Tag Archives: Lisa-Jo Baker

31 Days To Write Your Story(27) Words


     When I read a book, I am instantly transported to a different place. I was listening to one of my favorite running podcasts MarathonTalk and its set in England. So as I ran and listened, I felt like I was right there with the storytellers. Then I realized every time I read something British, in my head I read it with a British accent. Then it makes me want to go to England.

     This is just one example of how powerful words are. It is so important to be mindful of what we say and how we say it. The Bible says the tongue has the power of life and death in it. I so believe that. Being a highly sensitive person, I take every word to heart. 

I hope you have a kind word day 🙂

31 Days To Write Your Story(25) You’re Gonna Need Your People


Yes! I need all of the positive people in my life. I need all of the people who support and encourage me through the good and the bad times. I need the people who understand me. I need the people who push me toward the goal. I need people to function. I can’t do it without others. 

Who do you need in your life?

Shalom and happy writing


NaNoWriMo word count: 5,287

Words to Go: 44,713

31 Days To Writing Your Story(23) For The Days When Your Blog /Life Feels Small


     When you or your blog feel small just remember that we all have to start somewhere. Also, just because you feel small doesn’t mean you are. Today begins National Just Write month(that’s what it seems like to me). So since I am working on my first book, I think its great. 

     Take time to listen to some great music or read what your favorite authors have to say about life and writing. This should help get your body and mind moving and grooving in the right direction. Whatever you do don’t stop living or writing. You have greatness inside every part of you and it has to come out. 

     So happy writing and happy living 🙂 

Current word count:4,204 

Words still to write: 45,796


31 Days To Write Your Story(22) What If It Isn’t Successful


     Well first things first, just getting this book written will make it a success to me. Just seeing the inspiration and encouragement and support from others helps me to make everyday a success. Because I didn’t know what kind of expectations to have(of course we all want to meet Oprah), every positive is a step in the right direction. Like I mentioned before, the only blog I have successfully maintained was my Sparkpeople fitness blog. So the sheer fact that I have been able to continue to blog, makes me feel like a success. 

     So, if you are stuck with a huge idea, or are in a swirl of self doubt(which has totally been me because I had the bright idea to write this book three years ago). Don’t give up. Just ask God for wisdom and He will show you the way. Sometimes I just say “Lord, help me” and that gets me out of my own way. 

     I hope that you find your success today 🙂

31 Days To Writing Your Story(21) Remembering Who We Write For


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I cannot forget who I write for. I write for myself(for healing and understanding) and I write for others(so people can know that things do get better). Sometimes we have to write just because the words are pent up in our bones and are rushing to come out. I write for all the kids in the world who are trying to live and enjoy being a kid.

I write for all of the women who have been abused and hurt and need to know that there is hope. I write for the down and out. I write for the voiceless who aren’t being heard. I write for the teachers who told me that I couldn’t. I write for the people who told me I could. I write because I have been writing my journey my whole life. I write so that I don’t forget. I write to honor those who have gone before. I write for those who weren’t able to write. I write for the past, present, and the future.

I write because I can’t stop. Too many words and ideas and thoughts keep swimming around in my head. I write because its the easiest way to get it out. I write because I am happy, sad, confused, and excited. I write because I can’t think of not writing. I write because my story is still being written. I write because writing is a true gift. I write because it is so important to me.

Who do you write for?

31 Days To Writing Your Story(20) Because Jesus Is In The Details


     If you are a believer, Jesus is in every moment of your life. The good, the bad, the happy, and the sad. These are also moments that will make up your story. Your voice needs to be heard so that others can know how God truly works. Some of us think that we are on different journeys but the truth is, they are more alike than we know. Take time to write about your journey because it matters. 

      Have a blessed day 🙂

31 Days To Writing Your Story(19)-Save The Scraps



Some days your writing comes out in spurts. The beautiful thing about keeping a journal or notebook is that all of your scraps can become something beautiful. Right now I am going through my memory to put all of the scraps together so that they make sense(since I don’t have my childhood journals anymore). So just remember to keep plugging along, because it will all turn out in the end.

31 Days To Write Your Story(18)-Edit Ruthlessly


So when you’ve written all that you can, you have to take a step back(way back). Go do something fun like dance. Then come back to your writing and look at it with your grammar glasses on and edit until you can’t anymore. If you are a perfectionist like me, this can be hard so you may want to get a second pair of eyes to take a look with you. Two heads are better than one, so two pairs of eyes could be too. In order to move forward in your writing, editing will help you get rid of the weeds to see the flowers.

Edit ruthlessly, your readers will thank you 🙂

31 Days To Writing Your Story(17) How To Write Yourself Out Of The Dark


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All writers go through this at some point(I was there for a few days). I had to talk to other writers, read other writers, and get a new focus. Talking to other writers is great because you get their wisdom(and how they were able to get past it). Reading other writers is great when you can’t talk to a writer in person or when you are an introvert/perfectionist who wants to go it alone. Getting a new focus helps because you can change your frame of reference and find new inspiration.

So I changed my view of my story and am looking at smaller chunks. Now I feel excited and actually wrote a lot last night(while plowing through the Lizzie Bennet Diaries). So I have a plan and focus for today. Remember that when you feel like you are in the dark, write something new to get on the path to the sunshine.


31 Days To Writing Your Story(16) Five Minute Friday-Fitness


What does fitness mean to me? It means being strong. Being healthy and living long. Fitness is like a best friend who is as close as a sister. Fitness is motivation. Fitness is fun. I would not be who I am today without fitness being a part of my life. Fitness turns my mood around. Fitness pushes me to keep going. Fitness tells me that the hills are a piece of cake. Fitness is formed one day at a time, with one foot in front of the other.

I hope that fitness is in my life forever. When I first started on my fitness journey, I had forgotten everything that I did without thinking when I was a kid. Now I am a fitness fanatic. I love to read about fitness. I love to listen to stories about fitness. You could say I eat fitness by healthy eating. Fitness is a great joy that I encourage everyone to try. Fitness won’t let you down. Fitness pushes me to greatness but understands when I need to take it easy. I can find fitness in most anything. I am exercising my fingers by typing right now.

Fitness also helps my brain. It gives me the opportunity to maximize my use of more of my brain.

Fitness, I love you 🙂