Secret Southern Life Book Begins | I’ve Officially Lost My Mind!

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I am such a mess.  Oh, on the outside you see that I could stand to refresh my lip gloss and I’ve relied on dry shampoo for way too many days. No one knows my real story except God and He’s is on my case about it. He’s telling me to stop hiding.  He’s been pressing these words on my heart for oh, about five years now.  Five long years He’s been telling me to write this Secret Southern Life book.  He’s given me a vision for it all: storyline, cover, and everything.  I ignored His voice about this – worried about how it would affect my family and what everyone else will think.  Oh, and I’m so busy, but you want me to write a book? 


Secret Southern Life

I know this all sounds pretty ridiculous, Y’all.  Dramatic too.  All I can tell you is that I’m trying to be obedient.  I’m tired of running from this.  Tired of pretending that my anxiety isn’t real.  God wants me to tell a story in fiction form. Thankfully I’m home alone as one tear is streaking my cheek and I’m trying hard not to hyperventilate.

It isn’t the first time I’ve tried to write my story.  Spring, Sabrina, Kathy, and Katie are those dear friends who know that I’ve been trying to write my story as a fiction novel for over a year.  No matter what, I can’t seem to move past Chapter One.  Anxiety kicks in and I shut down.  So here I am, pounding out the keys to you, my tribe of friends.  I’m hoping that if I write my story here, to those of you that love me, I may actually be able to get it out.  The Lord is making me get it out.

I’ll begin sharing with you (as posts) called, Secret Southern Life. For a while, anyway.  If you could care less about reading this, just ignore the posts with that title and move onto my normal ones I’ll continue writing about Southern Family Travel and wife life hacks! 🙂  Thanks for your support.  It means a lot.

OK Lord, here I am.  Speak through me.

Secret Southern Life book cover

I need your prayers, friends!

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 1 Timothy 2:1

I’d love to hear what you think about this book cover idea in the comments.



Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. Sarah Althouse
    August 21, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I love the book cover and it makes me want to know more! Good luck with writing and obeying God through it 🙂

  2. cara
    August 21, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I think it’s awesome you’re writing a book! Best of luck to you and it sounds like it will be a great one! 🙂

  3. Sabrina
    August 22, 2017 / 7:05 am

    I am so proud of you! Continue to lean on Him, and He will direct you!

  4. Spring
    August 22, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Its time…way past time! You are loved by all but most importantly by our God! For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 Now GO! I love you!!

  5. Beth
    August 22, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Prayers for you sweet friend!! You maybe surprised how many people struggle with anxiety … it will bless others ❤️??

  6. April
    August 22, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Can’t wait! Thank you for allowing God to work through you. You inspire me ? Love ya

  7. Sharon
    August 23, 2017 / 5:50 am

    I think the cover is great! But Southern Life is about gentility so I think the photo should be a little softer. Maybe add a slightly hazy filter? Good luck on the book! You got this, girl!

    • Shan
      August 23, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Great advice, Sharon! Thank you so much!

      much love,

  8. Jenna
    August 24, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Love the title; it leaves me wanting to know more! Pat yourself on the back for sharing this post, it’s one step closer to making your dream a reality! So show yourself some compassion and love :). I think we all have those moments where the Lord places things in our hearts that He wants us to share, but we question it, make excuses, and confuse ourselves (I do it all the time!). But in those moments, draw closer to Him, ask Him what He would have you do. And for me, I recognize every time I feel anxious, that I’m relying on my own strength and understanding. Rely on God’s strength and understanding, and that book will be written and published before you know it! Best of luck to you, I look forward to reading more posts about the book!

  9. Melissa Chee
    August 24, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    How exciting! Love the cover. Keep it up.

  10. Brittany
    August 24, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I think that this is such a cute book cover! My only recommendation as a graphic designer would be to add space between the edges and the border. The text is hugging too tightly against the border but other than that I like the font and the photo!

  11. Erica
    August 25, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    We need to step outside of our comfort zones sometimes, even when it’s so hard! Good for you for writing this book! Good luck as you work on it!

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