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2016 RA Blog Week – Final Day

Happy Friday world! We made it through the week. And, because it’s been RA Blog Week, we’ve learned and raised some awareness. Together, myself and the other bloggers have spent the week making this invisible illness a bit more visible. That’s a great thing.

I’m picking another wildcard today so that I can pass on some advice to all of y’all. I hope that my experiences walking through life with Rheumatoid Arthritis will help someone out there.

Thing #1: Don’t look back. Well, at least not for too long. Don’t dwell on the life you had before RA came to live with you. Look back at the happy moments. But don’t compare that life to the new one you’re living. Focusing on your pre RA life, especially on that pain free body you once had, is toxic. Accept your new normal.

Thing #2: Redefine normal every chance you get. An RA life is a rollercoaster. RA changes your body almost daily. You might become a human barometer like I have. Any weather change and my body sends out warning signals in the form of pain. That’s my normal. My normal used to be weakness and exhaustion. Before then it was pretending to not be sick. With RA you get the opportunity (yes, you read that right) to redefine normal over and over.

Thing #3: Find a support group. Maybe a face to face group that meets at a local church. Maybe a group of random strangers on Facebook. Maybe a network of bloggers. The point is, find people who are living an RA life too. Only people walking this walk can really understand what you go through every day. That level of understanding is vital.

I could go on and one but I won’t. Instead, I’m going to close up RA Blog Week with a second topic. The other folks who have been blogging this week with me. Our fearless leader (hi Rick!) has put together a great list of links to everyone’s blog. You can see it here. I highly recommend checking out the other blogs. You never know, one of my fellow bloggers might be writing something that will touch your heart.

I hope you all have had a great week. It’s been a blessing to spend it writing about RA. It has given this writer a much needed boost to her tired creativity.

Have a blessed weekend y’all.

~Elise

PS. I have a book coming out! (Yay!) Restoration Road will be released in October. If you want to know more about it, click here. And keep watching my blog for more information on when and where you can get your own copy.


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World Book Blog Tour

marcy dyerI’m starting this post with a great big thank you. Thank you to my friend Marcy Dyer. She invited me to be part of the World Book Blog Tour, something I think is pretty cool. I love the idea of connecting writers around the world via their blogs and websites. It makes this big ol’ world feel smaller and more connected. Now, before you read on, click on that Marcy’s name and go check out her site. She’s wonderful Christian fiction writer. You should read her stuff.

Elise PhillipsNow…on with the tour! Our first stop is an about me from…well…me. (Look, there I am!)

What am I working on? Well, currently I’m hard at work on my first novel as well as finishing my Master’s degree. My novel is actually my thesis project. The novel follows Mallory Andrews as she returns to her hometown after her mother’s death and begins working to repair the rift with her family. As she renews her relationship with her family, she also slowly finds her faith restored.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I try to hold true to the norms of Christian fiction by having faith, or the journey to faith, be central to my stories. I differ from others by trying to make my characters flawed in a deeply real way. I don’t want to shy away from ugly parts of life because Christians face those struggles just like other people do.

Why do I write? When asked why I wanted to write, I used to answer simply – I want to tell a story. Yet over the years I have learned that writing has so much more to it than simply telling a story. In my own writing, I have one primary purpose – to honor the Lord. We are all given gifts with which to share His word and I believe that mine gift is fiction. So I strive to not only tell an engaging story but to plant a seed of faith into each of my readers.

How does my writing process work? My stories often come to me via the creative works of others. Sometimes it will be a song or a poem that inspires me. Other times it will be a story or a speech. Sometimes I’ll start a story based upon something that someone said to me or based upon a dream I’ve had.

The next stops on the tour is my friend Loren. Her post about the tour will go live on Monday, July 28th. Make sure you bookmark her sites!

Loren WeaverLoren Weaver: Loren is an engineer for an oil company as her day job. She loves crazy sports and has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, master SCUBA diver certificate, and motorcycle license. Although engineering pays the rent, she writes because she loves to hear and to tell a good story. You can find out more about Loren and her writing at www.lorenweaver.com.