I’ve spent the last few days trying to come up with a title for this post. Something that could convey my feelings after attending the 2018 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference in Nashville, TN, this past weekend. This morning, as I was driving to work, the perfect word came to mind…Renewed. 

After four days with my writing peeps, I have a renewed sense of purpose. I am energized and motivated, and I am ready to continue climbing the mountains that litter the path on my journey to publication.


Keynote Speaker Debbie Macomber
My sweet friend, author Dana R Lynn
My dear friend, author Tina Radcliffe – ACFW Mentor of the Year

I have no way of knowing how much longer it will be before I reach my goal of a first sale. The journey won’t be easy. I’m sure I’ll continue to make mistakes along the way, and sometimes, I’ll fall short of my goals. That’s okay, as long as I keep going and don’t give up.

I just need to remember to take time to relax and enjoy new adventures. 

We stayed at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort.
We ate delicious food.
This was really good but it had an unexpected ‘kick’ of cayenne pepper.

I also need to remember I’m not alone in this journey. I’m surrounded by writing friends who encourage me and help me continue when the going gets tough. 

I am blessed with a wonderful group of writing sisters and friends. (L-R Sharee Stover, Tina Radcliffe, Patti Jo Moore, Cindy Regnier, me)

I am blessed! I am Renewed!