NaBloPoMo again! National Blog Posting Month--just FYI BlogHer.com hosts this event every month. Bloggers jump in whenever they want to commit and accept the challenge of daily postings. You know honestly some of us just love to write! I couldn't resist this month, because it's one of my favorite topics. Here's a synopsis about the theme:
"It's the first month of a new year, and it's time to get energized. This month, we'd like you to think of ways that you're going to gather energy to use throughout the year as well as stave off any energy drains by realizing what is taking away from your productivity. Of course, we'll also be doing a lot of daydreaming about superhuman powers -- for instance, the ability to never sleep... would you take it if it also meant the chance removed to ever dream? -- and how well we'd do with an extended power outage." ~~Melissa Ford
What an excellent way to help establish focus for the new year ahead. Also, in January, we will continue to be graced by dynamic women on Yeah, I Think I'm Happy. You don't want to miss our guests on Spotlight Thursdays or the chance to be ENERGized; so be sure to subscribe (options available on the right side of the screen). Last, but definitely not least, keep an eye out for The Big Announcement coming soon. *wink*
One more thing. I extend to you an "open invitation." To borrow from Melissa, "[I'd] like you to think of ways that you're going to gather energy to use throughout the year as well as stave off any energy drains by realizing what is taking away from your productivity." Then, please share by writing to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will feature them on my blog in January. Looking forward to getting your emails! :-)
It's almost a wrap--the end of 2012. Well according to the Mayans, December 21st was sure to be our end. :-) But no one knows the day or the hour! Thank God we're still here! Usually endings signal a desire to reflect back on what has been, lessons learned, resolutions, goals, etc. However, endings create opportunities for beginnings. I'm a firm believer not in holding on to the past but learning from it. So if we're blessed to see 2012 close and witness the start of 2013, we should face it wiser, smarter and with a renewed spirit! I would love for you to share some of your reflections here. You all already know how I feel about sharing :-); your story gives another strength and permission to open up as well. Let's see. I guess I'll start by telling you what WHAT 2012 TAUGHT ME:
Strength is readily available. When I had moments of weakness, God's strength carried me. His strength can come through His Word, preachers, teachers, songs, family, friends or just by embracing a beautiful day.
I really do like to cook! It's calming. I love that it's another outlet for creative expression. Every now and then, my dishes are even a big hit with my family and friends! Right? lol
God's will WILL be done! Bottom line!
Don't let fear stop you! God did not give us a spirit of fear. Therefore, when you feel scared, keep moving forward in the knowledge that the fear is not your truth.
Fortune cookies sometimes carry helpful words. :-) "Never hang on too long. Never let go too soon."
You cannot rush the process. Everything happens in God's timing.
Love can be peaceful, joyful and so consuming that it overwhelms you. If this was the only thing 2012 taught me, I'd still be abundantly grateful for this year!
Meet today's guest blogger--Wendy Wilson! She is the CEO & Founder of W2 Communications--an agency offering public relations support, as well as professional development and training services. However, when I asked Wendy what she wanted me to share about her, she said she's a mother of two, an avid reader, and a book collector. Plus, ladies, her other hobby is collecting and wearing fabulous shoes!! She's speaking our language right? :-) Now on to her post...
Life is full of lessons! With each day that passes I grow thankful for what I do know, while simultaneously considering just how much I have to learn! One of the things that I can definitely say that I’ve learned is that Happiness is not a destination…it’s a journey. Over my 46 years I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say, “I’ll be happy when I (retire, see my kids off to college, buy my dream house or find the perfect job) ____________! But as we plan our happiness and define how it should be packaged we forgo or overlook the happiness that surfaces out of nowhere as we journey through our daily walk. We do ourselves a disservice when we limit our perspective as to what happiness is. It’s more than landing the perfect job or buying our first home. It’s greater than seeing our children walk across the stage to receive their college degree. How much greater do you ask? It’s as great as having your child say “I love you” and wanting nothing more but an “I love you too” in return. It’s as great as attending your church, mosque or synagogue and feeling as if the message was meant for only you. It’s as great as reading a passage from a book and feeling as if your world has been changed for the better. It’s pulling into your driveway after a long day and knowing that you’re moments away from entering your own personal sanctuary. It’s the scent of a freshly bathed newborn. It’s the phone call from a dear friend that wants nothing more than to hear your voice. These snippets of happiness occur far more frequently than our dream vacation or the retirement that is yet another 10 years away. While we wait for happiness that we’ve defined we deny the happiness that manifests in our lives unexpectedly and without planning. So here is my unsolicited advice to all that are determined to one day find true happiness. Eagerly anticipate your next moment in life and wait for the happiness of hearing a child laugh or smile. Wait for the embrace that you’ll receive during your next visit with your grandmother. Better yet, surprise your dearest friend with a phone call. Let’s stop waiting for happiness to happen and decide today to embrace the happiness that is within our very reach. And remember to forgo the destination; you’ll enjoy the journey of happiness far more!
Meet today’s guest
blogger! A debonair, award-winning, eclectic, motivational, and inspirational
Author, Poet, Performer who calls himself G.P.A. which means Greatest Poet
Alive! Enjoy his post on happiness and then visit his links to learn more about
his name, his work, and the total G.P.A. experience!
Happiness is a very
simple, attainable, and fulfilling concept. A lot of time the belief is that
happiness stems from things outside of us. But the contrary is true; it comes
from the inside for me. I enjoy and try to enjoy life. When Scooter (the
Beagle) and I walk and talk every day that makes me happy. There is
a peace and calming rush that comes over me. Drinking a chocolate
shake, playing video games, writing and performing poetry are other things that
bring about happiness for me. Being a participant in an intelligent and
stimulating dialogue provokes happiness to me.
As much as I enjoy
material things, going to events, etc., I realize that those things sometimes
are not readily available. It becomes up to me to develop and find things that
make me feel good without sometimes leaving the house or myself. I listen to
80's music and find myself dancing to it. I pour another cup of coffee or Coke
Zero. Or I pick up a book to read, and then take a walk. I say all of that to
say that it's the one thing that doesn't cost. I do my best to be happy.
I was debating if I should do a blog post or simply update my Facebook page or Twitter feed. However, I decided to come here, because some of you haven't joined me on my other sites yet. Tonight, I wanted to make sure I reached the widest possible audience. I have been encouraged by God's work in my life and the lives of my family members and friends. He's proven Himself time and again that He's a healer and a deliverer. He answers prayers.
And, I wanted to share with you in hopes that you'll be encouraged. If you're reading this and wondering why-Lord-when-Lord-what Lord, I want to tell you from personal experience, God is right there with you. Even when your reality doesn't match your dreams. When your faith feels like it's about to expire. When you reach the end of your strength. No matter what is happening, God is still God and His Word doesn't change or lose it's meaning because of what you're going through or how you're feeling.
So to you, my friend, reading right now, I dedicate Marvin Sapp's song to you--He Has His Hands on You... hold on!
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or
unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with
the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is
as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy midst the simple beauty of nature." ~Anne Frank~
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As I've shared before :-), my book which was published earlier this year is a collection of
poetry. It tells the story of my spiritual awakening. I share the journey to discovering my truth in a single life-changing moment.
Most areas of our lives require us to plan in order
to reach a certain goal. We have to carefully and skillfully map out the path
we need to take to reach a certain destination. However, that is not the case
with an awakening. It’s unexpected. It’s unplanned. You don’t realize that you’ve
been on a journey until you experience (say it with me) the spiritual
awakening. Although, I don't feel every one every second of every day, I can say the "symptoms" above are correct.
In that moment of truth, everything made sense. Every joy,
pain, hurt, obstacle, success, failure, love, loss, betrayal, friendship, enemy
etc. etc. all of a sudden had its perfect place in helping me develop into who
I am. It’s true for you also. If you've had your moment of
clarity, I would be honored if you could share a little. Just share what feels comfortable to you. For those who haven't yet, just wait! :-) You'll be telling your wonderful story one day.
When my friend posted the list on Facebook, I immediately thought if someone asked me how do I know I was awakened, these twelve statements would be a huge part of the answer.
Let’s start a fun little game called
the Five Word Story.
How it works:
I’ll lead off with five words. Then,
each of you will comment with five words to go with the previous person's five
words. The goal is to build a story. This month let's build a story around
What is it about looking out a window that just takes your
mind away? If there’s also beautiful scenery to go with that view, you could
get lost for a while.
I’m now witnessing
a grove of trees bowing and waving adorned with gold, orange, red, green and yellow. Leaves of the same color are tumbling over each other across the dark
green of the lawn. A quick check of my Weather Channel app lets me know that
the wind speed is 30mph. It’s a picture only God could create, framed by a crystal clear glass bay window.
As I’m released from the trance induced by the sway of the
weeping willow, I notice other colors splashed against the canvas of the gray
and dreary clouds—the red…the white…and the blue. And I smile with a grateful heart.
as a sign of life
when I’m sleep and when I’m awake.
Pull it in deep and
then blow real hard.
Keep that pace
going and fill it in your heart.
Keep your mind
clear and your soul at ease
when you follow the
breathing lessons that I’m trying to teach.
Do it in the car
and when you’re at work.
Do it when you’re
feeling good and when it really hurts.
Take it in now as
much as you can.
Touch your chest
and feel it expand.
Our skin starts to
tingle as life flows through
as breath makes it
way over me and you.
Close your eyes and
focus on the sensation.
Take a minute to
meditate and send your mind on vacation.
breathing take you beyond–
signaling fear and
increasing during fun.
I didn’t always
know how to breathe.
I would take a deep
gasp and hold it inside of me.
I would restrict
its power and my chest would get tight.
This is what
happens when your breathing is not right.
This is what
happens when you stop life’s flow
instead of relaxing
and letting it go.
Now breathe because
you have no choice. It’s your way of
speaking when you have no voice. Show
some indication that you are alive. Take
a deep breath and see how you thrive.
breathed easy without much care. She
moved through life like she was floating on air. I didn’t know she was giving me a breathing
lesson-- lips barely parted with her hands folded and rested. Exemplifying the
ease at which it takes to quiet doubts and mend the breaks.
grandmother told me that’s how I came to be. God took my body and in it He breathed. So when you inhale and exhale notice your breath and realize God is
dwelling in your chest.
breathing tell us that in the end we take one last breath and oursoulsfly away
"Happiness is a muscle in our brain that must be worked." ~ Natalie Osness Perez ~
Today I want to introduce you to my friend and blogger, Natalie! On her blog, she shares her journey to find and maintain balance in life. We all can relate to that challenge. Right? One thing I love about her blog is that she also has some great information on fitness, nutrition and toxic-free living.
In this post, I chose to showcase Natalie's thoughts about happiness--of course. :-) It's a refreshing addition to the conversation we're having here at my little blogspot. Well let me be quiet so you can click over, read her post, and explore her blog!
When I started writing today, it was Day #8 of NaBloPoMo… If you haven’t already, you should go check the
hundreds of entries on BlogHer. Just click on the NaBloPoMo badge on the right.
Today as I was clicking around on Facebook, I was watching some Hallmark
movie about love. A love that was abandoned and later revisited. You know how
it all goes. :-)That’s when the thought hit me. How many of
us had a deep crush (or two) on a classmate?A person’s name you secretly doodled in your notebook, paired your first
name with his last name and probably even planned your dream wedding. lol Have
you ever walked away from a relationship and later wondered what if you’d
With the advent of Facebook and all the other social media networks, you
could actually peek into that person’s life now. What would you find? Would it
bring up regrets? Would you realize you dodged a bullet? :-)
If you’re both available, do you want to take a chance to see if love will blossom?
“Regrets are the things we do that we wish we hadn't done and the
things we fail to do that we wish we had done…” [Dr. Mark Muchnick] Regrets can occur in any area of our lives not just love.
For happiness sake, I try to examine all my decisions carefully and attempt to
keep fear at bay in order to face life boldly! My motivation? To not wake up one day with a list of regrets.
Interestingly enough, I found this article on regrets and happiness. You
should check it out. The Regret Factor: How It Impacts Our Happiness Also, if you’ve been doing some “recon” on an old love or
a school crush, how would you answer the questions above? This should be fun! :-)
It's Election Day America! Let your voice be heard!
Get out and vote!
Since yesterday's post, I've been in sort of a musical mood. :-) And I thought I'd continue that theme for today. For your listening pleasure, I've put together a "soundtrack" to celebrate our United States of America! Kind of a montage to inspire you, move you, and remind you of who we are--TOGETHER! wooo hooo! Enjoy my fellow Americans!
Our National Anthem
Living in America
America the Beautiful
Proud to Be An American (God Bless The USA)
God Bless America
REMEMBER THESE WORDS:
...ONE Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL!
Tomorrow is election day. This has been a rough campaign in many ways. It’s been kind of sad, and I’ve wondered if
we’ll ever stand strong again--together.
Unfortunately, we’ve shown the world that we are now divisible.
So my thoughts as we face tomorrow is that we need to pray for healing,
unity, and prosperity. I pray that we vote based on what’s best for everyone in
America. Meanwhile, I'll keep on waiting for our country to change...
It's the 4th day of NaBloPoMo, and I was searching for a prompt for inspiration on BlogHer.com. I read one from earlier this year regarding "uncertainty." Friends, uncertainty and I have become well acquainted over these last 2-3 years. My life recently has been a series of changes--some voluntary and some involuntary. So, I took all day to think about this topic and maybe it's just me, but I discovered something. In the middle of uncertainty, one thing was more profound than anything else--certainty!
Life has its' way of teaching you, nurturing you and growing you. And oh boy, all three were hitting me hard and some days I still feel the pressure. (That's how my book After the Sixth Day was birthed.) Yet, while life was purging me what I like to call it, a couple of things remained the same--God and love.
I don't have children of my own, but the picture above shows some of my nieces and nephews. Jasmon, Zedra and Diedra are busy young ladies and if you're reading this I'm SURE they're going to respond to Auntie's email soon. Riiight? :-) These beautiful faces are my source of unconditional love. They are brilliant, funny, creative, talented, caring etc etc. And just seeing them and the faces of my family remind me of the "certainty" I'm always blessed with during the "uncertainty."
As I read back over my post, these verses came to mind:
The words once more show clearly that God will change what he has made. These are the things that can be shaken. Then only the things that cannot be shaken will remain.Therefore, we must be thankful that we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Because we are thankful, we must serve God with fear and awe in a way that pleases him.
Hebrews 12: 27-28
Be Blessed & Remember to hold on to what's certain!
Lately, I’ve been diving into everything blog-related. Friends, I’m trying to craft my skills. I’m embracing
my passion to write. I’m… Well, anyway,
back to what’s on my mind. I ran across an article about blog readers versus
blog comments. It discussed which is more important. Maybe I’m just enjoying the process so much, I
never really thought about ranking one over the other.However, I wondered if there was a larger conversation
happening out there on the World Wide Web (there’s a throwback term for ya smile).
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There is actually!
Here's a brief summary of what I found:
The importance of readers versus
comments depends on the blogger’s motivation--your reason for writing.
Some argue that it’s not an
argument to even examine, because there will be people who just don’t comment but
Finally, there are those who believe that you should utilize tools and
resources to increase comments.
Where do I stand? Whether you
choose just to read, or read and comment, I’m grateful that you stopped by and
took the time to visit my little blogspot! It means a lot that I'm finally doing what I love and that I'm supported by readers like you. So, read and explore until your heart’s
content. Check out the tabs above, and if you’re moved to do so, leave a comment.
Any bloggers who want to chime in, please be my guest.
It would be warmed by the
sun and filled with the fragrance of the sea.
If I could live anywhere,
there would have to be white sand,
and the sounds of nature would be my own
I would share it with the
fishes and the seagulls flying high. I’d be able to run out to the balcony and
watch boats sailing by. If I could live anywhere,
it would be a place where my spirit felt free, and it would even be close enough for
my family to visit me.
Every part of my being
would finally feel that I had arrived,
as I lay back on my blanket gazing at
the night sky.
If I could live anywhere,
happiness would be within my reach, because I would finally—after all these
years—have a home on the beach.
to the NaBloPoMo party on Yeah, I Think I’m Happy! Woo hoo!
you’re thinking what is NaBloPoMo.It’s
National Blog Posting Month--a fun challenge for bloggers to post daily! It’s
also a great way to indulge in my passion and give my blog some much needed
attention. :-) Confession
is good for the soul. haha
is blogging for blogging’s sake. There are prompts provided each day for
inspiration--love that! Hey, if you want to participate, you can still sign up. Registration closes Nov 5th.Several hundred bloggers already have, and you can check them out on the
sign up link above. I'm #1320.
goes! Most already know that I love quotes--inspiring, funny, thought-provoking, etc. Yesterday's topic was:
My Favorite Quote
To be nobody but
yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can
fight; and never stop fighting. ~ e. e. cummings
When I read these words for
the first time, it was like a glorious revelation! It was an aha moment, light
bulb popping on, wake up and smell the toast all wrapped up together kind of
feeling. You see until I read this quote I was totally naïve to the world that
was working day and night to make me someone else.
I grew up in a small country community. In that world, everyone was invested in my education, my proper manners, and my church attendance. :-D I'm sure their goal was to put the fear of God in me to succeed but honestly, I feared the wrath of the elders in our community more! I mean I never saw God talking to me with a switch in hand or sometimes a pocketbook! (That's another story) *wink* But, I digress...
Besides, this quote clashed with all the
other quotes I was fed:
The world is your oyster.
Your world is what you make
All the world’s a stage.
However, neither went on to
say that while pursuing your dreams and defining yourself, this world may not
accept it and will challenge you. Discovering this quote provided motivation
and served as a reminder to never give up on what I want and never minimize who
Hi everyone! Are you an avid reader? I am! Love books! Love to read! Love to write!
This week I’m participating in a Blog Hop! It’s a fun way for you to learn a little about me as an author. Then, you’re invited to hop over to the blogs of my fellow author friends. The links are provided below. They will also have other authors listed who you can visit! You’re sure to discover a great read or two to add to your library! Thanks to Dee Ann Waite for inviting me!
Q: What is the title of your book?
A: After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: I was originally researching the idea of writing a spiritual memoir. During that process, I had an “aha” moment--I realized that my poetry told the story of my spiritual journey. Life gave me a period of difficult and painful times. By surrendering to what I was going through, I was led to my awakening. That’s when I realized that every life experience served me in one way or another, and it does for everyone else too! Therefore, I poured my heart into writing and publishing After the Sixth Day as a way of letting someone know that he or she is not alone. Keep moving forward. There is a blessing in the journey… Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Poetry Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: Searching for a way to chronicle my journey of spiritual awakening, I realized that my poetry tells the story. Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: My book was self-published. What a wonderful learning experience, and I’m still learning! Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: approximately 6 months. It is my first book. Once I started writing, I realized that writing was my passion. I have an idea for a second edition of After the Sixth Day, plus I’ve started on the draft of my first novel. Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: I would have to say divine intervention, because it wasn’t on my to-do list. *smile* When the idea came to me, my mind was flooded all at once with many thoughts. I wrote for days before I took a break. It was in those first few days that I was inspired and wrote the outlines for the current book and my two works-in-progress. So please stay tuned and stay connected! Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Hi everyone! It's August--my favorite month! Why you may ask? My birthday is August 18th! This Saturday! Yes I'll be celebrating the anniversary of my 35th birthday. *takes a bow* I decided I like 35 so I'm holding there. :-) I plan to share several posts with you this week, because it's my birthday. (in case you've forgotten since the last sentence) Here's the first--an interview I had with author Raynetta J. Stocks. Her writing covers a multitude of genres. So be sure to check out her work as well. I'm so honored to be hosted on her website. Hope you enjoy it and I'd love to hear your feedback!
Meet Lilian Gardner--a brand new author discusses her unique perspective on happiness and her recently released short story, Freakout!
I believe happiness is first and foremost a skill. Sure, some people are blessed with a positive life while others seem to be damned, but if you think about it, everyone has had moments of happiness. Now, the skill is to be able to recall those moments and understand that they are real, they did happen to you and they are part of your life as much as the negative moments are. People have a tendency to only remember negative things, failures instead of achievements, and to a degree that's just how our brain is wired, but just take 10 minutes every night to recall all the positive moments, the happy times, the things you have done and achieved, and I think happiness can be a little closer.
I'm Lilian and I've launched a short story on kindle. This is my first time on kindle and publishing in general. I'll be launching a novel as well. My stories are a mix of fantasy romance, thriller and paranormal. .
"The ordinary life of the Scott family tips off balance when a big, black bird flies into the garden and repeats that it is 'Abe. The too-curious family cat, Joshua, will be its first victim. From this moment on, Abe will be an elusive, overshadowing presence in their life; but who, or what, is really Abe? This is an engaging story that rapidly builds up to reveal a twisted character and an ‘unguessable’ finale."
Good morning all! Yes, I'm up early. Since I can't go back to sleep, I'm watching one of my favs--Criminal Minds. I heard the following quote on one episode, and I really want your input on this one:
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
~ Christian Nevell Bovee
Now you see the twist in our little happiness conversation here? I can truly say that my posts and those of my guests (thanks again) were written with honesty and sincerity. An honesty and sincerity that could only come from being present and examining our realities. However, Mr. Bovee wants us to believe that delusions are necessary to our happiness as well. Hmm...interesting.
What are your thoughts? I'll continue contemplating as well...
Meet Tracy Kauffman, a Christian Fiction author who enjoys writing books for children and young adults, but she shares a little poetry with us as well.
Contentment brings to us happiness. I am a Christian author and I have learned that only contentment brings to us complete happiness. "For I have learned in whatsoever state that I am in, to be content", Philippians 4:11. The meaning of content is to be in a state of happiness or satisfaction. To be content is to accept your life as adequate, not wanting something more. It means to have your heart full. Not seeking after the desires of the world, such as riches. When you have contentment, you have peace. You don't worry about things that others are worrying about. You are seeking after things above, such as God and his acceptance, not the world's thoughts of acceptance. "When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him", Proverbs 16:7. God wants us to seek after him and his righteousness and he says, "That all things will be added to you." He will give you your hearts desires and therefore you will be content in your life, and be happy. Rejoice, for God has given you life that you may enjoy all things.
Meet Anthony Caplan~~an
independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England.
I was around sixteen when I discovered I was not meant to be
unhappy. Before that, as a teenager, I had blamed the world for my feelings of
dissatisfaction. But I found that I was capable of sometimes doing things
right, whether in a classroom, on the sports field, or lending a helping hand
to someone hurting worse than me. Slowly, life came into focus, and the dark
cloud of depression lifted.
Being an unhappy teenager makes you a deep outsider in
America, where if you are not actively pursuing happiness you might as well
renounce your citizenship and seek gloomier climes. So, the one big advantage
of being an unhappy teenager is it gives you a real understanding of what it's
like to be disenfranchised, cut off, and really, truly on your own. This can be
the first step to finding a cure to unhappiness, to realize that you are on the
side of the underdogs, the come-from-behind dark horses.
What is happiness? For all the many definitions, one
constant, whether you prefer a religious, ethical, scientific or economic view,
is that a key indicator of happiness is involvement with others - a lack of
self-centeredness. But if you've ever been cut off, lonely, an outsider, you
know the step from the state of depression to a place of well being leads right
over a deep and ugly canyon of self-doubt.
You can get there, but it takes a while. And usually time is
in short supply when you're a teenager. The pressure's on to step up to bat,
get with the program, begin the sprint of adult success - job, career,
marriage, etc. A depressed, lonely teenager needs to buy time. That's often the
first step on the road to recovery.
My book Latitudes - A
Story of Coming Home, is about that moment when a teenager realizes he can
make that first step outside of himself. How does he or she get there? What's
the process? What does success depend on? These are all questions I tried to
answer while telling a compelling and true-to-life story of teenage survival. I
chose a character like me, from a dysfunctional, bicultural family, to illustrate
the point that every quest for happiness begins with a similar set of personal
decisions, whether you're white, black, Latino or Asian, male or female, gay or
straight. It takes courage and perseverance and a disregard for conventional
opinion to overcome victimization.
Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New
England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental
activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer, (the
last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest
hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.)
Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150 year old farmstead where he and
his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have
started a small apple orchard from scratch His road novels, BIRDMAN and FRENCH
POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of one Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving
after sanity and love in the last years of the last century.
His latest fiction
effort, LATITUDES – A Story of Coming Home, published June 30, 2012, is a young
boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction, dislocation and distance.
Hi everyone! Just wanted to send a quick post to say hello! I've published my first book and working on some other exciting things. So I've been kind of busy! A good busy though! :-) What's everyone been up to? How are you? I know you're out there--the numbers tell me you are. ;-) My blog is your blog. Feel free to share your summer plans, any books you're reading or plan on reading (hint: After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey), home projects to complete, etc etc. I'm actually cleaning closets this month and wondering where all this stuff came from in here. Does it multiply the longer it sits there?? Geesh!
Anyway, looking forward to hearing from you! Oh and I hope to spotlight a new author soon. It's important to support others as you fulfill your dreams! Ok now click Comments.
Welcome Author, Journalist and Translator--Emiliana Erriquez!
Don’t give up on your dream!
When I think about what makes me happy I focus my attention on my dreams. Looking back, I can say I have had most of them come true. What I remember most is that for every dream I had to fight till the end, not to give up. I think that’s the only way a dream can come true. Not giving up on it. Never.
About the past, I remember the day when I received an email from a publisher who wanted to publish my book, Leave me alone. It was in 1997, my mother had died twenty days before and I was destroyed but still trying to not give up on my dream to have my book published. The afternoon I read the email I have even cried thinking it was a sign, a message from her who was telling me ‘Go on with your life, you can do it.’
The publisher wrote she was too moved reading my book (I have sent it to her only two days before and she had read it in that short time) and she wanted to publish it with no doubt. I was overwhelmed, I felt so happy after all that sorrow that I was not able to sit down and stay just there in front of my pc. I needed to move, to tell someone what had happened. And I did so. The day I have had my printed copy of Leave me alone, two months ago, was wonderful. I looked at it and couldn’t believe I had it in my hands, you know.
So, when I think about happiness I remember that day I received the email, and all the next days my other dreams have come true. I’m a mother and you can imagine how I felt the day my son was born. Happiness maybe is an insufficient word to describe it... As every person, I have had lots of sorrow in my life, people I loved and I have lost, my mother above all. But even if I feel a deep sorrow thinking about what we could have done together if the cancer hadn’t stopped her life, I can’t say my life is not still worthy to live. I have people now near me who make me happy every day, my four-year-old son above all, my husband, my sister and my dad, my friends, those who are near me and those who live far away.
About Leave me alone, the theme of happiness is always present. One of the main characters – the young woman – always looks for happiness. She tries to face her life, tries to fight against her fears, to defend her hopes and dreams and till the end what she looks for is happiness. About Alina – the second main character – she is already happy. She loves her mom. Alina spends time with her and with her friend Svetlana. Her life is perfect. But her destiny suddenly changes and she experiences a horrible event that a child shouldn’t do.
fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy (taken from Dictionary.com)
for happiness are: pleasure, joy,
exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction, bliss, contentment,
felicity ~ imply an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable
several days I've been pondering this topic a lot of pleasurable things
new source of income emerged
book reviews of my works were posted to major venues
a few more "Yeses" for my book party in two weeks
lovely surprise outing for Mother's Day
All of these
things brought varying degrees of happiness with them. However, in looking deeper into the topic I
realized that any of these things could have gone the other way. What would have happened to my happiness
then? Would it have flown out the
window? Would I have cried? The real key is to have happiness no matter what's happening around you. Easier said than done, right? Wrong.
How does one
maintain a sense of happiness all the time?
Simple. You decide to be happy all the time.
Intention is 9/10th of the battle.
If you awake each day intending to be happy then you tend to draw
positive experiences to yourself. And
drawing positive things to yourself becomes easy once you identify what you
love, or what you have a passion for -- then
do that (or those!) things!
this out just recently. I am many
decades into my life and seemed not to be able to find happiness anywhere I
looked. There was a big empty hole
inside that was never filled by anything I did or tried. So, after I was sick and tired of being sick and tired I just said, What the hay! and began doing the thing
that I loved the most -- writing.
I have 4
novel length manuscripts in various stages of completion and many many short
stories. So many stories that I lost several over the years! Why wasn't I writing? Who knows?
I didn't feel I deserved. The job
had me working too many hours. The
children needed me. Mercury wasn't lined
up with Mars…pick one! When we want
excuses we have no shortage of them to pick from. They even sound nobelese!
that little voice. That really small
quiet voice which is your true self, your id, your ori, or whatever you want to
call it speaks to you and whisphers the thing(s) you should be doing to make
you HAPPY. Yes, in all caps.
Now that I
have published Leaping Out On Faith (http://www.amazon.com/Leaping-Out-On-Faith-ebook/dp/B007RGBQNA)
and Opening Up (http://www.amazon.com/Opening-Up-ebook/dp/B007XNRD7A)
I am tremendously happy!
For years, I
had been giving away my power and my voice to those who 'would decide' if I
could write, or not. They would tell me when I arrived
(whatever that used to mean to me!). Now
I see that I have to arrive in my own mind, in my own positive beliefs. Once I took ownership back, I could
experience all of the happiness I had on
happiness off hold and begin truly living the life you want by first
envisioning it, mapping a path to it and then following that path no
matter what happens! You will meet
resistance; this is jus to see if you really want whatever it is you're going
after. So push through it and watch the
happiness grow day-by-day. One day
you'll be passing a large picture window that's squeaky clean and you'll see a
grinning idiot staring back at you -- it's you!
That smile can't be wiped off by any simple (or not so simple) turn of
fate because you are directing your own happiness.
practice makes perfect! So, if every day
at the beginning doesn't feel the way you think it should do more of the things
on your map so you're not thinking about all that other stuff. Get busy getting your dream (and your life)
ON and the happiness will follow!
P.S. - If
you need some help getting your happiness up, check out some of these relaxing
videos that will help you get quiet and set your intentions on the dreams and
goals you're seeking to achieve.
Om Mani Padme Hum - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG_lNuNUVd4
The ChineseGarden - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9fmhiO2qqo
Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09uwJCl2Ejg&feature=related
Dolphin Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?=m_rSzzopAXo&feature=related
American Flute Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTA_lK1oHuw
I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission?
As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!
As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.
As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.
My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology. My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.
On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family! Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol
I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!