0:00 Kendra’s background, time in Guatemala, moving to Chicago, moving to Milwaukee,
2:45 Publishing her book, “Here Goes Nothing” and managing her blog Grace & Peace. Writing her non-fiction book proposal. Proving your platform. Pursuing an agent.
5:00 Hearing lot’s of “no’s”. Not a big enough platform/following. Getting advice from one agent who was willing to provide great advice.
6:00 Creating a website, a business Facebook page, and upgrading her “look”. Finding out that the baby Kendra was carrying was not expected to live.
6:40 Writing to process the emotions of the pregnancy, sharing vulnerable truths, and watching her following grow.
7:20 The story of her second daughter’s short life.
“Whatever pretense of control I had was shattered”
9:40 Life is not in her control. The lessons Kendra learned from her daughter’s death
12:00 Working hard towards her passion— writing. Sharing her tips on writing and her mentor.
14:15 Getting her book published and finding an agent.
15:45 The process of writing a non-fiction book. It look Kendra about 2 years to get her book published.
1. Book proposal
2. Find an agent who wants to represent you
3. Find a publishing company who wants to publish your book
4. Finish writing your book
18:00 The challenge of marketing your writing in a humble way.
20:00 Kendra’s style of writing and how she manages her message and communication style
24:00 How Kendra lives out loving her neighbor — just like she teaches in her book.
27:50 How Kendra advises we can all love our neighbor well, in impoverished areas or our next-door neighbors.
30:30 Lamenting with our neighbors — connecting with our neighbor
“We are living in a time where everyone is just so lonely”
“If social media goes away tomorrow, what relationships will we have left?”
32:30 Being available to the people in your life
34:00 The “Baby-Buffer” — an introverts explanation of loving her neighbor and connecting with strangers. A great second is a food buffer!
38:00 What most people don’t know about Kendra that she is proud of. Kendra is very organized and tidy! She is a minimalist.
The Road Back to You on the Enneagram.
41:30 Advice for someone who wants to start a blog. You have to prioritize writing. If you don’t make it a priority everyday, you won’t do it.
“Make sure you are writing”
“Just sit down and write.”
“Create space for writing”