Posted in Writer Musings

365 Opportunities

A few days ago, I noticed a comic posting on my Aunt’s Facebook page.  It made me pause and think.  I have started my blog posts each year with words or plans on how I want my year to be.  Each year, I have met some goals but also have failed in many others.  Especially in my writing life.

When I saw this post, it spoke to me on a very deep level.  I know, Dear Bloggites, you are thinking “comics affecting you on a deep level…uh huh…” but that is what it did!  This simple two frame comic gave me my word and my focus and my hope!

365 Opportunities
Be Happy Facebook Page-Creator Unknown

I am all about building others up and viewing life, no, not life, viewing A DAY as an opportunity to build someone up, no matter how small; I realized I would not only enrich my life but the life of others around me, even for just a moment when helping others build their life up.  But having that positive outlook for others when it comes to encouragement of actions in life, I realize I do not share that mindset for myself in my writing life.

No matter what I do, I seem to allow my writing goals fall to the wayside.  I hear people say all the time that if you really want something, it will be important, and you will make a point to get/do it as much as you can.  I agree with this, but I also disagree with this statement.  I love to write and can fall into the world I am creating and exist there for many hours when I am writing, but I realize that it is the sitting down and starting that is holding me back.

I freeze up just at the thought of writing something.  All the negative mental talk starts screaming in my head and it screams so loud that it drowns out the thought of writing and forces me to do something else.  I hate this!  I have self-love with my abilities and actions, but when it comes to writing, that self-love is so stifled that I question why I even bother to try to write anything.

That is the crux of writing for me.  I KNOW no one has my voice on subjects and I KNOW that whatever I write is mine and mine alone to share with the world as I see fit; however, the KNOWING is not enough to combat the negativity of “Who do YOU think you are to even believe YOU have anything to say to ANYONE that will IMPACT their life.  GET OVER YOURSELF!”

This negative self-talk is what creates the freeze factor for me at the thought of writing anything.  I am working on this and the comic strip above is going to be my help.  I am going to take it one day at a time and just make sure I write something even for just five minutes and then at the end of 2019, I can honestly say, “I DO have something to say to ANYONE willing to listen and I KNOW it will IMPACT their life, if only for the simple fact that it is something a person can relate to within their life when reading my words.

My word for this year is Opportunity.  I am going to take the 365 Opportunities to enrich as many people as I can, one day at a time AND enrich myself as much as I can with my words being penned to paper.  Happy New Year! Smooches!

~4-Ever, P

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Admit it, before you watched the video you heard Hannibal saying the title of this blog post, I know you did! 🙂  Today’s post is about what the title says: plans falling into place and coming together.

I spent all day in the wonderful presence of many writers and people on fire for Christ, Dear Bloggites.  I was invited to join Roaring Lambs organization’s testimonial workshop and then stay for Roaring Writers executive committee luncheon.  I met, Debbie Snell, at a Christian Networking Breakfast that I went to with my best friend and owner of InSpeyer HR, Tracy.

After chatting a bit with Debbie, she told me she thought we could totally work together in one way or the other after she found out about my PAC Wordsmith business and author site.  The next day after the luncheon, Debbie called me and invited me to join them today to see what we can do.

It was an Amazing time I spent with Debbie and several others, some whom I already knew, and many whom I just met today (or the day I met Debbie).  I partnered with them to help grow the Roaring Writers group to help Christian writers get their books out to the world.  I love words (as you all know) and I love Christ, so you can just imagine how stoked I am about this new opportunity! 🙂

This is just another step to the road of writing full time and engulfing myself in all things written.  I am still working my processing business, Legacy Preservation, and will continue with my current clients, but with the drying up of the property preservation industry, I am finding that I need to find additional revenue to make up for the loss of money.  Having that additional revenue come from one of my two passions, writing, just makes it that much better.

As I move forward with Roaring Writers, I will keep all of you updated.  It is just Unbelievable when a plan does come together!  Smooches!

~4-Ever, P

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Easter Musings

Happy Easter, Ya’ll! 🙂  Today was a rare day and a glorious one.

I will start on the rare day first:

Today was a rare day because work was actually closed all day!  Last time we closed was on Christmas Day, so I decided we were off on Easter Sunday.  It was really nice to not have to get up and load the computer and start processing orders.  I was able to turn off my regular alarm, lazily wake up, and then have cuddle time with my dog, Ragonk.  I went to Bible Study class, then spent the afternoon with family.  It was wonderful!  I truly believe the mind and body need rest and with the industry that my business is in, it prevents that ability due to being a seven-day a week industry.  I feel the pressure of working seven days.  I am trying to create boundaries to allow my mind and body to get the needed rest and today was a first step on that journey. 🙂

What do you do to get the rest for your mind and body, Dear Bloggite?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Now, onto the glorious one:

Being a Christian, today I celebrated the Risen Christ after His crucifixion and three-days in the tomb.  Today reminds believers that Christ is alive and well and He has overcome death.  I have many friends who are Christians and many who are not, and one of the biggest differences I see in these two types of friends is the fear of death.  When you are not a believer in Christ, you view death as an ending with nothingness after.  When you are a believer in Christ, death is just the beginning of a life everlasting with Christ.  As a believer, I do not fear death, I welcome it when it is my time to go because I know I will go to a better place than this Earth.  That knowledge is so refreshing and having that knowledge, I rejoice in the life people lived after they pass and rejoice in their life everlasting if they are a believer.  It is amazing to be free of the fear of death and I wish everyone could feel that. 😀

What do you believe in, Dear Bloggites?  Do you celebrate life and death, or do you live with the fear of death each day of your life?  Share your belief in the comments below.

~4-Ever, P

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Free Book Download-One Day Only: Rachael, Did You Know? by Veronica Sites

Hello, Dear Bloggites.  For one day only (TODAY), you can download Veronica Sites book Rachael, Did You Know? free at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QGBFLIS/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_6m2UvbRT9ZP4V

Rachael, Did You Know by Veronica SitesVeronica is an aspiring writer who shares her love for Christ and a young lady named Rachael who has suffered a great loss when her brother dies.  This book covers the journey of the times Veronica spent with Rachael and provides Veronica’s insights into how God would explain the loss and grief that Rachael feels.

Veronica loves Christ and she loves helping others and along this journey, she learned her true calling to be a Chaplain and help others for the rest of her life.  Veronica has continued serving others just as Christ served His people and has made countless impacts on people in every walk of life.

If you have loved and lost, this book is for you.  The pearls of wisdom that Veronica Sites shares throughout this book will give you comfort and a better understanding of the grief process whether you are a believer in Christ or not.

Take advantage of this free book download for today and follow the link above and get your copy of Veronica Sites book Rachael, Did You Know?

Happy Reading, Dear Bloggites!

~4-Ever, P

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Book Review: Rachael, Did You Know? by Veronica Sites

“There is no joy greater than to be part of an eternal life change.” ~Veronica Sites

“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” ~1 Peter 1:24-25

Rachael, Did You Know by Veronica SitesHello, Dear Bloggites! 🙂  I have a non-fiction book review for you.  This review is for the book Rachael, Did You Know? by Veronica Sites.  I have had the pleasure of spending some time with Veronica and experiencing a seminar or two.  One of the greatest enjoyments I received during these seminars is watching Veronica do what she loves best: sharing her love of Christ and helping make a difference in people’s lives.

Rachael, Did You Know? is about coping with the traumatic loss of a close relative and how turning toward Christ can help you through the grieving process.  Rachael is a young teenager that Veronica helped encourage and mentor at the time she lost her brother, Stephen, unexpectedly due to a car accident. The book is also Veronica’s testimony about how this young girl helped her find her calling in ministry as a chaplain.

Dealing with a traumatic loss of any type leaves a deep, painful hole in a person.  Each person grieves differently and this book is a great tool to help strengthen your faith in Christ or help you turn to Christ as your Savior.  Veronica Sites provides some great tools to use to help cope with your feelings of loss in Rachael, Did You Know?

One of the cool things I noticed while reading this book was each new chapter started with, “Did you know…” as if the author is speaking to Rachael or more specifically, the reader of the book.  It made me smile each time I read the titles because I could just imagine Veronica talking to Rachael saying those words.  You, Dear Bloggites, know me, and anything that helps get my imagination juices going is a true joy to read.

Throughout the book you will read many passages from the bible that the author wants you to reference in regards to the topic she is writing about as well as pages to do mini-exercises and journaling to help you cope with the loss you are feeling.  Each person has their own unique way of mourning but most have a hard time putting into words what they are feeling or figuring out the next step to cope with their emotions.  This book helps provide steps to cope with the different stages of grief with the underlying understanding that they will come out of their grief a better person and a future mentor for others that will cross their path.

I am always saying that “only you can be the best you out there and no other can come close.”  This book has that same context of being a special person with a purpose in life.  A purpose that is meant to be a light to all who have the pleasure of entering into his or her life, be it a short-term or long-term time.

No matter what your religious belief is, I promise you will find comforting passages and great tools in this book to help cope with whatever is troubling you.  Even though this book is mainly for coping with the loss of a loved one, it still has little pearls of wisdom that you can take and incorporate into all struggles you may have in life.

I give Rachael, Did You Know? 4 out of 5 Bookmarks.  For more information on Veronica Sites you can visit her websites at http://chaplainveronica.com/ or http://www.VeronicaSites.com

~4-Ever, P