Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour!: "A Different Kind of Courage" by Sarah Holman ~ What Others Are Saying

I am so excited to host a stop on the young and talented Christian fiction author, Sarah Holman's, blog tour! Her latest historical novel, A Different Kind of Courage, is now available on Amazon and is completely free through Amazon Unlimited. =)

Here are what others are saying about 
A Different Kind of Courage:

“Christian classic! Now one of my top ten most favorite books!”
 ~ Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff, Author of An Easter Carol

“I found A Different Kind of Courage to be a heartwarming, entertaining story. Sarah weaves a skillful tale of personal identity, sorrow, and healing, set against a well-researched Revolutionary background. William’s struggle to find his place during a confusing time expertly conveys the turbulence of the early days of the Revolution, and his journey will inspire all readers who are facing challenges of faith in their own lives.”
 ~ Sarah Scheele, Author of The Valley Stories

“Valuable reading for anyone looking for a well-informed, God-honoring book about the American Revolution!”
~ Kelsey Bryant, Author of Family Reunion (Six Cousins, Book 1)

“I think the feeling I felt most with this book was a greater sense of gratitude to our Founding Fathers and the men who fought and gave their lives so that America could be free.”
~ Bekah O'Brien, Author of Martha's Fun Summer

“It was a delight to refresh my love for the history surrounding our fight for independence from England. This book thrilled my heart and sparked my interest in our country's founding once again. A Different Kind of Courage is worth the time of any American who loves her country.”
~ Melinda Pound, Blogger and Founder of The Healthy Farm Girl

“A Different Kind of Courage was a creative story following the life of a young man caught in the middle of the American Revolution politics and his own emotional battle to live as a man true to himself and God.”
~ Alicia Willis, Author of From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome.

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Author Bio:

Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of five published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Can Creative People Make a Living Doing What They Love? {+Updates!}

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I have never had the desire to work at a "normal" career. While others my age were applying for jobs at sixteen, I was at home writing a book that I didn't make money from until three years later. 

I spoke with my mom about this the other day--how I don't think I would ever want a job that is unrelated to any of my passions. 

She told me she has always been the same way. 

Why sacrifice what you love in order to find a more "stable" job, especially when there are countless ways you can make money in your area of expertise?

Sure, it may be frightening when you try to make a living off of your creative field. But I don't think it's impossible.

In fact, my mom hasn't had a job unrelated to her passion since she was a teenager working at Burger King. 

Since then, she has made a living by making and selling cabbage patch dolls; painting the cuffs of socks (in the 90s); being an art director at a screen printing company; faux finishing and painting murals for homes, schools, and restaurants; teaching art lessons to kids; holding art camps; and is now beginning a new business in creating art kits for kids.

Of course, I'm not saying that some people may have to work at a job unrelated to their art. At least for a season. 

But I believe that God has given each of us a gift, and it is our job to discover what that is and how to incorporate that into our career. 

I've never quite understood the concept behind working at a job you don't enjoy, just so you can have money, just so you can live survive ... and just so you can work at a job that you don't enjoy. 

Don't you think we were called to a greater purpose than to simply get by in life?

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Yes, it is risky to not have a stable income. 

But if you are creative, then use your creativity by figuring out how to make a living by doing what you love.

Who knows? You could become even better off financially if you do pursue your creative field than you would have in another. 

Sure, trying to make a living by doing what I love is a risk. 
Yet it's a risk I'm willing to take. 

The creative life is exciting.

The possibilities of the ideas you could come up with are endless! You might even surprise yourself at the art you will produce.

Nothing compares to that feeling of brainstorming a new idea--whether it's for a new book, a business, an article, etc. And giving birth to it, watching it grow and take on a life of its own, is priceless.  
The creative life is spontaneous. 

The beauty of art is that it isn't limited to a certain structure. Five years from now you could be in a completely different avenue in your career than you are today. 

New projects will come. An idea may spark in the most unlikeliest moments. Your career could bring you to mountaintops you didn't think were possible. That's what's so exciting about the creative life: it is constantly full of surprises. 

There is never a dull moment. 
In the creative life, you always have something to look forward to--whether it is the birth of a new idea, anticipation of the future, watching a project take off, or hearing what others have said about your art. 

If you pursue a career in the arts, there will always be something to look forward to. 

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When Steve Jobs dropped out of college to begin Apple Inc., the odds were definitely not in his favor. 

But even when he could not find someone who would fund his company, he didn't give up. Jobs was determined to go against the standard way of living by pursuing his passion. 

If it hadn't been for that--as well as his creativity, passion, and perseverance--Apple Inc. would have have never been born.

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So don't ignore your desire to create by searching for a job that has nothing to do with your passions. 

Besides, why settle when you can instead get paid doing what you love?

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Speaking of careers in the arts . . . 

I have a few updates I want to share with you guys!

  • First of all, I've decided to start my very first online store. Zazzle is a site that allows you to create your own designs, upload them to various products, and sell them to customers. My products are for the book-lovers, coffee-lovers, and Jesus-lovers--hence the name Life, Literature, and Lattes. Click here to start shopping
  • My mom and I are also gearing towards opening a shop on Etsy, in which we will sell hand-crafted journals. =) 
  • I have my first speaking "gigs" next week--one at a homeschool group, and the other at the school that I graduated from. (Prayers are greatly appreciated!)
  • Also . . . I have some really exciting news! Unfortunately, I can't share it with you until it is "officially" official. So I'll keep my mouth shut until then. But make sure to stay tuned on my blog, and sign up for my newsletter (located on the sidebar) so you don't miss any special announcements! =) 

(See? There is never a dull moment when you have a career in the arts. ;) )

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Do you think creative people can build a career around doing what they enjoy? Have you found success in doing this?
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Capture a Vision, Create a Plan, & Pursue Your Dreams Today! {Free Download}

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I have always been an ambitious person. When people asked me as a teenager what I wanted to do after college, I could list about five different things, possibly more. (Of course, being an author was always at the top of my list!)

Maybe that's why I felt such a drive to pursue writing as a teenager. Since there are so many things I want to achieve in my life, why wouldn't I have wanted to get a head-start?

I don't think enough teenagers realize just how much potential they have. In high school, you have four years to discover your passions, four years to grow in your craft and to pursue your dreams. And yet so many teens don't take this time to their advantage. They assume that they can live on a day-by-day basis, waiting until they are an adult before taking life seriously. 

If you are a teenager, you can be wiser than that. You can tap into your potential. You can jumpstart your career and begin to pursue your dreams today. 

Do you know how much pressure would be taken off of you in the future if you did start today? You wouldn't have to worry so much about career options once you're in college. You would already have a pretty clear idea of what you want to do.

But the only way you can begin is by first capturing a vision, then creating a plan that will help you reach your goals.

The possibilities of what you could achieve in your lifetime--starting today--are endless. 
However, pursuing your dreams can be a bit overwhelming ... especially if you don't even know what you want to pursue.
That is why I am offering this free download. 

This 7-page download will help you: 
  • Discover your passions and talents
  • Choose a career that is suitable for you
  • Capture a vision
  • Create a plan
  • Set goals
  • Break down the process so your dream is achievable
  • Stay motivated, inspired, and focused
You don't have to be the same as others your age. You don't have to wait until you are in college before you wonder what you want to do for the rest of your life.

If you begin to plant your dreams during your teen years, you will notice a harvest much sooner in life than most people. 

However, you can't just give up if you don't see immediate results. You need to continue watering those seeds day-by-day, allowing them to grow, and having faith that one day you will reap the benefits.
There is nothing wrong with dreaming, especially if you're a young person. 
But there will come a time when you need to wake up long enough to pursue those dreams. 
If you are interested in beginning today, print out these pages. I recommend that you keep them in a binder and refer to them any time you may feel tempted to give up, any time you are not inspired, or any time you just need a fresh reminder of your vision.
Ready to get started? Click here to download the pages
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be happy to assist you in any way that I can! =) 

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What is the one dream that has always been on your heart? Do you have one dream you would like to pursue or multiple dreams?
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