Tag Archives: Nikole Hahn

I’m Closing The Door For Good

You can’t go forward if the door behind you is still open. As I look out my front window, the sunflowers nod in the slight breeze and reflects the sunlight of the morning.

Sunflowers are the strongest flower. In spite of its shallow roots, they grow back every year. In fact, my sunflowers evolved. The seed I originally planted was for a mammoth sunflower, but over the years the plant has given a bounty of small flowers. It’s branches are always filled with hummingbirds and other wild birds. Like that sunflower, I am evolving, too, and a door is shutting.

This blog has run its course.

Over the past five years, your friendship and your patience have been a blessing to me. This blog has helped me work through some traumatic circumstances, to heal and forgive. I am not leaving the online community, but changing “homes.”

In 2013, I published, with the help of volunteer editors and writers, my online magazine, and in 2015, I will launch a new missionary organization. I will also still write, social network, and intend to focus on only three websites:

www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com

This will remain the same as my writing website and social network consulting business site.

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www.therelevantchristianmagazine.com

This will also remain the same as my free online magazine. Occasionally, we may publish ebooks for sale.

www.cataclysmmissionsintl.com

My new missionary organization is now in its prelaunch stage. It will be fully functional on January 12, 2015.

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If you have subscribed to this blog, my webmaster will transfer over all subscribers to Cataclysm Missions International (CMI). The website is still being worked on, so I have made it easy for you to register for the newsletter to be kept updated on the developments of the organization:

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Thank you for being a part of my life. I hope you will continue to take interest. Friend me on my personal page here. Or follow me on twitter. Or even youtube. I’m shutting the door to the past now. My story can still help others so this blog will remain up, and not deleted, but not active.

Please pray as I and my husband eagerly look to the future. My past doesn’t define me. God defines me.

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The Hole in My Blog

Ever feel like a Christian writer can get too plugged into the marketing words like Platform and Brand?

Marketing is necessary for any business or church, but lately, it feels like we’ve gotten lost in the mire of marketing and forgotten the relationships. I even forgot what it’s really all about. That’s why I am redoing my blog and website. It’s got to be more than this…this writer, the next book, etc. God is calling me into a new direction. It’s big. It’s scary. I can’t do it alone.

Change is in the air. Like the wind pummeling the house right now, it’s changed direction, blowing new and fresh. I am more energized now as God and other wise counsel help me figure it all out. Slowly, a new picture is emerging, a new brand, a new logo. And it’s going to be different here.

Because I am different.

Honduras changed me.

You can still be a writer and use the marketing tools, but you can change the motivation behind your marketing.

You can still be a church, and instead of competing for the tithe, unite with other like-minded churches in prayer, sharing a sincere desire to tell people about Jesus and the Bible. Instead of swapping blame for a rapidly diminishing traditional church, come together and communicate. Use the online tools to venture into the new mission field.

The Internet.

More to come on that later. Thanks to Dr. Henry Cloud and his new book, Never Go Back, I see the hole in my blog. I just thought I’d share those thoughts tonight before I go to bed.

So Happy Fourth of July, America! I am proud to live here.

Writing Updates

Hi friends,

2015 has been highly stressful and very busy. The Anomaly was completed in February. It was critiqued by several people. I will be editing and rewriting both The Anomaly and The Rose Door til the end of the year to submit to various traditional publishers. I am also writing a short novella to publish as an ebook while I am waiting. That is also being critiqued.

Meanwhile, I am expanding on my social media ministry and have acquired clients. You can read more about my social media ministry at www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com.

Don’t forget that TRC Magazine is still accepting submissions for its July 31 issue. Please query your article or story to one of the editors. If you feel your idea is not a fit with any of our editors and their departments, feel free to query me at nikolehahn@thehahnhuntinglodge.com.

Thank you again for praying for me. I know some of you are, and I really love you for it!

Thanks, Nikole Hahn

Don’t Take a Picture

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“Why aren’t you taking a picture?” My husband asked me while we were on vacation at a popular destination.

“Because dozens of pictures and videos already exist online of this place. I want to enjoy the moment.” I said.

A memory I have of a relative was always with a camera in front of her face. Dozens of thick and heavy photo albums took up two shelves. Birthday cakes had to be re-blown out because the camera wasn’t ready.  Now social media is replete with good and bad photos.  I try to take a different approach to photography now. Perhaps, at times, less photos so I can enjoy the moment.

Like that scene in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where Sean doesn’t take a photo of the Snow Leopard. He wanted to stay in the moment. I’m not against social media, but you have to put away the phone when the moment calls for it to sip a glass of wine on a veranda while watching the sun paint the sky in oranges, yellows, and pinks. A person can see a dozen sunsets on social media, but it doesn’t count unless you see it for yourself. Life must be experienced.

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Even I Can be Used

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A comment on a discussion thread reminded me how the devil and his minions can and will use anyone to further his kingdom. None of us are exempt from helping the enemy, and oftentimes, none of us are aware that our efforts are not God’s efforts. I am constantly reminded of the movie, The Devil’s Advocate, where it makes the point that humans are fallible.

Something good by all appearances can become something bad. It’s like changing your lifestyle to eat better, but eating too much of healthy food can still make you fat. In Devil’s Advocate, after suffering the consequences of a bad decision, the lawyer goes back and has a second chance to re-do that moment in time. Yet, for making a good decision, the reporter (who is the devil) covers the lawyer’s heroic actions thereby making the lawyer prone to fall again to his own temptations. I can fall, too, by making a decision that appears good, even a decision that feels great, but pride or self-justification can distort it.

Guard your heart, Proverbs 4:23 says.  In this age of feel-good and of redefining words, it’s good to put things against scripture before believing it.

 

First Class Beginning Soon…

You have a story to share! You have wisdom to share with people of this generation. Technology gives people the tools to reach out and influence someone.Whether you are of a political party, a Christian answering a call to reach this new mission field,a military veteran, or a grandparent, your story just needs a platform to be an influence.

Many blogs and social networks are free, including some of the programs out there to make creating graphics easy. My classes will get you started in this new chapter of your life. But you don’t have to take all of them. If you already have a blog, but need help with social networking, you can choose to take the later classes. I charge per class, per person.

You will get:

One-on-one practical help.

Receive a newsletter to help further your education.

Hand-outs indicating where to find the free resources out there to continue your education.

Free email Q & A even after class is over.

You can read my goal here to find out why I believe it’s important for people to use the tools to participate in the growing online community. Real friendships happen online. Churches are going online. Don’t be left behind as everything goes computer. Learn the technology through my classes. Even if you have never had any computer experience, please put aside your fears and prejudices of the technology. ​

You must pay by the Thursday before each class in order to participate in that week’s class time. Please bring with you the following:

  1. Your receipt for payment.
  2. An ipad or laptop.
  3. A smart phone, if you have it.

Word Weaver members get a five dollar discount. Your membership must be current in order to pay $15 for each class. Non-Word Weaver members pay $20/class. NO REFUNDS.
Register here.