Own Your Life with Sally Clarkson {GIVEAWAY!!}

I remember when one of my closest friends and I were due to have a baby on almost the same day. It was a blast being pregnant at the same time, delivering our babies just days apart and then watching them grow up together. {Mine was a son and hers a daughter so we took LOTS of pics of them together just in case we could somehow pull off an arranged marriage. What a great slide show we could have at the reception!}

Well, my friend Sally and I were “pregnant” and gave birth on the same day recently. Now, now…hold your horses. We both released books on January 6th :-)

DSC_0095-300x300pxI first heard about Sally Clarkson, wife of Clay and mother of four grown children, when I was a young mom. My best friend from college first told me about her. She introduced me to her ministry to moms, especially homeschool moms, and I bought one of her books The Mission of Motherhood It was then I began to follow her ministry and, before long, we actually were at the same conference in Colorado where I was speaking so I got to meet her in person!

Sally’s new book is called Own Your Life.  Here is the book’s description:

Do you ever long for days full of joy and energy—days that bring out the best version of you rather than leave you exhausted? Do you sometimes catch yourself wishing life was more impactful and fulfilling? In a world that’s moving so fast, it’s easy to lose your sense of purpose. So now is the time to make each moment of your ordinary, everyday, beautiful existence count. It’s time to own your life.

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Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life is a breath of fresh air into the life and soul of a busy woman. Like a faithful friend, Sally journeys with you to explore what it means to live meaningfully, follow God truly, and bring much-needed order to your chaos. Each page offers deeply personal, authentic, and practical guidance to help you build an intentional life. Discover what it means to own your life, and dare to trust God’s hands as He richly shapes your character, family, work, and soul.

Check out the trailer for it here:

Sally is giving away two copies of this great new book here on my blog. To be entered, leave a comment telling us in which area do you need to “own your life”–your marriage? Your schedule? Your mothering? Your home? Your friendships? How you spend your leisure time?

Winners will be announced Monday.

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  1. Wow, I’m tongue-tied because I want to be able to say that I need help owning something… one thing but the truth is I need help in a lot of areas. I want to be intentional with my relationships- my marriage, my children, friendships, with my sisters. I want to focus on growth with Christ and to be much more in-the-moment at all times. I want to stop worrying about the what ifs and start focusing on what is beautiful and right in front of me, to appreciate this life I’ve been given. This book will be a gift to many of us!

  2. I LOVE the book trailer! I need to OWN “special time” with my 3 small children (5,3 and 2 months old) that God has so graciously given to me. Special time to them is doing something that THEY want to do (like hide and go seek) without any interruptions (no cell phone or cleaning). I am a stay at home mom and am surprised how my day can be consumed with things (laundry, cleaning, paying bills) that keep me so busy and I don’t realize my kids are just wanting my undivided attention and they should get it!!!! They grow up way to fast to be so worried about the house!!!

  3. I guess 2015 is going to be about Simplicity and Parenting for me. Everything in my life needs work and is in constant Chaos! I decide to try change all of that based on 2 small moments.
    The biggest moment being that when my 3rd grade so brought home a paper from school with his New Year’s resolution written for 2015.
    “My resolution is to help my mom be less stressed!”

    I cried! Previously my son had filled out a paper for Mother’s Day in 2014 that asked questions about his Mom. Questions like; what does your mom like, what does your mom do for fun etc. Every line written in his cute little handwriting was the word “clean”.

    To my sons’ I am a stressed-out Mom who is constantly cleaning a messy house. I can’t go out to lunch with friends, I’m cleaning. My children don’t have play dates because I’m cleaning.
    My life is chaos of my own making. I find time for charity work, bible studies, being home-room mom and I am constantly cleaning. You would think my house would actually be spotless…no where near and I am always stressed-out!

    I DO NOT want that to be how my sons remember me. I want them to remember fun games, homemade playdoh and a stress-less oasis when they think of home. I have so little time left with them at home at age 12.5 and 9.5 that I don’t want to waste another precious moment of parenting.

    I want their 2016 resolutions to be about what they want to accomplish NOT about My Stress.

  4. I need to own my marriage. Life gets so busy and filled with good things, but it ends up eating our time and we seem to have very little left for each other.

  5. I’d have to say it would be my mothering. The transition from a house full of littles to a house full of olders {a soon-to-be teen, a preteen and an 8 year old} has been quite the learning experience for me :).

  6. I am a care giver for my husband, which I do very willingly. We have been marries 51 years. I souls say I need help with finding time to relax and time management

  7. For me, I want to learn how to balance children’s schedules and social calendars so that they do not consume our family time. With 3 growing children (2 being twins) – I am discovering how difficult it is to manage it all with a healthy balance that does not take over our family which in turns causes me to stress out and then wig out! Feeling pulled in a million directions and trying to maintain some sort of household with quiet time and family meals and counseling sessions of 2 pre-teens . . . leaves me feeling empty and drained by the end of the day. I want to feel our days again – not just try to make it through each day. Sounds like an amazing book.

  8. I am a 52 yr. old college student, working on getting an AA in Journalism and an AS in Child Development and also my Teacher’s certificates. I need help in the areas of scheduling study times and still taking care of my home at the same times, so that is where I need to own my life.

  9. I need to own my life in taking care of my family and home. Not allowing things to distract me from spending quality time with my family and making my home how I want it.

  10. I need to own my life in the areas of scheduling and home. As the mommy of four young children, two whom I homeschool and two who have several therapies a week, I often find myself depleted of energy and with a house flipped upside down. I’m sure I will laugh about this season someday. : )

  11. I have battled depression and ups and downs for several years. I need to own up to who I am and who I could be! I need new priorities and energy to reach them. What a better way to own up to starting a new at age 54….. Thanks for the encouragement !

  12. In 3 important areas: my marriage (it’s a great relationship, but I am letting it coast instead of investing new energy), my mothering (I really struggle with training, guiding, and taking TIME with my kids), and homemaking (balancing the work so that I accomplish the tasks and have time and energy to invest in my hubby and kids.)

  13. I probably need to “own” my life in multiple areas, but starting with just one I’m going to say “friendships.” I need to be more intentional in this area and invest time in developing close friendships.

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