Month: November 2019

Some Old Poems

I want to share with you some old poems that I had written a few years ago. I hope that you enjoy them.

The Burial of Fear

Today I bury my fears

into the coffin of the past

No longer will this trait shackle my life,

the chains have been broken

These fears have limited my life for far too long,

Today my dreams and possibilities are set free

Greatness becomes inevitable,

My life becomes beautiful,

My power immense,

All things become possible

The last scoop of dirt goes on the coffin,

Never to be revisited again,

My life can now be lived

As the Clock Strikes Midnight

The clock strikes midnight,

Twelve echoing dings into the night,

The first few breaths that bring in the new day,

Another 24 hours never to be returned from the hourglass of life

The fire glows in the dimly lit living room,

Flames gently kissing double panes of glass,

The dings stop only to bring complete silence to the home

It is a time of reflection and a planning session for the day ahead,

For what may the next 24 hours hold,

No one knows for sure,

It must be lived for the moment each day,

Until the clock strikes midnight once more

Stars of Life

On the clearest of nights,

As the brisk breeze sails across the peaks of the trees,

I gaze upward into the night sky,

Full of stars,

Too many to count,

Glistening back to me on the ground

Gently twinkling into the dark,

For they all have a story to tell,

Some bright futures and some violent pasts,

They all stand still in the hourglass

Distant galaxies,

Home to many or few,

Imagination will never lay it to rest,

Full of life or barren wastelands we may never know,

Only to dream for one to be so

The star of life so dim they glow,

May we reach them? Maybe so,

For now they sparkle tonight,

Curiosities beget the human mind,

To one day dance in their delight

Finding Your Purpose #5: The Lightning Bolt of Inspiration

lightning bolt of inspiration

Inspiration is a magical force for one to experience. It transcends our state of being to a higher level. Inspiration is like a bolt of lightning during a summer storm. A blinding light that we can’t help but watch in awe. Inspiration has the same power and beauty.

As with inspiration, finding your purpose can come in a flash. A lightning bolt that strikes you in such a way that you’re certain that you’ve found your purpose in life. What a beautiful day that will be in your life.

Last week you were given the secret of living and how it could aid you in finding your purpose. Now its time to learn how to find inspiration in your everyday life. Inspiration, no matter how small it may seem may be the golden ticket you’ve been searching for.

Take a look around you. I guarantee that you can find at least 10 things that could be considered inspiration. How do you find so much inspiration in one area? Awareness. It’s about building your mental awareness of your surroundings. Keeping your mind open to everything you see, hear, touch, smell, taste and thank. Leave no possibility out of finding inspiration.

In this digital age we live in, we are so obsessed with our phones or computers that we often forget to look up and view the world around us. Go for a walk in nature, visit a new place or simply take a few moments to take in your surroundings.

Awareness is essential in finding inspiration. You don’t have to actively search for it every waking moment of your day. Just keep your mind open as you go about your day. Something that you’ve passed a thousand times could spark something in you. Because you are mentally attuned to finding inspiration.

If you are inspired by something but it turns out not to be your purpose in life, so what. Don’t fret about it. At least you are mentally aware and are finding inspiration. You are on the right track. Be patient. Having something amazing takes time. Don’t forget about the small things. The can have the biggest impact on your life.

Remember inspiration can come from anywhere. It could be a book, a billboard, a video, a tree, a stranger you pass, a picture, a painting. The possibilities are endless.

So as you continue on this journey of finding your purpose, keep a mental awareness for inspiration around you. Let today be your first day in finding that inspiration that could change your life. I wish you the best in your inspirational discoveries.

Journey of the Author #4: First Excerpt

So this past week I haven’t really been able to get to writing my book as much as I wanted. It was a hard week for me sticking to my writing goal of 500 words per day towards the book.

I’ve finished the second chapter of the book titled: Influences and how they shape you. Now I’m onto the third chapter titled: The moment of now. I’m going to be sharing with you the introduction to the third chapter.

Take a moment to forget about everything that has happened to you in the past. All the trials, tribulations, heartbreaks and defeats. Forget about them for a few moments. Let’s take the next few minutes to think about the moment of now. For it is the only moment in time that truly matters. 

Take a deep breath. Exhale. Your breathing and that is a miracle in itself. Place your hand over your chest. Your heart is beating isn’t it? Count that as another miracle for your life. You’re alive. Everything that has happened to you in your past, you’ve survived and are still here. You’ve weathered the storms of life. Take a moment to rejoice, it is a victory for your life. Possibly the first victory you’ve ever had. Today is the first day of your new life. 

    Savor this moment, for it will be the turning point in your life. You still have time left on this earth. You’ve accomplished miracles by surviving what you have been through in your past. This isn’t about just surviving anymore. It’s time that you start thriving. Be at peace with yourself knowing that you are going to have a brighter future. The past is done and over with. It’s time to move on to better things.

From my book Rock Bottom: Rise From The Ashes. Rejuvenate Your Life

So allow me to explain this excerpt in a bit more detail. The first two chapters of the book describe how someone may have hit rock bottom in their lives. From how they view the world to the effect that influences have upon them.

Those two chapters are not happy and cheerful. Because rock bottom is not a pretty place. It is the lowest of lows that you can reach in your life. The first two chapters give a better understanding to how we can be shaped by the world around us. It is about starting to build an awareness towards the negatives that have been ingrained into your daily life.

In the chapter: The moment of now a time shift occurs from thinking about the past to the present moment in your life. To come to the realization that even though you’ve been through hell, you’re still here standing today. That there is hope for you to change the course of your life.

In the moment of now, you will understand that the only time that matters is now. The past is gone and the future has not yet arrived. That the best time to start the climb out of rock bottom is today. To not delay and to start making the changes necessary to begin to live a better life.

Brainstorming Writing Ideas

Brainstorming is crucial when it comes to creating new, quality content. It could just be going through ideas in your head. Thinking about the next piece of content for that blog post, a chapter for your book, a poem, short story or anything in between.

Or maybe you’re more in depth and take the time to put thoughts down on paper. Seeing where those ideas may lead.

Or maybe you are someone who when you think of an idea, begin immediately the process of bringing that idea into fruition with your writing.

Whatever your process may be, everything you write all starts with a thought. It is the creative spark that was written all the masterpieces throughout the times. Brainstorming and pondering is where the writing process begins.

Brainstorming time is necessary to create, crystalize, classify and materialize your ideas for your writing endeavors. This time can be as simple as taking 20 minutes to write down any ideas that come to mind. Whatever project you are currently working on, holding only that in your mind and letting your imagination be free.

This could be for characters or ideas for the book you are writing. New topics for blog posts. An outline for a blog post. Ideas for poems or short stories. Content for a client when freelance writing. Whatever writing endeavor you are currently undertaking, make some time to dedicate to brainstorming.

It will help you improve your writing by allowing you to better crystalize your thoughts. Allowing you to deliver your message in the best way possible. Something that is the end goal for all writers.

Remember, when you are brainstorming there are no wrong answers when jotting down your ideas. You can pick them apart later. The goal is to keep writing, no matter how wild the ideas become. Release your thoughts so that you may analyze them for brilliance.

When the time comes for you to write you are more prepared. Taking the time to ponder your ideas and give your reader something unforgettable.

5 Core Values to Follow When Starting a Blog

starting a blog

So you’ve decided to start your own blog? That’s great! You’re excited to see where the journey will take you and have all these great ideas for content you want to post. You might be doing this for fun, to vent or to give your knowledge in a certain aspect.

Maybe you are more experienced in the world of blogging and want to learn more about building core values to keep your blog growing.

You might want to make blogging a side hustle or even a full-time job down the road. Whatever your experience or aspirations you have for your blog. You must have some core values in place.

These 5 core values will give you a solid foundation to build upon when growing your blog to what you want it to be. Without a solid foundation you can’t build a loyal following of readers. No matter what your plans for the blog are, these core values will guide you along your blogging journey.

The 5 core values are:

1. Niche

Whether it is a personal blog or something more professional, it’s crucial that you find your niche in the blogging world.

If it’s a personal blog, think about the content you are going to post about. What message are you trying to convey to your readers? What topics are you going to discuss? Brainstorm some ideas and get some insight on who might read these posts.

It could be posts about your daily problems or about what you have learned from past experiences. Whatever your personal blog is about, think about who your target readers are to develop your niche.

Now if you are looking to blog about a certain topic such as business, finance, photography, gardening or any of the other countless topics. This is where you must dig deeper to carve out your space. It is best to narrow down your blog instead of going after a broad subject. An example of this would be finance. Finance in itself is an incredibly broad subject. Narrowing it down to something like helping others find creative ways to save up for yearly vacations. Narrowing down your niche allows readers to know what your blog is all about.

Want to post about multiple topics within your blog? Develop a central theme for your blog within your chosen niche. Create a blogging calendar and share it in a post so your readers know what to expect from your blog.

Don’t know what your niche is yet? Don’t sweat it. Start your blog anyway and experiment as you go. Sometimes the only way to find your desired niche is through trial and error. When you have found your niche you can begin to deliver your messages more effectively with the next core value.

2. Voice

Your voice is what differentiates you from the countless other bloggers within your niche. To have readers visit your blog and continue to come back you must find your own voice.

Do you want to be more personalized with your messages to your readers? Do you want to convey your viewpoint from a certain perspective? Do you want to spark an emotion within your readers? Whatever your aims may be its important for you to find your voice when blogging.

How do you go about finding your voice? Unfortunately there is only one answer to this question. Practice. Developing your voice may take some time. Make sure in finding your voice you keep posting. Hone your skills and experiment with ways to deliver your content. When you find your voice you’ll know.

Develop your viewpoint for your content. Build your blog while you find that voice that resonates with your readers. The next core value will aid you in that process.

3. Integrity

This is about staying true to yourself and to your blog. It is about building trust with your readers. Never deviating from the goals that you have for your blog.

Integrity builds reputation between you and your readers. Its about building a great community and treating your followers respectfully.

Don’t go chasing the money or posting about a topic that has nothing to do with your niche just because its trending.

It’s fine if you want to make money blogging. But make sure it aligns with what your blog is about. Take the time to choose the right affiliates and other revenue streams for your blog. Don’t have a gardening affiliate if your blog is about lowering insurance cost for corporations.

Don’t go chasing the highest payout. Keep true to yourself and to your blog. Ask yourself “would I use this product or service?” Is this going to benefit my readers? If the answer is no to either of those questions, then you shouldn’t do it. Keep a moral standard with your blog.

The next core value will keep you going through the tough times when you first start a blog.

4. Passion

Whatever you blog about, you have to have passion for the topic. If you want to have any type of long term success blogging, you have to love it.

Starting a blog for the sole purpose of making money won’t get you through the down times when you don’t have anyone reading your posts. Writing about your topic should fill you with enthusiasm.

Passion is about having fun with your blog. It isn’t about analytics or followers when you are first starting out. It’s about enjoyment. It’s about feeling good about yourself and your blog. Blogging is a learning experience, passion makes that experience an easier ride.

Life is too short to do something that you don’t enjoy. Blogging is no different. You have to enjoy it to stick with it for the long haul.

The last core value has to do with your readers and what you can do for them.

5. Value

When you start a blog, it’s all about your readers. What value can you bring into their lives? Answering this question determines the success of your blog.

Look at things from your readers perspective. What topics would they enjoy reading about? What would they like to learn? Giving your readers something of value in your niche will keep them coming back for more.

Value doesn’t always have to be in terms of new knowledge gained. It can be sparking an emotion or a memory within your readers. It can be something that your readers can relate to. There are plenty of ways to add value to your blog posts.

Give tips and tricks within your niche. Give your readers a free resource or printable to download. Don’t just piece together something, put some time and effort. Your readers will love you for it.

There you have it. The 5 core values to follow when starting a blog. I hope that you apply these into your blog. Don’t give up and keep writing. I wish you the best on your blogging journey.

Rock Bottom #4: Out From The Depths

So last week we talked about the climb out of rock bottom. How is your climb going? Hopefully you’ve made some great strides and are in the process of turning your life around.

I know that the climb out of rock bottom takes time. It isn’t something that happens overnight. If you’re still climbing that’s okay. You’re doing incredible. Don’t stop.

Soon enough you’ll climb out from the depths. All that hard work for your comeback will be that much sweeter. You can now see the light, the light being the future of an awesome life.

It’s time for you to get back to ground level. From there you will already possess the necessary tools for success. Gained in the climb from the pits of rock bottom. The persistence to never give up. The faith in yourself and in your dreams. The courage to keep pushing forward.

From ground level, the sky is the limit for your life. Because if you can escape from the clutches of rock bottom. You can do anything in life.

If you’re still fighting or just beginning the journey, keep going. No matter how long it takes, it’ll be worth it in the end.

I hope that you enjoyed this series. That you gained some valuable knowledge to help you live your best life possible. That is my sole reason why I write these posts for you.

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Question of the week #4

If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you do?

The fear of failure keeps so many from pursuing what they truly want to do in life. Failure is inevitable, no matter what you do in life you are going to fail at some point. Sometimes multiple times before you succeed. Remember when you learned to ride a bike? You fell down. But you got back up and tried again. It was the same when you took your first steps.

See you fail at some point or another but you get back up and keep trying. Failure only becomes permanent if you stop trying and quit. Fear plays a major part in failure. That fear of failure makes you not want to try in the first place.

Sure you don’t get you bumps and bruises along the way but you also don’t experience the sweet taste of victory. In my opinion if you don’t try you fail by default.

Here are a few more questions to help you dig deeper into this question:

  • What risks would you take if you couldn’t fail? Start a business? Learn a new skill?
  • How would you feel if you were guaranteed success?
  • What else could be holding you back from taking a chance besides the fear of failure?
  • What dreams would you chase?
  • How different would your life be if you couldn’t fail?

Take your time with these questions. Hopefully you found some good insights about what you would truly love to do with your life.

Failure is something that is going to happen no matter what. So why live your life so cautiously and carefully to the point you don’t take any risks? Life is too short for that and you only get one chance to live your life. Why not make the most of it?

I would love to hear your answers to these questions. We all have different dreams and aspirations for our lives. Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement to start the journey.

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Experimenting with Blog Content

Do you experiment with the content for you produce for your blog? Or do you shy away from experimenting with content? Staying with what’s worked for you in the past.

Maybe you have some ideas you’ve been batting around in your head but feel that it doesn’t relate to your blog. That it won’t resonate with your loyal readers. It might not be a completely different topic from what you currently write. It could be approaching something from a different point of view, putting a new spin on something or even writing about a different area of your blog’s niche.

When we get into a groove or get into a set schedule for our blogging routine. We stick with what’s tried and true. The reason why being is it’s what has built our reader base. We want to continue to grow our blogs in the way that has worked for us up to this point.

The thing is when we continue to do the same thing over and over, it often leads to stagnation. Sure you might have a couple different topics that get rotated. But it only delays the stagnation.

Experimenting with blog content is a great way to attract new readers or to give your current readers some fresh content. Now I’m not saying that you need to constantly experiment, one post a week or even once a month is more than sufficient.

This applies to all blogs whether big or small. Creating content that has a different twist to it could have tremendous results. Or it could do terrible. You never know unless you try. For smaller blogs that might not have tons of views, this could be a jolt that brings big growth. For larger blogs it can bring a wave of new readers.

It’s a risk, especially when you have an established blog. But without risk there can be no reward. Try something new with your blog, it doesn’t have to be as drastic as a topic outside of your niche. Write about something from a different perspective, make your post more personalized. Do something fun and be creative with it. You never know what it might do for your blog.

Fireside Chats #4: Passion

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I’m happy to have you for this fireside chat. As the week comes to a close I have something I wish to share with you. This week’s topic is about the magic of passion and how it can make your life a wonderful adventure.

Take a seat and let’s begin my dear friend.

Seven letters combined to form a word that sets the human soul ablaze. A fire that burns so bright that even mother nature cannot extinguish it. It is a love for your craft. An enthusiasm that can’t comprehend exhaustion. Passion brings forth the beauty of the soul.

Passion makes the down times more tolerable. It keeps you moving through the harsh winds and storms that life throws your way. It is the jet fuel that allows you to soar above the clouds. Rising above all opposition that stands in your way.

Passion excites the heart, opening doors of opportunity where walls once stood. It opens the eyes and the mind to the possibilities of the universe. Chasing and living all dreams with open eyes.

Passion is contagious, it is an attractive magnet that draws others to you. The energy emitted makes you a shining light on the darkest of nights. Guiding not only yourself but others through the trials of life.

Passion exposes beauty in the thorns of roses. Always finding a silver lining in adversity. No matter where you look with passion, there will always be breathtaking visions. Beauty is everywhere with this magical emotion.

So how do you go about capturing this wonderful emotion? It is a simple answer but how you apply it is a journey for your life. The answer is you must wholeheartedly love what you do. For some this answer comes easy but for others it may prove to be more of a challenge.

Passion is an emotion that must be ignited. Love must be the starting spark. It must be nurtured, as a seed that gets water. Sprouting to the sky to be kissed by sunshine.

Work doesn’t feel laborious. It is effortless and leaves you always wanting to do more. When this occurs you know passion is by your side. Limits melt away. You begin to realize that anything can be achieved in your life.

I hope you enjoyed our chat. May today be the best day of your life and the coming days that will top today. Until we meet again next week I hope that your coming week is filled with joy and prosperity. Thank you for stopping by.

2 Months Later

I decided that I wanted to continue doing this on a monthly basis. I can’t believe that another month has gone by. Where does the time go? It’s been 2 months since I began my blogging journey.

First and foremost I want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone who has interacted with my blog posts in one form or another. Thank you to my followers. I have enjoyed interacting with each and every one of you.

Since my last update a lot of changes have been made to this blog. I finally buckled down and set up a blogging calendar. Taking it upon myself to post something everyday that hopefully inspires you or gives you new knowledge in some way.

As you’ve might of noticed lately, on top of my normal blogging calendar I’ve been posting topics throughout the course of the week. This is my way of experimenting with posts while I still try to find my voice in blogging.

I have a lot of things planned for this blog in the upcoming months. More free resources and guides. New topics for the blogging calendar (something that I will post about later this week). And a bunch of other plans. My goal remains the same since I’ve started this blog. To help you live a better life.

My ultimate goal also remains the same. I still want to get my book written and published. It’s been fun sharing that with you in the journey of the author series. Slowly but surely it will be written.

In the past month I’ve really enjoyed blogging. It has become a passion of mine. Something that I want to continuously improve on not just for myself, but for you my readers. And while I’m still in the process of figuring everything out. I’m enjoying every step of this journey.

Till next month I promise to keep delivering to you the best content I can possibly produce. Thank you again.