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Courtney Walsh  NY Times best-selling storyteller. Girlboss @thestudiorockford. Jesus lover. Clean eater. Living a Midwestern life in the comfiest clothes possible.

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The GEEKS are in town. .
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Indulge me for one tiny second... it's somewhat rare that our business makes its way into my personal page, but usually by this point in a show (tech week) I am so in awe of my kids it just spills over. This time, I've been in awe since the beginning. .
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We always pray for just the right kids, not only the ones who will be perfect for the parts but the ones who will be perfect for The Studio. We want the ones who need us as much as we need them. The ones who are kind to the other people in the cast. The ones who are ridiculously talented but humble about it. .
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God delivered. In spades. These ten are just the tip of the iceberg. The cast is SO good, so fun and I'm so thankful for every single one of them. .
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This summer has been busy and sometimes hard. I released a book, we did two camps and two shows. I finished writing and editing another book. I'm tired. And yet, I look forward to every rehearsal. I'm so proud of what they have accomplished. I'm so excited for audiences to see this show. .
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If you're local (and even if you're not!) I hope you make time... it'll be the happiest two hours of your summer! Link @thestudiorockford
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Photo by @chasingdelightphotography

Sunday #reading. Might I suggest JUST LOOK UP #foryourconsideration? .
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My favorite hero to date, Ryan Brooks, would love to meet you.

These are my band geeks. In reality they're studio geeks. Theatre geeks. Marvel geeks. Star Wars and Harry Potter geeks. They're book geeks and sci-fi geeks. And we love that abut them. .
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We love that they're different. We love that they've all got their own personality. And we especially love giving them a place to be themselves. .
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Next weekend they take the stage. I have absolutely no doubt they are going to blow you away... their harmonies are goosebump-inducing and the music in this show is so much fun. .
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If you're local, come see our favorite Geeks. You won't be disappointed! .
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http://tickets.thestudiorockford.com

Right now my big dreams feel difficult. Just the word "dream" has such a swing feeling it feels like it should be easier. But it's not, is it? Because "dreams" take a whole lotta work. They take time and dedication and choosing to live differently than most people in order to make them happen. .
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Because they don't just happen. Overnight success stories don't just "happen." There's always work going on behind the scenes, the way a duck's feet are paddling underneath the water. .
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So today it's hard. Tomorrow might be harder. Or maybe there will be a reprieve. Regardless, I press forward because it's worth it. All big dreams are. .
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What's holding you back today?
Image via #pinterest

A reader sent me an email after finishing my new book that was meant to share how my book impacted her. Maybe she didn't realize it, but her email impacted me. It reminded me of a truth that I'd discovered while writing JUST LOOK UP but had forgotten. A truth I needed. .
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She said: "I had a restless night of sleep last night so your book kept me company, and I finished it. :)
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One particular line hit me right in the gut. When Ryan tells Lane: 'Just because you're different from them doesn't mean you don't belong.'
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I've been wrestling with this belonging issue ... well, my whole life ... but it's taken a different turn recently. A few months ago, I was isolating myself from people, convincing myself I was too different to fit in. And that's still true, but I've realized that I can still belong without being a carbon copy of anyone else. This line summed it up for me."
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Maybe we all feel a little like that. Out of place and different... but I still believe that our differences are to be celebrated. They are what make us unique. It's not always easy to remember that but it's true. Have you ever felt out of place or like you didn't belong? .
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Maybe Lane's story will speak to you like it did @lmbartelt. ❤️ Thanks for sharing your heart with me, Lisa. I needed the reminder. Photo via #parablebookstore

Which one do I want to be? Which one do you want to be? Via @leaguedesign

Hey there, handsome. 😍
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Excited to see @rottenbroadway on @broadwayinchicago tonight! We LOVED it in NYC so much it was worth the encore!

Is anyone else totally smitten with @pb_teen bedding? I am a grown woman and I want this room. Every time I see a new image, I want to redo my daughter's room and convince my husband it would be perfectly acceptable to have a big canvas of eyes and pink lips hanging over our bed. .
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In our married life, we've probably had 7-8 different bedroom sets and I can feel myself wanting a new one... .
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When we first moved into our house, our walls were navy blue. Literally navy. We painted them white just to lighten everything up but our lives were turned upside down right in the middle of what was supposed to be a bedroom makeover and we've never gotten back to it. In the interim, I've learned I don't love white walls. They're trendy and look great in pictures but I'm a color girl... (odd because this image is mostly white!) So I'm on the hunt for inspiration... .
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What's your favorite place to buy bedding? And what color are your bedroom walls?

Happy Sunday, #instafriends! I hope you have a relaxing, peaceful day of rest! .
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Phones down...and #justlookup!

An introvert in a family of extroverts. A creative in a family of athletes. A chubby girl in a family of naturally fit people. .
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But just because she doesn't fit in, that doesn't mean she doesn't belong. .
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It's taken me a long time to come to this realization, to celebrate my own differences instead of lamenting the fact that God didn't make me like someone else. I'm not sure why we do that, wish for the things we don't have rather than being thankful for the things we do. It's strange, right? Because if we just open our eyes, we can find something to be thankful for. There's always, always something to be thankful for. .
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Today I am thankful for my family. My husband. My screened in porch. Getting to wear my most comfortable pants all day long, my new book, a day at home and the kids I get to work with. I'm thankful for summer and an upcoming vacation and rest. .
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In what ways are you different from your family? And do you see those differences as a blessing or a curse?

Yesterday when he got home from camp, he told me he "tried to get a tan"... I had no idea there was photographic proof of that, but here it is... next week he has to get a tooth pulled. We tried to do it on Monday but it was an epic failure, something neither of us was ready for. I remember feeling that way, like he and I were warriors in the same battle just after I brought him home from the hospital. .
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He sat in his car seat a few feet away, just looking at me, and I thought, "we are in this together, buddy." .
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Motherhood is like that. We go to war alongside our children. We fight for them. We cry with them. Whether it's a dental procedure or a broken heart, when they feel something, there are seismic waves that reach our hearts. .
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I'm still not sure I've recovered from Monday. It was so hard to watch him cry, bottom lip quivering, so upset and scared and wanting me to whisk him away to safety. And yes, he's dramatic and maybe a little (a lot) over the top but it got to me. Me, the Mom who is more likely to say, "oh, come on, suck it up..." than "it's all right, honey." .
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Maybe I've gone soft in my older age...?
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Thank you @toniadarge for the photo!

Do you fall a little bit in love with fictional characters? I mean we all love Mr. Darcy... (right?) and some of us also love Gilbert Blythe... throw in a little Ben Covington from the TV show Felicity (anyone else?) and maybe a Joe Fox from You've Got Mail... and, for me, Ryan Brooks. Who are your favorite fictional heroes?)
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Creating heroes is one of my favorite things to do, but up until JUST LOOK UP most of my heroes have been pure works of fiction. A little brooding (Trevor Whitney in Change of Heart), weighed down by guilt (Jacob Willoughby in Paper Hearts), and just plain dreamy (Luke Barber in my Sweethaven series)... but Ryan Brooks is different from all of the others. And that's because I pulled more of my own true love in to his character. .
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He's not brooding, despite having things in his life that would warrant it, like my husband. He uses humor to pull Lane out of her slumps and reminds her to look on the bright side. He sees value in people, not technology and reminds her that she doesn't have to prove herself to anyone... some love really is unconditional. And, he loved her before she was ever ready to be loved. .
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I told you this book is personal to me! Brooks is just what Lane needs... but she doesn't see it. She's too busy striving. Too busy working. Too busy proving herself. The question is... can he win her over? Will he be persistent enough not to give up? And who else will fall in love with him along the way? (I sure did!) .
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All right... enough sappiness! Who are some of YOUR favorite fictional characters and why? ❤️

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