Here’s something rare from me: A short but sweet post.
My favorite month of the year is just about over. What has been the hardest part about blogging daily? That’s the final question for #NaBloPoMo.
I like to write things of some substance– even if I’m just journaling about personal things– and not just commenting on what others are talking about. I don’t like the pressure of trying to come up with something to talk about every day, and blog about it, so the writing prompts were somewhat helpful, although random. Continue reading
…and another reason to be thankful.
How fitting that prompt #23 (love that number!) for personal branding at TheBloggingSchool during #NaBloPoMo is Write about your latest accomplishment. In this birthday recap/annual review, I will mention quite a few of those! I had so many proud, fun moments in the year of 35.
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Tagged birthday, independent author, lessons learned, What's Wrong With Me, yearly recap, yearly review, youth speaker
Since my first two books were published earlier this year, I’ve met countless “almost-authors” who have one or more books that they haven’t finished for various reasons. A few have even bought my book as inspiration to finish theirs. They’ve said they need to stop being perfectionists, focus and find time to write, or get organized.
Schedule It or Forget It
Source: Psychology Today
I can’t help you with that first point. Your desire for perfection to bring your book the best of your standards is a personal thing. What I can tell you is that if you have anything important you need to do, and another year has gone by without you making strides toward achieving that goal, you need to schedule it. Break up your goal into small tasks you can do in an hour or two per week, and then add the tasks to your calendar or smartphone. If you’re like me, then what doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t happen. Continue reading
I’ve mentioned my life-long practice of journaling many times and created one of my own. I came across life coach Rosetta’s post (on The Happy Black Woman blog) about how she does her monthly reviews. I decided that before the first week of September was over, I would reflect on my life in August and write a post about it.
How would I describe my life in August 2012 in one word? Stressful. (I wrote a full entry in my journal that mentions a lot more stressful things than I’m willing to write in this post, but trust me, I’m happy to see September.)
Moving on Up and Going Out
I moved into a new home and took a mini-vacation.
Technically the moving part was in July, but as of August 1, I had been in the house for 3 days so I’m counting it here. As with any move, it takes time to get settled, get repairs and utilities in working order, and establish routines from the new location. I spent a weekend Savannah, GA perusing the tourist area around historic River St. and visited Tybee Island, Paula Deen’s restaurant Lady & Sons, and the highlight was a last-minute idea to her brother’s restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s. I will be back!
I Lightened Up
I performed in a local improv comedy show for the first time. Why improv?
Professional speakers Steve Berkun (author of Confessions of a Public Speaker) and Darren LaCroix have touted using improvisational techniques as a way to incorporate spontaneity and flexibility while doing public speaking. As a youth speaker, I have to not only educate and give information in a somewhat entertaining manner, but I don’t think of myself as being terribly humorous. The improv class proved to be a fun way to loosen up, trust myself onstage, and gain more self-confidence in extemporaneous speaking situations.
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Tagged comedy, friends, humor, improv, intuitions, journaling, procrastination, public speaking, reflection, relocation
I’m just “coming down” from my book launch weekend in which I had two book signings in Atlanta. As mentioned last week on the eve of my debut book release, I ran a giveaway that includes a choice of my books and DARE Challenge gear. Congratulations to all five of my winners:
I have emailed each of these ladies with instructions, but for whomever does not claim their prize within 48 hours, their prize will be forfeited to the next runner-up. Thanks so much for participating!
The wait is over! I am officially an author–two times over!
As I mentioned 2 weeks ago, today is the day of my dual book launch! While people are celebrating Valentine’s Day or going about their business, I am happy, excited, ecstatic and proud to revel in this accomplishment. If you haven’t already, please do browse my one-month-old re-launched website, check out my upcoming appearances, read unbiased reviews of my book, and participate in the special giveaway going on all week!
I’m excited to announce my What’s Wrong With Me? book giveaway to celebrate my dual book release tomorrow! There’s 5 ways to enter, and 5 winners!
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Prizes include:
- One (1) autographed copy of What’s Wrong With Me?: A Girl’s Book of Lessons Learned, Inspiration and Advice (print and all ebook formats available)
- One (1) autographed copy of the What’s Wrong With Me? Reflections Journal (print only)
- One (1) “I D.A.R.E. You” multi-colored women’s baby tee on white (L or XL)
- One (1) “I D.A.R.E. You” messenger bag (gold on white)
I’ve been waiting for February 2012 for a long time, and now it’s here.
For over 2 years, I’ve mentioned my book project to people and many of them referred to it as my baby, as in, “Your book is your baby!” So using that metaphor, after having been pregnant for a loooong time I can announce that this month, I’m having twins!
I love Tyler Perry’s new video on his Facebook page about how to be successful. In essence, he talks about
Photo Credit: Christian Beirle Gonzalez
focusing on one thing at a time and believing in it, and seeing it through. He uses the metaphor of planting a seed, saying that you can’t spray water across the field and expect much of it to get to the one seed you planted. But if you continually plant and water in the right area, God will give the increase. I love it!
This is why I don’t get excited when people give me their (often unsolicited) advice for what I should do as a new author. I’ve heard that I should now:
- start a nonprofit
- team up with a local “megachurch”
- do a book tour all over the country
- get a show on blogtalkradio
I should do all of this to get to “the next level”? Now? Continue reading