Count Your Blessings Every Day! #inspiration #grateful #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


Count Your Blessings

 

Can’t sleep due to stress and life kicking you in the behind?

 

Count your blessings.

 

We watched White Christmas on Saturday night starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. It’s one of our favorite holiday movies and we watch it every year. One of the best songs has got to be Count Your Blessings, sung by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Here it is for your listening pleasure:

 

 

One of the easiest ways to release anxiety and stress is to count your blessings. Your life is filled with positive things and people. Look at where you were five or ten years ago and look at where you are now. Let your grateful thoughts flow through your veins and you’ll soon be fast asleep.

 

Go ahead and try it. I challenge you to try it for a week and see what happens.

 

MRS N

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Without A Day Off to Relax, Our Problems Will Overrun Us! #Motivation #MondayBlogs #Relaxation


relaxation Maya

 

Are you feeling stressed out and in need of a mini-vacation away from your problems?

 

Take a day off.

 

Last Monday, I had so much on my plate that I was feeling rundown and exhausted. But then Thursday came and I was on a four-day vacation. It was so relaxing and exactly what I needed. I spent time with family but mostly with MR N. We did all the things we love to do: cooked, baked, imbibed in delicious wine and watched some fantastic movies/television shows.

 

I know with the holidays approaching, your schedule gets busy (mine too) with all you have to do but please, I beg you, take some time to relax. Even if it is only 30 minutes a day, do it! Withdraw from your problems and relax. Have a glass of wine, cup of coffee, your favorite treat and mute your device. Breathe in, breathe out. Let the calmness wrap around you like a warm winter parka. 

 

What do you do to unwind and relax? Share with us.

 

MRS N

Let #Gratitude Be Your Compass and You’ll Never Get Lost! #grateful #Thanksgiving #MondayBlogs


Grateful Heart

 

What good is gratitude? It can save your life!

 

It’s Thanksgiving week in America and I thought we’d talk about what we’re grateful for all week.

 

I love this infograph and look at it quite a bit, especially when I’m feeling low. Whether I’m feeling tired, sad or jaded, when I switch my thoughts to grateful ones, my outlook changes and the dark clouds lift from my spirit. I’m not saying my dark feelings don’t disappear completely and are replaced by rainbows and fluffy bunnies. What I am saying is when I concentrate on positive things in my life, I can combat the negative feelings.

 

Let gratitude be your compass and you’ll never get lost.

 

What are you grateful for? Share in the comments below.

 

MRS N

Never Be Afraid to Try New Things! #inspiration #MondayMotivation #MondayBlogs


try something different

 

Are you afraid to try new things for fear of failure or something else? 

 

When I was in my early twenties, I started to step out of my comfort zone. Before then, I was so afraid of what people might think or say that I only did what was “safe”. All safe got me was feeling lonely and unhappy. So, I scrunched up my courage and tried new things. Sometimes I failed but most of the time I discovered new paths and experiences.

 

We’re like a river, you and I; we have to keep moving or we’ll grow algae and poison ourselves. 

 

Last week, I tried a new cinnamon roll recipe and today we tried them for the first time. The result: cinnamon flavored bricks. Was I disappointed? Sure. Will I stop trying new recipes? No way! I learned that this particular recipe is utter crap, that’s all.

 

My advice and motivation for you: try new things and keep moving forward. You’ll never know if you like something unless you try. Don’t let the idea of possible failure prevent you from being adventurous.

 

MRS N

 

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What’s the Greatest Lesson You’ve Learned in Life? #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


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What’s the greatest life lesson you’ve learned?

 

From the time I was little, I tried to love everything and everyone. My parents said I was a bundle of love and I wanted to shower the world with love. Sometimes my love was returned and at other times, I was rejected. I was called weird, odd and adorable.

 

Was a I deterred as I grew older? Probably but when I started this blog back in 2013, my inner child came out. I love each and every one of my blog followers (yes, even you!) and I try to promote love instead of hate.

 

See, love is the greatest life lesson I’ve learned and I want to share my experiences with others. I want people to know what it’s like to be loved unconditionally. I want people to know that they’re not alone. There’s no need to be afraid or lonely; love is with you, no matter what happens.

 

Take Bowie’s advice (and mine too) and love. Don’t let hate win. Love everything and everyone. Let your love blow people over and be the epitome of unconditional love.

 

MRS N

 

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#MondayMotivation: Keep Away From People Who Belittle Your Dreams! #inspiration #MondayBlogs


Keep Away Twain

 

Are the people around you supporting you and your ambitions through positive thoughts and encouragement or are you surrounded by people who belittle you all in the name of “love”?

 

If you’ve been a follower of the POTL blog for awhile, you know I’m all about having big dreams and reaching for the stars. I’m a big proponent that everyone can do great things, more so if they cast off inhibitions and self-doubt.

 

I remember when I was in grade school and our assignment was to write an essay on what we wanted to do when we grew up. I wrote how I wanted to be President of the United States. I talked about how I’d help the poor and enact into law the requirement that everyone would be fed. When I got my essay back, I got an A- and the teacher wrote the following:

 

“You have an interesting view on how life should be and I applaud your ideals. However, no woman has (or will ever) be President of the United States. You can be an excellent First Lady, though.”

 

Talk about a bummer. Here I was, the ripe old age of nine, being told I couldn’t be a leader of a country just because I was a female. It didn’t sit well with me, especially since I had just read, “Free to be You and Me,” by Marlo Thomas.

 

The teacher, while trying to be “helpful”, belittled my dream and told me I couldn’t be President on the basis of my gender. 

 

There’ve been so many times I heard I couldn’t be/do something. If I listened to the naysayers, I wouldn’t be a successful entrepreneur and I wouldn’t be an award-winning author. My secret to success? A supportive group of people who uplift me when I need it most and don’t squash my goals as “too big” or “unreachable”.

 

If you have friends/family who fall into the naysayer group, it’s time to distance yourself as best as you can. Connect with people who encourage you and don’t tell you no. Nothing is unreachable and only you can limit what you can do!

 

MRS N

 

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Encourage One Another for Your Words May Uplift Someone! #inspiration #affirmations #MondayBlogs


Encouragement

 

Have you been going through a rough patch and second-guessing yourself?

 

We’ve all been there and know exactly what you’re going through. It’s tough and the only way to get through it is to persevere. You may be feeling like you want to give up but trust me, it’ll get better. Don’t give up!

 

Last year, as many of you know, we published a poetry book entitled Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year. Its basic premise is our real-life courtship from the day we got engaged until our wedding day. MR N was working 18 hours a day and we hardly saw each other. He expressed his love and our struggles through poems. We collected them and published them last Fall.

 

Sunday we woke up to discover our poetry book won the following award:

 

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2017 IAN Book of the Year – Poetry Finalist Award

 

We were so surprised! It was so unexpected because most of the awards were announced the previous weekend.

 

Winning this award encouraged me in ways I can’t express. See, I’d been struggling with self-doubt about my writing. I was having a hard time making the stories come out and while it’s not writer’s block, it sure felt like a dead end. I kept wondering if maybe I should just concentrate on building our author promotions business instead of writing. Then this award appeared and my doubts fled. A panel of judges deemed our writing worthy of an award.

 

There are many of us who are discouraged by life and suffer in silence. We’d love to ask for an uplifting comment but are afraid to ask. Encourage someone today. Encourage more than one person today. Your words of support will give that someone a much-needed boost of confidence. 

 

Encourage one another and change someone’s life!

 

MRS N

There’s Only One Way to #Happiness and This is it! #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


happiness

 

Are you embracing what life has to offer or are constantly worrying about what’s being thrown your way?

 

I used to be a worrywart. I used to fret and let my anxiety get the better of me. I used to worry what will happen next and how else can my life suck. Honestly, I was so unhappy because I was sucking the happiness right out of me.

 

Happiness is not as elusive as you might think. True happiness is not measured by how much money you make or how many cars you own. Happiness is a mindset and it’s different for each person. What makes me happy will not necessarily make you happy. Let me give you an example.

 

This past weekend, MR N and I went on a shopping spree. We shopped for clothes, books, music, movies, beauty (bubble bath, anyone?), housewares and more. In the afternoon, we went to the liquor store. For the next hour, we went up and down the aisles picking up wine, liquor (bourbon) and more. I’m a big wine drinker and I loved looking at each bottle then putting the ones I wanted in the cart. I got eight different varieties of wine and one bottle of Jim Beam Honey (yum). I was giddy with happiness and joy.

 

That’s an example of happiness. The experience of being able to take my time, pick out new varieties and grinning from ear to ear took away the stressors of life and allowed happiness to course in my veins. It’s not the items I bought but the journey that created the happiness.

 

Let happiness flow in your veins! Stop worrying about stuff you have no control over. Find something you enjoy and let the rest of the world fall away.

 

MRS N

Go Out Into the World Today and Spread Love! #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


Light Mother Teresa

 

Love one another.

 

This simple statement is burning in my heart as I read the horrific account of the terrorist shooting in Vegas last night. More than 50 dead and more than one-hundred injured. A white American planned and executed fellow Americans who were listening to music at a festival.

 

Where’s the love for our fellow men and women?

 

There’s many people who say that if we had bigger and badder weapons, those people could’ve defended themselves. But it’s that attitude of violence begets more violence that is exact opposite of how we need to respond. Instead of violence, let’s love each other, seeking understanding through talking not guns.

 

Go out into the world today and love the people you encounter. Smile, spread the Light that’s inside you and let kindness guide you. Mother Teresa had it right with her quote above. When you love one another, hatred and fear wave the white flag in defeat. 

 

I love you all and hope you have a safe Monday!

 

MRS N

Step Up to the Self-Serve ‘When Life Hands You Lemons’ Bar! #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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“In all my work, I try to say – ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?'” — Maya Angelou

 

Life, it seems, thrives handing out lemons. Just when you think you’ve done all you can with the sour fruit, another bushel appears.

 

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? 

 

September has been chockerblockful of lemons for us and just when we think we’ve drank as much lemonade as we can take, a new basket of lemons appears. As MR N said this past weekend, “We’ve bellied up to the lemon serve yourself bar and we keep on making it delicious.” See, we tackle whatever comes our way and deal with it head-on. We used to freak out but no longer. We, instead, ask the bartender for another round.

 

Life is teaching us a life lesson every time we get a bushel of lemons. It’s not the lemons that matter but how we act and react to the sour fruit. Tired of lemonade? Make up some lemon cookies, lemon muffins or even lemon meringue pies. Be creative and remember that you’re not alone.

 

I see a bar stool has opened up. Who’s next? 😉

 

MRS N

 

 

Embrace the Suck to Achieve Mental Toughness! #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


embrace the suck falcons

 

Embrace the suck.

 

I was watching a NFL pre-game yesterday and they did a cool story on the Atlanta Falcons. After the devastating loss in the Superbowl, Dan Quinn took his team to a SEAL training boot camp, so to speak. It’s run by former SEALs and they train teams to be the best they can be. When asked to sum up his experience, Matt Ryan said, “Embrace the suck.”

 

Teamwork

Adversity 

Mental Toughness

Compartmentalize 

 

These are the core values that Matt Ryan and the Falcons took away from the training and these are the same values we need to embrace, too. Bad things happen and most of the time, it’s out of our control. How we handle adversity and triumph is what matters.

 

According to Matt Ryan, the SEALs have a wonderful way of being able to compartmentalize life into what matters and what doesn’t.  We can do the same thing. No matter what comes at you, sort it out and deal with it.

 

Embrace the suck.

 

You’ll defeat whatever comes your way and be a champion before you know it. 

 

MRS N

Get Comfortable in Your Own Skin! #inspiration #bodyimage #MondayBlogs


comfortable-skin

 

Are you comfortable in your own skin?

 

After more than forty years, I’m finally comfortable in my own skin. I look at myself in the mirror and I like what I see. I’m still working on areas but my first thought isn’t to call myself ugly or fat. I’m healthy and so grateful to my body. Without it, I’d be nowhere.

 

Listen, we all have days when we don’t look or feel our best. But that’s not a reason to put down your body. Your body works hard and you should take care of it. One way to do that is to be kind to it. Give it some love and positive compliments.

 

Being comfortable in your own skin isn’t selfish or conceited. You’re not boasting; you’re loving yourself. It’s like putting on your favorite pair of jeans… you’re relaxed, cozy and feel good.

 

Instead of berating yourself for all the things wrong, take comfort in your body and who you are. Self-love is so important to your everyday health and it promotes an inner peace you can’t get anyplace else.

 

MRS N

5 Hacks That’ll Turn Your Book Idea Into a Manuscript #MondayBlogs #amwriting #writingtips


5 Hacks That'll Turn Your Book Idea Into a Manuscript

 

Many people ask me, “I have a great idea for a book…but what do I do now?”

 

My first response is usually, “That’s great!  What’s your book idea?”

 

They’ll tell me their book idea and then ask the dreaded question, “What do you think?”

 

With a straight face I ask them, “Do you really want my honest opinion?”

 

I have learned through experience that it is essential to ask this blunt question.  Some people don’t want an honest opinion.  They want me to pat their hand and tell them it’s a great idea, even if I think it’s crap.

 

If they say yes, then I will give them my opinion on their book idea and if it will appeal to the masses.  If they say no, I will smile and politely tell them good luck.

 

 

Let’s focus on you, the writer.  You have a book idea and for this blog post, I will assume that it’s a great book idea.  You need advice on how to proceed and I’m here to help. My qualifications? I’m an author, blogger, reviewer and have been in the industry for almost thirty years.

 

 

Hack One: Google your book idea

 

There is someone in this world who has written a book on every topic.  But if you narrow your topic correctly, there will not be any books out there dealing with your book idea. Even if there are books out there dealing with your book idea, you’ll have to figure out how your idea will stand out.

 

 

Hack Two: Talk to at least 5 readers in your circle of influence (family/friends)

 

Ask them (stressing your desire for them to be absolutely honest) if they would be interested in reading a book about your book idea.  Like in everything else in this world, people have varying tastes.  But if more than three people like the idea, then you are on the right track.

 

 

Hack Three: Create a rough outline

 

I know most of you are groaning here as this step reminds you of school.  But trust me, this is an important step and is a good exercise for you as a writer.  Start with a very basic outline and work from there.  If you need help with it, please let me know and I can provide you some guidance.

 

 

Hack Four: Start Writing

 

I know this may sound simple and it really is. Writers write. Whether you use pen/paper or are typing via a device, start writing.  Write whatever comes to your mind and get it down.  You can edit it later.  Ideas will start to flow and you will get a feel for where your book is going.  By the way, you don’t have to start at the beginning.  You can start anywhere.

 

 

Hack Five: Set up a writing schedule for yourself

 

I write in the afternoon Monday through Friday.  I have a goal of at least 300 words a day.  Set an attainable goal for yourself and stick to it.  Make it a part of your to-do list for the day.

 

 

The best thing about writing and having a really great book idea is that it is all yours.  Treasure it and just let the ideas flow out of you.  You can do it!

 

Have any writing hacks you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you!

My Advice for the #SolarEcipse2017: Shoot for the Moon! #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


eclipse joke

 

Today is a special day. In parts of North America, you can see a solar eclipse. 

 

I remember the last solar eclipse. It happened in 1979 and I was in grade school. All the kids wore special glasses and we went outside to view it. Such a special moment.

 

So what does it all mean? 

 

For those mystics out there, there is a spiritual connection that happens with an eclipse. (For more info, read this article: http://www.vogue.com/article/spiritual-guide-solar-eclipse ) For some of us, there’s a scientific connection to an eclipse. For most of us, it’s a cool event that happens once in a lifetime (or so they say).

 

Whatever the meaning, take this opportunity to make the most of your life. Are you thinking about trying something new? Do it today! Are you ready for a change? Don’t delay! Are you dreaming about something? Make it happen! Life is too short and the spiritual pull of the eclipse is the perfect opportunity to shoot for the moon! 

 

MRS N

Promote What You Love Instead of Bashing What You Hate! #MondayBlogs #EndofHate #LoveisLove


Promote love

 

Those of us who live in North America were witness to a weekend of hatred and I, for one, am sick of hate permeating the world like a fatal disease. Did we learn nothing from the past (American Civil War, World War II, Civil Rights Movement)?

 

There are people in this world who are promoting Nazi propaganda under a new name but the truth is that it is still an attempt to eradicate races. The leaders of white supremacy use fear as their weapon of choice and if you don’t agree with them, they’ll use violence to convince you.

 

It’s time to make a stand, people. I’m here on this blog platform saying it’s time to promote love and understanding. No one is better than another person. We’re all here on this Earth together and we’re equal. We have the right to exist, thrive and carve out a life, regardless of race, creed or sex. Like flowers, there’s millions of different varieties of human beings in this world and we need to cherish them all.

 

END THE HATE!

 

I will no longer be silent. I follow the Golden Rule (Treat others how you’d like to be treated) and so should everyone else.

 

Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.

 

MRS N

 

 

Is the World Against You? Refocus and Then Take Flight! #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


perseverance

 

Are you struggling and it feels like the world is against you? 

 

It’s time to refocus. Instead of saying to yourself, “woe is me”, envision you’re a mighty airplane and take off. Airplanes, no matter the size, take off against the wind. That’s pretty impressive when you think about it. An airplane, in order to reach its destination, first has to encounter massive resistance. It can’t leave the ground, let alone fly, without gravity and wind pushing against it.

 

What if, today and every day, we imagine ourselves to be a jet and every obstacle we receive is just allowing us to fly to new heights?

 

Shift your perspective and welcome resistance. Before you know it, you’ll be flying among the stars.

 

MRS N

Respect One Another: It’s the Right Thing to Do #inspiration #MondayMotivation #MondayBlogs


respect one another

 

Take a look around and you’ll see why it’s so important to respect one another.

 

The world is filled with hatred, jealousy, greed, etc. Various world leaders engage in a war of words that could set off the end of the world for all of us. Average, normal people act in ways that prop up hatred and violence. It’s easy to let darkness cover our hearts and follow others’ examples but I’m begging you to resist going down that path. Instead, follow my example and respect one another.

 

We all have different beliefs and we’re special in our own way. We’re unique in our life experiences and perceptions. Instead of pointing out our differences, let’s respect each other. We may not agree with everyone but that doesn’t give us the right to judge.

 

So whether it is online or in person, listen to what the other person is saying and coming from. Respect them as a fellow human being. You don’t have to be a ‘yes’ man or woman, just an understanding one. 

 

MRS N

Let Your Imagination Run Away… #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


imagination

 

Has your imagination run away from home? Have you reported it as a missing persons?

 

My imagination has run away so many times, I’ve lost count. I don’t fret, though, because each time it runs away, it comes back with amazing possibilities. If I had kept it hidden away under lock and key…

 

I never would’ve become a bestselling author.

 

I never would’ve married my soul mate and beloved husband.

 

I never would’ve started an author promotions business.

 

I never would’ve started this blog.

 

I never would’ve known how strong I am or what I could do.

 

Letting your imagination free is the first step towards success and living out your dreams. Don’t let fear of the unknown stall your life. Make the following statement a foundation for your life:

 

I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back, though… drenched with possibilities.

 

MRS N

 

 

Life Isn’t Supposed to Paralyze You But to Help You #inspiration #MondayBlogs


life challenges

 

Are you feeling paralyzed by all that life is throwing at you? 

 

Each struggle we go through is like a session in the great big kiln of life. We’re moulding clay and still in the creating process. Everything we go through, whether good or bad, adds more definition to our form. It hurts sometimes… okay it hurts a lot, but it’s good for us. We’d never know our inner strength and courage if we didn’t experience struggles and failures.

 

I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it hadn’t been for all the times I messed up. Each was a learning experience and I’m a better person for it. For all the times I hit a dead end, I had a choice: give up or retrace my steps to find the right path. Guess which one I chose?

 

I know you’re feeling stressed out and not knowing how much more you can take. Don’t let the fire inside the great kiln of life paralyze you with fear. Think of it like taking off extra layers in order to release the god/goddess within. 

 

Look at your road blocks/challenges in the face and say, “I’m ready!” Then watch to see the changes in you.

 

MRS N

Here’s How You Can Change the World For the Better #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


word to live by

 

Every morning, it seems, there’s violence and murder to accompany our breakfast. Terrorist attacks, death, people shot in the streets… it’s enough to make us want to give up. I mean, what can we do?

We can change our corner of the world by following the above quote.

By spreading love instead of hate, we’re combating the darkness with Light. By being kind, we’re unleashing a fantastic chain of events that will lead to positivity. By rounding up criminals, bad guys, etc., we’re showing that we’re not afraid anymore. There’s more good than bad in this world; it’s time we start talking about it.

Change your perspective and you’ll be on your way to changing the world!

MRS N

Remember Our Fallen Heroes. They’re the Reason That We Are Free! #MemorialDay #MondayBlogs


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Graphic courtesy of Clipart Panda

Today is Memorial Day in America. We remember those brave men and women who’ve fought and died for our freedoms.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that stood up to the King of England in the 1700’s that we’re a free country.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that fought off the French that we’re a sovereign country and don’t speak french.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to fight for freedom in Europe in 1914 – 1919.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that fought in Europe and Asia during the 1940’s that we’re free men and women.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that fought in Korea, Japan and the Middle East that democracy and freedom is not just an American government but across the globe.

So, while you’re having a party and lighting up your barbecue, raise a glass to those heroes who strapped the American flag across their bodies and fought for the freedoms you enjoy. Their dying breaths allows you to breathe freely today.

We remember.

MRS N

Cherish Those You Love for They May Not Be With You Tomorrow #love #MondayBlogs #dad


Daddy and me

 

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.

Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?

A smile from a veil?

Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?

Hot ashes for trees?

Hot air for a cool breeze?

Cold comfort for change?

Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.

We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,

Running over the same old ground.

What have we found?

The same old fears.

Wish you were here.

Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

Nineteen years ago today, my dad died. He was run over by a truck on a dark, cold street. In one moment, my life changed and I’ve never been the same. The grief still burns in my soul and I wish with every ounce of my being that I had a chance to say good-bye. So, I do the next best thing: I live each day to the fullest and spread love wherever I go.

Life is short, too short in my opinion, and you never know when you’ll loved ones will be gone.

My father taught me many lessons but the biggest one he taught me is to love everyone, no matter who they are or where they’ve come from. He taught me the importance of forgiveness and loving your enemies. But it’s his death that taught me the importance of saying, “I love you.”

This Pink Floyd song is one of our songs and he loved singing it to me. Why this song? For this stanza:

We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,

Running over the same old ground.

What have we found?

The same old fears.

Wish you were here.

I wish you were here, Dad. I’d give you a hug and tell you one last time how much I love you!

Today, call/write/email/text/emoji your loved one and tell them those three magical words:

I love you!

MRS N

How to be More Confident #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


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Photo Credit: mrbolero.com

 

Could you use a dash of confidence to start the week?

I sure could!

There isn’t a person alive who couldn’t use more confidence, except for certain political leaders.

I’m struggling with seasonal allergies and it’s been challenging to get good sleep. When I’m sleepy, my confidence slips and I second-guess myself. I need a booster shot of confidence. So, I looked over the above quote to gain confidence.

Confidence not only helps us achieve our dreams but makes us feel good. We see ourselves the way others see us and positivity flows in our veins.

Which of these five tips are you going to incorporate into your everyday living?

I’m going to concentrate on #1. I’ve been comparing myself with others (both in my professional and personal life) and all it’s made me is self-conscious. I’m a contributing member of society and have a lot to offer. My writing inspires others and my experience helps others achieve success. I have a lot more to do so I better get started.

Have a great week, everyone!

MRS N

Are the Storms in Your Life Preventing You From Seeing the Sun? #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


stormy life

Are you going through a difficult time? Has 2017 been a hellish year?

You’re in the middle of a vicious storm that rivals Hurricane Katrina. You’re drenched and you haven’t seen the sun for months. What to do?

Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now doesn’t mean that you aren’t headed for sunshine.

You can make it through the storm. Cling to your umbrella and keep moving forward. The storm will eventually pass and you will be surrounded by the sun! 🙂

Are You Moving Forward or Just Looking Forward? #inspiration #MondayBlogs #Monday


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Are you moving forward or just looking forward?

The future is unknown and yet there are many of us who pine for the future, look forward to the future and generally live in the future. The present doesn’t matter, only the future.

Is that really a way to live?

Listen, when I was younger, I lived in the future. I didn’t give a damn about the past or the present. I was miserable and wanted out of the life I was living. So, I propelled myself to the future with thoughts like these:

When I get older, I’ll be successful and show those bullies I’m somebody.

When I get older, I’ll show all those guys what a mistake they made dumping me.

When I become a successful author, I’ll show those agents what a mistake they made not choosing me as a client.

On and on these thoughts went and you know what? I wasn’t moving forward, just looking forward.

Life is meant to be lived in the present. Don’t make the same mistakes as me. Plan for the future but live in the now.

“You’ll never know for sure what tomorrow holds unless you keep moving forward.”

MRS N