Want to Write a Book?

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Many of us do want to write a book, and may let fear, or lack of information stop us. That driving passion for your written word to be in print is much more attainable and affordable in today’s world. Self publishing is on the rise. You can now obtain your writing goal a lot easier and more quickly than with the former methods. The standard publishers are still there, but you now have the option of self publishing.

With self publishing you can have a book on the market in as little as 30 days. Publishing through a company like Amazon’s Createspace is much more affordable, and Amazon is a major player in the book selling market. Your chances of being published are a lot greater through this type of venue. Plus, Createspace is not your only option. There are many self publishing companies out there, and many courses online that will teach you how to get published.

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I’ve taken a few different course…and I have to say, this is one of my favorites. Publishing for Profit Mastery, created and developed by Marquel Russell, is a comprehensive study which guides you through the publishing process, and hosts a couple of published authors who will help you navigate the field. After you take this course, you will definitely see visions of your book out there in the market and in people’s homes. But of course, you have to put the work in to make it happen.

So, if you want to write a book, and are looking for a way to get your story out there, I encourage you to take this course.

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My Path is Not His Path

 

 

 

 My Path is Not His Path

 My PathWhy do I become concerned with what a colleague thinks when my path is not his path?  One reason is that it’s good to take the advice and considerations of those we love and respect.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.  -Proverbs 15:22

Consider the advice from a wise man, however, it’s a consideration, not a determination.

I have to be willing to blaze my own trail in order to live my dreams.  My friend, and I, may start at one road and then it twists and turns into others. That doesn’t mean that I can’t take his advice, but it does mean that I need to follow my course.

One for All, and All for One? 

When it comes to life, and business, this may not work the way we think.  At the start of a venture with my colleague we may work together well and create a lot of synergy- then we come upon that “path” -the one which separates us. Along that path, my friend discovers shrubs… Mountain Cedar.  He loves them! There are stars in his eyes.  He sees the benefits and possibilities because Mountain Cedar is dry rot resistant, great for fence posts, and plentiful! Everywhere we look- Mountain Cedar.

But me, I’m allergic. Mountain Cedar causes him to thrive but, I can’t function. I can’t stand up. I can’t catch my breath. There is no inspiration. The sight and smell of Mountain Cedar disgusts me.  So, he takes one path and I take another. We part as friends. We can still work on projects… just not on the Mountain Cedar path.

It’s important for me focus on what I want, and where I’m going.  My vision has to be clear. We may start at the same place, and end in a different one.

My friend and I learn and agree…

“To thine ownself be true,”

Because, my path is not his path.

 

Be Genuine.

BG Jenkins

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Make a Switch

Make a Switch

Make a SwitchIf we are to follow the path of success we’re going to have to make a switch from old ways of thinking into the new.  There have been many amazing discoveries that Science has brought to the forefront over the last 2-3 decades. One of them comes in the form of our thinking.  According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, author of Switch On Your Brian,  just a couple of decades (or so) ago Scientists were firm on believing that our brain was hardwired, and no matter how hard you tried you were more than likely to always be controlled by the genetic make up of the brain.

Scientists are now discovering that the qualify of our thoughts, choices, and reactions, play a big role in how our brains and our health function.  With many believing that the brain is a main part of the system, with the mind being the control panel.

Dr. Leaf states in this book that,

“We are not bound by the physical. We control the physical.” 

Hope abounds in these thoughts from previous studies in that the hard-wiring which we formerly believed about our brains can be changed, along with our health and spirit, when we began to think better and react better to the challenges that life brings our way.

We are thinking beings and she backs it up also with scripture from the Bible.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” ~ Proverbs 23:7

So as our thinking develops and rises, so also will our health and wellness.  Many  “thought” aficionados have backed up this claim as well.  When we raise our thoughts to a higher level, we will also be lifted up.

I’m only in the beginning chapters of this book, and I think I’m going to take it slow and do some deep-sea diving.  It would be behoove us all to ponder, contemplate, and seriously study this line of thinking to improve our overall lives.  This book is one that I would definitely recommend.

I encourage your to pick this book up if your are ready to Make a Switch in your life!

 

BG Jenkins

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Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

A friend of mine first posted one of this group’s videos on his Facebook Timeline and I feel in love with it.  The talent and creativity is what many of us shoot for.  This is the type of inspiration that many of us need to set the creative juices flowing. Whether young or old, we can all appreciate that if we believe in our gifts, Anything is Possible!

 

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This is Where it Started…

This is Where it Started... This is Where it Started…

Most of us can point to a place, time, or pivotal moment in our lives when we knew that this is where “it” started.  That gift, desire, or longing for a certain something which started penetrating your brain and would not let go.

My “it” occurred in my 5th grade poetry class; that period of uncertainty in my life which resulted in me not knowing who I was.  “It” started with singing songs in class in the morning… “it” continued with learning this poem…  “Trees”

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree!”

~ Joyce Kilmer

It evolved from a couple of teachers in a couple of years, to another in high school. They tormented me with word… (in a good sense, if there can be one from this).

That ying and yang of words.  Well, I’m not really the ying and yang type…so I will say the sing-song rhymes  and rhythms of those poems and songs we were learning.  There was a melody within the words as they were caressing each other with magical sounds, and dance within the lines.  You see, at that time in my life, I was not allowed to dance.  It was against our faith… so I danced with words.  They reverberated around and around inside my head.  I know, it sounds nutty, but that’s truly how it was.  It was me, and one friend of mine, (who it also resonated with)- we would walk up and down our streets singing songs with the heart-felt love of the words that dropped from our lips, driving all of our friends and neighbors crazy.

(To all of our past neighbors, I apologize.)

I couldn’t help myself!

This was my “it,” and I’ve never gotten past “it!”

At times, I’m in deep thought about words which come to me and what they mean.  I wonder what I can do with them, and what I can say that will affect others’ moods, thoughts, and wonder of the world around us all… just by placing one word in front of the other. This word in front of that one until what was created in my mind was a foundation of bliss. (awww peace)  On it continues with reading, writing, and contemplation of the building of words into art, provoking thoughts, entertainment,  and/or worlds around us.

The whole theme of this post came from a conference call last night.  A great lesson for many of us, but this wasn’t the lesson… it was just part of a “remember when” exercise.  So for now, I’m not qualified to teach that, but I will ask you… and please let me know…  do you have an “it” moment, and

Do you remember when you realized,  “This is where “it” started?”

BG Jenkins

Trees

I THINK that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

 

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

 

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

 

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

 

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

 

~Joyce Kilmer

1886-1918

 

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Tools for the Trade

Tools for the Trade

In every area of your life you’re working you will need tools for your trade.  Below I want to show you a tool that I use in my network marketing that I have found to be beneficial.

It’s called The Logo Creator by Laughing Bird Software.  I purchased my copy from JVzoo and you will be able to purchase one also, if you so choose.

Though my demonstration is a bit long, Mark Sylvester has ones on his site that are broken down and shorter.  I hope you enjoy this product.  I have found a lot of value in it.

BG Jenkins

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Writer’s Block? Find Ideas from Experts

 

 

Writer’s Block? Find Ideas from Experts.

There are those days when writers are clutching at straws trying to come up with interesting things to talk about.  When thoughts are flying out of your head but nothing is sticking, or evolving into viable idea,  where do you turn?  One of the first places to turn is to the experts.

If you’re wanting to write a children’s book, or article… seek out a child.  Ask them questions about what’s exciting to them. Look through children’s books, pictures on pinterest, children’s art, or ask a child to tell you a story, or sing you a song.  What ever they tell you they like, put wings on it…let it grow a tail or a big nose; make it fly, jump or sing.  Match energy for energy. Watch these children play games, go swimming or biking, and draw an idea from that.

Ask a mom!  Can you imagine the stories and ideas that would come from a mom, or mom’s group, for a children’s article? Watch a video.  Listen to a song.

If you’re wanting to write articles on health, gardening, or restoring old cars, the same would be true.

Search for articles, pictures, or for those knowledgeable in those areas. 

Finding someone with the latest breakthrough on health benefits, or watching an exercise video may help you along those lines… or even working out can inspire creativity.

If you’re into gardening, go out in your yard and watch insects chew petals from flowers, or bees pollinating a flower.  What if this were the last flower on earth, and you had to prevent its extinction? Even smelling the flowers may bring visions of ideas, or scenes, for an article’s beginning.  Get all of your senses involved to open your mind.  Find out about  herbs for cooking, and along with it relate facts on how they can be used for medicinal purposes.

Watching a show on car restoration, and then taking what you learn, and putting a twist on it will help you there.  What about skimming through old articles of Super Chevy, or Hot Rod to spark a thought?  Consider what that car looked like 50 years ago.  What will it look like if we were 50 years into the future? What would it look like as a cartoon? We just have to find something and elaborate on it.

Can you imagine the kind of creativity that George Lucas had to develop to come up with his creations for Star Wars!

Finding the “ideal” idea may take some time, and ingenuity, but may become the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, and could lead to many more.

So, when the cogs in your brain stop turning, or the wheels on your bus go flat, and all that’s left is writer’s block… find ideas from experts and keep moving on.

 

BG Jenkins

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Trail Words

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Trail words are words you speak which leave lasting impressions, whether good or bad. 

Most of us can remember a time when the words trailing from our mouth was something that hadn’t come out the right way, or was just thoughtless?  You wanted to hide under a table, run away, or swear it wasn’t you who had said it.

It’s these times that we may soon forget, but that moment may not be as easily forgotten by someone else.

It’s  important to choose our words wisely.  Good impressions are important, and our words can make a difference in the lives of others.

If we put into practice taking care with what we say (and what we think) we may do a whole lot better.  By practicing good and sunny thoughts and words, we can avoid the bad ones from slipping out.  There are many of us (including me) who have to remind ourselves when our thoughts aren’t in the proper place… and that is where it begins, in your thinking.

One technique for practicing good thoughts and words is affirmations.  Affirming good thoughts, quotes and phrases, and reading good things will help.  You want your trail words to leave a wonderful lasting impression on those around you.

Can you remember something that someone has said previously that still sticks with you?  Even though it may have happened years ago, and even if you’ve forgiven them, you may still have that “word, thought, or impression” buried deep inside.

When I was about 12, I had a friend tell me that I wasn’t very pretty.  Though I knew that I wasn’t exceptional, I didn’t feel that I warranted being placed on the “ugly list”.  Of course, at that age, I battled with it for a while… never feeling like I matched up.  It was something I probably already felt, and by having it verbalized it confirmed to me that I wasn’t much to look at.  After a while I got over it… and understood that beauty was more than just your outer appearance.  However, still after all these 45+ years later, I  remember it. It was probably just a thoughtless moment, which left a lasting impression.

It may behoove you to choose your friends wisely.   In the incident mentioned above, this girl was not malicious, but there are some folks who love to tear others down.  Avoid them.  Negative Nellie’s in your vicinity should be removed, and especially from your close friend list.  Certainly, you cannot remove everyone from your circle because of work, family, or other circumstances.  You can, however limit their access to you.  Everyone needs a friend, and it’s best to be friendly, but use wisdom.  Not many want to be killed by a tongue lashing, so be careful.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

-Proverbs 18:21

My advice is to choose your friends wisely and watch your trail words… it’s nicer to be remembered for lifting others up, instead of tearing them down, whether intentional or not.

 

BG Jenkins

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My Letter to a Stranger

My Letter to a Stranger~

The Child I Never Knew

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Your life had only just begun

When God took you away.

I thought my heart would never mend;

The hole you left still aches

 

I never got to hold you hand,

Or brush your silky hair.

I never got to kiss your face,

Or rock you in a chair.

 

You never got to hear the songs

Sung to our other two.

Don’t think I didn’t ever care…

I’ve always thought of you.

 

Your smile I’ve missed throughout the years;

My heart has seen it though.

Your eyes must see the pools of love

When teardrops overflow.

 

I long to see your tiny face-

The kindly smile you wear

To see the color of your eyes

To touch your golden hair.

 

One day we’ll get to fin’ly meet

When life on earth is done.

We will rejoice on Heaven’s streets

Sweet daughter, or fine son.

 

BG Jenkins ©2014

All Things Old Become New Again

All Things Old Become New Again

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I love reading and don’t often get to spend a day just reading.  Today I’ve sat down and read. I’ve read for enjoyment, and to find articles for inspiration… You know those things that perk you up, draw you in, and make you want to give your two cents worth to the world.

With reading different articles about young adults who choose not to have children, different international cities, the benefits of foods that help you sleep, and increase your health and longevity, I’ve come to realize that I’m in a place in my life where my “bucket list” is not completed.

I haven’t traveled as much as I’ve wanted.  I haven’t written that book that I’ve dreamed of. I haven’t found that little piece of sanctuary that’s just ours to share with our children and grandchildren.   

 

So where does that leave me? 

 

In a good place, actually.  Though, I have not done all the things I’ve wanted, I have gotten to spend many years (close to 35) with an amazing man. I have a beautiful family, and remarkable loving friends.  This year marked our 40th year since graduating from high school, and I’ve gotten the chance to reconnect with friends I haven’t talked with in a long time. (We may sound old, but we’re not!)

So how does this “old” thing become new again? 

By delighting in what I have.

b 2 1I get to look at life anew through the eyes of my grandchildren.  I’m learning to focus more on those things I love, and to fully cherish simple moments.

Have you closely examined a bee on a flower lately? (ok, so I’m not a photographer.) It happily buzzes along gathering all the sweet nectar of life. I want to do that…gather the honey of life.

La Dolce Vita…. the sweet life.

I’ve gotten to watch a boy enamored with bugs. His every whisper is,”Beetle. Beetle.” And there’s an angel I know whose joy includes singing and dancing on a whim. Plus, there’s more- our new coming attraction- another sweet, silky-skinned girl who will be the recipient of our every “oo” and “aww.”

Don’t get me wrong, our children are a blessing, but I’m convinced that God’s bees have saved all of their sweet nectar to plunk it on all the grandchildren of the world.  If there’s one point in time I’m glad history repeats itself, it’s here.

That “bucket list”… I’ll still get to it.  My dreams will continue, and I will see new things from slightly older eyes.

But, as for now, all things old thing are becoming new again, as life brings forth new life.  

Star attraction coming soon:  Tenlei Joy Beeler

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