This year we’re bringing back our Kudos Queen series which seeks to shine light on a woman who’s slaying in whatever industry she’s in. Our first spotlight of 2018 is Krystle Barrington, a faith and lifestyle author, writer and speaker.
Growing up in Houston Krystle’s head was always in a book, but she didn’t know that she’d make that apart of her career when she was a child.
Negative self talk and doubts kept Krystle from walking in her purpose for years, but ending a toxic “relationship” that she was in 10 years off and on gave her the courage to take writing more seriously.
“I was giving so much energy and time to something that wasn’t uplifting me. I had to make a decision – I knew that I either had to choose me and the things I love to do, or I choose him,” says Krystle. “As I let him go, I started focusing on my relationship with God and lightbulbs started going off telling me that my love for writing was more than just a hobby.”
She invested in an opportunity to learn more about self publishing through a 5 week bootcamp called The Best Sellers Project. The program taught Krystle the technical skills she needed to learn to pursue what God was calling her to do.
Krystle wrote her first book She Believes: 75 Devotionals to Motivate, Encourage, and Inspire, in 2015 to offer daily encouragement by sharing the trials and triumphs of her life.
“I never had intentions of writing a devotional, I wanted to write urban fiction. As I would try to write those types of stories, I’d start thinking about other things and scriptures. I kept being pulled away from the story I was trying to write. So I had to stop and write what God was telling me to write.”
Most recently, Krystle released Leaps of Faith, an anthology e-book that shares gems from nine creative women in hopes of inspiring other people to go after their goals and aspirations (BTW – I’m one of the nine women! 😄) We have this in our Brilliant Gems resource library, so you can download a copy by subscribing to our email list HERE.
The ladies in Leaps of Faith share a glimpse into the businesses they’ve created, their core values, and the faith that has carried them through. In the future Krystle would like to create programs to help people who may not have the resources to get published.
“Being a writer is a continuous journey – it really is a faith walk. If you don’t put effort into your craft, you could miss out on information. It’s important to keep learning and not be afraid to make mistakes.”
One of Krystle’s biggest learning lessons have been honing into the power inside of her and unapologetically shining her light.
“Most of my life I hid – but I started making changes when I turned 30. I realized that I didn’t want to live in the shadows anymore,” she says. “I want to make sure I’m always growing and being my best, and not feeling afraid to speak up and make a difference. Everything that we aspire to do, it’s already inside of us. God didn’t create us to fail.”
Krystle believes that we can all find inspiration everywhere. Some of her sources include going to bookstores and visualizing her work on the shelves; people she follows on social media like Myleik Teele and Kela Walker; in addition to her sister and parents.
Her words to live by is: Hebrews 11:1, which says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Krystle believes that anything we want can be applied to this verse. She repeats this scripture when things are chaotic in her life.
“I also believe in living out loud! We have one life to live on this planet. We can either settle for whatever comes, or we can make the most of every day.”
If you’re interested in writing a book, read on for the top 5 tips from Krystle:
1. Self publishing is not as hard as you think. You can do it! But like with anything, you have to put in the work and research.
“Self publishing gives you full control of every aspect of the book and that’s what I love most.”
2. Understand your writing style. Krystle battled with her faith in herself as a writer before she released her first book. She had to learn who she was as a writer and understand that she wasn’t going to write like everyone else — and that was ok! She grew to believe in her ability to write in her unique voice.
3. Have a plan. Krystle recommends thinking about things outside of the creative aspects – such as creating a budget or timeline. When she first started writing her book she knew the technical aspects, like how to get an ISBN number and work with someone on her cover, but those other aspects were just as important.
4. Have an accountability partner. The Best Sellers Project bootcamp and Facebook group connected her with other writers who pushed her to follow through with what she said she wanted to do.
“It’s easy to want to do something, but if you don’t tell anyone it’s also easy for you to quit. I’m a firm believer in moving in silence sometimes, but having a few accountability partners helps make sure you get it done.”
5. Find a tribe to help bring your vision to life. When Krystle created her anthology, she hired a graphic designer who was also apart of the e-book. During the process, she stayed in constant communication to guide her through the project.