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Thankful Thursday

Big Smiles!

As writers, we need to step outside ourselves and connect with the positive energy around us. And give back.

  “When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” ~ Anthony Robbins

Today, I am thankful for…

Delicious cool breezes to break up the soupy hot weather we’ve been having.

Audio Books! Just finished an inspiring one by Lisa Nichols – NO MATTER WHAT. Now onto David Allen’s GETTING THINGS DONE.

Reading time with my 7-year-old, complete with cuddles, of course!

Hike in the woods with my husband over the weekend, and the much-needed conversation about our future goals and how to achieve them together. (hint: I have a NEW focus, more later!)

Inspiring my boys to be more active, as they watch me sweat to Jillian Michael’s DVD’s and my trainer’s list of resistance workoutss (ouch!)

What/who are you thankful for today? Tap into the gratitude and see how it frees your mind for creativity. Share!

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“Magic is believing in yourself…”

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~ 1749-1832, Poet, Novelist and Philosopher

 

When a process doesn’t work, you need to break it down and see where the fault line lies. I’ve been struggling with the “Commit to 3” practice. No kidding, right? I’m sure you can tell from my sporadic Monday postings.

So, let’s break it down: Am I  procrastinating because I just dread the things on my to-do list? Maybe a little, but some tasks are fun, like writing a new fight scene for my YA novel.  Maybe this is just another trait of being an ACOA – resisting authority – even if it’s by my own authority. That is very possible. {More on ACOA traits later; because it is a central theme in my novel.} Maybe these to-do’s aren’t very important on a daily or weekly basis and other, more pressing tasks take priority. Bingo!

I wasn’t scheduling to-do’s based on my overall goals. So, what are my overall goals?

With the help of my new Personal Trainer, Dani (check her out – she’s AWESOME!!), I discovered that I needed to write down my PRIORITIES for life, first. Or else fall into the chaos of mile long to-do lists with no real purpose.

Wanna do this together? Let’s go!

Step One: List your Top 5 Priorities for your LIFE . For example, look at each life category and list who/what is truly important to you and your happiness/fulfillment. Really give this some thought:

Family/Friends

Job/Career

Personal Health in Body & Mind

Spirituality/Humanitarianism

Finance

Home/Travel

 

Step Two: write down specific visions for your selected categories, what the ideal looks like to you. Use details. See my examples, below. (You may have several in one category and none in others, that’s fine – these are your priorities! )

Side Note: Don’t feel guilty if your list is heavy in the “you” category. Remember, when you are happy and well-balanced, you bring rewards to all areas and people in your life. I know that by reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will give me the energy and confidence I need to go after those other goals!

After several drafts, here is my final version:

My Top 5 Priorities for Life

  1. Reach and maintain a healthy size 4, with toned definition all-over.
  2. Have a home that is simplified and uncluttered, which will inspire creativity and be a safe haven for my family.
  3. Earn my full-time income and benefits through writing books, teaching workshops, speaking at events and having multiple streams of income (on-line platform? Rental space?)
  4. Have inner peace and balance, living in the present so I can be a supportive wife and mom.
  5. Financially secure with a healthy retirement savings and college funds for both boys, at the same time able to vacation four times/year.

What are yours? Share them here!!

Tomorrow, we’ll look at setting your Top 10 Goals, and how to make sure they align with your Top Priorities.

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Thankful Thursday

Big Smiles!

As writers, we need to step outside ourselves and connect with the positive energy around us. And give back.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

Today, I am thankful for…

My AMAZING new personal fitness trainer, Dani, who is helping me not only reach my fitness goals, but my *life goals, as well. She’s FANTASTIC. Check her out!

*come back Monday to see how I’m doing this!

Deborah Halverson, author, editor & teacher who is offering FREE excerpts & PDF’s from her new book: Writing YA Fiction for Dummies  during her Virtual Book Launch Contest PLUS! a chance to win a first chapter critique.

A second chance to meet one of my fav YA authors, Maggie Stiefvater at Andersons Bookshop in Naperville next month! Her final book, FOREVER, in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy comes out July 12. Squee!!!

The long weekend and gorgeous weather in the forecast : )

A connection with my new critique partner.

What/who are you thankful for today? Tap into the gratitude and see how it frees your mind for creativity. Share!

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