Thursday, June 27, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...Danielle Benji

Danielle Benji is a dynamic author with the mission to "teach children about all types of career fields other than what is mentioned  to them on a daily basis for example becoming  a doctor, teacher, et cetera ..." Her children's books address topics such as bullying, autism and Asperger's syndrome.  Enjoy her post and visit her website to learn more about Ms. Benji. 


My Definition of Happiness

My definition of happiness is many things, but the most important for me personally is my love for myself. I think after learning to love yourself and all the flaws that follow only then you would find out what it means to be happy. Once I have grasped that concept I believe that everything you want in your life will come at the right time. I’m now 23 years old , and I would have to say I started to love who I am when I started writing. See writing for me is more than just a way to making money. It’s a passion I’ve  had since I was about seven years old. When I write, it brings out my inner child--something that I thought I had to hide once I became an adult. 

It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I decided to share my writing talent with the world through writing for children. My happiness comes from making a kid smile when they read my books. I write my books very realistically, so while you are reading to your child or yourself, you can picture yourself as one of the characters in the story.  My happiness also comes from personal achievements just knowing that I’m doing something that could possibly better me and my daughter’s future makes me happy. 

 I didn’t have the self-confidence I have now at one point in my life, and this lack of self-confidence is what blocked me from truly being happy and loving myself. I overcame this over time, and here is how I did it. I started to accept myself as I am, and say to myself I am exactly where I need to be in my life journey. I’m doing exactly what I need to do to carry out my personal purpose. Once I did this, my confidence in myself sky rocketed, and I hope I can help my young readers realize their purpose and strive for the stars in the sky.

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Danielle's Bio
Danielle Benji grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and still lives there today with her daughter. Although she suffers from a mild case of cerebral palsy...Read more

Danielle's second release  is "dedicated to those on the autism spectrum, and others who also suffer from other developmental disabilities like herself."

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...Indie Supporters!

Here's my definition of an Indie author/artist/musician/designer/etc.: A person who is so deeply passionate and intimately in tune with their God-given gift that they are driven to share it with the world--not for money or fame-but for the purpose of connecting with others through his or her creations.  If money and fame are a result, then it's just an added blessing! 

To everyone who supports Indies, you are part of making our dreams a reality!  Your emails, feedback, reviews, purchases and activity on social media are part of the grand conversation about Indies' positive impact on society. Keep it coming! 

As a thank you to everyone who purchased the first edition of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey, I’d like to give you an e-copy of the newly designed edition! Just take a pic of yourself with my book between today and Sunday, 6/23/2013. Use the hashtag #TrinkaPolite and post it on Facebook and/or Twitter. You can also email your pic to me at Then, your gift is on the way!  

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By the way, here are links for a (very) brief intro to the Indie world:

Smashwords~ "the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks"
World Literary Cafe~ "Where readers & authors unite!"
Wikipedia's take on Indie
One of my new fave topics to explore: indie fashion
Indie Music ~ just a side note here: the indie world gave us Adele! 

~ Do you support Indies? Have a favorite Indie artist, musician or fashion designer? Please share.  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Be Empowered ~ Part III

Remember those moments when you thought you were not going to make it? You surrendered and proclaimed that you had reached the pinnacle of your life. You prematurely decided to settle. Now look at where you are! 

There's nothing more motivating and empowering than reflecting on what you've already accomplished.  In the day-to-day hustle, we can easily lose sight of our victories.  It's time for a reminder. :-)

This week, we're going to "make an already-done list."

Write "I have already..." as the heading on a piece of paper (or three) and then list your accomplishments--big and small.

As motivational writer and coach, David Joseph Schwartz, states: “The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time...Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.”  

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Reference: Essence Magazine, June 2013, Own Your Power series with Lisa Nichols

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...DADS!

Sunday is Father's Day! A time to celebrate Dads and any father-figures in our lives.

Please share your funny and heartwarming Dad stories in the comments. Blogger friends feel free to share links to your posts related to Father's Day. 

*~Let's show the men in our lives some love~*

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Be Empowered ~ Part II

My Mother and I were talking yesterday about motivation. She said, "whether you do the wrong thing for the right reason or the right thing for the wrong reason, you're still lying to yourself." Ah, that mother-wisdom! Don't you love it! Sometimes it can really hit you hard and make you think.

My Mother's words are a perfect introduction for Part II of the Be Empowered series:

"Get Clear About What's Driving You"

Reflect back on the seven environments mentioned in Part I last week. Consider your motivation in each area: Is it to move toward something positive or are you trying to runaway from a negative? Are you in a relationship because of love or because you don't want to be alone? Do you say "yes" because you genuinely want to be of service or because you want people to like you?

If fear is driving you about a particular situation, face it. Be honest with yourself. Ms. Nichols suggest that you write down up to four of the worst case scenarios. Then, for each one, write down how you would "bounce back" if they happened. To the best of your ability, base your responses on logic rather than emotion. Then, "watch the fear evaporate." :-)

~Be blessed my friends and "get clear about what's driving you."

Reference: Essence Magazine, June 2013, Own Your Power series with Lisa Nichols

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...Author Raynetta Stocks

Join me in welcoming Author Raynetta Stocks as she shares why she dreams like she'll live forever and lives like she'll die any day...

In January 2010, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  My heart function was declining rapidly, and my cardiologist, in relative frustration, confessed there wasn’t much he could do.  He gave me six months to live.  I beat the odds, of course, but I suffered through the next two years.  I wanted a life my body couldn’t give me, and I fought through it—with tears, with anguish, with anger.

I lost everything in 2012.  Everything.  House, car, job, sanity.  Everything that meant anything to me was gone because my illness had dominated my life.  Correction: I just plain gave up.  I wasn’t happy.  I didn’t know how to get happy.  I called it quits on my life.  I had surgery pending that fall.  They told me to make a will.  I made it.  I waited to die.

Now, I know this is a heck of a way to start a post about happiness, right?  It’s downright dismal!  I tell you this story though to show you how low you can be.  And to tell you IT DOESN’T MATTER.  I did have that surgery, in January 2013, and with odds of coming off that table at only 40%.  But I’m here!  And what I learned about that brush with death is that life, my life, was slowly slipping by me.  I had spent the last three years feeling sorry for myself instead of LIVING, to its very fullest.

One thing facing death will do is give you unlimited perspective.  Three years ago, I wasn’t supposed to be here—so I place great value on every day.  I’m constantly looking for fun, hunting for laughter, and tracking down excitement.  Before, I spent most of my life in bed, missing crucial moments with my son.  Now, I attend every event he wants to participate in, and we’ve done countless picnics in the park.  Even sitting down and watching his favorite shows together is quality time that are now indelible memories in my mind.

And I had forgotten the written word.  My only dream, since I was six years old, was to write for a living, to make an “adult’s salary” on my gift of words.  And I let my condition snatch that dream away.  So I dream daily now, on paper, until it becomes another bound package of fantasy that will one day carry someone to all the places I’ve created.  And that is a legacy in itself.  My dream is less about people knowing my name or filling a stage or even signing millions of copies of books.  It’s doing what I love, writing as a career.  And I’m well on way with that.

They say it’s wrong to dream big, especially when you don’t have a dime to your name.  Well, it’s not until you have nothing that you want something—something bigger, better and more phenomenal than you ever knew.  You can risk it all because you have nothing left to lose!  So go for it!  Bring the clouds down from the sky to envelop you!  The best way see the top is to be on the bottom.  I spent the last three years on the bottom.  So I’m dreaming like I’ll live forever, and I’m living like I’ll die any day.  And all that’s at my top is happiness.

Raynetta Stocks is the author of The Grim, a psychological suspense thriller released in May 2012.  Writing since early childhood, Raynetta has composed a countless number of prose and short stories which she plans to make available on her new subscription page.  Raynetta’s early love of books inspired her latest series, The Lova Chronicles, the first installment of which is due in the fall of 2013.  She resides in northern Maryland with her son.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Be Empowered ~ Part I

I believe in paying it forward. As I shared on my previous post, I’m just trying to live the life I’ve dreamed of having and more importantly, the one God says I can have! Even though God is all powerful & all knowing, we still need our human connections. Let me tell you, it has not been a solo effort for me. I’m energized by the love and support of my family. I’ve been encouraged and inspired by some great people.  Lately, I've been reading Lisa Nichols' work. She's been called the “transformation specialist."

Each Sunday this month, I’ll be sharing words of wisdom and exercises from Ms. Nichols. If you're not familiar with her, she’s one of the co-authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Look her up when you have a moment. 

We'll begin with self-evaluation and move towards planning our breakthrough. I’m hoping someone will find something helpful as we dive into these exercises together. Being empowered has led to whole different level of happiness in my life. My prayer is that you will or already feel empowered to live the life predestined for you. 

Part I: Recognize Where You Are ~~ Rate Yourself

Recognizing where you are means thinking about every area of your life and honestly determining which energize you and which drain you. If any area drains you, then it needs your attention. Ms. Nichols then suggests rating the “seven environments:” relationships, finances, connection to nature, professional network, physical environment, health and spirituality. Using a scale from 1 (it’s unbearable) to 5 (you love it) rate how you feel in each environment.

One or two indicates breakdown. A three means you’re more or less tolerating your position in that environment. A four or five rating means you’re obviously on target and happy in that area.

Reference: Essence Magazine, June 2013, Own Your Power series with Lisa Nichols

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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!  

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