Great Reads for Business, Fun, and the Kiddos


The Christmas Season is in full swing, and so, when you have time, I want to include some great reads for business, fun and the kiddos.

When the festivities are over, or even in between, you may want to learn something, relax for a bit, or read a great book to the little ones.  The ones listed below I have personally enjoyed.

I do know some of these people, and find all of them to be incredibly talented.

So let the list begin…

Writing and Publishing:

1. Secrets To Personal Writing: For Kindle & Paperback Books  by Monna Ellithorpe
Secrets To Personal Writing gives you tips and strategies to writing, organization, creativity, and there are lists of specific sites to help you become the best writer you can be.  Monna Ellithorpe has been a published author, and writer, for many years and has gathered a plethora of information.  She has published many books in different genres.  You can find Monna @  This book can be found on the Barnes and Noble website by clicking the title above.  Be sure to check out Monna’s other books on Amazon @

2. The Write Way: Everything You Need To Know About Publishing, Selling, And Marketing Your Book  by Amy Collins
The Write Way gives you a very comprehensive look at everything inside and outside of publishing.  There are marketing tips, strategies and an honest look at what it takes to put on a publisher’s hat.  It appears daunting, but she takes you step by step through the process.  Amy Collins has been a book buyer and therefore, has information on how the publishing industry works.  Grab this book also by clicking the title above.  You can find Amy @

Graphic Design and Visual Art for Business
3. How To Use Canva Like A Pro For Business  by Lillian De Jesus
How To Use Canva Like A Pro For Business is a great tutorial book that guides you through the Canva for Business process.  Lillian has wide spread knowledge on Canva for graphic design, visual art, and infographics for blogs and businesses.  There are links, tip and tutorials.  Lillian De Jesus also offers a course to those who would like to dive deeper into Canva.  Again, click her title link for her book.  You can find Lillian @

Cake Decorating
4. The Cake Decorating Series of Sugarcraft – Modeling With Fondant 101  by Emi Koul
The Cake Decorating Series of Sugarcraft has two volumes on the topic. This is book one.  Emi Koul has made this book so relevant with images, sizes and tips on how to make your own special cakes for parties or gatherings.  The detail is amazing, and the author went through a tremendous amount of time to make sure you could maneuver your way through this process as easily as possible. Click the title above to start learning more about this craft.  You can find Emi @ Look for Emi’s other book at:


5. The Chemist Shop by Richard Brumer

The Chemist Shop is a riveting book about war, the ramifications of war on life during, and after World Word II.  This book I was literally afraid to start reading because of the topic.  It was a hard, but necessary read in which I found myself gripped to each page.  The Chemist Shop is well written, educational, and eye opening.  Richard Brumer did an excellent job on times and transitions.  You can find more of Richard’s books on Amazon.

Children’s Books
6. The Adventures of Reece and Rusty: Volume 1- The Fish Wish by George Paul
The Adventures of Reece and Rusty follow a litte boy, Reece, who longs for a pet of his own.  His parents are concerned about how he would care for a pet, and with great thought and consideration he is led to something smaller.  Through many twists and turns, Reece and Rusty end up having a long and loving friendship.  You can find George @

7. Iggy Loo by Maria Ashworth
Iggy Loo is a book about a little penguin who lives inside of a snow globe. He has many adventures year after year with his little red-headed girl until his snow globe is broken. It’s a lovely tale about how Iggy Loo is eventually reunited with the little red-headed girl. This is a book for Christmas…so if you like it, get it soon! I found this book through one of our favorite sites for our grandchildren to watch, Storytime Pup on Youtube. You can find out more about Maria Ashworth on Storytime Pup @

For the kids, you can also find many more great read-aloud books, and activities, on Storytime Pup on Youtube.

Enjoy one, or more, of these great books today.  Whichever you choose, be sure to leave a review.  Reviews are important not only to the customer, but to the author also.

Merry Christmas! 

Live 2 Inspire

BG Jenkins

New Terrain, Or Still The Same?


It’s been a while since I’ve written a post, and quite frankly, I didn’t know if I would ever write a blog post again. I’ve been on a cloud looking out over “The Sea of Possibility.” And, while I was looking on new terrain, I didn’t only see the terrain, I saw everything else around it. I saw the sky, the sea, the trees, the birds, the creatures, and the lovely elements of nature. These are wonderful things to see, but sometimes we need to find a way to translate them into something of value, and purpose, to be able to share with others.

That’s how it is for many of us. While we are walking along a path, and we are looking at our possibilities, we get sidetracked by the things we see, and begin to wonder where to start from, and how to get there.

I’ve often heard that the best plan is to look at the end first, and then maneuver your way backwards. This is great. We can do this. We create vision boards and make plans, but we often don’t know where to begin. Really begin.

Ask Yourself:

What do I really want to do?
Is there anything that I can give that will be of value to others?
How do I combine these two things to make me happy and to help others?

The best plan I’ve ever had, where I’d gotten the most done, and moved forward, was to do a 30 day schedule.

You may be thinking… boring… not adventuresome, or uninspiring.

However, it really can be a great way to work your inspiration, and adventures, into where you want to go. Include them inside your schedule.

You don’t want to stay the same. You want to set out on that new terrain… so start here. It will not only help you get started, it will also increase your efficiency muscle.

Make a 30 day schedule. Take 10-11 things and plan your most important things each day.  You will be amazed that if you do this, it will take less time than if you just wing it. If you become committed to this schedule, you will actually become more efficient as the days go by. Take breaks in between, and don’t forget to use your timer.  This is crucial.

Here are some examples:

Prayer and/or affirmations
Read each day at least 10 pages
Write each day at least for 30 minutes
Make a video to give someone some value, or to encourage others
Learn something new and practice it
Devote time to your most important business project
Create a vision board and look at it daily

You will find that if you do a 30 day schedule each month, you will also find more time to sit on your cloud and look out over, “The Sea of Possibility.”

Step onto “New Terrain.”

Call to Action: Make a 30 day schedule


Live 2 Inspire~
BG Jenkins

Enjoy A Smile… They Are Contagious

enjoyEnjoy a smile…they are contagious.  We all have those days when we just can’t seem to elevate our moods, but when we see someone smiling, we quickly perk up.  What is it about seeing a smile that lights up our soul?  There is truly something physical about it.

Smiling sets off endorphins in our brain, even for the person receiving the smile. It’s hard not to light up when someone else is outshining the sun.

According to Psychology Today, in a Swedish study, subjects who were shown pictures of smiling people, began to mirror the smiles, proving that smiles are contagious.

Smiling not only lightens a mood, but smiling also makes you look better. Some people deem you more trustworthy and approachable, and that doesn’t even include the benefits for your health.  This study from PubMed shows the results from hospitalized children after a puppet show.

Even a tea kettle needs to let off a little steam occasionally, but smiling can almost instantly change that miffed mood to one of lightheartedness and cheer.

So the next time you are feeling a little blue, enjoy a smile…they are contagious.


Smiling is Contagious

I seen a smile

And couldn’t bear

To turn my head away.

Magnetic fields

Inside my brain

Then mirrored that display.

My sullen frown

Turned right side up;

I had no other choice-

When looking at

This lovely smile,

My face had to rejoice.

BG Jenkins

© 2015

Call To Action for Today:  SMILE and Share One With a Friend!

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BG Jenkins

Write On! You Are Right On Track!


Write On!As a writer, some days you have to fight for every word…Write On… you are right on track.  Some days, words won’t naturally flow like a river. You may have to swim for them, dig for them, beg the stars for them, and find inspiration any place you can just to put some words together that make sense. That’s why when we have those days that are dark, with words we can’t clearly see, we have to keep fighting. We have to keep moving, keep reading, and keep looking for an element of inspiration.

It’s on those days when we don’t write, we may become lost. We may get distracted and discouraged, and then you hear this little voice ask…what’s the use? You begin to wonder who is reading anyhow?   Is anyone getting anything out of this? Who really wants to hear from me?

We all want readers who we can inspire. We want to touch hearts, but even if no one reads…even if we lift no one up… even if your words fall flat, and you wonder what’s the use… write on! You are the reason for it. This is your gift, and it’s part of the process of finding your way.

We are here to help others, but I can remember something my Uncle James told me when I was about 16.   He had served in the Korean War…and he said,


“The first thing they teach you in the army is self preservation.  If you can’t take care of yourself, then you can’t take care of anyone else either.”                                               -James Durham


So when you’re fighting for every word, and you’re feeling like you’re trapped on a Viking chain gang “heaving” and “hoeing” with every turn of every oar, Write On. You are on your ocean, your river… and with every dam in the river you break through, you will eventually be carried a bit further down the river to your dream.

So what do you do when writer’s block comes your way?

  • Read. Reading others’ ideas and thoughts can inspire you.
  • Listen to Music. There’s something about music that is inspiring.
  • Exercise. Exercise refreshes your thoughts, and ideas, and can clear the cobwebs from your head.                                                                                                          
  • Create. Doing a hobby you love is also inspiring.   
  • Engage your senses. Smell sweet fragrances.  Touch different textures or give a hug or kiss. Listen to music (again), or have a great conversation with a friend. Look at the beauty in nature. Taste a great meal.                                            
  • Then…Write!

One word in front of the other creates a thought that could change someone’s life…yours.

Write On! You are Right On track!

Today’s call to action: Write!

Live 2 Inspire

BG Jenkins


Engage With Your Family

Engage With Your FamilyHow much do you engage with your family?  I started asking myself this question after reading an article on drug addiction. The article suggests that after further research, rats that were given drugged water were able to beat their addiction depending on what type of cages they were in, and if they were alone or not. You can read the article Here.

What more can we do to engage better with our families?  Here’s a little thought from me.

Ok…here’s the scene, Moses is sitting at the dinner table on top of the mountain with the Father.

God: Moses, I have something very important I want you to do.   I’m going to write my commandments on these two stone tablets, and I want you to take them to my people so that they will know My rules for their lives.

Moses: Just a sec, Dad I have to send this last text.


How many times have you seen it in restaurants, or even at your own table… families sitting down to eat meals together, and then out come the phones? No interaction or engagement, just scrolling and chuckles over what’s on the phones instead of who’s in front of you? Is this family bonding?

I’ve seen children gleefully exclaim, “Mommy, Daddy, guess what I did today,” with parents replying, “Just a sec, I have one more text to read… one more picture to look at… I’m on the phone.”

Message received:   Your phone is more important than me.


We’re so often trying to engage with clients, and friends, via our phones, and then forget to engage with those most important to us. There is a time and place for everything.  When it’s family time, let it be family time.

Some parents may ask during the teenage years, “Why won’t my kids talk to me? Why won’t they let me know what’s going on in their lives? Don’t they know that I’m here for them?”

My question is are you paying attention to them now? Are you giving them your undivided attention? Of course, you can’t give children your complete attention all of the time, but when it’s their time, pay attention.  And there are also situations where no matter what you do to try to engage your family, they may not be willing to engage, but we must keep trying.

A better balanced person makes a better business person as well.

Put your phones away at dinnertime and engage with your family. Talk with them and see how their day went. Mealtime is supposed to be a time for bonding, and coming together with those you love.

I’ve never seen this beatitude:

“Blessed are the texters for the shall be called… (the ones all alone?)”

You fill in the blank.

Phones are just an example. What are you doing instead of engaging with your family?

  • Watching tv during dinner?
  • Playing on a your computer, iPad, or Kindle?

Make A New Rule:

Put all devices, and/or distractions, away at dinnertime and engage with your family. You are needed now.

Tell me your thoughts on how to best engage with your family.


Live 2 Inspire

BG Jenkins



Celebrating Friends

Celebrating FriendsThis week we have a chance to promote our friends in Power Affiliate Club.  I was going to highlight my friend, Monna Ellithorpe and she beat me to the punch, so I thought I would not only highlight Monna, but also the amazing community she brought me to, Power Affiliate Club 5%, or PAC 5%.

I’ve known Monna for a few years now and she’s been one of the two to guide me in self publishing.  Monna has talents for writing, self publishing and marketing, as well as creating her own products, and books. Monna is also known as the Blue Jean Writer.  This list doesn’t even include her quilting talents.  She is a multi-talented woman, and a dear friend. Monna is also the co-leader, and co-founder, of Power Affiliate Club. She has a kind heart and a sunny disposition. I’m very grateful to her, and how much she offers me, and our community.  You can find Monna @

Next we have Lesly Ferderici.  Lesly is the leader of our PAC 5% and co-founder of the Power Affilitate Club.  Lesly is our Artistic Affiliate and is teaching us about affiliate marketing, blogging, marketing and video, among other things.  Lesly is a great listener, and has a knack for helping you connect your passion with your blogging strategies and marketing.  She has also created her own products, and books, and is continuously helping us to move forward in our ventures.  You can find Lesly @

And then we come to “Master William,” as he is lovingly called by our leaders. William O’Toole has become a Social Media Expert and Enthusiast.  He is always educating us on free methods of traffic, forms and social media trainings to help us move forward.  William keeps us laughing quite a bit of the time. He’s just an all around good guy, and I encourage you to get to know him as well as my other friends in PAC 5%.  You can find William @

The next person to target is our quiet, and sweet, Kathryn Maclean.  Kathryn is our Social Media strategist and organizer.  She keeps us updated on all of the latest ways to use social media, and organization for our businesses.  She is diligent in all she does, as she researches thoroughly, thus offering wonderful techniques for us to use. Her winning smile is contagious, and you can find Kathryn @

We certainly can’t leave out Business Woman, and Coach, Kelli Smith Claypool. Kelli’s creativity, and unique perspective, always gives us different ways of how to approach our businesses. She is full of fun, but also knows how to get serious about business. Kelli demonstrates leadership with a true compassion for others in how she guides you to strategies to coincide with your mission.  You can find Kelli @

There will be two new members joining us on our journey in the PAC 5% this Friday.  Please join me in welcoming, Lolette Steward  Stephenson and Emi Koul. These two ladies will make a brilliant addition to our group.

For now, our PAC 5% is full, but I invite your to join our Power Affilitate Club and get to know all of the other fabulous bloggers in our community.

This is truly a community for Celebrating Friends.

Live 2 Inpsire

BG Jenkins


What is Your Happiness Quotient?

HappinessIn our busy worlds we are moving from one task to another at warp speed trying to get all of our tasks done. But, if we do not stop to rest, relax and focus on the happiness in our lives, we may find our happiness quotient turning to chaos.



According to  this is the definition for quotient:


  1. the result of the division of one number or quantity by another
  2. the integral part of the result of division

a ratio of two numbers or quantities to be divided
Word Origin and History for quotient

“number of times one quantity is contained in another,”

So, after I look at all of these definitions, I’m going to choose the last to write this post on.  How many number of times one quantity is contained in another.

So in your daily tasks, how many times are your choosing to be happy? How many times are you choosing gratitude in all things that come at you, whether good or bad, and finding a way to be thankful?  How many times during the day are you taking a moment to rest, and just smile at the life you’ve been given. How many number of times in the quantity of moments in your day is happiness contained, or how many times is your happiness quotient contained in another?

We were never promised an easy life, so we must take what we have, develop it, love it, and find a way to be happy with it.

Here are a couple of quotes to contemplate:

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be,”    Abraham Lincoln

“Happiness is purely internal. It is produced, not by objects, but by ideas, thoughts, and attitudes which can be developed and constructed by the individual’s own activities, irrespective of the environment.         -Dr. Matthew N. Chappell  (quotes taken from:  The new Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz)

When life hits us with unpleasant surprises, or stress and fatigue are zapping our energy, we must take this quote into account.

“Act, don’t react.”  – Tony Robbins

When we make our minds up to choose happiness, and gratefulness, when calamities come our way, then we have happiness to fall back on. That’s not to say you don’t have to deal with issues that come up, it’s just to say that we should focus more on the good.  Meditate on positive quotes and passages.  Take time throughout your day to rest.  Get out in nature and/or the sunshine and appreciate it. Guard yourself against the negative. Not every day will be easy. You may also feel that some of the above tactics won’t work for you. Examine the ones that do. Deal with daily issues and then…

Find the positive elements contained in each day to build upon, so that your happiness quotient will be divided well. 

Live 2 Inspire

BG Jenkins

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Best Quote You Ever Wrote

Best Quote You Ever WroteSome of you may have seen me the last three days doing videos, and you know that this is unusual for me. I’ve actually had 3-4 different folks, in my different groups, challenge me to do more video, as well as other things (you folks may be named :)).  I took the challenge, and now I’m making my attempt to put myself out there on a more consistent basis.

Yesterday, I thought I had come up with an idea of what to talk about, but this didn’t benefit you as much because it was me telling you what I liked.  It was something I called “Persuasive Passages,” where I talked about the quotes I liked in books that I’ve read.  The only thing was, you didn’t have an opportunity to tell me what you liked, so I changed it to “Best Quote You Ever Wrote,” to get others to chime in.  I asked my friend, and fellow writer, Monna Ellithorpe to participate.

Here is Monna’s quote from above:

Don’t Excuse Yourself Out of the Success You Deserve.

-Monna Ellithorpe

This is really a great quote, because a lot of times we do talk ourselves out of doing what needs to be done on a consistent basis which prevents, or delays, us from reaching our dreams.  Monna has a lot of great insight, so feel free to check out her site:  Monna Ellithorpe, or search for her on Facebook as Blue Jean Writer.

I will be doing these quotes for at least 30 days.  If you would like to participate, send the Best Quote You Ever Wrote to

Thanks again to Monna for being such a good sport!


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BG Jenkins

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Inspired Thoughts

Inspired Thoughts

We all crave to have that one genius thought.  Something that sets us apart from everyone else.  We beg it to come. We commission it to come, and we are looking all around searching for it because we know we have to find that one thing that resonates with who we are.  It’s just for us.  We can share.  We can loan it. We can expand upon it.  But, out of all of the millions of things in this universe, we want one inspired thought to call our own.

So as we’re looking around we have to wonder, is there any real evidence to where inspired thoughts come from?  Is there a form, a formula or a pattern that we can possess to capture thoughts?

“True inspiration is on the other side of fear, every time.”                           ~ Andrea Hannah

According to Andrea Hannah, there is a 4 step Inspiration Formula.

Friction + Oxygen = (Smoke) Spark

I encourage you to read her article Here.

In the book, “The New Pycho-Cybernetics,” by Dr. Maxwell Maltz (updated by Dan S. Kennedy), a quote is used from Thomas Edison.  When asked where his genius ideas came from, he stated that they were “In the air,”  and that if he wouldn’t have picked them up someone else would have.

We do see inspiration come from nature, music, art and from others.  Daily there are inspiring ideas, quotes, books, and creative forces all around us.  Now all we have to pick them up, pick them apart, add some spark, and make them our own. Are you up to the challenge?

Tell me where your inspired thoughts come from.


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BG Jenkins

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Making Connections

Making ConnectionsIn business, we are all about making connections.  The problem seems to be that we only consider collaboration with similar businesses to ours.  What about collaborating with the business next door to help grow each other? You know what they say, “Two heads are better than one.”

Find a connection between your business and a completely different one and build on that to gain better branding, and more resources.  I’ve actually heard that when two minds come together on a project they actually create a third mind… the mind that you both create together, and would not have had without the other collaborator.

Part of these strategies come from a book I’m reading now called, “Brandscaping,” by Andrew Davis. In his book, Andrew Davis shows how different companies have taken innovative ideas for collaboration, or expanded on ideas from other companies to brand themselves in their own unique ways. Definitely an interesting read, and one I would recommend.

The second strategy that I’d like to discuss actually comes from my daughter. She, and a group of Work From Home Moms created a co-op, where they joined together with an events manager, and share the costs for their vendor fairs. This is working well, but is not a main strategy for their businesses. For them it’s a bonus.  They get to come together with others, do vendor fairs together, and then toss ideas around.  They are growing their businesses and friendships with each other.

The third strategy I wanted to discuss is about our blogging community.  It’s called Power Affiliate Club, and we come together as business owners, and bloggers, to support each other in our efforts.  We read each others’ blogs, comment on blog posts, and then share them, as well as buy each others’ products. Collectively we are branding what we can do to help each other.  There are experts from different areas, and you always have a pool of ideas to glean from.

Just this morning I watched a couple of videos that a gentleman in our group shared.  Jason Stewart, shared a video from Marcus Lemonis. This is not the actual video that Jason shared, but another. I found Marcus’ videos enlightening…so I continued.  (Unfortunately, I had to disable this video because I could not get the autoplay turned off.  Please go to Jason Stewart’s site and look for Marcus Lemonis, or look for him on youtube.)

So, if you’re into making connections, boosting your business presence, and meeting a great group of people… check out the Power Affiliate Club. It will be time well spent.

Live 2 Inspire

BG Jenkins


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