29 hours without power and an inspired idea

29 hours without power and an inspired idea

Losing power isn’t always fun. Okay, whom I kidding, it’s never fun really. We lost power due to the windstorm that came to Virginia around noon on Friday.

We are pretty good at managing crisis and challenges come our way but one thing was clear, when your life kinda evolves being connected online, it can make things a bit challenging.

And clearly, I spend way to much time online and am needing to make the time to disconnect a bit of a priority.

It was pretty scary hearing the wind and the trees dancing in it. Our property is surrounded by trees and a few of them are close to the house which brings a level of fear to the horizon and also some projects we need to address this year.

My son handled pretty well too as he spent time focusing on his art but he too was challenged in staying entertained. The thing for him is that he needs stimulation in order to function and when you take that away it’s like he doesn’t know what to do with himself. And in that reference, we are both the same but I have learned how to cope over the years.

And as we sat in front of the wood stove with a propane lamp trying to keep us warm and entertained, we headed off to another night of little sleep as the wind kept howling.

As the next day rolled around, we were definitely ready for the power to come on but as we tuned into the work that needed to get done by the electric crew we also know it could be a while.

And with that came the concern of the food we would lose, how we would manage our entertainment without losing our minds in the process.

And before I knew it, I was sitting on the couch with notebook and pen and fleshed out a fiction story that came to my mind. I even ran out of ink because I was so in flow with the story that came to me.

What's your story?

There is always something you can do when you are in the middle of a situation that you can’t control. Ours was definitely challenging as we spend our time together in close quarters for the majority of the time.

At my 6 pm Saturday night as I was getting a new pen, the power came on and we danced and celebrated.. ok maybe not like that but it was definitely a relieve in many ways.

Isn’t it interesting how you want nothing more than to shower when your power is out? Or how much time you actually don’t spend together and then when you do, you struggle to keep positive or even pleasant.

How do you manage everything when you aren’t in control of a situation? Have a power outage story?

I’d love to hear it!

And I am off to keep fleshing out the story!

March Challenge is here: 29 Days to better and more consistent blogging

March Challenge is here: 29 Days to better and more consistent blogging

We are going to kick off March with a 29-Day Blogging Challenge.

I have been writing posts for more than 10 years (this blog alone is home to over 750 posts).

Each day during the challenge you will receive a personalized email from me with a link to the latest tip.

Some posts will have ideas and tips for coming up with fresh blogging ideas (in any niche), while other posts will help you become a better blogger. Everything from writing and formatting to promoting the posts and building a list is covered. The idea is to encourage your readers to blog more consistently and improve their skills.

It’s free to join, it’s fun to play, and you can do it under an hour per day.

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Coming up with new topics and crafting the titles can be challenging. This challenge will help you refine your own process on how to draft quick ideas for your blog.

We’ll talk about formatting tips and how you can recycle the content for other platforms. You’ll learn about places to find images for your blog and how to share your posts to find readers but also create relationships with other bloggers along the way.

Your blog is a great way to build a community and leverage your expertise but it can also be reflective, a rallying call to your readers and stories of experiences or fictional writing.It’s a way for readers to get inside your head a bit and take a look at your life and work and interact with them directly through your writing.

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Let’s put the excuses to rest and move into to action and share your message.

I too will be writing every day for this month. Yesterday I shared my goals for this month and my plan is to keep you up-to-date on how things are progressing, any challenges I may experience along the way.

I do have some travel dates coming up, but my hope is that I can manage to still blog with consistency for this month as well as support you in this challenges.

So, what say you?

Will you join?

Why the Vision board isn’t as good as it used to be

Why the Vision board isn’t as good as it used to be

Vision boards become all the rage this time of year and yet I can’t get myself to make one anymore.

Yes, there once was a time where I would diligently find my vision in pictures, glue it to posterboard and infused it with intention.

And in the end, all it did was piss me off.

I get that for some vision boards are the best invention since sliced bread, but I think it’s okay to not have all the feels for them.

So why does the vision board not work for me and maybe even you?

It is lacking in the way I infuse feelings into my vision and transfer them to my goals.

I have experienced more success by simply writing out my vision and reading it often to get the feeling that I supposed a vision board could be doing for you.

By writing out what the year feel be and feel like by reserve engineering, aka looking back, I am giving my soul the position of leadership to guide me. Intuition is its right-hand man, confirming that this is the way to go.

The thing is, visions change… dreams change and therefore goals change.

I can literally write a new vision, during my writing hour in the morning, but a vision board takes way more time and to me feels a little inconvenient.

If a vision board works for you, that’s fantastic! Like seriously, I love that you have found something that works for you.

But if a vision board isn’t working for you and you are trying to find a different way in how to create the life you want, the goals – the dreams and so on, check out my “Create a Vision” Workshop.
Create a vision with the Rebel Soul Handbook
It’s a 45-minute video where I share with you how I’ve brought my vision to life and share with how to use the Rebel Soul Handbook – the tool I use every year to create my be, do and have goals.

You will also get the downloadable PDF file of the Rebel Soul Handbook, so you can print it and start your journey using your soul guidance to bring your vision to life.

Not only do I get to embody the person I want to be based on my vision, but I set goals that feel good in every fiber of my being… and it’s based on my inner guidance.

There is power in writing it down and if you’ve struggled with vision boards, it’s time to give the Rebel Soul Handbook a try.

5 Reasons you May need to Write that Book

5 Reasons you May need to Write that Book

bookIf you are in business, is writing a book part of your marketing plan?  

It’s true. This one thing has the power to grow your business beyond your expectations. You’ll experience a whole new world of opportunities simply by having your name on the cover of a book.

I remember my last book where I was so excited to share something that didn’t have anything to do with my son’s transplant journey or even growing up in foster care, even though they are relevant to the work I do.

Having a book out on the market with your name elevates something within you, like confidence, but it does much more.

Authority

Imagine you’re at a conference or local networking group and you meet two coaches who both specialize in business branding—something you know you need help with.

One coach says all the right things. She’s been in business for years and worked with some top-notch business owners. She has great ideas for how she can help you solidify your branding.

The other has a similar history and story, with one added bonus: she’s just handed you a copy of her latest book. It’s a professionally printed, substantial publication that practically exudes confidence.

Which coach do you think shows more authority in her field? The one with the book, of course. There really is nothing better when it comes to establishing your authority in any niche than having a book with your name on it.

Expertise

So why does a book speak so highly of you and establish your authority so well? Because it gives you a platform to show off your expertise. It’s like being invited to present on any topic you choose on the world’s largest stage.

Not only that, but your readers are a captive audience. They’re listening—in that moment—only to you. That’s a powerful position to be in and one that gives you an opportunity to really show off your stuff.

One of the reasons, I wrote books sharing personal journey’s is not just because people thrive on hope and inspiration, or that it can make me relatable to being human. I know I am a master of adversity and what better way for me to show you, other than on my blog?

Market Reach

No matter how many readers Google sends your way, no matter how much traffic your YouTube channel receives, nothing will ever compare to the number of potential readers Amazon and other online booksellers can bring your way.

Positioned correctly, your book can reach millions of new readers, and thousands of potential clients. Combine that with the expertise and authority we know comes with being a published author, and that’s a recipe for success that can’t be beaten.

And the greater the market reach, the greater your income. Think about this, you can write a book, share it with the people and steadily have a stream of passive income.

Better Than a Business Card

If you’ve ever been to a conference, you’ve no doubt collected a stack of business cards. You get home and toss them in a drawer, and six months later you throw them out, without ever having contacted the people who gave them to you.

But if one of those people handed you a book instead, what happened? You’ve likely read it (or at least leafed through it). You almost certainly didn’t throw it away. And you remember it—and the person who wrote it.

The impressions we leave behind with people matter. Anytime I share that I am writing a book or that I am an author, people remember that. They’ll ask me how the writing is going or what new book I may be working on.

Press Opportunities

Turn on your television to any interview show, browse through Huffington Post, or listen to any of a number of popular podcasts, and you’ll quickly see that most of the guest speakers and interviewees have written a book.

The fact is, interview shows depend on interesting, insightful guests to keep their audiences listening, and there’s no better applicant than an author. Writing a book will open up many, many opportunities for appearances that you may never have without your name on that cover.

Do you have to write a book to be successful? No. But there’s no denying the fact that a published author will find she has a much easier time growing her business than the coach who keeps putting it off until later.

And I don’t know about you, but I love seeing my name on a book cover!

Check out my Book Writing Course!

September Coloring Pages – Color your own Stationary

September Coloring Pages – Color your own Stationary

Not too long ago, I joined a pen pal community. Something that I’ve been missing is connecting with people and even in the world of Social Media, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of people.

In my excitement I wondered, what kind of stationary I would use and made a face when I realized that I might have to go to the store and purchase some. It seemed inappropriate to just use regular old notebook paper.

And then it dawned on me that I probably have the perfect pages on my computer that would do exactly what I needed and it allowed me to show off my creativity. That’s exactly what happened.

That’s exactly what happened.

The cool thing is that you can color them in many different ways, making them look different from each other.

So let me ask you when was the last time you wrote a letter by hand?

There’s something so much more intimate when writing a letter than it is on Facebook or any other social media platform.

I found myself easily filling both sides of the paper and ready to write more, but didn’t want to spill my life story in one shot. That kind of defeats the purpose of a pen pal and regular writing.

You can get access to the stationary by joining Create your Colorful Life, a coloring page community. When you join, you will have immediate access to over 150 coloring pages that you can print off and color.

You can currently find the following coloring page themes in the community.

  • Monthly Planners
  • Goal Trackers
  • Coloring Pages
  • Affirmation Pages
  • Daily Planners

Get the stationary and 150 other coloring pages, when you join today!