"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Wrap Up of Some of My Favorite Things {And Dreamcatcher Book Winner Announced}

Hi lovelies.  Fall is starting to unfurl around us, so I've been busy following this little lady and mama around blocks and neighborhoods, learning the world all over again.

And while there is no 'link' to click on this one... Fall is one of my most favorite things {sweatpants, reading, and fall go super nicely together}.  Perhaps it was because it surrounded my birthday and a new school year, fall has always been my fresh start.  And I welcome her in all her embers of beauty.

On the subjects of beauty.... one of the most beautiful faces and a soul that makes everyone who encounters it feel understood and valued, my soul sister Adriel Denae who can most often be heard singing with my brother is working on her own solo project, and YOU.GUYS. you should make sure to keep up with her bone chilling, wonderful music.  I love every single thing I've heard.  Here's a clip of Adriel with Norah Jones this summer in my hometown.  Loved sitting there letting these amazing female artists fill a chapel.  goose bumps.

Shockingly enough, I have more books to recommend to you.  Can you believe it??  From the girl who got 10 books for her birthday, and a giftcard to buy many more?  Anyway. These books had me gripped, or caused me to see things in new and exciting ways. 

Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell SmithClaire is just fourteen years old when both of her parents are diagnosed with cancer, and Claire's journey through grief and coming of age at the same time.  Love, Love, Love this one.

Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin:  This book made me change the way I related to writing and the concept of 'Story'.  Through the pages, I learned that I don't have a passion for just writing, I have a much larger passion for Story.  This book gave me language and affirmation for my life's purpose that I didn't yet have words for.  So grateful.

And the final book and then I'll stop, for now, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.  I love anything by Kate, great skilled and enjoyable writer, but I don't know... this one gripped me and found me  

Before leaving the book topic all together, I should admit that I am forming a Goodreads addiction rivaling the amount of time that can get sucked up by Pinterest, but something I will ACTUALLY probably do or use, not like the pinned art projects and recipes that the closest they come to reality is if my computer is sitting open on my kitchen counter.  If you are on there, find me!

Circle Street Stationary makes cards, paper, as well as some extremely cute other paper items all hand-sewn and to die for. Seriously, another thing to go and look around in, I would highly doubt not falling in love with something in the shop!  She even has little pretend tea bags for imaginary tea parties... sigh. just too much.  

And last, but certainly not least... I want to introduce you to another beautiful soul out here that I cannot get enough of. Meet my friend, Angela.

This girl sings the deep places, having walked roads marked with wear and soul baring intensity, but still she finds and {re}defines herself in hopeful and inspiring ways.  She is another sister of the heart.  You should read her words, I bet you will want to stay awhile and let her teach you wise and breathless beauty.

I've had so much fun pulling these things together, maybe something I'll do more frequently because I love sharing all the devastatingly wonderful things that are out there, because who doesn't need more of that in their life?  Thank you so much for the birthday love and wishes....  The winner of the copy of DREAMCATCHER is....  Christine Organ!  {Another great writer and heart out there.  I've met some good ones along the way, what can I say?!?}  Congratulations Christine, and thanks to everyone who played along!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things...And My Book Dreamcatcher Giveaway!

I turned 30 today... I drank in the morning sweet and quiet at my desk
and made my way through my day with a full heart.

I've felt 30 for a long time now. I have a feeling that this decade fits my soul better than the last one did, and I'm ready to dive in and enjoy it.  No mourning here for lost youth.  I've been given 30 years to wear on my back, and I will keep each one wrapped tight as I journey through the years ahead.

I thought it would be fun to do a little listing of the things that I am loving in my life right now... whether lighthearted or things that have made me grow and learn...  AND give away a copy of my book, Dreamcatcher, because...well, it's my birthday, and I want to. 

So without further ado, a few of my favorite things {you will find my list book heavy. It's how I roll. Sorry, not sorry :) }.  Oh, and none of the links to Amazon are affiliate or anything, just there for ease of snooping and shopping.

The book Fancy Feet.  Written by Heidi Cave, a writer I first fell in love with through her words about her family and life, only to find out after my initial "this girl is awesome" decision, had this amazing, inspiring story within her.  I loved tucking up with this book and having affirmed that my friend Heidi, was in fact awesome. 

Currently on Repeat as I write: Pines by A Fine Frenzy.  Earthy, soft, powerful, and peaceful all at once, this album helps me stay grounded and in touch with elements I need to create.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home  by Carol Rifka Brunt. A story of grief, coming of age, and redefining roles in love, this book is one that I didn't want to put down and handled grief and relationships so well. Love it. 

I wouldn't write anything if I didn't have like 30 of these V5 Pens on my person at all time.  Seriously.  They are like another finger for me... I don't know how I would write without them.  Wondering now as I type, if that is seriously neurotic. If it is... well, then... I totally don't require these to write.  I'm super easy breezy with such things. 

Filling my house: Warm Rustic Woods scented cubes and candles.  Just like with the Pines album, this smell grounds me in the things I love.  Autumn is here, and I welcome her gladly, her woodsy smell most of all.

Recovering Ramona by Kristin Russell.  A great book about music, and rediscovering who you are.  This is a great read for music lovers, written by a great Nashville writer.  I mean, check out the front endorsement by Rosanne Cash. How could you go wrong?

Speaking of Rosanne Cash, I would be remiss not to put my brother, Cory Chisel's music on this list.  He has and always will be one of my biggest inspirations.  There isn't a place this guy goes that my heart doesn't feel the pull of.  And I am so proud to watch the road that he is on currently... it feels deeper and more true than ever before, so glad people like Rosanne Cash can feel it too.  Here's a short clip of them just last week at the AMA awards.

And, finally for this edition.... my book, Dreamcatcher.  I've only got one more of these sweet ones hanging out at home before I have to make a new order, so it only seemed right to give her away to someone.  All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. 

 If you share on Facebook or on Twitter let me know that too {Tag Pohlkotte Press on FB, @tarapohlkotte on Twitter, or come back and leave an additional comment}, for additional entries for every time you share.

I'll be back later this week, Sunday night, with a few more of my favorite things and announce the winner of Dreamcatcher!

{Linking with iPPP}

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Awake {GiveAway}

I'm turning 30 in two weeks.
That's why it is the perfect time for me to bring to you, quasi Oprah style {without the loads of cash or class I'm afraid} some of my current favorite things made by my favorite people that maybe you would like too.

Starting with a book giveaway.  Because after all, books are my most favorite things ever.

And Noel Brewer Yeatts book, Awake is no exception. 

I became aware of Noel through her work as the VP of World Help and am so happy to partner with them to tell the stories that they are writing and living all over the world. 

When I found out that this woman that so impressed me with her passion and sweet spirit had written a book, I knew I needed to read it. 
I needed to know the world as she knew it-  as a person whose eyes are open to the needs of the world, but not only that, whose hands are extended to make those needs met.

Please watch this short video of Noel explain exactly what her intention and reason for writing this book is. She can say it so beautifully on her own. No need for me to weigh it down with more words.

And now, I get to tell you two ways that you can get this book to experience Noel's real life accounts of the beautiful people she has met along the way, and the statistics that really opened my eyes to the needs around the world in terms that I could understand, but cannot accept as part of my children's world:

Did you know that 5,000 children are dying from diarrhea each day brought about through dirty water?  And do you know the cost of providing clean water? $15.00.  The need verses the cost is heartbreakingly simple.

I am so excited to be offering a free SIGNED copy of Noel's book AWAKE.

 All you need to do is leave a comment that you would like to be put into the drawing for a copy of the book, and I will notify the winner.

And if you just can't wait, or don't want to rely on the odds of being picked by random draw, an electronic version of Awake is available for a short time for $2.99 HERE.  

Consider becoming Awake through compelling personal narrative that focuses on one life at a time, instead on the overwhelming odds of saving each one. 

We won't be able to save each child, each life that needs saving, but we can save just one, and all of those "ones"... well, they add up into something amazing.

"If I look at the mass I will never act.  If I look at the one, I will."
- Mother Teresa-