Glancing Back & Dreaming Forward

Glancing Back & Dreaming Forward 

Lucinda Secrest McDowell


Gathering with other author/speakers — sisters-who-know-what-my-life-is-like — is one of the perks of professional conferences.

What were you doing this time last year? Is there somewhere you go every year — a professional conference, annual retreat, or vacation spot?

I have discovered that such times can be powerful milestones in our quest for living proactively — both professionally and personally.

But only if we do a bit of what I like to call “glancing back and dreaming forward…”

Would you like a simple tool to help you do this?


Grateful for radio and TV interviews about my book “Live These Words.”

Because I am a professional author and speaker, a significant annual marker for me is the Christian Booksellers Association’s International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) which occurs adjacent to the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) conference. This year they were in Orlando and I just returned home last night, so privileged to have spent those days with women and men who are committed to communicating Christ to the world. 

In processing the myriad of conversations, connections, education, wisdom and industry news crammed into the last few days, I find it helpful to use this time to review what has happened since we were last together, and to cast a new vision for what will unfold in the days ahead. 


Worship at “Speak Up” annual breakfast.

You can utilize this tool as well, no matter what you do. Just tweak these review questions to fit your own life and profession. 


15 Questions to Ask Since I Was Last Here (at this event, time of year, etc)

  1. What has been my most significant achievement?
  2. What new person did I meet who has begun to speak into my life?
  3. What mistake did I make and how can I prevent that for the future?
  4. What new technology have I incorporated into my life and work?
  5. Which colleagues (other writer/speakers) did I promote and encourage?
  6. What new blogs did I begin following and why will I keep them or move on?
  7. What prayer did God answer and how?
  8. What steps did I take to expand the reach of my ministry/writing/speaking?
  9. What words are emerging as themes for my life and writing/speaking?
  10. What books or lectures are still resonating in my heart and requiring a response?
  11. What has been my best received presentation, blog, book or seminar and why?
  12. How have I taken care of my soul and spiritual life?
  13. What is my current goal between now and this time next year?
  14. What is my most “impossible” prayer?
  15. To whom will I now write/phone a thank you or an encouraging word?

Enjoyed time with two of the Best Women I Know — Carol Kent and Maggie Rowe

What did you discover as you answered these questions? I hope you will agree that glancing back and dreaming forward are good for a Storyteller’s Soul.

Now, I’m off to work on question number 13 which is writing my new book!


Meeting new publishers and sales team!

“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run;

hurry and scurry put you further behind.”

      (Proverbs 21.5 MSG)

under the mercy, Cindy

©2015 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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