Calling all supporters of The Smart Cookie Philes…

I am putting together a testimonial video and would love to feature YOU if you’ve been positively affected by this community.

Whether we’ve worked together directly because you are an author or musician, or you are just an avid reader of my posts here, and supporter of this community, please send me:

  • A 1 minute video telling everyone how the Smart Cookie Philes provided you with a sense of community
  • OR a quote about The Smart Cookie Philes.

Email either option to wittywriterpoet26@gmail.com and you could see yourself in my video or your kind words.

Deadline for this testimonial is March 16, 2018.

 

Happy Birthday to The Smart Cookie Philes!

Today, we are two years old. Wow, how fast time flies!

Some people are unaware of the origins of this site and how it came to be so I figured it was appropriate to share the birth story of The Smart Cookie.

Not being able to find a job once out of college was part of it.

Not being able to find a job that was my dream job and also accepted all of my idiosyncrasies was also part of it.

The Smart Cookie Philes was born on MLK day 2016 because like the GREAT changemaker, I too had a dream, and it wasn’t one dimensional or going to be abc-123 easy to achieve.

So I decided that the right opportunity doesn’t wait for no man, so I created the opportunity for me and many others.

To the untrained eye, this looks like a simple book blog and that was the original intention behind it.

Yet, I am a vivacious reader who also loves everything that music does for it’s listener. How it soothes the soul, makes you feel less alone, and connects people.

I realized then that books and music both connect people in similar ways even though they are entirely different mediums, they both start from the same origin: out of the heart and mind of a creative soul who wants to affect change some how some way in a wave, in a ripple, in a surge of hope.

Yet, I also wanted this to be a site where all people not just writers and musicians could feel welcome because society really provides a heavy load with it’s labels and pressures if you don’t exactly mirror every other person that has gone before you.

So this is a community for the rejects, for the weirdos, for the over-caffeinated writer who grew up too shy to do anything but vivaciously read and learn all the lyrics to their favorite songs and yet, had trouble finding solace and acceptance among those in their peer group.

This is a community for those who decide to dare to be different and are unafraid and unashamed to walk a path not yet walked so that by chance, they can lead the way for others who come after who feel the same way.

This is a community for those who become a part of it to ESPRESSO THEMSELVES however that looks no matter what because we only get one life and we should live it in the most genuine and authentic way we know.

Here at The Smart Cookie Philes we are all smart, strong, and enough. After all, when it comes to cookies, flavors and variety always makes for a more delicious experience overall.

THANK YOU for your continued support of my dream and the beautiful works of others.

Here’s to more years being exactly who you were meant to be and expressing yourself authentically.

So much love,

Chelsea DeVries

Creator of The Smart Cookie Philes

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#HolidayFundraiser: Espresso Yourself This Holiday Season

I’m sure you are like, ugh not another fundraiser.

I know, I know. It seems like everyone now a days has a cause.

Everyone seems like they are begging you to pay attention and donate to their cause.

So here I am. Just a 25 year old book and music blogger, asking if you would consider purchasing a shirt to benefit this site. I really hate begging people for money but I think these shirts make great Christmas gifts.

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Plus, ever since I published my first novel, I have loved giving to charity at the end of the year. At the end of every year, I donated a percentage of my royalties to a different charity or split them up between multiple charities. This year, this fundraiser goes to benefit the Progeria Research Foundation

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Book and music reviews are free services but the fact of the matter is, the giveaways used to promote them, aren’t.

And I include everyone in most of my giveaways since most of my readers are international, which I love, because it shows how universal the concepts of literature and music really are. And how under this umbrella, all people from any and all walks of life, can come and feel part of something bigger than themselves. They are free to express themselves and their love of books and music.

The Smart Cookie Philes was founded upon this inclusive nature. And upon the equally important belief that anything is possible if you have the faith to believe in your dreams no matter how big, how small, no matter what anyone believes you can and cannot do.

As a writer myself, I know what’s it like to feel like you don’t belong, that you feel you must remain silent, that you feel like you aren’t good enough as you are.

If you have ever felt this way, then I want you to feel like The Smart Cookie Philes is your place to feel safe, loved, and accepted.

So please share this post with any and all who will listen. And if you can, buy a shirt and wear it with pride knowing that it only looks as good as the person wearing it because the person wearing it is good enough.

 

Happy Holidays and God Bless,

The Smart Cookie