i have some exciting news i’m so thrilled to finally share! i have pretty much been bursting the last few weeks holding in this news (and quite honestly for much of this past year as i made this my main focus but stayed mum about it during the process). BUT – the secret is out! i just signed a book deal and my first book will be published in spring of 2021!
although i hear it’s best to wait and hold off sharing this news until preorder season, it was important for me to share this update with all of you now. so many of you have been here since the very beginning, when i was barely 21 and documenting life with my polaroid camera while hunting down the best burger in the city in those newly wed years. 5 kids and 12 years later, i never would have dreamed this is the life i’m living, and i just feel an immense amount of gratitude for the support and love i’ve received over the years from many of you as i’ve navigated motherhood and life and grown up a whole lot in the process.
because of this platform, i’ve been fortunate to have been approached several times over the years about doing a book. (the first time was way back in 2010 before I even had any kids!) while i’ve always loved writing and the idea of doing a book has been a big bucket list goal of mine, i never committed because it never felt right. over the years, everything i wanted to say and share i was already saying and sharing through my blog and social channels, and i didn’t want my book to be regurgitated stories and photos from my online journaling.
but there’s been this sort of internal shift over the last year and a half or so where i’ve felt some walls coming down, some layers being shed as i’ve gained more confidence in my role as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter of God and as a woman. i have always loved to share and really pride myself in sharing the good, the bad (in a respectful manner) and all the in-between, and i’m excited for this book of essays to take that a step further. through many of my life experiences, i’ve gained new clarity and feel a sense of urgency in helping someone else (anyone else!) out there gain their own confidence in loving the life they live for themselves. i’m so excited for this book of essays. none of them can be found in my blog posts or anywhere online — it’s all new and i’m very proud of it so far. i spent much of the past year working away at this and the challenge has been thrilling as it’s such new territory for me (like, yes- i am capitalizing letters and using proper punctuation and less exclamation points! my keyboard is thrilled and my blogger-self is so confused.)
i’ll share more when it’s ready, but i wanted to share this update with you. i really can’t convey properly just how much you mean to me. thank you for being here. merry christmas!