It’s late January and the winter freeze has me stuck inside. Further, I’ve lost sight of the reasons I made those New Year’s goals in the first place. My motivation is waning already! Are those hurdles really that important? Yes, yes they are! So how do I refocus and reenergize myself?
Psychology Today and Forbes Magazine gives us three tips for staying motivated: take action, do something small, and work with others. For me this means:
Life Hacker gives us these daily tips: first, stay healthy – hydrate, exercise, get a good night’s rest; second, organize your day – make a top three list of tasks, use the 50/10 rule, work for 50 minutes and take a 10 for a break (wow, I do that without knowing it), use 10 minutes at the end of your day for reflection and self-evaluation; third, keep learning – read, browse tutorials, brain storm ideas; fourth, stay positive – write down ten things you are grateful for (excellent idea), clean your desk, and set time aside for fun!
I’ll start my gratitude list right now: 1) I finished a rush project for a client on time! 2) My other client projects are finished for the week. 3) I get to volunteer at my kid’s school today. 4) I have four leads for goal projects. 5) My credit card organized my 2015 business expenses for me. 6) I have half of one of my tasks complete and know who to call for help with the other half. 7) I cooked last night so pizza is okay for tonight. 8) I came up with two new plot elements for the story I’m working on. 9) I have time in my day for a walk. 10) One of two blog posts for the week is finished (okay that was lame). 11) I got over fifty new likes on my Facebook page this week. 12) I have two author events this weekend (go to Facebook for the links-I’ll be up late on Friday the 29th!).
Wow, I floundered in the middle of that list there. I’m not sure about you but I already have my top three list for the day done. They include finishing up projects that aren’t the most fun, taxes, for one. But once I have those things checked off the list they won’t be floating in the back of my mind taking up energy for the fun stuff. For all those waiting for book 3, don’t worry, it’s ready to go to the editor!
All the best,
Taken in part from http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/12-tips-staying-inspired-and-productive.html, http://www.forbes.com/sites/augustturak/2011/09/09/3-keys-to-getting-and-staying-inspired/#78877579139d, and https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201201/three-strategies-get-and-stay-inspired.
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One of the traits of my main character, Amanda of the Being Me series, is she is driven to be successful. She wants to do well in her college courses maintaining a high GPA to keep a scholarship. Further, she has a goal of becoming a translator or diplomacy specialist for a government agency. Even in the face of health challenges she holds herself to this high standard. She feels the need to prove to her family she can be successful.
We can be driven to show our parents, bosses, or friends we can be successful. There may be hurdles we either are expected to or feel the need to surpass. Whether we are driven to achieve a certain position at work or reach a prescribed goal sometimes the end result can become our driving force. If we make being successful to please or impress others what propels us, then we lose our own purpose and self-satisfaction and can become depressed and burned out.
A friend recently shared an article that reminds me to remember my center. Achievement for the sake of showing the world that we are capable rarely leads to happiness. Her publication, “How One Sentence from My Ex lead me to Burnout (& How I Found my Way Back)”, highlights this predicament. You can read the full article at http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/01/how-one-sentence-from-my-ex-lead-me-to-burnout-and-how-i-found-my-way-back/.
Be happy, be yourself! Wishing you all the best,
I’m not sure there are words for Kelly Martin’s new release. She sent me an ARC copy a couple of weeks ago. I started reading right away but then had to put it down. It is a very dark read, dark to the point you don’t want to read it. But the problem is there is this very beautiful soul Gracen, who is the leading lady, and you just have to find out what happens to her. I don’t like spoilers so I’m not going to include any. All I can say is I am wowed by this book! The creativity behind this story is amazing! I don’t generally like dark reads but all I have to say about this book is go out and get it! It is beyond awesome!
From the back cover:
Some things can't be saved.
What would you do if your guardian angel wasn't sent to protect you from the world but to protect the world from you?
For thirteen years, Gracen Sullivan dreamed about a red-eyed demon named Hart Blackwell who tortured her every night. Her mother freaked when she found out about her daughter's "hallucinations" and forced Gracen to go to the doctor, who prescribed some very powerful medication which kept Hart out of her head for five years.
A week ago, Hart came back and brought a friend.
But something has changed, and Gracen is seeing Hart when she's awake too. And the other "friends" in her dreams? They have been found dead.
The police want to talk to her.
Her boyfriend has become distant.
Her dreams are becoming more and more intense.
Hell wants her.
Heaven has to stop her.
When push comes shoving, can Gracen fight the evil eating away inside her or will she be forced to embrace it and destroy the world?
Get it here today http://www.amazon.com/Heartless-The-Series-Kelly-Martin-ebook/dp/B0199LR1UM
Happy January! I thought you guys might want a little snippet into my thoughts on 2015 and a look ahead at 2016. Last year was an exciting year for me from February, when I decided to self-publish my series, right through May with the launch of book one, November with the launch of book 2, and December with the first draft of book 3!
Now that the holidays are over and we have a bit more time, if you haven’t picked up Is This Me?, I hope you will try it out at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YIABVKG as it is only $0.99 for the Kindle version (free on KU). If you’ve read it, I love to hear what you think! Please review on Amazon and Goodreads!
I was so excited for Is This Me? to be listed #3 in Taking Life By the Books’ top books of 2015! What a great way to end 2015 and start 2016! Tobi Helton of Forget the Housework, I’m Reading called my series “super addictive”. I can’t wait to read her review of book 2, IF I COULD FLY, due out later this month.
IF I COULD FLY (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017KT3BXG/) came out in November and has already gotten some great reviews! Book 1 isn’t required reading and you could definitely read after the 2nd! If you have, Amanda thought she was due some smooth sailing, but unfortunately that’s not the case. But I’ll let you read it to find out!
Also in November, I participated in my frist NaNoWriMo which is National Novel Writing Month and completed the 50,000 word goal towards finishing book 3! December wrapped up with the finish of the first draft of this book and I’m excited to announce it will be released in May, title to be announced. Book 3 will also include a bonus chapter from book 4! I’m writing book 4 and plan to release it in September so you won’t have to wait long for the next installment.
As you may or may not know, I share helpful tips as well as review books on my blog at www.triciacopeland.com. Here’s my rating system: 5 stars, loved the book, will definitely read another by the same author, 4 stars, liked the book, will probably pick up another by author but maybe some part wasn’t my style, 3 stars, liked the book okay, might not run out and buy the next one.
Last but not least, I hope to start a new project so keep your eyes peeled for that. I haven’t decided what it will be yet but definitely something different!
By far the best part of 2015 has been how many people I’ve met and/or reconnected with! I love hearing from you so please find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Goodreads, and/or Pinterest!
All the best,
From the authors who brought you the award-winning novel Fractured Glass, comes a new kind of anthology.
Seven marks upon a wall.
Tom may rise, but he may fall.
Through five lives, no one dares mention,
of the sin for which he seeks redemption.
Fates will meet, and you will see, what will thus become of he.
7 is unlike anything you've ever read. That's why the blurb is so different. It's not a good read; it's an experience. Is there such a thing as redemption? Find out today.
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Good Monday morning and Happy New Year! I had the privilege of reading three advance copies over the break and I'll be highlighting them here over the next few weeks!
First up is P.M. Hernandez's Flesh and Stone! I met P.M. Hernandez last June at UtopyaCON 2015. Both being newbies, we hit it off right away and I am so excited to highlight her first book.
Flesh and Stone tells a story about Ellie, a seventeen-year-old senior nearing high school graduation. She has plans to attend college and become a doctor but inherits a large manor from a distant Aunt she never met. Ellie travels to the property expecting to finalize its sale and return to school. She becomes attached to manor and its eccentric decorations.
P.M. Hernandez has captured the spirit of a girl whose life is thrown a curve ball! The plot line had me guessing until the end. I kept wondering who the bad guy was, which choices she would make, and whether her world would ever make sense. This is a solid first book and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next installment.
Flesh and Stone is an upper YA novel. The main character turns eighteen in the book so the series could be considered an upper YA or New Adult series. I wouldn’t recommend it for a younger YA reader.
If you're looking to find out more visit the website at www.pmhernandez.com. Find the book on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28285614-flesh-and-stone. Preorder at Amazon now from her website!