Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Life as an Introvert

Hey guys,

I'm over at Heart-Shaped Glasses posting about the joys of being an introvert. Jump over there and join the conversation.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Free books!

Hi friends,

I've got good news. We were cleaning out the garage a few days ago (that's not the good news), and I discovered I still have a box of review copies of Canyon Walls, Canyon Crossing, and Canyon Cafe.  I'd love to mail you a free copy. All I ask is that you read the book in the next month, and if you enjoy it, you leave a review on and/or Easy Peasy!

For your copy, email me at juliejarnagin (at) gmail (dot) com with your name and address. If you have a preference for which book I send you, let me know. I have a limited number of each book, so first come first served.


* I can only ship to the continental U.S.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dreaming vs. Doing

Live Out Your Dreams

I love talking about writing. I love reading books about the craft of writing. I love spending time with my writing friends and dreaming about writing. Do you know what the hardest part of being a writer is?

It's the actual writing.

We all have dreams--whether it's writing a novel, running a marathon, or snagging our dream job. Our dreams are our passions and hopes for the future. So why is so hard to actually live them out?

One word: Fear.

Fear of failure and fear to move out of our comfort zone. Steven Pressfield calls it the resistance. Seth Godin calls it the lizard brain. It's that part of ourselves that wants to stay safe and comfortable.

The people who reach their dreams are the people who have learned to face this discomfort head on. We have to learn to be vulnerable and uncomfortable and to stretch ourselves in ways that don't always feel natural to us.

Reaching our dreams isn't about circumstances or even talent; it's about making a choice to step out in faith with the belief that you'll fly.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Big News!

The three books in my Canyon series are being combined for a three-in-one titled Canyon Weddings. It will be released in November, but the paperback is available for pre-order right now!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Ways to be a More Creative Mom

Let's face it. When we become mothers, our time is no longer our own. Whether you're a mom with young kids (like me, with a 5-year-old and a 4-month-old) or you're a mom with older kids, our worlds tend to revolve around their schedules. Sometimes it's hard to make time for ourselves, but one thing I think we need to fight for is the time and space for creativity. Using our creativity fosters more creativity, and that's good for ourselves and for our families. Here are a few ways you can be more creative.

1. Find some time for yourself to create - For me that means getting up at 5am to write (I know. It's not for everyone.) For you it might mean asking a family member to watch the kids every other Saturday to craft or paint. Whatever it is, find the time and block it out on the calendar. Find a community of other creatives - I don't know what I would do without my local writing group and my writing friends. Even if I can't be at the monthly meeting, I make sure I stay connected to my writing friends through text, social media, or a lunch. Maybe it's the people at your local yarn store or a friend you can bounce ideas off of. Our creativity is usually connected to our passion, and no one will understand your passion like others who share it.

3. Get your kids involved - Pay attention to their creative interests and foster them. Try to be a part of it by going to a music or cake decorating class with them. Sit down with them and draw or make a collage. Make creativity a regular part of your family.

4. Journal - Even if your passion isn't writing, journaling is a great way to brainstorm ideas and clear your brain. Sometimes getting your thoughts out of your head and on to paper can make room for fresh new ideas. Find more tips on journaling here.

5. Try something new - If you love crafting, give writing a try. If you're a writer, go to a painting party. Getting out of your comfort zone will only broaden your creativity, and you might even have some fun while you're at it.

How do you stay creative?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Four Ways to Declare Independence

Patriotic Pampered Pocket Pooch Posing Proudly from Flickr via Wylio
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Hey guys! I'm over at Heart-Shaped Glasses today talking about how we can break free of the things holding us back. I'd love for you to come join the discussion.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm back!

I've been missing for several months, but I have a great excuse. He's a pretty cute excuse too...

If that doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.

I'm biased, but isn't he the sweetest?

And then there's this big boy who's having a great summer break before he starts kindergarten next year.

If you'd like to see more pictures, you can follow me on instagram HERE, but I'll warn you--it's mostly pictures of a sleeping baby.

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