Happy Valentine’s Day…

I wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day and to apologize for being MIA for the past few days. It has been one heck of a week for my family on a personal level. 

So, first of all I would love to send a special THANK YOU out to Angela Ackerman from The Bookshelf Muse at http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/ for the amazing post that she did for us on Monday!!

Second, I would like to officially say that the February Writing Challenge eds today!

Third, be on the lookout for two more author interviews heading your way!!

Thank you all so very much for being as awesome as you are!!

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My Secret Success…

You all have been so great and helpful to me, that I thought that it was my turn to try to share something useful and hopefully helpful with you. I am not just referring to my writing, but to life in general.

When I put my mind to something, within reason, I focus on it and I practice it until I perfect it. I choose my battles. I have the right attitude. What? Did she just say attitude? Yes, yes I did. Attitude is half the battle.

Positivity is very powerful. I can’t express this enough. I read a book years ago that helped me keep the right attitude. I had a lot going on in my life and I wasn’t feeling very positive at all. But, I took the advice of a friend and I read, “Today Matters” by John C Maxwell. It reiterated what I already knew and got me back on track. This book still sits on my desk to this day. I don’t even need to read it again, just seeing it sitting there is a great reminder.

I used to write articles and business crap, but I really didn’t like it. Once I discovered that I love to write from my imagination, I blossomed! Seriously, if I have to “research” something to write about it, I am probably not having fun. Unless of course, it is something I want to know more about.

This attitude change really affects my writing, which also affects my success. People don’t buy as many of the books that I wrote without passion, but the ones that I had a blast writing sell the best.

I used to think that for me, writing is writing, but that is so far from true. I get rid of all of the negatives out of my head and I take on the day as if I am already a millionaire. Am I? Absolutely not. Do I believe that I will be some day? Yes, actually. I do.

The power of belief is so strong. I live and breathe belief and positivity.

In my life I have other things that I consider my successes. My marriage for one. I have been with my husband for over twenty years. My children are amazing. They are great, considerate and kind young adults. I didn’t get lucky, I did a great job raising them.

Nobody can take your positive attitude away from you. It is yours to do what you want with. Use it wisely.

I want you all to have a great day and really think about the things that you just read. No excuses.

Prioritizing

This is my big question of the day. We all have different lives, and different ideas as to what is at the top of our priority list, and what is at the bottom. That is a good thing since I think we would all be a little boring if we were all the same.

Some of us work full-time jobs outside the home, have young children and still find time to write. Tell me how you do that. Some of us don’t do anything else but write, and some of us are all over the place and are disorganized and just do whatever we think of in that minute. Which one are you?

Another question for you all. Do you find it easier to stay organized the more busy your life is? I mean, like you are so busy that you have no choice but to be organized right? Either that or you would miss a lot of stuff and be frazzled half of the time. 🙂

I am just curious to all of this because I think that I have been in every situation and am just curious as to how others prioritize. When I worked two jobs and had small children I was never able to get any writing done…at all, which is sad considering all that I had to say back then. ha ha ha

And now, I work from home, my children are older and I do get a lot of writing done, BUT, if my day has an interruption, like an appointment, a volunteer day or whatever, I am completely lost. My little routine is out of whack and I feel dazed and confused. Ok, well, maybe not that bad, but it does mess me up a bit.

I am still putting my writing last though. My family comes first, obviously, then my work and then my writing. The part that confuses me is that my work that I do from home is writing, but writing for others. My writing that I do for myself makes me a heck of a lot more money than my “job” does, so why do I put that higher on my list? I say because it is for someone else and I want to have a good name and all of that, but doesn’t my own writing do the same thing?

Anyway, that is my question for the day. Hearing all of your prioritizing ideas will be great information to have. Thank you!!