I figured I would change it up a bit and do “Wishful Wednesday” for this week because I wanted to share Kaiden’s Fundraiser. I follow this little boy on Instagram, he’s been battling cancer since he was 3 months old. The doctors recently told his parents that there isn’t much more they can do to help him. Please help donate so he can take his dream trip to Disney! His posts are such an inspiration and makes you realize how short life is, unfortunately extremely shorter for some. 😦
Link to his Fundraiser page: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/xlh4/team-kaiden
His Instagram page (ran by his mother): http://instagram.com/prince_kaiden#
Every little bit helps, no matter how big or small the amount! We all live such busy lives and don’t always take the time out to stop and smell the roses. There are so many children out there just like Kaiden, struggling just to see another year of life, something a 4 year old shouldn’t have to worry about! So please show your support, and if you can’t donate, please share and spread the word for this handsome little boy! Thank you 🙂
[Photo Source: GiveForward.com]
You would think since I’m a writer that I would have piles and piles of journals, but I don’t. I have a few scattered in places in my bedroom, most unfinished. But I do have to say, the bits and pieces I wrote were still fun to look back at on. You read something you wrote two years ago to that day and you realize how much things have changed and how it almost feels like just yesterday that you wrote it. Whether you keep a journal that you write in each day, or if you’re like me and write memorable bits and pieces down to read later on, keep doing it. You will get to re-live all those moments some day and recognize just how much you have grown as a person. Some moments will be happy and will bring a smile to your face and others will be sad if you maybe had a bad day that day, but what it will teach you is that things got better, right? Sometimes we need that little reminder.
Some journal writing ideas:
1. My aunt gave me this idea a few years ago, although I haven’t always stuck to it, it’s a good idea for those who are committed to journal writing. Write 5 things you’re thankful for each night before you go to bed. You can write the bad things about the day also if you choose to, just to remind yourself later on that they probably weren’t that bad.
2. Write down the biggest highlight of your day. This relates to the first idea but doesn’t include anything negative. Even if you had a bad day, try your best to find something positive to write down.
3. Create a “Currently Feeling” page about once a week. Simply list how you’re feeling at that exact moment. Don’t explain why, just list them. See how the feelings differ or stay the same as the weeks go on.
4. A “Things I’d Rather Be Doing” or “Places I’d Rather Be” page. This is just a fun, day dreamy idea to let your mind wander a bit.
5. Write a poem or short story.
6. Write down a bunch of your favorite, motivational quotes.
7. A set of goals for yourself. Just because we’re a few months into this New Year, doesn’t mean you can’t come up with some new resolutions. Give yourself your own deadline.
8. Your bucket list. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? What do you want to see?
9. Doodle. Draw anything that comes to your mind in that moment. Use magazine cut outs, scrap book paper and any other decorative items you’d like.
10. Create an F.A.Q. about yourself! Answer all the questions that people always ask you.
Have fun 🙂
Less than 24 hours until I’m on a place headed to California! I will be landing at LAX and staying in Los Angeles for a few days, visiting San Diego, Orange County and San Francisco! We will be driving up to San Francisco from LA so I put together the perfect road trip playlist ideal for anyone going for a joy ride:
- Journey: Don’t Stop Believin’ (no matter who you are, you dance to this song when it comes on)
- Lynyrd Skynyrd: Free Bird
- Tom Cochrane or Rascal Flatts: Life is A Highway
- The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
- Lenny Kravitz: Fly Away
- Oasis: Wonderwall
- Tom Petty: Free Fallen
- The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony
- Elton John: Tiny Dancer
- Living On A Prayer: Bon Jovi
- Drive: Incubus
- AC/DC: Highway to Hell
- John Mellencamp: Little Pink Houses
- The Who: Teenage Wasteland (Baba O’Riley)
- Wagon Wheel: Darius Rucker
- Meat Loaf: Paradise by the Dashboard Light
- Nelly: Ride Wit Me
- Goo Goo Dolls: Slide
- Miley Cyrus: We Can’t Stop
- TLC: No Scrubs
- Jason Aldean: Take a Little Ride
- Florida Georgia Line: Cruise
- Foghat: Slow Ride
- Edgar Winter Group: Free Ride
- Rihanna: Pour It Up
So as you see, I love all kinds of music! Some of these are classics and others are more recent but they’re all perfect for a long ride. 🙂 Enjoy!
I will be posting pictures while I’m in California and possibly some regular blog posts as well! See you in 9 days New York!
I came across a great article that had some helpful advice on letting go of things that you don’t need to bring into 2014.
Here are 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness.
1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.
2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.
3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.
4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.
5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.
6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.
7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.
8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.
9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.
10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.
11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.
12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.
13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.
14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.
15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.
16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.
17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.
18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.
19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.
20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to meet and/or talk with a handful of highly successful authors and most of them have this one thing in common: they are an active member of a writer’s group. I think that as newbies aspiring writers often think that authors are reclusive anti-social creative literary mavericks. While that may be true at times of inspiration, most authors have a broad network of support. Just read the acknowledgements portions of some of your favorite books and you’ll notice that the authors have pages upon pages of people to express gratitude towards for making that book possible. Why should any of us be any different? Learn from the best and make an effort to connect.
Here are 3 reasons why I think you should connect with a local writer’s group in your community if you haven’t already.
1. Unbiased Critique: While sharing your writing efforts with Pookie and them may give you a nice ego boost, it won’t give you the honest critique you need. Your family and friends care about you and this can color their assessment of your efforts. Chances are they know exactly how much your writing means to you, and are hesitant to criticize your efforts because they don’t want to discourage you. A writing group of your literary peers will have no problem telling you that your book about toenail jam may have limited marketing opportunities.
2.Networking Opportunities: When you join a writer’s group you’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals. You’ll meet people who take the craft of writing seriously. You’ll also likely meet published authors and have to opportunity to pick their brains regarding the business aspects of professional writing. Not only that, most organizers of writer’s groups keep their fingers on the pulse of the industry and share information regarding upcoming literary events and conferences.
3.Inspiration and Encouragement: Being a writer is far from glamorous most of the time. And for every one writer that ‘makes it’ there are hundreds more whose work may never see the light of day. Sorry to be a downer, but it’s true. Being a part of a writer’s group can give you the encouragement you need to never stop writing. No matter what. Because for true writer’s, this whole thing is a calling. Just like believers go to church to keep on keeping on in their walk of faith, writers get together to encourage each other not to give up. Listening to other people talk about their agents and contract negotiations will help you remember that it is possible, and it does happen for some people, so it can happen for you.
But Faith, how do I find a writer’s group to join? I’m glad you asked. There are several ways to skin a cat. I was a part of a remarkable group in Dallas called The Writer’s Block Inc., which I discovered through word of mouth. Tell people you are looking for a writing group and you’d be surprised what may happen. Also, there is Google of course. Type in ‘writing groups’ or ‘writing critique sessions’ plus your zip code and explore the many options that come up. Lastly, there is my favorite method of connecting whenever I move to a new area: MeetUp.com. This site is great for networking for any reason, but it can also help you locate a writing group specific to your needs. Want to be a part of a fantasy fiction group? Memoirs your thing? Children’s books anyone? They’ve probably got it, and if they don’t you can easily start a group yourself. Just go to MeetUp.com, type in your area of interest and zip code, then you are good to go.
It takes a village people, so go find yours!
P.S. I did not mention on-line writing groups because I prefer face to face interaction, but if that’s what floats your boat, by all means go for it.
Check out Faith’s blog here!
This video takes place at a barber shop in Harlem, New York and has been set up with actors to see what peoples reaction to blatant racism is. This is a great watch! Shows you that there are people out there that will stand up for what they believe in and will speak up to those who are not only wrong, but rude. People should be able to be with whoever makes them happy, in my eyes, those that think otherwise are close minded and probably have never tried dating out of their race. (I’m sure it has crossed their minds, but most won’t ever admit that) So in that case, don’t speak up on anything you haven’t experienced yourself!
Moving to a slightly different topic, but still similar – Marriage doesn’t seem as sacred as it used to be, people everywhere getting married for unnecessary reasons – ruining the whole meaning of marriage. What the world needs is people who actually love each other to get married, whether they’re in an interracial marriage or a same sex marriage.
2nd-Grader’s “Buddy Bench” Cures Playground Loneliness
I think this is absolutely adorable and what a smart thing for a 2nd-grader to think of! Keep making positive changes little boy, the world needs it!!