Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Perfect Writer’s Accessory: A JORD Wood Watch

The Perfect Writer’s Accessory: A JORD Wood Watch

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I have found it, my friends. The perfect accessory for writers! No, this is not a pen or a computer or even a notebook, it’s a wood watch! Least you think I’m over exaggerating, I’m going to give you three reasons why you should consider getting a Jord Wood Watch or gifting one to your favorite writer.

Three Reasons A Writer Needs A Jord Wood Watch 


1. Style

This should probably go without saying, but Jord Wood Watches are oozing with style! I know when I first visited their website (click here to check it out) I had to pick my jaw up off the floor because I thought: “Woozah these wood watches are stunning!” Now, having my very own Jord Wood Watch, I can see (and feel) the quality and style of these amazing watches.

One of the things I like best about their wood watches is the fact that they are made with “natural, and largely re-claimed materials”! Plus, they look simply amazing. The natural wood adds a lot when it comes to style, and can be paired with rustic outfits but looks equally amazing with something chic too.

2. Usefulness

This reason is not mind-blowing, but it’s true. A writer needs a watch to tell time. What? I know, crazy, right? In all seriousness, I’ve begun to realize that the more I rely on my phone, the more connected I am to everything, and the less I get accomplished. I’ve started to turn my phone to ‘do not disturb’ or leave it in another room to make sure that I’m accomplishing my goals. I’ve found it’s too tempting to look down at it and get distracted by updates and messages.

The same is true for in-person meetings. Have you been there? Sitting at a table with a friend chatting over coffee when all of the sudden you wonder what time it is? Then you look at your phone and BAM, you’re hit with all the messages you missed while you were talking. What happens next? You apologize and then start to answer them. To me, this means the conversation time is over because that connection has been broken.

A simple solution to this is a watch. No matter if you’re meeting with a friend, a date, or a potential book agent or editor, there’s no need to disrupt your conversation to find the time if you’ve got a watch on. All the better if it’s a stylish watch too, right?

3. Confidence

If you’ve followed my story, and this blog, for a while now, you know that I’m a conference photographer. One of the things I now realize I’ve been missing is a stylish watch to accompany me to the conference. You can bet that I’ll be wearing my Jord Wood Watch to the conferences I’m attending this year.

On this note, my third reason you need a Jord watch is the simple fact that a quality accessory like a unique and stylish wood watch can go a long way to adding confidence. I fully believe confidence is built inside and overflows to the outside.

If you’re wondering how simply adding a watch to your ensemble can be a confidence booster, let me explain with a personal story. My first time going to a large writers conference (we’re talking 600+ people) I was terrified. I was going to be there for five days and didn’t know anyone. Plus, it was in a city I’d never been in. Part of the confidence I gained came from planning and doing research on what would happen at the conference, but the rest came from an unexpected source. My wardrobe!

I know, it may sound silly, but it’s the truth. I didn’t spend a ton of money, but I did take myself shopping and switched my mindset to professionalism. It might be hard to believe, but when I got to the conference and put on my first outfit (one I’d picked out weeks ahead of time) I felt so confident. That confidence was built inside—in knowing that I was there for a reason and knew what I was doing—but it was fortified by how I felt about myself and how I looked. I felt good!

Something as simple as an elegant, stylish, and useful watch may just be exactly what you need to help build your confidence. Perhaps you have a conference to attend this year and maybe you’re pitching to an agent in person, consider what you wear and the accessories you include as part of your preparation.

Can I add a 4th reason? Oh good, glad you said yes!

So, my #4 reason that this watch is great for a writer is the fact that almost all Jord Wood Watches can be engraved. Words are important to a writer! So, whether this is a gift and you’re picking out the perfect thing to say, or if it’s a purchase for yourself and you want to include something on it that will encourage you, Jord can help with that.

So there you have it, my three (okay, four) reasons why I think every writer should have a Jord Wood Watch.

What do you think? Do you wear a watch? Which one of these reasons sticks out to you the most? Let me know in the comments below!


Don’t have a Jord Wood Watch yet? Enter to win $100 off any Jord Wood Watch by following this link: And, just in case you weren’t sure if you wanted to enter, anyone who enters will also be emailed a consolation 10% off gift code!!!

**I’ve had the pleasure to partner with Jord Watches for this post. Jord (pronounced Yode) is based in St. Louis, where they are constantly developing new designs. Their watches are “a sophisticated mix of natural, and largely re-claimed materials, combined with quality movements and components.” Follow this link to learn more about Jord and to find your own perfect wood watch!

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers | RE:View

I have long loved Francine Rivers. From Redeeming Love to the Voice in the Wind series I have almost literally drooled over her writing and her beautiful stories. She has a way to create such real characters that have a lasting impact on you. The Masterpiece was no exception.

I was so excited when I read on the back of my advanced reading copy that this book was taking her back to her romance roots. Don’t get me wrong, I love when an author branches out, but the large part of my heart that loves Francine Rivers’s writing loves the way she tells romance in the midst of a redemptive thread.

With The Masterpiece we are introduced to a deeply troubled and hurting man—Roman—and then get to watch as his life intersects with a Grace (both the woman and the truth). As only Francine Rivers can do, she waves their story together in perfect harmony. The attraction, the struggles, the difficult decisions, the facing of Truth. All of it comes together in a story that will hold you and not let you go until the end.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A New Year's Non-Commitment

Yes, I do realize that we're 17 days into the New Year and you haven't heard from me for much longer than that. I'm afraid that, if I apologize for my absence, I may start to sound like a broken record 😑 So, in place of that apology I'm going to try and not try.