Are You a Caterpillar or Butterfly?

Are you a caterpillar who wants to fly?

Some days in life things go slow like we’re treading water, and other days we get to a place where we think we’re there.

We’ve arrived!  Yay…we’re here!

And then we realize we’re just looking at the other side of the cocoon we’re trapped in, with one wing out and our feet stuck to the bottom.

We haven’t arrived yet, and we fight against the odds to prove ourselves ready.  There’s nothing wrong with getting out there.  We have to learn the territory and the flight pattern.  And sometimes, we have to tweak our plans.

Some of us grow faster than others.  Some of us have more to learn than others.  Some of us need confidence to fly.  Some of us need pushed out of the cocoon, and some of us need to get above the clouds to get a clear view of what lies ahead.

However, while we’re growing, are we enjoying the journey?  Do we realize that growth is a necessary part to our dreams? Are we learning from our mistakes?

If you’re wondering where this came from today, I have a couple of things to throw out there.

  1.  I was looking at part of this children’s poem I wrote a few years ago.
  2. My daughter was telling me about a conversation she had with a girl in one of her groups.

My daughter posted that it took her six years to make director in her company when others made director sooner.  A girl in her group sent her a message stating that she was getting discouraged, and wanted to know how my daughter got her mindset.

The determining factor:

She decided that no matter how long it took her to make director, she was going to get there.  With the many ups and downs of team members joining, and leaving, over these six years, she is committed to her dream.  And now she is in the next stage of her journey.

Commitment is necessary!

One day you will fly, is you stay committed and keep pursuing your dream!

Have a good day!

Sincerely, BG

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“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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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:

Grab Your Copy Today!

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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Frustration…How Do You Deal With It?

Life doesn’t always go as planned. It seems like I just heard this yesterday.  Oh yes, I did, in a video by an author friend.

I will have to go watch the video again.

There  are days, or weeks, when life throws something out of the ordinary at us, and we get frustrated.

Frustration, how do you deal with it?

Find a place, or a space to calm down, and look at the situation as it really is. Walk away.  Get  perspective.  Even laugh if you can.  Most often, in the scheme of things, this is only major for the moment, and not for a lifetime.  Find a place of peace, figure it out.  Maybe, make a post about your annoyance.  Write.  It is cathartic.  Get your feelings on papers.  It could turn into a story.

And then pretend that you didn’t tell someone you had something fixed, to find out the system went bonkers on you.  You can work it out.  You will laugh about it a week from now.  Maybe tomorrow isn’t your day to laugh, but soon you will laugh.

Work on fixing the problem and being honest about it.  This is my honestly part. No one is perfect, and sometimes it’s good to let others see how life is.

And so now…off to church.  It is well…  It is well…  With my soul.

Sincerely, BG

p.s.  Go find Kathy Henn and watch her video on Facebook Live.