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  •   Laura L. Smith commented on this post about 4 months ago
    Hi Laura!

    How's your September goal going of writing a proposal for a book you've coauthored for your agent to pitch to publishers AND to book some speaking engagements for the year?!
    • Well, aren't you the sweetest to check in! Actually, I submitted the proposal to my agent. He will come back with brilliant comments that I'll need toWell, aren't you the sweetest to check in! Actually, I submitted the proposal to my agent. He will come back with brilliant comments that I'll need to address and work through, but I had the thrill of "pushing send." And...I was invited to be faculty at the Ohio Christian Writer's conference in November where I'll be talking about storytelling, but of course hoping for some more gigs, specifically venues where I can talk about self-worth and identity. So off to a great start! But still some fun work to do.
      And you? How is your September? How's your to-do list coming? What cool new ideas have popped onto it that you weren't even considering at the beginning of the month?
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    • CONGRATULATIONS on 'pressing send' on your proposal!! Well done you!! (And I finally sent your 'thank you' note for your children's books for HarrietCONGRATULATIONS on 'pressing send' on your proposal!! Well done you!! (And I finally sent your 'thank you' note for your children's books for Harriet. THANK YOU again!) Congrats, as well on the faculty invite for the conference! You certainly gave me goosebumps when you were talking about how to use your own story in one's writing and work. I'll be using your tips when I speak at Columbia later this month to young finance women about power and status!

      I'm trying to think of women's organizations who have programming on self-worth and identity. Slightly less related - we're trying a new #bSmartMentorship (a la masterclass) where I feature successful women on bSmart each month (introduce them on the platform), ask them 5 questions, and open up to the community to 'ask them anything.' Would you want to share your self-worth and identity content in a Q&A online format like this next month? (No pressure.)

      I'm well. Just balancing a 9 month old and daily life. Just got back from the DMV in midtown. Such a production to install a car seat into a via, travel to midtown, do the DMV thing, get lunch, install the car seat again, get back, put Harriet down for her nap. Just in time for the dog to throw up. :0 My typical day!

      As for new ideas - I'm mostly seeing what works / doesn't work for people with the bSmart app. (Have you downloaded?! And, we're getting ready to kick-off our Fall 2018 campus ambassador program. Do you think any of the women of Miami would be interested in being a Campus Ambassador? (No pressure again!)

      That's about all with me. Other than trying to trouble shoot my nutrition. I'm still breastfeeding (4x a day) and have so many chronic issues (fatigue, chills, rosacea, hot flashes, upset stomach.) I wonder if I have an allergy and breastfeeding is making it hard for me to recover. I eat a super healthy diet and I've lost 50 lbs since delivery, so I should be 'healthy' again.

      Did you have health issues from breastfeeding? (Like nutrient deficiency?)
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    • Thank you so much for the congrats!
      I'm excited for you to speak at Columbia! That's pretty awesome. They'll be so fortunate to hear you and your stoThank you so much for the congrats!
      I'm excited for you to speak at Columbia! That's pretty awesome. They'll be so fortunate to hear you and your story.

      I'd be honored to be featured on your ask anything feature. Thanks for thinking of me. Just let me know what you need from me and when :).

      I just downloaded the App. Thanks for the reminder. I'll steer around on it a bit and let you know what I think :).

      I know several great women students at Miami. Remind me exactly what being a Campus Ambassador would require of them. I'm sure it would be a fabulous resume builder as well as a cool way for them to connect. If you send me a blurb about what it entails I'd be happy to reach out to some great girls.

      I hear you on the day in the life of a mom--car seats!!!

      Ugh. Sorry to hear about all your health issues. Have you tried cutting out gluten? Both of my boys are gluten free and it's made a huge difference in their lives. As a result, I eat mainly GF -- rotissirie chicken, salad, and GF blueberry muffins for dinner tonight--quick, easy, mostly healthy, plus muffins to make th ekids smile. I was blessed not to have any health issues while breast feeding except I was hungry and thirsty all of the time. And I believe it did fatigue me. It was hard to seperate the fatigue from plain being a mom, but I believe breast feeding takes a lot out of you--meaning you have to allow yourself sleep and the additional calories you burn while feeding.

      Hang in there, mama. You're doing amazing things!
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  •   Laura L. Smith commented on this post about 5 months ago
    Laura!

    I wasn't sure if Katie Feuerstein had reached out to you or not, but her dream is to study Creative Writing at Oberlin. She's already in the college, but has to apply to a 400 level cours to be accepted to the Creative Writing program. She's applied twice and been rejected twice and is about to apply for her third and final time.

    I've shared with her your notes and bSmart masterclass, but wanted to see if you had any other tips for being accepted to the program?
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    • I haven't heard from Katie, but i'd be happy to chat with her. I can't even tag her, bc we're not "friends" on this site. Oberlin is fantastic, but I I haven't heard from Katie, but i'd be happy to chat with her. I can't even tag her, bc we're not "friends" on this site. Oberlin is fantastic, but I don't know anything about their program. I was a marketing major at Miami LOL! My advice for her would to be have a few solid critique partners read and give her feedback on her application before sending it in. My critique partners always catch things I can't catch myself. Extra eyes (not your moms or bff s but other writers) are incredibly helpful! Have her connect with me or email me if she'd like. I'd be happy to offer any advice I can.  More ...
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