Having a Bad Friday? Realize Tomorrow’ll Be Better #inspiration #FridayFeeling #stress


terrible day

 

Having a bad Friday? 

 

Mr. N and I both woke up with horrific migraines. It’s raining cats and dogs outside, checked my email to find a birthday present for my grandparents has a shipping issues and I’m beyond exhausted. * looks around * Yup, this looks like a bad day.

 

We’ve all dealt with bad days and we need to remember the quote above. No matter how bad a day it is, we’ve just gotta get through it. For tomorrow may be the best day of our lives. 

 

So, while MR N and I go lay down soon, let’s be gentle with ourselves and look forward to tomorrow.

 

MRS N

No Matter What’s Happening in Your Life, You’re Flawless! #inspiration #love #motivation


Flawless MR N

 

Do you know that you’re flawless?

 

Yesterday, MR N was dealing with some stressful customer service issues. Talking with a co-worker he blurted out, “He wants flawless? Nothing in this world is flawless except for my beloved wife.”

 

Aww!

 

Yes, I have the best husband in the world. Yes, he’s loving and we’re an adorable couple. But that’s not what today’s inspirational thought is about.

 

For as long as I can remember, I have been my own worst critic. I beat myself up over the littlest thing and I can’t seem to break this vicious cycle. That is, until yesterday. When MR N told me what he said, it resonated deep within. I’m flawless.

 

I decided to do a little test for the rest of the day. Whenever a negative thought popped into my head, I’d counter it by whispering, “I’m flawless”. Not in a cocky way but in an honest way.

 

It worked. My self esteem lifted and my positive spirit returned.

 

Each of us are flawless. We’re a beautiful, rare jewel and we shouldn’t listen to others who say otherwise.

 

Take a moment, look in the mirror and repeat after me: I’m flawless. Mr. N and Mrs. N thinks I’m flawless. It’s the truth.

 

Nothing in this world is flawless except for you.

 

MRS N

Do Good to Others #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom #SummerSolstice


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Today is the first day of summer. The Summer Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years around the globe. We welcome summer with open arms, relishing the warmer weather and give thanks for making it through another hard winter. 

 

In honor of Summer Solstice, let’s make a vow to be kinder to others. Do good, help someone in need, show kindness and it will come back to you in unexpected ways.

 

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” -Wilma Rudolph

 

Happy Summer!

 

MRS N

Erase Disappointment in Your Heart and You’ll Be Blessed #inspiration #Tuesdaymotivation


expectations

 

Is disappointment causing your heart to hurt and stealing your happiness?

 

We all deal with disappointments. Work, school, family, friends all disappoint us at one time or another. But the easiest way to deal with disappointment is to not expect anything.

 

I see you scratching your head but stick with me for a moment and you’ll soon understand what I’m talking about.

 

When I first agreed to marry MR N, I had a bunch of high expectations. I thought life was going to be like a trip through Oz, all happy and carefree. I expected certain things from my family and when they disappointed me, I was crushed. I cried on MR N’s shoulder. Then he gave me some sage advice.

 

“Expect nothing and you’ll be blessed. When you have no expectations and something good happens, it’ll be a happy surprise. When you expect good things to happen and they don’t, you’ll be miserable.”

 

Since that day, I’ve tried to not have expectations. Sure, I slip now and again; I’m human. But as a rule, I don’t expect anything in return. I’m kind to be kind, not to get kindness in return. I love others, not to be loved in return but because it’s a part of me.

 

Tip of the day: Have no expectations and be blessed.

 

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

Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking by @pschmi02 #bookreview #motivational #quotes


Positive Thinking Quotes

 

Title: Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking: Wisdom Quotes Illustrated 3

Author: Philip G. Schmitz

Genre: Self-Help, Motivational, Quotes

 

Book Blurb:

Here’s what they want you to believe: spending money, acquiring possessions, and keeping up with your neighbors will make you happy.

Here’s what they’re hiding from you: it doesn’t work that way and it never has.

Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking offers a better perspective. The source of true happiness lies within you. It’s all about being yourself even if you’re different–and who isn’t?–seeing things in a favorable light, facing challenges with hope, and, yes, overcoming difficulties with confidence.

Maybe you have an inkling that cultivating a positive mindset will lead to greater happiness. Or maybe you’re already moving in that direction and are eager for support and insight.

You’ve come to the right place. Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking will educate, edify, and entertain you. These are carefully selected quotes paired with great pics. Have a “look inside.”

 

My Review:

This is a great book for a device because you could remind yourself of your go-to quote with the swipe of a finger.  There is a lot here and there is something for everyone.

 

I defy a morose and negative person to make it through this book without feeling more positive!

 

If you want something short, hard hitting and fast then this book is for you.  A brief into to, at least the sections, might have provided more depth but otherwise this little book is a triumph.

 

Recommended for anyone and everyone.

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Inspirational-Quotes-about-Positive-Thinking-ebook/dp/B071LPWKXP/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Inspirational-Quotes-about-Positive-Thinking-ebook/dp/B071LPWKXP/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inspirational-Quotes-about-Positive-Thinking-ebook/dp/B071LPWKXP/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35234627-inspirational-quotes-about-positive-thinking-wisdom-quotes-illustrated

 

Philip G Schmitz

 

Author Biography:

Life is like a gemstone. Let’s hold it under the light and watch it sparkle.

Born in Princeton, NJ, Philip Schmitz spent his formative decades in Salzburg, Austria. His exposure to a foreign culture exerted an enormous influence on his life.

As a professional translator, he has written well over a million words. Although much of his work was printed between the covers of books (12) and published online, it left him unsatisfied.

Wisdom Quotes Illustrated is his first attempt at publishing on the subjects that matter to him most: learning, developing, and changing; staying inspired and motivated; and cultivating a positive, optimistic frame of mind even—and especially—when difficult situations arise.

His goal is to produce a series of books that will provide awareness and insight, and encourage personal growth.

Philip lives in Connecticut. When he’s not up to his neck in a translation or busily collecting quotes for his next book, he enjoys baking cakes and can found walking in the quiet recesses of nearby nature preserves.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.fullyhereandnow.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/philip.schmitz.100

Twitter https://twitter.com/pschmi02

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/110985456309645140331/posts

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/philipinct/quotes-to-enjoy-and-thoughts-to-ponder/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Choose to be Unstoppable #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom


unstoppable

 

Are you ready to be unstoppable?

 

Life is hard. There are times when work, family, finances, friends, etc. all try their best to stop us from achieving our goals. There are times when it takes great effort to just get out of bed in the morning. Worry and stress circle above our heads like greedy vultures, hoping to steal our joy.

 

How do you keep the vultures at bay? By choosing to be fearless, strong and courageous, you’re shooting down worry and stress.

 

Is it really that easy?

 

Yes, it is! Listen, even I deal with worry and stress. It’s not fun and I get overwhelmed, especially when it comes to family and friends. They’re a whole different type of stress. But when I hear the flapping of wings soaring far above my head and the screeching call, I close my eyes and repeat my inner mantra. “I am strong, like Wonder Woman. I can do this. Fear has nothing on me. I’m going to be victorious.”

 

Choose right now to be unstoppable. Stop letting the vultures eat away at you, one piece at a time. Speak your own inner mantra and watch the worry and stress disappear.

 

MRS N

“I Feel Like I’ve Hit the Lottery!” Should be Your Mantra Today #inspiration #TuesdayThoughts


lottery

 

Do you wake up thinking your life would be perfect if you won the lottery?

I used to think this way. I work so hard every single day and it would be nice to not have to work so hard. If I won the lottery, I would retire and spend my days with MR N raising money to feed the homeless and those in need.

Just last weekend, MR N and I were talking about the lottery. He checked our tickets and we didn’t win anything but a free ticket. I sighed, disappointed by us not winning. MR N came into the bedroom and leaned against the door jam.

“Baby, I won the lottery the day I met you. I won the lottery when you told me you loved me for the first time. I won the lottery when you came back to me, for good. I won the lottery when you left your family and moved 3,000 miles away. I won the lottery when you said yes. I won the lottery every single day we’ve been married. I don’t need a lottery win… I’ve had several already.”

He’s right, you know? Life is a lottery win. Happiness and success are winning tickets within our reach. How to get it? Grab ahold and focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.

Listen, we all deal with life’s ups and downs. We get windfalls and nosedives. Our successes are the results of hard work, dedication and natural abilities. Our failures are just a detour on the super-highway of life. 

Take MR N’s advice and take stock in your multiple lottery wins. You’re a winner, just like me!

MRS N

Magnifying Blessings Instead of Disappointments Equals Happiness! #inspiration #MondayBlogs


blessings

Are you a positive or a negative person?

 

Back in my teen years, I was such a negative person. The Universe was against me, or so I thought, and I complained about anything and everything. It didn’t make me feel better and I truly believe that because I magnified the negative, bad things/people latched onto me.

 

More than 20 years later, I’m much more positive. I see my world in a brighter light, projecting my blessings instead of the crap that may or may not happen. You know what? I’m much more happier. 

 

When we focus on the positives in our lives, instead of the negatives, we’re happier and healthier. Our perspectives are open to the possibilities and not closed off.

 

Today, magnify your blessings instead of your disappointments. Be thankful for all in your life, instead of what you don’t have. Your gratitude will have a huge impact, not only on your own personal views but on the world around you.

 

MRS N

Being Healthy is a Way of Life so Get Moving! #inspiration #health #exercise


being healthy

 

Are you healthy? 

 

For the first thirty years of my life, I was unhealthy. I did the yo-yo dieting thing as well as eating to comfort my insecurities. Talk about running the hamster wheel. I’d exercise at the gym to lose weight then feeling lonely and sorry for myself, I’d binge eat (mostly chips and chocolate). I’d feel guilty for being overweight (usually due to someone fat shaming me) and I’d hit the gym.

 

It wasn’t until I met MR N that my perspective started changing. MR N loved me for me, including the parts that were “jiggly”. But I didn’t like the way I looked or felt. I wanted to lose the weight and it had nothing to do with pleasing my husband. I was overweight and I needed to lose the weight or else I’d die of a heart attack by the time I’d reach 45. Talk about a wake-up call.

 

So, I gave up driving and a car (MR N didn’t drive anyway). I walked everywhere within a five mile radius and when I couldn’t walk as far as I needed to, I’d take a taxi or mass transit. I drank lots of water and ate smaller portions. I quit snacking all the time and took a hard look at why I was binge eating. I turned my inner insecurities around, with the immense help of MR N and his unconditional love, and the weight fell off. From 2004 – 2014, I lost 125 pounds.

 

Being healthy is not solely exclusively about losing weight. It’s about strength, energy, feeling good as well as looking good, staying motivated, making good choices and appreciating yourself without criticism. 

 

So again I ask, are you healthy?

 

If not, take the steps necessary to make yourself healthy. Whether it’s physical, mental or spiritual, your health is so important. Your very life could depend on it so don’t delay!

 

MRS N

Start Living Your Life Fearlessly! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts #motivation


Have no fear

Start living your life fearlessly.

Every achievement in my life is due to me swallowing my fear and ploughing ahead.

I’m a published bestselling author. My fear of failure got the heave-ho.

I’m married to my soul mate, lover of my dreams. My fear of abandonment burst in flames.

I’m co-owner of a successful author promotions business. My fear of being a talentless hack obliterated.

Fear is a strong motivator but it can also keep us from achieving our goals/dreams. You’ve got to harness your fears, use them to your advantage and go conquer them! 

Like the graphic states, I want you to write down 10 things you’d accomplish if you had no fear. Then after you’ve looked over it, choose one and go after it.

Start living your life fearlessly!

MRS N

Good Friends are Like Stars… #inspiration #friendship #Tuesdaymotivation


good friends stars

 

Good friends are one of life’s blessings.

Throughout my life I’ve been blessed with good friends. These friends stuck by me through thick and thin. They laughed with me and held me while I cried. They were only a phone call away for every celebration and failure.

Today, I’m blessed with many good friends and although we’re thousands of miles apart, they’re only a tweet, email or phone call away. Whenever I have good news to share, I drop them a line/tweet. I think about these special people almost every day and they’re in my prayers constantly.

No matter the distance, good friends are always there for you.

Today, take a moment and reach out to your good friends. Thank them for their friendship and tell them you’re thinking of them.

MRS N

So Come With Me… to Never Never Land! #inspiration #dreams #FridayFeeling


Dreams Peter Pan
Graphic courtesy of Pinterest/Google

Tinker Bell wants to know if you’re ready for an adventure.

I woke up thinking about Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell this morning. One of my favorite stories, Peter Pan, ignites my imagination.

Life gets stressful and sometimes I wish I could fly off to Never Never Land (with MR N of course). All I’d have to do is think of happy thoughts and fly high in the sky.

What are some of your happy thoughts?

Go on, think hard.

Here’s a few of mine:

MR N

A bunny hopping along the grass, stopping every now and again to nibble.

Listening to Pink Floyd with my dad.

Reading a good book.

Walking/Shopping at our local Farmer’s Market with MR N.

A lavender-scented bubble bath.

The sound of birds chirping.

Life can be a grand adventure and you can create your own little version of Never Never Land. All you need is a child-like belief and happy thoughts. Soar above the toil and trouble of your day.

Tinker Bell is waiting for you.

MRS N

Opportunity is Always Knocking so Turn Down Your Self-Doubt! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


opportunity-self-doubt-station

 

Is your self-doubt preventing you from achieving your dreams?

Five years ago, I had the opportunity to write my first manuscript. MR N had just received a raise at his work and I could resign from my position and write. My self-doubt cranked up and all I could think is that I couldn’t possibly do it. I was too old, too inexperienced and wouldn’t possibly finish it. I’d start strong, like I always do when I start something new, and eventually drop it for something else.

This was a dream of mine and I was determined to see it through. This time, self-doubt wouldn’t win because I had a secret weapon: an accountability partner. I named MR N my partner and he helped me stay on track. He supported me in every way and soon my self-doubt shrunk to a whisper.

Opportunities are knocking. Tap, tap, tap. Can you hear it? No, then you have to turn down your self-doubt. Take control of the volume and you’ll be on your way to achieving your dreams.

MRS N

“Plant Love, Grow Peace.” — @ArianaGrande #inspiration #TuesdayThoughts


love and peace AG

 

Last night, after Ariana Grande performed in Manchester, a suicide bomber detonated himself just outside. At last count, 22 children died, over 50 injured and several still missing.

This terrorist scumbag murdered children and stripped innocence from all of us who love music. I’m not a fan of Ariana Grande but I love music. Both MR N and I have gone to our fair share of concerts. It’s a great time, no matter what kind of music it is. In one act, fear and chaos erupted at a concert.

When I first heard about it, I was shocked. It tore me apart with first grief then righteous anger. Ariana Grande is not to blame and neither are the concert go-ers. The blame is solely on the loser who built and detonated the bomb.

So, while I’m still seething with anger and my heart goes out to all those who died and were injured, I am inspired by something Ariana Grande once said.

“Plant love. Grow peace.”

Every human life is precious, no matter what race, religion, creed, sex, etc. I have a love for every life. I may not agree with their beliefs or values but I respect their right to exist.

Imagine if everyone felt the same way as me. Hatred wouldn’t exist and neither would war.

In this world of chaos, be the Light. Spread kindness. Plant love. Watch your love’s roots grow deep and peace will surely blossom.

MRS N

Struggles Are Nothing More Than Strength-Training Classes! #wednesdaywisdom #inspiration


struggle-dont-give-up

 

Are you struggling with something right now?

Good. Welcome to today’s Universe Strength-Training Class. You won’t need to wear work-out clothing and shoes; come as you are.

We all deal with struggles. It can be a work deadline, school project, disease/illness, loss of someone, etc. Struggles aren’t meant to punish you for something you did; struggles test your mettle and prepare you for what’s coming next.

A few months ago, as you may remember, I went through a struggle. Our tax bill was more than we expected and in the matter of two months we had to come up with $800. Anxiety filled me while MR N was calm. MR N created a plan and we followed it. My stomach churned every day but I persevered. At the eleventh hour, we received a bonus and it was exactly the amount we needed.

Going through that experience taught me a lot. I channeled every ounce of strength I had (and borrowed the rest from MR N) and came out the other side. It wasn’t pretty, let me tell you, but I got through.

Struggles force us to look inward and gather strength, sometimes strength we didn’t know we had in the first place. It prepares us for the future and purifies us. Purifies us? Yes, like gold or silver, the fire of struggles burns away the impurities surrounding our soul, leaving a clean, fresh spirit.

Welcome to the Universe’s strength-training series of classes. I’m ready to get started. Who’s with me?

MRS N

Strength Doesn’t Come From Winning but From Overcoming Pain #inspiration #motivation


strength-as

 

How much strength does it take to overcome pain?

525 push-ups.

This morning, as I was coming out of the washroom, Mr. N grunted in pain. He was doing his second set of push-ups. I asked him if he was okay. His response: a nod. When he was finished, he did a victory lap and I blew him a kiss.

“Oh baby, I did it. I didn’t know if I could because of this lower back pain.” He pointed to an area of back muscles on his right side. “Right here.”

“Way to go, my love. I knew you could do it! See, you didn’t know if you could make it but then your strength kicked in.”

He smiled and then it hit me. Mr. N’s morning push-ups are a metaphor for life.

When we feel down and can’t take another step, our inner strength kicks in and we have the extra energy/motivation/resolve to see it through. Victory is in our grasp.

We’re all going through our own personal struggles and while it seems pointless right now, in reality, they are building up our mental muscles. Hardship is the best personal trainer in the world.

So as you go about your day and run into a roadblock, think back on Mr. N and how he pushed through the pain to get his push-ups done. If he can do it, then so can you!

MRS N

#ThankfulThursday: I am Thankful for Those Who Said No! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts


thankful

 

What are you thankful for today?

I’m thankful for those people who told me no.

“You can’t be an artist because you can’t draw.”

“You can’t be beautiful because you’re not model-thin.”

“You can’t be a successful author because you don’t have a literary agent.”

“I’m sorry but we can’t promote you due to your potential to someday go on maternity leave.”

“You can’t be as happy as you seem because that only happens in television sitcoms.”

“We’re sorry to inform you that you haven’t been accepted.”

No. No. No. I’ve been through so many rejections that I could plaster my home with them. For one reason or another, these people thought I was inferior in some way. I wasn’t the right sex, age, talent, look, etc. I could’ve gotten angry but I did the next best thing. I proved them all wrong.

For every door that closed, another one opened. Sure, the journey wasn’t always smooth and I went through my fair share of mistakes, heartache and tears. At the end of the day, I took each No as motivation to turn it into a Yes.

Think back on your life and remember a time when someone told you no. What did you do? Did it motivate you to prove them wrong?

Give thanks for the Nos and celebrate each victory.

I’m so grateful to those people who pushed me to succeed, no matter the odds. Without their road blocks, I never would’ve known true happiness and fulfilling my dreams. 

MRS N

The Secret to Success in Life is to Have Greater Goals! #inspiration #goals #WednesdayWisdom


goals

How’s your yearly goals (New Year’s resolutions) going?

 

We’re five months into 2017 and I’m gaining ground on each of my goals. Here’s a recap of my 2017 goals:

 

Personal –

 

– I resolve to panic less. This is something I continue to work on. Stress tends to kick my butt and I move quickly to panic. I know, I know, I should really take my own advice. lol!

 

– I resolve to exercise four times a week.

 

– I resolve to pamper my body/skin. My body does the best it can and the older I get, the more I need to take care of it.

 

– I resolve to snuggle/kiss MR N lots. This is a fun one and something we’re both interested in. lol!

 

Professional –

 

– I resolve to increase our author promotions business by 25%.

 

– I resolve to write four times a week. My muse is kicking my butt and threatening a hunger strike if I don’t start writing again. Time to get back to writing.

 

– I resolve to leapfrog Amazon Rankings in 2017.

 

– I resolve to publish an Inspirational Thought book.

 

So, how am I doing? I’m surpassing all my personal goals with ease. It was a challenge in February to not panic due to the tax bill but MR N helped me in that area. He was the calm in the storm and I clung to him.

 

As far as professional goals, here’s an update:

 

– As of today, we’ve increased our author promotion business by 20%. I’m working really hard to expand our clientele and get the word out.

 

– I’ve been writing at least three times a week. When I was sick with that bad virus, I didn’t have the energy to write. I’m healthy once again so I am back to writing. Princess of the Light 2 is coming along nicely. I’m also writing my inspirational thought book.

 

– Part of our business model is to increase our reputation as book reviewers and so my goal of leapfrogging the Amazon Rankings was a no-brainer. Over the past five months, I’ve worked hard to climb the Amazon Rankings. I’m thrilled with the results. As a happy bonus, we’re also climbing the Goodreads Rankings. My goal is within reach and I couldn’t be more proud.

 

– I’ve been writing inspirational thoughts on this blog for several years and it’s time to publish it. I’m collecting and organizing the thoughts and I’m hopeful for a September release.

 

So, here’s the big question for you to think over today:

 

How’s your yearly goals coming along? Have you already reached it or are barely started?

 

It’s all good, either way. If you’ve already reached your yearly goals, create new ones. The journey to success, like the quote says above, is to constantly create greater goals. It stretches you as a person and you’ll be amazed by the results.

 

If you haven’t started on your goals yet, it’s not to late to get going. It’s only May and you’ve got seven months to go. Look over your goals and recommit yourself.

 

The secret to success is easier than you think. By challenging yourself with greater goals, you’re on your way to immense success. I never thought I’d be where I am today but by goal-setting and persevering, I’m successful. If I can do it, so can you!

 

How’s your yearly goals doing? Share in the comments below and let’s keep each other accountable!

 

MRS N

Today It’s Cinco de Mayo so Celebrate Yourself! #inspiration #grateful #motivation


Celebrating Yourself

 

I couldn’t have said it better, myself!

Happy Friday, everyone!

MRS N

Darth Vader Says to Have Faith #inspiration #StarWarsDay #Maythe4thBeWithYou


Star Wars Inspiration

 

Happy Star Wars Day!

As a huge fan of Star Wars, I thought I’d expose my geeky side and inspire you with the help of Darth Vader.

The above quote is one of my all-time favorites from the Dark One himself. He’s just discovered that the Rebels are mounting an attack and his minions have failed him. One of them mumbles in defeat. Just as Darth Vader is about to choke him, he speaks.

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

So, how does this one sentence apply to our lives?

Darth Vader knows the value of faith. You have to believe in something 100% in order to achieve success. Sometimes you can’t see the victory yet but that’s when your faith has to kick into overdrive.

How many times have you been clouded with doubt, fear and uncertainty, only to discover confidence, joy and triumph right around the corner?

Take Darth Vader’s advice and have faith!

May the 4th be with you!!!

MRS N (geektress and lover of all things Star Wars)

Stop Listening to What Others Think and Embrace Your Inner Superhero! #inspiration


Self image superboy

 

Are you depending too much on what others think?

I’ll be the first to admit that I put too much emphasis on what others think. Whether it’s in my personal or professional life, my weakness is to value my self-worth on how people view me. I know, I know, I should listen to my own advice and not worry about what people think. But it’s hard to do when my inner voice amplifies popular opinion.

I’m writing the sequel to Princess of the Light and almost every day, my inner voice yells negative thoughts.

“This is crap. You’re a talentless hack and no one will bother to read this.”

“Why are you wasting your time on this story? It doesn’t sell and no one cares.”

“You’re not a writer so why not quit?”

On and on the slew of comments go. I close my eyes and will the voice to be silent. It quiets down eventually and then my muse speaks.

“You’re blessed with the ability to move readers. Use your gift for good.”

“A lot of people are drawn to you and your words matter.”

“Share Mary’s story and if one person reads it, it’ll be worth it.”

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what others think of myself or my work. What matters is how I feel about it. I love myself and I know that I’m a good person. I may be shy and insecure at times but so was Buffy the Vampire Slayer (my superhero). When I embrace my inner Buffy, all negative thoughts flee before they can be slayed. 😉

What others think of you doesn’t matter but what you feel about yourself is what’s important! Embrace your inner superhero and defeat those negative thoughts!

MRS N

Hard Work = Masterpiece: Formula for Success #inspiration #art #TuesdayMotivation


hard work michelangelo

 

To create a masterpiece, you must put in the hard work.

I’m a huge fan of Michelangelo, not only for his creative genius but for how hard he worked to achieve his brilliant artwork. One of his best works is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At the time, he was a sculpturalist and hadn’t given much thought to painting. But he agreed and spent the next four years creating (on his back, too) one of the greatest artworks of all time.

Michelangelo teaches us that it takes more than talent to be masterful; it takes a lot of hard work. Hard work isn’t rewarded but the end result is. In order to get a finished product, whether it is art, music, literature or a successful business, one must put in hard work.

Are you working hard on a goal?

Keep going. I know it may seem like all that hard work isn’t pay off but it will. Look at what it did for Michelangelo.

MRS N

Are You Living a Fake Life? If so, Step Into the Truth; it’s More Fun! #inspiration


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Are you leading a fake life, whether in person on online?

I read an article this morning about the prevalence of fake lives. I don’t mean people living two lives (due to infidelity or what have you) but people creating a whole new life in order to appear … well … better/happier/successful. It’s happening more and more in the blogging community. One mommy blogger confessed all back in 2016 and it made all the news circuits. Here’s her story:

http://nypost.com/2016/05/29/my-mommy-blog-ruined-my-life/

Do you know my first reaction to her story? Utter sadness. I mean, how much effort it took for her to create this “perfect happiness” when her own life was crumbling around her.

As authors/artists/creative folks, there’s an urge to create a fake life to go along with the author/blogger moniker. I mean, words are my talent so why not use words to create an ideal life to go along with the name N. N. Light?

Authenticity.

When I started this blog back in 2012, I hadn’t a clue what to talk about. I had zero followers and was basically talking to myself. So, I asked MR N what to talk about.

His response: talk as if the world is listening.

Pretty profound, eh?

From the start, I’ve been 100% me on this blog and with every inspirational thought, I shared a part of myself with the world. The more I shared, the more followers I gained (thank you from the bottom of my heart) and the more excited I was to blog. I shared life’s ups and downs and tried to be as positive as possible. My words became more than just words; they empowered people.

The world is listening and wants you to be truthful. Granted, it can be scary and fearful to live in truth. There’ll be people who won’t agree with you, will want to slam you and make you feel miserable. Live in truth and be honest. Whatever you’re going through, if you share your feelings online, you might just be helping someone else going through the exact thing.

Bloggers, I urge you to be yourselves. Share your heartbreak, frustrations, failures as well as the positive stuff, too. You’ll be much happier and at peace, without having all that extra stress about keeping your stories straight. Plus, it’s a lot more fun living an authentic life, both online and in person. 

MRS N

Winners Imagine Their Dreams First! #inspiration #DraftDay #ThursdayThoughts


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Do you expect your dreams to come true?

For 256 young men, their NFL dream is about to come true. The NFL Draft starts this evening and I, for one, am inspired. These young men have worked hard to get to this point and their dream of playing in the NFL is so close they can taste it. They’ve had to sacrifice and deal with pain but it’ll all be worth it.

Read the quote above and ask yourself if you’re a winner. Well, are you?

I am! I’ve known since a very young age that I’d be a published author. Sure, it took a lot of detours, hard work and  at times, I wanted to give up. But deep down, I expected to become a published author. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get there, but I held tight to my dream and in 2014, it happened.

Congratulations to all the draftees and I can’t wait to see you in action!

For the rest of us, let’s channel our inner winner and make our dreams come true. It’ll be hard and we’ll run into many obstacles but if we keep going, nothing can stop us!

MRS N