Let’s Procrastinate Together, Shall We?

top o the morning

Happy Tuesday, friends! I love this sunny morning photo of our son walking to school a few days ago. And it also makes me want to sing “top of the morning to you, ‘disa! You smoothie me ice cold pizza” all day because doesn’t it? Mandisa? Toby Mac anyone?

Well it’s Tuesday so it seems only fitting that my second round of edits for Simply Tuesday are due today. I made it through the first round with Andrea, my editor. She’s the first one to read the words once they’re finished and helps to clean it up so it makes actual sense. She will say big picture type of things like this whole chapter doesn’t make sense or this isn’t anything like what we talked about eight months ago.

simply tuesday edits

Thankfully this time, she didn’t say either one of those things, but we had that first round of am-I-on-the-right-track-with-this-concept-and-narrative-arc edits in January. Once she approved those, the manuscript moved on to the brilliant editors who have the great task of making sure I don’t insult the entire English-speaking world  by telling me “Emily, it’s not relate with it’s relate to.” 

What?! I always say relate with and also that’s one not-so- great thing about blogging is I don’t have an editor to read every blog post and tell me how to use my words right so I’ve developed some terrible habits.

Of course since I have this huge deadline this week, I’m doing things like writing a blog post about edits, rearranged my mantel, and watched John hang shelves. If you’re like me and have a lot of work to do but keep only talking about the work instead of finishing the work, let’s take our cues from Amy, shall we?

“You lean over the computer and stretch and pace. You write and then cook something and write some more. You put your hand on your heart and feel it beating and decide if what you wrote feels true. You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. This is what I know.”

Amy Poehler, Yes Please

Editing isn’t nearly as fun as writing (notice how I call writing “fun” only because I’m not technically writing today), but the same rules apply. Doing is the thing. So let’s do the thing, shall we? (I’m talking to myself here).

Except one last thing.

I have started to sift through all of your responses to the Reader Survey you took last week and once I twirl my hair for a while and clean out my closets and count the fibers in my carpet and finally turn these edits in, I can’t wait to read your responses to one question in particular:

“If you and I could hang out for a day, what would you want to do or talk about?”

If you didn’t get a chance to fill out the survey before it closed but want to answer that question in the comments, I’d love to hear.

P.S. To those of you who tried to read the words on my computer screen in the photo above, I love you. You are my people. Amen.

So what are you putting off today? What would we talk about if we could hang out this afternoon instead of doing our work?

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

Some days you have to slow it all down to a halt, spend two hours on the sofa with a book and a couple of companions – be they children, animals, friends, or all three. May today be that kind of day for you, where you remember who you are and who sits with you. May together be a gift. Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Here We Are Again by Sarah Bessey – Because she writes on mothering her newest baby, number four. And this is my favorite piece on the Internet this week.

Words and Sharing by Shannan Martin – Because she says writing her book is “like waking up line by line” and I know what she means and nodded my head all the way through.

The Masterpiece Mom Podcast by Anne-Renee Gumley and Amanda Bacon – Because I feel honored to join my two favorite Alaskan moms for their podcast this week. We talked about family, writing, my next book, and crazy road trips.

Brave on the Road by Annie Downs – Because its fun to see behind-the-scenes and she brought a camera along on a speaking event to share what it’s like.

2015 Reader Survey - Because you kind of know me but I want to know you, so this is your last call to weigh in. The survey will close at 9 pm EST tonight. Thank you to those of you who have responded!

For You, After a Long Week

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Yesterday I was driving down the highway at 70 mph, listening to Malcom Gladwell read David and Goliath (with his smart accent and his long U pronunciation of assume) when my minivan slowly stopped accelerating (even though I promise I was pushing the gas) until it finally slowed to a complete, somewhat anti-climactic stop. It felt a like a dream (the bad kind) where you know you have to run fast but your body won't respond no matter what you do. Wipers were on, lights were on, Malcom was … [Continue reading]

I’m So Glad You’re Here

john and emily

Results are rolling in from our 2015 reader survey and already I've learned so much from you! (By the way, there's still time to let your voice be heard - simply fill out the survey questions here.) Here's one result that doesn't surprise me: (Insert cry-laugh face). But one interesting outcome so far is that 60% of those who responded to the survey have been reading here less than 2 years. I've been writing for over 9 years but most of you haven't been around that long. I thought today … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May we embrace the courage to speak up, hold firm, and move forward without forsaking the wisdom of staying silent, letting go, and walking away. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few things my family and I have been up to lately: We teamed up with some girlfriends to bring you The Hope*ologie Podcast! Because sometimes you need to take your cues from Tom and Donna and treat yo self by giving your future self a gift (Click the direct link to listen to the podcast or you can … [Continue reading]

Spring 2015 Reader Survey

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Hello kind reader! I'm so thankful you choose to spend a bit of your time here with me at Chatting at the Sky. And while I feel like you know a fair amount about me, I would love to know more about you. Would you be willing to take a couple of minutes to answer a few questions to help me get to know you better? Your answers will help me know ways I might better serve you in your particular season of life. Thanks so much! … [Continue reading]

When Your Heartbeat Feels Like a Drumbeat

at the intersection of longing and limits

Last week I bit into an apple that tasted precisely like one bottle of men's cologne. Well that's curious. I reasoned it cannot be possible that this fruit from God's green earth tasted like it had actually been fed Drakkar Noir from the moment it first broke seed as if the farmer was some kind of deranged Abercrombie & Fitch model with something to prove. I had to take a second bite to be sure. When the second bite confirmed it, I turned slow-motion style to the table where the kids sat … [Continue reading]

On Learning to Leave Things Behind

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Sometimes you need a lot more margin than you plan for and last week was one of those times for me. I went dark online as I prepared to serve at a conference here in my hometown. I fight this inability to multi-task better. I mean, I had two babies at once! I could make grocery lists and nurse babies and breathe all at the same time. I am a professional multi-tasker. But when it comes to writing a talk to deliver to local women I know and love, the preparation took on a life of it's own. And … [Continue reading]

When Doing Leads to Undoing

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I’m learning to crochet. Is that dorky? I have a feeling what the hipsters do with yarn these days is knitting. But I’ve heard that takes two needles which is completely intimidating. So for now, it’s crochet. The girls and I took a class at a local craft store, and after three hours we learned one stitch — if that’s even what you call it. We make rows over and over again in a line, turn, and make another line. It’s too narrow for a blanket, too wide for a scarf, and it doesn’t matter anyway … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May I learn a to practice holy indifference when it comes to others opinions of me. May I lose my sharp ability to discern disapproval, be it real or perceived, so that I may move toward others without fear or agendas. Keep my heart light like a sacred balloon. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way: Cultivate the Deep, Cultivate the Simple by Micha Boyett Three Things We Need to Stop Saying to Youth Group Kids by Addie Zierman Anne Lamott on Priorities … [Continue reading]