Our Deepest Fear…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I wish I could take credit for this, but it comes from Marianne Williamson. What is your deepest fear?

The 4-Day Love Affair

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It only took four days for me to fall in love with Jamaica. I’ve spent the last few days in paradise, and I’ve spent most of today wondering how I can make my life paradise. It’s been over a month since I’ve written because I’d lost inspiration and direction. It’s amazing what a difference fours days surrounded by new sights, adventures and people can make. I fell in love with the smell of the air, the fresh fruit dangling from branches, and the stress free nature of the people.

Could you imagine meeting people who could count the amount of times they used the internet? What about people who didn’t use social media? Have you every met a group of people who despite being away from their family and spending all day at work felt that “life was good”? It makes you wonder what you really need to be happy, and if we’re living in excess. I mean surely if they are happy with no internet and fresh food growing from trees, I can do without some of my possessions.

So, the question still remains, how do I create a life I don’t want to escape from? I hope this experience changes me for the better, and I plan to figure out the answer to that question.

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13 Quotes to Inspire Writers

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“Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be times in this business when you will be the only one who does. Take heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong, distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous. But in the end, only the strong survive.”– Jayne Ann Krentz
 
“This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing. This is also for published writers grown jaded by the process. Remember how lucky you are.” – Terry Brooks
 
“It’s never too late–in fiction or in life–to revise.” – Nancy Thayer
 
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
 
“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.” – Seth Godin
 
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” -Ernest Hemingway
 
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C. J. Cherryh
 
“You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job.” – Nora Roberts
 
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Betty Ford
 
“The expert at anything was once a beginner.” – Hayes
 
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” Neil Gaiman
 
“Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.” – Mike Rich
 
“Write what you know. Write what you want to know more about. Write what you’re afraid to write about.” – Cec Murphy

My Other Passion

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Do you mind if I venture off topic for a moment? I want to talk a little about my other passion.

I would call my life kind of challenging. I have a lot going on right now, and I thank God for giving me the strength to get from point A to point B. I also thank my body.  Remember the saying be good to your body and your body will be good to you? Because I have so many things to do in between waking up and going to bed, I try to do my best in the health and fitness area.When I eat junk food and fried foods, it takes a toll on my energy. Of course, I have my weaknesses like oreos and anything that’s bread, but I’m seeking counseling(jk). If you’re on a budget or have limited time, here are some tips.

  • No Gym, No Problem: Before you spend $40/month on a membership, check out other alternatives to getting your sexy back. I alternate between Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30, Jillian Micheal’s 6-Week 6-Pack, Simply Yoga App, and Nike Training Club App. Social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram are full of at-home workouts.
  • Break the Fast: I know you’ve heard this before, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, breakfast doesn’t have to be “breakfast” food. My breakfast is sometimes tilapia, spinach and sweet potato. Other days I’ll have a wheat waffle, eggs, fruit bowl and a smoothie. Mix it up so you don’t get bored.
  • H20 is the Way to Go: Water is good for plants, but it’s great for you! I believe 8 glasses is the recommended amount.

I usually start my days at 6am, and end them at about midnight. I would not be able to do this without having a healthy lifestyle.  I love health and fitness, but balance is very important. Try not to deprive yourself of the things you love. It’s all about moderation.

Share your tips in the comments below!

Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number

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Can you guess who I loved growing up? Yes Aaliyah! And not just because the girl had style, but because she taught me a valuable lesson. Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.

This isn’t about social media or writing tips, but this is pure inspiration(I hope)! While attempting to brand myself as a Freelance Writer and Social Media Manager, my insecurities with my age has been a big issue. I even struggled with whether to place my picture on the website or brochure. For the record, I’m much older than I look! Fast forward past my insecurities to today and I realize that age is similar to time. Just because it’s 3am doesn’t mean you can’t eat, workout, write or watch TV. Age really isn’t a factor when it comes to living out your dreams. Don’t believe me? Here are some faces from the under 30 crowd defying age. Click on the pictures to learn more about them and their business.

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If anyone ever tells you you’re too young to accomplish a goal slap them upside the head or just remember the above examples.

P.S. I think remembering the above examples would be much better than an assault charge.