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Hannah Brencher Sheats  Lover of @laneybell86. Author of #comematterhere. I write + speak about mental health, faith & daily discipline. I created @moreloveletters 🌻

Back in the writing saddle today and dang, I'm here for it.

You're Okay. I say those words constantly to my friends in a trial. I repeat them to myself. I hush the babies with that belief, "You're okay. You're okay. You're okay."
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I think all of us need this reminder every once in a while. We don't always need a pep talk. We don't need to lie and say we are on top of the mountain when we know we're really not. The words are blunt and simple, "you're okay." Don't cue the fireworks or call on the heavens to rumble. Some days we are just okay and that's what the world gets of us. And you know what? That's okay too.
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And it's true. It's true whether you ran five miles today or you didn't get up out of bed: you're okay.
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Whether you have slain the dragons you're most afraid of or if you ran out of fear: you're okay.
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If you are tired and you don't have a map: you're okay.
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If you are on the edge of transition and you feel like nothing in your life is the same anymore: you're okay.
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You got up today. You made it this far. You're still here.
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You're okay.

The month of September was spent pouring over the Gospels. I know God likes to show off but I honestly didn’t believe Him with half as much faith as I needed to. I thought I would walk through the reading of the Gospels with 500 people. And that 500 people turned into 3,300. I remind myself to sit in the miracles. I remind myself to say “thank you” for being used. I remind myself that we all get the chance to be a carrier of others. We won’t ever have all the right words, but God’s Word does.
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I’m sick with a sinus infection (womp, womp, I love starting a new week this way) but God gave me an extra heap of energy this morning to read over the testimonies of those who took the #MMLJChallenge this past month and they’re so encouraging. I hope these testimonies feed your heart just as much as they’ve fed mine. Jesus is good. He is trustworthy. We can call him “friend.”
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Also, squeeze in a prayer for me if you can. My morale tends to go WAY DOWN when I have a sinus infection and I need the reminder that it’s okay to rest and get better.

Anyone else entirely UNSURE if they can keep watching this season of This Is Us? I'm trying, y'all, but I am also losing it over the current Toby storyline. As someone who deals with mental illness on a daily basis, I am thankful that such a prominent television show would make depression a storyline. We need this kind of awareness. But I also need to not spend all my therapy sessions on fictional characters #balance I love to ask: who is your favorite character on the show?

Writing books is one of the most sacred parts of my work. It’s my favorite part because I love any kind of process which will show me what I made of. And that’s what book writing will do for you if you choose to take the road all the way to the end of it. It will change you. It will make you braver. It will stress you out and make you beat your head against the table. It will purge your heart and make you sleepless. It will sculpt you and chisel away at you. It won’t be romantic but it will be worth it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The book won’t work unless you do. It won’t come out of you while you’re watching Netflix or grabbing drinks. It won’t come out of you while you’re grocery shopping or doing basically anything you can to avoid sitting in the chair.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sit down. Open up a word document or to a fresh piece of paper. Say a quick prayer. And begin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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And when the words stall in their arrival, wait on them. Wait on them the way you’d wait on a friend who keeps sending texts to apologize. “10 minutes behind.” “Half hour behind.” You’ll wait on laundry, food, coffee, TV shows, and texts on any given day— wait on the words.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’m teaching my “Year of the Book” course on November 3 and there are seats left! Grab yours at the link in my profile.

I’ve been in the woods of Canada all week speaking at the @imperfectbosses Camp and now it’s off to Milwaukee 🍁✈️
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Snapped this photo of my beautiful friend @lindseyeryn. She hid away with me for a few hours this week and let me externally (and emotionally) process a bunch of different ideas. I’m crazy grateful for sounding boards and friends who push me to give it all I have. And there, in the woods, the outline for Book #3 was born 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼.
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God is symbolic, literal, intentional, and not surprised by what we call “timing.” Who’s ready to build some crazy fires together?!

I love reading little notes and pieces of your journeys when you post them online. It makes my heart swell to know I get to be a pencil, a tool in the story God is writing. This is a prayer written by someone doing my 15-session bible study. It's a reminder I need all the time, "God, take me to the depths of who YOU are and change me there." Don't take me to the depths of myself to start-- I need to constantly be reminded of your goodness, your plan, and your map. Otherwise, I will build my own story and I know it won't be half as good as the stories you have for me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you want to dig deeper and get real honest with Jesus in the next month, you can grab my free bible study in the link in my profile. I’ll meet you there!

"You are not giving up until you end it," I tell him. "You are not going to punk out at mile 3 and write yourself an ending to this story that isn't true. You're going to finish."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This is what I said to my friend when he was dating a girl but growing discouraged by the day that it would not work out. He was building false stories in his brain and wanted to give up right there, on the spot. Mile 3 is a reference to a New Year's run that I've done in Central Park for the last few years. It starts at midnight. You run the loop of the park at the strike of the New Year. There are fireworks. It's a 4 mile race.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you are not a seasoned runner then you start to get tired at mile 3. Mile 3 is where you begin huffing and puffing. My friends and I who have run this race before and we know that mile 3 is actually the best mile mark because it's where the sparkling apple cider in little Dixie cups is waiting for you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You stop. You cheers one another. You say Happy New Year to the people passing out the Dixie Cups and you keep going because you know the real truth: you are going to make it. You are going to finish. You are capable. We don't give up at mile 3. We keep going, even when it's hard. Even when it is overwhelming and we are tempted to script a not-true story to feed our hungry little egos, we cheers our little Dixie cups and finish strong. Finish strong, you. You are a finisher who deserves really good things in life.

Guess who's back... Back again...
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YUP. It’s my favorite time of the year and we are just about a month away from the 3rd Annual Year of the Book Course. Are you joining us online on November 3 to learn all the tools of book writing before 2019 hits?
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Maybe 2019 is your YEAR OF THE BOOK. It absolutely could be. Honestly.. maybe 2018 is. NaNoWriMo is just a few weeks away and I'm going to be trying my own version of it! In this 3-hour course, we dig into the following:
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The basics of book writing.
How to map a story.
How to set a deadline.
The nuts and bolts of publishing.
Platform building 101.
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It’s about to get real for those who come take this journey with me! Can’t wait to see who jumps on the list! Link in profile to sign up!

It's Monday Junior... My prayer for you this week: God, insert magic where fear tries to be.

Happy Friday! I realize it’s been a second since I’ve popped on here and said hello to everyone! I used to be a big fan of Friday Introductions so let’s do the dang thing. Also- this is my favorite photo. It’s from my wedding night and it is me in my most natural state: double-fisting burgers.
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I moved to Atlanta 4 years ago from Connecticut. Before that, I went to college in Massachusetts and lived in New York City while working at the United Nations! I thought my career would be in human rights but God had other plans. On a daily basis, I run @moreloveletters, speak, write books and work on the @golivehq team as a copywriter! It’s a full load but there is a common thread weaving throughout all my roles: words. I. Love. Words. I can’t get enough of them.
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I grew up writing morbid murder novels and holing myself away in my room to create. I’m thankful my mom allowed me to explore and try new things. Otherwise, I don’t know that I would be where I am today. It has been my dream since I was 6 years old to write books. I’ve written two so far and book 3 is in the works. I also have some fiction on the brain… who’s ready for a novel?
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I love the Word of God more than anything. I never like to miss a morning with my coffee, the Bible and a big book of Commentary. I believe faith is something you build and fight for. I am passionate about helping future generations build a durable faith that stands against the storms + curveballs.
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When I am not working, I am likely hanging out with my best friend Lane, cooking some new Whole30 dish, watching the Bachelor, being an armchair detective (deep in the Reddit message boards), or making a cheese plate for my girlfriends.
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I’d love to hear from you! Say hi in the comments and tell me something you’re grateful for on this Friday!

Dear younger me,
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Be good to people. Keep the ghosting to a minimal (if you can). Don't Taylor Swift people on the Internet. In the words of the wise prophet Beyonce: don't diss people on the internet because your mama taught you better than that. Leave space and room in every sentence you write for grace and redemption. The most beautiful thing about characters is their ability to change. Don't ever steal that from someone by writing a story they can't grow out of one day.
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Oh, so many stupid things you'll do. You'll kiss people when you shouldn't. You'll walk away even when you're not sure. It's all field work, babe. In the next years, you will fall in love and fall out. You will say stupid things for the ones you love. This is growing up.
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You will get a diagnosis of depression and it will rock you, steal from you, and then give it all back to you in a newer, more durable package. You will find your dream job but then you will learn that the dream job isn't that something you walk into, it's something you create.
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You will move to new cities. You will tweet the dumbest stuff. You will say "yes" when you mean "no." You will try yoga. Stay faithful. Say yes. Move the dang mountains for whoever you love. Find your truth. Pray for wisdom. Run towards the storm and see what it makes you into. In Macklemore-fashion, put your skin and bones into everything you produce. Be a participant. Choose to create over complaining. Fall on your face and let grace lift you back up. And then come back here, come right back here, and write it all down.
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I'm cheering loudly for whoever you'll become.

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