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What’s to come in 2009

My apologies for not posting more this week. It’s been a busy one with the holidays as I’m sure you understand.

Just a quick update of the things to come and we’ll move on:

  • Today is the last day for nominations for the Most Influential Women to follow in 2009.  You can view the list already forming and add your nomination in the comments section.
  • We will take votes for the Most Influential Women starting Jan 3 (giving everyone time to re-coop from the holidays.) 
  • The judges and I will go through the nominations and their URLs and make a decision for the top 10 along with the votes and comments left.  The announcement will be made Jan 10 here on Kat Logic where we will being announcing our plans for the top 10.
  • We are still taking sign ups for the Kat Logic Book Club forming.  You can join here.
  • Kat Logic will be making its announcements for 2009 on Feb 23. There will be updates on that in the weeks to come.

I trust your holidays have been good and your new year is shaping up to be productive and successful. Thanks for being a part of Kat Logic through out 2008 and I look forward to a great year ahead.

We will resume normal BLOG postings here on Kat Logic tomorrow, January 1, 2009.  Stay safe and enjoy your holidays.

God bless.

Katrina

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2008 in encouragement

 

Steps of change…accountability.

Steps…rules….

Call ’em what you will. The truth is, without these steps or rules, often times (more often than not) our resolutions and goals fail. Why? No accountability.awards1

There are only a few days left in 2008. This is the time when folks start making resolutions for the new year. By February, they’ve lost sight of their goals and gone back to their old ways. Myself included. I look back and think of the things that should have been different this past year. I’m reminded of the things I wanted to do but never got around to it or never had the accountability to follow through. What makes 2009 different? Well, for one, I’m going to share my goals with you and I’m asking you to do the same with me.  Accountability Tuesday’s we’ll call it. The last Tuesday of every month.

I won’t bore you with the mistakes I made in 2008. That’s the past and I can not change them. But 2009 is going to be a new life for me. I am certain of it. Mark 11:22-25 reminds me of that along with Jeremiah 29:11-13.

We all have a tape player in our head that reminds us of yesterday. Good or bad. When our tape player prevents us jamaican-bobsled-team-51955583-ga1from moving forward, it’s time to change what we’re hearing. Remember, your mind can not tell the difference between truth and fiction. It believes what you tell it.  So, in 2009 we are going to change that tape player that tells us we can’t. Whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish, you have to believe. You have to make your mind believe you can.  We’ll help you. We’ll help each other.

awards4First step…accountability. Tell us your goals for 2o09.  Share all the details. The more specific the better. Don’t say, I want to lose weight. Say something like “I want to be a healthier weight of 145 lbs” . Don’t say, I want to save money. Say, “I want to have $10,000 in savings by Dec 31st, 2009”. Be specific. We’ll meet here the last Tuesday of every month and check in with each other.  Rest assured, I’ll come looking for you if you aren’t here.  🙂 Second step, tell others and ask them to hold you accountable each step of the way.

So, I”ll go first:

Personal goals:

  • I will be a healthy weight of 140 by Dec 31st 2009mary-lou-retton-79028089-ga
  • I will have $10,000 in a savings account by the end of the year
  • I will make time every day for devotions and prayer.
  • I will make quiet time every day to devote to writing.
  • I will have family night at least one night a week with my children.

Business:

I will share more of that after my announcement in Feb. Until then, I am will be working diligently to get everything in line. Space to work, business plan, financial advice. etc.  I’ll be more specific as soon as I’ve made everything public with Kat Logic. Look for it down the line.

awards2So, what are you goals? Give them a date.  What are you passionate about? What are you living for? Allow yourself small rewards each time you achieve a goal. Share your trials, your accomplishments, and your goals here.  Then, we’ll have our first Accountability Tuesday meeting back here on Jan 27th to discuss our progress. I’ll give you tips and hints along the way to help you achieve each goal you set for yourself. Have fun and remember…. you only get one life. You don’t want to get to the end of it and have your grand kids say, “she made great cookies”. What are you living for?

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2008 in encouragement

 

You have the floor!

ribbon2What are you waiting for? 2oo8 is coming to a screeching halt and 2009 is well on its way. Will we, the entire cyber family, be following you throughout 2009?

You’ve heard about it. We’re searching for the top 10 Most Influential Women to follow in 2009. We’ve got a long list of nominations already and we’ll be narrowing it down to just 10 during the first week in January.

For one full month, we will follow one of the chosen women. We’ll do BLOG tours, book reviews (if applicable), live podcast interviews, and many other things. The goal is to find the women with the most passion for life. The ones that have a heart to lead others and assist other women in living their best lives ever. Women we want our children to follow. We’ll find out what these women give their energy to and showcase them each for a month. Each one will also receive a spot in one newsletter to tell the world about their businesses, their charitable passions, their new releases, etc. Their choice.

If you haven’t nominated anyone, now’s your chance. BUT…if YOU’VE been nominated, this is your time to tell US why you are an influential women to follow in 2009. Don’t be shy. Tell us where your heart is. Tell us what makes you tick, what keeps you moving through the trials and difficulties. Tell us how far you’ve come and where you’re headed. Help us decide who the top 10 women should be!

Here are the list of nominees thus far (in no specific order):

Now, you have the floor.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2008 in encouragement

 

Amber Miller’s Final Stop with Kat Logic

I trust you all have enjoyed your holidays and have taken a moment to rest from the straintiffany-miller2 and stress that comes with it.  Amber Miller has been visiting us this week and today she’s stopping in one last time to share her latest release Deceptive Promises and sharing a bit about herself.

Katrina:  Thanks for stopping by Kat Logic again during this busy week.  As an author, I know how tough it is to juggle the demands of a career and family. I also know what it’s like to somehow lose yourself in the process of taking care of everything/everyone else.  How do you juggle everything and how do you unwind and take time for yourself?

Amber:  Right now, it’s not difficult, as it’s just hubby and me. But come March, it will be us plus a new baby. Ask me again when the baby arrives how I’m doing. 🙂 As for how I unwind, it’s usually with a movie or favorite TV show or later in the evening with a good book, curled up in bed or on the couch.

Katrina:  Congratulations on the new baby. I will keep you all in my prayers.  Does your family read any of your work?

Amber:  My parents have, and so has my mother-in-law, 2 of hubby’s aunts and hubby’s grandmother. Other than that, I don’t know of anyone. Regardless, everyone is thrilled to know I’m an author, and they love sharing with their friends about me.

Katrina:  At what age did you realize you wanted to be an author and who influenced you?

Amber: An author? I’d say that’s around college after having my senior English teacher encourage me. She was also an author and thanks to an assignment to write a children’s book where I earned the highest grade in the class, she suggested I pursue writing professionally. I’d been writing all my life and telling stories, but I didn’t pursue it until after college. Now, 8 years later, I’ve seen my dream come true

Katrina:  Being that this is a Christian Author Tour, let me ask…at what age did you come to know the Lord personally and move from a head knowledge to a heart knowledge? How has your relationship with Him affected your writing?

Amber:  I was 7 years old, and I accepted Christ in children’s church one Sunday. The leader read a story about how Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. As my family had moved 3 times by then and I didn’t have a close friend, I decided I wanted that, so I asked Jesus into my life and haven’t turned my back on Him since.

He has guided me every step of the way and opened doors where I thought there might not be a possibility. He’s also brought mentors into my life and provided opportunities for me to increase my skills as well as network in many areas. I turn my writing over to Him 100% and ask that He guide my fingers so the story being told is what those who read it need to hear. The end result is not a story of my making, but the Lord’s through my hands. It’s a true honor to be called to such a blessing of a career.

Katrina:  Where is your favorite place to write?

Amber:  Usually, it’s right here at my desk with a beautiful view of Pike’s Peak out the sliding glass doors and past my porch/deck. But once in a while, I take my laptop into the living room and curl up on the couch when I want to get “comfy.”

Katrina: Tell our readers again just a bit about your latest release Deceptive Promises and where they can find it. deceptive_lg3

Amber:  Is deception fair in wartime? Margret Scott finds she must deal with this question as she becomes attracted to the enigmatic Samuel Lowe. As the tensions grow between the colonists and the British soldiers and loyalists, Margret struggles to determine where Samuel’s loyalties lie, despite his reassurances that they lie with the colonists. Samuel’s duties have him working for both sides of this war, and he is often torn between what is right and what is wrong. He promises Margret she can trust him, and Margret promises him she does. But can promises born in deception be trusted? Can relationships built in uncertainty survive?

My latest release as well as my other books can always be found on my website.

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One final note….don’t forget we are taking nominations for 2009’s Most Influential Women to follow. The last nomination will be accepted Dec 31 midnight. To view the list of nominations, click here.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2008 in encouragement

 

Out for the day

I won’t keep you long today…just stopping by to say hello. I’ve been gone for the day. My new dh (which lives 8 hrs away) drove down to NC to see me for a few days so I’ve been a little detained today. 🙂 It’s tough not seeing each other but every 4 months.

Tomorrow, I will be posting the last portion of Amber Miller’s interview.  Stop back by to say hello.

Have a great night and I trust your holiday is going well.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2008 in encouragement

 

2009’s Most Influential Women…update

List of nominations  for 2009’s Most Influential Women to follow (thus far and in no specific order):anonymous-leadership-50003732

Wish to add another name? Just leave your nominee’s name in the comments section. We are NOT voting as of yet. We will be taking nominations until Dec 31 for 2009’s Most Influential Women to follow. Once nominations are closed, we’ll begin the voting process.

Nominations should be for women that show strong leadership skills in the areas of parenting, relationships, and/or business.  They should be known  for their desire to help others and their willingness to lead the way into a brighter future.

So, get your nominations in. Each winner will be interviewed and showcased on Kat Logic and other various BLOGs. They will carry the title and the banner of Most Influential Women for an entire year and could assist in next year’s search and interviews. (There will be more surprises announced later for the winners of 2009’s Most Influential Women to follow.)

Don’t forget to sign up for the Kat Logic Book Club and Newsletter.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2008 in encouragement

 

Amber Miller & Deceptive Promises

Given the holidays , we’ll make today’s post short and sweet. Please join me in once again welcoming Amber Miller to Kat Logic.  Amber is the author of new release Deceptive Promises.  I’ll recap a little about  intriguing new novel.deceptive_lg2

Is deception fair in wartime? Margret Scott finds she must deal with this question as she becomes attracted to the enigmatic Samuel Lowe. As the tensions grow between the colonists and the British soldiers and loyalists, Margret struggles to determine where Samuel’s loyalties lie, despite his reassurances that they lie with the colonists. Samuel’s duties have him working for both sides of this war, and he is often torn between what is right and what is wrong. He promises Margret she can trust him, and Margret promises him she does. But can promises born in deception be trusted? Can relationships built in uncertainty survive?

Katrina:  Welcome back Amber. I’m curious. How do you come up with the names you use in your books?

Amber:  Quite often, I just go with what comes to mind, or I use a Baby Name book that also provides scriptural and ethnicity meanings. I might have a certain origin for a character and search for names from that country.

Katrina:  And what about the cover? This is a marvelous cover. How did you decide on the design?

Amber:  That is handled by the fantastic design team at Barbour. So far, I’ve been thrilled with the covers they’ve produced. I am sent a questionnaire to complete and asked to send any photos, and the design team goes to work. As of right now, they are 3 for 3 in my mind!

Katrina:  Who is your publisher and how did you come to be acquainted with them?

Amber:  That is handled by the fantastic design team at Barbour. So far, I’ve been thrilled with the covers they’ve produced. I am sent a questionnaire to complete and asked to send any photos, and the design team goes to work. As of right now, they are 3 for 3 in my mind!

Katrina:  When you’re writing, do you already have in mind how the story will end even at the beginning of the writing process or do the stories take on a life of their own?

Amber:  Specifically, not always. I have a general idea from start to finish, but I’m an intuitive writer who likes to let the story and the characters write the book. It’s more of an adventure that way and keeps me from being bored. So, yes, the book takes on a life all its own when I write, and I have a blast writing them.

Katrina:  If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Amber:  I would likely be teaching somewhere, as I have a teaching degree for elementary age students. I did that for a few years after college, but it didn’t bring me anywhere near the joy that being an author does. I also have a business in web site design, so I might simply switch to that full-time if I didn’t have writing to share the career spot.

Katrina:  Thank you for taking time this holiday season to stop by Kat Logic and share a little about your writing career. We look forward to chatting with you again Friday. Until then, Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year!

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Don’t forget to add your nomination for 2009’s Most Influential Women to follow.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2008 in encouragement