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If God Gave You A Gift

If God Gave You A Gift

We can get overloaded with life’s daily duties and not realize how quickly our time here is passing. It’s as if our list of obligations dictate to us how and what our lives are going to be like every minute of the day. And we can be so tired by the end, that we flop into bed without another thought and hope to sleep through the night. (Sometimes if things are really stressful, even a good night’s sleep is difficult to achieve.)

We slumber through our days without realizing that God has a purpose for us. He has a purpose for you. We get what we focus on the most – ever heard that you veer your car in the direction your eyes are going? Same concept here. If we are only focused on getting the next thing on our list checked off, we are stifling our creative side, our own dreams and hopes. The time we spend getting to know and understand what God has called us to and just who we are in Christ is precious. It’s like spending dinner with your family around the table so everyone can talk and share about their day. It’s bonding time, learning about each other and growing together.

We also need time like this to reflect on God and on our own heart’s desire whether it is something creative like painting, or starting that business you’ve been dreaming about for years (if only you weren’t so busy) or turning your hobbies into something more profitable. How much more fulfilled would we be if we pursued and worked at what we loved to do the most?

There are many things that can set you on the path to a more happy and fulfilled life, and the foremost step to achieving this is spending the extra time to get to know God, His word, and who you are in Him. Searching His word and understanding that there’s so much more to life than just the daily grind is a great place to start. God should always be the place from which we branch out in anything – He is our firm foundation. Then we can add on His foundation with confidence.

“If God gives you something you can do, why in God’s name wouldn’t you do it?” -Stephen King

Think about this for a moment. All good things come from God. What has he given you that perhaps you have forgotten about? Something that you are good at doing but maybe you thought it was a small thing of no real significance. What small thing have you always enjoyed doing but you never have time to do it? Could it be that this is the gift God has given you? That this one small (or large) thing could be the key to changing your life and being happier for it?

So I hope you take some thought of these things and begin to think about how you can take control and not let you schedule dictate your life to you; but instead dedicate a portion of your time each day to learn and to reach out and pray God’s will in your life so you can begin to direct your focus on what He is calling you to do.  Search your heart for what truly matters to you and don’t be afraid to begin pursuing it.

 

If you have questions or need direction on how to begin to make a change, don’t hesitate to contact me. Leave a comment or email me – you can also reach out on social media like Linked In or Google+. 

Love will get you to where you need to be~

Launching a Writing Career: One Small Step at a Time

Launching a Writing Career: One Small Step at a Time

The idea of launching a writing career was overwhelming to me. Until I started looking for all the small ways I could get my feet wet.  Writing in general was a hard habit to restart. It takes hard work and determination. It’s not a leisurely past time hobby. I just determined within myself one day that I wanted to go for it; that I had something to say and I was going to get it down on paper in case it might help others in some small way.

Here are 5 simple things I did to jump start my rusty writing engines and get the spark back into my dream:

1. Upgrade your computer. 

Sounds petty but it isn’t. The computer I had been using cost me $250 four years ago. It is a clunker. The hinge had broken loose on the flip top screen, it was bulky, heavy and the keypad and built-in mouse were atrocious. A bundle of frustration. I knew I needed something better if I was going to take this writing craft seriously. Lighter, more portable and a much more comfortable keypad and responsive mouse take the frustration out of utilizing the tool to get my writing done.

2. Acquire a good writing software program to assist in organizing your projects.

This is so important. I happened to go with Scrivner. You can do some research and get the best software for your needs and preferences. Scrivener was a God-send. The ability to point and click to a chapter, rearrange, delete whole sections – all this without scrolling through hundreds of pages to find my place in a word doc – was just what I needed to ease the pain of minor details and get to the fun creative stuff! Invest in a software program, you will be happy you did.

3. Open a blank project that will be a stream of conscience or journal so-to-speak

So once you get that awesome writer’s tool, open up a blank project and start typing away. This is very important to get all the rust out and begin to flow in writing again. I simply leave this project open at all times and whenever I need to loosen the brain and fingers I start typing. No particular idea in mind, no structure and no cares for typos – just pure brain to fingers word-spill. Write about whatever you want – the carpet in front of you, your pets, the phone or show you watched last night – doesn’t matter just get those fingers typing and the brain exercising.

Simple as that. Once I get the rust off, I move on to my serious writing projects.

4. Start reading as much as you can about writing; just start reading anything that tickles your fancy. To write, one must read. 

I’ve found the internet to be an extremely helpful tool. Anything you want to know about agents, publishers, statistics, pros and cons, you name it – if you have a question the internet has an answer. Make sure the answers your getting are echoed by more than one individual who is an expert in the field and you can be pretty certain the info is accurate.

And books about writing. I started with Stephen King’s On Writing and it has kicked me in the pants and inspired me to get on with it. For me, it takes a good mix of how-to and inspirational gusto to keep the fires going.

5. Get thyself to a writer’s conference.

I signed up for the Kentucky Writer’s Conference which will be taking place this month. I’m looking forward to connecting with other writers and pitching an agent – that should be fun! But practice makes perfect – if all else fails you take away from your experiences and fix mistakes for future opportunities.  Chose a conference that will teach interest you. The one I’m attending is not so much writing workshops as it is the publishing industry and how to navigate it.

Keep writing brave and fearless cadets – we’re all in this together, might as well have fun as we go!

 

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