It is my honor to introduce you to this incredible powerhouse of a women…
To say she is an inspiration, it’s really and understatement. If you get her news letter or read her quotes on instagram, you can feel her. You can feel her soul and with every key she presses as she writes lines and lines of words you have to consider with your entire being.
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I heard her speak for the first time in 2012 and the Pursuit 31 Conference. As she spoke, I felt like I had known her my whole life. She was living her story out loud and she made you feel like you had to be apart of it, even in a small way. She made you feel like you had to be close to her, like you had to know her because her words carried His life on them. She carried His rest, His authenticity, and with each sentence she release it into the room, if felt like and invitation to consider the deeper parts of His heart. It was clear why she was highly sought after speaker. She gave every women in that room absolute permission to be…. authentic.
Everything she said felt like a heart beat you could feel. Every hand gesture and carefully chosen word had gotten her to this moment, sharing her story about company called More Love Letter created to inspired the world through hand written notes of love. She’s been featured on the Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Glamour, Men’s Health Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, White House, and giving a TED talk and more! This one is taking the world by storm all the while stewarding her passions and the gifts God has given her.
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After she was finished speaking on that chilly day in October, the room exploded with a standing ovation. How could we not honor such a soul and a gift to us? Every eye was wet because she carried conviction about His heart about stepping into greatness, about living with purpose about dealing with fear…
I ran up to her later that night, after hearing her speak and awkwardly told her I needed to be her friend…
I think that is actually the first thing I said to her.. no name. No introduction. Just ‘I HAVE to be your friend.‘
Leave it to me to created best friends out of thin air. It worked.
A day later after she heard my story and I knew hers, we connected.
“This is the beginning of us. This gorgeous one is the David to my Jonathan. As soon as I heard the melody of her heart I knew in my soul I knew we are meant to be best friends. This one rocks the world with radical Love… Her story is filled with His strength working in and through her. So inspired by her and I am so proud of her!! She said it first but I feel the same way.. I feel like I just met my best friend. Love her!!!!”-ME
I have to say without a doubt this one has inspired my journey of writing. Her life story, her pursuit of His love, her incredible words placed together perfectly and intentionally. Every Monday when I get her newsletter, I want to hug the screen like it’s her.
I had the chance to ask her some questions about her story. What a gift she is and I honor all that God is doing in her life…..
What did you feel God was calling you to do?- JS
In 2012, I felt like God was calling me to quit my job and walk out on a limb to finally get closer to my biggest dream: writing a book. I was living the story I knew I was supposed to write down but there was all this fear balled up inside of me. I was surrounded by people who told me now was the time, now was the time to leap out there and go after what I wanted. All the paths had aligned to get to this crossroads and all I had to do was say “yes.”-hb
What was your Say Yes moment?-JS
It was quitting. It was walking away from a stable and secure job to follow this dream of becoming a writer and a speaker, supported through my writing and my own company. It was walking away from what I always told God I was going to do and finally listening to what He was asking of me. -hb
What was the lie that kept you from Saying Yes? -JS
You are going to fail. You are going to step out and you will fail. Your dream is too big. You can’t possibly make this thing work.
What happened after you took a step of faith?-JS
God showed up. In the mightiest way possible, he showed up and led me through everything: booking speaking engagements, writing a proposal, signing with a literary agency, accepting a book deal. And he guided me through the process of writing the book– having four months, with a deadline, to write it all down.
What changed in your life because of your Yes?-JS
Plain and simple: I got the life I wanted. I got to step right into the life that God always intended for me to live, the one I thought I was not deserving of. I was ushered into a life of joy and happiness and His best for me, all because I said Yes.
____________________I LOVE seeing her succeed and to be given such incredible favor in what she is doing! I praise God for that! The world needs her.. they need to see her with all of her big epic hair and converse shoes. They need her voice to pierce the darkness with His light.
I am so proud that she has just authored her first book, where she shares more of this story. You can pre order this beauty HERE and I highly recommended you do. I promise her words will rock your soul, gift you perspectives you’ve never known and you will want to be her best friend. It would mean the world to me for you to support this incredible gem….
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BOOK GIVEAWAY! In honor of this new series and her new book I am giving away one of her books! YES! That’s right! I pre-ordered a copy just for you and as soon as it’s ready (March 10th, 2015) I will send it out right to you!!! But you have to win so do the following and be sure to send Hannah lost of hugs today… and internet high fives! Giveaway ends tomorrow at 10AM so enter now! YIPPIE!! THROW GLITTER
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We can choose to look in the face of fear and call it what it is…a lie. fear will take everything from you that you let it and the true will gift you freedom
PS If you know someone extraordinary that needs to be featured in this series, email me personally at Julie@Julie-story.com.