How to be Productive: The Dead Simple Secrets Few Ever Talk About

I Googled “how to be productive” and saw all these 20 point lists with super-specific techniques. Unnecessary. These posts teach you the opposite of...

6 Ways To Transform Your Workday in 15 Minutes or Less

Less frustration, more fulfillment.  Are you happy at work? If someone asked you this question, what would first come to your mind? Maybe you’d evaluate your...

The Only 4 Pieces of Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self

Less frustration, more fulfillment.  Are you happy at work? If someone asked you this question, what would first come to your mind? Maybe you’d evaluate your...

Acceptance and Approval are Keys to a Healthy Self

I Googled “how to be productive” and saw all these 20 point lists with super-specific techniques. Unnecessary. These posts teach you the opposite of...

The “New Normal” Paradigm: How to Evolve Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

I Googled “how to be productive” and saw all these 20 point lists with super-specific techniques. Unnecessary. These posts teach you the opposite of...

Introversion vs. Extroversion

I Googled “how to be productive” and saw all these 20 point lists with super-specific techniques. Unnecessary. These posts teach you the opposite of...

I Went to One Day of Work and Already Want to Quit

I Googled “how to be productive” and saw all these 20 point lists with super-specific techniques. Unnecessary. These posts teach you the opposite of...

How to Get Unstuck, Pursue Your Dreams, and Stop Spinning Your Wheels

I Googled “how to be productive” and saw all these 20 point lists with super-specific techniques. Unnecessary. These posts teach you the opposite of...

Stop Kids from Using Social Media and Stop Hidden Dangers

How I found a trustworthy basis for acceptance and approval need to be loved and we need to belong. This is one of the five basic needs Dr. William...

The Subtle Mindset Shift That Changed My Life Forever (And Can Change Yours, Too)

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

How to make the mind powerful.

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

The Extraordinary People You Meet On Your Writing Journey

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

You’re Not Who They Think You Are

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

The Two Best Times to Start Doing Something We love

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

The Truth No One Wants to Hear

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

10 Ways to Keep Pushing Forward When You Feel Like Giving Up on Your Goals

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

Highly Successful People Are Not Born That Way

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

How to Shop Smart so Excellent Fashion Doesn’t Cost a Fortune

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

When Is It Too Late to Make a Comeback?

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

An Argument in Favor of Creating at Your Own Pace

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

What Happens When We Have Puzzle Pieces Missing But Deny It?

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

Nothing Out of Obligation

How I found a trustworthy basis for acceptance and approval need to be loved and we need to belong. This is one of the five basic needs Dr. William...

Why You Don’t Need a Reason to Be Generous

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

5 Excellent Ways to Use Your Smart Phone Productively.

I Googled “how to be productive” and saw all these 20 point lists with super-specific techniques. Unnecessary. These posts teach you the opposite of...

To the old lady busybody who cried animal abuse

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

How do you know when something is really broken?

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball...

How To Change Your Money Mindset

The richest people in the world, who earned their fortune by developing technology, want something different for their own kids.  You might think Bill Gates...

How to Overcome Debilitating Self-Doubt, Anxiety, and Fear of Failure

The richest people in the world, who earned their fortune by developing technology, want something different for their own kids.  You might think Bill Gates...

At the foothills of The Drakensberg

The richest people in the world, who earned their fortune by developing technology, want something different for their own kids.  You might think Bill Gates...

Your Hard Work Will Never Magically Be Rewarded

The richest people in the world, who earned their fortune by developing technology, want something different for their own kids.  You might think Bill Gates...

Welcome to Publishous

Hi, I’m Nicole. My passion is helping tomorrow’s best sellers get published today. It’s what I do through the Publishous publication on Medium.com. 

Publishous got its start in late 2017 and has been growing exponentially ever since. Today it serves more than 700 writers, has more than 14,000 followers, and is one of Medium.com’s top publications. 

Make Money on Medium

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Every writer wants to be paid for his/her craft, but it’s so hard. The blog, the website hosting, the writing, the promotion. Nicole Akers cuts through the bull and helps you start earning money for your writing. “Make Money on Medium” is the best tool every writer needs to get started today.

Medium.com is a place to read and write big ideas and important stories. Your stories are important and this guidebook will show you the step-by-step process to make traction quickly.

 

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Introversion vs. Extroversion

Have you ever said to yourself: “I can’t do marketing because I’m an introvert?” or “I can’t write a novel because I’m an extrovert?” Or perhaps you didn’t use the word “can’t” because you are someone who likes to overcome obstacles. However, as your career progresses...

The Two Best Times to Start Doing Something We love

We could have done it then and we can do it now. Abstract: A life-hack from my very real life-experiences — What we regret not having done yesterday, we can do today. Regret is a negative emotion which involves finding faults in personal actions due to an undesirable...

Positive Thinking Will Destroy You.

We could have done it then and we can do it now. Abstract: A life-hack from my very real life-experiences — What we regret not having done yesterday, we can do today. Regret is a negative emotion which involves finding faults in personal actions due to an undesirable...

How I Plan To Write My Heart Out

Have you ever said to yourself: “I can’t do marketing because I’m an introvert?” or “I can’t write a novel because I’m an extrovert?” Or perhaps you didn’t use the word “can’t” because you are someone who likes to overcome obstacles. However, as your career progresses...

How Emotional Trauma Drives Nearly Everything We Do

Have you ever said to yourself: “I can’t do marketing because I’m an introvert?” or “I can’t write a novel because I’m an extrovert?” Or perhaps you didn’t use the word “can’t” because you are someone who likes to overcome obstacles. However, as your career progresses...

Is It Bad To Want To See A Psychologist?

Have you ever said to yourself: “I can’t do marketing because I’m an introvert?” or “I can’t write a novel because I’m an extrovert?” Or perhaps you didn’t use the word “can’t” because you are someone who likes to overcome obstacles. However, as your career progresses...

Stop Giving Fat People Your Free Advice!

Have you ever said to yourself: “I can’t do marketing because I’m an introvert?” or “I can’t write a novel because I’m an extrovert?” Or perhaps you didn’t use the word “can’t” because you are someone who likes to overcome obstacles. However, as your career progresses...

5 Steps to Become a Paid Writer in 5 Weeks

Have you ever said to yourself: “I can’t do marketing because I’m an introvert?” or “I can’t write a novel because I’m an extrovert?” Or perhaps you didn’t use the word “can’t” because you are someone who likes to overcome obstacles. However, as your career progresses...

Why Writing Is One of the First Things I Do in the Morning

In the middle of feedings and diaper changes Forget the big plans I had big plans for my maternity leave. Living in Canada means I get a full year (now with an option of 18 months) off work.  Twelve glorious months to write. I was going to write my...

Reaching Cacao

Don’t be positive, or even negative. Be real. “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” — Wayne W. Dyer When you are in stress, people advice to stay positive. You may have overheard these sentences:...
6 Ways To Transform Your Workday in 15 Minutes or Less

6 Ways To Transform Your Workday in 15 Minutes or Less

Less frustration, more fulfillment.  Are you happy at work? If someone asked you this question, what would first come to your mind? Maybe you’d evaluate your job satisfaction with the type of work you’re doing — does it fit your skillset and challenge you? Others may...

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The Only 4 Pieces of Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self

The Only 4 Pieces of Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self

The only thing worth collecting is friendships My only goal growing up was to have as many experiences as possible during my time on this beautiful round ball called Earth. 41 years have passed and looking back on my life I like to think I’ve done a good job of...

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Acceptance and Approval are Keys to a Healthy Self

Acceptance and Approval are Keys to a Healthy Self

How I found a trustworthy basis for acceptance and approval need to be loved and we need to belong. This is one of the five basic needs Dr. William Glasser identified as essential to our well being as people. I learned of his Reality and Choice theories while...

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Introversion vs. Extroversion

Introversion vs. Extroversion

Have you ever said to yourself: “I can’t do marketing because I’m an introvert?” or “I can’t write a novel because I’m an extrovert?” Or perhaps you didn’t use the word “can’t” because you are someone who likes to overcome obstacles. However, as your career progresses...

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I Went to One Day of Work and Already Want to Quit

I Went to One Day of Work and Already Want to Quit

The burnout is real.  On Monday, I attended one full day of teacher in-service. As at most of our in-services, it was a lot of sitting, a lot of being told information we’d received at least three times already, and more fluff and bullshit.  We even had an...

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Stop Kids from Using Social Media and Stop Hidden Dangers

Stop Kids from Using Social Media and Stop Hidden Dangers

The richest people in the world, who earned their fortune by developing technology, want something different for their own kids.  You might think Bill Gates and wife Melinda would offer the devices to their kids that have made them among the richest people in the...

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How to make the mind powerful.

How to make the mind powerful.

The richest people in the world, who earned their fortune by developing technology, want something different for their own kids.  You might think Bill Gates and wife Melinda would offer the devices to their kids that have made them among the richest people in the...

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The Extraordinary People You Meet On Your Writing Journey

The Extraordinary People You Meet On Your Writing Journey

Since I started thinking this way, my life improved dramatically. If you learn how to think this way, your life will improve dramatically, too. First, let me talk about what this way of thinking helps you fix. Regardless of whether or not I know you, I can probably...

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You’re Not Who They Think You Are

You’re Not Who They Think You Are

A powerful mind is an invaluable tool for success. Thoughts move very quickly. During their brief transit in the conscious mind, a little inattention on our part and thoughts rapidly disappear. We cannot control their inflow or outflow. Furthermore, we cannot...

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Your Hard Work Will Never Magically Be Rewarded

Your Hard Work Will Never Magically Be Rewarded

I’ve talked about the concept of “office martyrdom” and explained why it’s an easy trap to fall into yet potentially very destructive. The office martyr considers themselves a victim, taking on extra work, staying late at the office, and giving nearly everything for...

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How to Use the Iceberg Theory to Tell Compelling Stories

How to Use the Iceberg Theory to Tell Compelling Stories

I’ve talked about the concept of “office martyrdom” and explained why it’s an easy trap to fall into yet potentially very destructive. The office martyr considers themselves a victim, taking on extra work, staying late at the office, and giving nearly everything for...

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The Tricks Of An Abusive Narcissist

The Tricks Of An Abusive Narcissist

When you look at the face of the average person in society, their expression, what words come to mind? Do you see joy, happiness, and creativity? Sometimes, but it’s so rare that when you see it, you feel it in a palpable way. You usually don’t see positive emotions....

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Simple Ways To Worry Less

Simple Ways To Worry Less

Show Just Enough and Use Action to Keep Your Story Engaging “If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though...

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It’s Not Fair!

It’s Not Fair!

Isn’t life supposed to be fair? “Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” — -Oscar Wilde As a middle school English teacher, I try to make my writing assignments interesting for my students. My thought is, if they are...

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Don’t Be Fooled: Strong Relationships Take Work

Don’t Be Fooled: Strong Relationships Take Work

Small shifts in perspective can help you manage your fears. When I was young, when anybody offered me anything, my mother believed they were just being nice. Her response was always to inundate me with questions and commentary: You told them no, didn’t you? You can’t...

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What You Need to Know About Powerful Settings in Fiction

What You Need to Know About Powerful Settings in Fiction

You don’t have to fall for the manipulation. My abusive marriage to a narcissist lasted seven years. I’d estimate that we only lived together about half that time. I spent the other half leaving him and trying to stay away until he convinced me to come back. People...

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Fake It Til You Make It? The Truth About Building Confidence

“Fake it til you make it,” they say. See, we all have someone we want to be. Everybody has a vision for themselves where they’re supremely confident, get to do what they want, and have total control over their life. We crave being that person, but the process of...

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True Freedom Requires Responsibility

True Freedom Requires Responsibility

To enjoy freedom, we have to control ourselves. — Virginia Wollf There are so many stories I could tell about the things I observed and heard within the walls of my classroom over the last three decades.  The first half of my career, I taught high schoolers...

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The Two Best Times to Start Doing Something We love

The Two Best Times to Start Doing Something We love

We could have done it then and we can do it now. Abstract: A life-hack from my very real life-experiences — What we regret not having done yesterday, we can do today. Regret is a negative emotion which involves finding faults in personal actions due to an undesirable...

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The Truth No One Wants to Hear

The Truth No One Wants to Hear

It’s just hard work. Right now, somewhere in the world, there is someone spruiking a strategy or step-by-step plan for success the way a used car salesperson would on a Saturday morning after a mug of instant coffee. “All you need is…” “This is what is working...

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Highly Successful People Are Not Born That Way

Highly Successful People Are Not Born That Way

It’s just hard work. Right now, somewhere in the world, there is someone spruiking a strategy or step-by-step plan for success the way a used car salesperson would on a Saturday morning after a mug of instant coffee. “All you need is…” “This is what is working...

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But You Seem Fine: Living With High-Functioning Depression

But You Seem Fine: Living With High-Functioning Depression

Why looks can sometimes be deceiving. At first glance, it might look like I have it all. I’m a wife to my husband of five years and a mom to three wonderful children. My dream since the fourth grade of becoming a full-time writer has come true this year. I’m...

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The first of many last suppers

The first of many last suppers

Why looks can sometimes be deceiving. At first glance, it might look like I have it all. I’m a wife to my husband of five years and a mom to three wonderful children. My dream since the fourth grade of becoming a full-time writer has come true this year. I’m...

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Your Writing Becomes Boring When You Ignore Your Emotion

Your Writing Becomes Boring When You Ignore Your Emotion

Good Writing needs optimum personal space to thrive. In reality, even the most experienced, productive writers often need to force themselves to write, regardless of mood. Once underway, they then build a positive mood, even an inspiration, for writing. That...

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When Someone Misjudges You, Keep Showing Them Who You Are

When Someone Misjudges You, Keep Showing Them Who You Are

A tale about saying goodbye, over and over again Saying goodbye is hard enough. Saying goodbye. Goodbye cuts deeper and hurts longer than the uninitiated could ever imagine. There was no easy or painless way of telling our parents we were leaving. Leaving. It had to...

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What I Did To Better My Life

What I Did To Better My Life

Maybe these ideas will work for you too I grew up hard. My mom was bipolar, my sister mentally ill, my brother a hemophiliac, and my dad was a walking cardio condition who finally died from his third heart attack. My extended family was no better. Cancer, diabetes,...

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How To Balance Creative Ambition With Your Relationships

How To Balance Creative Ambition With Your Relationships

“You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.” Sean’s words dug into Will. The normally cocky, confident main character of Good Will Hunting was...

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How to Make Your Content Attractive To Readers

How to Make Your Content Attractive To Readers

Placing a high value in filling your writing with how you feel makes for greater impact. Here you are again, taking those steps to put words on an empty canvas. You felt the rush of excitement from the moment you opened your eyes until this point. Sitting down with...

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The Real Reason You Never Finished That Article

The Real Reason You Never Finished That Article

There’s too much room for excuses. Two weeks ago, my brother asked me what I was doing. I said, “I’m working on a song.” He responded, “I thought you were already working on another one!” At that moment, I realized that I have a severe problem. I start things without...

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How Keeping a Gratitude List Can Change Your Life Forever

How Keeping a Gratitude List Can Change Your Life Forever

Before I talk about keeping a gratitude list, I want to talk about the word itself — gratitude. Gratitude can be a nebulous and meaningless term. It can be a crutch to hide from your ambition. Or, it could be the key to true happiness, sanity, and contentment. How you...

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When Is It Too Late to Make a Comeback?

When Is It Too Late to Make a Comeback?

If you’re still breathing, there’s probably still time “Would you like to open a music store again?” I asked the (mostly) rhetorical question of the Lovely Lady the other day as we drove past the building where we had operated such a store for many years. I didn’t...

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An Argument in Favor of Creating at Your Own Pace

An Argument in Favor of Creating at Your Own Pace

Rushing the process never turns out good. Long before people began making moves toward their desired destinations, they had dreams. Before they realized what they were doing and why they were doing it, they had a bigger, more vibrant picture in mind. That’s...

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What Happens When We Have Puzzle Pieces Missing But Deny It?

What Happens When We Have Puzzle Pieces Missing But Deny It?

If you’re still breathing, there’s probably still time “Would you like to open a music store again?” I asked the (mostly) rhetorical question of the Lovely Lady the other day as we drove past the building where we had operated such a store for many years. I didn’t...

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Nothing Out of Obligation

Nothing Out of Obligation

Rushing the process never turns out good. Long before people began making moves toward their desired destinations, they had dreams. Before they realized what they were doing and why they were doing it, they had a bigger, more vibrant picture in mind. That’s...

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Why You Don’t Need a Reason to Be Generous

Why You Don’t Need a Reason to Be Generous

Living with Anosognosia — a lesser-known part of mental-type illnesses I’m writing this to help someone who might be going through the same thing.  “Am I losing my mind?” he said, standing in the doorway of my bedroom. The air in the room froze.  “I...

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Why I Went Back to My Childhood and Read Harry Potter

Why I Went Back to My Childhood and Read Harry Potter

The first-ever Harry Potter Book came out when I was in Year 7. My English teacher, Ms. Ostepeev, raved about the book and insisted we all read it. I didn’t get it and had no interest in dragons, witches or wizards. I ignored the advice. As I got older, there was an...

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Why Madwomen Seem So Nice

Why Madwomen Seem So Nice

But you have no idea Today I mastered a tempest. But to the 20-something clerk at the clinic check-in desk, I was just another incoherent lady who thought she was vaguely entitled to special treatment for reasons that weren’t very clear.  I had a 10 a.m....

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Stop to Nurture your Soul. You’ll Be Glad You Did.

Stop to Nurture your Soul. You’ll Be Glad You Did.

The first-ever Harry Potter Book came out when I was in Year 7. My English teacher, Ms. Ostepeev, raved about the book and insisted we all read it. I didn’t get it and had no interest in dragons, witches or wizards. I ignored the advice. As I got older, there was an...

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Having Anxiety Over Having Anxiety?

Having Anxiety Over Having Anxiety?

How do you do it?  Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. —Albert Einstein Recently, I spent some time in nature. This is where everything becomes clear. To get in touch with nature is to nurture me. Imagine with me… You are...

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How to Easily Deal with Big Issues Without Therapy

How to Easily Deal with Big Issues Without Therapy

Am I the only one that feels this way?  Having mental health issues is no joke. Some of us are lucky enough to not rely heavily on medications to help us stay emotionally stable, and some of us aren’t. I have been on both sides of the wall.  I have struggled...

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And then came the time to leap

And then came the time to leap

For a long time, it has been standard that if you are a Christian you attend church and that lack of attendance your revokes your Christianity and puts your salvation in question.  However, your salvation does not require that you be a Christian and the...

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The Joy of Being Unknown

The Joy of Being Unknown

We all want to be ‘KNOWN’ until we realize the advantages of being unknown. We say things such as this all the time: “One day I’m going to write a book.” “I’m going to start a business that is going to become the best in the industry.” “That next promotion is going to...

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Your Relationship is Over… Now, What?

Your Relationship is Over… Now, What?

Long term relationship break-ups are no joke. They are taxing, exhausting, frustrating, and if you aren’t careful, you can end up leaving pieces of yourself on the floor of your previous residence, to be trampled on by your ex.  So, how do we move on?  Short...

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5 Excellent Ways to Use Your Smart Phone Productively.

5 Excellent Ways to Use Your Smart Phone Productively.

And you need to use it smartly to make it productive. When was the last time you spent a day without your phone? Half a day? Heck, even a couple of hours? I bet you probably can’t remember a time where you were purposefully without your phone. That said, the number of...

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To the old lady busybody who cried animal abuse

To the old lady busybody who cried animal abuse

We are living in the era of the busybody. In ancient Greece, if a person wanted guidance, it involved a long, arduous expensive journey to consult the oracle at Delphi. Today, if you want guidance, all you have to do is unplug your ears. — Margo Kaufman The...

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How do you know when something is really broken?

How do you know when something is really broken?

And you need to use it smartly to make it productive. When was the last time you spent a day without your phone? Half a day? Heck, even a couple of hours? I bet you probably can’t remember a time where you were purposefully without your phone. That said, the number of...

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How To Change Your Money Mindset

How To Change Your Money Mindset

We are living in the era of the busybody. In ancient Greece, if a person wanted guidance, it involved a long, arduous expensive journey to consult the oracle at Delphi. Today, if you want guidance, all you have to do is unplug your ears. — Margo Kaufman The...

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Be Careful what you Promise - You May be Called on It

Be Careful what you Promise - You May be Called on It

How my bargain as a child was realized Life purpose becomes clear when coming close to death I felt the most alive when I was fighting for my life in an ambulance in the city of Kangnung, South Korea. I doubted I would survive. That’s when the purpose of my life...

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Going Out vs. Going Somewhere

Going Out vs. Going Somewhere

42nd Day in Spain Do you prefer to just go out, or do you require a destination? City life offers so many opportunities for adventure and entertainment. Fancying myself as an adventurer, I enjoy wandering, getting lost and letting the proverbial game come to me. Some...

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Why I Slapped A Sexy Butt On The Cover Of My Book

Why I Slapped A Sexy Butt On The Cover Of My Book

42nd Day in Spain Do you prefer to just go out, or do you require a destination? City life offers so many opportunities for adventure and entertainment. Fancying myself as an adventurer, I enjoy wandering, getting lost and letting the proverbial game come to me. Some...

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You’ll Never Write Better With Toxic Expectations

You’ll Never Write Better With Toxic Expectations

On writing a eulogy for my mother “Well, Tal,” I had said at my mother’s memorial service, “Maybe she’ll forget.” What I should have said from the podium was: “Well, Tal, she doesn’t have Alzheimer’s anymore! Watch out!” Maybe like you, I have the tendency to...

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The Effects of Verbal Abuse Are Greater Than You Might Think

The Effects of Verbal Abuse Are Greater Than You Might Think

The secret to successful book cover design is as much about ‘fitting in’ as it is ‘standing out’.  ‘Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover’ is perhaps the most ignored advice of all time. Everyone does it — and that’s why the cover is the most important part of any book you...

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Who the Heck is Steve Cioccolanti?

Who the Heck is Steve Cioccolanti?

He wrote two bestselling books on numbers. Now listen to this Asian/Italian pastor from Australia explain Gematria, then investigate more of his work.  What the heck is Gematria? It is the ancient Jewish method of discovering how God works through/with numbers. This...

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How I Wrote a Book from Content on Medium

How I Wrote a Book from Content on Medium

Taking What You Have and Turning it into Something More Last month, I released my first book. It was truly a dream come true and I had never been more proud of an accomplishment. While sharing about it with some friends, they asked how I came up with enough material...

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How To Cope When Some People Don’t Want You In Their Life

A lesson I learned the hard way. Have you ever been ghosted? I hope you didn’t. It’s not pretty. I’ve been ghosted multiple times in my life. Ghosting is a term given when someone decides to treat you like a ghost and completely ignores your existence. The immediate...

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What is the reward we get for loving our enemies?

What is the reward we get for loving our enemies?

A lesson I learned the hard way. Have you ever been ghosted? I hope you didn’t. It’s not pretty. I’ve been ghosted multiple times in my life. Ghosting is a term given when someone decides to treat you like a ghost and completely ignores your existence. The immediate...

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The Girl Who Lived In A Tent

The Girl Who Lived In A Tent

How the Successful Silo-series Author Changed the Publishing Game “I firmly believe that if a well-read author commits to honing their craft and writing two novels a year for ten years, they will be able to make a career out of writing. The beauty of self-publishing...

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The Only True Freedom

The Only True Freedom

What does it mean to be free? Understand This One Concept to Truly Honor and Appreciate Freedom It’s early July, the time of year to celebrate and appreciate freedom! It’s easy to get caught up in fireworks and brisket and lose sight of what freedom really means. One...

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This Is Why You Reject Self-Help

This Is Why You Reject Self-Help

Even at the age of ten, it was clear to me that my mother had lost her mind. For a long time, I blamed the tent. It was medium-sized canvas, dark blue, and I’d just been told my mother and I were going to live in it. My mother did her best to make it sound exciting....

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Christianity Is Not About Moral Goodness

Christianity Is Not About Moral Goodness

In Luke 6, Jesus tells us that if we love our enemies and those who persecute and do evil to us, we will be rewarded by God. “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the...

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Fear Can Go To Hell

Fear Can Go To Hell

Tell the voices inside your head that they don’t belong there. Fear can go to hell, shame can go there too. I know whose I am. God, I belong to you. Prophesy Your Promise by Bryan and Katie Torwalt This was one of those days when I felt most alive. Nothing like...

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How To Obliterate Your Anxiety In 2 Minutes

How To Obliterate Your Anxiety In 2 Minutes

I’ll start with a simple question. Have you ever heard of ASMR? If you haven’t, boy are you in for a roller coaster of a ride with this post. The truth is, I’ve been waiting to write this article for quite some time. The title seems like it could never live up to its...

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How to Find True Freedom, Joy, Recognition, and Sanity

How to Find True Freedom, Joy, Recognition, and Sanity

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will be stationed in the presence of kings; he will not stand before obscure men. — Proverbs 22:29 I’m not the most skilled writer in the world, not even close. I’m not the most prolific, original, or stylish. But I know one...

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How to Get People to (Actually) Read Your Story.

How to Get People to (Actually) Read Your Story.

Do you want to seduce readers with captivating content that will leave them wanting more? You’ve spent sleepless nights, carefully crafting each word. You finally hit “publish,” and what happens? Nobody reads them. No comments, no tweets, no sharing on any media. Why...

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Weighing the Odds

Weighing the Odds

Do you want to seduce readers with captivating content that will leave them wanting more? You’ve spent sleepless nights, carefully crafting each word. You finally hit “publish,” and what happens? Nobody reads them. No comments, no tweets, no sharing on any media. Why...

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My Life As A Bipolar Introverted Empath

My Life As A Bipolar Introverted Empath

“Retreat, Re-think, Recover, Re-enter.” One of my goals for 2019 is to do better in my relationships. As I’ve written about before here, my time is exceptionally precious, and I am greedy with it. When I have even a spare moment, I don’t want to talk to you or my...

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How To Be Authentic In A World Full Of Fakes

How To Be Authentic In A World Full Of Fakes

“Authenticity is about being true to who you are.” Michael Jordan When I think of the word fake politicians are the first people that come to mind. They talk and talk and talk and make false promises to get your vote. Even when they smile you can feel how full of shit...

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This Is Why You Stop Hating Yourself In Distress.

This Is Why You Stop Hating Yourself In Distress.

It’s not as fun as it sounds. My husband and I share an office at home. He does IT work while I write, and the arrangement works out well. We sit back to back in our office chairs and hunker down except for the occasional joke or comment that passes between us. We...

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Read This If You Feel Stuck and Want to Start All Over

Read This If You Feel Stuck and Want to Start All Over

Starting over is all the rage in 2019. We’re always chasing the new, the novel, the fun. We live in an abundant society, but we’re sick of the mundane. Instead of being grateful for what we have, we always want more, more, and even more. Nothing’s ever enough. Maybe...

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7 Little Emails can Launch a Best Seller

7 Little Emails can Launch a Best Seller

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible — Arthur C. Clarke Most launch teams I’ve been on have been a relentless pursuit of time and action. I’m usually sick of hearing from the person I’m trying to help before...

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Why Garbage Can Be So Attractive

Why Garbage Can Be So Attractive

It’s often the seedy things of life that interest us For everything Satan has to offer you is a collection of what Jesus rejected; it is the garbage bin of Jesus Christ. — Felix Wantang Photo by Susan Grant I have a dachshund, though he’s 4 inches from the...

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How To Handle Verbal Abuse

How To Handle Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse is subtle, insidious, and extremely painful, but there are easy ways to respond if you can properly identify when it is happening. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  I’ve been birthed by, worked for, befriended, or dated my fair share of...

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How Do You Market Your Writing As An Introvert?

How Do You Market Your Writing As An Introvert?

It’s often the seedy things of life that interest us For everything Satan has to offer you is a collection of what Jesus rejected; it is the garbage bin of Jesus Christ. — Felix Wantang Photo by Susan Grant I have a dachshund, though he’s 4 inches from the...

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Personalities in the workplace. Can we all get along?

Personalities in the workplace. Can we all get along?

Verbal abuse is subtle, insidious, and extremely painful, but there are easy ways to respond if you can properly identify when it is happening. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  I’ve been birthed by, worked for, befriended, or dated my fair share of...

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We Are All a Little Too Entitled

We Are All a Little Too Entitled

It’s hard to say nice things about myself. Maybe I didn’t speak out before because I felt shame for so many years. I made a lot of mistakes in my life, and not everyone has forgiven me. There were days I hated myself that stretched into years. I believed the people...

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10 Things I’m Grateful For

10 Things I’m Grateful For

What Are You Grateful For in Life? ”Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on and get drunk.” — Rumi Do you ever pause what you’re doing and reflect on the things you’re grateful for? Not many people do this. I should do it more often. When you express your gratitude...

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How to Grow Your Mindset

How to Grow Your Mindset

It is true that, when an entitlement begins to be enjoyed by people, they like to keep it. — Jon Kyl Sweat is developing under the hair on my head as I type. I can feel the heat on my scalp as though I’ve just finished a workout. Moisture is building up and...

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What To Do If You Feel Stuck At Any Point Of Life.

What To Do If You Feel Stuck At Any Point Of Life.

Personality management strategies for leaders. A few years ago a senior leader came to my office, closed the door, and had a little rant. Well, maybe a big rant. It was on the order of “I spend too much time dealing with personalities! I’m so tired of people not being...

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5 Questions to Test Your Spiritual Growth

5 Questions to Test Your Spiritual Growth

A simple approach to measuring progress “It’s time for a pop quiz.” What student loves to hear these words? When I was in school, and only on rare occasions, the teacher would allow us to grade our own quiz. Now, that was good! But tests help us measure our...

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The Heavy Weight of Excessive Empathy

The Heavy Weight of Excessive Empathy

Life as an Empath can be both beautiful and crippling. It is honestly a double-edged sword if you are unable to control how you handle it.  Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash On Being an Empath When you struggle with too much empathy for others, there...

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Are You Afraid of Being Quiet?

Are You Afraid of Being Quiet?

Being Quiet is Powerful “Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” — Charlotte Wriksson All right, everyone! I am here to air a pet peeve of mine and I wonder if others...

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Anxiety, Depression, Healing and God

Anxiety, Depression, Healing and God

A letter to my past self, during the hardest time of my life The children are small, your husband is out of town a lot, and the old feelings of panic start to resurface. Where did they come from, these fears that erupt when you’re driving, sitting in a movie theatre...

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How To Contribute In People’s Lives.

How To Contribute In People’s Lives.

Being Quiet is Powerful “Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” — Charlotte Wriksson All right, everyone! I am here to air a pet peeve of mine and I wonder if others...

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How To Take Breaks, Without Feeling Like A Lazy Bumb

How To Take Breaks, Without Feeling Like A Lazy Bumb

Share your secrets openly. “It’s the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” — Sheryl Sandberg You want to create something significant, but, you’re unclear. What to do and how it can be accomplished? Everyone...

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My Kids Don’t Go For Any After School Classes.

My Kids Don’t Go For Any After School Classes.

Whenever I happen to meet up with other parents, the conversation eventually goes to, “So what classes are you sending them to?” To which I always reply “None”. In about 2 seconds I am met with a surprised, confused, silent expression which screams “Butwhy?” I am...

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How to Edit a Short Story

How to Edit a Short Story

Caught! Read Part One and Part Two  Robert froze. In the back of his mind he could hear Dick yell: “RUN!” Robert couldn’t even move. His eyes were wide with fear, his heart pumping nineteen to the dozen. His heart dropped into his tummy as he realised what he had...

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How to Live Like you are Dying

How to Live Like you are Dying

“Mommy, You’re Dead at 48.” That’s what my daughter said as she climbed into bed next to me this morning, with tears streaming down her face. What do you mean, Honey? You’re dead at 48. I had a nightmare, and I don’t want you to die, Mommy. I want to love...

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How to Know You’re Heading in the Right Direction

How to Know You’re Heading in the Right Direction

Creating landmarks can help you decide if you’re heading in the right direction. Welcome back my fellow travelers on the river of life. If you’re just joining us, I recommend you go back and take a look at where we’ve been so far. We started by recognizing that we...

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What if you’ve set the bar too low?

What if you’ve set the bar too low?

How to manage success and all that comes with it. Congratulations! You’ve made it through Life Planning 101!  By this time, you have:  • Recognized that you’ve been drifting (this one is BIG don’t forget to acknowledge it) • Completed the funeral exercise by...

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When I Should Have Done Something, but I Didn’t

When I Should Have Done Something, but I Didn’t

How to manage success and all that comes with it. Congratulations! You’ve made it through Life Planning 101!  By this time, you have:  • Recognized that you’ve been drifting (this one is BIG don’t forget to acknowledge it) • Completed the funeral exercise by...

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The Song That Changed My Life

The Song That Changed My Life

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it — Isaiah 55:11 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the...

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Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer As a teacher of many years, I have seen many extraordinary things, some good, some bad.  One year, I saw a beautiful...

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Nature and Working in It, My Antidote to Anxiety & Stress

Nature and Working in It, My Antidote to Anxiety & Stress

Gardening, weed pulling, planting… these activities restore and rejuvenate a worn down soul who is sad and ragged around the edges When things weigh me down… get to be just too much… I know it’s been too long.  Too long since I had dirty fingernails, my fingers...

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You Deserve The One Who is Truly Yours.

You Deserve The One Who is Truly Yours.

My philosophy about making it big in writing, inspired by a comedian.  Back when I was still in high school, I was a bass clarinetist in the Minnesota All-State Band. One year, we had a conductor from Texas who told a story about his college days in California. You...

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Introverted Freelancer? How To Avoid Becoming A Recluse.

Introverted Freelancer? How To Avoid Becoming A Recluse.

Writing a letter to my younger self about that day I spent many years as a geek. Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory had nothing on me. I spent a long time being reviled for thinking outside the box. Years later, I would discover that being a nerd was cool, but in...

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How To Be Self-Reliant And Achieve Greatness

How To Be Self-Reliant And Achieve Greatness

Depend on yourself and be unstoppable I woke up with my face covered in blood sitting in the driver’s seat of my Honda Civic wagon. I looked at myself in the rearview mirror and thought I was in a horror flick. There was a knock on the driver’s side window that shook...

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Why You Should Worry Less and Pray More

Why You Should Worry Less and Pray More

My future step-daughter is having her very first eye doctor appointment this week. She’s absolutely terrified of getting her eyes dilated because one of her friends told her it was painful.  Several times throughout the past weekend, she handed her father a...

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Overcoming Betrayal: How To Move On After Infidelity

Overcoming Betrayal: How To Move On After Infidelity

And save your relationship Ask anyone in a committed, monogamous relationship, and they’ll probably tell you the same thing. Cheating destroys trust. It’s the lowest blow you could deliver, the ultimate form of betrayal.  Infidelity is often regarded as...

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What I Did When I Got Lost

What I Did When I Got Lost

And save your relationship Ask anyone in a committed, monogamous relationship, and they’ll probably tell you the same thing. Cheating destroys trust. It’s the lowest blow you could deliver, the ultimate form of betrayal.  Infidelity is often regarded as...

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The One Thing I Was Missing

The One Thing I Was Missing

Hint: It’s not about what you want Do you want your words to be read by the masses? Or would you rather keep them to yourself? Chances are if you’re reading this, you do want people to read and enjoy your stories, your blog posts, and your books. To do that, you’ve...

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5 Proven Ways to Be Happy Now

5 Proven Ways to Be Happy Now

Experts weigh in on implementing your signature strengths to raise your level of happiness “Happiness is the joy we feel striving towards our potential.”-Shawn Achor, author, The Happiness Advantage. I can’t begin to tell a story without sharing why it matters. There...

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Why We Love Reading - A Love Letter to the Written Word

Why We Love Reading - A Love Letter to the Written Word

Time flows like a river, and there is nothing we can do to go back in time or move forward into the future — so our boat has no oars. We can only steer our way through life at a constant speed — which is why our boat only has a rudder. Let's talk about how important that rudder is in the right hands.
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You Are Not Responsible For My Feelings

You Are Not Responsible For My Feelings

And Vice Versa “But if you would just stop doing that ONE thing that I HATE — then I wouldn’t have to keep reminding you not to do it!” “But if you’d just done what I asked you when I asked you to do it, we wouldn’t be having this conversation!” “But if you were...

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7 Simple Ways To Support The Artists In Your Life

7 Simple Ways To Support The Artists In Your Life

Whether or not you realize it, you’re surrounded by artists: painters, photographers, podcasters, musicians, sculptors, writers, designers, and much, much more.  But we often only see the end product.  We rarely think about all of the hard work that it took...

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What Happened When I Started Olding

What Happened When I Started Olding

When you were in college you probably didn’t study abroad. You may have known about the study abroad program but for some reason, you never made the attempt to even apply. You probably were too afraid to leave home for an extended period of time, didn’t feel...

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5 Lessons on Writing by Ayn Rand

5 Lessons on Writing by Ayn Rand

Whether or not you realize it, you’re surrounded by artists: painters, photographers, podcasters, musicians, sculptors, writers, designers, and much, much more.  But we often only see the end product.  We rarely think about all of the hard work that it took...

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I Kissed The Boy I Feared The Most

I Kissed The Boy I Feared The Most

Real life happened, that’s what It was a great day earlier this year when I decided I was done adulting and ready to start olding. With olding, you’re no longer compromising with the phony expectations of the “Real World.” Instead, you’re just grown up and ready to...

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The Importance of Focus for Success

The Importance of Focus for Success

Every time we are not focused, the work we produce takes us much longer to produce. Here are some simple steps to get and stay focused. My future husband has begun a side hustle that is now producing some good income for him, but it’s been driving me crazy. Since this...

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If You’ve Cried For Someone? Read This.

If You’ve Cried For Someone? Read This.

I thought Clifton wanted to kill me. When the elementary school bus dropped us off the first day, I jumped off and skipped my way towards my trailer. Thoughts of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and afternoon cartoons went through my mind as I shook off the stress...

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The Most Annoying And Useless Business Jargons at Work.

The Most Annoying And Useless Business Jargons at Work.

Ayn Rand’s writing tips on theme, plot, characterization and style. “To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be.” — Ayn Rand Recently, I came across the book ‘The Art of Fiction’ by Ayn Rand. An incredible...

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Sowing the Seeds of Trust

Growing Your Relationship Garden Trusting people can be a daunting matter. Learning about another human being enough to put credence in what they do or say is one of those skills that is learned, or unlearned, over the course of a lifetime.  I have been thinking...

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You Know We’re Friends When We Show Up Naked

You Know We’re Friends When We Show Up Naked

And are comfortable around each other Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul. ― Charlie Chaplin in a letter to his daughter Geraldine My college Theatre professor told us:  Imagine your audience naked.  It...

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A Conversation With A Best Friend

A Conversation With A Best Friend

I’m reading a book called “Why Forgive” by Johann Christoph Arnold and it mentions that it is possible for people to lose the ability to love. Can hurt really burn such a deep hole inside of us to cause only hate?  The Power of Forgiveness I must have more faith...

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Fear is a Universal Emotion

Fear is a Universal Emotion

How do you look at the current world? The now-famous writer, Kurt Vonnegut, wrote for 25 years before he was discovered. Another famous writer, Charles Bukowski, toiled away in obscurity for thirty years before he received a small publishing deal. A modern...

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Who Said Women Can’t kill Dragons?

Who Said Women Can’t kill Dragons?

A conversation that changed my life.  “A writer? Who do you think you are?” My best friend said with a sneer.  Wow. I expected this but I didn’t know that it was going to be this bad.  A seed of doubt was cast.  Who the hell did I think I...

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If You Love Someone, Don’t Ask For “Why?”

If You Love Someone, Don’t Ask For “Why?”

Love has one answer. “It’s okay.” Someone has told you that you lack something, so he or she doesn’t accept your proposal? Or currently, she has plans, so she is not ready. In other words, people reject you when you confessed your heartfelt love? Everyone encounters...

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Want to Be More Driven? Honor Reflection

Want to Be More Driven? Honor Reflection

St. Martha did it, and she didn’t even break a sweat Lazarus, Martha, and Mary often entertained the Lord when he came into Bethany. They would sit and talk, listening intently to what the Master had to say. Martha, however, was always full of pluck. After all, she...

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The need to see beyond ourselves

The need to see beyond ourselves

Fear is a powerful beast. But we can learn to ride it. (Justine Musk) Fear is a universal emotion. It is likely that fear protected early man from extinction. Fear of danger creates a fight or flight state that would have saved an early human when he or she was...

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We Only Have One Side of the Story

We Only Have One Side of the Story

And that’s okay.  When we sit down to write, we can only write what we know, right?  The fact that stories, especially when relationships are the topic, we can only write OUR VERSION. But you know what? That’s okay. I have been writing a lot lately about the...

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What To Do If You Feel Stuck At Any Point Of Life.

What To Do If You Feel Stuck At Any Point Of Life.

Take a rest. Sometimes, life is a kick in the pants. You don’t know what to do or when you’ll do the next task, you don’t feel like it. You don’t understand why this is happening. You’ve numerous options but are confused. You’re unclear about the future.  Being...

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The Song That Changed My Life

The Song That Changed My Life

Writing a letter to my younger self about that day I spent many years as a geek. Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory had nothing on me. I spent a long time being reviled for thinking outside the box. Years later, I would discover that being a nerd was cool, but in...

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I Want To Help You Say; NO.

I Want To Help You Say; NO.

Whew! I got through that speech. The one I did not want to do. I know I said YES when they ask me to give the talk to eighty plus old-timers. (I can use ‘old-timers’ since I am one). The most extended hour known to man was mine when I talked about something I knew...

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Is there Hope in Desperate Times?

Is there Hope in Desperate Times?

I’m in need of it right now! “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” -Tom Bodett A few years ago, I read an account of a Lithuanian family who was arrested and...

She’s Got What I Want…

She’s Got What I Want…

Or has she? She. Is. Gorgeous. Trendy cut-out bikini, tanned body, laughing with friends in the pool. Every man’s gaze is on her. Beautiful face, thick glossy hair, pert breasts and pretty much everything I want right now. She’s twenty-ish and totally carefree. I’m...

Kurt Vonnegut’s Lessons on Writing And Life

Kurt Vonnegut’s Lessons on Writing And Life

5 Lessons on Writing and 5 Lessons on Life From a Creative Genius “I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds...

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