just agree on the awesome sister part?

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    4. Terri, do you make it with meringue and the whole works??? You just made my mouth water. :-)

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    5. Well, then, it's all settled! Terri is an awesome Westie mom. Kudos! They are special, indeed. I miss my Sunny the Wonder Westie, as he's no longer with me. And I bet he's still looking "down" on me today, as they do, you know. At least mine thought he was better than me. Perhaps he should read your post, Tina! LOL.

      ~ Yvonne Renee

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    6. LOL, TERRI ... I'm with Ruthy ... share the recipe or else ... ;)

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  4. This post, Tina! You are awesome! And I love that video. Your unstaged self is lovely.

    Now for the exercise. *wrinkles nose* This is hard.

    I'm an awesome crocheter

    I'm an awesome restaurant & movie chooser

    I'm awesome at dialogue, POV, character voice, and self-editing, thanks to classes here at Seekerville!

    I have an awesome photographic memory

    I'm an awesome decorator

    Whew!

    Thanks for this encouraging post, Tina! Self-doubt is such a rotten plague, and I struggle with it way too often. It's good to know I'm not the only one. And you're so right. The airbrushed impressions we get from social media leave out all the imperfections that make others relatable and instill in us the courage that we "imperfects" can accomplish great and awesome things. EVERYONE is imperfect. And a lot of imperfects like us are making awesome progress and accomplishments every single day. I have no excuse for not feeling and being awesome. :)

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    1. AMEN!!! You have a photographic memory? I have as well. Part of my awesome super power. A.D.D.

      We'll have to compare super powers sometime.

      You're an awesome piano teacher too I am certain.

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    2. How fun to share the photographic trait! My mind is a bit odd, because I can remember images and scenes from when I was four, but easily forget significant conversations with friends or family. Makes me think of movies like Finding Dory, Remember Sunday or 50 First Dates, but then I'm grateful mine's not nearly that bad.

      Hahaha! Oh, dear. Last week I cancelled all my piano students in order to focus on writing more, which feels a bit counterintuitive, since I'm writing a story about a piano tutor. But I desperately want to produce more MSS, and this seems the season to do so.

      Yes! We should definitely compare superpowers sometime. I'll start ironing my cape. :)

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    3. you're an awesome writer too. Just sayin...

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    4. Natalie, you are awesome and sweet. You make people happy by showing up, whether virtually or in real life.

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    5. Natalie, hi fives from a fellow crocheter!

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    6. Stepping out in Faith, Natalie. Go you. I'll bring the tights, you bring the cape!

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    7. Oh, Natalie! I love that description: "The Airbrushed Impressions we get from social media leave out all the imperfections." What a great observation!

      ~ Yvonne Renee

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    8. AH-HA, NATALIE ..."an awesome restaurant & movie chooser," eh? Oh, girl, you shouldn't have said that!! I LOVE people that recommend favorite restaurants and movies and always hit them up for them. My poor friend Joyce is like that, so I am always e-mailing her for suggestions. I wish YOU lived in Osage Beach, girlfriend, so I could your brain on restaurants here, but I'll gladly take your top three favorite movies. :)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    9. NATALIE AND TINA ... you both have photographic memories??? I am soooooo jealous!! I barely have a memory, much less photographic. Sigh.

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  5. - I cook food that brings the family together.

    - I can knit up a storm.

    - I'm a great neighbour.

    - I can multitask with the best of them.

    - I know I am awesome because my children are.

    This was fun thank you.

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    1. Mary Preston, you are a sweetheart through and through! Awesomeness oozes from your posts.

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    2. Now, THAT'S a great yardstick! You know you're awesome because you children are. What a wonderful testament to leave behind.

      ~ Yvonne Renee

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    3. MARY SAID: "I know I am awesome because my children are."

      Now THAT'S a great measure for sure, my friend!! :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  6. Tina, congratulations on your new release! A .99 book collection is such a great deal... Folks will love it.

    I think God did a great job on all of us... and then we get to pick and choose what we do with all of those gifts. I'm not a lister... And I know I'm blessed with so much... So we'll suffice it to say those blessings are awesome!

    And every day has me waking up thankful, thanking God for all he's done for me and one of those amazing things was giving me this community of writers on both sides of the fence!

    Now I want Terri's Lemon Pie Recipe!

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    1. I need five awesome things from you, pal. Read the instructions.

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    2. I did! Hence the "not a lister"... We all know my ego is plenty strong enough without lists! :)

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    3. Hey Rithy - maybe I could do your awesome list for you. It would be longer than 5, though.

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  7. What a fantastic post, Tina! I'm a big fan of Steven Furtick.
    I'm an awesome child of God.
    I'm an awesome puzzler...I don't look at the picture on the box.
    I'm an awesome daughter.
    I'm an awesome employee.
    I'm an awesome friend.
    Congrats on the release of Love Lessons. I picked it up yesterday and started reading it last night. You know what? It's pretty awesome!

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    1. YOU DON'T LOOK AT THE BOX????? WHATTTT????

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    2. Nope! I turn it face down. It drives everyone bananas! :)

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    3. People who turn the box over amaze me. My grandfather used to turn the box over too. It's been so long since I put together a puzzle. I think I'm due...

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    4. Jill, you are awesome! And that puzzle thing? Wow!

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    5. Jill, you are an awesome friend and might I say an awesome caregiver to your parents.

      Can you be on my team if we ever put a puzzle together? hehe

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    6. You're also an awesome writer, Jill!

      ~ Yvonne Renee

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    7. Jill, one of the last puzzles our family put together, not only had pic on the box, but a small poster of the puzzle. And we still fought over who got to place the box in front of them!

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  8. I'm an awesome daughter.
    I'm an awesome friend.
    I'm an awesome listener.
    I'm an awesome multitasker or so I think.
    I'm an awesome kitty mommy.
    I'm an also lover of the higher power.

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    1. There you go, Cathyann!!! AWESOMENESS ALL OVER!

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    2. An "awesome multitasker"??? That number 40 by your name must be for the amount of things you can do at one time, my friend, because it sure can't be your age if you are an awesome multi-tasker!! I can barely walk and chew gum at the same time. :|

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    3. Hats off to being an awesome listener. The world needs more of it.

      ~ Yvonne Renee

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  9. Terrific post, Tina! I love the quote. Another thing for people to consider when comparing themselves to others, usually other people only tell you the GOOD parts of their life/career stories. No one likes to share their mistakes and mishaps.

    I'm great at sewing.
    I'm a good baker.
    I'm an awesome grandma to my granddarlings!
    My sense of humor is keen (and can admit not everyone thinks so!).
    I'm a determined writer.

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    1. Rose, I love your sense of humor!

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    2. Determined Writer! You are definitely that, Rose!

      ~ Yvonne Renee

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  10. I am an awesome mommy.
    I am an awesome daughter/sister.
    I am an awesome artist/animator.
    I am an awesome reader.
    I am an awesome athlete.

    and I take the occasional awesome picture and updated my profile picture like awesome Tina suggested on my pre-pubbed author FB page. Oh, and I'm on my way to being an awesome short story writer like TINA is.

    Thanks Tina and all the AWESOME Seeker ladies who have mentored/encouraged/nurtured a whole bunch of now-authors and soon-to-be authors here. Hearts and hugs!!!

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    1. I LOVE YOUR AWESOME PROFILE PIX. YOU ARE AWESOMELY BEAUTIFUL!

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    2. An "awesome athlete," Deb? I am SO jealous because I even flunked balance beam in high school, I am so bad. What's your best sports?

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    3. thanks Tina *blushing*
      Hi Julie
      volleyball is my best sport, although I like baseball/softball and want to pick up golf (with the Gupster, who wants to try it out because he likes whacking things with sticks). I play volleyball with some lady friends in the local rec league. I'm the youngest at almost 50 yrs old. We've got a 66 yr old on the team. She's awesome. I think this season we recruited a couple of "ringers" who are closer to 30, so I won't be the "baby" anymore. ;) We mostly just have fun - but it's nice to beat young pups now and then.

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  11. Why am I crying??? Yes, I'm a weepy CDQ, it's true, but it's more than that. This post touches me at the core of who God meant us to be -- ourselves!

    You said: "Stay true to yourself and your voice. Never try to be someone else. You are uniquely you. Who else could be you, BUT you? Your voice is your writing fingerprint."

    THIS is an emancipation proclamation, and I joyfully embrace it!

    A little too wired for some people.
    A little too weepy for others
    And more than little too much of an open book to suit my husband.

    But ... despite all the ribbing and teasing I took in both school and my family, I am comfortable in my skin. Even IF the Almighty may have stretched it a wee bit too tight ... ;)

    Thank you, Tina, for this truly encouraging, inspiring, and take-a-deep-breath-and-enjoy-who-you-are post because to quote a famous saying from years ago: God doesn't make junk.

    Awesome things I like about myself:

    1.) I'm not shy.
    2.) I'm honest.
    3.) I'm an encourager
    4.) I make friends easily.
    5.) I'm quirky.

    Now the tears are gone and I am READY to face my day, so GOD BLESS TINA RADCLIFFE!!

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie, I remember the first ACFW conference when I met you. You were so awesome to speak to me when I was scared and shaking in my shoes. Hugs, my friend!

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    2. Julie, you're amazing!! You have a way of making everyone feel special and wanted!!

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    3. Your list is perfect, Julie!

      And you are definitely NOT shy, which makes all introverts everywhere love you. :)

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    4. JULIE, YOU ARE SO AWESOME!!! TRULY!

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    5. Julie is just plain awesome all around

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    6. Julie, love your list - all that is so obvious in your work!

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    7. JULIE, I LOVE your awesomeness. Oh, and you left out kisses. How could you forget THOSE??? You write awesome kisses. *swoon* (...And I'll miss seeing you in the elevator this year at ACFW. Hopefully, next year!)

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    8. JACKIE!!! Trust me, my friend, you are SOOO easy to love, so it was a no-brainer!! :)

      SHAREE, you sweet thing, you, THANK YOU sooo much, because that IS one of the cries of my heart -- to make others feel even just a blink of the specialness that God has for them!!

      LOL, JAN ... yes, I do know that introverts like me, including my own daughter when she was small, hovering next to me at family functions because she knew I'd do all the talking. ;)

      Aw, thanks, TINA -- coming from someone I see as the QUEEN OF AWESOME, that is a high compliment indeed! :)

      LOL, CINDY ... well ... let's not push our luck on that one ... ;)

      Aw, LAURA, that blesses me because I want people be able to get to know me through my books, so THANK YOU! A friend once told me that reading one of my books was like going to lunch with me, which made me SO happy! And no calories either!! ;)

      CYNTHIA!!! How did I miss that one??? I do happen to like the kisses I write, so I will gladly take that addition to the list because awesome kisses is what this romance author is all about! ;)

      MEGA HUGS to you all for making my day just that much more AWESOME!!!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

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    9. Julie, I love you said you're quirky.
      I've been told I'm weird. Quirky=good. Weird, not so much. LOL.

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  12. Oh, and I absolutely love, Love, LOVE the video!! Makes me smile every time I watch it.

    And SUPER CONGRATS on the new release, Tina -- I just downloaded and cannot wait to read it!!

    Things I like (no, LOVE) about Tina Radcliffe:

    1.) Tina's deep faith in God and prayer.
    2.) Tina's bottom-line honesty.
    3.) Tina's ability to lead from the rear (speaks softly, but carries a big stick)
    4.) Tina's dry humor.
    5.) Tina's caring heart.
    6.) Tina's wisdom.
    7.) Tina's courage.
    8.) Tina's ability to draw respect without saying a word.
    9.) Tina's strength (which is totally fueled by God)
    10.) Tina's posts that are uniquely her.

    Hugs and more hugs!
    Julie

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    1. Amen to all of these things we love about Tina. Yay

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    2. Agree with that list about Tina (and yours, too Julie!) I'd add, her generosity.

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    3. Hear, hear! Great job, Julie! Tina is all of that awesomeness and more!

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    4. awesome Tina list. I agree!!!!

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    5. I concur! Thanks for being awesome, Tina!

      ~ Yvonne

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  13. Such a perfectly awesome post, Tina. I read the posts nearly every day, but I don't always comment. Today I need to, because I am awesome :)

    - I'm an awesome wife.
    - I'm an awesome mom.
    - I'm an awesome church administrator.
    - I'm an awesome friend.
    - I'm an awesome cook!

    Thanks for that. I'm totally ready to kick-start my day!

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    1. Glynis, you are truly, truly, awesome.

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    2. GLYNIS, YAY!! SO good to see your awesomeness, girlfriend, so uh ... hey ... can you come to my house and cook??? ;)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    3. Dang, Julie. You had the same idea I did about the cooking. Maybe she can mail us some of her awesomeness in the kitchen!

      ~ Yvonne

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  14. Okay, here we go. And this is a legit challenge for me, because insecurity has been a struggle my whole life.

    Okay. Five things.

    1. God made me, and he loves me. That alone makes me awesome.

    2. I'm a great encourager, especially on social media, where I don't just post the highlight reel.

    3. I am a loving, caring, and wise wife and mother.

    4. I am a talented and experienced cellist with a special gift for improvisation.

    5. I'm snarky and hilarious.

    Thanks, Tina. You are awesome as well! Love your heart, humor, and wisdom! I hope you realize how awesome you are, too!

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    1. Oh, my goodness, yes. You are one of the few awesome folks who found a way to not post the highlight reel and not post the ugly. You are like the Erma Bombeck of your generation finding the funny in the middle. AWESOME AMANDA!

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    2. WOW, AMANDA, I am totally impressed with you being a cellist. Mind you, I don't get to the symphony all that much, but I was at a party recently where a cellist performed, and I was absolutely spellbound along with the rest of the guests. Do you or did you use to play professionally?

      And, uh ... will SOMEONE please tell me what the "highlight reel" is????

      HUGS!!
      JULIE

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  15. I wish I'd known this when I was younger, or done an exercise like this. Struggled with low self-image all my life and only now, in the season of harvest, have I seen that the things I'm good at balance out the things I'm not good at, and that I have a place in this life and a role to fill. Even Christians -- especially Christians -- fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with others. We need to see ourselves through Christ's eclipse glasses, Anything else will burn us.
    This has shaken me up, I feel like crying as Julie did, can't do a list right now, be back later.
    Kathy Bailey
    Stunned in NH

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    1. I agree, Kathy. It's taken me my whole life to realize this truth. I WILL SEE YOU AND YOUR AWESOMENESS LATER.

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    2. Aw, (((hugs Kathy))) I know exactly what you are saying and feeling, such a common trap we sometimes fall into.
      Don't ever think for one minute that you are less than, you are awesome and enough just as you are.

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    3. BLESS YOU, KATHY, that I'm not the only weepy one in the bunch!! This post truly touches the heart and make us all better, so HUGE HUGS to the Teenster for brightening our day.

      HUGS!
      Julie

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  16. Tina! This post is getting pinned!
    Yesterday was Crisis Day at our house so I think I can safely say I'm an awesome Crisis Manager.
    I'm an awesom Child of God.
    I'm the awesome mom of awesome children.
    I try to be an awesome wife.
    And I'm an awesome spinner/knitter.
    Someday I'm going to add awesome writer to that list !

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    1. You are an awesome writer, Laurie. I've read your stuff.

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    2. Okay, LAURIE ... I get the awesome knitter, but tell me what a "spinner" is because I'm clueless (not an unusual state of mind, mind you!).

      And you already ARE an "awesome writer," girlfriend, if you are attempting to do what so many people cannot or will not do. But someday you WILL be an awesome author too, yes?

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    3. Too bad there are only five things to list, because you're an awesome encourager and example of a Spirit-led Christian. Thanks for taking the time to encourage me.

      ~ Yvonne

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  17. Interesting post, Tina. And hard to do. But I'll give it a shot.

    1. I love my husband, kids and grandkids—but more importantly, I LIKE them. I would rather hang out with them than do most anything else.

    2. I try to learn something new every day. If I had a catch-phrase it would be, “I didn’t know that.”


    3. I’m able to see the worst-case-scenario in any situation (My child didn’t answer the phone. Clearly she’s been kidnapped and rolled up in a rug in the back of that run-down van I just passed). This was a bad thing when I wrote non-fiction. It’s a good thing for a fiction writer.

    4. I’m also able to see the humor in any situation. For instance, I ordered my usual “work pants” (comfortable ones for long writing bouts) from the usual mail order company last week. I ordered them one size bigger this year. They came with a “time sensitive material” sticker on the package. I laughed until my sides ached.

    5. I have an easily identifiable, consistent “voice” when it comes to writing (and that goes back to the days when I worked as a columnist). I may always struggle with passive/active, show-don’t-tell, and any number of other things, but with voice—what you see is me.

    Thanks for such a thought-provoking post, Tina!

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    1. Laura, I was typing and didn't see your "humor in any situation" line, I said the same thing. I'm laughing so hard at your "time sensitive material pants", so funny :)

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    2. I love your list, Laura. Number 3 had me chuckling. But it's awesome that it's balanced by number 4. (also hilarious). And yes your voice is very clear. You're an awesome writer!

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    3. Laura, you are one of the most awesomely hilarious people I know. You and me and Amanda When need to do last comic standing.

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    4. Tracey, I love your list, especially what your son says! Made me smile, too. Josee, I believe that being an "encourager" is such a wonderful gift, and you use it so generously. And you are an awesome writer! Tina, your awesomeness goes beyond what I have room for here - seriously. I've said this before, but I'll say it again, when I count my blessings, you and Seekerville are always near the top of the list. (Let me know when you come up with a Last Comic Sitting gig, I may be better suited to that).

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    5. LOL, LOVE your list, LAURA!!!

      You said, "If I had a catch-phrase it would be, “I didn’t know that.”

      Catch-phrase for you, reality for me. :|

      LOVE the "work pants" story -- TOO funny!!

      Hugs and more hugs, you awesome girl, you!!
      Julie

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    6. LOL! You're awesome at making me laugh, Laura.

      ~ Yvonne

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  18. Tina!!! I love you in all your awesomeness!

    I have never had a problem seeing the awesomeness in other people, but why is it so hard to see it in myself? Here's my highlight reel:

    Even on my worst day, Jesus loves me passionately, incredibly, like no other...that means I'm awesome

    Whenever my son finishes a meal I've cooked, he always says "Mama won't do you wrong", makes me smile...that means I'm awesome

    I can see the humor in just about any situation, given enough time...that means I'm awesome

    I remember the mistakes more often than what I did right raising my three kids (perfectionist problems) but they all saw I did a great job, so I'm taking their word for it because they are all awesome...I'm an awesome mom

    I'm a loyal friend, encourager and confidant...that means I'm awesome

    That wasn't easy to do. Thanks for getting me thinking about myself in an awesome light, to make that happen means...YOU ARE AN AWESOME PERSON TINA!

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    1. You are awesom..er. Tracey Hagwood! I need to stop by for dinner. YUMMM!

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    2. Oh, TRACEY, I hear you on this one:

      "I remember the mistakes more often than what I did right raising my three kids (perfectionist problems) but they all saw I did a great job, so I'm taking their word for it because they are all awesome...I'm an awesome mom"

      It took me YEARS to finally realize that God apparently thought I was the PERFECT mom for my kids no matter my imperfections (and no matter what I thought), so who are we to argue with the Almighty??

      So you go, girl, you awesome mom, you!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    3. Hey Julie,
      Yes, It has taken me years to get the perspective that I was the best one for them, so humbling that I could be the best for anyone.
      So I'm applauding you, me and awesome moms everywhere!

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  19. Tina - you had to go and make this extra hard didn't you? If nothing else, you are pulling me way out of my comfort zone because you know how I hate to talk about my awesomeness. I have a sign on my desk at work my boss gave me that says "Don't forget to be awesome." I think of Tina every time I see it. Ok, here goes (with my eyes squinted shut and my fists clenched- except for my typing fingers)
    1. I am an awesome rhymer - not sure where that gets me except that lots of people look forward to my annual rhyming Christmas letter.
    2. I make awesome homemade bread (too bad I'm GF)
    3. I make awesome stuff with my crochet hooks and yarn.
    4. I have the awesomest kids ever (Which I am at least partially responsible for their awesomeness)
    5.I have the most pickiest husband you can imagine and every time I say something about that he reminds me that he picked ME to be his awesome wife.

    Whew! Stress relief no that that's over. (I try to never use two thats in a row.)

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    1. Cindy, you are awesome. What a romantic husband! That comment gave me the cold chills!

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    2. Jackie - Thank You! You are the one who thought it was romantic that my husband calls me "Story Girl" So do I. YOU are awesome!!

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    3. That was an eyeopener Cindy. I tell my hub he is picky like the princess and the pea. Now I will shut up..because he did pick me. Thank you.

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    4. CINDY!!!

      Love, Love, LOVE this:

      "I have the most pickiest husband you can imagine and every time I say something about that he reminds me that he picked ME to be his awesome wife."

      That is one romantic and one VERY smart man!! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    5. HAHAHAHAHA! PICKY HUSBANDS UNITE! You're definitely awesome, Cindy!

      ~ Yvonne

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  20. This comment is getting stale because I'm sitting on it instead of just hitting "publish." It's not that I don't believe I'm an awesome child of God...but saying it out loud is another story.

    Congratulations on "Love Lessons." I downloaded it yesterday and will start with your novella, Tina. Autumn is my favorite! Okay, here goes...5 things:

    1. I am a quick study. I've taught myself how to build built-ins, write calligraphy, and design my own website. (Thank you, God for the internet.)

    2. I can tell if something is crooked. The joke is my eyes are more precise than a level.

    3. I am an aesthete.

    4. I'm an encourager. Friends say they can tell me anything.

    5. I'm optimistic.

    I'm thankful God made me this way and that he's brought amazing people into my life who bless me with their awesomeness!

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    1. You also have an awesome newsletter!

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    2. I agree with Jackie. Loved hearing about your Toronto trip!

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    3. THAT WAS AN AWESOME NEWSLETTER. And you have a tender heart, Josee. Awesome, Josee.

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    4. Okay ... am I the ONLY one who had to look up the word "aesthete"????

      And you can design your own website??? WHOA ... that automatically shoots a person up six or seven levels in my book, so you go, girl!!

      Sounds like I need to sign up for that newsletter ... so I did!! LOVE the pic on your website -- WOW!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    5. I TOTALLY AGREE! You are a VERY quick study of the writing craft, although you forgot to mention that you're also an awesome writer, as well. And don't forget your awesome ability to speak French. That's totally awesome!

      ~ Yvonne

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    6. Aw, geez...Thank you, ladies! And so glad you signed up, Julie. :)

      You are all awesome in my book!

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  21. Tina, wow, I was just nitpicking myself with God this morning. And He said, you're great the way I made you. Now this awesome post. I'm taking a deep breath and plunging in:

    I'm awesome because:

    God made me and said so.
    My husband loves me--for years and years.
    My kids think I'm a good mom.
    I'm a loyal friend.
    I'm a writer.

    Janet

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    1. Janet, you are awesome! And kind and gracious. God made you great like that!

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    2. Janet, you have the most awesome wicked dry sense of humor. I can see from all the awesome funny people here that we need to start our own Awesome Comedy club. Janet is hilarious. And she doesn't realize it.

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    3. I agree with Tina, JANET ... you are hysterical with that dry sense of humor that comes at us out of left field. Missy's the same way, and I absolutely LOVE listening to you both!!

      HUGS AND MORE HUGS!!
      Julie

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    4. Janet, I think you're awesome at sharing your wisdom with all the unpubbeds at Seekerville. Thank you for being so awesome!

      ~ Yvonne

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    5. Ditto what Yvonne said! Thank you, Janet!

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  22. Tina, what an awesome post! Thanks for once again encouraging us. Also, congrats on your new release. I've downloaded it and can't wait to start reading.

    Five awesome things about me.

    1. I'm loved by our most high God.
    2. I'm an awesome listener and won't reveal your secret.
    3. I'm an awesome wife.
    4. I'm an awesome mother and grandmother and trying to find the most awesome way to do this long distance.
    5. I've often been told I'm an awesome brain stormer.

    I hope you all have an awesome day!

    Thanks, Tina!

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    1. And you are a sweetheart, an awesome writer and an awesome friend.

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    2. Jackie, you are an awesome class act. A true southern lady. You scare me a tiny bit because you are so cool.

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    3. Okay, JACKIE, #s 2 & 5 sealed the deal for ultra awesomeness in my opinion. A friend who will brainstorm with me and not tell anyone my plots?? Any chance you'll be moving to Osage Beach anytime soon???

      HUGS AND MORE HUGS!!
      Julie

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    4. Thanks so much ladies! Julie, we can brainstorm online anytime.

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    5. Jackie! The cat's out of the bag. We're going to put you in charge of brainstorming for the group!

      Thanks for being an awesome encourager to me, Jackie.

      ~ Yvonne

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  23. Amen, amen, amen!

    Five awesome things about me:

    1. Jesus loves me, this I know
    2. I am my husband's best friend, helper, and cheerleader
    3. I did a pretty awesome job raising our four children
    4. I can write an awesome story - at least my editors think so, and they're the ones who make sure I get paid. ;)
    5. I can herd cats (aka, a church full of energetic elementary Sunday School students)

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    1. Jan, you are awesome. I think you must be an awesome cook and hiker as well. If pictures tell the truth!!!

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    2. I agree, Jan! You are awesome! I've said it before and I'll say again, that I want to be like you when I "grow up" ;)

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    3. JAN, you forgot one.

      You are also an awesome level for wired people. All I know is the minute I sat down to talk to you at ACFW, I felt a calm, so that is HUGE for us high-wired types who need a calm and steady friend. :)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  24. Wow, only 9:00 in the morning and there are a lot more than 3 comments, Tina! Here goes:

    1. I trust in God to guide my life
    2. I love my family
    3. I am loyal to my friends and family
    4. I am persistent
    5. I am dedicated

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    1. You are awesome, Sandy! And your smile lights up the Village.

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    2. AND you are awesomely adorable, SANDY SMITH!! I think so every time I see your name or face pop up, plus I met you in person, so I know I'm right. :)

      HUGS AND MORE HUGS!!
      Julie

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  25. Tina, love this post! Your video is awesome too!

    5 Awesome Things about me:

    1) God made me just the way I am
    2) I am the awesomest wife and mother my husband and kids could have
    3) I love to ask questions
    4) I love to encourage others
    5) I write awesome stories

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    1. Sally Shupe, awesomely never gives up. You will be sold because you constantly fill your well and continue to learn your craft. YOU ARE AWESOME~

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    2. AND, SALLY ... your awesome name is fun to say three times fast ... ;)

      SALLY SHUPE, SALLY, SHUPE, SALLY SHUPE!

      And, no, I am not drinking or overcaffeinated -- just a bit on the quirky side. ;)

      HUGS AND MORE HUGS!!
      Julie

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    3. Her name is so awesome I used it in the last Woman's World Romance I submitted. :-)

      ~ Yvonne

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  26. Oh, um, wow. Five awesome things about me? Okay, give me some time to think about it.

    And here are five awesome things about me...

    1.) Just so it's out there- I am a child of the One True King
    2.) I'm a writer- which super duper impresses everyone I meet- and I published my first book at fifteen
    3.) I'm just like my dad which is awesome because my dad is awesome
    4.) I'm crafty, clever, creative and good at alliterations
    5.) I'm very good at memorizing obscure facts, Edgar Alan Poe poems, and Disney songs

    And you know what? YOU are awesome too! Yay being awesome!

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    1. Nicki, I can verify without a doubt that you are not only awesome...but AMAZING. I wish had been awesome to embrace my talents at fifteen!

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    2. You published your first book at fifteen??? WOW ... that is TOTALLY awesome, Nicki, so MAJOR KUDOS to you, my friend!!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  27. Memorable points, Tina! Thank you! (And I ordered your new novella yesterday so it now happily lives on my kindle awaiting attention!)

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    1. Glynna, you are awesome.

      Glynna is talented.
      Glynna is hard working.
      Glynna is funny.
      Glynna is a fabulous writer.
      Glynna is one of the sweetest people I know.

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    2. AMEN AND AMEN ... absolutely one of the VERY "sweetest people" I know too!

      Love you, Glynna!!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  28. Oh my goodness, Tina! Thank you so much for the kind words about my newsletter. That quote from Steven Furtick helps me so often and I'm so glad you are able to share it with others.

    Let's see...
    I'm awesome at organizing all the things!
    I'm awesome at acting and singing!
    I'm an awesome furry/and non-furry kid mom!
    I'm awesome at remembering important and non-important things.
    I'm an awesome listener.

    :) Have a super day!

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    1. I am HONORED that you would stop by Mel. Thank you!!! YOU ARE AWESOME.

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    2. Okay, MEL, I'm going to say it right off the bat -- you have an AWESOME name!! Makes me smile. :)

      HUGS!
      JULIE

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  29. Fun post! Important post! Thank you, Tina!

    I am an awesome God-lover!
    I am an awesome Mom (with three fantastic children)!
    I am an awesome Grandmother (with four grands)!
    I have published 20-some books since I've entered mid-life...a few have been awesome!
    I am an encourager...at least, I try to be.

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    1. Debby, you are so awesome and I am proud and humbled to be your friend.

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    2. You forgot one of the most important "AWESOMES," DEB ... you are an AWESOME PRAYER WARRIOR, and I am blessed to know you!!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    3. Your are awesome, Debby and a great encourager. Don't doubt it.

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    4. You are definitely awesome, Debby!

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    5. Yes, you ARE an AWESOME ENCOURAGER! Thank you for encouraging me during a very low time in my life. HUGS!

      ~ Yvonne

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    6. An encourager and an inspiration, Debby! (20-some books!!)

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  30. You are indeed awesome, Tina!

    By God's grace, I am an awesome child of God
    By God's grace, I am an awesome wife to an awesome man
    By God's grace, I am an awesome cat mom to three awesome cats
    By God's grace, I am an awesome flower photographer
    By God's grace, I am an awesome flower grower

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    1. You are so right, Phyllis, by God's awesome grace. Amen.

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    2. I love that, Phyllis! By God's grace we are all awesome!

      ~ Yvonne

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  31. Great post Tina. Always a good idea to take stock of all we are thankful for and to appreciate ourselves. We are awesome because we are fashioned after an awesome God. Psalm 139 is one of my favorites.

    I am an awesome and godly wife.
    I am an awesome and appreciative friend.
    I am an awesome lover of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit
    I am an awesome writer
    I am awesome and active for my age.

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    1. Sweetie, you are awesome at any age.

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    2. SANDRA!! Psalm 139 is one of my top faves, especially 139:23-24:

      Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
      See if there is any offensive way in me,
      and lead me in the way everlasting.

      And, YES, I totally concur that you ARE an "awesome and appreciative friend"!!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    3. You're an awesome writer who sweeps me away to places like Spain, where I rode a horse with you on the beach. How awesome is that?

      ~ Yvonne

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  32. Good morning, Tina! I've had so much fun reading about all the amazing ways God has blessed the people here in Seekerville. What an awesome group of people! I'm so glad I found you all!

    Here are some of mine:

    1. I have an awesome knack for languages--and even made up my own language in high school. I still use it to journal or work out secret details in my stories I'm not ready to reveal yet.
    2. I have an awesome active imagination that goes down the craziest rabbit trails.
    3. I have an awesome husband who inspires me to be a godly wife and mother--and who brings my feet back to terra firma when I'm off in an imaginative daydream.
    4. I'm a natural at climbing into someone else's shoes and empathizing with where they're at. I have to watch it and not let myself get carried away experiencing what they're feeling so that I can actually be helpful and not part of the problem. This is great for compassion and support--and for writing characters--but a weakness when not balanced and kept in its proper place.
    5. Most importantly, I have an awesome God who brought me to life in Jesus Christ and sent his Spirit to dwell with me. Anything awesome I have is only a reflection of his unimaginable awesome, and I'm so incredibly grateful to know and love him.

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    1. Do you know that your comment just blessed my socks off? You are awesome, inside and out and I love your new profile pix because you truly shine in that color.

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    2. Nailed it, Megan. Our awesomeness is totally due to our loving Father. Hear, hear!

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    3. oooo... you made your own language? I made up a code that I can read and write pretty good. I shared it with my seven year old and he loves writing me messages with it now.

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    4. Thank you Tina :) You're such an awesome encourager.

      DebH--that's a great idea! My love of languages started with an interest in codes and cyphers as a kid. I might try that once my kids are old enough to read and write :)

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    5. Oh my goodness Megan, you ARE AWESOME and like Tina, yo blessed my socks off!

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    6. Being awesome at empathizing with people is a God-given gift! That's truly awesome.

      ~ Yvonne

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  33. Awesome wife Awesome mom.
    Awesome at Sudoku (Hubby can't beat my record. EVER!)
    Awesome story ideas.
    Awesome at getting things done WHEN I set my mind to it.
    I make AWESOME coconut cream pie.

    AND I HAVE AWESOME FRIENDS!!!

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    1. More things to love about you. I love coconut cream pie. Okay, this has been revealing. I have a suspense written and Sudoku is part of a plot point. I am stuck in that plot point for years because I can't figure out Sudoku. I may have found my solution!!!! YOU!!!

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    2. I steal my husband's iPhone so I can play Sudoku. It's a plot point? I love it!

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    3. I Loooove coconut cream pie! Please share your awesome recipe with the group!

      ~ Yvonne

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  34. Wow! So much fun today reading about everyone's awesomeness!

    I guess I'll dive in.

    FIVE awesome things about me:

    1. I'm an encourager.

    2. I have an awesome laugh. LOL

    3. I have a Pollyanna attitude...meaning, I can always play the "glad game" and see a silver lining in a tornado. (I've been through several so, yes, I'm pretty awesome at this.)

    4. I'm an awesome writer. (Any editors listening? :-) )

    5. I'm an awesome people-lover. All stripes. Shapes. Sizes. Personalities.

    And (One more to grow on!)

    6. I cook pretty awesomely. On tonight's menu: Salisbury steak, mashed taters & gravy, angel biscuits, and corn. OH, and sweet tea. Come on over!

    Thanks, Tina. This was fun and I feel better!

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    1. Cynthia, I will add to that list. You are kind. Kindness is far too undervalued today. Your kindness is like a balm. I thank you for being an awesomely kind person.

      (what are angel biscuits? I don't care. I want them.)

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    2. Cynthia, my husband makes angel biscuits. I normally make buttermilk biscuits, but if he's in the kitchen, that what he likes.

      We're leaning a lot about each other.

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    3. Cynthia, that's what I made last night! (minus the biscuits and sweet tea)
      We southern girls think alike!

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    4. I agree with Tina - you are so very kind. And, I need Angel biscuits in my life. NOW.

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  35. So, your post about made me cry. ;) I've been struggling with a number of things lately, and I desperately needed the reminders you shared here. So . . . here goes.

    1. I am a grace-giver

    2. I am awesome at apologizing to my kids when I blow. And believe me, I get plenty of practice. ;)

    3. I am awesome at helping others with their story characters

    4. I am an encourager

    5. I am an awesome Jeanne Takenaka. Goodness knows I can't be anyone else. ;)

    Thanks, Tina!

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    1. I agree! You are an awesome Jeanne. You have a gentle spirit that radiates around you like warm sunshine. Everyone in your path can feel that gentle loving warmth. That is truly a gift from God.

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    2. Jeanne, you are an awesome Jeanne Takenaka. Nobody can do you better and we're all blessed by your kindness.

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  36. 1. I'm so awesome at pour-over coffee that I drink way too much.

    2. I'm awesome at pushing through chronic illness to pursue my dreams.

    3. I am so awesome that after 35 years of marriage, my husband buys me fresh flowers all the time. :-)

    4. I'm so awesome at being the "Wacky Bird Lady" that Daphne du Maurier penned THE BIRDS after having pour-over coffee while sitting on my deck.

    5. I'm so awesome as Yvonne Weers that from here-on-out, I will formally drop the pen name Renee McBride and write under my God-given name.

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    1. Yes, YVONNE! I love your name. First off, you are an awesome ENCOURAGER. Just look at today, cheering everyone on in the comments. I love coffee and would love to have a cup of your awesome pour-over coffee with you (one day!) You are an awesome friend, writer, editor, critique partner and advice-giver. You are, quite simply, the best!

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  37. I love this post almost as much as I love Tina and Seekerville!!

    I'm an Awesome child of God. Five things I'm Awesome at...

    1.) Rocking Converse with practically everything I wear (I think I'm at 14 pairs and counting).

    2.) Driving my Mountain Man insane...it's a talent. ;)

    3.) Writing suspense stories with interesting plot twists. (Now if only I could get an editor to agree.)

    4.) Purposefully trying to stay upbeat and positive even in the most trying of times.

    5.) Loving my family and friends.

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    1. Rhonda, you are awesome. And you definitely rock the Converse! An editor will be agreeing with you soon on those awesome plot twists.

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    2. Rhonda, is it wrong of me to really love #2 as much as I do?
      2)Driving Mountain Man insane...it's a talent ;)
      I have the same (undervalued and underappreciated) talent!

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  38. How can one be awesome when there is so much brightness in this small seekerspace that even the sun itself would be eclipsed by its own blushing!

    Why just this morning I was hit with the term 'dura mater' which means to my Latin: hard, tough, durable mother! I assume this refers to the author's internal editor.

    Now that is awesome...and fearful!

    Vince

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  39. Love that quote. Okay, five awesome things:

    1. I'm easy an easy-to-get-along-with, low maintenance woman.
    2. I'm a good cook.
    3. I think my kids and dog would say I'm a good mom.
    4. I'm dependable. If I say I'll organize the children's church lessons, they get done.
    5. I can create characters people care about.

    There. That felt good. Thanks.

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  40. 1. I am an awesome reader.
    2. I am an awesome book reviewer. Hee hee.
    3. I am an awesome organizer of our household's activity calendar. It has six different colors running through the weeks and months.
    4. I am awesome at throwing out or giving away unneeded items from our house.
    5. I am awesome with my evil queen-witch-mother death glare.

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