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Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Positive quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Positive quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

The Art of Work

June 21, 2016 — Leave a comment
The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins is one of those books you will want to share with everyone you know.

This morning, I finished reading a book called, “The Art of Work – A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant To Do” by Jeff Goins.

Just like with everything else in life, when I find something great, I like to share so that others can enjoy and benefit from it too. I originally downloaded this book on my Nook app for my tablet and when I was half-way through, I bought a hard copy to share with my family. I wanted my husband and my kids to read it. Right now, my husband is about a third of the way through and said, “I think I’m going to see if I can get this on audio. It’s really good!”

Yes, it IS that good!

That’s why I’m sharing it on my blog today. So, you may be asking, “What makes this book so great?” It’s hard to explain other than to say it helps give you a good perspective on life in general.

It’s not just a self-help or motivational book. If I could compare it to anything, it’s like someone who cannot see well and is groping around looking for the door and someone hands them a pair of glasses that helps them clearly see the door so they can walk through it.

I will give you an example. Looking back on my life, I can now see I was always a writer. The clues were always there, I just didn’t see them. It wasn’t until I was much older, I realized it was my calling.

Examples of clues during my life – Going all the way back to Kindergarten, I remember keeping about 5 or 6 kids on the playground mesmerized with my “ghost story” I made up about the scary looking shack behind a house next to the school. When my friends and I played pretend, I was the one who came up with the scenarios we would all act out (it was always very soap opera-ish and dramatic). In high school, I neglected to read a book for an oral book report that was due. When the teacher called my name, I made up a book on the spot, complete with protagonist, plot and review as well as a fictional author (I do not recommend doing this, but I did get an A on that report).

Because I loved movies and becoming other people, I grew up thinking I wanted to be an actress. Later, I went to school and received my BFA in acting. One semester I took directing and it was like an entirely different world. I loved it. In working with the actor, I was able to put him into a scenario which helped bring out a great performance. I did not realize I was being watched, but a graduate student approached after watching me work and said, “You’re really great at this!” I let that go and after graduation, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of acting.

Needless to say, there is a plethora of people wanting to work as actors in films and even when you do get a job, there is plenty of down time between filming. I used my down time to read books. I was reading a lot of books. Sometimes as many as 3 or 4 a week. My preference at the time was romance novels and I devoured them. It was during this time I made the fateful realization, “I could write better than this!”

That is the day it all began. I started writing. At first, all of my writing was done by hand in a notebook. Later, I bought a computer and continued to learn more about the craft of writing. I joined Romance Writers of America. I started reading a romance magazine called, “Romantic Times” and found they were going to have a conference for readers and writers. I went and was paired with a roommate who ultimately was responsible for me meeting my husband. That is another story for another time.

I was very close to getting published, then life happened. I met my future husband, got married, had children and writing was left behind. Now it’s back. I’ve rejoined RWA and I’m writing again. So far I’ve completed a Middle Grade Fiction book (which I hope becomes a series) and am writing a romantic trilogy (sort of in the vein of a Jackie Collins novel) and I am seriously considering taking one of my old manuscripts, dusting it off and submitting it for consideration.

I also have script ideas and would love to learn that craft as well.

Looking back, I was always meant to be a writer. The stories are inside me. They always have been. Characters talk to me and won’t leave me alone until their story is told. This book just clarified for me what I’ve always known.

If you have been struggling to find your purpose, your path, your true calling, I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.

Have a blessed day!

Positive quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Positive Quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive Quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Positive quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Positive quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Changing Your Subconscious Mind

What you believe in your subconscious is what you will become

My husband is very political. It’s in his blood. It’s his passion and he loves it.

Me? Not so much. It’s just too negative and I choose not to participate in the negativity. And it’s ALL negative, no matter which side of the aisle you find yourself.

That said, he shared an article over the weekend that was political in nature, but at the core, there was a good message for all of us.

Discarding the political slant of the article, my mind kept dwelling on this section from Real Clear Politics:

Long before Donald Trump made his first foray into Las Vegas real estate, I had an unsettling experience gambling in a downtown Vegas casino. The cards were falling my way until late at night, when I began making subtle mistakes. My stack of poker chips, once piled high, dwindled. Ahead a few thousand dollars at one point, I cashed out with little more than my original stake.

I slept fitfully, and in the morning called my father, who grew up in Nevada and is also a gambler, to relate the previous night’s turn of events. He asked me a single question.

“Were you tired?”

“Yes,” I said. “I got up very early in the morning, traveled here, and played cards until after midnight.”

“That explains it,” he said. “You lost because you wanted to lose.”

“No,” I said. “I hated losing.”

“Of course you did, but your body needed sleep,” he said. “Your body knew that the only way it could get you to quit playing and go to bed is if you lost your money. You’re lucky you didn’t lose everything.”

That was how I learned how powerful our subconscious desires can be.

Think about that story for a minute. Think about how strong your subconscious mind can be and how your subconscious will direct you to make decisions and choices to align with your subconscious beliefs about yourself.

Dedicated to losing weight, yet you find yourself saying yes to that bag of chips or slice of pie? You’ve told yourself you’re going to get in shape, yet find reasons to not exercise? Determined to succeed in your business, but find yourself spending time doing everything else except working on your business?

That’s your subconscious mind at work.

Despite what you say you want on the outside, your mind has preset itself because of years of messaging to stay right where it is and not move. This is why many lottery winners find themselves back to being poor a few years after buying that winning ticket. Their subconscious mindset is still hooked on poverty and not prosperity.

Whether you are trying to lose weight, succeed at business or change your life for the better, you must conquer your subconscious mind. How can you do that? By reprogramming it!

Here are just a few suggestions:

1. Create a vision board and put it somewhere you can see it every day.
2. Write your dream life story in a journal as though it is the present and read it every day.
3. Say daily (and nightly) affirmations to yourself.
4. Read self-help books (read at least 30 minutes of a self-help book every single day).
5. Practice “Do It Now” – Don’t let an excuse get in the way of your goals. Just “Do it now!”
6. Listen to affirmative, positive cd’s while driving in the car instead of mind-numbing radio.
7. Pray. Ask God to help you move into a new mindset in order to become all He intends you to be.

Have a blessed day.

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

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The Secrets of a Long-Lasting Marriage

What does it take to make a marriage last 30, 40, 50 years or longer?

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. Notice I did not say, 20 years of wedded bliss or 20 years married to the greatest man on the face of the planet.

We were celebrating 20 years of building a life together and not quitting on each other.

Wedding Anniversary Dessert

I enjoyed a decadent dessert while out celebrating the secret to a long marriage, our 20th wedding anniversary.

While we were enjoying our decadent dessert after a decadent meal (it was a special occasion after all), our waitress came over and said, “Do you mind if I ask y’all a question?” We said sure! She said she was getting married in August and wanted to know what was the “secret” to staying together for 20 years because all of her friends have been married, and eventually divorced.

My response?

Don’t quit.

She looked at me with a bit of confusion and repeated, “Don’t quit.”

“Yes,” I replied. “Don’t quit.”

The Secret To A Long Marriage

The Secret to a Long Marriage – It’s not all rose gardens and romantic strolls on the beach for the rest of your life.

Marriage is not all rose petals and sweet, romantic strolls down sandy beaches. Truthfully, marriage is not for the faint-hearted. It’s not for the weak. It sometimes means you will be hanging on by your nails and praying you get through this adventure without coming apart at the seams.

It’s dirty work. It’s roll up your sleeves and get down in the trenches and fight for your marriage and your family with everything you’ve got, even if sometimes it feels as though you are fighting for it alone.

Many years ago Barbara Walters was interviewing Paul Newman and asked how he and Joanne Woodward managed to have one of those rare long-lasting Hollywood marriages. His response was spot on.

He said that these days we live in a throw away society. If the the toaster breaks, you throw it away and buy a new one. If the refrigerator breaks down, you throw it away and buy a new one. And if your marriage breaks down, you get divorced and find someone new. We (he and wife Joanne Woodward) fix the toaster. We fix the refrigerator. And when something goes wrong in our marriage, we fix our marriage.

I also recommended she purchase “Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian. It has been a life-saver in my marriage.

The only secret to having a long-lasting marriage is don’t quit. Keep praying, keep forgiving, keep remembering why you got married to begin with.

I do not believe that those people who have been married 30, 40 and 50 years had perfect lives from the time they married until they died. They just worked through whatever problems arose and stayed with it, moved past the problems and kept going.

The Secret to a long marriage

Love and Romance isn’t all that’s needed to stay married for a long time.

My advice is not romantic. It’s probably not what she was looking for. I’m sure she expected me to say, “Never go to bed angry” or “Leave romantic notes in his lunchbox” or “Always tell each other how much they mean to you.”

Those things can help, but sooner or later, everyone hits a rough patch in their marriage and the only thing that will save it, is your and your spouse’s commitment to stay.

Have a blessed day.

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Positive quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Positive quotes

Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Stop Trying!

June 6, 2016 — Leave a comment
Stop Trying!

Stop Trying! You either are committed or you are not.

But let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no,” “no.” For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. – Matthew 5:37

Over the weekend I received a great message. Stop trying!!!

While that may seem counter-intuitive when you are dreaming big and setting goals, think about it. How many times do you say, “I’m going to TRY to get this done today,” or “I’m going to TRY to lose weight.”

That’s a losing proposition my friends.

It almost reminds me of my high school English teacher when I’d get up to give an oral book report and kept using the word “like.” She would say, “It either is, or it isn’t. It isn’t like anything.”

Lesson learned.

Now I need to learn something new. I need to learn to stop TRYING to reach my goals and just do them.

Think about it. Are you going to lose weight, or are you hiding an excuse by saying, “I’m going to TRY to lose weight?” Are you going to eat healthy, or are you going to “TRY” to eat healthy? Are you going to make those calls for your business this week or are you going to “TRY” to make those calls?

It’s all a matter of choice and when you choose to say you’ll “try,” you are building in an excuse to NOT do the very thing you say you’re going to do. I will wager that the more people say they’ll try to do something as opposed to saying they will do it, the less they succeed.

Which is stronger? “I’m going to host 4 classes this month” or “I’m going to try and host 4 classes this month.”

You know which one is stronger. You can hear it. You can see it. One has set a goal they intend to reach and the other has said they’ll “try.”

Stop trying!

I admit, I am so guilty of this little maneuver I am no where near where I want to be physically, emotionally, financially or business-wise. When I heard about this “try” concept it was like someone hit me in the head with a 2 x 4.


My husband wanted something sweet for dessert the other day and asked if I wanted to go out with him to get ice cream. Do you know what my response was? “No thank you. I’m TRYING to lose weight.”

Because I had just finished reading the Facebook group post on trying, I felt like I’d just slapped myself. I immediately corrected myself and said, “No. I am losing weight and I don’t want to sabotage that by eating ice cream. Thank you.”

Can you see how much stronger that response is? Can you see the difference in the message you are sending to yourself, your brain and the universe when you say something with a definitive purpose as opposed to just trying?

Even Yoda told Luke Skywalker, “Do or do not, there is no try!”

Go out there and grab your goals and make them real. Don’t try, just do it.

Have a blessed day.

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.

Are you doing what you need to do to succeed?

Why do some people succeed and others do not?

I have been pondering that question ever since I listened to one of Darren Hardy’s Daily Darren videos. Why do some people succeed and others do not?

From what he said, it has to do with tenacity and follow-through. Think of all the people who set weight loss goals at the beginning of the year. They have great intentions and vow to eat healthy, exercise and finally lose that extra weight.

Yet, usually by March, they are still eating crap and not working out. Why?

They simply do not follow through with their plans. You can have the best plan in the world, but if you don’t take action on that plan, then you will get nowhere.

Everybody starts out great, but over time, their commitment to continue wanes. They choose comfort over success.

They choose the path of least resistance.

Think about anything you have tried in the past and ended up failing. Did you learn from your failure, adjust and keep going, or did you quit trying. Maybe you didn’t quit suddenly. Perhaps you just started giving it a little less effort, a little less time and a little less attention until you weren’t giving it any attention at all.

Last night I was on a business builder call with a leader in my organization. She spoke about how so many people spend their time getting everything ready to pull the trigger, but then never take action. They buy the books. They organize their desk. They research. But they never take action.

They are not committed to their success. This really hit home with me. I want to help other women live better lives, but other than building my business over the internet, I have not been taking consistent action on a daily basis to get to the next rank.

I vowed last night that was going to change. I’m going out today and every day for the next 90 days. My goal is to be ahead by 2 ranks by August 31.

I know others have been able to do it. I can do it too. I just need to be consistent, tenacious and actually do what I say I’m going to do.

I cannot use my children, time, money or anything else as an excuse. I will get this done.

I pray all of you find success in whatever endeavor you choose to pursue.

As in all things, pray about it, dream big, set goals, take action and don’t quit.

Have a blessed day.

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul – Positive quotes to start your day on a positive note.