Sometimes it’s necessary to let go of things in order to be successful in business and in life. We don’t always want to, and it may not be easy, but doing so will help us along our path to success – and that is important. Last year I worked on letting go of people who were draining me; people who were either always negative when I wanted to share exciting (to me) things, and people who only wanted me there when it was convenient for them, but didn’t find it necessary to be there when I needed...
Wednesday I took a personal day. No work. No stresses. Relaxing, watching television, cooking, and spending the night at my daughters. It was nice. Personal days are great for clearing your mind; freeing up those creative juices.
My muse loved it.
Taking care of yourself is one aspect of having a successful life. Yes, sometimes it really is about you! As it should be. Once children are old enough to entertain themselves for more than five minutes at a time, you can start training them to let you have a few minutes for yourself here and there. This time builds up so, eventually, you can get in a whole bath while your children play a game or do their homework. Another option is to do something for yourself while your children are napping...
I mentioned recently how embarrassing it would be if someone actually read one of my first drafts. I’d be mortified because half of it might not even make sense to a reader. This is why manuscripts go through multiple edits.
That first draft is so often horrendous. Typos like you wouldn’t believe. Sentences, paragraphs, and sometimes whole sections, don’t even make sense. Sometimes I sit here, seemingly FOREVER, wondering where the heck was I going with this? or what the heck does this even m...
Writing can be very time-consuming on its own, especially when your muse is honoring you with many great ideas. I’ll sometimes write for five or six hours a day on my days off, while plugging away at a manuscript during my downtime at the hotel. Other times it is more like two or three hours.
But writing isn’t all there is to being a writer. There’s so much more that we do.
keeping things organized
graphics for the blo...
Recently we discussed how taking a personal day every so often will help you to build success for your business. The same is true for taking other times off. For instance, taking a break from business at the holidays will allow you time for other activities that are important.
Why take holidays off?
Our minds need a break every so often from the daily thought processes involved when running a business. These breaks help us to clear our thoughts, freeing up our mental processes in order to let...
Okay ladies! Let me just say that the single most important thing we can do if we want to be successful is to take care of ourselves. That means eating healthy (at least most of the time!), working fitness into our routines, getting plenty of rest, and pampering ourselves.
I know what you are saying: Hey, that all just takes too much time! I need to spend that time working. I hear ya, honest. And I do have my days that are less than stellar. But I really do try to take care of myself most of ...
It’s not always easy, this writing thing. Even with all the writing prompts I collect (I am currently filling a second journal with them!), I still sometimes have no clue what I should write. It can take time to get those creative juices flowing. On the one hand it can be a nice break for my brain. On the other hand, I feel completely out of sorts when I am not writing something – anything. What do I do when I’m in a creative slump?
Well that depends on my mood. If I am also feeling unmotivat...
When I opened my planner to this week, a note indicating I needed some time off was right there for me to see. A reminder for me to schedule myself a personal day. I took a look at the next couple of weeks, conversed with my daughter Skye, and decided to schedule for February 14th. No, I don’t have a date with Mr. Right, or even Mr. Possibly. It’s just going to be a personal day. These days are important when we are building success. What will I be doing? Well, the plan is to sleep until I wa...
After befriending a raccoon, Jessica and her cousins learn a disturbing truth about some of their elders. What secret presents itself to the children of the mountain in this first of four stories?
In this third and final part of the Your Chapter success series, we are going to take action! Are you ready for this? There are no deadlines; no hard and fast dates to begin or end. It all depends on where you are along your success journey.
I, for one, love short stories. I buy collections of them bound into thick books, each book containing stories by multiple authors. Sometimes I will even buy a book of short stories put out by a single author. Why might I choose these over a novel?
Claire Jackson, age 19, and Shaw Williams, age 20, were last seen on February first. They had gone up the mountain with friends, and then had gone off on their own to ski and do some snowshoeing. They left the cabin at eight o’clock on the first, and weren’t seen again.
And don’t worry about spending all outdoors on them. I found the containers I mention in this article at Walmart at reasonable cost. They are BPA free, and will be perfect for my work meals. These containers can go into the freezer, on the top shelf of the dishwasher, and even into the microwave if you have one, and are reusable.