#Hopesmith. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang has been helping others find the time to make their dreams come true. As wordsmith, master multi-tasker, and encourager extraordinaire, Kathryn shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Whether you need help producing 1,000,000 words in a year or just producing a post for your blog, Kathryn has been building with words and wants to share her secrets with you.
Kathryn Lang believes in the power of words. She has seen it displayed in her life, in her family, and in the world around her. She puts words to work in her freelance career and she helps others give life to their words through the SouthEastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI.org) and her latest endeavor the Mountain Valley Writers.
“I like to paint a canvas of hope and possibility using words.”
As an award winning author and indie publishing advocate, Kathryn always finds new avenues for moving words. It is not as much about getting the words to flow but about finding ways to harness their powers for good in her life and in the lives of those around her.
Speaking has opened up other doors for the sharing of words and for the expansion of relationships opportunities. “It is all about relationships.” Kathryn encourages the investment in building community and the pursuit of being relentlessly helpful to all that she encounters. “I am first and foremost a hopesmith.”
Learn more about Kathryn by visiting her website – www.KathrynLang.com or connect with her on Facebook – theKathrynCLang or Twitter @KathrynCLang
The Power of Words
Words have power. My dad taught me that understanding from an early age. I invested thought (and prayer) into the words I shared . . . most of the time. I had a short fuse when it came to defending others, and my words would become weapons of mass destruction.
I began to truly experience the power of words after I had my own children. I saw how they responded to the words and how they reacted to what I said about them (positive or negative).
It was a phone call one afternoon that drove the wisdom home for me. I girl I knew in high school called to let me know her brother had passed. He and I had been friends and he asked me to sign his annual the year I graduated. I knew he had a few more years, so I took care to offer up words of hope and encouragement. She said that he had treasured the quote I had used – one from The Little Prince – and that they were placing it on his tomb stone.
Words have power – they have the power to heal, to comfort, and to inspire long after they are shared.
That is why I write and speak.
My full-time career with words began in 2004 when I was looking for some additional income for our family. I had chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, home schooling my (then) two boys. I still wanted to contribute.
It took a few years to build up my experience, but before long I was earning five figures with my words.
I began focusing more on my personal words and produce my first book in 2011 – right in the middle of the tornados and the recovery that came after. I had met with some agents and some publishers, but I wanted to maintain control of the process. With the help of editors and graphic designers I had met through my freelancing journey, I indie published that first book – and have eight non-fiction and four fiction published to date.
My love of words led me to reach out for speaking opportunities, which included radio. One of the interviewers became a mentor and encouraged me to make my own opportunities. I launched the Growing HOPE radio and podcast in 2014, joined the Discipling Women Google Live show in 2015 (for a year), and am currently working to create a livestreaming interactive show of hope and encouragement.
I am a hopesmith, a dream inspirer, and a lover of words. I have seen how words infect and affect the people they encounter.
After 16 years of investing in homeschooling, my second son will be graduating in the spring. The youngest son has requested attendance in “traditional” school, and since it will be him and me alone for the first time EVER, I am inclined to agree.
The good news is that I will have more time for sharing words. I will have more time to invest in blogs, books, and scripts. I will have more time to do all the things that I know I am supposed to do.
Now, to break-up with Netflix – but that is a whole different story!
I am Kathryn Lang. I am the rainbows and lollipops host on Growing HOPE radio. I am an aficionado of inappropriate laughter at most family gatherings (especially funerals). I am the wife of Keith – who I stalked for three years before finally getting a date with him (ask me about that sometime). I am the coolest mom ever to my three boys.
And I am crafting words of hope and inspiration to fuel the possible and inspire the bold pursuit of purpose.