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!

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!

365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self

365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self

It’s finally here! 365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self!

I’ve been working on this, well ever since the idea came to me and so I spent about a month creating the pages and start putting it together.

And it’s a monster!

What exactly is 365 Days of Becoming?

It’s a journey into self. Think about it like as if you are born every single day. Something new to explore and discover about who you are!

Growth always happens from the inside out and it requires courage to be you.

And this journal is so much more because it is also a coloring book. And I wrote about doodling and journaling to give you an insight of how I got started and hopefully conveyed why I find this important!

So how do you use this journal/coloring book?

The pages are filled with quotes, mantra’s and affirmations so you can really feel into the words.

Use them as prompts if you are not sure on what to write.

Color them in any time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and just need to calm yourself.

What will this journal help you achieve or what will it do for you?

  • It will help you to be more present in each moment. All too often we are scattered all over the place and forget to feel and be.
  • It will help you to unlock your own creativity and tap into the parts that perhaps you have been hiding.
  • It will help you solve your own problems. When you venture into sitting down every day and uncover what is holding you back, you are opening the door to your solutions.
  • It will help you become more confident as you are diving deep into your soul and go on to discover who you are.

It’s 365 Coloring Pages and 365 Writing Pages! This thing is HUGE!

Here’s the thing, life is an adventure and this book is your companion along this journey!

Get your Copy of 365 Days of Becoming on Amazon Today!

Journal Prompts for the Year – 365 Ideas to write about

Journal Prompts for the Year – 365 Ideas to write about

journal promptsJournaling has become such a big part of my life and everyday routine. It wasn’t always this way and I really struggled to commit but at one point I decided I wanted this to change. So I set out to journal every day and just free write every morning. I call this dumping my brain and now I journal throughout the day just about anything that comes to my mind.

I know getting started can be tough because what the heck do you
write about right? Allow this journal prompts to guide on your journey. Journaling is useful for gaining insight into yourself, solving issues, gaining clarity and learning to express how you feel.

As you look at each prompt, do allow yourself to write the first thing that comes to mind. Use the prompts in order or jump around.

And if you are feeling brave enough use them for your blog inspiration!

Happy Journaling!

1. What has flowed easily to you this past year?
2. What new things did you learn?
3. What are you grateful for? Make a list of 100 things!
4. What didn’t go so well this past year?
5. What would you like to let go of this year?
6. What do you dream about?
7. Imagine your dream is already a reality. What does it feel, taste and sound like?
8. What is the one thing you need to do to move your dream forward?
9. How will you commit yourself to you?
10. Describe a day in your life now.
11. describe a day in your ideal life.
12. How can you nurture yourself more?
13. Describe 5 traits you like about yourself.
14. How do you limit yourself?
15. Where would you like to be 3 months from now?
16. How do you see yourself?
17. Describe a situation in which you felt guilty that was not your fault. How does it show up now?
18. What causes you to procrastinate?
19. Write a letter to your inner child.
20. Write a letter to your 90-year old self.
21. What is your favorite quote and why?
22. When was the last time you felt helpless? What did you do about it?
23. How do you self-sabotage yourself?
24. List 5 things you have achieved in your life.
25. How do you respond to a crisis?
26. Describe something you learned that didn’t come easily to you.
27. Are you dreaming big enough?
28. What are your unspoken dreams?
29. Write about your pet peeve.
30. Describe your parents.
31. What have you learned from your mom?
32. What have you learned from your dad?
33. Recall a happy moment in your life. Describe it in detail.
34. Write about the saddest moment in your life.
35. Free write about the first thing that comes to mind.
36. You need to make a change in your life. Do you do it cold-turkey or pace yourself?
37. What does courage mean to you? When does it wane?
38. What things drain you?
39. Remembering what you wrote about draining you, how can you manage this better for yourself?
40. What do you value in your life?
41. What are the things that get you excited?
42. What is something you are putting up with?
43. What do you believe about money?
44. What does your intuition tell you?
45. What scares you the most?
46. What are you committing to change today?
47. What adventure would you like to take on?
48. Write about something you could do, but you don’t.
49. What is your biggest struggle?
50. What do you want to be known for?
51. What consumes your life?
52. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
53. What do you believe about yourself and where did this belief come from?
54. What would a day without complaining look like?
55. What are your passions?
56. Do you have a mentor? What did you learn from them?
57. Write about 5 exciting things about yourself.
58. What was your first thought this morning?
59. What does success look like for you?
60. If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?
61. What drives you?
62. What is a goal or dream you gave up on or put off?
63. What is frustrating you right now?
64. What is the principal guiding your life?
65. What was the last disagreement you had? Why? What was the outcome?
66. What is your comfort zone?
67. What is your favorite thing in your life right now?
68. What makes you feel safe? How do you know that you are safe?
69. What do you desire in your life right now?
70. How do you make decisions?
71. Name 5 favorite things.
72. What are you willing to give up in your life right now?
73. What would you do if you know you couldn’t fail?
73. What do success and failure mean to you?
74. Describe your ideal job.
75. Write about your ideal vacation.
76. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you were grown up?
77. What kind of friend are you?
78. What is your priority in life?
79. Who are the cheerleaders in your life?
80. How do you feel in a crowded room?
81. What was your most embarrassing moment in your life?
82. How do you communicate?
83. Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
84. What is a secret that no one knows?
85. What would it mean achieving your dream?
86. What do you like about other people?
87. What do you dislike about other people?
88. Where will you be 5 years from now?
89. What idea is in your head right now that needs exploring?
90. Who in your life knows you best?
91. What motivates you to take action?
92. How do you feel about love? What does in mean in your life?
93. What was the first sight, sound, smell and sensation you experienced getting up this
morning?
94. What was the most profound help you ever received?
95. How do you feel about receiving?
96. If you were to make a change, how would other’s react?
97. What was your wake-up call in life?
98. What is your highest achievement in life?
99. What will you do this week to embrace self-care?
100. What is your most destructive behavior?
101. What pleasures bring you joy in life?
102. How do you feel about sex? Write about the positive and negative.
103. What transition are you experiencing in life right now?
104. What opportunities are standing before you?
105. When in your life have you felt the strongest?
106. What old habits do you fall back on?
107. How has not living your dream impacted your life?
108. What is your attitude about others who appear successful?
109. How do you feel about being rich and wealthy?
110. What is your biggest challenge in your relationships?
111. How do you feel about conflict? What do you do?
112. When I say no to someone, I feel…?
113. How can you think different about an issue in your life right now?
114. What is the worst possible thing that could happen right now?
115. What is the best possible thing that could happen right now?
116. What life lesson would you like to pass on to others?
117. What lie have you told to someone?
118. Write about your favorite way to get lost in an activity.
119. What is your zone of genius?
120. What does normal mean to you?
121. Describe a personality trait you want to get rid off.
122. What is your mantra?
123. How do you feel about affirmations?
124. What old habits do you fall back on?
125. What compromises have you made?
126. Describe yourself as if you were writing a letter to someone who doesn’t know you.
127. Do you have your own sacred space?
128. Have you stayed in situations that you shouldn’t have?
129. Write about your typical day.
130. What causes you the most stress in your life?
131. What is your life do you need to let go of?
132. What habit would you like to have in your life?
133. Who are the people you reach out too when you need understanding and support?
134. Who is the most important person in your life right now?
135. Who is someone who is no longer in your life? Why? Would you want them in your life? 136. If you could spend the whole day pampering yourself, what would you do?
137. Do you still have some unfinished business you would like to take care of?
138. What impact have you had on someone?
139. Write a letter to someone you are angry with.
140. Write about your favorite memory.
141. What are your most empowering beliefs?
142. Are you living an authentic life?
143. What do you love about your life right now?
144. What was the most difficult time in your life? What did you learn?
145. What are your most limiting beliefs?
146. How do you feel about forgiveness?
147. Have you forgiven yourself for any events in your life?
148. Do you ever feel overwhelmed? What do you do to remove the overwhelm?
149. If you could spend a year in someone else’s shoes, who would that be? Why?
150. Do you agree or disagree that your thoughts become your reality?
151. What would be the first realistic step towards your dream?
152. What do you want to change?
153. When I look in the mirror, I see ….
154. If you could be a fly on the wall, when and where would that be?
155. Are you truly happy?
156. Do you keep your word to yourself?
157. How does fear show up in your life?
158. Do you feel like it’s too late to go after what it is you want?
159. Are you a sensitive person?
160. What is your relationship like with your parents?
161. Where do you want to live? Why? What can you do to make it happen?
162. How can you step out of your comfort zone?
163. What is your best advice to someone who is struggling right now?
164. How do you like to connect with people?
165. What do you do for fun?
166. What do you know about mindset?
167. What is something you always wanted to do but haven’t?
168. What is one experience that shaped you into who you are?
169. How are you different now than you were as a child?
170. What is your greatest achievement to date?
171. How do you limit yourself?
172. How is your life different from you imagined it?
173. What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
174. What are you most grateful for?
175. What are your most positive attributes?
176. What makes you laugh the most?
177. Write about a time you laughed so hard you cried.
178. What do you think you should do in this life?
179. My closest friend is…
180. Free write about whatever comes to mind. Don’t hold back.
181. Who has had the most impact in your life?
182. What does journaling do for you?
183. How do you feel about love? Love at first sight?
184. Write about a place that you will never visit again. Why?
185. What bores you?
186. Do you show the world your true self?
187. Write about a time you were moved to tears.
188. Write about a time you stood out. How did that feel?
189. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone?
190. Are you on the right path?
191. What have you been putting off? Why?
192. Are you a spiritual person?
193. What do you believe is the secret of success?
194. Are you a funny person?
195. What is something you can’t live without?
196. How do you show gratitude?
197. Do you have boundaries in place? Why or Why not?
198. Describe an experience you thought was unfair.
199. Do you have any junk in your life that is ready to move on?
200. Do you believe in regrets? Why or Why not?
201. You get some amazing news. How do you respond? What do you do?
202. How do you feel about technology?
203. What’s the thing you fear the most? What would it take for you to do it anyway? 204. What drives you crazy?
205. When was a time you felt unsafe?
206. Do you have room for fun and play in your life?
207. Are you good at what you do?
208. What irrational fears do you hold onto?
209. How do you talk to yourself?
210. Write about the things you are grateful for in life.
211. You have 15 minutes of fame. What is your message to the world?
212. What is your learning style?
213. What causes you anxiety?
214. Write about something unexpected. What do you do?
215. Write about a time you flew into a rage.
216. Write about a time you did a random act of kindness.
217. Write about a time you felt guilty. How did you overcome this?
218. Write about a time you had a moment of clarity.
219. You’re a winner. What did you win?
220. What is the best idea you’ve ever had?
221. I believe in magic. Yes, Why? No, Why.
222. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan?
223. Are you a worrier?
224. Nobody knows that I …
225. What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
226. The most disappointed I’ve ever been….
227. Three things you want in a relationship.
228. If you had to evacuate your home, what would you bring? Why?
229. What is the dominant emotion in your life right now?
230. What made you feel good on this day, week or month?
231. What are you learning right now?
232. What’s your wildest dream?
233. What makes you unique?
234. How would you describe your best friend? How would your best friend describe you? 235. What would make you feel spiritually fulfilled?
236. What is noteworthy about your upbringing?
237. Who in your life is a hero? Why?
238. Write about a time you struggled with a choice.
239. Where in this world do you want to travel to?
240. Write about a jealous moment.
241. What is your hobby?
242. What belief do you hold on firmly?
243. Write about something minor that became a big deal.
244. Write about a time you were talked into something.
245. Did you ever forget something really important?
246. Write about being a misfit. A moment in time where you felt like you didn’t fit in. 247. Write about a time your parents embarrassed you.
248. I really hate it when ….
249. How forgiving are you when someone lets you down?
250. Describe you fight you had with someone you love.
251. Write about two things that your family taught you.
252. How do you know if someone loves you?
253. How do you know that you can trust someone?
254. What kind of day are you having? Why?
255. Free write about the first thing that comes to mind.
256. What do you like to do? How does it make you feel?
257. What do you consider to be your culture?
258. Do you have a philosophy of life?
259. Who is someone you miss? Why?
260. What is a mistake people often make about you?
261. What is something you disagree with about the way you were raised?
262. Write about an event that has changed you.
263. What is your idea of a dull evening?
264. What do you think the world needs now?
265. How do you want to feel every day in your life?
266. Describe a time you felt vengeful.
267. When was the last time you cried? Why?
268. Which is the least important to you? Money, power, fame and so on. Why?
269. Nothing can be worse than …
270. I felt the most inadequate when ….
271. Describe a dream that came true.
272. Everything went wrong…
273. How do you feel about being alone?
274. Dating is…
275. I’ll never forget when…
276. Write about a moment or time you were not authentic.
277. Do you hide your feelings? Why or Why not?
278. Did you ever hold an unpopular belief or opinion?
279. The world’s greatest feelings list
280. I am the one who…
281. I believe …
282. It makes me blush when …
283. I never forget the day when __________ (name/event) did ____________
284. What compliments have you given ou this past week?
285. Make a list of 30 things that make you smile.
286. The words I like to live by …
287. I couldn’t imagine living without …
288. When I am in pain (physical/emotional) the kindest thing I can do for myself is …
289. What does unconditional love look like?
290. I really wish others knew this about me…
291. What does “enough” mean to you?
292. What surprised you the most about your life?
293. Make a list of what inspires you.
294. Write the words you need to hear.
295. Make a list of what you need to say no to.
296. Make a list of what you need to say yes to.
297. Why does _____ drive me crazy?
298. I could never …
299. Free write about whatever comes to your mind.
300. Find a quote and make it your journal prompt.
301. What really matters most to me?
302. What’s on my mind right now?
303. Do something fun today and write about it.
304. Name something you lost or gave away that can never be replaced.
305. If I knew then what I know now.
306. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
307. What did you learn today?
308. Name something you would like to devote more time to.
309. Quality or Quantity?
310. What is your favorite time of the day?
311. I love my name because …
312. Good friends are people who …
313. It really puts me in a bad mood when …
314. What are you grateful for?
315. How you and your parents alike?
316. What have your parents taught you about money?
317. How much self-control do you have?
318. Are you hard or easy on yourself?
319. How do you perform under pressure?
320. How impulsive are you?
321. What annoys you?
322. What challenges have you overcome?
323. What are your survival strategies?
324. What’s cluttering up your life?
325. Write a thank you note to someone.
326. What do you need to forgive?
327. What is the best book you read? Why?
328. Why do you write?
329. What word do you overuse?
330. How do you feel about cursing?
331. What new skill do you want to learn? Why?
332. What are your long-term interests or passions?
333. What investment will you make for yourself?
334. What hidden talents do you have?
335. What is the most meaningful relationship in your life?
336. What do you think your clothing says about you?
337. What are your sleeping habits?
338. What is your comfort food?
339. What are your eating habits?
340. Do you love to cook? Why or Why not?
341. What are your holiday traditions?
342. What would you risk your life for?
343. No one in my family knows or remembers this …
344. When I was a child, I didn’t realize that…
345. When I witness my own life story, the patterns I see are…
346. Are you content?
347. What is your best memory of the year?
348. Can people change?
349. Tomorrow will be better because …
350. My house is a home because …
351. What was the last thing you apologized for?
352. What was the last new thing you tried?
353. What mood are you in today?
354. What is your superpower?
355. What rituals do you have or hold?
356. What do you like to do in your free time?
357. What is your current state of mind?
358. What is one of your life goals?
359. What is the best decision you ever made in your life?
360. Write about not being able to see ahead of you.
361. Write about something you don’t want to do.
362. Write about being quiet when you feel like shouting.
363. Write about the power you felt when you told someone no.
364. Free write about the first thing that comes to mind.
365. Turn to an entry in your journal from the beginning of the year. What has changed and what has stayed the same?

What’s your blog about? 3 Steps to discover your niche

What’s your blog about? 3 Steps to discover your niche

As a writer, I know how challenging it can be sometimes to know exactly what to write about. I’ve been blogging about personal development and goals consistently for well over 2 years. Here’s the thing, I love writing.

I love writing because I get to tap into my imagination but I also get to share what I know. When I decided to start this new blog, I wasn’t quite sure what it would stand for as my other blog has a very specific purpose and I found it challenging to incorporate a variety of topics that I love.

And this is what this blog is about. It’s about sharing more knowledge but also more about my life as a quirky, coffee loving, mom of three boys. Could I have turned my other blog and website and rebranded? Yes, of course, I could have, but I didn’t want to because I knew that my main focus for the other blog was to help you achieve your goals.

And before you wonder how I manage to write for two different blogs, there will be a future post about that because I don’t necessarily believe in doing just one thing, but rather finding the harmony to make it all work.

Which brings me to my first point to “what is your blog about”? 

Your blog can be anything you want it to be with a multitude of topics and categories like this blog or it can be single focused, such as my other blog where goals setting, planning and how to make it all happen is the main focus. This blog is more about other passions that I have in my life.

So how do you narrow down what to write about exactly?

I already touched on one point, which is passion.

So ask yourself, what are you passionate about? Like true passion! Something that you talk about all the time or even do all the time. You can’t imagine your life without it.

Maybe you are a bit of a foodie and you could write about anything food related. Or maybe you are a crafter or love gardening. There is so much you can write about. And maybe you have a multitude of interests like food, travel, photography and create a lifestyle blog where you share your passions in one place.

My next point is, teach what you know!

Think about for a moment what people in your life ask you about all the time. Or maybe you have spent years learning a particular skill or craft that you could be teaching. Even if you don’t think about yourself as an expert but you will probably know more than some other people that may want to do what you doing now. Or maybe you have had a particular problem in your life you have successfully overcome. Helping people solve problems and frustrations are always a good start.

What is your vision for your own life?

This is perhaps my favorite way to figure out what to write about and what to do with your life in general. Spend some time writing about where you see your life in 3 or 5 years from now. Where do you want to live? What are you doing for a living? Who are you living with? What do you do all day long? How do you feel about your life? A great way to get started is to write it as if you were looking back on your achievements. Read it over and see if you can find a theme that emerges for you!

Your blog and the topics that support your blog are only limited by you. Maybe you are a funny sarcastic person and want to put your own spin on topics such as motherhood or relationships. Or maybe you are a bit more serious and want to show others that being a little linear isn’t really a bad thing.

Use a mind-map to help you figure it all out. Mind-maps are a visual tool to help you brainstorm and problem solve. That with acknowledging all the parts that are you. Then refine it with your passions, interests, skills, talents, and knowledge.

This can help you not only brainstorm topics but specific categories for your blog which will also help you define the focus and the goal of your blog.

There is no right or wrong answer about your blog, truly as I said before it can be anything you want it to be. The decision is completely yours! The biggest thing here is to decide, yes you will and what you don’t know, you will learn along the way.