Tell your story

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Look at that screen grab! Does anyone recognize it?. This was my first blog post. I remember feeling super technical and wildly vulnerable at the same time.

For those of you who don’t know, I started recapping The Bachelor on April 3, 2003 with an email to three girls. It sort of grew too big for me to handle, so my work friend Jason forced me to get a blog. Two years later, Jason convinced me to get a legitimate website with an actual URL. In August 2008, I launched iHateGreenBeans as a place to tell my story. You won’t be able to find those earlier posts. I accidentally deleted them and still cry to this day if I think about it too long.

Here we are, 12 years later and the darn thing is still kicking. Believe me when I say that no one is as surprised as I am.

I’ve been sitting here, staring at a blank page for about 30 minutes as Christy Nockels plays in the background. Words are my life. Writing comes easy for me, yet I can’t seem to figure out how to convey how much this little website has impacted me in ways that I could never imagine. Hear me when I say that it has nothing to do with the mechanics or stories. It has EVERYTHING to do with the people on the other side of the screen who take time out of their day to read what I have to say.

This thought is absolutely overwhelming to me.

I love this website. I love that I can share whatever I’m feeling. I love that it started out as a silly place for friends to come read about The Bachelor. With all the joy this place brings, I find it completely ironic that it was born in such a dark time in my life. I was going through a painful divorce and this community quite literally helped me get out of the bed. I had purpose. I didn’t really care if my purpose was to report who would forego their individual room keys. This website was like oxygen. The readers were my support system.

When I moved to Houston and was graciously extended a job in the oil and gas business, I took it. My boss was kind enough to indulge my side writing hobby. For nine years, he let me gallivant around the world getting stamps in my passport to places like Ukraine, Singapore and North Dakota. I worked hard and will forever be grateful for him taking a chance on a very broken person. Through all the Offshore Technology conferences and rig-ups, I kept writing about music, movies, TV, Jesus and Our Host Chris Harrison’s amazing blue eyes.

It was a complete surprise when Entertainment Weekly came knocking on my virtual door to ask if I could recap television shows for them. It took zero arm twisting for me to watch TV for a living. For the first time in my life I realized what people meant when they said they loved their job. This type of writing is what I was born to do. Soon The Associated Press and CBS.com were added to the list of employers—all found me through iHateGreenBeans.

Suddenly my freelance writing gigs were no longer a hobby.

I read a verse in Isaiah that said, “Then he went to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before God.” That’s how I felt about my life. All of these wonderful opportunities were spread out before me. I had to choose to jump into the scary, butt-clenching freelance world completely, or stick with a dependable job in the oil and gas industry.

On July 31, 2015, I chose to jump into the world of full-time writing.

I’m a weird mixture of a scared, excited, giddy, relieved, tired, can’t sleep, adrenaline-induced version of myself. But I have the desire to make it work no matter what. I have friends who have promised to lift me up in my times of “WHAT DID I JUST DO?” These are the same friends who have promised I can sleep on their couch should I become homeless in the near future.

funny Christian blog-LinceeWith this new endeavor comes lots of fun opportunities. I’ll still be writing for EW and will continue my commitment to posting on IHGB four times a week. I’ll still teach Bible study every Wednesday night at church. For the handful of you who have repeatedly asked, yes—a book is in the works. I also hope to land speaking engagements.

At the end of the day, I continue to bow my head, humbled by the fact that the Lord has put me in a unique position to tell my story. I’m even more humbled that people like you want to hear it. I will never be able to thank you enough for investing in me. I’m excited to see where this leads and what He has in store for me. I promise to keep you in the loop along the way.

Let the new chapter begin…

Love, Lincee

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CajunDre
CajunDre

WOOHOOO! Congratulations! I admire your courage and wish you all the best. Man, I’m jealous!

Kristi
Kristi

Congratulations!!!! You are hysterical and deserve every good opportunity that comes your way. Just from reading your posts, I wish I knew you in real life because I think we would be friends! I don’t even watch the Bachelor anymore (I just can’t…) but I read your posts regularly and they tell me everything I need to know. Keep up the excellent work!

Anita
Anita

Wow, so amazing! I was on your original email distribution list way back in the day, and I am so thrilled to see you take this huge step (or “leap of faith” in Bachelor-ese)! All the best, Lincee! xoxo Anita

audrey collins
audrey collins

Congratulations… I remember getting the forwarded Bachelor emails. You have a wonderful talent!

Ridgely's Radar

It is so fabulous to be recognized for what you do and you do it really well! Congratulations! A truly exciting time for you – what great news!

Abby

Lincee,
Congratulations!! You have a wonderful writing voice and you have built a great community of followers. I am so thrilled that you can take your writing full-time.I have no doubt that you will succeed, and thrive.

I am also a freelance writer–have been doing this full-time since 2011. It can be nerve-wracking, but ultimately it is so rewarding. I love what I do and enjoy doing it every day.

If you ever want to chat about freelance writing (I’m in a different field — equine publications) feel free to drop me a line. I’m in Fort Worth, so we Texans need to stick together!

I know you have lots of support, and I just wanted to add my name to your very long list of cheerleaders. Good luck!!

Abby

Yay! Glad to hear it and I’m glad we’re IG friends 🙂

Shelby
Shelby

I remember in 2007 sitting in my cube farm and waiting every week for my co-worker to get a forwarded bachelor recap email from her Baylor friend so she could forward it to the rest of the 20something girls in the office. You had to scroll for what seemed like miles to get past all the previous email address it had been sent to prior. Who knew it would get this big!!!! Congrats on your success!

Coloradocat1973
Coloradocat1973

That is so awesome! Congrats!!! I’ve been here since the email days and I emailed you the picture of Andy in that silly Halloween costume way back when (from a halloween costume website). I knew right then most of these guys aren’t in it for love. But you are! A different kind of love obviously that is great! So happy for you!

AmyK
AmyK

LR – You rock. I am so excited for you! Love, AK

Koko from Mo City
Koko from Mo City

Longer,
I am overjoyed by the the awesome works the slots has been working in your life! He can and will allow you to make the decisions you need to in order fulfill your callings!

I am one of those first readers. My coworker got it from a friend of a friend of a friend and we would basically simultaneously read the recaps…with laughter flooding the halls of SMT!
The vehicle may have changed, but message is the same…enjoy these shows with a hardy laugh!

May the Almighty continue to bless and keep you through your new leap of faith. He is Jehovah Jireh and will provide!

Koko in Mo City, TX

amy a
amy a

I haven’t been around from the very beginning, but once I discovered you (somewhere around Ali’s season of Bachelorette, I believe) I was hooked! I love your writing and wish you’d written all my textbooks in high school (except, not really; I wouldn’t wish that on you). I’m giddy at the mention of a BOOK!
You’ve been blessed with a gift, for sure. You’ve got a light that shines to many!

Betsy
Betsy

Congratulations! So exciting! God is good! And as my dad says, “God plays the long game. You really have to stay consistent to get the best results.”

You are so funny and so talented. Cheers to new chapters!

Shannon
Shannon

WHERE IS THE LOVE BUTTON???

What an ahh-maaaazing journey (ding)! Another dollar in the jar…hahaha

Congrats! You deserve it!!!

rebeca

YAHOOO!
Congratulations & God Bless! This is so exciting and I cannot wait to read all about what this new adventure brings you.

Amy Diehl
Amy Diehl

Lincee, I have heard you speak, blessed by your willingness to come share your testimony and was forever changed because of it! You should always know how much your readers cherish your funny stories, epic Bach recaps, but mostly, the chance to chance see how your heart shines for the Lord!!❤️ Good luck with more than words can say Lincee! And if you are in Dallas and would like to forgo a hotel room, you are always welcome at our home!!:)

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