The Importance of Collaboration

During the current state of events, I have allowed myself to channel some energy and attention towards more positive and encouraging activities. Not to ignore the events, because the COVID-19 pandemic and injustices that are occurring are very significant, but rather to figure out a way I can make a difference. A way my actions can encourage, lift up, inspire others. I am guided by these key scriptures:

Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

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One of the things that I have been trying to do is find little nuggets of time to think, learn, and write.

This may seem simple, but it is not for me as I juggle full-time work with being a stay-at-home mom to a preschooler who loves to be right by his mommy’s side and is curious about nearly everything his mommy is doing. I love being a mommy, I truly do and treasure the time I am given because days slip away far too quickly. So with this in mind, I have had to find creative ways to carve time in my week to do more of the things I feel I am called to do –> write children’s books.

Sharing. Brainstorming. Discussing. To me, it is all collaboration. And it is just what I did yesterday! While chatting with my sister she helped me establish a new Twitter account solely for my writing venture and separate from my current profession to clearly separate the two. I once heard at an SCBWI conference that if you want to be a writer, then you need to visualize yourself as one and OWN it, even if you are pre-published!

Additionally, by “chance” I was fortunate to receive a call from a dear friend who asked what I’ve been up to. I shared about day and my initial thoughts for a book I have been wanting to write for a few years — a biography on women who have accomplished great feats in the Coast Guard. This simple conversation was enough to spark more ideas for the book and gave me a little nudge I needed in the direction.

Sharing does that…it allows for ideas to flourish and come to life.

Finally, at the end of the day and in the process of connecting with authors and publishers on my new Twitter account, I fortunately stumbled across a post socializing an upcoming picture book webinar discussing NF PB Bios hosted by The Writer’s Loft (https://www.thewritersloft.org) and presented by Vivian Kirkfield (https://viviankirkfield.com). The webinar just so happened to be today…talk about a fortuitous find during “mindless” scrolling before bedtime! 🙂 What a fun and insightful event! Vivian is so engaging and really has a heart for writing and helping others achieve their dreams. And isn’t that what we all should be doing?

That is where sharing and collaboration come in. It could be in a webinar, chat room, social media, or simply a conversation with a group of friends. People share thoughts on their aspirations and others share potential resources, tips, or their experiences to help in achieving those dreams.

Kindness. Generosity. Compassion. The world needs to see more of this.

What are your favorite ways to collaborate? Share your comments below.

Thanks for reading. Make it a great sunshine day!