Choose You This Day…

Choose You This Day…
is to appoint your day for something good. Every day, use your abilities and opportunities, to choose your day, or to choose how you react in a given situation. There are many who need you to make a great choice. With one stroke of a pen, a tap of a key, or a word from your mouth, you add cheer, comfort, or not, to another’s day.

This life is not all about us.  It’s about giving and helping each other.  How many people do you know who have succeeded on their own?

There’s always someone behind the scenes in any success story,  or successful relationship, lifting them up, giving them advice, or helping them to change directions.   Ultimately that direction is yours to choose, but it comes at the cost of others’ efforts of meshing with you to make an enjoyable contribution for you both.   It takes two to converse, and it takes you being a friend to make a friend.

This quote was a contributing factor to this post today.

“My friends, ‘No man is an island.’  Whatever you are facing, God has not abandoned you, and neither should you abandon each other.”

-Billy Green, “Kiss and Tell Your Story”

Then, this morning I read a blog post where the author was talking about how to deal with criticism in your blog post.  He did well on his reply.  Sometimes, a comment comes, and takes you off guard, but you have to learn not to react and be who you are in every situation.  (Tough to do at times.)

If you’re reading this, more than likely, you’re a writer.  So, for your plan of action today set some time aside to…write a note, make a post, send a card, sing a song, tell a joke, or draw a picture, for someone who needs some cheer in their lives.  When the tide is strong and the undertow is pulling you down, put a smile on your face and help another.  It is true what they say:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

-Wendy Mass, The Candymakers

Sincerely, BG

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Authors Ready? Let’s Roll…

My childhood friend, Cathy, sent me this amazing article this week warning of floating fire ant colonies in Alabama after the flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy.  Fire ants interlock their bodies with each other to create balls, rafts, and bridges to rise above storm devastation.

We never knew much about fire ants until we moved to the South. They can infiltrate an area like no other, leaving nasty stings, and white blisters, behind in their wake, and when waters rise they gather, band together, float, and roll, until the water recedes.  We first learned of the dangers of them when my daughter, in her late twenties at that time, had her first fire ant attack, and discovered she was allergic. Fire Ants are powerful creatures and go to great lengths to protect their colonies.

You may wonder what this has to do with writing.  I was thinking of this article which Cathy sent, and another article which another friend, Monna Ellithorpe, has written on her new venture of “Authors Supporting Authors,”  and decided I liked the analogy of ants, and authors, interlocking on ideas and resources for making bridges, learning, and supporting each other.

***Here’s the idea I have about it… and places that I collect thoughts and resources from.  All of these authors are not in the group.   

 

For more information on “Authors Supporting Authors”… go to MonnaEllithorpe-Author.com.

 

Sincerely, BG

 

Other links associated with articles and pictures on this site:

EntomologyToday.org

News.NationalGeographic.com

MSN.com

Draw to Win and the Napkin Academy

There are times we come across things we love and we just have to share.  This post is about a book, an author, and site which the author, Dan Roam, hosts called the Napkin Academy.  I became acquainted with the author through a webinar last year, and was instantly fascinated with his ideas on using your visual mind for products and services.  Though, he focuses mainly on business,  these precepts translate into other areas of life as well.

One of Mr. Roam’s main concepts is using simple pictures for better communication.  His drawings enlighten the mind and he states that no matter your ability, you can learn to draw, and develop a better message through doing so.  (And let me tell you, my drawings are not wonderful, but Mr. Roam prompted me to continue and practice.)

During my time at the Napkin Academy, Mr. Roam brought in guest authors, artists, speakers, and other business professionals to draw integrating ideas together.  For me this process opened my mind to a realm I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.  It’s amazing what you can see when someone cleans your glasses, and opens your eyes to new possibilities.

Dan Roam has other books and strategies to lead you further than this.  He trains fortune 500 companies in strategy development and communications, and comes across as just a regular guy.  He has a knack for breaking the complex down into simple terms, and this is only one reason I recommend him. There are many more.

I will put a video of a sample of my work and…

urge you to chuckle with me, but while doing so, remember, this- Dan Roam is a wonderful author whom you should check out.  In my view if you want to succeed, you need to “Draw To Win.”

You will find Dan Roam at the Napkin Academy.

 

Sincerely, BG

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Canva: A Great Resource for Writers

As writers we need graphics for our blogs, covers for our books, ads, social media posts, and sales letters for your books and articles.  Canva is a great place to find everything you need for free, or at a nominal price.  Canva gives the amateur a way to make graphics as if they were pro designers.  There are so many things that you can use Canva for.

If you still aren’t sure about how easy Canva is to use, there is a course called “Canva for Business,” created by Lillian De Jesus, at Tigerlilyva.com.

I took this course that Lillian created a couple of years ago, and learned a lot.  I use Canva to make covers, add text to my social media graphics, and when adding text to book illustrations created for me.  Canva has so much to offer for today’s writer.  If you want more, be sure to take Lillian’s course.  I highly recommend it.

There are even newer ways to use Canva with their Stencil Program.  It’s another platform for setting post times on your blogs, and social media for your convenience.  I will confess I have not tried Stencil yet, and I’m sure there’s more than this.  I will be visiting it soon.

Canva for Work also includes a “Magic Resize” option for changing your graphics to fit different social media sites without having to redo the graphic.  Another favorite of mine is the ability to download your graphics with transparent backgrounds for social media and other work related projects.

This is definitely a must see site.

Go here and join Canva today! (This is not an affiliate link)

And then contact Lillian if you want to learn more about Canva options.

 

Sincerely, BG

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And the Winner is for Flash Birthday Giveaway…

And the Winner for the Flash- Birthday Giveaway for June 7, 2017 is…

mfinston2@…….    You have also been sent an email.  You have to respond by

6/9/2017  @ 9 p.m. CDT  and if not, the prize will be given to someone else.

Thanks so much to all who participated!