11 Ways You Can Improve Your Life Practically Overnight

September 7, 2013

You can’t go wrong with these tips. If you follow them consistently, the desired changes in your life will occur immediately.

one step at a time

Have you ever been at a point so low in your life that you actually started doubting yourself or your faith? Have you ever felt like the world was against you- maybe you can’t find a job, your pockets are empty, your relationships are failing, you’re not getting anywhere with a diet, all your peers are moving on up in life while you’re stuck in a rut, or something similar? You know, where it seems like nothing is working out or you want something so badly but there just isn’t an opportunity for you to get it? I know I have. I’ve been at a point so low that even though I knew there was fun to be had, that things would eventually get better, that I was loved, that if I just believed and had faith my time would come, etc… I just didn’t feel it, and I let it…

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A Writing Dream Realized

September 6, 2013

Isn’t it always wonderful when you can check something off the bucket list? I had one such moment last night, and I am still feeling the high of it today.

I have been writing publicly for 5 years through various blogs. A few years ago I completed my first e-book, which was a major accomplishment in itself. However, it mostly sat on a site unnoticed as I hadn’t yet figured out the strategies to market and sell it. Life got busier, so I just put it on the shelf for a while, then posted it publicly for free to receive feedback and to use it to help others. I was told by several people whose opinions I value highly that this book should be published and sold. Once again I looked into taking this route.

A couple of months ago I took the time to research how to make this happen. Extra time was still short, but I arrived at the point where nothing was going to get in the way of making this happen. I realized how easy it was to get this e-book published on major platforms like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Or was it? This un-technically savvy person struggled to get even the basics down, and was stuck again. I got so frustrated that once again, the publishing dream was put on hold. I must say that I am not one to give up easily. I had other important things in life to tend to and didn’t always have the full opportunity and time to spend pursuing this. However, where I often go wrong is that I am slow to ask for help. Many people around me are less technical than I am, so using their help was not an option. However, I waited way to long to find and solicit others.

Finally, a few weeks ago I was introduced to a site called Fiverr. It’s a site where people will perform any type of service for $5. I checked it out, and sure enough found someone who was willing to do all the formatting and technical adjustments that I couldn’t do for $5. Someone else at another site had offered $40, but I didn’t have that extra in my budget at that time, so I held off. A $5 price was a steal. The quality of work I received was top-notch, and my problems were solved.

When my book formatting “passed the test”, it was very easy to complete the publication process. Now, as I write this, my dream of being a published author has come true.

I share this as a reminder that dreams can always come true. Sometimes it takes a little longer than it should, but it can happen if you have faith and persistence.

If you would like to check out the finished product, you can click on the link below to the sales page which includes a link to the e-book.

30 Days To A More Powerful Life

Here’s to hoping your dreams come true as well. Enjoy the blessings : )

How ‘Bout Labor Day Every Day?

September 2, 2013

Here in the U.S. we celebrate Labor Day today. It’s a day off in honor of all of the workers in our country. After all, we work hard in this country, don’t we?

The answer is an obvious yes. In fact, I will take it a step further and say that we work too hard. I find it sad that, in many ways, work and career have become more important than family and leisure. The devastating effects this has had on the family and quality of life are obvious as we see families and lives crumble every day. So I ask this question…do we really have to work so hard?

I am not implying that work is not important. The Bible is full of verses about the importance of doing work. In I Thessalonians it stresses the importance of work in order to avoid being a burden to others. You can’t eat if you don’t make money working, right? Proverbs is full of warnings to avoid being idle and lazy, and how the hard-working man prospers.

Work is necessary. In fact, I admire those that continue to work, even though they are past the age where they can retire. However, I believe we must avoid working too hard. This is the cause of much of the stress related problems we see in our society today.

I believe the solution is a simple one. It is to work more effectively than to simply work harder. It is not at all difficult to accomplish. The best way to accomplish this is to pray for God’s guidance, set goals for each day, focus on those goals, and do all you can do within your control to accomplish them.

The key is to leave it in God’s hands. I was reminded of this verse in church recently…Matthew 11:28 says…”come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. I take this as an invitation to leave the accomplishment of the task in His hands. If you have faith, He will help you get it done. Your job is to simply seek His guidance and take the steps you can take at that time to get it done. Don’t go ahead of this divine guidance, and don’t worry about things you can’t control at that moment. Simply do all you can in the present moment in a focused, confident manner, and He will take care of the rest.

I cherish Labor Day each year. It is an extra day to relax at a time of year where an extra day of relaxation is usually needed. I also like the fact that my working efforts are being honored. I realize that we can make every day Labor Day. We can do our work for the day, but take time to relax as an honor of our focused efforts. Does that sound like something you can work on?