It was with some guilt that I turned down a coaching opportunity last night for Academic Ladder. I told Coach Susanne about finishing my book and said, “I need to keep my promise to myself.” Sometimes that’s harder than it sounds. She was incredibly gracious in receiving my decision. She even congratulated me on the manuscript and on making and keeping promises to myself. I nearly cried when I read her email.
Today I revised chapter 4: “Redeeming Humanity: How Clergywomen Embody Struggle and Sacred Presence in the SBC.” I cut over 900 words, and the chapter only needs footnotes repaired tomorrow. Feels great to keep my promises to myself, and to the women whose stories I’m telling.