Describe yourself for our visitors.
I consider myself to be a simple person. I say what I mean and mean what I say. I keep my word. I treat people how I want to be treated. I’m direct, open and honest.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I believe I’m always connected. He’s with me every moment of the day. I acknowledge Him, His presence and His works throughout the day by thanking Him – for the food, the beautiful day, my shelter, my employment, my skills, my clothing – you name it. I continually ask for guidance and His help to keep me in His will.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
I have two overall favorites that come to mind when asked that question, but there are so many thousands more that speak to me regularly.
Colossians 2:8-10 ~ Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
2Timothy 1:7 ~ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Tell us about your current book.
My God and Me: Listening, Learning and Growing on My Journey is a collection of snap-shot narratives of my life, concentrating mostly on the years I underwent a spiritual transformation. A few years ago I moved to New York City from Milwaukee, WI. Alone. No family, no friends and no job. I learned without a doubt how to trust in the Lord. I did odd jobs around New York City for six months. There’s no rational-intellectual explanation of how I was able to feed and shelter myself. But I had a place to lay my head every night and not one day passed that I wasn’t well fed. The Lord provides! My God and Me is full of illustrative stories of how He holds me, guides me, teaches me, provides for me and loves me. It not a story of lack, it’s a story of how I’m being prepared to reap a spiritual abundance!
What influenced you to write this book?
My God and Me is derived from blogs. When I started blogging in 2006, my only intent was to be entertaining. My goal was to promote my VoLux Full-Figure Calendar. My early posts were about plus size fashion, body image and self-esteem. Somewhere in that mix, my exploration of my self-esteem exposed a struggle with my self-confidence. Did my strength come from my physical connections or my spiritual connection? The deeper I dug for the root of my insecurities, the more I desired a deeper connection to my Source. I describe this struggle in detail in Self-Image is Everything, a piece in my book.
I blogged for three years. Throughout that time I didn’t have a complete picture of my transformation. During the fall 2008, I realized I had nearly one hundred blogs. After categorizing them, I had enough material for three different books. But I wasn’t interested in publishing just any three books. I wanted to publish something that said something… that spoke to people. Truthfully, I had no idea what was in the midst of those one hundred blogs.
The Holy Spirit led me to create My God and Me. That’s truly the only explanation I have for what has been delivered through me. There was no conscious effort on my part to come to the finished product I came to. The cohesiveness of the message is amazing to me. It’s like I wrote it from beginning to end, when in actuality it was pieced together from different stories throughout the years, from various areas of my life.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
We have a responsibility to share our humanity. We were created as receptacles and vessels of love. We need to love each other.
·What’s next for you?
I have several unfinished novels and many ideas for new books. No real plans on which one will get the most attention as of yet. We’ll see what happens and where I’m lead.
Where can visitors find you online?