My Washington Speaking Tour!

It is generally a good idea that, if you are about to speak for three nights straight, you DON’T fall UP stairs on a ferry and get a huge gash on the bridge of your nose which threatens to swell and bruise badly.

I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time, since obviously I did not heed this warning last week!

I’ve been visiting family in British Columbia for a few days before beginning my 3-night speaking tour in Washington state. And on the ferry over from Vancouver Island I bashed my nose open.

Here’s me in the hotel holding ice on it to make sure it didn’t swell up!


But my nose behaved and did not swell, and with some creative makeup you could barely see it last night! Here’s my daughter and me at my book table at the Life Center in Tacoma:

SheilaKatie Tacoma

I’ve had quite the week getting here. Aside from the nose gashing experience, I also had a big mishap with the shipping of my books. I had to get some across the border, and filling out government customs forms gives me hives. I just clam up at the thought that I’m going to do something wrong–and last time I filled out the forms I did. Where it said “Net Cost”, I calculated the average net cost of all the books and entered it there. Then I got a phone call from FedEx’s customs broker. Apparently under Net Cost, you’re supposed to write either “Yes” or “No”. Who knew?

Anyway, I shipped my books with a bit of a cushion so that if I messed up the paperwork again they’d have time to get a hold of me and still deliver the boxes to Tacoma. But then on Wednesday night, two days before they were supposed to be in Seattle, we got a call that they’d been at the border for a week stuck in customs because I put the wrong currency in one box. They hadn’t called me until now.

I was really upset, but I had it out with God and was truly at peace at losing out on the $600 in shipping, and knew the books wouldn’t make it now. But I prayed that God would work a miracle.

And sure enough, after getting passed back and forth to multiple people at FedEx, all of whom said it wasn’t their problem, I talked to a supervisor who went to bat for me, and they overnighted the boxes and they were waiting for us! So I’m trying to figure out a good gift to send the FedEx woman in the Toronto office who really helped me. A gift certificate for a restaurant? I don’t know. But it’s not often you find someone who will go out on a limb for you like that.

Anyway, I just needed the encouragement this week, and maybe God just wanted to show me He could still work miracles. My nose didn’t swell (despite profuse bleeding and a lot of pain), and the books got there, and the talk was so much fun! 500 women in Tacoma, lots of laughs, and a great Q&A period, too. My daughter even figured out how to set up my new backdrop:

GirlTalk Banner

Which is great, because she has to set it up two more times! I’m in Yakima tonight and Lake Forest Park tomorrow. And it’s going to be fun!

Right now I’m sitting in a McDonald’s (yay for free wifi!) before we head over to the church. Awesome drive through the mountains today. We stopped at a lookout and took some pictures; this doesn’t do it justice, but it was lovely:


So we’re all ready to go for two more nights!

As always, if you’d like me to come deliver my Girl Talk–straight talk on intimacy and marriage–at your church, just email my booking agent and he’ll get a package out to you.

And if you have any great ideas of what to send the FedEx woman who rescued me, let me know!

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  1. Of COURSE autographed copies of the books she helped get delivered!! You could include a GC as well if you like, but sometimes just being recognized and thanked is a great gift. :) Glad your nose is okay!!

  2. Carol Guest says:

    I know what you mean about some one going out of their way to help you. I had this happen recently to me and I just sent a thank you card expressing my appreciation. Most times, people that do their job to the max, never get a compliment or a thank you for a job well done. I know they are getting paid to do exactly that, but going above and beyond is not a requirement.

  3. Whatever else you choose to send her (I like the idea of a copy of one of your books), make sure you send a professional email thanking her for going above and beyond.
    If you can find out the name of her supervisor, and write it to them (copy her on the email), that’s even better. :)

  4. Fancy chocolates? I love the book idea. And most definitely a note to her supervisor. Thanks for the reminder to thank those who go above & beyond.

  5. I seem to have that same trouble with not injuring myself- I dropped the door to an ice maker on my face and got a pretty good cut on the bridge of MY nose, too! Not before a speaking engagement… but about a month before my wedding. I have the pictures (about 300 professional ones) featuring me and my pink scar to prove it! =)
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    • Oh, no! Right before your wedding?!? I was thinking that this week–“at least I’m not going to a wedding!”

  6. I live just outside Vancouver and we have family on the Island – you were soooooo close but yet so far! Glad all worked out, despite all the rain we got over the w/e!

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