Written On Life…


A written on life means writing on the tablet of your heart.  Each experience we have in life leaves something behind.  We can choose to take that experience and use it to learn from, and then put it behind us, or to write it on our hearts to use it as a lamp to light our paths.  My life is written on by His Word, and the verses I’ve learned since childhood.

My written on life also holds words of inspiration and encouragement from family and friends, as well as, poetry, articles, books, and pieces of art and beauty which fill me up with awe.  These are the things I cling to when I feel a crash coming, or when surprised by a sudden storm.  By embracing the beautiful, you can make the ugly, or not so attractive, smaller.

Everyone has storms, forest fires, and gale force winds which blow through at times.  Despite what appears, the sun does not shine everyday, everywhere. That is the illusion presented.  Ignoring problems can make the storms last longer, and fixing the problems will give you more time to focus on your shining star.

We all need rain to grow, but we don’t all like rainy days.  It’s on those rainy days when our insecurities or weaknesses show up that a chance for change occurs. When this happens, take an introspective look at the changes needed.  Make a plan, pray, and work on it, until optimism and peace arrive, and/or when you can see some advancement. Plans are a process to change.  If you can’t fix them by yourself, get help from a trusted friend, or a counselor.

A written on life is a genuine life, where you can show who you are and be honest about your triumphs and defeats.  You get to write your course, or right your course, which ever you choose.  You take where God is leading, or what piques your interest, and turn it into full-blown inspiration, and then make that a bigger focus.

I love writing to shower others with love, kindness, and to uplift and honor my family and friends.  Though we all want lovely days, there will be times when things won’t go well.  This is not a “Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day” path.  It still requires us to deal with life’s struggles.  You will be in store for some tedious days, but they will be useful for learning lessons about forgiveness and/or approaching things differently, and for seeing chinks in your armor.

My son, daughter, husband, and my dear friend, Cathy have all counseled me over the last several days to help me get my thoughts in order and flip my perspective on some things that had come up against me.  Sometimes it takes my army.  Thankfully, I have these loved ones to turn to when storms come, as well as my brother and sister.

And, I know they all will tell me what they think, whether I like it or not… not to be contentious, but to help me.  They are looking out for my good.  Find some trusted friends who look out for your good.  Then be a trusted friend who looks out for the good of others.

Using your written on life, His way, with writing, and prayer, can help you work on habits you want/need to change, as well as focusing on all of things you love. Even the most optimistic folks around go through days when they don’t know which way to go, but they choose to look at the gifts given them, and express their gratitude often.

For me, I get to take God’s word and write it on my heart…and have Him help me define my life, and not have it defined by others.

Start your journey and write it out.

May you have a happy and healthy written on life.

Sincerely, BG

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*(This article is opinion only.  I am not a certified counselor or therapist.  Though growing closer to the age of Methuselah should qualify me for said opinion.)

“Gratitude Is The Foundation Of Confidence” -Review

Author, and publisher, Monna Ellithorpe’s latest e-book, “Gratitude Is The Foundation Of Confidence,” is a method of using your gratitude for others, plus those things, gifts and qualities you already have, as a stepping stone for building your confidence.  By focusing on the qualities you possess, and using the strategies Monna lists in this e-book, you will think of others, count your blessings, and learn to appreciate yourself more through the efforts of giving and being thankful.

The author comes from a background of writing in journals,  and implements this into her confidence building strategy. When writing your thoughts and/or appreciation for yourself and others, you start to see patterns arise which will either add another level of appreciation, or become a method for change needed in your life.   This is an effective path to knowing yourself, your strengths, and the weaknesses you hold.

Monna Ellithorpe encourages you to push yourself, try new things, learn to stop complaining, and set achievable goals for yourself.   Taking measures to improve  your life, and by having a better attitude about yourself and others, will help you become more confident in knowing yourself, and becoming a more optimistic person.  I highly recommend this book.  It is thoughtful and gives you step by step strategies toward having a better outlook on life.  We can all use a little more gratitude and confidence in our lives.

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Sincerely, BG

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Writing Therapy: Methods to Knowing Who We Are and How to Live Well In Our Own Skin

Using words  in writing to entertain, tell narratives, uplift, educate, and delight are just one side of the silver coin; there is however another aspect of writing… “therapy.”  Writing to analyze thoughts, coordinate plans, and for thinking through deep concerns helps us to better know who we are and how to live well in our own skin.

This form of writing can help us process thoughts and find out “the who, what, when, where and how” of our concerns.

  1.  Who am I, and/or who do I aim to be?
  2.  What is the concern I’m dealing with?
  3.  When does/did this concern happen?
  4.  Where did I first notice it?
  5.  Why did it happen?
  6.  How am I going to work on the problem?

Asking ourselves these questions and then using writing therapy to work through our answers will help us to see any patterns that pop up.  At this point we can take measures to tweak or change those things needed for us to grow, and know ourselves better.  Read this article for more steps and practices: Psychology Today.

Most of us have a blind side.   And to our surprise when someone points it out to us, the options of changing this “something” through the writing therapy process are greater.  Using this practice gives us the ability to choose what to change, learn to accept who we are, and how to live well in our own skin.  Others may not like the changes they see, but it’s not about them.  This is our journey.  That’s not to say that we shouldn’t take wise council…but ultimately it is up to us.

Observing ourselves through practices in writing is good.

Introspection is good.  As William Godwin quotes:

“The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.”

-William Godwin

Developing a sense of self-confidence in ourselves, and what we are about, will benefit us, as well as others.  We have a better sense of who we are, and the direction we want to take in life, and in our writing careers.  It also shines a spotlight on the paths we have to choose from.  Writing therapy may seem simple, but this method can help us.

As children we learned kindness and compassion for others.  We also need kindness and compassion for ourselves.  When we are our best selves, then we can give the best of ourselves to others, in writing and in life.  Writing therapy helps you carry this out.  Here’s to us all finding the skin we love and living well in it.

 

Sincerely, BG

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Secrets, Scoundrel, & Delights in KDP Review


Author Kathy Henn is setting the Kindle World on fire with her latest book, “Secrets, Scoundrels, & Delights In KDP: Rising Above the Muck To Write & Publish 8 Books in 24 Days.”

Delighted in her new career, Kathy freely shares insights, secret discoveries, and answers typical questions that anyone may have before committing to the Kindle publishing process.  She discusses where to look for information, and gives caution on who, and what practices to avoid.

Being retired from the telecommunications industry, as well as having sold Multi Level Marketing products for many years, Kathy tells of the joy it brings having her own products to offer others for benefiting their lives.

Other discussions include the publishing industry, opportunities for new authors, how she personally feels about her own writing career, while offering advice to others interested in Kindle Digital Publishing..

If you long to author a book, or learn more about Kindle Publishing, I highly recommend this book.

You can find Kathy’s book here:

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Sincerely, BG

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Word Appeal- What Do Your Words Say?


Writing is about putting your thoughts on paper, arranged in a way to create word appeal for readers. Not only do writers long to create beauty, open minds and eyes, but they also want to say, “I care.  How can I help?”  What do your words say?

Like a jig saw puzzle, we work to find ways to inspire, and persuade with word appeal to help better inform, or create a joyous read for the reader.  There are many ways to go about this depending on your style and what you love to write about.

Review what you have written to find your style.  Practice writing phrases or words that move you, so that you can learn to move the reader.  Read daily. Write daily.  Don’t hesitate to cut words. Concise is best. (Subscribe on the left and grab 7 Tips to Writing Your Story.)

My brother has this awesome quote that I love, and the brilliance of it is that it came out of a casual conversation.

He didn’t think much of it because that’s how he thinks and talks, but to me it was monumental.  This one conversation completely changed how I viewed words.

It was fine with him for me to use this quote because he cares and shares.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”  -Zig Ziglar

Now the issue is to figure out how to group these words together not only to make them coherent, but to make them appealing and helpful to others. That is the process, taking each piece of the word puzzle, turning them, putting one or two back in the box, and finding the perfect spot to place the perfect word.

Sometimes, I review old blog posts, and passages in books and think, Maybe I could have said this better this way.  It’s part of the  process of  writing and tweaking to get your word appeal right.  And even if it’s not quite right the first time… write it, leave it sit and come back to it.  You can always improve it later. Sitting on your hands waiting for perfection is not likely to happen soon. Developing writing skills takes time.  Every day you grow a little more, you know a little more, and doing your best is the final outcome.  So, with every drip, drip of your word paintbrush… start your masterpiece.  One word upon another is just a couple of drops…but eventually, it might become a field of flowers.  Find an effective way to create word appeal to show you care.

And, always be you.

Sincerely, BG

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50 Quilting Tips For Beginners and Experienced Quilters Review

“50 Quilting Tips for Beginners and Experienced Quilters,” by Monna Ellithorpe can  truly be used by anyone.

I quilt on occasion, and though I’m not a beginner, or pro, I do have many years of quilting on my side.  I was able to quickly go through this book and find tips that I can use and would have never thought of.  Of course, as a quilter, it never hurts to learn more efficient ways to quilt.  I find that had I had this book before, I could have prevented some mishaps long ago.

In the past I’ve used the wrong thread, prewashed the wrong types of fabrics, or colors, and had disastrous results.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and learned by trial and fire.  There’s nothing worse than having colors bleed on each other, or having washed the wrong types of fabrics together to pull your expensive project out of the dryer covered in fuzz balls before you have even started quilting.   Fortunately, I did have a friend who was an expert quilter and I was able to call her for help, when we had time away from taking care of our families.

It is disappointing to invest time and money in fabric, as a gift for yourself, or someone else, to have that dream dashed.   This book will definitely come in handy.

In “50 Quilting Tips,” you will find ways to use your tools more beneficially, how to prepare and store fabrics, how to adjust table heights for a better work surface, find ways for tracing patterns, stabilizing fabrics, and more.

This is why I would recommend “50 Quilting Tips For Beginners and Experienced Quilters.”

You can find it here on Amazon.

Sincerely, BG

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