My call came. Are YOU ready?

I sat and waited for the call.

The appointment had been made the day before. They had found me on their own. I was still giddy over that and today was the call day.

I was ready. And even a little nervous. Why? No idea. How silly! But I was.

Oh. I know why now. Because this was dream material in the making.

And then the phone rang.

And we had an awesome talk! Which won me my first assignment. To prove to a major book publisher that I had what it took to write a book. On funky junk style decorating. And I had until next Thursday for a sample draft with enough substance to help sell the idea.

Write. Photoshoot. Stylize a book. Me. In under a week.


I’ve always wanted to write a book. In fact, I’ve started two ebooks. But I always dragged my feet working on them.

Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to do a proper FJI book riddled with info from start to finish. Who I am, how I find stuff, what I look for, what I do with it to make it safe, how I fix it, then finally bring it into a home to make it sing.Β  And I also envisioned volume 2 and 3 as well because I’ll never stop creating new things. Dream talk!

It’ll never happen so may as well dream big, right?

Wrong. Be careful what you wish and pray for. Someone’s listening. And others are watching.

How to be ready for your call


Take your photos over and over again until you LOVE them. Then tuck them somewhere safely in high res. Figure out your software editing and do it well. You’ll need it.


Write before you get the call. Have at least a draft! Have something on the go so you don’t have to pump out 12 months of writing in 3 months. Just do it! A little at a time, whatever you can. Don’t be like me and procrastinate.

Do the renos

If a magazine called you desiring high res pics of your home, what would you do? Or better yet, a team dragged their cameras in tomorrow? Get your stuff done. I know it’s hard and you’re tired after work. But chip at it abit at a time when you can. A little is better than nothing. Because trust me… should that call come, you’ll wish you did it prior.


Believe it can happen to you, because it can. Believe in prayer and put it into practice. I could tell you stories that would give you the chills. And this is one of them. And believe you are capable of doing this because you are.


Are you good at something? Does something come completely painless for you? You need to write about it if someone else can learn from it.

One of my ebooks is getting the most out of your point and shoot – how to use it and how to get that photoshoot you’re ultimately after. Without an SLR. It can be done and I can teach you. Lots of new material and tips I haven’t blogged about yet. Sorry that one isn’t ready yet… πŸ˜›

My other ebook is a collection of inspirational stories that teach. Things that have happened to me and what I learned from them. Happy, and deep stuff. If my inspirational stuff has helped you in the past, this will leave you with the same feeling. “The Call” will indeed be one addition for that very collection.

Should “The Call” not pan out? I’ll add this FJI book to the mix and work on all three in ebook form I guess. πŸ™‚

But I hope this pans out because it’s such a perfect fit for me. Write around my other work. Be at home. Have it help offer more opportunity in other areas later. And just the pride that one would get out of their own written work! My goodness…

So, over the next week I have to buckle down hard and do what it takes. This is important. I will be around but at a minimum. I’ll post some Blast from the Past posts I think will help you next week if I can’t write any new material. This really is my time to fly. Or try. πŸ™‚

I know you’ll be rooting for me. And if you have a spare prayer handy, I’ll gladly tuck that in my pocket too. Thank-you!

This is dream stuff! And I’m going for it!

I LOVE your comments and read them and devour them. I just wish I could answer everyone, but I can’t right now. Meet you at Facebook for any further discussion? It’s loads of fun over yonder. πŸ™‚ However please comment here too. I look forward to your encouraging words so very much!

SNS will still roll this weekend, no worries! It just may have to coast a little more on it’s own this round.

Copy Me is over Fri 7pm Pacific. Are ya in?Β 

It’s time to go write. Wish me luck?!?

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161 thoughts on “My call came. Are YOU ready?

  1. Congratulations! Exciting and slightly scary, I imagine. But you have lots of material in your blog to pull from; I’m sure your draft will totally wow them.

  2. Hi Donna-

    It’s about time. I have just been waiting – as I knew it from the first time I landed on your blog that you had “it”. Now stop reading these comments and get to work.
    My best-Diane

  3. DONNA!!!
    I am SOOO freakin’ happy for you. SO happy!
    I’ll be first in line at the book store, with bells on.
    Old, rusty, banged up cow bells, at that πŸ™‚

  4. The decorating stratosphere just began rockin’ and bits of funky junky fragments are about to descend upon homes, interior design studios & classrooms and libraries all over North America and beyond!!!!!!!

    Look OUT cuz someone we know and LOVE was looking UP!!!

    WooHOOOOOOOOO! (I’m kinda giddy!)


  5. Woo-Hoooooo Donna! You GO Girl!

    I’m a fairly new follower, but I’m so excited for you. I would LOVE a book on what you do and how you do it. The outline you gave sounds fantastic, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    And as for getting my own stuff done, it’s funny you mentioned that, because I’ve been bitten by the Gitter Done! bug started by Marianne over at Songbird, and I’m getting there . . . it sure feels good.

    And as for a prayer? You’ve got it. πŸ™‚ Now go knock ’em dead!

  6. Congratulations! How exciting!
    I’ve enjoyed following you blog for some time now. It’s been an inspiration to me. I’ve also had fun watching your progress as a blogger, good job!
    I”m always pleased when good things happen to good people!

  7. This is such exciting news, Donna! I’m sending up prayers and rooting for you all the way. Congrats on the call… I can’t wait to hear more about all this πŸ™‚
    Best of luck on the writing
    Becky C

  8. Wow! What an honor that must have been to receive “the call”! I wish you all the best and have already added you to my prayer list. Hope that you get the gig and will be one of the first ones to buy it! Love your blog, you inspire me to see that special something in all the little junky things I find! I love it! Thanks for all your inspiration!
    Autumn @ Graceful Rantings of a Clutz (

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is BIG. Not just a little big, but BIG BIG! WOW! I am CRAZY excited. You deserve this. You can do this. This is definitely your thing.

  10. Congratulations! This is indeed so very exciting! What an inspiration you are to all of your readers. This is going to be so great…I pray your words flow freely and your energy levels stay high…don’t forget to sleep πŸ™‚

  11. Donna, follow your heart. Dreams do come true!

    Here is a favorite saying of mine and my daughter….

    “Go confidently in the direction of your Dreams. Live the life that you have imagined.”
    by Henry David Thoreau

    I will be praying for you. May GOD always provide that open door.


  12. Very happy for you! I remember reading your story when I first started blogging, and it just seemed sad to me. I’m glad it is a much happier one now. They always say good things come to those that wait. Good luck!

  13. WOO HOO! how exciting donna! praying that you will be focused and finished by your deadline.
    i so believe in you…see my last post to see why πŸ˜‰

  14. Awesome Donna, Love how you share that this is something you’ve prayed for. God Does give us the desires of our heart. Sending prayers for God’s leading and much success with your soon to be published book! yeah!!

  15. I am beyond thrilled for you!! It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person! You rock girl! I am sending you lots of prayers tonight to tuck into your lil’ pocket. CONGRATS!!!!

  16. Woot! Woot! Congratulations!! This is wonderful news and I know you can do it! You have what it takes to get ‘er done!!
    Best wishes and you have my prayers as well!!

  17. AWESOME NEWS, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh boy, you are gonna have fun doing this and I’m so buying your book when it comes out. Good luck with everything this week.
    Anne xx

  18. Awesome!!! Wow, I wish you all the best on this adventure! I know you can do it, I know that you can write an awesome book. Know what, I would buy it! I was showing hubby your site last night, he thought it was pretty cool!

  19. How exciting and wonderful! It’s not a surprise to me though, as I think it was just a matter of time before someone would ‘discover’ you. Keeping you in my prayers and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first of many of your books!

  20. Congratulations! I will continue to keep you in prayer! What an awesome opportunity and I know you will undertake it with the graciousness you always display! Toodles!!

  21. Congratulations from me too! I hope it works out for you. It would definitely be a one of kind book (I’ve never seen a book similar to your style) and it’s definitely needed and welcomed! I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!

  22. OMW Donna!!!! how exciting ~ this is fantabulous news for you and all of us too, You know how much we all LOVE you. You have been an inspiration to thousands and thousands. You deserve this you’ve given so much… Now that makes my heart smile!!!!!!!!!! xo

  23. Hi Donna, I’m so excited for you. Your book will soar I just know it! I will live vicariously through you. I’ve been dreaming of a book on organizing. I’ll just keep it in my scrap notebook for now. Thank you for all the info in this post.
    Good luck this week…I know you can do it. Make a big pot of tea for yourself and write, write, write…LOL, but get some sleep in there too.
    Take care,

  24. It’s the stuff of salvage artist dreams. Go at it gangbusters style. I’ve only recently found your blog and the first thought was wow I love her style! she should write a book. The best of luck & wishing you oodles of energy. The creativity you’ve got πŸ˜‰

  25. Oh Donna, I am so excited for you! Huge congratulations! But I can’t say I’m really surprised! You are amazing and there are so many more good things ahead for you! Enjoy the ride! And thanks for letting us tag along!

  26. OMG! This is no lie, I had no idea about this book but I was sitting in my bathtub last night thinking “DONNA SHOULD WRITE A BOOK!” So help me I did!! WOW!!This is awesome and I hope everything comes out great and I for one dont want to be without a copy of this book!! YOU GO GIRL! We are behind you 100 percent!

  27. Donna, A book written by you is one that I would BUY! You are amazing talented and have an amazing voice. We all have our dreams and what I have learned over the last few months is that it is all about putting yourself out there. No one is going to find you otherwise. And look at that, you have shown us so much of yourself and we love what we see and so do the people who publish books! Whats better than that? Take your time, do what you were meant to do, and we will look forward to hearing from you when you get back from this amazing journey! Laura

  28. Oh Donna!
    I am so tickled for you! You have such a wonderful witty style. You go girl and make all of us junkers proud. But wait you already have!
    smiles, alice

  29. This is so awesome!!!! Congrats to you, all your hard work is paying off big time. I can’t wait to see you in print and to nab a copy of that book. Yes, it will happen! Doing the happy dance with you!!!!

  30. Congratulations! I’m so looking forward to reading your ebooks and the real book! We totally understand that you won’t have much time to post right now; however, posting the best from the past is a great idea. Sending prayers your way.

  31. I know how excited you are, as I’ve been down that path. I got THAT call a few years ago from a publisher of quilt books. After writing the proposals, making all of the quilts, writing the ‘how-tos’, etc.; I ended up having 2 books published. What a thrill that I’ll never forget. So, best of luck to you – you’ll work like a Trojan; but it will be so worth it!!! Sally

  32. Donna, It should not surprise any of us that you are in this dream because you are so very talented !!

    Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks the God and the Father by Him..

    God bless you !!

  33. I would like to put in a reservation for my copy now, please! If this “call” doesn’t work out, e-publish it on your own. I want a copy! I’m so happy for you and have appreciated your tips all along the way. Good luck, prayers and good vibes your way. Go Team Donna!

  34. How fabulous!! I’m so happy for you! I’ve enjoyed reading along with your adventures and am just so pleased that this is working out as well! Not surprised a bit, I have to say, you rock!

    Ps-I’m dying to get my hands on your book. It couldn’t hurt to mention casually (or not) to your publisher next week, “yes, well I blogged about this book opportunity the other day and x number of my readers have already said that they are interested in it.” You already have a fan base, you might as well milk it a little. πŸ™‚

    Happy weekend!


  35. It someone else out there in the world can do it! You can do it too! and maybe even better than them!!! Everyones blogs have inspired me so much today, I am off to grab the materials to create my own labels. One more thing in starting my own buisness! πŸ™‚ You go get em!

  36. wow 100 comments already ;). donna i am soooo estatic for you.what a dream come tru for you . and such an inspiration for us blog stalkers and your son. you go girl πŸ˜‰

  37. How exciting! Wishing you all the best! A “real” book, YAY! I was at Target the other day looking at a Romantic Homes magazine and saw your bedroom. I know I’m a little slow to the chase but it was fun to see you there. Good luck in your new adventure!

  38. I will take ten (10) copies. Tell the publisher I will pay right now. Of course I want them autographed.
    When Simon Cowell of American Idol first saw Carrie Underwood, he said she appeared in color, and all the other contestants were in black and white. Donna, when all of us first logged on to your blog, we knew that you were one of a kind. Your style is great, but the photos, the writing, and all the other details are what make you unique. We are all available this next week for any personal consultations you might want. Much love to you. Ann


    I want to shout Woo-hoo! You can do it Donna.
    Focus. Focus. Focus.
    We’ll be here when you pop every now and again, you can be sure of that.

    I would buy your book~ I will say, “I knew you when”

    I’m thrilled for you!


  40. Donna,

    I know I already commented this morning, but I keep thinking about it! And, what is so amazing is that you took the time in your moment to give US advice! Thanks! Laura

  41. Laura, I will ALWAYS share what I get out of something. This is just as much for all of you as it is for me. Probably for you even moreso. There’s a reason this is happening and it’s so I can further encourage others. I have to believe it’s a calling. Nothing else makes sense! Thanks for your comment all the same, that was really awesome. πŸ™‚


  42. wowee!!!! so excited for you! BIG congratulations and high-five jumping up and down hugs. You ROCK! I hope that this experience will help your creativity stretch to new and wonderful places. Wishing you the very very best πŸ™‚

  43. OMG Miss Donna!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo for you girl! I am so excited about this opportunity. I loved reading this post because I have been asked by a mag for high res shots and I don’t even know how to figure it out. I have a lot of stuff to learn. And I think its great that this happened to you. I have gotten the call before ~the HGTV audition that after months led to know where. But you know it is just one thing, that is all. I know there are other things waiting for me, and I have to be ready. So great post, but any tips on what I can read to figure out the high res thing????

  44. Wow, that is so awesome! I am proud of knowing you….the future book editor! I have always enjoyed your writing and wish to do as well….just for personal use! A little prayer for you!

  45. Congratulations, best of wishes, you deserve it, I can’t wait to buy a copy and my prayer for you has been said and I hope it’s safely tucked in your pocket!

    So happy for you!


  46. WOW WOW WOW!!! How scary exciting is this!! We’ll miss ya, but we know bigger & better things are in the works for you. Knock ’em dead girl!

  47. GO DONNA, GO DONNA!! WHOOP! WHOOP! I’ll buy a book and would be honored if you’d autograph it! If you lived closed girl, I’d come help you in anyway I could – even stacking books in boxes to ship all over the place!
    God is so good, and it’s obvious that it is a calling! Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me (& everyone else too, I am sure) by your writing and sharing! Rock on with your Funky Junk bad self! πŸ˜‰

  48. Congratulations Donna! I am so excited for you. Get busy….I want to buy a book “Funky Junk Interiors”.

    May God Bless you and this book.

  49. I’ve never commented before, and I don’t have a blog, but I sure love yours! Your call is soooo exciting! Prayers have gone up for you, girl!

    Donna T.

  50. I am so happy for you. You are so talented & have inspired so many of us. I will keep you in my prayers. Go for it!!!!! Debbie

  51. You will be in our prayers! Ms FJI Donna is a ROCK STAR as the kiddos would say LOL. And like your other followers/fans…… will be our honor to buy your book for our home as soon as it comes out !! CANT WAIT !!!! πŸ™‚

  52. WOW, that is wicked awesome!!! πŸ™‚ I would totally buy/read your ebooks. esp. the photography one; I’m really trying to take better pics of my blog.

    I would LOVE to write a book, but I feel like it’s soooo not going to happen. Maybe someday it will!

  53. OMG…I LOVE THIS…I am not one tiny bit surprised. You will have a book on FUNKY JUNK and it will be a best seller and be around from now on. People like Laura Ashley have NOTTA on YOU! Your style is so HOT and so unique that we all NEED to read your book so we can pick up more pointers.
    GO FOR IT GIRL…Your time to fly and FLY HIGH.
    I KNOW you can do it…
    xo bj

  54. Yehow!!!! That is wonderful news. And so utterly well deserved. Oh woman you were so ready for this call, I wonder what took them so long.
    Take all the time you need (euh, I mean all the time they have given you). We are here waiting patiently and to cheer you on loudly.
    Go for it!!!!

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