When I started this blog, I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to take it and what type of blog I wanted to create. I could have thought about it forever, but at that point I simply needed to get started, so I just jumped in and started writing about life and what I’ve learned from it. I was gung-ho about the first few posts, and then my interest in trying to come up with something to talk about multiple times a week plummeted. I knew that if I wasn’t feeling it in the first month, it definitely wasn’t sustainable. So it was back to the drawing board.

Actually, I went back to my notes from when I started A Novel Companion last summer. One of the things I wanted to do with the website was to write profiles of people who were living well and serving others in both everyday and extraordinary ways.

I also realized that while I have a ton of experience with two distinct types of writing—writing church resources for kids and writing other people’s stories—the main thing people associate me with is writing stories. I am often described or introduced as: “The lady who wrote The Vow” and/or “The lady who wrote a book with Candace Cameron Bure” (Balancing It All) and/or “The lady who writes books that women and kids can read together.”

In essence, I write stories about people who are doing their best to live well and serve others.

Therefore, it only makes sense for me to write blog posts that are profiles of real people who live well and serve others. But I didn’t want it to just be about telling stories. I also wanted to inspire readers and equip them to better influence the kids in their lives, which is the purpose of this entire website. That means that the profiles won’t be completely biographical, but also informational. Each post will highlight one topic, theme, or issue that the person is passionate about. They’ll also give practical tips for how you can understand, live out, and/or serve others as related to the topic at hand, as well as how you can help kids do the same.

Jeanette HanscomeI’ve already conducted my first interview with my friend and author Jeanette Hanscome, and I hope to upload the first post this week. (And Jeanette is so awesome that I’m actually writing two posts about her!) Then the plan is to add a new profile post each week. That shouldn’t be a problem, because I already have a list of almost 100 people I actually know that I’d like to write about. And I’m sure I’ll think of a lot more, and I’ll run across many other people who live well and serve others.

FYI, the blog won’t contain just profile posts. I’ll also be posting about books, resources, and other topics as I feel inclined. But the main focus at this point will be the profile posts. I hope you enjoy them!


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