W4CY 1-25-2024 & W4VET 1-28-2024

Author and Illustrator Tina Neely, Discusses Her New Book, “Bacon Loves Everyone”

Tina Neely, author of "Bacon Loves Everyone!"My first guest today is Tina Neely, first-time author and Illustrator of her new book, “Bacon, Loves Everyone.” This children’s book features Neely’s real-life 350-pound Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. “"Bacon Loves Everyone!" by author, Tina NeelyBacon Loves Everyone” is a delightful Christian children’s book about Bacon-Bits, a flea market piglet, and his quest for a forever family. Neely, as the author and illustrator, brings a tale that’s a heartwarming blend of faith, love, and belonging. The story came about as Neely wanted a pet pig since she was a little girl growing up in Cincinnati; of course, she still had to persuade her husband, Joe, but she says he was convinced when she said, “The grandchildren will love it.”

Years later, Bacon Bit would inspire a message for children of all ages that God loves them, the most powerful message of faith. Tina didn’t expect to become an author and book illustrator. She worked as a sous-chef when she unexpectedly lost her job due to a Covid-required shutdown. As she sat in her backyard trying to write out a plan of what to do next, Bacon Bit demanded her attention, and soon, she says, the stories about him started coming, “story after story came out of nowhere with the same message: you are loved.” “I genuinely believe this is God-driven, “Neely said, “and I hope you will want to come along and see where the Lord is leading me to serve Him and share in the new incredible opportunity. Bacon Loves Everyone is the first in the series its more than a story it’s a journey that teaches kindness and compassion.  For more information visit her website, tinaneely.com.

Hollylu Jostes Discusses her Book, “Salty: The Deconstruction of a Good Christian”

Hollylu Jostes, author of Salty, The Deconstruction of a Good ChristianHollylu Jostes author, speaker, teacher, speech pathologist, wife, mother, now shares her journey in her new book,Salty: The Deconstruction of a Good Christian.” Through her refreshingly candid story—irreverent, humorous, and heartfelt—Jostes examines her faith through the lens of everyday life. Hollylu Jostes was a good Christian. From the outside, she was everything Proverbs 31 required. But inside her foundation was fundamentally flawed. Salty, The Deconstruction of a Good Christian by Hollylu JostesShe wanted God but not at the cost of everything. Today an author and speaker, she admits there was a time when she wanted to be “in the fold” and saved from damnation without it affecting her decisions on any given day.

Today she will take you on her journey as she examines her faith in relation to her everyday life.   Sharing of her failures and feisty exchanges with God, she hopes to inspire readers to examine their own faith and fully surrender to Jesus. Noting that Jesus calls his followers “salt of the earth,” and recognizing salt as an unstoppable agent of change, Jostes’s book—primarily targeted to women—encourages readers to live as salt of the earth and as an agent of change, fully surrendered and transformed by Jesus.

Her website provides a wealth of detail on the speaking topics she offers, and a glimpse into her personality and honesty. Hollylu Jostes is an author, speaker, teacher, speech pathologist, wife, mother, reforming control freak, and coffee junkie. She has a Master of Science and has worked in the medical field for three decades. With a minor in biblical studies, she has written and taught women’s Bible studies for twenty years. For more information go to her website, Hollyluspeaks.com.

Autumn Caviness: the Reach & Impact of Career and College Search Tools

Autumn Caviness, Director, RealTalk, BigFuture, and the College BoardOur last guest on “Lets Just Talk,” is Autumn Caviness, Director, RealTalk, BigFuture, College Board. Autumn will share Information about the Reach and Impact of Career and College Search Tools that Help Students Prepare for Their Futures. Can you Imagine how overwhelming it can feel for students to figure out what comes next after high school? Every student should be able to access the tools and resources they need to unlock their future. That’s where BigFuture comes in. BigFuture provides free college and career tools to help students choose the best option for them. Students want to pursue opportunities after high school that will lead to a fulfilling career, but their options for “what’s next” are often limited to careers they’ve been exposed to in their family, community, or in school. At a time when 57% of high school graduates are starting in a two-year degree and training program, or joining the workforce directly, rather than enrolling in four-year programs, only 20% of students have heard a lot about non-4-year options.

The best way to help all students find and select the best pathway for them is to allow them to explore all their options in one place. BigFuture allows for easier navigation through all options available to students, including but not limited to four-year degrees. Students can explore careers, plan for college, and pay for college with actionable tools that are personalized to them. With the new FAFSA having opened in December, students and families have more questions about financial aid. Every student is unique and so is their path to future success. When students know about the range of postsecondary pathways available, they can better understand how those align with their goals, interests, and academic achievements, and make the best decision for their future. We want to help students and families see career success as the destination and education as the pathway to achieve it. For more information go to, bigfuture.collegeboard.org.

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