Author Krystle Barrington always had a passion for writing. Although her demure personality as a child at times caused her to use writing as a shield to hide from others, she has now evolved into a fearless woman who has overcome her fear to step out on faith. Her written words are being used as a platform to encourage and motivate women to tap into their full potential.
In this interview with ProtectYourGlow, I reached out to #Fearless Female Krystle Barrington, after stumbling upon her site while searching for Christian female authors on Amazon, since I was in need of a new book to add to my monthly collection. Guess what? I found it!
Her first self-published book, She Believes: 75 Devotionals to Encourage, Motivate, and Inspire, contains daily encouragements and powerful reminders of God’s love as she pens about real life situations, insecurities, and personal testimonies, which were inspired by her own experiences and outlook in life.
Below, she shares some tips and insight on how to overcome self-doubt , why it is important to be your own cheerleader at times, and the blessings that can come from fulfilling your God-given dream.
Name: Author Krystle Barrington
Location: Austin, Texas
Personal Style in two words: Simple & Chic
Favorite Designers: Banana Republic, Rachel Roy, Top Shop & BCBG
PYG: Tell us a bit about yourself and your brand?
I’m Krystle. I’m an author and blogger. I’m a lover of all things positive. I’m a dreamer but also a doer. I believe that we all have a purpose on this earth and I’m grateful to have found mine. I’d consider myself a motivator and encourager. I have found that writing about my own struggles, issues, and even insecurities, have allowed me to become comfortable in my own skin. At one point in time I was so shy that I hid from people, but no more.
PYG: What or who motivated you become a Christian Writer and blogger?
Writing has always been something that came easy to me. I wasn’t much of a talker growing up and my head was always stuck in a book. As a result, I learned to love to write and that became my outlet of choice. I struggled with self doubt and low self esteem for most of my life and it wasn’t until recent years that I really started taking a hard look in the mirror at who I was as a person. In that process, my relationship with God became a driving force in my writing. It dawned on me that there are other women out there going through the very same things that I have gone though and even deal with till this day, so I started to write about it. I can tell you that writing about personal things is not always easy but again, it is freeing. I believe with all my heart that God gave me this gift of writing and I want to use it to ultimately bring Him glory.
PYG: What role has your faith played in being an entrepreneur?
Before I started learning about self publishing, I didn’t look at myself as an entrepreneur. I just looked at myself as an aspiring author. Along the way, I have definitely become a business woman and that blows my mind. My faith has played a critical role in successfully publishing my first book. Throughout the process I had moments of doubt. There were days where I had to remind myself that my past didn’t disqualify me from chasing my dream of being an author. I had to dig deep sometimes and really exercise faith and remind myself that God has my back. I have learned first hand that when you combine faith, patience, and determination, anything is possible.
PYG: Who is your greatest inspiration?
My parents are my greatest inspiration. Even at thirty one years old, I aspire to make them proud in everything that I do. They have been great examples to me of what hard work looks like and I’m grateful for that. They encouraged me for years to write my book and even called me an author before I became one. Their support pushes me and I hope I continue to make them proud.
PYG: What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far?
To physically hold my book in my hand is a testament that dreams come true. For as long as I remember I wanted to write a book. To finish something you start is a boost of confidence. I finally got over the hurdle of self doubt and that is my greatest accomplishment because it extends to all areas of my life. It has made me feel like I can do anything, and that is not something I’ve always felt.
PYG: You are also an ambassador for Lane of Roses, could you share with our readers what this organization is about and describe your role?
Lane of Roses is a non-profit organization purposed with encouraging women to see themselves as God sees them: valuable and loved. Ambassadors can fill the role of writer or social media influencer. As a writer, I am responsible for writing content for the website, while also working with other writers to do just the same. For me it really is a community of women who want to uplift and encourage one another. I am very grateful for the friendships I have developed and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with them.When you combine faith, patience, and determination, anything is possible- @krystleiam Click To Tweet
PYG: How do you balance work and your personal life?
In addition to writing and blogging, I do have a full time job. My evenings during the week are typically spent writing and learning as much information about marketing, branding, budgeting, etc. I try to make time for friends and family on the weekends but I do have to make sacrifices sometimes. I can’t always hang out or make every event because frankly, my writing is indeed a job to me. I’m still working on finding a good balance juggling everything but I think it’s working out pretty good.
PYG: I got a chance to quickly read a few pages from your first book, She Believes: 75 Devotionals to Encourage, Motivate, and Inspire. I admire your vulnerability and honesty in these devotions. Was it hard for you to write this book?
I think the easiest part of the entire process of self publishing was the writing aspect. I was very intentional about the topics that I discuss in the book and literally every single devotion is personal to me. I’d say that the biggest challenge was researching scriptures and making sure that I made the connection between real life experiences and God’s word.
PYG: What is the most favorite part of your job as a writer and blogger?
The most favorite part is connecting with other people. It’s funny because as a shy kid I would write because I was hiding from people but now it serves as an avenue for me to meet other women and I love that. I love receiving messages from people that I’ve never met in real life and it motivates me to keep on writing when people tell me they’ve been blessed through my blog and my first book.
PYG: What is the hardest part of your job?
I’d say that the hardest part about being a writer and a blogger is setting limits for myself. I have all these ideas and I just want to go for it, but a huge part of being a business woman is prioritizing and planning. I’m still learning to slow down sometimes and not take on too many projects at once. I’m determined to see them all through but I’ve got to learn to not overwhelm myself.
PYG: What advice would you give to aspiring female entrepreneurs?
My best advice would be to own the process. I think sometimes there’s this tendency to compare ourselves to others, especially when you’re just starting off in your business. Let’s say someone doesn’t have as many social followers as someone else or they have a small budget and can’t afford to do what the next person is doing. We have to stop comparing ourselves to others and focus on our journey to success. We won’t all rise to the top as fast as others, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t successful.
I’d also tell them that sometimes there will be no pat on the back or cheers coming from friends and family. Sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader. There are days when we will only have God’s word to rest on but that’s okay, because God will never fail us. Every God given dream has purpose and that means even when sales are slow, money is tight, or whatever the case may be, we have to believe in ourselves and God’s promises.
You can read more about Krystle and shop her publications at http://www.authorkrystleb.com/
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