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

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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


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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


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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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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


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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

If You Love A Toaster, I Promise I Won’t Judge #love #MondayBlogs #LoveisLove


Love

Love is the theme this week, as it’s Holy Week for both Christians and Jews. Love is on my mind and today I’m going to be truthful and honest. Some of you may not like what I have to say and I’m okay with that. I feel led to speak the truth in love, not hate.

I heard this song, Take Me to Church by Hozier, last week. Here’s the lyrics and the video (PG-13 rating):

My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner
If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week
“We were born sick”
You heard them say it
My church offers no absolutes
She tells me “worship in the bedroom”
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you
I was born sick, but I love it
Command me to be well
Amen, Amen, Amen
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
[x2]
If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the goddess on my side
She demands
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
[x2]
No masters or kings when the ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Amen, Amen, Amen
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
[x2]
Songwriters: Andrew Hozier Byrne
Take Me to Church lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

Love is love. No matter who you are and who you love, what you beliefs and values are, you love. Every religion and spiritual practice speaks of love. As human beings, we have a desire to love and be loved.

It angers me when Christians, Jews, Muslim, New Age, Agnostics, etc. judge other people by who they love. Here’s a sampling of various holy texts quotes on love:

The Bible: Matthew 22:36 – 22:40 —

36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Torah: Leviticus 19:17–18 —

You shall not hate your kinsman in your heart.
Reprove your neighbor, but incur no guilt because of him.
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk.
Love your neighbor as yourself: I am Adonai.

Ancient Philosopher, Socrates:

One word frees us
Of all the weight and pain in life,
That word is Love.

Love is universal. Love is within us all and nowhere in any of these texts does it say to judge another by who he/she loves. In every religion/spiritual belief, we’re not called upon to judge. It’s not our place and honestly, who wants that kind of responsibility?

Listen, I’m a Christian and I follow Jesus’ example. He loved everyone. Sure, He didn’t love the sin or what they did wrong. But He didn’t judge; He left that to His Father, the Lord. He walked among sinners, especially lepers, prostitutes and tax collectors. He preached turning the other cheek, loving everyone, spreading the good word, housing and feeding others in His name.

I follow His example of truth, kindness and being the embodiment of love. I don’t judge and in fact, it doesn’t matter to me if people’s soul mates are their toasters. Yup, you read that right. If someone is in love with his/her toaster, well, I’m happy for them! God bless because everyone should experience love.

So today, on the first day of Holy Week (even if you’re not religious), show love not hate to others. Let all that you do be in love.

MRS N

Can You Ever Really Go Home Again? It Depends on Where Home is #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Can you really go home again?

This question rattled around in my brain all weekend. On Friday, Google Maps did a fun thing for April Fools. You could play Ms. Pac-Man on actual streets using Google Maps. So, I did what every adult on the planet did: I called up a neighborhood and played. It was great amounts of fun.

What neighborhood did I choose?

The street I grew up on.

When MR N asked me what neighborhood I chose, I told him my childhood home. His face fell a smidgen and asked me, “Is that what you consider home?”

“No, of course not.” I replied. “Our neighborhood is my home.” But it made me pause. If what I said was the truth, then why did I go back home, to my childhood home?

We all want to go back home, to where we grew up, and show up successful, happy and content.

When I left my childhood home all those years ago, no one thought I would be anything. In fact, they all thought I was a head-in-the-cloud young woman with crazy dreams. My school bullies thought I was a nerd and a geek. Boy, did I prove them wrong. 😉

Today, I’m happy to call my neighborhood home and wherever my husband is, that is home. It’s a blissful state because no matter where we live, I’m home. So, no matter what I’m doing during the work day, it’s such a relief to come home every night with spend it with my beloved.

Home is where the heart is. Home should be wherever your heart is, not necessarily where you grew up. You can go home again and every night you do, take a moment and give thanks.

MRS N

Global Warming and the Power of YOU! Guest Post by @authorGaughan #MondayBlogs #GlobalWarming


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My mission, once I decided to accept it, was to incorporate an important environmental message in an action adventure story that included a little sci-fi, fantasy and time travel. The result was Aaden Bluestar – The Awakening, a story about an ordinary boy who, after being struck by lightning, develops extraordinary powers and discovers his connection with an other-worldly race who are trying to save our world from ourselves … and they need our help to do it.

Global Warming and the Power of YOU!

 

When reading the above title, I can imagine you wondering how you can possibly make a difference with such a major issue as global warming. The answer may surprise you, particularly when the solution is disguised in a fictional book written for young adult readers. All I ask is that you keep an open mind.

 

Some believe that global warming is just a hoax, but regardless of whether you believe in global warming or not, we seem to be constantly reminded of climate change in the form of daily or weekly news items about extreme or unusual weather events. Regardless of whether these killer storms, tornadoes, hurricanes or tropical cyclones are the result of global warming or not, the end result is the same – climate change weather patterns seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity.

 

So now we come back to the question of how you, or I, or anyone else can make a difference.

 

I received a birthday card from a friend some years back and it had a simple but profound message. The card had a child’s drawing on the cover with a big sun smiley face and a hand-written poem by Sally Huss.

 

It read:

 

A happy person makes a happy home.

 

A happy home promotes a happy neighborhood.

 

Such a neighborhood affects a city, which in turn inspires a nation.

 

A happy nation helps create a happy world.

 

This simple poem summed up the message I was trying to get across with my story Aaden Bluestar – The Awakening. Of course, Aaden’s story has a lot more going for it than that simple message. It emphasizes environmental issues that affects us all and how each of us, as individuals, can make a difference. The story is told from Aaden’s perspective … a seemingly ordinary boy leading an ordinary life until a freak accident opens his extraordinary powers.

 

As reviewer Mrs. N expressed, Aaden is “such a delightful character to read. His witty nature and honest inner thoughts make him come alive off the page. I enjoyed the way he dealt with his school rival (not quite a bully but close). (Aaden is) someone who anyone can relate to and a joy to read.”

 

Okay, you’re probably still wondering how this affects you and how you can possibly make a difference. My friend Paulette, who sent me the birthday card, also included a hand written note inside the card. It was a quote from Colin P. Sisson, “What we vividly imagine, ardently desire, enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.”

 

There are many who believe that creative visualization is just wishful thinking and there are just as many who believe it is real. The old saying “mind over matter” comes to mind and this is the main message portrayed in Aaden Bluestar – The Awakening. It’s understandable that some may think that such an enormous influence as global warming, or climate change or extreme weather patterns is out of anyone’s control, but there are equal numbers who believe that each of us as individuals can make a difference. I guess it comes back to the glass half full or glass half empty attitude.

 

Definitely, there are powers at play that are beyond anyone’s control. However, our attitude to such events is completely within our control. Events will unfold as time goes by and the impact of such events will vary from person to person. The same event may seem like a sword thrust to one and a pin-prick to another. A lot will depend on the attitude of the individual. Regardless of our station in life, good and bad things happen to all of us. When the trials come, it is often our individual attitude that makes the difference. No matter what, there is always something to be grateful for and when we concentrate on gratitude for the good things in our lives, it makes it easier to handle the stormier parts when they arrive.

 

Some might be skeptical about how this can be of any help with such major events as global warming, extreme weather and climate change, particularly when such events seem to be the result of major political and policy making decisions. At this point, maybe we should take another look at that simple poem again:

 

A happy person makes a happy home.

 

A happy home promotes a happy neighborhood.

 

Such a neighborhood affects a city, which in turn inspires a nation.

 

A happy nation helps create a happy world.

 

Yes, it seems simplistic in its message, but it starts with the individual. We need to keep in mind that political parties and policy makers are representing the people. When enough people are demanding change, the policy makers start taking notice. And if it’s already too late for change, as some may think, then at least as individuals we have the power and choice to concentrate on the positive rather than the negative – that is one thing that is within everyone’s control. As Adam, a character in Aaden Bluestar – The Awakening says, “There’s power in numbers. The more people with the same positive thought, the more powerful the effect.” From that perspective, we are co-creators of everything we see and experience in this world.

 

The extraordinary powers that Aaden develops after his accident might seem beyond the reach of ordinary people, but there are many who believe that these same powers are within each and every one of us – the same powers that are within YOU!

 

If you’re still unsure about the power within you to change your world, check out Aaden Bluestar – The Awakening https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RIMSS6G… and enjoy the ride!

 

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Title: Aaden BlueStar – The Awakening

Author: David Gaughan

Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy

Publisher: Astar Print

 

Book Blurb:

Never feeling quite at home in this world, an ordinary boy discovers his extraterrestrial heritage and superhuman powers when he is confronted by an alien foe. Discovering he is here on a time travel mission, his grip on reality is stretched when he realizes his father, who is running for President, is also not of this world. His best friend Fleur and his sister Tiffany are the only two he can confide in. Together with their extraterrestrial friends, they not only have to combat their alien foe, they also have to convince humanity to change their ways to prevent destroying their home through an environmental disaster. With climate change and extreme weather issues increasing in frequency and intensity, the clock is ticking!

 

Excerpt:

“Maybe it was a prophetic dream.”

“Prophetic?” said Jean. “Do you mean that all this is still to come … that it hasn’t happened yet … that it’s in the future?”

“Perhaps,” he replied with a shrug, implying ignorance.

“We both had the same dream,” Aaden repeated.

“Well, at least you’re accepting now that it was a dream,” he said, catching them both by surprise. “It’s not uncommon for people who are close to have same or similar dreams – that sort of thing has been documented.”

“I don’t believe you,” Aaden retorted. “Why would we have such a dream?”

“Perhaps the dream was showing you a possibility of what the future might hold. Perhaps it was showing you that it may not necessarily happen, that future events can be a direct result of the choices we make today?”

Aaden thought, “That’s the kind of statement a BlueStar would make. Besides, this is after the car accident, so he must be BlueStar, because it was after the accident that the change came over him.” He tried to tune into him, but his previous powers failed him. He decided to try and keep him talking to see if he’d say something that would make sense of their experiences.

“Are you talking about working towards world peace or doing one’s bit for the environment?” said Aaden.

“Both! Every one of us has the ability to help change our immediate environment and our world, to create the future we want.”

Jean and Aaden both stared at him. Even though he refused to acknowledge that he knew anything about the Astar Confederation, he was still talking like a Confederate BlueStar.

“Well that’s fine,” said Aaden. “But how do you get those ideas across to others, if we’re the only ones who had the dream?”

There was a noise from the staircase and they all turned to see Tiffany descending the stairs, looking rather bewildered. She glanced from one to the other, then, without saying a word, ran to the front door, flinging it open. She ran into Fleur coming the other way. They both stared at each other in amazement and then came into the house, looking confused.

“What’s going on?” said Fleur.

“Yeah,” said Tiffany. “This is how the world used to be. It’s almost as though we’ve gone back in time?”

Aaden looked quizzically at his father, who simply raised his eyebrows with feigned surprise and flashed an infuriating grin.

“It looks like you’re not the only ones who had the dream,” said Adam.

“Come on, Dad!” said Aaden. “Was it a dream or was it real?”

Adam sat back in his chair and took another sip of coffee, biding his time, infuriating them all with his relaxed attitude.

“What’s the difference?” he said. “When you’re dreaming, you’re convinced it’s real. It’s only when you awaken that you realize it was a dream. Who’s to say that what you think of as reality now is but a dream and you’ll only realize it when you finally wake up?”

“Seems pretty real to me,” said Tiffany.

Aaden got up and went to the fridge, determined to find something that would cast doubt on this so-called reality. He was curious to see if there’d be some of his favorite yoghurt – there was. Although he was surprised to find it, he was also a little disappointed to see that the container was nearly empty. He picked up a spoon and finished the contents, pleasantly surprised to find it even more delicious than he remembered it to be. Eyeing the trash can, he was tempted to throw the container into it, but then hesitated. Deliberately, he rinsed the container and threw it into the recycling bin.

He saw his Dad watching him, so he gave him a comical wink. “I suppose every little bit helps.”

“Yep!” said his Dad. “Even a small pebble tossed into a large pond will send ripples to the very edge of that pond.”

Aaden was initially taken aback by the strange comment, but decided to test him.

“How?” he said. “How can a single person make a difference?”

“Through thought,” his Dad replied simply. “Every action has a reaction … even with our thoughts. You can create harmony or disharmony in your life, with a single thought.”

“How can our thoughts affect the world?” said Fleur.

Adam gave her a wink. “Your thoughts affect others around you – and that in turn affects your world. It starts with the individual.”

Fleur stared at him, dumbfounded, as did Tiffany and Aaden.

“You’re saying that little ol’ me can make a difference in the world?” said Tiffany.

Aaden and Fleur both smiled at her comical tone.

“There’s power in numbers,” said Adam. “The more people with the same positive thought, the more powerful the effect.”

 

Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RIMSS6G

 

Createspace https://www.createspace.com/6550223

 

Author Biography:

Born on the same day and month as Mark Twain, this Sagittarius has always been the explorer, not only in world travel pursuits but also alternative fringe subjects.

Having climbed the Great Pyramid of Cheops (and getting arrested doing so), some of his other world experiences included riding camels in the Sahara Desert, white-water rafting at the top of the Ganges river, fire walking on a weekend retreat, hot air ballooning in the Cappadocia Region in Turkey and visiting ashrams in Northern India. Much of David’s overseas travel has been fueled by his keen interest in metaphysical subjects.

 

Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/authorgaughan

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13428937.David_Gaughan

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KDZKOM

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/david.gaughan.967

When at a Crossroads, Choose to Take the Bolder Path #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Are you at a crossroads in life and don’t know which path to take?

We’ve all been conflicted by one of life’s intersections and we must choose between two seemingly equal choices. Which way to go? It’s natural to take the easy path but I challenge you to take the bolder, riskier path.

Why?

Taking the bolder path stretches your imagination and you learn just how amazing life can be.

When I decided it was time to publish Princess of the Light, the path I first took was the traditional one (get an agent and get published by the Big 5). For more than a year, I submitted to literary agents and after awhile, I started spinning my wheels. What was I doing? Was I making the right choice?

The bolder choice: self-publish. Could I do it myself? Could I hire a cover designer and editor in order to make my book the very best it could be?

I took the leap and have never looked back. Sure, it was scary and I made some costly mistakes. But I learned more about myself and my determination than anything else. I’ve never regretted my decision to go indie and I love the freedom that comes with it.

Life has a way of leading us onto the right path and more times than not, it’s the bolder road to success. Don’t let your fear dictate where you go; follow your heart and go bold!

MRS N

Today is #InternationalDayofHappiness and #Happiness is Within Your Grasp #MondayBlogs


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Happy International Day of Happiness! Today, we’re talking about one of my favorite topics: happiness.

Are you happy? Do you spread happiness and joy wherever you go?

I know, I know, most of us are tired of the whole “Pollyanna Syndrome”, especially when we’re going through a hard time. Trust me, I understand. What I’m talking about is true happiness, not fake happiness. Let me give you an example:

Back in February, I went from being happy to anxious in a matter of moments. Suddenly, my peace went out the window and I was spiraling downwards. I started having anxiety attacks and worrying about “stuff”. What were we going to do? How are we going to make it through?

MR N, meanwhile, had no worries and continued to be happy. He knew in his heart that everything was going to turn out better than we could imagine. “Have faith, my love,” he said. “Be happy and trust in the Lord.”

BOOM! I was in the midst of a spiritual crossroads. Did I have faith? Did I trust in God to provide for us and if so, then why wasn’t I happy?

True happiness, is a journey, not a destination.

Last week, our prayers were answered and everything is taken care of. I got on my knees and thanked God. I felt shame for not having faith and while I was wallowing in my pity, a realization hit: I chose not to stay on the path of happiness but to veer off-course to a thorny trail of misery and despair.

So, on this day and every day, embrace your path of happiness and have faith. Learn from my mistakes and be the embodiment of true happiness. Be grateful for what you have and who you are. Don’t be fake; be happy.

MRS N

Without Terrible Days, You’ll Never Cherish Great Days! #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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We’ve all had days when it feels like our lives are over.

Yesterday, I was relaxing with MR N and we saw a scene unfold in the parking lot across from our building. A woman in her early twenties paced, yelled and cried to her friends around her. Something was clearly wrong and at one point she screamed, “OMG, my life is over!”

I wanted to run over to her, give her a hug and tell her it was going to be okay. It may seem like life is over but this, too, shall pass.

I remember clearly a time when I thought my life wasn’t worth living anymore. I was in the pit of despair and the darkness had me in a choke hold. I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep; the pain, grief and suffering overwhelmed me. I wanted out of this life and I almost ran away. Almost.

What did I do?

I took it one day at a time. My best friend held me and told me life would get better. The pain eased and through my faith, my life improved. Now I’m living the most amazing life, something I never envisioned all those years ago.

Listen, we’re going to have bad days, days when when the darkness swells over our heads and we’re fighting to just stay afloat. This too shall pass. We can’t savor the good days without going through the bad ones.

Be grateful for everything and take it one moment at a time. Believe in the promise of tomorrow and you’ll get through this.

MRS N

Raise Your Hand if You Love #SocialMedia … #MondayBlogs #love #motivation


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Who here loves social media?

I do, too, but there comes a time when our love for social media takes over our lives. It becomes an obsession. You have to be online 24/7 to make sure you don’t miss an update and/or notification.

As a writer/blogger/marketer, I understand what you’re going through. It’s hard to shut off but trust me when I tell you that shutting off your device for a few hours or even a day is actually beneficial to your health.

The term is digital detox and it’s becoming more and more popular. Read all about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_detox

When I became a social media marketer six years ago, MR N and I made an agreement to take weekends off. If a client emailed me on the weekend, I wouldn’t read it or reply. The weekends were off-limits and reserved for family time.

Was it hard?

Sure, it was… and sometimes still is. But it’s necessary for my overall health and at the end of the day, I’m much happier.

Listen, social media is great and I’d be out of a job if it wasn’t for social media. I met MR N via social media and I’m forever grateful. But there comes a time when we all have to unplug and get away.

Love of social media is perfectly healthy and rather fun. But when you start to get anxious and stressed out by social media, maybe it’s time to take a break. Shut off your device for one hour and see what happens. Relax, take it easy, go for a walk, do something you enjoy. Social media’s like your faithful pet; it’ll be there when you get back.

Do you take a digital detox? Share your experience in the comments below.

MRS N

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