Working on a couple of things…

Hey there virtual friends, readers, family, saints…all of y’all!

I know it’s been a minute. Well, a lot of minutes. This year started off with A LOT going on in the Stimpson household. We moved, then we had that huge ice storm across the whole state of Texas, then I got into a little funk and ate a whole bunch of cupcakes from this bakery in my new city, and then I started writing a Christmas romance novella entitled All I Want for Christmas – it’ll be out on Audible in December!

And, of course, I spent time with this one!

(Y’all knew this Gi-Gi was going to share a picture, right?!)

I’m coming up on 50 years old, and when I look back over my life, I’m checking stuff off like, “Yep, God did that. Yep, that, too. Didn’t get that, but I realize now I never needed it. Still looking forward to that. Mmm hmm.” And it’s not because I’ve been perfect. I believe it’s had a lot to do with sitting down on many-a-Friday or -Saturday night, pulling out a journal, writing my true feelings on paper, stopping to listen, searching the Scriptures, getting mad at God and telling Him so, and then us sitting there together with me pouting in the ministry of His presence. And then we start talking again. This is how our relationship has rolled for quite some time and I’m thankful. In fact, this is actually the thing I could do all day without stopping and it still wouldn’t be enough.

But I’ve always done it by myself. In fact, I kinda considered myself a “loner” because I thought that’s what artists were and because I do like being alone. But one thing I learned during the pandemic is that I actually missed people…a lot! Especially as we went on in isolation.

A few times in 2020, I journaled in community with others who just needed to come together in an unconventional way (due to COVID, of course). We journaled, think deeply, and reflect together. I was like, “This is cool.” The host, Shana Chivon, has since moved on to other things.

Then, earlier in 2021, I attended a virtual retreat where we participated in quite a bit of journaling over days. THAT was powerful for me (thanks Casandra Austin-McDonald!) Her main work is coaching empaths for self-care.

Well, I’ve decided to take the best of those two group experiences, add my love of reading, and host journaling experiences for women who need to save (or make) space in their lives for journaling individually and in community. Really, it’s for all of us who are probably, as my grandmother would say, “doing too much” and “need to get somewhere and sit down with your own thoughts.” It is self-care, reflection, growth, re-thinking, prayer, putting the crown on straight, therapeutic–all of that!

I sent out an invitation to some segments of my email list and got quite a few folks to join me. Woo hoo! I’m super-excited about the healing, the freedom, the laughter, the deep-thinking…whew!

If you missed the invitation this time, be sure you’re on my email list so I can let you know when I do it again!

Well, that’s pretty much what’s going on with me. What’s up with you? Be sure to leave a comment, I’d love to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods!

Be blessed!

-Michelle

Create Your Own Inspirational Coloring Book!

I’m always telling people about my events after-the-fact. So let me catch you up to speed!

Virtual Workshop – February 11, 2021, 7:00pm Central Time
Early Bird: $47
Regular: $67

Now more than ever, people are looking for ways to relax and reset. This session gives you ​​ the know-how and the digital files you need to design and publish a coloring book with your inspirational messages, even if you can’t draw a stick-man! If you’re familiar with PowerPoint or Google Slides and you can can click, copy & paste, you can make a coloring book that will give people peace of mind!

Click Here to Register

It’s Showtime

Deacon Brown's Daughters Poster

Deacon Brown’s Daughters Poster

Deacon Brown’s Daughters is FINALLY available to the public on Amazon. Here is the official link, y’all.

Whew! Y’all just don’t know…we went down to the wire with the timing of this release, and we got an intervention right when we needed it to meet our deadline.

We were planning to release tonight at midnight, but up until just this very afternoon, we saw this on the video processing screen:

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We were like: Oh. No. This cannot be happening! They cannot be saying that this movie will not come out on time! We had tried to call them earlier this week because the time was winding down, but because they aren’t taking phone calls (due to the backlog) all we could do was email. That was NOT a good sign. But we moved forward with plans, praying that things would work out. And they did – THANKS BE UNTO GOD! This whole entire project has been a testament to His faithfulness.

Well, I have to go right now. Right now, I think everybody I know and their momma is watching it. People are texting me, tagging me, inboxing me about scenes – I’m so excited for the message and for the support and for the fun of finally being able to share this with you all.

I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

Michelle

P.S. It’s also my birthday. So, if you wanna give me something, check out the movie!

Just Thank You

Hello There!

It’s 2020. Can you believe it?

I want to thank you all for hanging in there with me. Aside from my supportive family who have known me all my life, I’ve known some of my now-online folks since elementary school. Some I know through Jarvis Christian College, some from work in education. Many of you have been hanging with me since LaShondra met Stelson in Boaz Brown. Others came along when Mama B helped out at the church. We might have met when Stanley (Deacon Brown’s Daughters) started acting right.

So many of you say such kind things to me online and inbox me little pictures and encouraging words. That people would take time out of their busy days to write reviews and tell friends about my books and re-post sell-links, invite people to signings and workshops…it all matters to me.

Some of you know that these past few years have been rough for me. My mom, my grandmother, and a co-worker with whom I worked closely transitioned. Even Mi-Mi (my 15-year old “writing dog”) passed away in 2018. I think I spent 2019 in a peaceful stillness, learning how to view this next season differently. I let a lot of projects drop. Honestly, I needed to. (I know you all understand.) But I say all of that to say: your kindnesses have been so very welcomed and received.

Thank You. You’re a blessing to me! Happy 2020 – let’s make it an AMAZING year!

In Christ’s Unfailing Love,

-Michelle

Deacon Brown’s Daughters

Just wanted to share the amazingly good (like Ephesians 3:20!) of what’s going on with the film, Deacon Brown’s Daughters, which CaSandra McLaughlin and I wrote and later created a movie around this book. As some of you know, we finished it in the summer of 2018. It was shopped around by an agent for a while. Then we entered the CapCity Black Film Festival this year and won Best Feature film. Hallelujah! That was an amazing moment.

Our friends and family and cast members were too, too excited for us and we’re so thankful to God for the recognition!

And now we’re sharing the news with media to spread awareness about the film and it’s message. Here’s the local Fox4News Interview: https://www.fox4news.com/video/607544

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We’ll let you know when it’s available for viewing!!!

Is this you?

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  • Have you been putting off writing or publishing your book because you just don’t know what to do?
  • Tired of feeling guilty about not walking in your purpose?
  • Needing to talk with someone about making changes in your marriage, but don’t want your business “in the streets”?

I’m here for you! Yes. For real for real. I get calls, email messages, and texts every week from people who need everything from a detailed relaunch plan to a brainstorming partner to some Scriptures to pray for their marriage. Most of the time, I have to decline because I just don’t have the time to set aside my own work and focus on others. But you know what? That’s gonna change. Helping people is part of my work. The truth is: I love people! And I want to help everyone who desires my help and expertise to achieve their God-ordained purpose. That includes you!

So, if you’d like to schedule a consultation with me, click here:

MICHELLE, WE NEED TO TALK!

My calendar and available times are there for you to see.

With each consultation, you’ll receive:

  • An intake session survey so I can adequately prepare for our time together
  • 60-minute online or phone consultation with specific, actionable next steps
  • A 15-minute followup
  • Most of all, the peace of mind in knowing that you’re moving forward!!!

And this month (my birthday month!) I’m offering a 10% discount so that YOU can birth a great thing in your life! The discount code is: HBDMICHELLE

I look forward to being a part of your success!

Hope to see you soon!

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Marriage 9-1-1 Webinar Series

Hey there! If you know me, you KNOW one of my greatest passion is to help women learn to thrive in sometimes (or all the time!) difficult marriages. Feb. 5-7, I’m hosting a LIVE webinar at my WarriorWivesClub Facebook page.

Until then, sign up to get your workbook, save the date, and get ready to grow in our time together!

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Newlywed and Learning New Things Already!

Hello there! If you know me, you know I have a heart for helping wives. Let me introduce you my favorite newlywed: Tamara Davis – oops! Debose! I was blessed to travel from Dallas to Florida attend her wedding to Mr. Chris DeBose in September of this year. It was a blessed occasion, a wedding where God was the center of the ceremony indeed!

Now, just so you know, this was actually my first time meeting Tamara. She’s one of my long-time loyal readers, a huge Mama B fan, and we are grandma-twins (her granddaughter is exactly 2 months older than mine). We both love to laugh and we love the Lord, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to travel to Florida along with another friend and witness the nuptials.

Photo by Above Brand Photography

So, now that she’s married, you know I couldn’t wait to interview her for my Wife Chat. After only one month of marriage, she’s already learning new things about her husband, and they’ve had to stand together against an attack only hours after saying their vows!

Click here to listen to Tamara’s wife chat and many more!

If you would like to share your wisdom with wives, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email: contact @ warriorwives.club.

Latest Release – Step of Faith

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Hello there!

I hope you are enjoying Spring wherever you are. It’s beauty surprises me every year. No matter what’s happening in the world, who’s being investigated, who’s fighting whom, or what dangers lurk ahead, the flowers remind me that He is yet on the throne!

Speaking of fresh beginnings, I hope you’ll enjoy meeting Ms. Frenchie Davenport, the main character in a new series of books I’m co-authoring with CaSandra McLaughlin. The series is called “Magnolia Gardens”, which is the name of the senior living facility where Frenchie recently moved. She’ll meet a cast of characters who will become her new family. They’re really not the problem. It’s her “old” family that’s causing all the issues! What’s she to do about a grown son who thinks he’s entitled to her money? And what about the daughter who rarely keeps in touch? These are the kinds of things we face as we age and our loved ones age, too.

You can check out the video of Cassandra and I talking about this series here. (Note: We’ve been told that we’re quite a team on camera as well!)

I pray that this series will be a blessing to you and that you’ll grow to love the characters as much as we do!

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