Celebrating Sweet September Sixteen

kim newlenWhen it comes to Real Richmond Parents, no one is more real than Kim Newlen! Kim is the founder of Sweet Monday, a motivational speaker, and an author. She’s also a wife and mother and very busy Richmond parent!


You may know Kim from a previous article related to her LookBetterThanYouFeel garment for women undergoing breast cancer. Kim battled breast cancer 9 years and and learned how difficult it is for women who have to deal with medical appointments, drains, and all types of uncomfortable things during treatment. That’s when she created the garment. After beating cancer, she continued to speak and entertain audiences all over the country with her humor and down-to-earth, practical tips to help women live a ‘sweet and simple’ life.

Sweet and Sad all at Once

Now Kim is once again battling breast cancer as she undergoes treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas – participating in a clinical trial. Learning of her rare form of breast cancer with no known cure was a difficult day for Kim – and ironically, it came on the same day as her press release announcing her new book that was being published through Tyndale Momentum.

Sweetness and salty all at one time!

Kim, her daughter Kali, and husband Mark.

Kim, her daughter Kali, and husband Mark.

But just as Kim always does, she took in stride, looked UP, stayed positive, and pushed forward. She continues to promote her new book, The One Year Sweet & Simple Moments with God Devotional, in every way possible. She stays upbeat and inspires and encourages everyone else around her at MD Anderson and everyone who knows her is amazed at her strength, positive attitude, and ability to stay strong under such stressful circumstances.

Celebrating Kim’s Book

kimpinkTo celebrate the September release of Kim’s new book, there will be a Sweet September Sixteen book sale at Sweet Spot in Short Pump – on September 16, 2013! It’s from 11am – 2pm. You are invited to stop by to purchase a book or just say hello – and of course, enjoy some sweet delicious candy.

This book is a great holiday gift too – so you may want to bring your gift list with you. It offers inspiration – and lots of laughter and tears – to help women see the sweet and simple moments right in front of them every day of their lives. Join us as we celebrate this incredible woman who is a true Richmond Parent and Richmond author.

To learn more about Kim, visit her website. You can also follow her journey on Facebook and through Caringbridge.

UPDATE 9/18/13: Click here to read the reviews of Kim’s book signing in Houston and her Sweet September Sixteen Celebration at Sweet Spot!

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