This really should be easier, given the fact that I write bios for a living. But, alas, I don’t feel as though I have anything noteworthy to say about myself…I’m much more interested in other people’s stories! Nevertheless, I’ll try to formulate mine…
For starters, I consider myself less than average, if that’s possible. I grew up on a rural acreage in Iowa with one sister and a bunch of freckles. I was slightly chubby and, at one point, had a horrifying bowl cut. Then, I discovered music and spent the rest of my formative years playing piano for hours each day, and listening to Bruce Hornsby and Lindell Cooley. At 19, I moved to Nashville to pursue music, and though I didn’t end up playing music directly, I found myself on the outskirts of the industry enough to stay.
To be honest, I don’t know how I ended up writing. God works in mysterious ways, that’s all I’ve got to say about that. And to that end, I’m very bad at offering advice to writers since I kind of stumbled into this career (in my heart, I’m still a wide-eyed 19 year-old trying to make it as a songwriter!).
You can imagine, then, why the first book, “How to Be a Hepburn…”, took me completely by surprise (I thought my family would buy 4 copies because they felt obligated, and that would be the end of it). But, almost a decade later, here we are. And I’m acutely aware that it has nothing to do with me.
Why? Because the message that beauty is more than mascara and mini-skirts is nothing new; in fact, the book of Proverbs says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting…” Clearly, people have been wrestling with the issue of women’s appearances being of too much, or too little, consideration for quite some time now. I don’t really have anything new to add to the argument, except to say that, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Think about it: at the end of the day, what are the things you love most about your best friend? Her waist size or her sense of humor? Her new jacket or her unending kindness? Her platform shoes or her sense of loyalty? The enduring qualities of a person are never the temporal, outward things; they are the unseen things – little quirks, thoughtful conversations, insight, heart. We tend to judge people based on fleeting trends and temporary appearances, but God sees past all that and defines beauty as what’s on the inside. I pray He would help me do the same.
So, where does that leave us?
Well, the way I see it, here at the end of my bio, it’s still not about me. It’s not about my story or anything I’ve done. It’s about you. It’s about His Kingdom. It’s about real beauty. So, send us your stories – your journey, your heart, your beautiful self! We want to celebrate you and spread the word about the true meaning of beauty.